A place so lovely – it’s called the vale of milk and honey – can only exist in one’s imagination. And in Himachal, of course! Sandwiched between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges,
this exquisite valley’s most popular hill town is Dalhousie. This well developed cantonment town is perched on the lower Himalaya of Chamba district, the north-westernmost district of Himachal Pradesh. It is not surprising that the heat-fearing British built 80 hill stations within a span of just 30 years. Dalhousie is one of those colonial retreats, tucked away in greens and crisp air, and at times smothered in white. Named after the Marquess of Dalhousie, a British Governor General, this resort came up as the solution to the man’s search of leisure. Thanks to the whim of Brits like him, our delightful hill stations got a head start right away.
For a large many people of Bengal, Maharashtra and Gujarat, Dalhousie, inexpensive and unspoilt from the crowds that throng to other hill stations, continued to be popular. Film companies found the locale ideal with its quiet beauty and concommitant amenities, including besides, Dalhousie resorts, clubs, cinema houses, skating rink and Hotels in Dalhousie
Nearby is the Thermal Maidan, which is a meadow stretching for nearly three kilometers
and Tagore Marg, a stately avenue flanked by pine and cedar. A small picturesque saucer-shaped plateau surrounded by dense pine and deodar forests, is one of the 160 places throughout the world to have been designated "Mini Switzerland". The moment one enters the picturesque Khajjiar one is welcomed by a yellow Swiss sign for 'hiking path' which reads "Mini Switzerland".