The popular hill station of Dalhousie is located in the Chamba Valley, at the foot of the spectacular Dhaula Dhar range of the Himalayas. It covers an area of around 14 sq. km, and is sprawled over five hills - Kathlog, Portreyn, Moti Tibba (formerly known as Tehra), Bakrota and Balun. It is a town full of old world charm and holds lingering echoes of the 'British Raj'. This town was acquired from the Raja of Chamba by the British and was named after Lord Dalhousie, the then Viceroy of India. Dalhousie is famous for its public schools. The lush cover of vegetation that adorns the town comprises of towering pines, deodars, oaks, and the beautiful rhododendron plants. Dalhousie also houses many fine specimens of colonial architecture especially, its old churches. The views that the resort has to offer are alone, worth a visit - to the north, one can gaze at the majestic mountains of the Dhaula Dhar range, that culminate in the Pir Panjal mountains of Kashmir, to the south, the plains of Punjab are discernible. Far below, the beautiful river Ravi can be sighted meandering its way through the plains
The St. Andrew's Church, St. Patrick's Church at Balun, St. Francis' Church at Subhash Chowk, and St. John's Church at Gandhi Chowk, are some of the beautiful churches that Dalhousie houses.
Panchpula (Five Bridges)
Panchpula located 3km from Dalhousie, is a picturesque spot where a stream feeds several pools. A monument is built here in the memory of a freedom fighter, Sardar Ajit Singh.
Subhash Baoli is a captivating spot, surrounded by soaring trees. It served as the great freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose's retreat.
Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary
Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary located about 8km from Dalhousie, is the home of a variety of species like the ghoral, Himalayan black bear, barking deer and an abundant bird life.
A number of trek routes emerge out of the Dalhousie - Khajjiar - Chamba triangle and there are some trek routes within it too, like, Chamba to Bharmour, Chamba to Palampur (over the Dhaula Dhar ranges), Chamba to Pangi, and Bharmour to Keylong via Kugti Pass.
The nearest airport is at Gaggal (Kangra), 140-km from Dalhousie.
The nearest railhead is Pathankot, which is well connected to Amritsar, Jammu, Delhi and Jalandhar.
Onward journey from Pathankot to Chamba and Dalhausie is by road. Punjab and Himachal Roadways run services, as do private operators.