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Dalhousie and around

The quiet, relaxed hill station of Dalhousie spreads over five low-level hills at the western edge of the Dhauladhar Range. While the town itself, mostly modern hotels interspersed with Raj-era buildings and low-roofed stalls, is unremarkable, the pine-covered slopes around it are intersected with paths and tracks ideal for short undemanding walks.

From Dalhousie the road east zigzags through forests to Khajjiar, a popular local day out, before descending through terraced mountain slopes to Chamba, perched above the rushing River Ravi. It’s a slow and relaxed place with some fascinating temples and a small art museum. Brahmour, three hours further east by bus and the final settlement on the road into the mountains, holds more Hindu temples – both towns make good bases for treks into the remote Pangi Valley.

  • Chamba