Established in 1854, as a summer retreat for the eponymous Earl of Dalhousie, the then British Governor-General, this alpine hill station still bears the hallmarks of its colonial history. The Baronial-style architecture sets it apart from other hill stations in the Himalayan foothills, the 19th-century churches of St. John’s and St. Francis’ both notable examples. As well as its fascinating history, Dalhousie is the starting point for some excellent walking trails, best traversed between March and May, when the weather is a balmy 20°C or so.