Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
This view of Dalhousie was taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. It forms part of an album entitled 'Photographs of India and Overland Route'. The town was named after Governor-General Dalhousie (1848-56). In the nineteenth century such hill stations in the Himalayas were favoured by the British during the summer months because of their cool climate away from the heat of the plains. They also suited the Victorian taste for the romantic pastoral. The Himalayan foothill region became a venue for leisure activities and the area rapidly acquired a reputation as a sanatorium.