Dalhousie Tourism
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Dalhousie Tourism

Dalhousie Info

  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1954 m
  • Pincode: 176304
  • District: Chamba
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 01899
  • Weather: Summer 16 to 42°C, Winter -2 to 19°C

Dalhousie is a popular hill resort situated in the Dhauladhar range of Himachal Pradesh. It is the gateway to the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The hill station of Dalhousie comprises of five distinct hills - Kathlog, Portreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun, which covers an area of about 13 sq. km. Situated in the western Himalayas, Dalhousie is at a distance of about 563 km from Delhi, 300 km from Chandigarh, 191 km from Amritsar and 56 km from Chamba. 


History of Dalhousie

The Dhauladhar range of Himachal Pradesh had attracted the British during the period of British colonisation. Lord Napier Magdala wanted to set up a hospital for chronic diseases in Chamba in the outer slopes of the Dauladhar range.


In 1853, the Raja of Chamba agreed to transfer the plateau of Kathlog, Portreyn, Tehra and Bakrota to the British Raj to establish the sanatorium, which was eventually named after Lord Dalhousie, the first British Governor General of India. In 1866, Balun was also taken over by the British. 


Things to do in Dalhousie

Dalhousie offers interesting period architecture that range from ancient temples to Gothic styled churches. St. Andrew's and St. Patrick's at Balun, the St. Francis' Church at Subash Chowk, and St. John's Church at Gandhi Chowk are some of the most frequented churches. The exquisite architectural beauty of the summer palace of the Chamba rulers at Jandrighat is also popular. Panchpula and Subhash Baoli of Dalhousie are known for the monuments of the famous freedom fighters like Ajit Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose. 


There are several places within and around Dalhousie that are good picnic spots. Dainkund, Khajjiar, Chamba, Palampur, Baijnath, Bir, Billing, Triund, Dharamsala, etc. are some of the prominent places that attract tourists. One can witness a blend of adventure, historic significance and natural beauty at all the major tourist spots in Dalhousie. 


Being the most popular and quietest hill station of India, Dalhousie attracts thousands of tourists all round the year. It offers different experiences during different seasons. The summer season is the best with the temperature remaining within 25⁰ Celsius for most of the time. This makes it ideal for exploring the hill station. 


Those who want to experience snowfall can visit during the months of December to February when snowfall occurs. However, the weather is quite chilly during this time and adequate protection must be taken. June-September and October-November see some rainfall. October and November are also the months when the festivals of Dusshera and Diwali are celebrated with pomp and gaiety and are a good time to visit. Like in the rest of North India, Holi is also an important festival here.

 

Travelling to Dalhousie

Dalhousie is easily approachable from all the major cities of North India. It is connected by air to Pathankot and Jammu. Jammu is well connected to Delhi and other cities in North India. The Gaggal Airport at Dharamshala is another airport. Pathankot is also the nearest railway station which has connections to major cities within the country including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bhatinda, Amritsar and Delhi. By road Dalhousie is reachable from Delhi and other places nearby.

 

Travelling within Dalhousie

Tourists can hire taxis to travel within Dalhousie. Tourists can also opt for buses to travel around the city which costs about Rs 30.

 

Accommodation in Dalhousie

Tourists in Dalhousie can avail various accommodation options, ranging from budget hotels to 5 star hotels. Tourists can opt for British era Mansions converted into hotels to stay in Dalhousie.

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Shubham Anand
  • Shubham Anand
  • Lives in Ranchi
  • 3 Reviews

"Enjoyed the real beauty real calm" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Today
We fully enjoyed the entire trip - courtesy the natural beauty, forest, temple, etc. The beauty of these places was so amazing, that I must say I couldn't capture even a fraction of it in my camera. Dalhousie is a great tourist destination tucked into foothills of Himalayas. Serene and quiet, it will give us a good break from cacophony of operations. Day one we reached Khajjiar. This part reminds you of Scotland or of Pahalgam, valley full of greenery. There we had a full day of activity including tracking. Next day we went to Daikund. Carry good warm clothes as it is windy and temp goes down to 0 degree during nights. Overall, it was an awesome experience taking a break from the day today business. Go along with family and would definitely won't regret.
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Debashis Roy
  • Debashis Roy
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 3 Reviews

"On Top of the Hill" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Mr Vishal Kumar received us and drives in his car from Pathankot. Checked in to Hotel Geetanjali (HPTDC budget hotel from British raj) at Dalhousie.
Next day we drove to Khajjiar grounds (called as Mini Switzerland), Kalatop forest on the way back and local sight-seeing in the evening. We also visited Satdhara, Panji Pulla and Subhash Baoli.

We fully enjoyed the entire trip - courtesy the natural beauty, forest, temple, etc. The beauty of these places was so amazing, that I must say I couldn't capture even a fraction of it in my camera.

Finally, one last thing that deserves mention is the car which we had hired The owner-cum-driver, Mr. Vishal Kumar (09736216392), is a very endearing person, and I would strongly recommend him for anyone going for a tour in those areas. A reliable, efficient, well behaved driver is most important in any tour. We really felt so comfortable all along that we just forgot that we had met just a couple of days back!
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Nasir Ahmed
  • Nasir Ahmed
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 5 Reviews

"Destination tucked into foothills of Himalayas"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Dalhousie is located at the hilltop around 6000+ feet above AMSL. We were around 100 people visited the located this November. Eight of us were from Assam and we joined rest of the group at Delhi. Boarded the train at Old Delhi and reached Pathankot next day 6 am. It was an awesome three hoursí drive from Pathankot. At around 1 pm reached our Hotel Mount View.

Dalhousie is a great tourist destination tucked into foothills of Himalayas. Serene and quiet, it will give us a good break from cacophony of operations. Day one we reached Khajjiar. This part reminds you of Scotland or of Pahalgam, valley full of greenery. There we had a full day of activity including tracking. Next day we went to Daikund. Carry good warm clothes as it is windy and temp goes down to 0 degree during nights. Overall, it was an awesome experience taking a break from the day today business. Go along with family and would definitely wonít regret.
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Rashmi
  • Rashmi
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 3 Reviews

"A place for mountain lovers"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you are a mountain lover. then you must visit this place. I was went to dalhousie after 30 years and I was mesmerized again. The place hasn't lost its natural beauty. I was floored by its mountain views and greenery. I feel that november is best time to visit. It is not populated like other hill stations. Much calmer and quite place it is. You don't have much to do in the evening after 5:30 like any other hill stations. If you are in group or with family can spend quality time or one should stay in good hotel to indulge in spa or indoor games. There isn't much restaurant for food except couple of them in gandhi chowk. So it is better to go for package deal with hotel where breakfast and dinner is included. I am not a religious traveler so I prefer to choose the destinations which still has restored natural habitat. So in my must visit list in Dalhousie there are places like, Chamera Lake, Bakrota hills, Kalatop and Khajjiar.
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Ankit Singh
  • Ankit Singh
  • Lives in Jalandhar
  • 1 Review

"Feel the paradise on Earth"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The month we arrived was fab. After booking a room in nearby hotel. Me along with my 4 friends went to see the scenarios of the place. We ate something in dinner and slept like dead people for 10 hours. Then came The day. We all packed up the things and went for chamanda (or some name, I forgot) temple. There was a defence base where we clicked pics but we thought it won't be good if they came to question us. Then we ran from there to a stadium through booked taxi. If it were there, it seemed more like a proper stadium and that too a good one. The fun being there was having girls all around us. Thereafter we ate some things, roamed a lot in villages and then returned back to where we started. It was an immemorable journey and that was stored in my heart like the sweetest of my memory with dearest friends who are no more my besties although. But I have no regret. Its a requests with all the readers to kindly visit the place once in your life, you will feel the paradise on Earth.
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Dhiraj
  • Dhiraj
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice place to hang out and fee the serenity"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you are looking for tranquil place, then this is the place for you, true beauty of Himalayan range, mystic roads and awesome weather. Dalhousie is still not crowded as compared to other Himachal hill station and therefore preserving its natural beauty. Local people here are good and genuine. Good idea to go for a long walk and have true feel of the freshness and serenity.
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Bunty Jain
  • Bunty Jain
  • Lives in Rajsamand
  • 3 Reviews

"A good trip overall"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Overall it was great to visit Dalhousie. It was great with my partner(wife). Visited mall road for great shopping and shopped for shawls, blankets and many more items. and had good food there. Stayed at hotel snow valley, It was near the mall road and was very neat and clean. Khajjiar (mini swiss) was nearly 20km from hotel. Over all it was great experience.
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Sapna Dutta
  • Sapna Dutta
  • Lives in Valsad
  • 5 Reviews

"Wonderful and Superb place, worth a second visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Overall the place was excellent and it was worth visiting. Hotel was excellent and facilities were also excellent. All the places were worth visiting. But due to less time we were unable to visit most of the places, so I would like to visit again and for much more time and see the snowfall. This place is best suited for nature. The must-visit places are Panchpula, Chamunda Devi Temple, Khajjiar and St. Francis Church. The food at every corner was delicious and very tasty.
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Aman Makkar
  • Aman Makkar
  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 4 Reviews

"Excellent destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Dalhousie was a best hill station comparison from all hill stations. This place was for relaxation after exam or working. There was Gurudwara which was situated in 1906's and temple was also there. Bazaar was superb. Food was also superb. Hotel was awesome and the hotel prices were valuable for person. Parking was safe in every hotel. Garden was also there and garden was clean and green. I advice the people they should visit this destination. I like this destination most.
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Parth Malhan
  • Parth Malhan
  • Lives in Amritsar
  • 1 Review

"Overall, a nice trip"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was a nice place. The Gandhi chowk and Subhash Chowk are the main markets. It looks very beautiful in evening. There is a famous Tibetan Market near Gandhi Chowk. There you can purchase things from shoes to hat, Clothes and toys for children. Overall, Area of Dalhousie is not much big but its calm, Quiet for Romantic as well as family trip.

There's a place Khajjiar around 30-35 km from there. It has a park there, which is again very beautiful. The clouds came around us for a while and then became invisible. This is what Khajjiar is famous for. It was a nice trip.
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