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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Aneesh Arora

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  • Lives in Pathankot
  • 3 Reviews
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"A city with good weather" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It was a great experience visiting Dalhousie. The main thing was the weather. The weather is awesome over there in summers especially. We just went over there to get some change, outing and from hot weather to cold weather. Sometimes its raining, foggy and sunny. Sometimes we saw rainbow over there that was awesome.
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Mopidevi Kishore

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"A nice place to visit from March to October" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The travel started from Dehradun the place where I stay.

From there we went Saharanpur by bus. From Saharanpur by train we went to chakki bank railway station. From there you could find buses that travel to Dalhousie every half hour say. The frequency is optimum. From Chakki bank to Dalhousie i takes almost 4-5 hours journey by bus, initially it's a plain road but after say half hour there is ghat road. No stopping until you reach the hilltop. Around 4500 ft high. Pleasant weather around and lush green mountains. Also you can see farming here and there.

After you reach Dalhousie you can always view Himalayan range with snow. Two important places in Dalhousie are Gandhi chowk and subhash chowk. Path and view from these places is awesome.

One can always visit KHAJJIAR, 25 km away from dalhousie by bus it has a wild life sanctuary and is called as mini Switzerland. Awesome place to visit.

Overall experience of visiting this place was very good. We did in last October and planning to visit again.
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Nitesh  Parmar

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  • Nitesh Parmar
  • Lives in Sirohi
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  •  3 helpful votes
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"Not a recommended place"

  • 2/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
On very height, this place is horrible in rain. We visited in the month of February and you will not believe that when the heavy rain with snowfall started, our car driver advised us to leave the place immediately because once the snowfall get heavy you will not be able to leave this place and at that time hotel management will charge huge amount to drop you below 6 km. There are land sliding and deep forest, I will not advise anyone to go this place.
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Monisha Abhilash

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  • Monisha Abhilash
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Visited to enjoy Snow"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
After lots of discussion decided on going to Dalhousie for enjoying Snow in early Jan 2015. I feel this is the closest place from Delhi, where one can enjoy snow. Dalhousie can be reached overnight from Delhi with plenty of options like Train/Bus till Pathankot and then a cab to Dalhousie (4 Hours) or a direct HRTC bus from Delhi. We were looking only for snow and found it in abundance. It had snowed just the previous night and the entire place was covered in snow. Would like to go back in summer to explore the true beauty of this place
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Jitender Singh

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  • Jitender Singh
  • Lives in Bareilly
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"The beauty of nature is magnified"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The views of khajjiar, kalatop, chamer lake and many other places were beautifull will visit again for next time and will recommend to many. The beauty of nature is magnified and is enhanced and also the food at mall road was good especially the non veg.
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Gaurav

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"India's Paradise"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The people who loves natural beauty must visit Dalhousie. Dalhousie as whole is very beautiful and peaceful place. The mall road in Dalhousie will provide you an amazing shopping experience. As visitor you should spend 3 to 4 days in Dalhousie & enjoy its natural surroundings. Places of tourist attraction in Dalhousie are Khajiar & Kala-top Point. There is direct train from Delhi to Pathankot & then 2. 5 hours journey by road to Dalhousie.
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Vinit Sharma

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  • Vinit Sharma
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"A nice holiday"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a nice Holiday experience in dalhousie and nice sightseeing too. A nice city with good and relaxing atmosphere. Nice food and nice snow. Visited the church, it was a good experience. Dalhousie is a nice tourist spot. Dalhousie had nice view. We spent good time.
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Rudra Chakraborty

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Amazing nature but with a poor logistic experience"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Dalhousie is a heaven to the mountain lovers. This is one of the most visited towns in himachal. We were there in October 2014. Weather was not so bad. We could see the snow peaks of Dhauladhar range from the town. If you are travelling to Dalhousie - Chamba , Kalatop, khajjiar are the points you should visit. Khajjiar is widely known as Switzerland of India for its amazing beauty..

There are some really good hotels. But we were unlucky considering this point. We booked hotel Topaz through cleartrip. But the rooms were at the bottom and did not have any view at all.

Overall a nice experience!! And will visit again
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"A very nice holiday destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was a nice Holiday experience in Dalhousie. It had nice sightseeing spots. A nice city, the atmosphere was nice and relaxing. Food in Dalhousie was nice. It had nice snow. The hotel's were also nice hotel and good people. Khajjiar is best place in Dalhousie.
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Yogesh

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"Dalhousie is a nice destination"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Good experience,visited the church their, Dalhousie is a nice tourist spot. The sceneries were good. We spent good time, There was one place which we were not able see as destination was under govt. Place call kajira, but overall nice experience was at Dalhousie.
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