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

History of Dalhousie

Named after Lord Dalhousie, the then British Governor in India, Dalhousie is a splendid summer retreat in North India, which was established in 1854 by the British Government. The beautiful and picturesque Dalhousie is built on and around the five hills, which are the best places for sightseeing in Dalhousie, namely The Katalagh, Potreyn, Bakrota, Terah and Bhangora.

Dalhousie is surrounded by snow peaked mountains and is located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas. Summer is the best season to visit Dalhousie. History enthusiasts can look forward to the buildings of the Scottish and Victorian architecture in the Dalhousie town.

People and culture of Dalhousie

The people of Dalhousie have a simple culture, which is free of any colonial intervention. Ancient Hindu tribes have been a major part of the society of Dalhousie dating back to the 7th century A.D. The tribal population of Dalhousie include the Gaddhis, Gujjars, Kinnars, Bhots and the Lahaulis.

Another major part of the population comprises of the Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Tibetans. Agriculture, Tourism, Animal husbandry, arts and crafts are the major occupations of the tribal community here. The classical ambience of the colonial era is evident from the Scottish and Victorian architecture of Dalhousie town.

Things to do  in Dalhousie

The picturesque destination offers a lot of activities for nature lovers and adventurers. Among the places to visit in Dalhousie are Daikund peak, Ganji Pahari as a picnic spot to soak in the realms of nature and enjoy quality time with your loved ones. Dalhousie attractions include the Garam Sadak, Jhandri ghat, Subhash Pauli ideal for the trekking enthusiasts as Dalhousie is regarded as the trekker’s paradise.

The tourists places in Dalhousie that are of religious importance are the Noorwood Paramdham, Bara Pathar temple, Hariraya temple, St. Patrick church, to name a few. Dalhousie sightseeing will be incomplete without visiting the Moti tibba, Rang mahal and Sach pass for mountain trekking enthusiasts, which are one of the best Dalhousie tourist places.

Other things to do in Dalhousie include visiting the Kalatop Wildlife reserve. Dalhousie tour can offer you an experience to remember by visiting the Minjar fair and the summer festival to give you a glimpse of the culture of Dalhousie. Other things to do in Dalhousie is boating in the Chamera lake dam.

Food and shopping in Dalhousie

Gandhi chowk in Dalhousie is the local market that houses many local restaurants that serve pure and authentic cuisine as per the taste of the customers. While visiting the places to see in Dalhousie, be sure to check out the multi cuisine dishes available at these local restaurants. The shopping plaza at Gandhi Chowk is the ultimate shopping destination, which is famous as Dalhousie places to visit for buying Souvenirs, jewellery, clothes, arts and handicrafts.

Bhuttico is yet another shopping destination, which was established by the local women in 1944 to showcase the handicrafts created by the women of the local villages. Shawls made of Pashmina, Angora and lambs wool are very popular. 

Accommodation in Dalhousie

If you are wondering how to reach Dalhousie, then you will be happy to know that Dalhousie is well connected by air, the nearest airport being Pathankot (75 km from Dalhousie); bus and train. Dalhousie being a popular destination on the travel map has no dearth of budget hotels, luxury hotels and resorts that are at a close vicinity to the famous places in Dalhousie.


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Sujoy dasgupta

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  • Sujoy dasgupta
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  • 3 Reviews
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"A place for people who love hills" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Dalhousie is one of the best hill sites I have ever visited. We plan to visit again. The Hotel selection is upto the traveller. But we stayed at Alps Resort, a cute little hotel on hills. It takes 1 hr travel to Khajjiar or Kalatop. There are plenty of hotels in these two places also. However, I did not want to miss travelling one hill roads as that gives an opportunity to see so much of nature.

We had travelled in first week of May. It was not cold but very pleasant. The best period for this place should be March-April. Since the place gets snowfall and the roads are on hill tracks, the roads face problems at times during extreme winter or rainy season (keeping in mind safety aspect).

The must visit spots are of course Kalatop and Khajjiar. One can go for paragliding or horse riding at Khajjiar. Otherwise, these places are to just chill & relax, not to forget photography.

A local driver is suggested since they are experts in driving on the hill & know the roads too well.
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Manthan Vakil

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  • Manthan Vakil
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Mini Switzerland" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This is an awesome place. Hotels are too good, weather will be awesome every time. There is a place called Khajjiar. It is known as mini Switzerland. Horse riding. One should taste food from people carrying bags, it's awesome! Some gardens are also there. So it's a must visit place.
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Kumar Sanu

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  • Kumar Sanu
  • Lives in Jehanabad
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"Perfect place to Visit this Summer" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I had heard a lot about Dalhousie since childhood and when I reached there it was totally worth it. I was with 3 of my friends and we took a state transport bus from Pathankot to Dalhousie. The Journey was as beautiful as anything. I will advise you to take a window seat in the bus. The scenery and the landscapes are so beautiful.

This is a place for everybody. You can go there for a get together with friends, family or have a nice romantic honeymoon. The hotels are built on the hills and you get mesmerising views from the windows. Some of the must visit places are Panchpula, Dainkund Peak, Khajjiar, the tibetan market and Bakrota hills. We reached at 10 in the morning and checked into our hotel first of all. We all were tired because of the journey. So, we decided to just visit the nearby places that day. We got to the streets and had some amazing time together. We visited the tibetan market. You can shop for your family there. We had some of the best momos and bhutte. You get beautiful backgrounds to get your pictures clicked.

The next day we visited Panchpula, Dainkund peak, Bakrota hills and Khajjiar. I can't pick one out of these places. All of these are awesome. The waterfall in Panchpula, The trek in Dainkund peak, the switzerland like view in Khajjiar, everything is still fresh in my mind. If you are a nature lover, please visit once for sure.
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Chinmay Bhide

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  • Chinmay Bhide
  • Lives in Pune
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"A pristine getaway !!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Dalhousie is one of the most beautiful hill towns in India. Nested in the beautiful Meadows away from the hustle of commercialized tourist destinations.

I visited Dalhousie as a part of my trek. Dalhousie was the base camp for the trek. I reached Pathankot and took a ride to chakki bank. The short journey in the Misty December morning was amazing.

Dalhousie has a lot beautiful properties to stay at. The bazaar road has a lot to offer for the shopaholic, the foodie and the explorer.

Chamba, kalatop, khajjiar are some of the famous places around Dalhousie.

I would personally suggest a 3-4 day Stay at this picturesque place. Roam around the streets soak in the nature's beauty.

For the adventure seeker, take on a few exertions around Dalhousie.

A must visit for those in love with the mountains.
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Adhi  Arya

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  • Adhi Arya
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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  •  4 helpful votes
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"Weekend break from Chandigarh" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Dalhousie is a good option for weekend break. We started at around 11 am from Chandigarh and travelled via ropar, jalandhar, and pathankot. It took us around 7 hers to drive on, but driving was fun

On reaching Dalhousie we checked in to snow valley resort, it was an average hotel but located at a good location with good view of valley.

Next day we headed to khajjiar, on the way had an unplanned trek which was fun, khajjiar is also called as Switzerland of himachal, but not as good as it is over hyped.

Major thing which many tourist miss out is kalatop wild life reserve where adventure sports can be tried.

Kalatop has rooms which can be booked @ reasonable prices from HP tourism site.
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Sachin Ruhela

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  • Sachin Ruhela
  • Lives in Modinagar
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"A good experience" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Last month we went to Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh. This place is very peaceful. Dalhousie climate is very good in summer. All types of hotels were available in Dalhousie. Near by khajjiar it's a very good place. All pine tree valley in khajjiar. You have to enjoy horse riding and many more activities in khajjiar.
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Jai prakash Singh

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  • Jai prakash Singh
  • Lives in Noida
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"Lovely hill station" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Perfect place to visit with family and friends. Don't miss boating at Chamera dam. Khaziar and Chamba are nearby places to enjoy.

Mall road is small but good. Depending upon season you may enjoy snow fall also. Range of snow cladded mountains changes color as time passes from sunrise to sunset.

Cool breeze from dense forest will thrill you and silence will speak lot many experiences.
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Manoj sachdeva

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  • Manoj sachdeva
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"Very Good place to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Dalhousie is a beautiful and very cool place in Summer time, a less crowded and easily approachable from north India.

One can plan even weekend trip to Summer capital of Old times and enjoy short trip.

Also please note this is the one of very few places where you can see snow covered mountains even in summers, during your travel all along Dalhousie this was really a surprise to all of us.

Off course there are not too many points to see here but all major spots are beautiful to see and remember, Good luck.
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Partha pratim roy

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  • Partha pratim roy
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"Overall satisfying"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Overall satisfying. Coming to specific details, please note this place is cool even during peak summer in India. So if you need to chill in summer, Dalhousie is the place. The "Pir panjal" mountain range is visible from this place and if you would like to go to snow point "Saach Pass", Dalhousie is the starting point. There are not many places to visit in Dalhousie but there are few good eateries. So come in Summer, eat and relax in this old British colonial town in India.
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  • Jugalkishor Kakadia
  • Lives in Surat
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"A good place to visit for nature lovers"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Decided to go here because last year I had been to Shimla and Manali, but Dalhousie was a disappointed. It's calm and peaceful but it doesn't have that life which previous places had, “If you are going to Dalhousie so must visit for Khajjiar. Its mini switzerland for india. Lot activities are there. And Sightseeing for Dalhousie for Khajjiar are awesome. A good place to visit for nature lovers. You can find nature's real beauty here. We have visited Khajjiar that was a lil bit disappointing. As we have visited this place for paragliding and it.
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