Dalhousie Tourism

Dalhousie Tourism

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A small place hidden amongst greens and mountains. Central place slightly crowded, however the HPTDC accommodation was superb in all ways enjoy a trek to Kalatope, might be lucky to see birds/ deer. Once you reach the end of trekking, the breathtaking view of valley below and unobstructed cool breeze of air holds you captive and you loose count of number of hours passed (only your taxi driver reminds you that it is time to back). Small suggestion: go trekking and don't take taxi to the end spot. Enjoy walking up from bus stand to Gandhi chowk and marvellous view of surrounding hills, trees and valley. Do visit river point and sit idly with feet drowned in running ice cold water of River Ravi.
Great Summer Escape :)

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Maggi is the greatest food fad in town followed by Momos, thanks to the Tibetan population and Tibet Market.

Activities & things to do: Trekking Kalatope
Sitting leisurely
Eating Maggi

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Love driving and stay in and around Delhi , drive your own car
Reach by rail to chakki bank and then hire a taxi to dalhousie in 1500 rs.and vice versa.
If want to travel by bus, reach Pathankot and hire a Volvo or taxi (advance booking on male trip or redbuds.in)
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Dalhousie Traveller Reviews

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Ashwin Sarda
  • Ashwin Sarda
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 270 Reviews

"Switzerland of India" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Dalhousie is truly the Switzerland of east. Look as far as you can but green will be the only colour that you can spot. A lot of Bollywood movies gets shot in this area. When we visit Dalhousie, Madhuri Dixit was shooting for one of her films....... More
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"Snowy Welcome" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was snow covered welcome but we could not visit any place nearby as roads were blocked but still we roamed around in the town as it was fully covered by snow; it was like a white carpet had been laid around. More
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Abhishek Prahladka
  • Abhishek Prahladka
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 1 photo
  • 5 Reviews

"Snow bound peaks with calm surroundings" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This hill station is situated approx.80 km from Pathankot which is a nearest railway station from where you can hire car or can take bus. The hill station was built at the time of British rule and one can feel the same through the structure of....... More
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  • Neeraj
  • 2 Reviews

"Experience of Snow"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We visited this place on Dec Month and this is the right time to visited this place then you can get the experience of Snow, good Climate, less travellers, good time to spent with your partner. And we visited by own car so it also added to the....... More
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  • Sandeep
  • Lives in Faridabad
  • 4 Reviews

"Bad Experience"

  • 0.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Over all experience was very bad. Himachal Government does not maintain visiting places and roads. It was totally damaged and there was filth and dirt all over the place. Khajar was good place among all.. We have just wasted our money and time....... More
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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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