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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Vishal

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  • Vishal
  • 3 Reviews
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"Dalhousie Leisure & relaxing destination" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Dalhousie is a beautiful place to visit to relax and enjoy the environment and weather. This place is not filled with lot of activities. Just a few places to visit nearby like Khajjiar and snow point, Etc. There is small market called Tibetan market and little market area at Gandhi chownk. One may also see subash chownk where Netaji Subash Chandra Bose statue is placed.
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Talwinder Gill

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  • Talwinder Gill
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Good visit to Dalhousie" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We went Dalhousie few year ago. We stay here couple of weeks. We enjoy the snow and the natural view of mountains. I recommend to new couples to go Dalhousie if you want to spend quality time. You need to take warmth cloths for you better stay.
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Gurpreet Arora

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  • Gurpreet Arora
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"Awesome trip to Dalhousie!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Its really a very nice place. Our mind get refreshed with the ray of hope. Travellers visit that place in the hope that they may go far away from their responsibilities and their business too. Its a better place for couple. Any way we enjoyed a lot there.
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Aditya Tamboli

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  • Aditya Tamboli
  • Lives in Alibag
  • 4 Reviews
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"Best place & best place for couples" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Very nice place to visit for newly married couple. Can spend time for leisure. Khajjiar is a place you must visit. Hotels are good. The best time is during summer. But if you want snowy experience then Jan & Feb are better time to visit.
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Mukund Jangid

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  • Mukund Jangid
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Amazing experience"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was time of September and we are fortunate enough to choose this time. Lots of snow, so enjoyed. Life at full. Snow fight at Gandhi market was good. Few temples are also worthy. It was a great experience. Please go there. You gonna love this place. You must not use slippers there. Do not wear loose clothes. Keep sunglasses on. Do book a good travelling bus
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Hitesh Singla

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  • Hitesh Singla
  • Lives in Ludhiana
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"Awesome trip to Dalhousie"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is a awesome trip to Dalhousie, It is a great trip. The place is very good for holidays. Khajar is must go place in Dalhousie. I enjoyed a lot on this trip. This is to spend vacation in this place. Do paragliding on this place. Experience of paragliding is very good, one time must go to Dalhousie in our life time. Snow fall will be make your trip remarkable.
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Vikas Arora

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  • Vikas Arora
  • Lives in Ludhiana
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"A great one, nice visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I started my journey from Amritsar first I went Pathankot then Dalhousie. Pathankot to Dalhousie distance is 85 KM. But road is OK-OK not to good. There is last bus from Pathankot to Dalhousie is 04:30 PM but they reached by 08:30 PM.

In Dalhousie you can see shubhas chownk mall road. Gandhi chownk. But there is one issue now the wine bars are closed in Dalhousie from last year. Now you can buy a drink and drink it in hotel room. You can also visit Khajjiar & iis to good place for one day. Then you also visit Chamba. There is Banikhet you also visit. Over all my new year going good.
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Sunny Anup

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  • Sunny Anup
  • Lives in Delhi
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"After Kashmir if there is another Paradise is in India, then it is Dalhousie"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Dalhousie, Khajjiar, Chameralake if you ever wanna laid back and enjoy the nature's beauty while doing nothing much. Then Dalhousie is the right destination for you. You will get all in one place. Fun, Food, Adventure - One stop shop for travellers.
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Anurag Saraswat

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  • Anurag Saraswat
  • Lives in Noida
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"Dalhousie- The mountain view"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Dalhousie is really a beautiful place to visit in summer or winter. It is a famous hill station in Northern region of India. During British rule, this town serve as British officials. You can see Dhauladhar mountain majestic view and could visit churches with Victorian architecture. Khajjiar(well known as Switzerland of India) is located 22 km from Dalhousie. You could hire taxi at 1000-1200 INR or could take your own vehicle. You would have wonderful experience with Khajjar lake, Rang mahal and Kalatop wildlife sanctuary. Hotels and food are at its cheap and best.
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"A cool place to relax-Dalhousie"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Dalhousie is a very beautiful place to have relaxing holiday in the lap of mountains. Mall road is a good place to hang out with your friends or family. There are many things to shop at mall road and coffee shops are also available. The view of beautiful Dauladhar ranges on the way to Khajjiar Lake is truly awesome. Khajjiar lake area is known as Switzerland of India. Many people visit this place and small restaurants and eateries are available here. But many of the tourists and local hawkers do not maintain the place and litter all over. I request all the people who are planning to visit Dalhousie to please help to maintain this beautiful destination.
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