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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Manoj sachdeva

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

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 5 days 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" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 7 days 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

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  • Jugalkishor Kakadia
  • Lives in Surat
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"A good place to visit for nature lovers" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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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Sachin dessai

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  • Sachin dessai
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"Not satisfactory" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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, it's mall road is very small and hardly anything is there. Khajjiar was the only Bright spot in the trip. Dalhousie was pitched to me as a Switzerland of India but don't be fooled and have false expectation. The place is good to explore but there is nothing much to do.
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Vikas Parchwani

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  • Vikas Parchwani
  • Lives in Jaipur
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"Must visit place for Khajjiar" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
If you going to Dalhousie you must visit Khajjiar. Its mini Switzerland for India. Lot of activities are there. And Sightseeing in Dalhousie and khajjiar are awesome. It is a life time experience. We ate pav bhaji, chowmein & maggi. Maggi is very much delicious, if any body going for hill station must eat maggi.
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Neha Gupta

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  • Neha Gupta
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"Good for nature lovers"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A good place to visit for nature lovers. You can find nature's real beauty here. We have visited Khajjiar that was a little bit disappointing. As we have visited this place for paragliding and it was banned at that time. Otherwise it is a good place to go, there is a place named dainkund. Experience of this place was more than awesome.
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Praveen

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  • Praveen
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 3 Reviews
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"Average place"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I was expecting Dalhousie to be better than other hill station but my experience is not good although the view of Peerpanjal is beautiful. But local roads is not good. Nearby places as Kalatop is excellent also trekking to Denkund is marvellous. Hotel Guncha Siddharth, I choose was not good but costly although Khajjiar hotel Royal Residency was good.
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Ankit Gupta

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  • Ankit Gupta
  • Lives in Tarn Taran
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"Relaxed destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A great place to be with friends, family. Can have adventure as well as a relaxed place for family. Always pack winter clothes even during summers, must visit khajjiar valley mini Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh. Dainkund peak is also a must visit point can reach by trekking of approx. 1 km. Dalhousie is a must visit place.
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Rohinish

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  • Rohinish
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"Quiet serene and relaxing"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Dalhousie is a small town which is quite, beautiful and had lovely view of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar. Places of interest for travellers are Dainkund Peak, Kalatop guest house. We also discovered Shiva cafe with waterfall flowing through the cafe and Jot which is 20 km uphill from Khajjiar towards Chamba. Both places are highly recommended.
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Himanshu

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  • Himanshu
  • Lives in Surat
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"Good destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Dalhousie is a good destination for couple visit, it's a very cool place for Romantic couple for spent a time, here is a very good place of Khajiyar it's a very nice place for enjoy. Here is a one big ground and sight scene but due to rain and snow fall we miss this place but it's a very cool place.
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