Dalhousie Tourism

Dalhousie Tourism

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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

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.


Dalhousie is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Jammu and Amritsar.

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Vivek awachat

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  • Vivek awachat
  • 3 Reviews

"Pleasant place for a holiday." new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Nature at it's best. You can enjoy the serenity of the lonely locations, as well as, you can also be a part of the lively holiday revellers at Gandhi Chowk. Beautiful places, especially Khajjiar, is an added attraction. One whole day can be very well enjoyed at Khajjiar . The sad part is, visitors are throwing plastic wastes everywhere & rapidly spoiling the beauty of this location.
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Nishant Dhere

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  • Nishant Dhere
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
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"Not good" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Too high value for an hotel which is 6km from Dalhousie . . Food quality not good. Parking space not available. No other facilities other than accommodation . Hotel too far from Dalhousie . 6km travelling to Dalhousie from banikhet is one of the toughest and very curvy Breakfast q
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Rakesh jain

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  • Rakesh jain
  • 3 Reviews
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"Dalhousie- old city with no moderation" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
As name sounds, it is a city of Lord Dalhousie time. Cantonment and number of schools are there. The Mall Road is the only place for visitors but it has not been developed with time. City requires special development effoerts. There is hardly any other attraction in the city. The tea and omelette sellers at entrance of Mall Road gives an ugly look.
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S.chakrborty

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  • 12 Reviews
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"Its good" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Dalhousie is rich by nature and hill tops so its must to visit it once in life of India), Dhainkund(Top view of dalhousie), Dalhousie market, Kalatop Forest. Dalhousie market is good for shopping and food lovers. OLd sher a Punjab or quality restaurant is good for food Only activity you can do is roam around all view points and cherish the nature Travelers should avoid May as its very hot time. March is best .
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Shankar Ramachandran

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  • Shankar Ramachandran
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  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 9 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
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"Bracing hill station"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Dalhousie offers solitude and tranquility and is quite sober compared to Michal hill stations such as Dharamshala or Manali . Best spot to visit is Dainkund, while the overrated Khajjiar is an avoid unless you wish to try paragliding. Avoid Kalatop too unless you are trekking there.
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Sunil kapoor

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  • Sunil kapoor
  • 2 Reviews
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"Mesmerizing and majestic Dalhousie"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 16, 2018
I visited Dalhousie in 1985 and again in January 2018. Old memories were staying in cantonment with lush green forest and Devdar trees all around even passing through the rooms and mess. Poor roads, lack of cleanliness and tourism facilities are big issues against the spirit of nature lovers but mother nature has blessed Dalhousie with so much beauty that I have enjoyed travelling through mesmerizing view of Peer Panel ranges, Devdar trees and cool breeze. Government would do well to improve tourism facilities and roads.
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Preetika gupta Gupta

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  • Preetika gupta Gupta
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 8 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Dainkund - A little paradise beyond Dalhousie"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 29, 2017
Dainkund is a very small place a few kms above Dalhousie. The drive up the hills is just amazing. We went there in February and saw snow all around. There's around 2 km trek up to the Devi temple, which is worth the effort. The view from above is breathtaking. On our way back, instead of walking down the road, we climbed down a small mountain. It was truly amazing.
Dalhousie is a quiet place unlike other crowded hill stations and that's the reason anyone can instantly fall in love with it. With a 360 degree mountain view, you cannot ask for more.
Tips:
1. Book a room through OYO and you won't be disappointed.
2. Take an overnight train to Pathankot and hire a cab. Journey is just 2. 5 hrs from there and memorable.
3. Trust the locals; they are your best guide.
4. Plan a day trip to Dainkund, Khajiar and Kala Top. Try some adventure activities, bask under the sun, trek, enjoy maggi and chai and snow, if you're lucky like us.
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Praveen agarwal

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  • Praveen agarwal
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  91 readers

"Excellent Journey"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 29, 2017
Dalhouse was the nice destination for me. I heard about the beauty of Dalhouse but after a long gap I finally got a chance to visit this place. This is nice quiet calm and cool place. I like this place because I found it is colder than Shimla, Manali etc. Very panoramic lake surrounded with mountain and a great Temple finally Switzerland of India called Khajjiar was superb and no word to explain about the beauty of the place. Local food and shopping is poor. I advice to tourist a visit this place and come across with a great experience.
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Deepa tyagi

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  • Deepa tyagi
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"Dalhousie - A beautiful destination"

  • Posted Oct 26, 2017
Khajjiar, ChamerÓ Dam, Dainkund Peak, St. Francis' Church, Chamba are the places we visited. We planned our trip via Amritsar and had a stopover there too, so that going to Dalhousie from Delhi does not become too tiresome. Amritsar has its own charm and history, which we tried to explore in our brief trip there.
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Sukhwinder kaur kaur

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  • Sukhwinder kaur kaur
  • 1 Review
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"Dalhousie is a perfect hill station"

  • Posted Oct 25, 2017
Yes it was good experience.. Fun time with my family. I am newly married. So I enjoy a lot with my hubby there. Nature beautifully surrounded with greenery, mountains, peaceful place.
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