Dalhousie Tourism

Dalhousie Tourism

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  • 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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Abhinav Sudan

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  • Abhinav Sudan
  • 10 photos
  • 56 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  699 readers

"Great place for vacations"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
1. Why to visit?
It is a major tourist attraction in the Chamba district of Michal Pradesh. It offers a wide range of places to spend good time.
2. Must Visit Places.
Dainkund Peak is a must visit place having a temple and highest peak in this area. Khajiar also is a very good scenic place with a beautiful lake and temple.
3. Local food and shopping.
Local food is good with all types of food availability. For shopping Tibetan market can be explored rest everything is common.
4. Activities.
Driving down the famous places is a good option or you can hire a car also. Walking through the local market, photography and biking is also a doable option.
5. Advice.
Bargain with the hired car drivers if not using own cars. But generally they are good.
Happy Holidaying !!
Warm Regards
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Gurjot Sahota

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  • Gurjot Sahota
  • Lives in Ludhiana
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  • 9 Reviews
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"A must visit place, specially with family."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's a must visit place specially with family, and the people come from metro cities, it's a cool and calm place, for me and my family it's like a heaven. Fresh air, no traffic noises, it gives me a peace of mind, that's why I love to visit Dalhousie always, every one who comes to Dalhousie must visit saint Francis church, khajiar, Kala top. And also must visit Chamba which called a gateway to Dalhousie. When ever I visit, it always remind me the colonial times. Weather is pleasant, must visit mall road, panch pula ,, bhur Singh museum make anyone to remember the history and culture of Chamba .. Non vegetarians can have a fish made with Chamba style. Vegetarian would love kachalu, river Ravi is also gives a scenic view, can also visit a chamera Dam
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Tushar Mehta

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  • Tushar Mehta
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  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 128 Reviews
  •  120 helpful votes
  •  93291 readers

"Natural Hill Station compare to others in India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 30, 2017
People visit this destination beacause It is nearest from Punjab. Also it is easily accessible from Pathankot. Pathankot is important railway junction. Also It is very small, beautiful & natural Hill station. It is not influence with modern hill station. Mall road, Khajjiar, Dainkund peak, Sach pass (snow point) are famous tourist place. Hotel booking is necessary for family travelers. Taxis are easily available with fix rates for sightseen
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Vidyut Maurya

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  • Vidyut Maurya
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 160 photos
  • 116 Reviews
  •  34 helpful votes
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"Time pass"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 9, 2017
Dalhousie is a hill station in Himachal pradesh. Can be reached from nearest rail head Pathankot of Punjab. You can go here for time pass. Here you can live for better health conditions. Rabindra nath Tagore, Netajee Subhash chandra bose, Mahatma Gandhi, Rudyard Kipp ling and Sardar Ajeet singh came Dalhousie. Climate was nice. Most of hotels are costly here. Nothing to see very interesting like other hill stations. If you want cheaper accommodation can get a hotel at Banikhet, 6 km before Dalhousie.
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Hemmanroy Thaker

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  • Hemmanroy Thaker
  • 23 photos
  • 21 Reviews
  •  45 helpful votes
  •  11476 readers


  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 22, 2017
Dalhousie is a place to visit when there is snow fall, but unfortunately during this periods the roads are closed. But the best time is either when the snow fall has stopped or during early summer periods. Do not waste your time to see other places like Chamba. Hotels in the area are good, with good rooms, service and food. If only you are a driving freak - do not go by car - self driving, as some roads are really dangerous.
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Manish Kumar

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  • Manish Kumar
  • Lives in Dehradun
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  • 8 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  4294 readers

"Peaceful and enchanting place."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 29, 2016
Khajjiar is one of the best places to visit in Dalhousie, it is also known as mini Switzerland. Hotels are also cheap and there is good connectivity of bus from here to Dharamshala and Pathankot.
Hotel bhandari is quite cheap and good hotel to stay in.
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Anant Aggarwal

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  • Anant Aggarwal
  • Lives in Amritsar
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  • 7 Reviews
  •  1942 readers

"Dalhousie is for Couple Travellers"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 8, 2016
A scenic hill station in the lap of Himalayas. Its small but enchanting views with take your heart away. Its perfect for couple travellers as there are plenty of secluded places to spend quality time with each other. You can also enjoy adventure sports such as paragliding and sobbing in khajjiar!
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Saurabh Kwatra

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  • Saurabh Kwatra
  • Lives in Dalhousie
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"Enjoy cold air and warm brilliant sun together"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 30, 2016
I have been to practically all hill stations in India, especially Himachal (as my home state). Dalhousie has several reasons for being #1. Firstly, approach is 90% plain road (highway) and just 10% hill road from Pathankot onwards. Sky is intense blue with brilliant Sun. Cold air after sunset is a bliss. There is some difficulty in walking along roads there as traffic along with gives some smoke. But you can always find treks (like Dalhousie - Gaur), Kalatop and Daikund Peak.

Food is fresh and good but bit limited in menu. However, it can be managed if you eat in your hotel and request what you want. In that case, food is fresh and tasty.

Khajjiar, a popular destination for Dalhousites is slightly over-talked. It is good no doubt, but better places exist near Dalhousie.

I request all prospective travellers to abstain throwing rubbish on roads or down the hill. If you find no bin, carry it to home where you have a trash bin.
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Alok Pandey

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  • Alok Pandey
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Architecture of Nature !!!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 14, 2016
One of the great Romantic Hill Station, in Chamba District, Michal Pradesh. Situated on 5 Hills, this part of India was discovered by Lord Dalhousie, so as the name. Great weekend destination for Honeymooners, Adventure Enthusiast and Nature Lovers.
An All season destination, one will fall in love with this place. But best time to visit is from April to October.
For food lovers, you will get ample number of choices in Mall Road, Dalhousie, which is the most happening place.
You can explore Dainkund, Khajjiar, Bakrota Hills, Kalatop Forest etc to name a few tourist spot.
Explore this part of country via Indian Roads. Keep warm clothes along with you and a good trekking shoe.
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Keshav Gupta

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  • Keshav Gupta
  • Lives in Barnala
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"Best chapter added to our memories ..."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 26, 2016
Dalhousie is a very good and calm place. We enjoyed a a lot over there during our visit in june this year.
Hotel ranjit sagar veiw added some more stars, as very delighted location, and friendly service by the staff makes us feel like home.
Miss you Dalhousie
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