About Dalhousie

Country: India | State: Himachal

Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Nearest City to Dalhousie: Chandigarh (319 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Dalhousie: March to June & October to December

Peak Season: December to January & May to June

At a distance of 51 km from Chamba, 86 km from Pathankot, 167 km from Jammu, 319 km from Chandigarh, 323 km from Shimla and 564 km from Delhi, Dalhousie is a scenic hill station in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. It lies at an elevation of 1,970 m and is a popular summer getaway in Himachal Pradesh and among the must include places in your Himachal tour packages.

Dalhousie is surrounded by snow peaked mountains and is located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas. It was named after Lord Dalhousie, the then Viceroy of India, who established this town as a summer retreat in 1854.The beautiful and picturesque Dalhousie is spread around five hills, known as Katalagh, Potreyn, Bakrota, Terah and Bhangora. Scottish and Victorian architecture are prevalent in the bungalows and churches in the town.

Ganji Pahadi, Dainkund Peak, Khajjiar, Noorwood Paramdham, Rang Mahal, Bara Pathar temple, Hariraya Temple, St. Patrick Church, Bakrota Hills, Satdhara Falls, Village Lohali, Kalatop and Kalatop Forest, Panchpula, Subhash Baoli and Salooni are the top places to visit in Dalhousie. Dalhousie also offers a lot of activities for nature lovers and adventurers. Garam Sadak, Jhandri ghat, Moti tibba and Sach pass are the ideal places for the trekking enthusiasts in Dalhousie. Minjar fair and summer festival are the two important festivals celebrated in Dalhousie.

There are numerous hotels available to suit every budget. Guesthouses, resorts and homestays are also available. Most of the good hotels in Dalhousie are along the Mall Road and near the bus stand.

Gaggal Airport is the nearest airport to Dalhousie which is located near Dharamshala and is approximately 105 km. It has direct flights from Delhi. The nearest railway station is Pathankot Railway Station which is 86 km from Dalhousie. It has trains from Ahmedabad, Vaishno Devi Katra, Jammu Tawi, Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar, Tata Nagar, Rourkela, Haridwar, Jalandhar and Chandigarh. Dalhousie is well connected by road with Delhi and Chamba.

The best time to visit Dalhousie is from March to June and October to December.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 01899
Languages Spoken: Hindi and English
Major Festivals: Minjar fair (Jul),
Summer Festival (May/June)

How to Reach Dalhousie

By Air

Nearest Airport: Dharamshala - Gaggal Airport (105 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Pathankot Railway Station (86 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Dalhousie Bus Station (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Dalhousie


#1 of 7 Places to Visit in Dalhousie

At a distance of 26 km from Dalhousie, the Chamera Lake is an artificial lake situated at Chourah in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The Lake is formed by the Chamera Dam on the Ravi River, which is positioned at an altitude of 1700 m. It is a major source of water supply for the villagers and is continuously fed by the Ravi River. The Chamera Hydel Electric Project, one of the main hydel projects of Himachal Pradesh, is situated nearby.

Nestled in a valley in the midst of pine forests, the lake is an excellent site for activities like fishing, angling and boating. Himachal Pradesh Tourism department has built a boat house adjacent to the lake near Taleru, which has facilities for water sports like river rafting, motor boating, canoeing, and kayaking. Other than the water sports, pedal boats and rowing boats are also available for the tourists. The Bhandal Valley and the Bhalei temple are the other tourist spots near Chamera Lake.
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Adventure | Backwaters

#2 of 7 Places to Visit in Dalhousie

At a distance of 21 km from Dalhousie and 20 km from Chamba, Khajjiar is a beautiful hill station located in the Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh. Often known as the Switzerland of India, it is situated at an altitude of 1,951 m in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas and is part of the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary. It is among the popular places to visit in Dalhousie and also one of the top Himachal tourist places.

Khajjiar was a part of the erstwhile state of the Rajput rulers of Chamba. It served as the capital of Chamba rulers. Thereafter, it was taken over by the Mughals, from which the rule passed over to various Sikh kingdoms. Subsequently, it was taken over by the British.

Khajjiar is a picturesque spot with an emerald saucer shaped meadow amidst a dense forest which has a lake with a floating island at its center and .....

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#3 of 7 Places to Visit in Dalhousie

At a distance of 4 km from Dalhousie Bus Stand, Panchpula is one of the famous picturesque spots of Dalhousie situated on Pathankot Road. Panchpula is surrounded by picturesque mountains and green valleys.

The word Panchpula means five bridges and it is the place where a descending stream flows and feeds several pools. Panchpula is the main stream that supplies water to cities of Dalhousie and Balloon. The stream originates from Dain Kund and falls down into a quaint abyss and then finally reaches the waterworks of Panchpula.

A monument has been built where several streams meet at Panchpula in the memory of Sardar Ajit Singh, who was a freedom fighter and uncle of Bhagat Singh. On the way to Panchpula is Satdhara, a union of seven tiny springs. It is believed that the fresh waters of Satdhara contain healing medical properties. Thus, while travelling to Panchpula, most of the tourists halt at this spring fall and collect the .....

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Adventure | Nature

#4 of 7 Places to Visit in Dalhousie

At a distance of 17 km from Dalhousie Bus Stand, Dainkund Peak, perched at an altitude of 2755 m, is the highest mountain peak in Dalhousie. This is the most important peak and also a very popular place to visit in Dalhousie. Tourists can enjoy 360 view of the entire valley from this peak.

Dainkund is also a famous place for short trekking near Dalhousie. The name Dainkund is said to have been derived from Dain - Kund, which means Lake of the Witches. It is believed that in old days this mountain was the residence of witches. The sound of the breeze passing through the trees makes a musical sound, due to which this peak has also acquired the name, the singing hill.

This peak has two major attractions; one is the Indian Air Force base and the other is the Pholani Devi temple, which is a temple of great importance. One of the most interesting facts about this temple is that, except a trident there is nothing inside the temple .....

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#5 of 7 Places to Visit in Dalhousie

At a distance of 5 km from Dalhousie Bus Stand, Ganji Pahari is a small hill on Pathankot road in Dalhousie. The name Ganji Pahari literally means bald hill. It is so called because the hill has no trees at the peak of the hill and it looks like a bald-headed patch at the top. This is one of the most popular nature walks in Dalhousie and the place offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding snowcapped hills and valleys.

A well-marked paved path starts from Panchpula and leads all the way to the top. The trek is an easy to moderate one. The trek distance from Panchpula is about 1 km and takes about 20 - 30 minutes. Trekking enthusiasts start trekking from Dalhousie city and it takes almost an hour from the city center to trek through the hilly terrain to reach the summit of this hill.

Ganji Pahari can be visited throughout the year. Summers have a pleasant weather but winters have an extraordinary feel with the snow covered walk. .....

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Adventure | Wildlife

#6 of 7 Places to Visit in Dalhousie

At a distance of 10 km from Dalhousie, 16 km from Khajjiar and 38 km from Chamba, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary or Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, is wildlife sanctuary located in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The sanctuary lies in the catchments area of river Ravi, and the altitude of the sanctuary varies from 3910 feet to 9134 feet. It is a popular site to explore by trek near Dalhousie.

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary was founded in 1958 and is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in India as well as in Himachal Pradesh. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 1962 hectares and the landscapes are thickly covered with Deodar trees interspersed with little streams flowing into the Ravi River. The sanctuary is located between Dalhousie and Chamba.

The vegetation inside the sanctuary consists of blue pine, deodar and oak forests. The sanctuary boasts of a wide variety of wildlife. .....

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Heritage | Pilgrimage

#7 of 7 Places to Visit in Dalhousie

At a distance of 4 km from Dalhousie Bus Stand, St. Patrick's Church is Roman Catholic Church located in Balloon, in Dalhousie Cantonment.

The Church was built in 1909 and is the largest church in Dalhousie city. The Church has a main hall, which has a seating capacity of around 300 persons. The officers of the British Army contributed largely to the inception of this church. It is a dome shaped structure constructed with dressed-stone material and is well maintained.

The Church is located amidst beautiful natural backdrop in Dalhousie which attracts not only devotees, but also history lovers, readers and a huge number of tourists. It is presently managed by the Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar. There is a library adjacent to this church which has a large collection of books related to history and geography of the region.

The church remains open on all days of the year and hold Sunday Mass every week and also is famous for .....

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