Often called the ‘Switzerland of India’, Dalhousie is a famous hill station and every mountain lover’s favorite holiday destination in Himachal Pradesh. This perfect summer retreat is mostly popular among couples and newlyweds, but it offers plenty to all travelers who come here. The snow-capped picturesque mountains, alluring scenic views, admirable natural beauty, and Victorian-style British mansions are what drive youngsters and elders alike to this enchanting hill town in the North. And although it a year-round destination, we are here to throw some light on all the wonderful things you can enjoy in Dalhousie in summer.
10 Top Places To Visit In Dalhousie In Summer
When you’re vacationing in Dalhousie in the summer months, make sure to explore the following beautiful attractions along with the green environs and natural beauty of this hill station.
1. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Popular things to do in Dalhousie in summer is to visit the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary which is located in the Chambal district. The deodar foliage, snow-capped mountains, variety of wildlife, carpets of huge grasslands and streams of fresh water make up this sanctuary. The well-laid hiking and trekking trails in this sanctuary offer you a great, mesmerizing and adventurous way to explore and experience nature and untouched forest of this park. You can also immerse yourself into the wonderful views of the Pir Panjal range from this enigmatic sanctuary rest house which is an absolutely scenic spot to visit in Dalhousie in summer.
Location: Kalatop R.F
Timings: 8 AM – 6 PM
2. Garam Sadak
Now this name might put you in splits about what it could be, but Garam Sadak is a road connecting the Subhash Chowk and Gandhi Chowk. Not only just a road but you get to see amazing vistas of the Dalhousie, valley, and hills. The most popular things to do in Dalhousie in summer is to visit Garam Sadak Street. This iconic street allows you to explore the beauty of nature as this street is lined with tall trees, green vegetation and adored with Tibetan Rock Paintings on the walls. Enveloped by misty fog and dense green trees, this Garam Sadak is a place where you can take a romantic stroll, buy local products, relax, and enjoy the delicious local cuisine.
Location: Moti Tiba, Dalhousie
Timings: Open 24 hours
3. Chamera Lake
While on your vacation to Dalhousie in summer, be sure to visit the artificially created but beautiful Chamera Lake. Built over the Ravi river, this lake and dam are the key sources of water to the nearby villages. Chamera Lake is famous for boating, and besides scenic beauty, this lake offers other activities for adrenaline junkies such as river rafting, canoeing, kayaking, jungle trekking, fishing, and picnicking. The surrounding Bhandal Valley, dense pine forests, quaint location, admirable shimmering sunset, and varied adventurous activities, make this a beautiful gateway to calm your mind, body, and soul.
Location: Chamba district, Dalhousie
Timings: 7 AM – 5 PM
4. Satdhara Falls
God’s created beauty and artwork, is what the Satdhara Falls is, situated 2035m above sea level. Satdhara is nothing but seven springs, this falls, gets its name because the waterfall is the mixture of seven beautiful streams. It is said that the serene and water clear crystal of this falls has mice, that contain medicinal properties that further heals skin disease. This mighty falls is a prominent place for rejuvenation, relaxation, picnics, photography, trekking, and sightseeing in Dalhousie.
Location: Pathankot Road, Chatryara, Dalhousie
Timings: Open 24 hours
5. Rang Mahal
Showcasing the stunning fusion of both the British and Mughal architecture, the Rang Mahal is the best place to visit if you want to do sightseeing in Dalhousie in summer. This mahal is immensely beautiful with walls decorated in various Punjab hill-style 18th-century wall paintings that portray Lord Krishna’s life. Other than rare paintings, hill jewelry, artifacts, coins, costumes, and other valuables are displayed here. The unique architecture of this mahal built by Raja Umed Singh for the royal women now attracts many tourists from or country every year. The Himachal Emporium located inside the Mahal sells handmade shawls, and handkerchiefs, made in the wooden looms.
Location: Surara Mohalla, Dalhousie
Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM
6. Ganji Pahari
Another adventure activity to do during summer vacation to Dalhousie is to trek to the Ganji Pahari. As its name suggests, it is a bald hill because of its scarcity of vegetation. Offering moderate to difficult level hiking from Panchapula, giving a gush of adrenaline, this hill treats you with lovely views from its top. You can also camp here and have fun with their family and friends admiring the prepossessing and panoramic views of the ambiance and fresh air. There are no cafes or shops on the hiking trail, so it is recommended to carry your own water bottles and food.
Location: Ganji Pahari, Pathankot Road, Dalhousie
Timings: Open 24 hours
7. Bara Pather
Bara Pather is a renowned tourist destination, nestled in the woods and is home to the gorgeous temple of Bhulwani Mata. Tantalizing panorama of this place and its nearness to the Kalatop Sanctuary and General Post Office attracts several travelers here. Amid the sticky and hot summers, this place offers cool and refreshing air, also the Potato Farm is an additional spot to see nearby.
Location: Near Kalatop, Dalhousie
Timings: 7 AM – 7 PM
8. Panchpula Falls
Cradled in fresh deodar and green pine trees, Panchpula is a small, lovely yet fascinating waterfall in Dalhousie. This fall is famous for its glistening streams and Sardar Ajit Sing’s samadhi – the great freedom fighter of India. Panchpula falls is a very important tourist destination and it is also the main source of water supply for Dalhousie.
Location: 3.5km from Gandhi Chowk, Dalhousie
Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM
9. Rock Garden
The rock garden is an absolutely wonderful garden created by the flow of natural streams with rocks strewn across it and verdant green surroundings. The pristine air and views of the magnificent mountains nearby make this garden a cradle of beauty. On the way to Chamera Lake, you can find the Rock Garden which is the most famous and wonderful picnic spot in Dalhousie. Worth visiting, this picnic spot allows you to spend quality time with your family/friends, away from the hustle-bustle of the main town. Besides revitalizing, relaxing and lazing around in this park, you can also indulge in a number of adventure sports such as zip-lining and more. Thus, Rock garden is one of the fine places to visit in Dalhousie in summer.
Location: Deidara, Dalhousie.
Timings: 7 AM – 8 PM
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10. DainKund Hill
Another popular thing to do in Dalhousie in summer is to go trekking and enjoy the spectacular views of the city from the top. DainKund Hill is one place that gives you this thrill, excitement and adventure, courtesy to its exceptional surroundings, greenery and beautiful snow-capped peaks. Due to the pleasant and musical sounds made by the passing breeze through the trees, Dainkund is also called as the singing hill. Located at an altitude of 2755 m above sea level, this peak gives 360 degrees panoramic views of the lush green trees, tranquil mountains entire valley, rivers, waterfalls, meadows, and Khajjiar Lake. Travelers also love to trek to this peak to visit the Pholani Devi shrine.
Location: DainKund, Dalhousie
Timings: Open 24 hours
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Dalhousie in summer is quite beautiful and gives plenty of scope for enjoyment to all adventure lovers and families. Your next vacation in Dalhousie will surely be the most memorable if you visit the above-mentioned places and indulge in fun activities.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Dalhousie In Summer
A. Dalhousie is a famous hill station and the locally made woolen shawls, Tibetan handicrafts, etc., are quite famous among tourists here.
A. Yes, it does snow during winters, however, the snow starts melting during March-June and this season is best for outdoor activities.
A. Dalhousie is a wonderful place adorned with snow-capped peaks, pristine beauty, and lush greenery making it worth visiting.
A. Dalhousie is not very expensive, however, it completely depends on the type of accommodation you choose to live.
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