Dalhousie Tourism, Himachal Pradesh
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About Dalhousie Tourism
The “Little Switzerland of India” Dalhousie is a beautiful hill station replete with misty valleys, green landscapes, snow-capped mountains, charming colonial structures and enchanting lakes. Dalhousie tourism is best exemplified by tourist attractions like Khajjiar Lake, Dainkund Peak, Panch Pulla, Rang Mahal, Bhuri Singh Museum, Satdhara Falls and Central Park.
History of Dalhousie
Established in 1854 as a summer retreat by the Earl of Dalhousie, Dalhousie straddles the five hills of the Dhauladhar range. With an elevation of around 2,700 meters, the hill station was built on the land provided by the Sikh Empire of Punjab. Today, it lies in the Chamba District which is famous for ancient temples.
Weather in Dalhousie
The best time to visit Dalhousie is during the summer season from March to May when the weather is pleasant and cool. The sun melts the snow-capped mountains of this hill station providing some breathtaking scenery that make this the perfect time to indulge in some sightseeing and go on fun strolls around this magnificent hill town. Another popular time to visit is the winter season when the snowfall in Dalhousie (December through February) beckons thousands of couples and families.
Shopping in Dalhousie
Garam Sadak and Mall Road in Dalhousie are lined with cafes, restaurants, and local vendors selling their goods. Tourists in Dalhousie can shop for woolens, textiles, Tibetan souvenirs, and handicrafts while shopping in Dalhousie. Gandhi Chowk is another popular area to stroll around for souvenirs.
If you are a shopaholic you will love this hill station as you can pick up several items like purses, dolls, handicrafts, bags, trinkets, carpets, silver and copper diyas and many other such souvenirs here. Some of the most popular markets here are the Himachal Hand loom and Crafts Centre, Tibetan Handicrafts Centre, the Mall of Dalhousie and the Himachal Handloom Industry Emporium.
Paragliding in Dalhousie
There are also several things to do in Dalhousie including boating, horse riding, trekking, hiking and paragliding. Khajjiar, about 30 minutes away from the hill station, is the most popular spot for enjoying paragliding in Dalhousie. This adventure activity allows a perfect opportunity to discover the beauty of hill station from a bird’s eye view. March through May is the best time to enjoy paragliding in Khajjiar.
Top Places to Visit in Dalhousie
Dalhousie provides the perfect escapade for any kind of traveler as it is filled with scenic spots like lush green pastures, snow-capped mountains, quaint villages and mystic lakes. Travelers can view the beauty of the Dhauladhar range of mountains here and enjoy the peace and serenity of the five hills namely Bakrota, Balun, Patreyn, Kathlog and Tehra.
Travel back in time when you view the Victorian-style mansions, charming colonial buildings, Scottish architecture and quaint churches. Soak in the fragrance of the oaks, pines and rhododendrons of this hill station which also offers spectacular views of the Pir Panjal mountain range in Jammu and Kashmir, Chamba’s Pangi Valley and Sach Pass. You can spend time browsing through the various markets along the three mall roads in Dalhousie. A Dalhousie travel guide takes you to scenic attractions mentioned below:
The highest peak in Dalhousie offers splendid panoramic views of both the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. Tourists can enjoy a 30-minute hike to the top of the peak from the taxi stand through a beautiful trail.
Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary
Home to plenty of birdlife, deer, and more animals, Kalatop is wonderful place to explore natural surroundings of Dalhousie.
It’s a buzzing square lined with restaurants, hotels, and attractions. Tourists can check out churches, a library, and a few temples.
St. John’s Church
This Victorian-era church is one of the main attractions in Dalhousie. Tourists can admire its colonial architecture and a misty setting.
A Dalhousie trip guide will also include treks to places like Dainkund and Ganji Pahari. These hilly areas and valleys are covered with snow and look nothing short of a fairyland. View the thick forests of fir and deodar where you can have scrumptious picnics with your loved ones. This hill station takes you far away from the buzzing city life and transports you to a land exuding old world charm and historical significance. This hill station provides the perfect break from the scorching summer heat and the busy city life and you can actually just soak in the beauty of nature all around here. There are several spots you can visit in this historic hill station including the picturesque Khajjiar that is filled with lush greenery and breathtaking landscapes. You can also play golf at the nine-hole golf course or try adventure sports like trekking and zorbing. Other scenic spots include the mesmerizing Panchpula waterfall, the Satdhara falls that have therapeutic value, the pine-laned Dainkund peak and the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. Travel and tourism in Dalhousie also includes boat rides at Taleru that take you across the scenic shores of Chamera Lake. Board a Kashmiri Shikara-style boat and cruise along the glistening waters of this lake and enjoy the cool misty climate of this hilly region. Other fun activities include horse riding at Subhash Chowk, trekking uphill to Sach Pass and gliding across snow-capped peaks. Savor some local Himachali delights and delicious North Indian food at restaurants along Gandhi Chowk and Subhash Chowk. If you are a momo fan, head to Garam Sadak where you will get to enjoy delicious Tibetan momos and chowmein. Some restaurants worth visiting are Cafe Dalhousie, Kwality Restaurant, Nepoli Restaurants and Old Sher-e-Punjab. Plan your holiday to Dalhousie now to have a memorable and exciting trip!
This hill station provides the perfect break from the scorching summer heat and the busy city life and you can actually just soak in the beauty of nature all around here. There are several spots you can visit in this historic hill station including the picturesque Khajjiar that is filled with lush greenery and breathtaking landscapes. You can also play golf at the nine-hole golf course or try adventure sports like trekking and zorbing. Other scenic spots include the mesmerizing Panchpula waterfall, the Satdhara falls that have therapeutic value, the pine-laned Dainkund peak and the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary.
Travel and tourism in Dalhousie also includes boat rides at Taleru that take you across the scenic shores of Chamera Lake. Board a Kashmiri Shikara-style boat and cruise along the glistening waters of this lake and enjoy the cool misty climate of this hilly region. Other fun activities include horse riding at Subhash Chowk, trekking uphill to Sach Pass and gliding across snow-capped peaks.
Savor some local Himachali delights and delicious North Indian food at restaurants along Gandhi Chowk and Subhash Chowk. If you are a momo fan, head to Garam Sadak where you will get to enjoy delicious Tibetan momos and chowmein. Some restaurants worth visiting are Cafe Dalhousie, Kwality Restaurant, Nepoli Restaurants and Old Sher-e-Punjab.
Plan your holiday to Dalhousie now to have a memorable and exciting trip!
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Places To Visit In Dalhousie
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Chamera Lake in Dalhousie
One of the most popular attractions of Dalhousie, Chamera Lake located in Dalhousie is an artificial lake, which is bordered by plunging valleys and soaring mountains. It can most accurately be described as a reservoir formed by the Chamera Dam, which sends the water cascading down from a height of 1700 mts. The dam is fed ...
St. John's Church Dalhousie
Marvel at the beautiful and historical Protestant church, St John’s Church in Dalhousie where you will be able to enjoy the spiritual fervor. Situated in the middle of pine forests and lush green valleys, this church is a sight to behold. This church is open from 7.00 AM to 7.00 PM all days of the week and you can pay a vis...
- Historic sightseeing
Satdhara Falls in Dalhousie
On your trip to Dalhousie get enchanted by the eternal beauty of the Satdhara falls. These falls were named after the seven springs flowing down from the mountains of Himachal. Legend has it that these falls have therapeutic value as their water is supposed to contain mica that has healing properties. You can pay a visit he...
Chamunda Devi Temple in Dalhousie
Chamunda Devi Temple in Himachal is a major attraction for people from all over the country, who visit the city. The temple is located in Kangra District in Himachal Pradesh. The temple is said to be older than almost 750 years, and is located on the banks of the River Baner. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, a fierc...
- Religious Tour
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary in Dalhousie
Trek through the pristine environs of the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary where you will get to view a multitude of flora and fauna. This wildlife sanctuary is a major tourist destination in Dalhousie because of the thick deodar, oak and pine forests as well as a variety of fauna like Pheasants, the Himalayan Black Bear, and the...
- Mountain trails
Things To Do In Dalhousie
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Paragliding in Dalhousie
Dalhousie is a great place to enjoy a ton of adventure sports, such as paragliding. The paragliding spots of Dalhousie are located a little way away from the main city center, towards the outskirts. Paragliding in Dalhousie is an exhilarating experience, flying over acres of lush greenery, valleys, and streams that seem to ...
Horse Riding in Dalhousie
If you are planning to enjoy horse riding in Dalhousie, then there are several options for you to try out. Horse riding is actually the best way to explore the scenic beauty of the lush green hills and valleys, without the pollution and the constant whirr of the car engine. The horses are guided by the owners or the care ta...
- Horse Riding
Rock Climbing In Dalhousie
Rock climbing in Dalhousie is one of the most popular things to do in this sleepy little hill station. Tourists who love the adrenaline rush of climbing steep rock faces enjoy this activity a lot, and there are many spots in Dalhousie to enjoy rock climbing. For instance, Khajjiar is a great place for rock climbing. Rock cl...
Trekking in Aamod
Trekking in Aamod is not a very well-known activity in Dalhousie, but tourists who love to coalesce with nature and love long walks love it. Aamod is a serene resort in Dalhousie, hidden away from the world, perched contentedly on a mountain ridge away from the hustle bustle of the main town. If you are looking for a relaxe...
Zorbing in Dalhousie
For those who love the adrenaline rush, Dalhousie is the place to be as there are a number of fun adventure activities you can take part in like zorbing. When you take part in this activity, you will be placed inside an orb-like structure and can roll down the undulating meadows of this hilly region. The best place to go zo...
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How To Reach Dalhousie
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For those wondering how to reach Dalhousie by air, there is no airport as such in this hill station. However there are several airports in nearby hill stations such as the domestic airport in Pathankot that is about 75 kilometers away. This airport is only viable if you are travelling from New Delhi as it is only connected to this city. If you are traveling from regions other than Delhi you can try the Gaggal airport in the Kangra district that is about 140 kilometers away. You can take a bus or a cab from Kangra to Dalhousie that generally charges around INR 50. Another option for those traveling by flight is the Satwari Airport in Jammu.
The most convenient and cost-effective way to reach this hill station is by train. If you are wondering how to reach Dalhousie by train, the nearest railway station is Pathankot’s Chakki Bank rail head that is approximately 71 kilometers away. If you are traveling from cities like Delhi, Jammu, Bhatinda, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Ahmedabad, there are several deluxe, express and superfast trains you can travel by. You can also take an overnight train to this hill station and then travel by cab from the railway station which takes about 2-3 hours. The other nearest railway station to Dalhousie is in Delhi and there are regular trains you can catch here from various different cities.
For those tourists wondering how to reach Dalhousie by road, you can take your vehicle or hire a cab or taxi and travel here with ease. The roads here connect this hill station to all the major cities like Karnal, Ludhiana, Ambala, Pathankot and Jalandhar. If you are traveling from Pathankot, the terrain can get a bit hilly and the distance is around 72 kilometres from Dalhousie. This uphill drive is a scenic delight and offers pleasant views of the surroundings. You can also travel by bus to this hill station as there are several semi-sleeper, deluxe, Volvo and luxury buses that run from New Delhi till here. You can travel by Haryana Road Transport Corporation and Himachal Road Transport Corporation run buses to Dalhousie.
Book your holiday package to the charming hill station Dalhousie now to enjoy some good deals and have a splendid holiday. Make the most of this trip to Dalhousie and create some great memories in this stunning hilly landscape. This hill station can be visited at any time of the year as the weather is always cool and pleasant. Have a wonderful time in this hill station with your loved ones and explore the scenic beauty of this majestic arena.
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FAQ's of Dalhousie
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Where are the clinics/hospitals in Dalhousie?
Dalhousie does not have many hospitals, the main hospitals in the town are the Civil Hospital and the Military Hospital in the Cantonment area. Civil Hospital is on Subhash Chowk Road. The number for Civil Hospital is +91-1899-242125 and the ambulance number is 108.
How much would a trip to Dalhousie cost per person?
There are rooms available in Dalhousie from upwards of Rs.1000- Rs.8000. A fairly luxurious room on an average would cost roughly Rs.4000 a night and an average to decent meal costs in the range of Rs. 250- Rs.350. Therefore, an average but luxurious day in Dalhousie would cost around Rs.2500- Rs.3000.
What is the best mode of transport for a trip to Dalhousie?
Since Dalhousie is a small town, walking is a viable option. That is only for enthusiasts though, the common practice is to get motorcycles or cars. Due to the temperature though, a car is a better idea than a bike.
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