Dalhousie

Hill Station

Himachal Pradesh

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Dalhousie is an idyllic hill station situated in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. This famous hill station in the north was developed by Lord Dalhousie in 1850 and is also named after him. Spreading over 5 hills namely Kathlog Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota and Bolun, the vast area of Dalhousie is covered in lush green vegetation giving it a heavenly appeal. The quaint hamlet of Himachal offers a breathtaking view of snow-covered Dhauladhar ranges along with pine-clad valleys, enchanting waterfalls, and stunning meadows. Also, the old world charm of the Scottish and Victorian-era is one of the major highlights of Dalhousie Tourism. 

Best Time to Visit Dalhousie

Dalhousie is known for its cool and calming weather all year round which makes it worth visiting any time of the year. However, the months between March and June are considered to be the best time to visit Dalhousie as the weather during this time of the year is exceptionally pleasant and inviting for the travelers.  

History of Dalhousie

Dalhousie was initially a part of Punjab and came under the dominion of the British soon after the Sikh war in 1849. It was first spotted by the chief engineer of Punjab, Lt. Col Napier in 1850.  In the year 1854, on the suggestion of Sir Donald McLeod, this breathtaking hill station in Chamba valley was named after the famous Viceroy of India, Lord Dalhousie who stayed in India for a few years from 1848 to 1856. During his stay, he initiated various development projects such as telegraph, railways, postal service and construction of roads in the region which led to tourist influx. It was a part of the Gurdaspur district till 1861 and later in 1966 Dalhousie was officially declared as a division of Himachal Pradesh. 

Places To Visit In Dalhousie

Dalhousie is a treasure trove of many natural wonders that are worth visiting on your trip to this beautiful hill station of Himachal Pradesh. Check out these places to visit in Dalhousie. 

1. Khajjiar

Situated in close vicinity of Dalhousie, Khajjiar is a must visit place to indulge in adventure and thrilling activities like trekking, zorbing etc. It is popularly known as Mini Switzerland of India and has unmatched beauty that is worth witnessing.

2. Satdhara Falls

The Satdhara Falls is a truly amazing tourist spot in Dalhousie that is worth visiting. Situated at a height of 2,036 metres, what is really interesting to know about this fall is the fact that it has emerged from the seven beautiful springs.

3. Subhash Baoli

This stepwell is named after the famous freedom fighter, Subhash Chandra Bose. It is a perennial spring that has medicinal properties and is believed to have cured the freedom fighter of his ill health.

4. St. John Church

The St. John Church is one of the oldest churches present in town and has a great spiritual and historical significance. Moreover, if you have a spiritual bent then you would certainly get captivated with its extra charming vibe. 

5. Dainkund Peak

Dainkund Peak is one of the highest peaks in the area and makes a great vantage point for panoramic views of the valley. From here, you can catch the sight of the natural beauty of the region which is covered under emerald vegetation. It's also considered to be the best place in Dalhousie for trekking and other adventure activities. 

6. Chamera Lake

Located around 25km away from Dalhousie, Chamera Lake is a perfect place for a picnic with friends and family. It's one of the famous tourist places of Dalhousie where you can indulge in activities like boating, fishing, photography. 

7. Ganji Pahari

The Ganji Pahari is one of the hills which is located at a mere distance of 5 km from Dalhousie. There is a valid reason behind the name as the Ganji Pahari’s surface has no Flora and Fauna.

8. Mall Road

Like most of the hill stations in Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie too has its own iconic mall road where shopping, dining and hanging out is a fun affair. Do pay a visit to this place in Dalhousie if you wish to partake in souvenirs and local handicrafts. 

How To Reach Dalhousie

Dalhousie is well connected with all major cities of India through air, rail and road. Check out how to reach this little paradise in Himachal Pradesh.

  • Nearest metropolitan city. Delhi
  • Nearest airbase. Pathankot Airport
  • Nearest railhead. Pathankot Railway Station
  • Distance from Delhi. 555 Kms

By Air

If you are planning to visit Dalhousie via air route then the nearest airport is Pathankot Airport (INX) which is well connected to major cities. You can also take connecting flights from Delhi and Chandigarh. After deboarding, you can easily hire a taxi to reach your destination.

  • Distance from Pathankot Airport. 90km

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By Train

The nearest railhead is located in Pathankot (PKT) which is well connected to all major cities of our country making the commuting lot more convenient. For covering the last leg of the journey to Dalhousie you need to take a cab or bus from the station.

  • Distance from Pathankot Railway Station. 87km

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By Road

The town of Dalhousie is very well connected via the road network. Both local, as well as luxury buses are available and you can easily book interstate/private buses. Also, state-run taxis are readily available or you can also consider driving down to Dalhousie in your own vehicle. 

  • Distance from Pathankot. 85km
  • Distance from Chamba. 45km
  • Distance from Kangra. 106km
  • Distance from Chandigarh. 317km
  • Distance from Amritsar. 213km

FAQs Related to Dalhousie

Q. Is Dalhousie worth visiting?

Dalhousie is definitely a worth visiting place in Himachal Pradesh that never ceases to amaze the visitors with its undeniable charm.

Q. Which thing is famous in Dalhousie?

Dalhousie brims with many tourist attractions such as waterfalls, churches from colonial era, iconic markets like the Mall road, Bakrota Hills, significant temples, cafes, restaurants and resorts which makes it famous as one of the best hill stations of India.

Q. What are the things that tourists can do in Dalhousie?

From sightseeing to adventure activities or simply basking in the lap of nature, there are many things to keep you going to Dalhousie everytime. River crossing, river rafting, trekking, zorbing, mountain biking, there are a plethora of things to do in this heaven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. 

Q. Which are the famous festivals that can be attended in Dalhousie?

1. Minjar Fair. This fair goes on for seven days during July or August. The entire region of Chamba is drenched in festive vibe and massive processions are carried out with great zeal and enthusiasm. 

2. Mahashivratri. One of the most significant religious festivals of India, Mahashivaratri is celebrated with great zeal in this part of the country as well. The festival is regarded as the day of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati’s marriage.

3. Halda Festival. It is the celebration of New Year in the Lahaul valley. The local people celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm. So, if you get the chance to experience this festival then you should definitely give it a try.  

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