Dalhousie

Why To Go

A quiet little hill station on the slopes of the Himalayan Mountains range; picturesque vales and forests decorating the landscape. That is Dalhousie for you. Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is one of the major tourist destinations in the country. It was named after the British Governor-General Lord Dalhousie, the hill station here is known for its scenic beauty as well as the architectures. The region is known for several beautiful churches that have been built during the British rule. The tiny town exhibits charming natural beauty, blooming meadows, and serene valleys covered with pine trees. Known for historical importance as well, the city was entirely built and planned by the English after the annexation of Punjab. It served as a summer retreat of the Governor-General of India.

Its name and its laidback Himachali peace do lend themselves to the jibe Dull and Lousy, but that’s missing the point. Dalhousie retains much of the British appearance and character. Built on five hills, its colonial architecture is a window into its unique history and brings back the flavour of an earlier era.

Travel Tips

Though you may visit Dalhousie all round the year, the best time to visit Dalhousie is in between March and June. The temperature is cold and pleasant, and you may experience the beauty of snow-capped mountains during this time, and there is not much rainfall either.

Things To Do

If you are planning a trip to Dalhousie, make sure to have plenty of time in your hand. The region is choke-full of places to see and things to do. Known for its magnificent natural beauty, the hill station at Dalhousie is covered by lush green vegetation. The forest surrounded here is also the home to some rare varieties of wildlife form. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is relatively nearby. Kalatop, a hilltop dedicated to Lord Shiva, boasts of a grand view of Pir Panjal Range. Banikhet is another popular tourist spot. Located at a height of 5500 ft. from the sea level, the place is excellent for a short excursion. The well-known Nag Temple is quite near to it. The Chamera Dam on the River Ravi is also a sight to see. It supplies Dalhousie with water. It is also a place to visit if you are interested in adventure sports. Bhuri Singh Museum, built-in 1908 is known for its collection of artifacts and compilations of paintings. Akbar Chandi Palace is of historical importance. It is the traditional abode of the Chamba Royal family. BansiGopal Temple is a magnificent temple that has been built in the 16th century. The temple is known for its exquisite architecture. St. Andrew’s Church is another important tourist attraction. The church is over 100 years old. Trek through the deodar and pine forest, past three small streams, and stroll along the meadows of Khajjar.

Getting Around

Dalhousie is quite well developed, and getting around is relatively easy. The public transport system is quite good. There are plenty of buses. You can also move about by renting a car which are fairly numerous and comes at a reasonable price. A private vehicle at your disposal is the best way to get around and explore Dalhousie. However, walking is highly recommended to enjoyable the picturesque spots.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Pathankot though Kangra Airport which is 110 km away is better connected. From both places, you can either take a taxi or a bus to reach Dalhousie. Cars for hire are readily available just outside the airport. The distance between Pathankot Airport and Dalhousie is around 85 km. It is connected to the airport in Delhi and Jammu.

TRAIN

The nearest important railway station is Pathankot, which is around 86 km from Dalhousie. The rail station at Pathankot is connected to the station in Delhi and the other stations across Himachal Pradesh.

ROAD

The hill station of Dalhousie is quite well connected by road. AC, non-AC, luxury, deluxe buses ply from Delhi, Chamba, Bharmaur etc. to Dalhousie. Both private and public transport services from Pathankot, Shimla, Amritsar etc. can also be opted.

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Surrounding Attractions

This picturesque hill station has lots to offer – beautiful churches, victorian country mansions, and stunning views of the Pir Panjal Range. Closely located to Dalhousie, Khajjiar, called the ‘Switserland of India’ is a blend of natural beauty and vivid landscapes. There is Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, the home of flora and fauna and leopards, langurs, martens, bears and varied colourful birds. Panchpula is a local favourite with waterfalls is also a close by place. There are also Dainkund Peak, Satdhara Falls and many other splendid surrounding attractions.
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