Dalhousie is India’s popular holiday destination located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a picturesque hill station named after British Viceroy, Lord Dalhousie. This beautiful town is surrounded by five hills, making it an ideal hilly retreat. The relaxed atmosphere, warm sunshine, serene surroundings and invigorating air, makes Dalhousie a sought-after destination by domestic as well as foreign tourists.
Location : State/District
Dalhousie is located in the Chamba district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The latitude of Dalhousie corresponds to 32.5300⁰ North while the longitude of the place is 75.9800⁰ East.
Dalhousie is a wonderful hill station nestled near the Dhauladhar range. Because of the favourable climatic conditions, this place is also a haven for adventure activities like trekking, rock climbing and cycling.
Family Holiday & Honeymoon Destination
The old charm of Dalhousie makes it a perfect destination for honeymooning couples. The stress-free atmosphere of this nature’s abode makes it an ideal destination to unwind the stress of city’s life. If you want to spend a relaxed holiday with your family, Dalhousie is the place to be.
Dalhousie has pleasant climatic conditions in all seasons making it a year-round holiday destination. Summer season starts from march to may and the climate remains mild. It is the best time for sightseeing and enjoying the outdoor activities. Dalhousie experiences irregular rains during the monsoons. Winter months from December to mid-February remains chilling in Dalhousie making it just right for honeymooners.
Planning a trip to Dalhousie is hassle free for resident Indians. Foreign tourists require a prior visa from the Indian government. Their passports and other travel documents should be up-to-date as well.
Places to Visit
Panch Pulla is a prime destination in Dalhousie. It means 5 bridges and is an extremely beautiful place with tranquil surroundings. There are several water activities around the place that lures tourists every year. Close to Panch Pulla is a source of fresh spring water that is also believed to have medicinal properties.
Dalhousie is a place that houses impressive churches worth-seeing. Some of the prominent churches with beautiful structures include St. Patrick Church, St. Andrews Church, St. Francis Church and St. John’s Church.
Jandhri Ghat is favourite picnic spot for travellers. The place is nestled between tall pine trees making it a scenic location.
Rang Mahal is a beautiful palace built by Maharaja Umed Singh. The architecture of the palace resembles the Mughal and British styles. The walls of this majestic Rang Mahal displays fine paintings of the 18th century. The serenity of this place relaxes the mind and lures foreign tourists predominately.
Bhuri Singh Museum is a premier tourist attraction in Dalhousie. The museum was constructed in 1908 and holds remarkable paintings of the King Raja Bhuri.
Subhash Baoli is an impressive landmark in this hilly retreat. The place is dedicated to prestigious freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The place is located at just 1 km from the heart of the city and it is believed that Netaji lived here for almost eight months.
If you want to witness snow, head to the Dainkund Peak. The place is located at high altitude and is at a distance of 10 kms from Dalhousie. This snow covered region is ideal for leisure walking or trekking. The picturesque beauty and charm of the place will leave you spellbound.
The Kalatope is another picturesque location in Dalhousie that offers stunning view of the surroundings. There is also a sanctuary close to the place that is home to wild animals like black bear, barking deer, chir and kalij to name a few. You can even stay overnight in this place in the accommodations provided by the Forest Rest House.
If you want to do some shopping visit the Bhuttico to buy some extraordinary hats and embroidered shawls. Also visit the Tibetan Refugee Handicraft Centre to find some unusual Tibetan handicrafts and carpets.
A visit to the Bakrota Hills is must for every Dalhousie visitor. The drive to this destination is mesmerising. When you reach the place you will be awed by the panoramic view of surrounding countryside and mountain ranges.
Khajjar is located at a distance of 27 kms from Dalhousie. This beautiful place is bordered by dense deodar forests and has an enchanting lake in the middle. Khajjar is a meadow with lush greenery provides an enchanting view of the landscape.
Chamba is one of the beautiful destinations in India that is located at 56 kms from Dalhousie. The place holds some of the most ancient temples and structures. The splendour of these impressive architectures lures tourists from all corner of the world.
Food & Accommodation
Eating out in Dalhousie is like a paradise for food lovers. The place offers the best of all the cuisines in the countless restaurants, cafes and eating joints. The Kwality Restaurant is a very popular place in Dalhousie and the food served here is simply delicious. The place has an extensive Chinese and Indian menu. The Chinese food at Napoli is also a favourite among tourists. You must also visit the Cafe Dalhousie to try the finger-licking fast foods.
Dalhousie has a flourishing tourism industry so it has a good range of hotels and other accommodation options. Some of the budget-friendly hotels are Hotel Monga’s, Hotel Shangri – La, Hotel Ashiana Regency, Hotel Super Star, Hotel Dalhousie Palace and Hotel Spring. The hotels are priced between INR 800-2500 per room/night. Their service is good and provides basic amenities. If you are looking for luxurious options, take a look at Alps Resort, Hotel Silverton, Grand View Hotel, Sun Rise Hotel, Oak Valley Residency and Taj Palace.