Dalhousie

Famous For: Chamera Lake, Mall Road, Sach Pass, Tibetan Market, Bakrota Hills, Subhash Baoli, Khajjiar (Mini Switzerland), Dainkund Peak, Kalatop Wildlife Reserve, St. Francis Catholic Church, Panchpula, Ganji Pahari, Satdhara Falls, Rang Mahal, St.John’s Church, Chamunda Devi Temple, Rock Garden, Garam Sadak, Dalhousie Community Garden, Norwood Paramdham.

Major Attractions: Khajjiar Lake, Kalatop Wildlife Reserve, Chamera Lake, Sach Pass (Paradise of Trekkers), St. Francis Catholic Church, Panchpula Waterfalls, Rang Mahal (The Fusion Of Mughal & British Influences), Barkota Hills.

Ideal Visit Time: The ideal time to visit Dalhousie is from March to May. The weather remains delightful throughout these months with 30°C temperature. It becomes the perfect destination for a quick escape from the scorching heat of the rest of the country.

About Dalhousie

Dalhousie is a famous hill station in Chamba district, in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on 5 hills and has an elevation of 1,970 metres above sea level. Dalhousie Town was named after The Earl of Dalhousie, who was the British Governor-General in India while establishing this place as a summer retreat. (According to Wiki)

This hill station was the favorite summer destination of the British in this colonial era, combining old-world scenery, natural scenery, pine-covered valleys, flower-carpeted pastures, fast-flowing rivers and great gray hills. Scottish and Victorian architecture reminds you of its colonial heritage.

Here are many interesting places to visit. So, let’s talk about some attractive places below:

Khajjiar Lake

Surrounded by the Himalayas, this lake is covered with ice. The lake is surrounded by a dense canopy of deodar and pine trees. Khajjiar Lake has created a lovely picnic spot for friends and families. It is one of the major attractions of Dalhousie. For the best experience, you can plan a trip to Khajjiar in December. Lake Khajjiar adds to the natural beauty of this small town, which is why it is one of Dalhousie’s most prominent tourist attractions. You can also plan a trip to Khajjia with a number of beautiful places to visit.

Khajjiar Lake
Khajjiar Lake

Kalatop Wildlife Reserve

Kalatop Wildlife Reserve is home to Himalayan beer. This reserve is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh and one of the most popular places in Dalhousie. Although there is much more to the park, it is still a huge range of wildlife. The beautiful river Ravi flows near it and it provides the necessary water to the park. The blue pine, deodar and oak trees of the Kalatop hills and the wild daisies that are here make this park a great tourist destination in Dalhousie. It’s also ideal for Jungle Safari, Trekking, Bird Watching & Bird photography. If you’re a nature & animal lover, then come to enjoy here.

Kalatop Wildlife Reserve
Kalatop Wildlife Reserve
  • Chamera Lake

Chamera Lake is an artificial lake and a part of the Chamera Hydropower Project. It is a wonder of human creation, which the world rejoices in today. It is a major source of water supply for the villages around the lake and the dam, among the top places to visit near Dalhousie. The stunning beauty of the Bhandal Valley around the dam is breathtaking. The valley carries the unimaginable natural beauty of dense pine forests. The lake is also famous for water sports such as river rafting, motor boating, canoeing and kayaking. You also enjoy here a small picnic hour with your family & friends. And must visit the nearby Bhalei Temple, which is equally famous.

Sach Pass (Paradise of Trekkers)

Located in the town of Sach in Chamba district, Sach Pass is one of the top places to visit near Dalhousie. Blessed by picture-perfect landscapes and a strong terrain, it serves as an amazing trekking trail all the way to Pangi Valley, the most remote and enchanting valley in Himachal Pradesh. In order to get to Sach Pass, one needs to drive through thick woods, snow-covered crests and via verdant rolling plantations. It’s just a road trip from Dalhousie and makes for a great ride for those who want to explore beyond Dalhousie during their travels. The excitement of adventure lovers don’t disappoint in any part of this Sach Pass.

Sach Pass (Paradise of Trekkers)
Sach Pass (Paradise of Trekkers)

St. Francis Catholic Church

Founded in 1894, this magnificent church has European architecture and decor. The church is a major tourist attraction and a popular place of worship. It counts among the prominent tourist destinations of Dalhousie because it is very interesting of the ancient history. This spiritual place of Dalhousie provides a great relief for those who have experienced all the adventure-pack hubs. For those who want to embrace the essence of spirituality, this is one of the most famous Dalhousie tourist spots. Don’t miss this beautiful place of yours on a Dalhousie sightseeing trip. Even many history & art lovers are gather here every year.

St. Francis Catholic Church
St. Francis Catholic Church

Panchpula Waterfalls

Panchpula is famous for its small stunning waterfalls, gleaming springs and the tomb of the great freedom fighter Sardar Ajit Singh. Panchpula is one of the important tourist destinations in Dalhousie due to this current, which is the main source of water supply in the city and surrounding villages. Its pristine and scenic trails make the small falls one of the best places to visit in Dalhousie. It’s also a interesting trekking place & also enjoying place for couples.

Panchpula Waterfalls
Panchpula Waterfalls

Rang Mahal (The Fusion Of Mughal & British Influences)

The Rangmahal is one of the few historical structures in India that has been influenced by both Mughal and British architecture. In addition, the walls depict the life of Lord Krishna, richly decorated with lively wall paintings and attract a large number of tourists every year. It is one of the Dalhousie attractions due to its unique art and architecture. However, Don’t forget to grab a souvenir or two from the Himachal Emporium inside the Mahal where everything from handmade handkerchiefs to shawls made in wooden looms are available. Beside this, it’s also a favourite place of history freakers & art lovers.

Rang Mahal (The Fusion Of Mughal & British Influences)
Rang Mahal (The Fusion Of Mughal & British Influences)

Barkota Hills

Bakrota hills is one of the top places to visit in Dalhousie. This hill offers amazing mountain views and to walk around the hills and breathe in pure air. It is the highest area in Dalhousie and is a good place to enjoy the sceneries. The beauty of this place is soul refreshing and will leave you spellbound. Enjoy some special time here with your loved ones for some beautiful memories & you can also enjoy your holydays with friends & family. If you have a hobby of photography or you’re a trekker, then it’s the better place which you want.

Barkota Hills
Barkota Hills

How To Reach

By Road: Dalhousie is well-connected with many other major cities of India. Though the drive might be a long one but the roads leading to Dalhousie or in and around nearby towns like Pathankot and Chamba are in good condition. Many deluxe, semi-sleeper, luxury and Volvo buses run from ISBT New Delhi, which is covering a distance of approximately 590 kilometres. Most of the buses stop by the roadside Dhabas and eateries. A lot of private companies, Himachal and Haryana Road Transport Corporation run buses to Dalhousie regularly.

By Train: Dalhousie has no any railway station of its own. And the most cost-effective and convenient way to reach Dalhousie is by train. Pathankot’s Chakki Bank railhead is the nearest railway station from Dalhousie (approximately 71 kilometres). You also have the option to take an overnight train and reach Dalhousie in the morning. After reaching the railway station, you can hire a private or a shared cab, which will take 2 to 3 hours to reach Dalhousie. The second nearest railway station from Dalhousie is Delhi which is well-connected to most of the Indian cities but from where you have to take another train again.

By Air: Dalhousie has no any airport of its own. The closest domestic airport is in Pathankot, which is just 75 kilometres away from Dalhousie but is connected to New Delhi only. The second nearest airport is Gaggal airport which is in the Kangra district and is approximately 140 kilometres away from the town. The airport is well-connected to both domestic and international cities. You can hire a bus from Kangra to Dalhousie, which will charge a nominal fee of INR 150 only or take a private cab/taxi transfer.