A quite little hill station on the slopes of the Himalayan Mountain 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. Named after the British Governor General Lord Dalhousie, the hill station here known for its scenic beauty as well as the architectures. The region is known for a number of beautiful churches that have been built during the British rule. The town is of historic importance as well. The town was entirely built and planned by the English after the annexation of Punjab. It served as a summer retreat of the governor generals of India.

Travel Tips

The best time to go to Dalhousie is during the period between March and May. The temperature is cool then and there is not much rainfall. As a matter of fact, you can visit Dalhousie at any time of the year, as the place never experiences any extreme climate.

When to visit

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Things to do

If you are planning a trip to Dalhousie, make sure you do that with plenty of in 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 covering here is also the home to some rare varieties of wildlife form. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is quite nearby. Banikhet is another popular tourist spot. Located at a height of 5500 ft. from the sea level, the place is great 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 a 100 years old.

Getting Around

Dalhousie is quite well developed and getting around is fairly easy. The public transport system is quite good. There are plenty of buses. You can also move about by renting a car. Car renting services are fairly numerous and comes at a reasonable price. In fact, having a private vehicle at your disposal is the best way to get around and explore Dalhousie.

Places to Stay

As a popular tourist destination, there are a large number of hotels in Shimla where you can book your accommodations. Depending on whether you want to pamper yourself or look at the budget end of things, there are a wide variety of hotels to care to your needs.


Luxury hotels: (Rs.5000 - Rs.7000)

Aamod Dalhousie:

It is amongst the best known hotels in Shimla. The hotel provides the guests with all the modern facilities. The hotel has round the clock service and the rooms provide with a great view.

Hotel MGM1

It is one of the most popular hotels in the region. The hotel is known for its quality of service and is quite close to the different tourist spots.

Snow Valley Resort

The hotel is one of the best in the region. The hotel offers its guests many facilities and has several cafes, bars, and delis.


Mid-range hotels: (Rs.4500 - Rs.3500)

The Peace Channels

It is one of the most popular hotels in the region. The hotel is known for its beautiful locale and provides the guests with all the modern necessities.

Hotel New Palace:

The hotel provides the guests with comfortable living. There are facilities for arranged trips to the nearby tourist spots.

Hotel Mount View

The hotel is known for offering quality services to the guests. The hotel staff are quite friendly and helpful.


Budget hotels: (Rs.2500 - Rs.2000)

Dalhousie Heights

The hotel offers the guests a home-like environment. There are facilities like doctor on call, and transportation facilities.

Hotel Guncha Siddhartha

The hotel provides with quality service and necessitates of a comfortable stay. There is round the clock room service, and doctor on call.

Hotel Princess

The hotel is quite a well-known one. It offers quality service and the latest amenities.

How to Reach

  • If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Pathankot. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are easily available just outside the airport. The distance between Pathankot Airport and Dalhousie is around 80 km. It is connected to the airport in Delhi and Jammu.
  • The nearest important railway station is at Pathankot which is around 71 km from Dalhousie. The rail station at Pathankot is connected to the station in Delhi and the other stations across Himachal Pradesh. The fare for interstate travel will be between Rs.1600 and Rs.3000 depending on the class you choose to travel in. If you are travelling within the state, the fare will be somewhere between Rs.150 and Rs.300. You can book your tickets from sites like irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com.
  • The hill station of Dalhousie is quite well connected by road. There are direct bus routes from Delhi. You can get up on a bus from any of the important towns or cities and take a bus which will take you directly to Dalhousie. Alternately, you can also rent a taxi or a car for the trip. Buses are of various types, from luxury AC ones to non-ac ones. The fare varies accordingly.

Surrounding Attractions

Once you are done with sight-seeing, there are a number of other things that you can do in Dalhousie. You can go to Khajjiar and take a ride on a horse. You can also take part in zorbing on the wide sloping meadows of Khajjiar. Also, do not forget to visit the Khajjiar Lake. It is ideal for having a picnic.

Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire brigade: 101

Hospital: 102