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.

Its name and its laidback Himachali peace do lend themselves to the jibe Dull and Lousy, but thats 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.

Pahari language is spoken in this area.


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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  • 18.8° Max
  • 4.1° Min
  • 31.3 mm
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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. 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 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.

Trek through the deodar and pine forest, past three small streams, takes one can to the meadows of Khajjar.


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.

The hotels provides the guests with all the modern facilities. The hotel has round the clock service and the rooms provide with a great view.


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

this picturesque hill station has lots to offer - beautiful churches, victorian country mansions and stunning views of the Pir Panjal Range.

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.

Emergency No.

Police: 100

Fire brigade: 101

Hospital: 102