Nestled in Himalayan range of Dhauladhar, Dalhousie is a beautiful place in the scenic hill stations in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Spanning over an area of 14 sq km with the snow-capped mountains at the backdrop and located at the height of 1970 meters above sea level, Dalhousie has mesmerised visitors for a long time. To add to the charm of this hill beauty, the town in the Chamba district is dotted with Victorian-style and Scottish colonial buildings. The quaint Ravi river, which flows along the city adds an extra charm to this town in Himachal Pradesh. Famed for its splendid beauty and salubrious climate, Dalhousie is the perfect place to spend the time in the natural beauty away from the hectic life.
Things to do in DalhousieVisit Khajjiar
Located about 24 km from Dalhousie, Khajjiar is considered as mini Switzerland of India, with green meadows surrounded by stands of tall pine. Moreover, Khajjiar lake is one of the best places for an idyllic break where one can buy the usual snacks, take photographs in costumes, and even go zorbing. Isn’t that great?
The perfect test of strength, concentration and coordination as well as skill and technique, Rock climbing is the best to fuel the adventure lust. Dalhousie is a perfect location for rock climbing and mountaineering vacations in Himachal Pradesh. The rough terrain, greenery, and adequate weather all make the adventure experience a lifelong cherishable moment.
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Trek the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Home to a vast variety of flora and fauna, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is the best place to spot Leopard, bear, deer, langur, jackal, Himalayan Black Marten, Barking Goral and countless beautiful birds. The landscapes are thickly covered with Deodar trees interspersed with little streams flowing into the Ravi river. Trekking is the best way to explore the beauty of this forest. What could be better than this, right?
Tibetan Handicraft Centre Excursion
If you are one of the shopping buffs who is looking to buy some traditional artefacts or decorative materials for home, the Tibetan Handicraft Center is the perfect place for you. The market is filled with street-side vendors and small shops, it may seem unpretentious on the outside but are full of exciting and exotic items from Tibet. Located at a mere distance of 2kms from Dalhousie, the Center can be reached by cabs, buses or on foot and is among the favorite tourist spots.
Feel the high at Dainkund Peak
About 10 km from Dalhousie, Dainkund peak is known for its phenomenal valley views. At 2,755 meters, the highest point is the best place to hike, and the view includes sight of a river confluence. Also called Singing Hill, this magical place is one of the best places in Dalhousie to feel the chilly breeze and listen to the natural music which will not only soothe your ears but your soul too.
With alpine forests and towering snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan mountain range, this place is one of the most preferred locations for adventure sport like paragliding. How fascinating would it feel to fly in the majestic mountains and vivacious valleys! If the imagination of doing it thrills you, how would it feel doing it? You know the answer very well!
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Shopping Hopping at Gandhi Chowk
Want to peep into the culture and habits of this heavenly abode? You should definitely head to Gandhi Chowk. Residing nearby the Central bus station, this place is jam-packed with locals as well as tourists who come not only to shop but also to relax, chill out and eat.
Pray at Chamunda Devi Temple
Located on the banks of the stunning Baner river, it is one of the most famous temples of the region and is believed to be 750 years old. Blessed with beautiful sights of the mountains, the Chamunda Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. This is one of the most crowded places in Dalhousie, as a lot of people go there to offer their prayers. Visit this spiritual temple, and you might seek what you have been looking for!
Visit St. John’s Church
Being the first religious site to be built in Dalhousie, St. John’s Church takes you back to the Victorian era with its beautiful architecture and serene surrounding. Library adjoining the Church gives one a vivid historical description. Light some candles and ask whatever you desire at this holy place.
How to reach Dalhousie?By Bus:
Board from Kashmiri Gate bus terminal or Himachal Bhawan(Delhi), it takes around 12-14 hours to reach Dalhousie. Just sit, relax and admire the natural scenic beauty you get to see in the journey.
Find the right company and drive off for a 560 km ride while playing your favourite playlist and taking halts wherever you want.
Advice: If you are planning a road trip to Dalhousie by personal car, take turns for driving so that one person doesn’t get exhausted driving for too long.
While Dalhousie does not have its own airport, cities close to this hill-station do have one. 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.
Approximate return bus fare(Delhi-Dalhousie-Delhi):Non-AC:
Where to Eat in Dalhousie?The Kettle House:
Beautifully decorated with different kettles all over the walls, The Kettle House has great ambience to enjoy dinner.
Old Sher-e-Punjab Dhaba:
Food is tasty and service is good. One should go to this place for Punjabi food. Butter naan and Dal makhani are a must try.
One of the good restaurants in Dalhousie. This restaurant is good for North Indian and Chinese good. Food quality is good. There Pizza is very famous.
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Where to Stay in Dalhousie?Hotel Mini Swiss:
The place being an oasis of beauty and solitude and a great summer retreat, revives your potential and refreshes your mind and soul - leaving you feeling blessed. To top it all, warm hospitality of at Khajjiar further makes your stay memorable.
Hotel Indraprastha Resort:
The Indraprastha Resort, Dalhousie, meets a new generation of travelers needs for individual experiences and expression, all while exuding the quiet warmth and assurance of a staff that appreciates the difference between hosting and hovering.
It is a unique blend of leisure and pleasure. It offers greenery and tranquillity to its esteemed guests. The rooms are cosy with all modern amenities and make for a pleasant stay. Enjoy your private sit-out and spacious rooms to stretch your creative vision.
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