Top 8 Places in Dalhousie, Temperature, Best Time to Visit, Hotels etc. – A Complete Guide
A complete travel guide to the picturesque hills of Dalhousie
The state of Himachal Pradesh is renowned for its epic beauty and scenery. High up in the Himalayas, the entire state is a feast for the senses, particularly the eyes. However, Dalhousie remarkably comes out on top of an already illustrious state which boasts locales such as Kinnaur Valley, Rohtang Pass, and Lahaul and Spiti Valley.
Named after the erstwhile British Governor-General of India, Lord Dalhousie, the beautiful hill station is situated in the foothills of the Dhauladhar Mountains and facing the Pir Panjal Range of the Western Himalayas at an elevation of 1,970 meters above sea level.
Today Dalhousie remains largely unimpaired with its remarkable surroundings and views of the Himalayas. It is a quiet hill town with little or no nightlife and is best suited for tourists who seek the serene atmosphere and honeymooning couples.
The town comprises mainly colonial-style buildings and bungalows with narrow avenues which are mostly covered in fog and surrounded by fir and pine trees. Dalhousie also acts as a gateway to an equally enchanting hill town of Chamba.
How to reach Dalhousie?
Already wondering about traveling to Dalhousie? Let’s begin up with reaching the serene natural escape!
1. By Flight:
Dalhousie does not have an airport of its own. The closest ones are Pathankot (75 km) and Gaggal (135 km). Both have regular flights from New Delhi and Chandigarh. However, flights are usually prone to get rescheduled or canceled due to bad weather. So, confirmation of flight till the last moment is a must.
2. By Rail:
The Indian Railways is the most convenient and feasible option to reach Dalhousie. The closest railhead to Dalhousie is Pathankot’s Chakki Bank which has an excellent connection with other cities in North India. Many super-fast, Express and Deluxe trains ply daily to Dalhousie from cities of all north Indian states. An overnight train from New Delhi would have you in Dalhousie by morning.
3. By Road:
Being a popular tourist destination, the roads to Dalhousie are well maintained. A drive down these beautiful roads will be a treat to your eyes and your camera. There are also many state-run and private bus operators that have deluxe and Volvo buses to Dalhousie from nearby cities.
The plethora of vistas of Dalhousie reside about 570 kilometers away from the national capital, taking about 12-14 hours via personal car. Dalhousie is a 325-kilometer drive from Chandigarh, taking 6-7 hours to reach the destination. Due to its location in the hills, many travelers self drive with the pals.
What to See?
There are many fantastic places to visit in Dalhousie and awesome things to experience in the amazing hill station.
Khajjiar is known as the Switzerland of India, one of the most popular destinations in Dalhousie. Surrounded by a thick cover of deodar and pine trees with the snow-capped Himalayas in the backdrop, Khajjiar makes up for a delightful picnic spot for friends and family, making it one of the most stunning Dalhousie attractions.
2. Kalatop Wildlife Reserve
Kalatop is one of the most pristine destinations in Dalhousie. Known for its rich and lush green surroundings, along with snow-capped Himalayan peaks, it draws a number of tourists to Dalhousie. Located on Kalatop hills, this high-altitude forest area is located at an average elevation of 2,500 meters above sea level and offers stunning views.
It is home for a plethora of various fauna such as the Himalayan Black Bear, Pheasants, and Himalayan Black Marten. People often tend to trek to explore the beauty of this forest to catch a glimpse of snow-covered valleys and dense forests.
3. Dainkund Peak
Dainkund peak is the highest peak in Dalhousie which offers a complete 360-degree view of the entire valley. Dainkund is also known as the singing peak because the trees produce melodious sounds – as winds blow past the woods. It is a high-end hill that is mounted with a temple and picturesque location, having scenic views all around.
Surrounded by fresh, green pine and deodar trees, Panchpula is a waterfall and a popular picnic spot in Dalhousie. It is best known for trekking and its marvelous, cascading beauty. It is called the Lifeline Of Dalhousie Five streams come together to form this waterfall, while Panchpula’s mainstream supplies water to the various localities of Dalhousie.
Trivia- A Samadhi (monument) is built near Panchpula in the memory of the great revolutionary, Sardar Ajit Singh (Uncle of Martyr Bhagat Singh), who breathed his last here.
5. Satdhara Falls
The Satdhara falls lie on the way to Panchpulla, which is another favorite destination of tourists in Dalhousie. This waterfall is known to have great therapeutic value as the water in these springs contains mica, which has medicinal properties that are able to cure many diseases. One can go for a walk to this lovely waterfall and enjoy the everlasting beauty that it has while taking a dip in the crystal clear water of the fall.
6. Tibetan Market
The Tibetan market is a famous spot, which offers a selection of goods along with bags, dolls, carpets, handbags and handicrafts. These handicrafts are specific in their personal manner. It gives a wide variety of the well-known Kullu shawls; crafted from lamb’s wool, angora, pashmina.
7. Bakrota Hills
Take a walk amidst the snow-capped mountains at the Bakrota Hills. Breathe in the pure air and feel all refreshed and rejuvenated. The Hills are covered with dense Deodar forests, making it look like a lovely green rug, pulled over by the mountains.As the soft rays of the sun are filtered through the oak, pine, and deodar trees, the entire region glows with an ethereal charm.
For the adventure enthusiasts, a trek in the snow will be an experience of a lifetime. The locals would be able to connect you with the right guides to guide you through the best trekking routes.
When to Visit?
The climate in Dalhousie stays pleasant and welcoming throughout the year as the town falls in the foothills of the Himalayas. The summer months between March and June see the mildest climates with temperatures rarely going above 30 degrees Celsius.
The months of April, May, and June are vastly considered as the best time to visit Dalhousie because of the pleasant weather conditions. But you may want to avoid visiting in these months if you don’t want crowds.
The monsoon months between July and September see plenty of rainfall and picturesque scenery. The winters in Dalhousie are cold and temperatures can fall below freezing point and give the opportunity of various winter sports like skiing, snowboarding etc
Dalhousie is frequented by tourists all year round due to its pleasant climate that provides a refuge from the burning plains in Northern India. The best time to visit Dalhousie is from March till June and from October till December. The months of July, August, October, and November are the ones when there are only a handful of tourists around.
Where to Stay?
Dalhousie is a very popular tourist spot, busy throughout the year. It is loaded with all types of visitor accommodation facilities. Hotels, Inns, tourist huts and houses are all available for booking and rent to the tourists fitting all sorts of budget.
We recommend Amara Blue Magnet to stay in Dalhousie. Nestled amidst the archaic beauty of Himachal Pradesh is Amara Blue Magnets which provides the perfect sojourn for a variety of travelers who are looking to escape the humdrum of everyday life. Spend a splendid sojourn in Dalhousie rich in modern amenities and are complemented by attentive services.
Things to Remember
Your packing will entirely depend on what time of the year you were visiting. From October to March, pack warm woolens and a heavy windproof jacket. Gloves and a cap to protect your head too would be required.
For visiting from April to June, just bring your regular cotton with a light jacket. From July to September, pack clothes that can dry faster, like polyester. Carry warm clothes no matter what time of year you are traveling.
Dress in layers so that you can put on or take off a layer when the temperature changes suddenly. In winter especially, thermal wear and heavy jackets are a must. Carry extra pairs of clean socks at all times.