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Dalhousie

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Ideal duration: 2-3 days

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"Little Switzerland of India"

Dalhousie Tourism

The tiny tinsel town of Dalhousie is a paradise tucked away in the lap of Himachal Pradesh. It boasts of old-world charm, mesmerising natural landscapes, pine-clad valleys, flower-bedecked meadows, fast-flowing rivers and magnificent misty mountains. This hill station was one of the favourite summer destinations of the Britishers during the Indian colonial era. The Scottish and Victorian architecture reminds you of its colonial heritage while the wispy air continues to hone British aromas.

Situated far from the buzzing cities in the country, this quaint town transports you to a pollution-free environment in the lap of nature. Dalhousie has a number mountains and river streams that tourists must visit. Among them, the most famous are Panch Pulla, Satdhara Falls and the Daikund peak.

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Picturesque hamlet of Himachal Pradesh

Dalhousie is famous for its picturesque landscapes which seem to have jumped right out of a fairytale. The bright green pastures of land in Summer, the evergreen beauty of snow-draped mountains in the winter and the tranquil environment throughout offer you a perfect getaway in the lap of the Himalayas. The winters in Dalhousie are extremely enchanting. Covered in the white blanket of snow, each flake of snow shines its brightest as sun rays shower through cloudless skies in Dalhousie.

Khajjiar - Mini-Switzerland of India

If you are planning a trip to Dalhousie, you must include Khajjiar in your itinerary. Known as the mini Switzerland of India, Khajjiar is just 21 km away from Dalhousie. The little hill town is famous for its spellbinding vistas of mountains loaded in white snow and lush green pastures of land. Kalatop Wildlife sanctuary in Khajjiar is famous for an exquisite variety of endangered species and breath-taking views of the mountains in the backdrop. You can also visit the Khajjiar Lake and the ancient Khajji Nag temple.

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History of Dalhousie

Founded in 1854 by Lord Dalhousie, then Governor-General of India, the city was considered as a retreat to escape the Indian summer, offering a peaceful & pleasant climate. To convert the area into a hill-station, the five neighbouring hills- Bhangora, Bakrota, Terah, Potreyn and Kathalagarh were acquired by the Chamba rulers. Soon after, Dalhousie became a much-awaited hill destination that became popular as a tourist attraction for all. Dalhousie became a part of the Gurdaspur district in the year 1861. It became a part of Himachal Pradesh only in 1966. It continues to serve as a popular tourist destination. 

Restaurants and Local Food in Dalhousie

Dalhousie offers options for food that differ in style, elements and genre. You can indulge in global cuisines at a number of restaurants as well as eateries attached to hotels and resorts.
One can relish Italian, Tibetan, Mughlai, South Indian platters here as well as a few instances of local Himachali food. While you can enjoy typical North-Indian food as well as some Continental and Chinese snacks at their freshest, the most lip-smacking dishes come at minimal prices in the local Dhabas. Himachali cuisine is very simple as it mainly centres around Chapati, dals, vegetable gravy and curd and their many versions. Pickles are typically served along with a meal in most of the eating joints here. 
Known for fruits, most towns in Himachal Pradesh offer varied, juicy & fresh fruits throughout the year.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Pathankot railway station or Kangra Airport, Gaggal. Reach Dalhousie. Spend some time walking around the town. Check-in at the hotel and rest for the day.
Day 2: Visit Panchpula, which offers a short trek to a beautiful waterfall. At the end of the trek, you can find small eateries or tapris that offer coffee and snacks. Later, visit the Satdhara falls, on the way to Panchpula. Satdhara falls is a beautiful water cascade famous for its seven streams flowing at the same spot.
Day 3: Leave for Khajjiar after breakfast. Visit the Khajjiar ground and lake. You can visit Kalatop Wildlife sanctuary and the ancient Khajji Nag temple during your visit. Return to Dalhousie.

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What are the places near Dalhousie?

The top places near to Dalhousie are Khajjiar which is 7 km from Dalhousie, Mcleodganj which is located 43 km from Dalhousie, Manali which is located 118 km from Dalhousie, Dharamsala which is located 47 km from Dalhousie, Kasol which is located 138 km from Dalhousie

What is not so good about Dalhousie?

Suitable only for sightseeing as there aren't many recreational activities to do. Good restaurants and public toilets are difficult to find in Dalhousie.

Who should visit Dalhousie?

Dalhousie is aptly meant for the honeymooners and nature lovers.

What is the best time to visit Dalhousie?

Dalhousie, with its ideal climatic conditions, makes for one of the very few places which may be visited all year round. However, the best time to visit Dalhousie is from the month of March-June. The snow begins to melt in the months of March and April and its brilliance can be seen when the rays of sun hit the snow-capped mountains and pastures. The weather remains rather pleasant during this period and you can continue to experience the chills too. 
The temperature begins to rise in the month of June. The summer months experience nice weather throughout, thus making it a perfect destination for nature buffs. Monsoons are also quite pleasant here as the moderate rainfall does not cause any inconvenience to your plans. Winters in Dalhousie are perfect for outdoor activities.

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What is famous about Dalhousie?

Dalhousie isn't commercialised yet, it is tranquil and perfect for a holiday away from the bustling city life. The weather is very pleasant all around the year.

How much does a package cost for Dalhousie?

The packages for Dalhousie start at INR 6500 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the best way to reach Dalhousie?

The nearest broad gauge railway station and airport is in Pathankot, which is around 85 kms away. 140 km away, Kangra Airport is a better-connected airport in the region. You can take a bus or a taxi from either place to reach Dalhousie.
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What are the things to do in Dalhousie?

The top things to do in Dalhousie are Khajjiar, Satdhara Falls, Panchpula, Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, Dainkund Peak, River Crossing and River Rafting. You can see all the places to visit in Dalhousie here

What is the local food in Dalhousie?

Dalhousie offers options for food that differ in style, elements and genre. You can indulge in global cuisines at a number of restaurants as well as eateries attached to hotels and resorts.
One can relish Italian, Tibetan, Mughlai, South Indian platters here as well as a few instances of local Himachali food. While you can enjoy typical North-Indian food as well as some Continental and Chinese snacks at their freshest, the most lip-smacking dishes come at minimal prices in the local Dhabas. Himachali cuisine is very simple as it mainly centres around Chapati, dals, vegetable gravy and curd and their many versions. Pickles are typically served along with a meal in most of the eating joints here. 
Known for fruits, most towns in Himachal Pradesh offer varied, juicy & fresh fruits throughout the year.
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Q. How long a stay is adequate in Dalhousie? Is it a scenic place? Are there things to do?

Manish Bhatnagar 4 months ago
Dalhousie is the place for nature lover not for the people who love city life. Stay duration depends upon your itinerary like if you wanted to cover Dalhousie along with khajjiar and Chamba than 3 days is required and if you only wanted to visit Dalhousie than only one day is enough.

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Sam Pundir 5 months ago
Amazing. This is a Very Amazing Place and I am very happy to go to Dalhousie. "Link Hidden"
Vinod Kumar 2 years ago
Dalhousie beat place for all seasons .khajjiar for adventure,panch pulls for peace, kalatop are green surrounding . high density of forest.tests for tibetian food but transportation is so poor
Punit Singh 2 years ago
Best movement paragliding . Just like bard
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