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Dalhousie

Dalhousie

Weather

Dalhousie attracts tourists all through the year although December and January can sometimes be too cold for comfort with frequent snowfall. Summer months from April to June are the best time to travel with maximum temperatures ranging between 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. The monsoon season in Dalhousie lasts from June to September bring adequate rainfall making the hills look lush green and waterfalls flowing in the abundant beauty. The winters in Dalhousie last from November to February and are quite severe with temperatures dropping below freezing point in December.

How To Reach

By Road:

Dalhousie is located in Himachal Pradesh on the extension of Pathankot to Chamba highway. Both Punjab and Himachal Roadways run regular bus services for Dalhousie. Dalhousie can be easily reached from the cities of Pathankot (80km), Dharmashala (145km), Chamba (50km), Amritsar (190km), Katra (235km), Shimla (400km), Manali (360km) and Palampur(176km), by availing of the frequent taxi and bus services.


By Air:

Dalhousie has no dedicated airport facility and the closest airport is the one located at Gaggal in Kangra district 140 kms away. Because of its strategic location in the hills, travelling to Dalhousie by air is not recommended as driving to Dalhousie offers wonderful panoramic views and travelling adventure that makes it one of the popular hill stations in India. Regular bus and cab services are available from Gaggal to reach Dalhousie. 



By Rail:

Pathankot is the nearest railway station virtually serving as the gateway to Dalhousie for rail and road travelers. Pathankot is well connected to other parts of India including Punjab, Haryana, New Delhi and Mumbai with regular train services. Tourists who get down at Pathankot have to board taxis or buses for reaching Dalhousie.


Overview

The hill town of Dalhousie spread over five low level hills is one of the most popular cities in Himachal Pradesh. Known as the pride of Himachal, the town of Dalhousie is known for its British mansions and surreal natural habitat with magnificent hills and deodar trees. Covering an area of 14 sq km amid the five hills of Kathlog, Potreyn, Balun, Tehra and Bakrots, Dalhousie derives its name from British Governor General of the 19th century, Lord Dalhousie

 

Dalhousie also known as the gateway to Chamba offer excellent views of the Chenab, the Ravi and the Beas valleys. It is thickly wooded with stately pines and oaks and has lovely picnic spot all around. Being one of the most peaceful hill stations of India, Dalhousie attracts thousands of tourists all round the year. The city has a host of boarding and lodging facilities right from budget hotels to British era guest houses catering the need of all kinds of visitors.

 

Dalhousie offers a great shopping experience with traditional Chamba handicrafts and Tibetan textiles attracting a large number of buyers. Tibetan Handicrafts Centre offers ancient rare Tibetan handicrafts and souvenirs. Besides trekking, horse riding and rafting, Zorbing is an upcoming sport which can be enjoyed on the slopes of Khajjiar meadows at Dalhousie.

 

The food of Dalhousie has a strong Punjabi influence with a wide variety of pan India flavors available in the local restaurants and cafes. Travelers must gorge on the wonderfully brewed Chamba tea which gives a rare insight into the Himalayan blend with British era tea crafting technologies. Dalhousie holds an ice skating carnival in December attracting a large influx of tourists while New Year celebrations are performed in a dancing festival devoted to Goddess Shiskar Apa.