Dalhousie is yet another pearl in the crown of Himachal Pradesh. It’s the serenity and natural charm that draws tourists to this spot.
The five hills, Kathlog, Potreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun comprise Dalhousie. The peaceful town is situated at a height of 1525-2378 meters. Bipasha, Ravi and Chenub are a few of the main rivers that flow through the heart of town.
Dalhousie town is built by the governor general of Punjab, Lord Dalhousie, originally, to, provide a safe haven for the British soldiers and health care facilities (1848-1856). Currently Indian Army is also using the town for military establishments.
The town became a full fledged tourist destination in the year 1920. The Tibetans came to settle in the region post the confiscation of Tibet by China in 1959. Population is still lower in comparison to other Himachali regions.
Adorned with flowers, plantations and trees of oak, birch and pine all over, Dalhousie is a treat for travelers. The peaceful and flawless landscape is the main attraction of the region. Sunsets from Dalhousie are unforgettable on the backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayan range The peak season is from March to July15th. Again, from September to Novembe
Temperature during the summer time is around 16-23 degrees Celsius. While winter months are chilly with the temperature fluctuating between 1 to -10 degree Celsius. The rainfall in the region is around 1500mm.
The town starts with GPO CHOWK (or crossing). The bus reaches the main stand after a lingering tour through the narrow winding road across the hills. On the left of the bus stand is the tourist office. Dalhousie club is on the right.
Gandhi Chowk is the central market place in the area. Tibetan shops are spread all over the place.
On the south of Gandhi Chowk are Panchpulla and Bakrota on the north. Temples of Shiva, Vishnu and Narayan are many. At least 3 malls, Fresco paintings, churches and museums are among other distractions of Dalhousie.
Panchkulla water falls is definitely worth mentioning here. In about 4 km from the main town, is shatadhara. The panchkulla waterfall is at 1 km distance from here. The place is nice and peaceful. The place is ideal for barbecue
In 6 km radius lays the bakrota hills at a height of 2085 meter. The scenery from here is perfect.
The Dankuni hills are at 10km from Lakkar mandi. Its 2745 meters high, covered in greenery, is a splendid option for tripping on foot with enough time in hand off course. They are also called the singing hills. Dalhousie in its entirety is visible from Devi Point, at a height of 3335 meter.
How to reach: The best way to reach Dalhousie is from Pathankot of Punjab which is the nearest railhead. The nearest airport is at Amritsar of Punjab. It can also be reached from Manali.
Where to Stay: There are a few good hotels to stay. Check our hotel booking links below for photos, rates, options and online bookings