Places to Visit in Dalhousie

The state of Himachal Pradesh is blessed with abundant natural reserves and beauty. It is adorned with charming hill-stations, one more unique than the other. Dalhousie in Chamba district is the perfect holiday town if you wish to escape the city summers. It gets its name as a summer retreat from The Earl of Dalhousie, Governor general of India (1848-1856). Dalhousie winds around the misty highlands of the Dhauladhar mountain range at a comfortable elevation of 6463 feet. It beckons honeymooners, nature lovers, adventure buffs, weekend picnickers and families alike.  

So much to see! Are you wondering about which Dalhousie tourist places to visit? Do call us or drop in at your nearest SOTC branch for best Dalhousie tour packages and Himachal tour packages . We will help you make the most of your holiday.

Here is a list of places to visit in Dalhousie that will help you explore all its glorious hues.

What a view! Savour the magnificent 360° skyline of pristine snow-clad crests of the outer Himalayas from here. It is the highest point in Dalhousie at just a little above 9000 feet. Do come prepared for a short climb up the stairs that will take you to the top. Go for a refreshing trek to the Pahloni Mata temple, half a kilometre away at an elevation of 8950 feet.

This famous picnic spot is a lush green plateau at 6500 feet surrounded by beautiful meadows, a lake and pine forests. You can visit it on your way to Kalatop Sanctuary or Chamba Valley. There are forest rest houses and state cottages for those who wish to stay the night. You can enjoy paragliding and zorbing throughout the year. Khajjiar’s mesmerising beauty has earned it the name of being a ‘Mini Switzerland’.

Everywhere you go, Dalhousie exudes colonial charm with pre-independence structures and architecture. This Anglican church in the heart of the town, at Gandhi Chowk, is one of the must-visit places in Dalhousie. It was built in 1863 and is one of the oldest edifices in the vicinity. You will be smitten with the quality of its stone and woodwork. It is open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM for the visitors.

It is an intimate town square where all the important roads of Dalhousie converge. Apart from being home to many important tourist attractions it is also a shopper’s paradise. From quaint photo studios to old-world cafés and thriving handicraft shops, you’ll get them all here. A unique feature of Gandhi Chowk is the Tibetan Market. You can get yourself some museum quality handmade artefacts.

Discover the splendour of oak, blue pine and deodar forests as you take a tour of the sanctuary. You trek across the forest floors in Chamba Valley as it is only 6 km away from Dalhousie or club it with your Khajjiar outing. Fore those who want to stay the night, the Forest Department has Guest Houses too. The sanctuary is home to Black Bear, Serow, Goral, Yellow Throated Marten, Himalayan Fox, Leopard, Barking Deer and magnificent avian species.

A heavenly spot in heart of wildernes makes Bakrota Hills one of the most beautiful places to visit in Dalhousie. It is just 5 km away from the town on the Dalhousie-Chamba road. You can see the snow-capped Dhauladhar and Pir Panjaal ranges as you breathe pure mountain air. Homestays are available for travelers who wish to stay at this pristine location.

It is one of those places to visit in Dalhousie that are open all year round. It is surrounded by fresh water falls and springs. Some of them are known to have medicinal benefits. Satdhara Waterfalls, Chamera Lake, Sach Pass, Ganji Pahadi and Sardar Ajit Singh memorial are are some of main attractions in and around Panchpula.

It is one of the top places to go in Dalhousie for a hearty breakfast. Located in Gandhi Chowk, its ambiance is fragrant of the colonial heritage of Dalhousie. It opens only in peak season and serves some of the most delicious espresso coffees. This multi-cuisine offers you a range of options on the menu from Chinese to South Indian and Continental.

Among the many Dalhousie tourist places, these two roads make you ask – what’s with the names? Well, it’s simple. The road from Gandhi Chowk to Subhash Chowk via Dalhousie Café is called Garam Sadak because this part of the hill gets good sunlight. It’s an excellent hiking route with a stunning view of Panchpula and Ganji Pahari. The alternate road, Thandi Sadak, from Subhash Chowk to Gandhi Chowk via Circuit House doesn’t get enough sunlight. So the snow stays on till late in the season. It is a motorable road with an exhilerating view of the Dhauladhar mountains.

A small but fascinating addition to the is Moti Tibba. Climb up from Gandhi Chowk to reach a picturesque hilltop brimming with rare wild high-altitude Rhododendron flowers in the pine forest. It is near the Indian Air Fore premises so one would be advised to carry a valid id at all times.

A plenty of Dalhousie tourist places are design marvels. But none like this 18th CE palace in Surara Mohalla, reminiscent of an unexpected confluence – that of Mughal and Colonial architecture. It was built by Raja Umed Singh. A wide variety of royal costumes, jewellery, décor artefacts, coins, vintage handicrafts and rare scriptures are on display here.

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