Dalhousie is a favourite hill-station and a much sought-after destination for travellers who seek tranquillity, mesmerizing views as well as a laid-back holiday. Of course, it cannot compete with the likes of Shimla or McLeodganj, however, it has a very appealing rustic charm which in itself is its USP.
For the uninitiated, Dalhousie is a teeny weeny hill station nestled amidst the peaks of Pir Panjal range facing the Himalayas, in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The town is spread across five hills and was established in the year 1854 during the British regime as a sanatorium for the British troops.
Visit beautiful hill station Dalhousie
The present-day Dalhousie as a destination has something to offer for a visitor of every age-group. From plenty of trekking options to varied ancient temples to historical places and boating for kids too, all with a complimentary package of a wonderful climate. In a nutshell, Dalhousie is a complete family destination.
Khajjiar meadows supposedly look similar to a place in Switzerland and thus is dubbed as Switzerland of India. It is a must-visit place near Dalhousie.
For shopping: Gandhi Chowk and Subash Chowk
Temples: Pauloni Mata temple, Temples in Chamba and Khajjiar
Boating: Panchpula and Chamera Lake
Want to enjoy snow?? Then visit the place during December-March
Unlike the other famous crowd-pulling hill-stations of Himachal, Dalhousie does not have the usual shopping stretches. The shopping arena is limited to just a lane of shops. This checks the inflow of unwanted peddlers and hawkers.
The colonial cottages and churches add to the architectural charm of the place. As the chunk of holidaying crowd moves towards the eastern side of Himachal, Dalhousie becomes more of a private resort for holiday seekers who revel in the lap of a salubrious surrounding.
Do you want to touch the floating clouds? Chase some butterflies around? Pack your bags and hit the road leading towards Dalhousie during the monsoons!
One can indulge in a lot of adventure activities in and around Dalhousie. From Zorbing to paragliding to long treks and hiking, everything is accessible and available at this destination. Oh..did I tell you that you can also indulge in horse riding at Khajjiar?
In every season a lot of backpackers and bike riders trudge the road to Dalhousie making their way towards Jot, Chamba and across the Pir Panjal range.
Many of them trek the pilgrimage circuit of Mani Mahesh which is a very sacred Yatra for the Himachalis and Shiva devotees. This usually takes place in the month of September.
Apart from its colonial connections, Dalhousie also has been home to Indian freedom fighters like Tagore and Subash Chandra Bose. Many Bengalis visit Dalhousie to pay homage to these freedom fighters who in themselves are a cult back in Bengal. It is surprising to know that because of the significance of this place, many Bengalis have settled down in and around Dalhousie.
Snowdon, Subash Baoli, and Subash Chowk are testimonials of the freedom movement.
Aren’t these enough reasons to visit this wonderful place called Dalhousie? So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and hit the road with your family for a perfect vacation in these monsoons!
Hope you liked the post and are inspired to visit this small hill station. If you have already been there, do let us know your reasons to visit beautiful hill station Dalhousie.
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Meenakshi J is a travel and lifestyle blogger, educator and an air force wife who loves travelling and sinking herself into the wonderland of books. She has a penchant for architecture, ancient doors, art, heritage sites, and symmetry. Her obsession for places, monuments, culture and vegetarian food gets captured often on her camera lens. The blog PolkaJunction Is a potpourri of her travelogues, book reviews, travel photographs and random musings.