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.
Also, read about other places mentioned in my travel posts.
This post is a part of Friendship day guest post series-
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.
August 24, 2018 at 5:00 pm
A complete guide and breathtaking pics are the trade marks of Meenakshi’s travel post. And this one is no exception. It was a good virtual visit to the picturesque Dalhousie. Thanks for sharing.
August 24, 2018 at 7:36 pm
This is a very helpful post. Dalhousie has been on my wishlist for a while now, and when I plan a trip I will surely refer to this detailed post by Meenakshi.
August 25, 2018 at 12:11 pm
I’ve been to Dalhousie but the visit was rushed as we planned to go to Vaishno Devi too. Must visit this beautiful place again! This post will come in handy in making sure I tick all boxes when there.
August 28, 2018 at 5:36 pm
Himachalpradesh is one of the most famous tourist place in india and you are given such a good information and wonderful images to us.Thank you for sharing.
August 29, 2018 at 9:15 am
This place we made plan twice but somehow have to cancel it now I really want to visit … beautiful place
August 29, 2018 at 9:48 am
Surely, good enough reasons to visit it! We haven’t visited it yet but hope to change that soon!
August 29, 2018 at 10:24 am
Oh you made me miss every moment . We went there last year in March and there was a snowfall for 2 days. All we could do was fun In snow and it was amazing.
August 29, 2018 at 10:37 am
When talked about visitinvy any of the spots in Himachal Pradesh the excitement just reached an answer level, and Dalhousie is undoubtedly one the beautiful places to visit
August 29, 2018 at 12:54 pm
I love Dalhousie! Had gone there as a child. LOved it then. These tips are great. shall visit again with my kids
August 29, 2018 at 12:59 pm
That’s the place I visit everyday. Thanks to my sister who lives there. I was there last weekend for Rakshabandhan. I love walking around Dalhousie hills and recently in love with birds of Dalhousie.
August 29, 2018 at 8:14 pm
This is amazing article on Dalhousie never been to it but now tempted to go in nedr vacation
August 29, 2018 at 9:38 pm
Oh I can absolutely relate!! I have been there when I was really small and I still miss the beauty… so tempted to visit again!
August 30, 2018 at 6:56 am
I still haven’t been to Dalhousie and this post surely gives me the reasons why I should go there. Thanks for sharing.
September 7, 2018 at 4:17 pm
The beauty of Dalhousie is in its quaintness. i loved it
September 7, 2018 at 6:15 pm
Lovely place, yes it far from the usual hill stations hype and has still retained the old world charm and the legacy of British Raj is visible in the remanent structures and monuments there. If we are looking for a place with perfect serenity and a cozy stay out of the eyes of rushing crowds…the destination is Dalhousie.
September 7, 2018 at 6:57 pm
Thanks for stopping by Nihar
September 7, 2018 at 7:42 pm
Even being Native, I haven’t been to Chamba yet. It is so in my list. #mannreads
September 7, 2018 at 9:01 pm
I’ve ALWAYS wanted to visit Dalhousie. I’m not much of a hill person, but this post really makes me want to go there and just read and spend my time watching the landscape.
September 7, 2018 at 10:41 pm
Thanks a bunch for hosting me on your blog,Deepa 🙂
September 8, 2018 at 8:57 pm
Dalhousie is a sweet heaven. I visited this place when I was in 4th or 5th class. Today all my memories have revived.
September 9, 2018 at 7:23 pm
Read so much about dalhousie its dream for peace lover. Fabulous weather to make u feel in paradise
September 10, 2018 at 12:06 am
Thanks for reading
September 10, 2018 at 3:31 pm
A lovely place to visit and feel content back to work life after it , love the pictures too
September 11, 2018 at 8:14 am
When I visited Himachal, we had no plans, no itinerary but did what the locals asked us to do. One of them was choosing to either go to Kheerganga or go to Dalhousie. We chose Kheerganga… Maybe someday Dalhousie will be visited. I honestly love Himachal a lot!
September 21, 2018 at 12:17 am
Dalhousie holds a very special place in my heart. I had traveled to Dalhousie with my mom after my 12th boards exam. She had promised to take me to the hills after my exams. And it was a much needed breather after a long stressful month. Lovely post!