Dalhousie, is known as a hill station within the Dhauladhar range founded in 1854 by the British Empire in India. The British acquired 5 hills – Kathlog, Portreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun, which provides coverage for an space of approximately 14 sq. Km from the ruler of the Chamba State for developing the location as a sanatorium. The Dalhousie Town had been titled after Lord Dalhousie who was the British Governor-General in India.

Dalhousie is a access towards the historic Chamba Hill State, today Chamba District of the state of Himachal Pradesh of India. This hill region is known as a archive of historic Hindu tradition, fine art, temples, and also handicrafts conserved inside of the longest-running single dynasty ever since the mid-6th century. Chamba stands out as the heart of this tradition. Scottish and Victorian architecture is prevalent in the bungalows and churches in the town.

How To Reach

By Air

The nearest airport Gaggal in Kangra district is 140 kms away.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is at Pathankot, 78 kms down in the plains.

By Bus

A national highway links Dalhousie with Pathankot with regular state roadways and private buses plying on the route. Dalhousie is also connected by buses to Chamba, Dharamshala and Shimla.

Weather In Dalhousie

Best Time To Visit Dalhousie

It is place for all seasons. The best time to visit is in the summer, and the peak tourist season is between March and June

The attractive hill station  is suitable for sight seeing and all sorts of adventure activities during summer season. Monsoons are perfect for short vacations and revitalizing for nature lovers., although winter time is covered with snow and it’s best for people who enjoy snowfalls. Nevertheless, take necessary safety measures.

Tourist Attraction

The main market The Mall is divided into three sections, around the Moti Tibba, Potreyn Hill, and upper Bakrota. Winding roads interconnect the focal points of the town, known as chowks. Gandhi Chowk is the central area, with most important buildings, post office, and restaurants along with a small Tibetan market selling handicrafts items.

Subhash Chowk at the top end of the Sadar Bazaar area has many eating-places. There are some pleasant walks off the main road into the forested slopes, with bright coloured modern Buddhist rock paintings that make for good sightseeing options in the area.


The main market is popularly called G.P.O. because of the post office.

Tibetan Market in Dalhousie

A market run by Tibetans, it has all kinds of knick-knacks, electronics and toys (mostly from China). Tibetan Handicraft Centre – It is 3 km from G.P.O. on the way to Khajjiar.

Subhash Baoli

Just over a kilometre from Gandhi Chowk is the Subhash Baoli, another mountain spring with splendid views of the surrounding peaks. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose spent time in 1937 contemplating and meditating here.

Old Chamba palace

Built amidst tall pine forests, the palace has now been converted into a hotel.

Bakrota hills

It is 5 km away.


Three kilometre from South of Gandhi Chowk is Panchpulla – literally means five bridges. It is a picturesque spot with water flowing under the five small bridges. A samadhi has been built here in memory of the freedom fighter Sardar Ajit Singh, uncle of Bhagat Singh. A small fresh water spring Satdhara whose waters are believed to have high mica content and can cure several ailments is close by.

Bara Pathar

It is 4 km from Dalhousie enroute Kalatope. In village Ahla here, there is a temple of Bhulwani Mata.

Dainkund (10 km)

On a clear day this tall peak (2745 m) affords a birds eye-view of the hills, verdant valleys and the Beas, Ravi and Chenab rivers threading their silvery passage down to the plains.

Places Near Dalhousie

Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the district of Chamba is at a distance of 25 km from Dalhousie and one can cover this either by road or on foot. Sprawling over an area of 1962 hectares, this sanctuary is also known as Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary. To drive in to the sanctuary, need a permit from the department of forestry in Chamba. Besides offering good views of the surrounding snow peaks, the sanctuary has a small number of wildlife including deer, ibex, mountains bears and leopards.


It is a hill station in Chamba district, located approximately 24 km from Dalhousie on the road to Chamba, is surrounded by a towering deodar trees with a small lake in the middle surrounded by saucer-shaped lush green meadow and a floating island. Khajjiar is about 2,000 m above sea level in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges. It is part of the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary.

The main attraction in Khajjiar is to walk around the lake or to go for long walks in the thick pine forests. Children enjoy this place because the sloppy terrain which permits them to roll down to the lake without getting hurt. Another attraction is horse riding .
The 12th century temple of Khajji Nag stands near the lake. Khajjiar is also called as Mini Switzerland of India.

At the distance of 1km from khajjiar, a tree popularly known as ‘Mother Tree’ of the area as it has 13 shoots of comparable height.

Khajjiar can be reached from Dalhousie by bus or taxi. Read More…..


Dalhousie provides excellent shopping delights at the mall road where all the activities of the town are centered. The Malls around Moti Tibba and Potreyn hills are the most popular among the tourist. The Tibetan market Market located at Gandhi Chowk is run by Tibetans and has all kinds of knickknacks, electronics and toys (mostly from China). The Himachal Handicrafts Emporium is also a good place for handicraft shopping. Read More….


Dalhousie has a huge number of hotels to accommodate the tourists. Dalhousie also offers several non-hotel stays like independent villas and bungalows which offer an alternative to typical hotels.Read More…….