Dalhousie is one of the most beautiful destinations in Himachal Pradesh set on five distinct hills; Kathlog, Porteyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun spread over an area of 13 sq. km. These 5 hills are part of the Dhauladhar range. These hills came under the Raja of Chamba during the British era, however, British were extremely enticed by the place and wanted to build a hospital in this place. In 1853, Raja handed over the four hills except the Balun Hill to the British Empire on which a Sanatorium was build which was named after the then Governor General of India, Lord Dalhousie. Eventually the British acquired the fifth hill, Balun, in 1866. Although the weather in Dalhousie is very cold during winters, but those who wish to enjoy activities should plan their trip in winters. The rest may enjoy the tour best during summers.
Bhuntar Nearest airport is Gaggal at Dharamsala, 120 kilometers away.
Nearest railhead is Pathankot, 80 kilometers away.
Dalhousie is connected to Pathankot and other major cities & hill stations. Here, State Transport buses and private taxis available for all destinations.
Dalhousie is good for all year long. It depends on what you are looking for when visiting. Summers are pretty cool and winter is not too harsh but it snows in January. Winters is a lean season here and most hotels offer good discounts.
Dalhousie is better explored from the months of March-June. The snow, if any, has melted and its brilliance can be seen when the rays of sun hit the higher reaches of snow-capped mountains and pastures. The weather is very pleasant now, and you can experience the chills in March and April and the temperature begins to rise from the month of June. Rainfalls often disturb the strolling paths and few couples can be seen walking together. Winters are also not on the harsher side and it snows only sparingly. All in all a peaceful hill station which ... read more...
All the major Indian festivals and events are celebrated with great fanfare and enthusiasm in Dalhousie. Festivities start from the months of October or November, when the festivals of Dussehra and Diwali are celebrated with much gusto. In December, Christmas celebrations take place in full swing as the church bells ring and create the perfect festive mood. Another festival that is celebrated with much fanfare during this month is Ice Skating Carnival. Fancy dress competitions, dance shows, and ice hockey are some of the highlights of this carnival. The New Year is celebrated in a unique style in Dalhousie. The people of Dalhousie worship Shiskar Apa, the goddess of wealth, by performing dance programs for few days in the month of January. Lohri and Maghi are the other festivals in Dalhousie that are celebrated with great fanfare and enthusiasm.
Shopping in Dalhousie is all about buying a variety of handicrafts, gift items and trinkets to take back home. The Tibetan market, the Himachal Handloom Industry Emporium, Himachal Hand loom and Crafts Centre and Tibetan Handicrafts Centre are the main shopping areas in Dalhousie. The Tibetan market, located at Gandhi Chowk, is an ideal shopping hub in Dalhousie and one of the popular tourist sites offering spectrum of goods including bags, dolls, handicrafts, carpets and purses. Besides the Tibetan market, the Mall of Dalhousie is also a popular shopping destination. Take a trip to Himachal Handloom Industry Emporium on Thandi Sarak if you are interested in traditional Kashmiri shawls. Reflecting the fine craftsmanship of the locals, these handicrafts are unique and exquisite. You may also buy traditional shawls from here. Other interesting things to buy from Dalhousie include Buddhist paintings, variety of copper and silver 'diyas', carpets and souvenirs from Tibetan market and Tibetan Handicrafts Centre. Don’t forget to buy the ever-popular Tibetan Carpets from the Tibetan Handicrafts Centre.
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