Dalhousie is a beautiful hill station in chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Dalhousie is named after the 19th century British governor General Lord Dalhousie. It is 56 km via Banikhet and 43 km via Khajjiar from Chamba. Dalhousie was popular with the British Army personnel in 1860s for it's nice and calm atmosphere. Dalhousie is popular for its natural beauty and has a variety of old architecture buildings. Dalhousie has varying altitude which shades it with a variety of vegetation that includes pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendrons. Rich in colonial architecture, the town preserves some beautiful churches. Its marvellous forest trails overlook scenes of wooded hills, waterfalls, springs and streams. Beautiful view of river Ravi finding its way out of the mountains with the twists and turns, are a treat to watch from many vantage points. There are also magnificent views of Chamba valley and the mighty Dhauladhar range with its awe-inspiring snow covered peaks filling out horizons.
Dalhousie was established in 1854 by the British Empire in India as a summer retreat for its troops and bureaucrats. Dalhousie is built around five beautiful hills named Kathlog, Potreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun and facing the Pir Panjal range, Ravi, Beas and Chenab rivers can be viewd from few vantage points in different parts of Dalhousie. Located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, it is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie is situated between 6,000 and 9,000 feet above sea level. This small historic hill station is spread over 14 KM area. The best time to visit is in the summer, and the peak tourist season is from May to September. Scottish and Victorian architecture is prevalent in the bungalows and churches in the town. Dalhousie is a gateway to the Chamba Hill State. Dalhousie is the most famous hill station of Himachal and is located 485 km from Delhi. Beside its breath taking landscapes the other highlights are the ancient temples, untouched beauty of Chamba & Pangi valley, the valley of milk, honey and streams. Fold after fold of mountains, snow-capped and pristine, can be viewed from the jagged Pangi Valley, which is a trekker's paradise. If your heart beats for Kashmir, head here, for this is the only part of Himachal Pradesh that juts into Kashmir. Dalhousie, a gorgeous hill station is a perfect destination for Honeymooners. This hill region is a repository of ancient Hindu culture, art, temples, and handicrafts preserved under the longest-running single dynasty since the mid-6th century.
Dalhousie is connected by road from different parts of the Himachal and other neighboring states. Mostly tourists come to Dalhousie from Pathankot. By road Dalhousie is 485 Kms from delhi and 52 kms from Chamba. Also closest railhead is at Pathankot, 90 kms away. Pathankot is well connected by broad gauge network of Indian Railway.
How to Reach Dalhousie by Air
Jammu Airport is at a distance of 180 km and Amritsar Airport is at a distance of 208 Km from Dalhousie.. There are regular flights from Jammu and Amritsar to Delhi and many other destinations. Gaggal airport is at a distance of 135 km, however there are no flights currently. 3 flights from Delhi are going to start soon.
How to Reach Dalhousie by Rail
If you are planning to come to Dalhousie by train then the nearest railway stations are Chakki Bank Railway Station and Pathankot Railway Station (train arrival and departure info can be found by clicking on the links) . Chakki Bank Railway Station and Pathankot Railway Station are well connected to various cities and towns of Himachal Pradesh by taxis and buses. From these railway stations you can take a bus to Dalhousie. The bus services from Pathakot to Dalhousie are very regular and depart daily. The distance between Pathankot and Dalhousie is about 85 km
How to Reach Dalhousie by Bus
Dalhousie is well connected with direct bus services from all cities of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Depending on which route you take, road distances from various Northern cities in India can vary. Best way is to take a bus However, the closest distance from some cities is as follows:
From: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India To: Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India - 347 km
From: Pathankot, Punjab, India - To: Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India - 85 km
From: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh- To: Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India -117 km
Its better to take bus from other parts of northern India to Pathankot and then from Pathankot to Dalhousie
From: Chandigarh, India - To: Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India– 312 km
From: New Delhi, Delhi, India - To: Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India - 557 km
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