How to Plan the Perfect Dalhousie Local Sightseeing Itinerary – A Complete Guide


Explore the beautiful Dalhousie local sightseeing itinerary. Discover the fantastic mountain hills and the things you can do in this paradise world. Learn about the activities you can do at this beautiful place. 

About Dalhousie

Dalhousie is an attractive hill station near Chamba town of Chamba district, North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, India. Named after Lord Dalhousie, the town is famous for being home to a pristine and serene place in the Dhauladhar Mountain range. The town was founded in 1854 by Britishers on the suggestion of Sir Donald McLeod for Viceroy of India, Lord Dalhousie, who lived in India from 1854 to 1856. This hill station has a lot of attractions for tourists, including waterfalls, rivers through mountains, Victorian architectural churches, picturesque landscapes, colonial charm, and adventurous activities. 

The climate of this area is humid subtropical. Due to monsoon influence, rainfall occurs in late summer and early spring. Snowfall also starts in the winter season; the highest temperature in town doesn’t increase from 30°C. Summer season is best for taking a tour of this hill station. The weather in summer is quite pleasant and soothing. From March to May, counts in summer weather, tourists come from across the world to visit the attractive places in town. Dalhousie is well connected by road with other cities and towns. To reach by air, the nearest airport is Gaggal Airport, which is 110km away from town; a public bus service is available to reach the hill station. To travel by train, the nearest junction is in Pathankot. Let’s explore Dalhousie’s local sightseeing itinerary in detail. 

Day 1

 Dainkund Peak
Dainkund Peak

Dalhousie hill station is known as a paradise on earth due to its scenic beauty and colonial charm. The colonial charm of the town is expressed by its historical temples, tall deodar trees, and pine trees. The beautiful churches present a glimpse of the British era, and carvings, glass paintings, and architectural style enhance their beauty. St. Francis Church, St. John’s Church,  and St. Andrew Church are the top visited churches in Dalhousie. St. Francis’s Church is a remarkable place to visit. Situated on the top of the hill in Moti Tiba, the Church was built in 1894. The reason for attraction for this Church is its relaxing and tranquil surroundings. St John’s Church is the oldest in Dalhousie, built in 1863 and together with St. Francis Church. The uniqueness of this church lies in its library, which has artwork and books on cultural history changes that occur in Dalhousie. St. Andrew’s Church is also well maintained, and the material used in the church was brought from Rome. This church has spiritual calmness in it.

Besides the historical churches, the hill station also has picturesque views of mountains. Dainkund Peak is a famous hill of Dalhousie that offers a 360-degree view of the whole valley. The views of the Himalayan range are also worthwhile; the serene Dhauladhar Mountain range is a beautiful attraction for tourists. Tourists can enjoy the panoramic valleys of town. Subash Baoli has beautiful tall pine trees, and the spring water of the valley has a medicinal effect on it.

Moreover, Baktora Hills also has snow-clad mountain views, and tourists come to visit these hills in the snowy season. Except for its beauty, the town also has a lot of handicrafts and souvenirs to buy in local markets. Tibetan Market and Himachal Emporium are famous markets to experience fantastic shopping. You can buy Kashmiri shawls, bags, carpets, traditional jewelry, and lots of other things.

Day 2

Panchpula Bridge
Panchpula Bridge : cc Tusk Travel.

Panchpula is also one of the favorite spots for tourists. As its name suggests, the place is a scenic spot with five bridges and a waterfall. This spot is 4km away from the main Dalhousie city in the middle of lush forest and snow-covered mountains. Panchpula is a great blessing for peace seekers and nature lovers. Samadhi of freedom fighter Sardar Ajit Singh is also on the waterfall, and due to having trekking trails in its surroundings, you can experience outdoor recreation like zip line,  hiking, trekking, and lots of fun on Panchpula. Mother stream flows from this waterfall which used to supply water in all town. Like this waterfall, Satdhara Falls is also a serene place in Dalhousie. As depicted in its name, Satdhara represents the seven springs that make this fall. Fall Makes an Aquamarine pool on its own, and the water of this pool has medicinal properties; it’s believed that this water cures all skin-related diseases. Snow-capped mountains encompass this place.

In the evening, you can visit Dainkund Peak, the highest point in Dalhousie, and receive maximum snowfall in winter. The word Dainkund means lake of witches, and it’s said that in the old days, this place was the residence of witches. This Peak is also known as Singing Hill due to the musical sound of the breeze that passes through the Peak. The hill has two main attractions for tourists: Indian Air Force Base and Pholani Devi Temple. This temple has no idol of deity but a trident in its premises. From this temple, you can enjoy a marvelous view of Ravi, Chenab, and Beas, which flow at the temple’s base.

Day 3

Khajjiar Dalhousie
Khajjiar Dalhousie

After visiting the beautiful hill station, you can also visit Khajjiar town, which is just 24 km away from Dalhousie. This town is called a mini Switzerland in India due to its beauty and striking topographical resemblance with Switzerland. Dense pine and deodar forests surround this hill station. Snow-capped peaks and deep valleys in town will leave you in the world of wonders. If you are a nature lover, then this town will not disappoint you and will give you a relaxing and rejuvenating effect from the hustle and bustle of city life. Khajjiar Lake is a great tourist attraction in town. This lake is beautiful and surrounded by trekking trails. This is the spot where you can enjoy a lot of adventures, such as paragliding, horse riding, zorbing, and boating.

Zorbing is a unique and interesting activity to try at the lake in which you have to get into a huge transparent ball, and then the ball is rolled down. The picturesque view of lush green meadows by this activity is the best part of a picnic. If you want to fly like a bird over a height of 6,000 feet, then Khajjiar Lake is also a point to try thrilling paragliding. Experiencing the majestic beauty of town from heights is a remarkable adventure. Khajji Nag Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is also a place having a history in its architecture. The temple has intricate carvings of serpents.

Moreover, on your way back from Dalhousie Kalatop, Wildlife Sanctuary is also a place to stop. This is a dense forest and is preserved with a variety of flora and fauna. The forest is famous for its natural walks and hikes. Trekking trails in the forest have plenty of wild animals and plants. By taking a jungle safari, you can enjoy the sightseeing of wild animals, such as leopards, bears, deer, langurs, and jackals. 

Final Analysis

The article is about Dalhousie’s local sightseeing itinerary and highlights the main attractions and activities that you can enjoy in this hill station. As Dalhousie has a cold weather climate, pack your woolen clothes if you are going in winter, but in summer, you can wear normal clothes. Remember to pack your jackets and shawls for the night. Wear shoes that have a strong grip on hiking trails. Carry one extra water bottle with you and book your tickets in advance to avoid any inconvenience during the hot visitors’ season. Stay in public restaurants and take guide instructions before visiting the hill station. So, if you are a nature lover and searching for a place where you can relax mentally and spiritually, then go ahead and book your tickets for Dalhousie, as this place will refresh your soul and give you a relaxing feel. 

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