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Dalhousie: General Information

Interesting Facts about Dalhousie

  • Dalhousie is about 80 kms away from Pathankot and is a quiet hill station, which is mostly visited by foreign tourists.
  • Dalhousie is situated at an altitude of 2,030 meters above sea level.
  • It is named after Lord Dalhousie, who was one of the viceroys of India.
  • The architecture of the city gives one a poignat reminder of the Briitish colonial era and exudes an old world charm.
  • Dalhousie comprises five distinct hills: Balun, Kathlog, Petreyn, Tehra, and Bakrota.
  • It has four main churches- St. John’s Church (built in 1903 A.D), St. Patrick’s Church (1909 A.D), St. Andrew’s Church, and St. Francis’s Church.
  • The late Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru had said that Dalhousie is one of the finest hill stations in India from the point of view of beauty, climate, and agreeable surroundings.
  • Dalhousie houses a 150 year old temple i.e. Lakshami Narayan Temple.
  • Historic personalities like Guru Rabinder Nath Tagore, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose visited Dalhousie years back.
  • Dalhousie is easily approachable from Delhi, Punjab, and Chandigarh as well as from other important places of Himachal. 

Shopping in DalhousieDalhousie reflects a perfect blend of modern India and old world charm, where British aura can be felt from its colonial architecture. This majestic hill station is nestled amidst the misty green valleys of Himachal Pradesh and it has many shopping areas that offer a variety of handicrafts, gift items, and trinkets to take back home as souvenirs. One can visit the Tibetan market, the Himachal Handloom Industry Emporium, Himachal Handloom and Crafts Center, and Tibetan Handicrafts Center to buy spectrum of goods including bags, dolls, handicrafts, carpets, rugs, and purses.

The Tibetan Market is located at Gandhi Chowk and it is one of the best shopping places in Dalhousie and also one of the popular tourist sites. For someone who is interested in Kashmiri handicrafts and woolens, visit Himachal Handloom Industry Emporium that offers traditional shawls and unique and exquisite handicrafts. Other interesting things that you can buy from Dalhousie are Buddhist paintings, a variety of copper and silver ‘diyas,’ carpets, and souvenirs.

Best Place to Eat in DalhousieDalhousie is an ideal destination for tourists that gives them countless reasons to explore this scenic destination. If you are traveling to Dalhousie, you must know the places that serve delicious food, available at some of the popular food joints in the city. The Mall road area of Dalhousie is a hub of shopping centers and food joints, where one can choose from Chinese chowmein to Tibetan momos to South Indian idlis, and Kashmiri pulao that pleases the taste buds of tourists. The foodies gather at this place in the evening to indulge in gastronomic pleasures. Here are some of the popular restaurants and food joints that serve mouth watering dishes, which will have you coming back for more.

  • The Preet Palace
  • Moti Mahal Deluxe
  • Kwality Restaurant
  • Shere-Punjab Dhaba
  • Dawat Restaurant
  • Café Dalhousie
  • Friends Punjabi Dhaba
  • Napoli
  • Punjab Restaurant
  • Lalls Restaurant
  • Aroma N Claire

Accommodation in DalhousieAccommodation is not a problem in Dalhousie and tourists can enjoy the beauty of nature in a relaxed manner at the most comfortable hotels and lodges, available here. One of India’s most popular hill stations, Dalhousie is located amid the picturesque valleys that offers tourists the moments of unforgettable fun. Some of the hotels and guesthouses are located in quiet surroundings of the city that give people everlasting fun and happiness. Here is a list of comfortable hotels in Dalhousie that give you a chance to enjoy the refreshing atmosphere of Dalhousie.

  • Lall Ji Tourist Resort
  • Dalhousie Heights
  • Hotel Himgiri
  • Hotel Mohan Palace
  • Hotel Topaz
  • Grand View Hotel
  • Aamod at Dalhousie
  • Sagrika Resort
  • Hotel Amar
  • Hotel Kings
  • Hotel Mongas
  • Hotel Comfort Inn

Climate in DalhousieThe cool and comfortable weather of Dalhousie makes it one of the prime hill stations in India. By visiting Dalhousie you can refresh your senses and experience the best that Himachal Pradesh has to offer. However, it is important that you know the best season to visit this scenic hilltop as a pleasant weather makes this place looks more beautiful.

Summer: The lush green forests and majestic Bakrota hills cast a magical spell on the tourists. Summer in Dalhousie is cool and pleasant with the maximum temperature reaching 24°C.

Winter: The temperature can drop to freezing point in winter and heavy woolens are required. Those who want to enjoy snow can visit Dalhousie in winter when the minimum temperature reaches 0°C.

Monsoon: Monsoon makes Dalhousie foggy and cloudy as the heavy fog takes over the city and makes one feels like one is walking through clouds.

Best Time to Visit DalhousieThere is no fixed time to grab the Dalhousie holiday packages as the whole year is best to visit this stunning hill town. The best time to visit Dalhousie would completely depend on why you are visiting the hill station. If yoursole purpose is to get away from the heat, then summer is the most ideal time to visit this scenic hill station. But, if you want to experience snowfall, then visit Dalhousie in the months between December and February, when the city is covered in a blanket of snow. The monsoon season is not preferred by many travelers as the chances of landslide are higher in monsoon in hill stations.