Distance :119km from Dharamsala, 336km from Shimla, 56km from
Altitude : 2,030m
STD : 01899
Temperature : Summer (max) 24° C, Winter (min) 1° C
Annual rainfall :1,500 mm
¤ The Location
Dalhousie is not surprising that the heat-fearing British built 80
hill stations within a span of just 30 years. Named after the Marquess
of Dalhousie, a British Governor General, this resort came up as the
solution to the mans search of leisure holiday. Thanks to the
whim of Brits like him, our delightful hill stations got a head start
¤ The Scenic Beauty
Dalhousie stands at the foot of one of the main spurs of the
Dhauladhars. The views are spectacular to the north; range upon range
of hills culminating in the snow of the Pir Panjal mountains of
Kashmir and to the south the plains of Punjab. Far below runs the
valley of the Ravi, while the Beas and Chenab can be seen snaking
across the plains.
Dalhousie retains much of the ambience of the Raj. The town spreads
around five hills Kathlog, Portreyn, Tehra, Bakrota, and Balun
and is clothed extensively in stately groves of deodar and oak. Its
two busy points, Gandhi Chowk and Subhash Chowk, are connected by the
Mall which is actually two roads intertwined like the figure of eight.
Youll probably find yourself at the bus stand on reaching here
first, which is the scruffiest part of the town. The main parts of
Dalhousie lie above this terminus. Its tin-roofed, half-timbered
houses present the most delightful sight.
¤ The Attraction of Churches and Temples
There are some churches and temples to see in town, but the best
sites are outside it. It really pays to take long walks to places like
Subhash Baoli, Jhandri Ghat, Satdhara and Dainkund Peak. These are
marvellous forest trails and picnic spots with splendid vistas over
the Chamba Valley. But the best sites around Dalhousie are
Khajjiar(22km) and Kalatope(9km). Its no wonder that some people say
that Dalhousie is a cheaper, but arguably more attractive, alternative
to Shimla. The best time to visit is perhaps autumn which has sunny
skies and clear nights.
¤ Dhabas For The Adventurous Gourmet
This is for those who believe that a good holiday also means good
food. Apart from the hotel restaurants in Dalhousie, there are
numerous places to eat, but most of these are high on price and low on
quality. You could try out the dhabas (inexpensive roadside eating
They are just about everywhere in any place in the length and
breadth of the country.
Although roadside, almost everybody haunts them for good, cheap food.
In Delhi especially, dhabas are just the place for a quick meal of
dal-chawal-subzi-roti (the common north Indian meal of rice, lentil
broth, dish of vegetables and bread).
People from fine families still shudder at the thought of
actually going and eating in a dhaba, but no one has any qualms about
ordering take-out meals from there.
The reason for their popularity is simple: these modest restaurants
turn out surprisingly good food and the advantage is that it is fresh
and cheap. With time, the dhabas have gone hip and now also include buttertoast,
sandwiches, fries, Chinese food and much more. So if you can overlook
the rather shabby surroundings, the dhaba is a very much a good-deal
Anyway, in Dalhousie these dhabas are best value for money on your
holiday trip. Moreover, the dhabas here are a cut above the usual
Indian dhaba. Amritsari, Sher-e-Punjab and the Royal Dhaba (on Court
Road) are definitely worth checking out.
Restaurant Preet Palace on Subhash Chowk offers Mughlai, Kashmiri and
Chinese cuisine at reasonable prices. Moti Mahal, New Metro and Lovely
are some of the other restaurants you could try. Kwality Restaurant on
Gandhi Chowk is very popular too while Snow Lion near the bus stand
does Tibetan food.