A Trip to Dalhousie/Khajjar – Heaven on Earth


Why is Dalhousie the best place to visit?

Last week I decided to explore the beautiful Himalaya again and picked up Dalhousie this time. The mesmerizing old world and natural beauty of Dalhousie quickly show you why it is the most popular hills station in Himachal Pradesh. Dalhousie was named after Lord Dalhousie who was viceroy to India during the British era. You will find amazing places to explore in Dalhousie to add to your bucket list. This place offers you Calm and pollution free environment far away from crowded city life. If I talk about the accommodation options, it ranges from the budget to the luxury options. And the options for food here are in abundance. Tiny cafes provide you with the amazing flavor of coffee or tea that you crave.

Kalatop Sanctuary is among the top wildlife centuries, Khajjar is famous for the beautiful khajjar lake and known as Mini Switzerland of India, Mall Road can be Explored if you are a Shopaholic,  St John Church is the perfect place for those who are seeking peace and positive vibes.

Best time to visit Dalhousie

Dalhousie in summer (April-June)

In summers the temperature always remains below 30 degrees Celsius. At the beginning of summer you will find weather, cold, however, for the rest of the summer, the weather remains extremely pleasant.  According to most people, this is the best time to visit Dalhousie.

Dalhousie in Monsoon (July-September)

Dalhousie does not receive heavy rainfall in the monsoon. Normally, rainfall received is 180 mm and the temperature in monsoon varies between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, it does not rise above 25 degrees Celsius.

Dalhousie in winter (October-February)

The winter starts in Dalhousie around the month of October; however, you can enjoy the snowfall probably in the month of December.  This is the time when most people visit this beautiful place to explore.  I would suggest this is the best time to visit Dalhousie.  In winters normally the temperature ranges from 1 to 10 degrees Celsius. The  month of January and February is the right time to visit, In case you want to experience the snowfall and want to see Dalhousie covered in the white sheet of snow,

How to reach here Dalhousie

By Bus

Traveling by bus would be the most pocket-friendly mode to reach there. Cities like Chamba, Amritsar and Shimla are well-connected to Dalhousie. State transport departments and private tour operators’ offers the excellent bus services that make a Dalhousie trip a pleasurable one.

By Train

If you are looking for an affordable and comfortable, the train is the best option for you. However, you will not get any direct Dalhousie trains, you have to reach Pathankot, as here is the nearest railway terminal from Dalhousie and from there the tourists can hire a bus or taxi that are available from Pathankot to Dalhousie on a regular basis.

By Flight

Dalhousie by flight is not a tough task as the nearby cities like Amritsar and Jammu and Kashmir have excellent terminals and facilities to reach Dalhousie. Or you can take a flight to Pathankot Airport, which is 75 km away, and get to Dalhousie by bus or cab. Also, the flights are available from Gaggal in Kangra district as well.

By Car

The best pick would be traveling by car, as it makes a memorable journey if you are going with your friends or family.  Roads are linked with major cities of the state and are quite well-maintained which offers scenic views.

Best Places to visit in  Dalhousie

Khajjiar Mini Switzerland 

Dalhousie trip is incomplete without visiting Khajjiar. It is a small hill station just 26 km away from Dalhousie. This place is  famous for a Khajjar and Chamera lake surrounded by beautiful mountains covered with dense cedar forest. It is also known as the Mini Switzerland of India. Khajjar is named after 12th-century beautiful  Khajj Nag temple. Khajjar also offers adventure sports, as it has a lot of options like Paragliding, horse riding, zorbing, trekking etc.  However, sometimes during winters the way to Khajjiar can be closed due to heavy snowfall.

St. John Church

If you are looking for peaceful and good vibes, then you must visit  St. John church.  The architecture of the church is comparable to the Roman Catholic’s Church of England; however, the only difference is that the St. John’s Church belongs to the Protestants community. It is located in the middle of abundant green landscapes and pine valleys.

Kalatop Wildlife Reserve

The Kalatop is one of the famous wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh. It is the best weekend gateway as it is just 8 km from Dalhousie.  This reserve is spread in an area of 19 and home to various animal species like jackal, leopard, bear.  It lies beside the Ravi river which is the main source of water supply for the park. Additionally, oak trees, the blue pine on the Kalatop hills, and the wild daisies that grow here, all make this park an attractive tourist spot.

Panch Pula

Panch pula is famous beautiful waterfall where five streams come together an make a beautiful scenic view. This place is also famous for the Samadhi of the great freedom fighter Sardar Ajit Singh. I would suggest taking a walk from Dalhousie to panch pula to enjoy the calm environment and beautiful surroundings.  Panch pula is a must visit place for trekking lovers also


Rang Mahal

The Rang Mahal is one of those historical structures in India that has the influences of both British and Mughal architecture. Its walls are adorned with beautiful animated paintings displaying the life of Lord Krishna. Don’t forget to buy souvenirs from handicraft shop inside rang mahal

Mall Road

Apart from beings shopping hub, the Mall Road is also a popular tourist place in Dalhousie for some more reasons. You can sit and enjoy breathtaking views of the entire PirPanjal mountain ranges.

Bottom Line

So, make sure you do not miss any of these beautiful places during your visit to Dalhousie. And do not forget to share your experience with us.

Have an Enjoyable Trip!

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