Places To Visit In Dalhousie
A very famous hill station, Dalhousie is situated in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh. Rightly labelled as the Little Switzerland of India, Dalhousie offers enchanting views of the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar ranges. Renowned for its gorgeous meadows, dense jungles, and pristine waterfalls, this outstanding destination is a prime attraction among honeymooners, solo vacationers and family vacationers. For an absolute experience have a sneak peek into the below awe-inspiring places in Dalhousie for your next vacation-
A very popular picnic spot, Panchpula is renowned for the Saptdhara Waterfall, the starting point of the Ganji Pahari trek, and activities like Ziplining & Burma Bridge. This beautiful place is beautifully surrounded by a cover of green pine and deodar trees and is located at a distance of just 3.5kms from Gandhi Chowk in Dalhousie.
Timings- 7 am to 7 pm
Best time to visit- any time of the year, but if one wants to witness the waterfalls and springs in full swing then make sure to plan a visit during the monsoon.
2. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Kalatop Wildlife sanctuary or KalatopKhajjiar Sanctuary is located in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. This exotic wildlife sanctuary is situated just a few km away from the Chamba dam and Chamera reservoir on river Ravi. This sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. One can find several small freshwater streams flowing into the river Ravi, north of the sanctuary.
The trekking and hiking trails here make it a perfect place for nature walks. Visit this sanctuary on your next Dalhousie trip and spot some wild animals like- the black bear, Himalayan black marten, barking goral, leopard, wild cats, seer, and a plethora of aviary species like- Eurasian Jay, chestnut billed thrush, blackbird, pheasant, Himalayan monal and many other species too.
Entry fee- no entry fee if one explores by walking, but INR 250 is charged for visitors who wish to explore by vehicle.
Best time to visit - September to May
3. Dainkund Peak
Dainkund is the highest peak in Dalhousie and receives maximum snowfall during the winter season. This place is truly worth visiting. The USP of this place is its snow-covered peaks and lush green surroundings. Every year several tourists head towards Dainkund Peak to spend time in the lap of nature. Capture the serene views of the Khajjiar lake from Dainkund that is something one cannot miss capturing through the lens. The tall and pretty Deodar trees, the rich forests, colourful flowers and the green valleys make Dainkund one of the most loved destinations in Dalhousie.
Best time to visit- October to February
4. Chamera Lake
An artificial lake, Chamera is located at a distance of 25 kms from Dalhousie in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh and is one of the popular picnic spots and boating locations. One can explore the lake on a speed boat or a rowboat and indulge in thrilling activities & things to do like Kayaking, canoeing & river rafting. Surrounded by mountains on all sides makes this place is perfect for nature photography.
Best time to visit- March to June
Nearby attraction- Bhalei temple
5. Garam Sadak
Garam Sadak is a road in the beautiful Dalhousie, connecting Gandhi Chowk & Subhash Chowk. It offers picturesque vistas of the valley and is lined with tall trees & green vegetation. Just take a walk on this tranquil road and witness the pretty Tibetan Rock paintings adorning the walls of the road on the side.
Best time to visit - November to February
6. St. Francis Church
St. Francis Church is renowned as one of the prominent monuments in Dalhousie, constructed in the year 1894 by civil officers and is built in Victorian-era architecture. This church is in the Moti Tiba area a few miles away from Subhash Chowk. The interior of this church is beautifully adorned with Belgian glass and exquisite stone works.
Timings -7 am to 7 pm
Best time to visit - any time during the year as per your choice of season and convenience.
7. Chamunda Devi Temple
The revered temple, Chamunda Devi temple is devoted to Goddess Kali and is a prominent religious centre for the town. This temple is believed to be the place where goddess Ambika killed the demons- Munda and Chanda. The deity is kept wrapped in red cloth, sacred and untouched by the visitors.
Timings - 6 am to 8 pm
Best time to visit - any season of the year, but the temple witnesses a huge number of devotees during the occasion of Navaratri and Maha Shivaratri.
8. Subhash Baoli
Subhash Baoli is named after the famous freedom fighter, Subhash Chandra bose. Subhash Baoli is a perennial spring that has medicinal properties and is believed to have cured the freedom fighter of his ill health. It is located just 1km away from Gandhi Chowk and is the perfect place for a picnic. Head towards this beautiful place and relish the natural beauty.
Best time to visit - Throughout the year
9. Sach Pass
A mountain Pass, Sach Pass, runs over the PirPanjal mountain range, at the height of 4500m and connects Dalhousie with Chamba & Pangi Valleys and is one of the most difficult passes to cross in North India. Adventure enthusiasts visit this pass to experience the thrill of riding a bike through it. It is a preferred route for locals to reach Chamba or Pangi valleys and is a popular point for trekking from Dalhousie. Sach Pass comes under army surveillance and has several check posts. Tourists need to carry their identity proofs. Sach Pass is a perfect getaway for nature enthusiasts, photographers and adventure seekers. So make sure to head towards SachPass and capture the panoramic views of the natural landscape.
Best time to visit - the Pass remains open from June-July to mid-October, but the perfect month to visit is September.
The beautiful place, Chamba is located in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh and is renowned for holding ancient temples, caves and edifices that speak proudly of Indian history. Chamba is the base camp for several treks in the great Himalayan ranges. Visit this place for the mesmerizing views of the PirPanjal, Zanskar and Dhauladhar ranges in the backdrop of this place.
Best time to visit -March to June and October to March.