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  • While it holds the hearts of travelers throughout the year, the best time to visit Dalhousie is during the summer season, when the white carpet of snow begins to melt, leaving behind beautiful patches of greenery and floral colors. The weather is mild and pleasant, and makes the place ideal for a summer retreat in the laps of the Himalayas.

    Far from the reaches of your the monotony of routine life, Dalhousie brings you a breath of fresh air. quite literally, given the low pollution levels. Decked with beautiful Victorian-era churches and houses, the hill station spans 14 square kilometers, and is a famous honeymoon destination, especially during winters.

    That said, monsoon and winters in Dalhousie are also an unmatched experience. If your heart yearns for adventure and solitude, go with the winter season, when everything is bathed in a layer of powdery snow. Hiking trails climb to incredible views of the circling peaks and valleys, and the warmth of the golden sunshine is a treat for the soul.
    If your daily life has left your spirits drained, a quick trip to Dalhousie is a sure way to revive them.

    Here are the best seasons to visit Dalhousie:

  • 01Dalhousie in Winter

    Dalhousie in Winter

    Winters in Dalhousie begin from the month of October and last up to February. Considering the high altitude of Dalhousie, 1,970 meters above sea level, to be precise, Dalhousie experienced frigid winters. However, the months of October and November might not be very cold. It is from December that winter truly sets in, with temperatures plummeting to as low as zero degree. Winter is also the best time to visit Dalhousie, in order to appreciate its true beauty.

    A beautiful blanket of snow covers the place, making it look like something right out of Narnia! If the cold of cities isn’t enough for you, Dalhousie is the perfect getaway during winters. Surrounded by a panorama of lofty, snow-clad peaks and yawning valleys, there’s natural beauty everywhere you turn.

    Places to visit:

    If you consider yourself a nature lover, head to Garam Sadak for a walk amidst the wilderness. True to its name, the place is blessed with ample sunlight in the morning, making it an ideal respite from the biting cold of winters. The lovely town of Chamba is a must-visit destination to experience the rich cultural history and the no-haste lifestyle of the locals.

    If you like exploring the religious and historical nuances of places, then head to the churches and temples that grace the hearts of Dalhousie.
    Another winter treasure in Dalhousie is Khajjiar, a place that matches the beauty of Switzerland!

    Things to do:

    Cradled by a stunning valley, the Khajjiar Lake is a visual treat during winters. The abundance of snow also gives you various opportunities to engage in hiking and trekking activities, when the beauty is at its peak.

    Another reason that makes winters the perfect time to visit Dalhousie is that hotels and homestay usually offer generous discounts on stays, considering there may be relatively less number of tourists compared to summers.

    Average temperature:

    Daytime temperatures are somewhere around 11 to 13 degrees Celsius, and in the nighttime, they range somewhere between 4 to 0 degrees Celsius.

  • 02Dalhousie in Summer

    Dalhousie in Summer

    The best time to visit Dalhousie is the summer season, which starts from the month of March and lasts up to May. Summer is the most-visited season of the year, as the weather is soothing and pleasant, as opposed to the blazing heat of the cities. The maximum temperature never exceeds 30 degree Celsius. Summer is also ideal for activities like nature walks and hiking. The snow cover starts melting in March and April, and there is still a little chill in the air during these months.

    In May, the temperature starts rising a little before giving way to monsoons. The floral diversity of Dalhousie puts on a beautiful show during the summer season, with specks of reds, yellows, and blues covering everything. During summers, all those places which may have been inaccessible during winters due to heavy snowfall, open up again once the snow melts.

    Places to visit:

    Panchpula is a beautiful spot just 3 km away from Dalhousie. It is essentially a massive stream that snakes through various regions, nurturing various water bodies. Another great place is the Sach Pass in Chamba. Climbing up to an altitude of 14,500 ft., the pass remains shut during the winters and can be visited only during the summers.

    It is also part of the trail leading to Pagi Valley, which is also a thrilling trek. If you're craving solitude, nature and mountains, Sach Pass is the right call.

    Things to do
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    Dip your toes in various adventure activities like rafting, paragliding, trekking, river crossing, and more. The golden sunshine during summers is a welcome change from the scorching heat that the lower areas of the country experience.

    Although, considering that it is also the season of holidays, Dalhousie will be swamped with tourists and travelers from all over the country. It is also difficult to get a good deal or discount on accommodations, as it is the peak season for hoteliers. That said, Dalhousie may be small, but is big enough for you to find some beautiful, offbeat trails to embark upon.

    It is also a good time for you to dust off your photography skills. On a clear, summer day, you will be treated to stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks in the skyline.

    Average Temperature:

    The average temperature during the day is around 30 degrees Celsius, while at night, temperatures may drop to 18 or 20 degrees Celsius

  • 03Dalhousie in Monsoon

    Dalhousie in Monsoon

    Monsoons in Dalhousie start from the month of June and last up to mid-September. Rainfall is not very heavy in this area, and the weather is quite pleasant, a carpet of lush greenery covering everything. It is also one of the most preferred seasons to visit Dalhousie, especially to admire the natural bounties of the place without having to bear with the extremities of weather. The atmosphere is beautiful and cool, with a patchwork of floral colors sprawled across the expansive greenery.

    It is also during monsoons when the floral species of the region spring to life. Monsoons are ideal for enjoying cool, relaxed days amidst nature. It is also a good time for honeymooners to travel here, as the climate is romantic, and there’s not too much crowd.

    Places to visit
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    One of the most beautiful places to visit in Dalhousie during monsoons would be Khajjiar, popularly dubbed as the ‘Switzerland of India’. It is a picture-perfect destination, especially during monsoons, blooming beautifully with lofty cedar trees and sweeping meadows. If you’re a photography enthusiast, get ready from some great, postcard-worthy photos to add to your album! The little town of Chamba is also a great place to travel to during monsoons.

    The melting pot of cultures that Chamba is host to, coupled with the engulfing beauty is a treat for the mind, body, and soul. The best way to make the most of monsoons in Dalhousie is to embark on the many hiking trails that grace the region.

    Things to do:

    There are more than enough treks in and around Dalhousie to satiate the call of adventure. It is also the ideal season to enjoy paragliding, horse riding, and other refreshing activities. Boating and rafting are two activities best enjoyed in monsoons, when the water levels are decent enough.

    Satdhara Falls, reigning at 2,035, is one of the best places to visit during monsoons. The booming crash of the waterfall amidst misty greenery is an unprecedented sight. It is said that the waters of Satdhara Falls have some medicinal and healing powers too.

    Compared to several other reaches of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is blessed with mild showers, average, at best. Other regions experience heavy rainfall for prolonged periods, and this disrupts travel to such places.

    Dalhousie is a smart pick for when you’re craving a dose of the Himalayan mountains during monsoons, but are put off by the dangers of landslides and floods. The moderate rainfall here will not hinder your plans.

    Average temperature:

    The temperatures range somewhere between 24 to 30 degrees Celsius during the day and around 19 to 23 degrees in the night.

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Sightseeing in Dalhousie

Adventure in Dalhousie

Attractions in Dalhousie

Trekking in Dalhousie

Day outs in Dalhousie

Nature and wildlife in Dalhousie

Attractions

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Satdhara Falls

Being situated at 2035 meters over the ocean level, the Satdhara waterfall proffers a tranquil environment and wonderful climate to all its visitors. The term Satdhara signifies 'a blend of seven streams'. The water from this waterfall is said have medicinal properties and healing powers. 

The Satdhara falls is based on the Panchpula route and is a beautiful traveller spot to visit with loved ones. It is one of the most prominent places to visit in Dalhousie. One can plan a day picnic with family and friends or just indulge in sightseeing. 

Activities and attractions- Picnic spot, Photography, Sightseeing.

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Bara Pather

Bara Pather is a very popular destination in the town of Ahla, situated in close proximity of General Post Office, Dalhousie. Take a short break and do visit this place while you are travelling towards the Kalatop Sanctuary. Based amidst the woods, Bara pather is an abode to the pristine Bhulwani Mata Temple.

This Temple is approximately 60 M away from Dalhousie water works. The tantalizing panorama here attracts innumerable tourists. Here you can appreciate cool wind amid the hot and sticky summers. It also has a Potato Farm, which is an additional traveller spot.

TIMINGS:- Monday - Friday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM

Activities and attractions:- Sightseeing

 

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Panchpula

Panchpula is one of the beautiful places to visit in Dalhousie. Located approximately at a distance of 3 km from Dalhousie, this place is a major tourist attraction. It is a mother stream that flows through various parts of Dalhousie, feeding water to several other water bodies. 

Panchpula that originates from the north of Dayakund, is popular for its mesmeric vista and also holds historical significance. A Samadhi has been built as a tribute to Sardar Ajit Singh, a great revolutionary. When here, do not forget to savour their delectable local cuisine. 

Timings:-  Monday - Friday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM

Activities and attractions:- Picnic Spot, Sightseeing 

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Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek

Trek to Deo Tibba  starts at Jagat Sukh which is 6 km southwards from Manali. This village is quite old. Trekkers can have a slight diversion to tour Rohtang pass for enjoying the grandeur of Pir Panjal range.

On the trail of this trek you can see Gaddi shepherds herding their cattle’s in the green pastures and the Chandertal lake famous for its unearthly beauty. The trekkers will also pass by the Hampta pass at a height of 4,000 metres. One can visit the tiny hamlets of Chatru also on the way.

The Deo Tibba glacier is dotted with boulders and huge rocks, but according to the locals of the surrounding areas, the glacier is full of white and black crystals which are hard to find. On reaching the Deo Tibba base, you will be offered a visual treat of gurgling stream, a carpet of colourful flowers and a magnificent sight of the Deo Tibba peak. You will find a rock bridge, which has formed naturally, over the stream.

Best Season: June- September
Max. Elevation: 4480m
Duration of the Trek: 5 days
Difficulty Level: Moderate

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Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

Take an audacious tour through the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located in the Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. Explore this fascinating animal sanctuary, which is enveloped by fir and deodar woods. 

Located amidst the oak and coniferous forests and in close vicinity of the Ravi River, this place allure a lot of adventurers and nature lovers. Also, one can indulge in some thrilling activities as this sanctuary makes a perfect destination for trekking. Bring your camera along to capture the exquisite flora and fauna here. Pheasants, serow and the black bear are some of the commonly found animals at the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary.

Timings:- Summer Season: 7.00 AM - 6.00 PM, Winter Season: 7.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Activities and attractions:- Trekking and Sightseeing

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Kali ka Tibba

Effortlessly beautiful, Kali Ka Tibba in Chail is perched atop mountain Blossom making for a very pretty picture. Dedicated to the goddess Kali this secluded destination is the perfect getaway to attain that peace and quiet away from the throngs of tourists.

Trekking up to this serene location is a fun activity and you can encounter various species of animals on your way up. Angling and horse riding is also very popular in near Kali ka Tibba.

Stunning views and beautiful scenery of the Shivalik Range and the Choor Chandni peak are breathtaking from Kali ka Tibba.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this place is in monsoons between August and November.

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Dainkund Peak

You have heard the birds sing a piece of music; now attend a musical concert at the Dainkund Peak. Melodious is the sound, like a song whispered in your ears, when the breezes swiftly strike the chords of the woods at Dainkund. Based at a height of 2755 M, the Dainkund Peak allures innumerable tourists. 

The peak offers an enticing panorama of the valley, which has made it an admirable spot. The two major attractions here is the core of the valley which belongs to the Indian Air Force and a temple. This is a Pholani Devi temple and unique, because all it showcases is a trident. So visit this charismatic peak and witness the creations of Mother Nature and to admire this exclusive place of worship.

Activities and attractions::-  Trekking and Sightseeing 

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Chandrakhani Pass

At an elevation of 3660 M, the Chandrakhani Pass is the most wonderful and tranquil destination in the Kullu valley. It proffers a very impressive view of the Deo Tibba crest, the Pir Panjal and the Parbati Mountains. The trekking experience here is the best amongst the other delightful treks in Kullu. 

It acquaints the explorers with the culture of Himachal Pradesh. The picturesque magnificence of the Kullu valley and the mountain crests that dab that skyline will mesmerise you with its beauty. According to the mythology the Chandrakhani Pass was an abode to all the Gods of kullu, who later were carried to their respective places by the strong winds here. 

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Bakrota Hills

Take a walk amidst the snow capped mountains at the Bakrota Hills. Breathe in the pure air and feel all refreshed and rejuvenated. The Hills are covered with dense Deodar forests, making it look like a lovely green rug, pulled over by the mountains. 

The mesmerising landscape here will leave you spellbound. Every year Dalhousie is blessed with heavy snow fall. During this season the magnificent Bakrota hills glistens like diamonds. Spend some time here with your dear ones and be in awe of Mother Nature’s miraculous creations.   

Activities and attractions:- Trekking, Photography, Sightseeing

 

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Chandrakhani Pass Trek

Chandrakhani Pass is a standout amongst the most lovely and tranquil go, at an elevation of 3660 m situated in the Kullu valley. Chandrakhani Pass offers awesome perspectives of the Deo Tibba crest, Pir Panjal and Parbati scope of mountains. 

The trek is a standout amongst the most delightful treks that acquaints the voyager with the remote, bumpy societies of Himachal Pradesh. The beautiful magnificence of the Kullu valley, and the mountain tops that spot that skyline is a treat for the nature significant other all through the excursion. 

The area is otherwise called the Valley of Gods. Legend has that Jamlu (the managing god at Malana), opened a wicker container containing the lords of Kullu at the Chandrakhani Pass and the solid winds blew the divine beings to their present dwelling places.

Sea Preferred Season son: June-August

Maximum Elevation: 3650 m

Duration: 8 day

Difficulty Level: Moderate

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The Great Himalayan National Park

If you are an admirer of nature then a visit to the Great Himalayan National Park will be an enthralling experience to cherish. The National park is bestowed with a variety of wildlife species.  It is an abode for approximately 375 types of fauna that include snow leopard, blue sheep, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, goral and several others. 

Another exhilarating option here is to go for a trek. So stuff your backpack and do not forget your camera; tie your shoelaces and just break free from your stressful routine. There are a number of fairs held here during the months of April, May, August and September. If you are an Indian National, then you will have to pay around Rs. 50 as a entry fee. For Foreign Nationals the entry fee is Rs. 200.

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Laxmi Narayan Temple

When planning places to visit in Dalhousie, make it a point to add Laxmi Narayan Temple to the list. The fascinating part about this place is that it is an antiquated sanctuary devoted to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Being built in the Shikhara style by the Kings of Chamba, it is also a major architectural attraction. 

The Laxmi Narayan Temple is based in the Chamba district and is one of the highly praised vacation destinations in Dalhousie. It is an abode to three different sanctums like Gauri Shanker Temple, Shiva Temple of Chander-Gupta, and Radha Krishna Temple.

TIMINGS:- Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM

Activities and attractions:- Sightseeing, Place of Worship

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Chamera Lake

Skim through the places to visit in Dalhousie and reach the Chamera Lake. Located in the Chamba district at a height of 763 M from the sea level, the Chamera Lake is a captivating traveller’s destination. It is based approximately at a distance of 30 KM from Dalhousie. This lake was formed because of the Chamera Dam was built on the Ravi River.  It is a great place for all adrenaline junkies as it proffers a plethora of water sports.

 So if you are looking forward to spend some peaceful time at this quaint location then admire the shimmering sunset here or else feed your inner thrill seeker by indulging in varied adventurous activities.

Activities and attractions:- Sightseeing, Boating, Fishing and other Watersports

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Subhash Baoli

Situated just 1 km away from Dalhousie is Subhash Boli, a charismatic tourist spot. Enveloped by tall towering pine trees, this is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Dalhousie. It is extremely famous for its appealing vistas. 

According to the historical facts, freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose used to come here for meditation. As a tribute to him, this place was named as Shubhash Baoli. Visit this place with family and friends to not only admire its natural beauty, but to also acknowledge its historical significance.

TIMINGS:- Monday - Friday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM

 Activities and attractions:- Sightseeing, Photography

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Kheer Ganga

If you are seeking for some adventure and thrill, then trekking at Kheer ganga is one of the most awesome things to do in Kullu. Situated in the Parvati valley, this place is endowed with a fascinating landscape making it a perfect destination for trekking. 

After this tiresome yet adventurous journey, one can experience the relaxing natural hot water springs here. Kheer ganga is also a pilgrimage hub. It is said that Karthik, the son of Lord Shiva meditated at this pristine place for approximately a thousand years. The place is open to visitors for only seven months a year and proffers comfortable accommodation facilities.

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Manikaran Hot Spring

Witness the unusual miracles of nature like a pond full of boiling water at a hill station. Manikaran is situated in the fascinating Parvati valley in kullu. The hot springs situated on the banks of the Parbati River, is a major tourist attraction. 

When in Manikaran one can halt at a pristine Gurudwara located here. The food served here is simple yet delicious. The accommodation facilities are also considerably comfortable. It is believed that the water from the hot springs has medicinal properties and a healing power. This attracts countless pilgrims, who have faith that this is a cure for their sickness. Be it an excursion or a pilgrimage, Manikaran has to have a priority position in your things to do in Kullu list.  

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