Best Time and Season to Visit Dalhousie in 2021
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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:

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COVID-19 : DALHOUSIE is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 06 May 2021
Latest Information on Travelling to DALHOUSIE?
  • Entry is open for domestic travellers from other state. However, thermal screening will be conducted by state health authorities upon arrival.
  • No e-pass required to for Inter-state travel to Himachal Pradesh.
  • Entry/Exit from state borders will be allowed only from 6am to 8pm.
  • Face masks are compulsory when going out in public. Fine of Rs 1000 to be imposed on those not wearing masks.
  • COVID-19 test is not required on entry to the state. However, thermal screening shall be done for all passengers entering the state.
  • Night curfews (8pm-6am) declared in Mandi, Kangra, Shimla and Kullu till Jan 5.
  • All supermarkets, parks, malls and attractions are open with strict COVID-19 prevention norms in place.
  • Social distancing to be followed mandatorily when out in public.
  • E-passes/ permissions not required for inter-state travel.
  • For passengers arriving from red zone districts outside of Himachal Pradesh, carrying a COVID-19 negative test report from ICMR authorized lab, not older than 48 hours from the date of departure,14 days of Home Quarantine is allowed.
  • 14 days of institutional quarantine is required for passengers arriving from any Red Zone district outside of Himachal Pradesh or passengers having ILI (Influenza Like Illness) symptoms irrespective of the zone from where they are arriving.
  • All passengers must download Aarogya Setu App.

Flights are running to Kangra Airport from Delhi and Chandigarh.

Local Transport

Local transport services, like taxis, autos and buses are functioning in the state.

The state government of Himachal Pradesh has taken several steps to curb the spread of Covid-19 while tourists to visit Dalhousie. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

Entry from other states open in Himachal Pradesh; negative RT-PCR test is a must Updated: 06 May 2021

Inter-state travel to Himachal require a Covid-19 negative certificate. However, if the report is negative, there is no need for home/ institutional quarantine.

Entry from other states open in Dalhousie, thermal screening to be done upon arrival Updated: 17 Dec 2020

The Dalhousie district is allowing unrestricted entry to travellers with no requirement of e-passes or Covid-19 negative certificate. However, thermal screening will be done by the state medical authorities upon arrival Read more.

Hotels, Homestays and Resorts Set to Open From 1st of October Updated: 29 Sep 2020

Most hotels, resorts and homestays in Dalhousie are set to open from 1st of October with strict COVID-19 precautions in place. Tourists must book a minimum of two days stay at any of these hotels.Read more.

Kangra Airport, nearest to Dalhousie is Open for Domestic Travel Updated: 04 Sep 2020

Kangra Airport, which is the nearest to Dalhousie, has begun functioning domestic flights, with strict social distancing norms. Thermal screening is mandatory for arriving as well as departing passengers.

Night Curfew Lifted in Dalhousie Updated: 04 Sep 2020

As per the MHA’s Unlock 3.0 guidelines, the night curfew in Himachal Pradesh, that was imposed between 9 p.m to 5 a.m has been lifted to allow unrestricted intra-state travel.


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.


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

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


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

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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Excellent trek, the trek was not that long and as well as easy, Nicely organized by the team, worthwhile expereince.
Value for money, the place is with amazing views of the mountains, so much fun we had on this campsite.
Well-organized and well-managed tour, My family was very happy with this experience and they intended to take this chance again.
Horse riding was exciting and fun, the horse is very well-trained, We explored the place in 2-hours. It was AWESOME
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Snow valley resort is an excellent place to stay with your family. We stayed for 2 nights.The staff were so cooperative and humble. It was a good and memorable stay, good and spacious rooms with beautiful views food was also good.
12 February 2020
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Ascending and descending of the trek went great, our leader was friendly with all the trekkers. The place is beautiful.

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  1. What are the best things to do in Dalhousie in winters?

    1. Try your hand at Skiing: If skiing is a hobby, or you simply want to try your hand at it for the first time, there is no better place to enjoy the sport than against the backdrop of the stunning snow-clad Dhauladhars. 
    2. Have a picnic at Khajjiar Valley: Winter is an ideal time for outdoor picnics. And what better place to enjoy it than the Mini Switzerland of India? Khajjiar, the neighboring small town, with its rolling green meadows and stunning landscapes, provides a perfect setting for a picnic.
    3. Explore the slopes in a trek: Winter treks in Dalhousie and nearby villages are extremely popular among tourists. The slopes of Dhauladhar offer trails that are moderate to easy, and can be attempted by any willing person.
    4. Thrill your senses by paragliding across the open valleys: Paragliding is one of the most popular winter sports in Dalhousie. Ideally catering to thrill-seekers and adventure mongers, paragliding in Dalhousie is best enjoyed during the winter months between November to February.
  2. What is the best time to visit Dalhousie for snowfall?

    The best time to visit Dalhousie for snow is during the winter months, between October to March. During this time, the temperature here remains between -2 degrees Celsius and 10 degrees Celsius. A number of different snow sports can also be enjoyed here during winter.
  3. Which month is best for visiting Dalhousie?

    It is best to visit Dalhousie between the months of March and May. During this time, the weather remains pleasant and cool, and the temperature does not rise above 30 degrees.
  4. How many days are enough for Dalhousie?

    A trip to Dalhousie should ideally last around 3 nights and 4 days. One can easily visit all of Dalhousie’s major sightseeing spots as well as have time to enjoy its natural beauty within this time.