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  • Things to do in Dalhousie take one to a new set of activities while being at a beautiful location, nestled in the Himalayan lap. This ideal holiday destination offers one to enjoy boating at Chamera lake, hike up at the Kalatop wildlife sanctuary, pay respect at Chamunda Devi Temple and many more things one would love to do.

    Dalhousie itself attracts a large number of visitors every year and the activities make one get ready to explore it at a distinct note. And that calm and pleasant weather when engulfs the conifers around, give a classy soothing vibe. 

    From sightseeing to trekking, nature trails to village excursions, local tours to shopping experiences or spending a day at leisure in Khajjiar, Dalhousie encompasses it all.

    Here are some of the best things to do in Dalhousie:

  • 01Get Mesmerize with the View of Panch Pulla Waterfall

    Get Mesmerize with the View of Panch Pulla Waterfall
    Image Credit : SujayaDhar - flickr
    With the literal meaning of five bridges, Panch Pulla is a blend of five streams that combine to form a waterfall. Soring eyes can get a smoothness here as spot if interwoven with dense green surroundings having pine and deodar trees with meadows lined up.

    A monument has been installed up in the parkland dedicated to Sardar Ajit Singh, revolutionary of old times. Best to visit in monsoons, trekkers, photographers, and hikers love to be here and spend some time in the calmness of nature.

    Distance:
    3.5 km from Gandhi Chowk, Dalhousie

    Timings: 
    Open all day.
  • 02Ride a Boat in Glistening Chamera Lake

    Ride a Boat in Glistening Chamera Lake

    Experience the classic lake beauty by boating in it and boasting the efforts of creating it on Chamera dam, artificially. A treat to the soul, the lake is surrounded by high hills which shines with greenery. 

    Sit or camp at the edges, or just take a boat to do some fishing and chilling with friends or lover, this is surely going to calm all the nerves within a few seconds. One can also be at peace with sunrise while the gutless waters and those hills engulf you its own natural beauty.

    Distance: 30 km from Dalhousie

    Timings: 7.00 AM to 5.00 PM, every day.

  • 03Spend a Picnic Day at Mini Switzerland of India, Khajjiar

    Spend a Picnic Day at Mini Switzerland of India, Khajjiar

    A little cliche to call to it mini Switzerland in beginning, Khajjiar has a charm of green meadows, dense forests on the edges and is surely heaven on earth. Having a resemblance to Switzerland's topography, Khajjiar also offers picturesque views, activities like trekking to perform and play games like zorbing, paragliding and much more. 

    The lake in the centre is a cherry on top of the already existing spellbinding charm. No wonder, once you visit this famous spot, all your senses will let you call it by a famous name, whether it's common or not!

    Distance: 24 km from Dalhousie.

  • 04Hike Up to the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

    Hike Up to the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

    With a grand plethora of wild trees, flora, fauna, grasslands, and views of snowcapped mountains, Kalatop wildlife sanctuary comes alive near to Dalhousie. Interestingly, it is marked with nature trails that offer trekking and walk options while exploring plenty of species including  Himalayan Monal, Eurasian jay, pines & firs, and magical landscape, enough for a thrill and adventure.

    Moreover, one feels fresh with water streams that empty itself in Ravi river, stuck in the north of the sanctuary.

    Distance: 8 km from Dalhousie

    Timings: 7.00 AM to 6.00 PM, every day

    Entry fee: None! Except Rs 250 for the reserve area.

  • 05Say Hi to Awe-Inspiring Satdhara Falls

    Say Hi to Awe-Inspiring Satdhara Falls

    As the name calls out, Satdhara actually means seven springs that combine together while falling in the plunge pool below. Perfect for all the people who wish to be in a tranquil surrounding, these crystal clear waters emerge from a lush green environment. Experience the freshness of wet mud, droplets, and the smell of vegetations that is going to make you feel lovely. 

    Surely, visiting here is one the amazing things to do in Dalhousie, where perfection is just a plus and one can close the eyes while hearing the sweet noise of falls. Do not forget to carry an extra pair of clothes, you will surely be driven towards dipping yourself in the cool waters.

    Distance: On the way to Panchpula, one can easily locate Satdhara falls.

  • 06Trek to the Ganji Pahari

    Trek to the Ganji Pahari

    Ganji Pahari, called by the name has the literal meaning of Bald Hill and is called so due to lack of vegetation at the hill-top. The hill is close to trekkers’ hearts as it offers a lovely view from the top and shows easy to moderate level of hiking from Panchapula as its base. 

    Interestingly, this trek is favourable in all seasons and winters invite a good amount of snow, driving people towards it.Take it as a pro tip, carry own food and water bottles as you won’t be able to find any cafe!

    Distance: Panchapula is 6 km from Dalhousie from where one needs to hike up to reach Ganji Pahari.

  • 07Trek to Incredible Dainkund Peak

    Trek to Incredible Dainkund Peak

    One of the highest points of Dalhousie brings one close to Dainkund peak, whose trails are swayed away by the lovely breeze creating music and mesmerizing snow capped mount views. Not only easy but trekking to the top is an adventure, beginner love to explore. 

    As the peak is in hands, one view rivers, meadows, and waterfalls, incredible to see it. One can find Air Force base and local temple at the top, acting as the major attractions. Hold on the excitement when you experience one of the adventurous things to do in Dalhousie.

    Distance: 13 km to the base camp from Dalhousie.

  • 08Pay a Visit to Subhash Baoli

    Named after freedom fighter, Subhash Chandra Bose, the Baoli is a perennial spring and is famous for medicinal properties which are capable of recovering from ill-health.

    It is situated within tall & dense trees and is a perfect location for taking strolls with your partner and soaking the beauty in eyes.

    Distance: 1 km from Dalhousie.

    Timings: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm every day.

  • 09Offer Your Prayers at Chamunda Devi Temple

    Offer Your Prayers at Chamunda Devi Temple

    Dedicated to Goddess Kali, Chamunda Devi temple has a beautiful ambience along with the mythological history attached to the same. Enshrined with a lot of other Gods and Goddesses, the temple premises can be reached with a short trek of approx 2 km.

    It is also marked with detailed carvings and colourful flags, surrounded with lush green areas, giving the whole aura calm and serenity. It is one of the calming things to do in Dalhousie.

    Distance: 128 km from Dalhousie, at Chamba Valley

    Timings: 6.00 AM to 7.00 PM.

  • 10Shopping at Tibetan Handicrafts Market

    Shopping at Tibetan Handicrafts Market

    Shopping at the hill station is the only thing that completes the whole trip. Tibetan handicrafts market encompasses exquisite carpets, wall hangings, jewellery, bags, shawls, scarves and much more to entice all its visitors. 

    The best part about it is bargained prices that delights all without pinching pockets and give chance to smack some local dishes at the food stalls. Go with a wallet of cash and you will be back with loads of happy shopping bags.

    Distance: 1.8km from Dalhousie

    Timings: 10.30 AM to 7.30 PM.

  • 11Visit to St. John’s Church

    Visit to St. John’s Church

    This piece of architecture reminds you of old-style stone construction housing a beautiful church, led by a nice aisle and lovely backdrop. The interiors possess glass paintings, enticed with glorified colours and show various stories of Saints John & Peter. 

    Adjacent to it is an old library that attracts its readers even from distant lands and comprises of a large collection of books related to the history and geography of the region. Do not forget to visit the church on Sunday mornings when mass prayers take place and show you the love for God at a new level.

    Distance: 3.4km from Dalhousie.

    Timings: 7.00 AM to 5.00 PM.

  • 12Stroll Through the Garam Sadak

    Stroll Through the Garam Sadak

    While exploring all the things to do in Dalhousie, Garam Sadak might sound a little weird but it got its name after realizing the hot temperature it acquires during the daytime. The charm of Dalhousie can be viewed while taking a walk here while gazing at the stunning landscape of valleys and hills.

    Bordered by tall trees, the lane compacts local shops from one can buy their daily necessities. Carry a camera along with you and do not forget to click shots that will mesmerize all through life. Moreover, even if you wish to come during night time, the street remains cosy, yet it is advised to carry torchlights along.

    Distance: 2.7 km from Dalhousie.

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Sightseeing in Dalhousie

Adventure in Dalhousie

Attractions in Dalhousie

Trekking in Dalhousie

Nature and wildlife in Dalhousie

Camping in Dalhousie

Attractions

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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