12 Best Things to Do in Dalhousie - 2021 (with 2300+ Reviews)
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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:

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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.


Get Mesmerize with the View of Panch Pulla Waterfall

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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.

3.5 km from Gandhi Chowk, Dalhousie

Open all day.

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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


Pay 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.


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.


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.


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.


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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"it is cool.comfotable Trek you can easily do with family with views parallel to Switzerland"
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
17 December 2019
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
Hotel is really very nice in terms of location, food, service etc. Had a great time in the resort. Complete calmness can be experienced here. The staff and management at the resort is also very good. Food is absolutely amazing. We have also availed the guided trekking tour. And our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable we really had a lot of fun. All thanks to Thrillophilia for giving us the best deals online.
Thrillophilia organized the trip very well and I mostly prefer it bcoz it is always easy for me without unnecessary toil I get exactly what I want.
Our operator made a very good arrangement from accommodation, foods, activity and guide everything was absolutely up to the mark
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 romantic things to do in Dalhousie?

    1. Boating, Panchpula Waterfalls: One of the popular spots in Dalhousie, Panchpula  Waterfall displays a scenic charm. Indulging in a Boat ride with your soulmate at this Waterfall will surely add a  dose of romance to your life. 

    2. Dinner Date, Mall Road: When in Dalhousie, you just cannot afford to miss a romantic Dinner Date with your partner in one of the plush restaurants at Mall Road. 

    3. Hiking, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary: Who can be a better hiking partner than your beau? Get down on the trekking trails at Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary and get up, close and personal with nature.  

    4. Satdhara Falls: Satdhara Waterfall is an amalgamation of Seven Beautiful Springs and is an excellent spot for a little exploration with your partner. 

  2. What are the adventurous things to do in Dalhousie?

    1. Paragliding: One of the most adventure activities in Dalhousie, Paragliding allows you to soar high up in the sky and gape at the chain of Pir Panjal Mountains.

    2. Rafting: Get the adrenaline rush as you cascade down the rapids of River Ravi. Participants will be provided with all the necessary instructions and the entire experience will take place under the supervisors.

    3. Camping: As you camp amidst the panoramic beauty of Dalhousie, let the gentle wind caress your face and lull you to sleep under the starry sky. 

    4. Rock Climbing: Rock Climbing involves climbing up, down or across natural rock formations and is ideal for those who want to immerse in some thrill. Before participating in the activity, one has to go through a Training Session, equipped with guidelines, safety gear and harness.