Dalhousie on your mind? There is no better time than ‘now’ to plan a trip to this picturesque hill station. Set amid pine and oak forests in the Dhauladhar range of mountains this lovely town has been the haunt of travellers since the British era. However before you book your hotel in Dalhousie, and pack your bags, check our travel tips, so you can enjoy a seamless trip to this pretty place.
Here are some things you should know before you start your booking:
All about getting there
Dalhousie is nestled amid mountains and can only be reached directly via road. The nearest airport and rail head is Pathankot with the airport being 86 km away while the railway station is 81 km from Dalhousie. Local cabs and buses are available from Pathankot to Dalhousie. Overnight Volvo buses also ply from Delhi to Dalhousie that take approx 12 hours to reach.
A lot of tourists prefer to drive down, and though the roads are good, one needs to be cautious while driving in hilly terrain. It is advisable to avoid driving late nights due to lowered visibility and safety issues.
Quick tip: If you need to hire a porter do it either through your hotel reference or the Department of Tourism.
What the weather will be like
Dalhousie has warm, pleasant summers and cold winters with snowfall, attracting tourists through most of the year. April to October the minimum average temperature is around 12 degree and maximum is at 21 degrees. June is the hottest month when maximum temperatures go as high as 30 degree Celsius, and the minimum generally hovers around 18 degree Celsius, making it an attractive getaway from the scorching plains of North India.
In winters the average temperatures are around 8 degree Celsius. December – January are the coldest months when minimum temperatures can plummet to 1 degree and the town receives snowfall, attracting many honeymooners and adventure enthusiasts at this time.
Quick tip: Even in summers light woollens may be required early morning and late evenings.
Sightseeing tips to plan your itinerary
If you are travelling with young kids then visit places like Panch Pula – which is a picnic spot and has an amusement park and restaurants nearby. Children will also enjoy Satdhara Falls and a visit to the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary.
For adventure enthusiasts there are plenty of trekking trails in and around Dalhousie. A little away from the town, you can indulge in adventure activities as paragliding, river rafting and zorbing.
If you want enjoy a day in serene environs, but are not interested in trekking, spend the day at Khajjiar or Chamba. For the shopping enthusiasts there is Gandhi Chowk that bustles with hawkers, vendors and tourists in the evening and you can strike a good bargain. The Tibetan Market, Himachal Handloom and Crafts Centre, and Tibetan Handicrafts Centre are some interesting shopping places.
Quick Tip: If you are looking for tourist information in Dalhousie you can contact the Tourism Information Office on: 01899-242136. Or check this handy guide to Sightseeing in Dalhousie.
In which area should you book your hotel
Dalhousie has plenty of hotels, so how do you choose the one most suitable to you. If you want to be near its bustling city centre where shopping and eating joints thrive, then pick a hotel, according to your budget, along the Mall Road towards the GPO. If you want to be within accessible distance to the hub, but wish to be in more serene environs then check for hotels near Subhash Chowk. If you don’t mind being a little further off, and are looking for scenic views then opt for the upper Bakrota hill, which also has the longest Mall Road of 4.6 km.