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Spread out over the five hills of Kathlog, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora, ‘ Dalhousie’ is popular hill station that was founded by Lord Dalhousie in 1850 as a summer retreat. Rich in colonial architecture, the town preserves some beautiful churches. A veneer of Tibetan culture has added a touch of the exotic to this serene destination. The cool climate of the town has a lot of summer visitors.
Marvelous forest trails overlook vistas of wooded hills, water falls, springs and rivulets. In the distance, River Ravi meandering its course adds to the panorama. Mighty Dhauladhar ranges with perennially snow capped peaks complete the horizon.
Attracted to the healing charm of the hill station, freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose stayed on for many months at Dalhousie in 1937. The spring water fed Subhash Baoli and Subhash Chowk are named after him.
The town’s main markets – The Mall Road is a good place to shop for woollen Himachali shawls, Chamba rumals, traditional jewellery, Tibetan handicrafts and other items. Dalhousie is 54 km from Chamba.


Hindi, English are spoken by people engaged in tourism and professional trades.

Clothing Essentials

Being a hill station Dalhousie has pleasant weather in spring and autumn. In summer it does get a little hot and cotton clothing is most suitable. Winters are cold as the hill stations does receive heavy rounds of snow. Heavy woollen clothing is required to stay cozy.



 The Surkhigallan Forest Rest House falls under Dalhousie Forest Division in Chamba Civil District of Himachal Pradesh. This was built during the British Era in 1927.It is situated 1km away from Banikhet on Banikhet-Dalhousie PWD road. The Dalhousie town hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the period, spread over five hills, is situated about 5kms away from the Forest Rest House Surkhigallan. It is also a part of Dalhousie Hill Station, having altitude 1699mtrs.The rest house has three sets with capacity of one double bed in each set.

                        The spot is situated at a picturesque location, offering a breath taking view of natural beauty, invigorating air and quite surrounding. It is one of the most beautiful spot for staying in the lap of nature and to enjoy the surrounding flora which includes the stately grooves of deodar, ban and fauna, from the close quarters. This area has cool summers and chilling winters with excellent tracks to trek in. The area experiences heavy snowfall during the winters. The site supports good facilities to facilitate nature loving tourists in mesmerizing landscape. This area is far from buzzing cities in the country which takes you to pollution free environment in the lap of nature.


                                                                   FRH  Tunuhattii
FRH Tunuhatti is double storyed building and was constructed using the year 2013-14. This FRH is situated on Pathankot-Dalhouise Chamba NH and 15 km from Dalhousie Tourist Place and very useful for the tourism point of view for the tourists who visited Dalhousie.

Inspection Hut  -Dalhousie

This Inspection Hut was constructed during the year 1961-62 and is about 300 meters from bus Stand  Dalhousie and very useful for the tourism point of view for the tourists who visited Dalhousie. Inspection Hut has well furnished rooms which are wooden paneled with attached toilets.

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How to Reach

By Air The nearest domestic airport to Dalhousie is Gaggal Airport ( Kangra) which is 110 km away.
By Rail Nearest train station to Dalhousie is Pathankot, 87 km away.
By Road Dalhousie is well connected by road. Public and private transport services are available for Pathankot, Amritsar, Delhi, Shimla and other cities. There are regular bus services for Chamba, Bharmaur and other destinations. For customised travel, taxis are readily available.


Places to visit Distances from Dalhousie (Km)
Chamba 54
Shimla 325
Delhi 562
Amritsar 199
Chamera Lake
Dainkund Hill Top
Kalatop Khajjiar
Chamba Jot


Summer is the best time to be in Dalhousie and Khajjiar. Spring breaks out in March and till June the skies are usually clear, temperatures are moderate that provide much relief to those escaping the heat of plains. Monsoon weaves a magic of curling mists that give a romantic setting to the boundless hills. Winters are cold and have a charm of their own. Experiencing a snowfall or enjoying a quiet evening by the warmth of a bonfire is a comfort worth being at the hill station for the season.

Season Months Average Temperature
Summer March – June 18°C – 27°C
Monsoon July – September 9°C – 18°C
Winter December – February 3°C – 11°C