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11 March 2021 | 3 min read

Best Places To Visit In Dharamshala And Dalhousie

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The hill stations of Dalhousie & Dharamshala make for the perfect getaway, whether it be just for a weekend or a full-blown vacation. The picturesque scenery, pleasant weather, and friendly locals make it ideal for a relaxing trip. Read along to know more about the best places to visit in Dharamshala and Dalhousie.

Tip: While both places are nearby, expect a different experience in each location.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit is during the summer (mid-February to mid-July). At this time, the weather is pleasant. While snowfall during the winter months adds to the place’s scenic beauty, the temperatures are frigid. There’s also a risk of getting snowed-in which may hamper your travel plans.

Tip: Book your room/ vehicle in advance with your digibank by DBS debit card to avoid wasting time searching for one when you reach.

How To Reach Dharamshala & Dalhousie

The best way is to travel first to Dharamshala (since it’s closer to the nearest airport & railway station ).

  • Air: The nearest airport is in Gaggal, which is 13km away.
  • Rail: The nearest railway station is Pathankot which is 85km away.
  • Road: You can hire a taxi at either the airport or railway station to visit Dharamshala. You can also hire a taxi/ private vehicle from nearby cities like Delhi and Chandigarh.

Dalhousie is about 3.5-4 hours away from Dharamshala by road. You can either take a bus, hire a taxi or private vehicle to get there.

Top Places To Visit In Dharamshala

1. Bhagsu Falls

A short trek from Dharamshala will bring you to the Bhagsu Falls. When plunging from a 20-meter height, it looks majestic. The nearby village of Bhagsunag is home to even more waterfalls and an ancient Shiva Temple. Include the fabulous view, and you know that this is an incredible tourist spot.

2. McLeod Ganj

If you have the time, you can also reach McLeodGanj, which is also one of the best places to visit in Dharamshala. At barely 10 km away, it’s also known as Upper Dharamshala. The serene beauty and culture of the place have a calming effect. This is the best place to experience Tibetan culture and history due to its large Tibetan population. McLeod Ganj also serves as the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

3. Dal Lake

One of the most popular lakes in Himachal, the Dal Lake (no, it’s not made of actual Dal), is surrounded by lush Pine forests and majestic mountains. The relaxing atmosphere makes this the perfect place to be one with nature. Here, you can feed bread to the fish (in the lake), explore the forest or visit the nearby Kali Temple.

Things to do in Dharamshala

1. Shopping

Whether you’re looking for exciting artworks or souvenirs to take back home, the McLeod Ganj Market will not disappoint. Ensure that you block some time out to listen to the stories about the origins & making the process of their wares by the shopkeepers.

2. Eating

While most restaurants serve multiple cuisines to satisfy all palettes, don’t miss out on the traditional (& incredibly delicious) traditional food. This includes Thupka, Momos, Veg. Beans and Rice.

3. Trekking

If you’re a photographer in love with trekking, then head over to the Kangra Valley. There are many trails here for trekking, rock climbing and bird watching. You’ll also get a chance to explore the Himalayan Pyramid — An intricate rock temple complex.

Top Places to Visit in Dalhousie

1. Panch Pulla Waterfall

The Panch Pulla Waterfall is an amalgamation of five streams coming together and forming a waterfall. On the way to the waterfall, you can even make a stop at the Satdhara Waterfall.

2. Dainkund Peak

One of Dalhousie’s highest peaks, the Dainkund Peak, offers a spectacular view of snow-capped mountains, beautiful waterfalls and lush greenery. Apart from this, you’ll find the Indian Air Force base and a local temple.

3. Khajjiar

You don’t need to go far to enjoy the beauty of Switzerland. All you need is a guide on the places to visit in Dalhousie (which is what we’re here for). Khajjiar, also known as Mini-Switzerland, has vast green meadows and dense forests all around. The lake, in the centre, is home to the famous floating island. There’s a lot to do here like zorbing, paragliding and more.

Things to do in Dalhousie

1. Boating

Explore the sparkling blue waters of Chamera Lake on a boating trip. You can even camp by the edge of the lake.

2. Hiking

Go hiking in the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. With its wide variety of flora and fauna, there are tons to see here.

3. Shopping

The Tibetan Handicrafts Market offers lovely hand-made items that are sure to delight the shopper in you. Take your pick from exquisite carpets, bags, jewellery, shawls, and so much more.

Tip: Practise your bargaining skills before heading over to buy items at even better prices.

When packing for your Dalhousie and Dharamshala trip, remember to carry a camera (with lots of memory). After all, a trip here is more than a once in a lifetime joy.

So, when are you heading for the beautiful hills in the Himachal?

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