Area in Sq Km : 17
Population : 8600
does not have an airport. The nearest international
airport is Delhi. International flights from all over
the world land here. It is connected to all destinations
within the country by Indian Airlines and other national
carriers such as Jet Airways and Sahara. The closest
domestic airport is at Jammu.
Dalhousie does not
have a railhead. The closest railway station is at
Pathankot which is 9 hours by train from Delhi. The
distance between Pathankot to Dalhousie can only be
negotiated through a bus or a taxi.
Dalhousie is very well
connected by buses. There are direct buses from Delhi,
Shimla, Chandigarh and Pathankot.
Between March and November is the best time to visit
You can hire a cab to Dalhousie from the Delhi airport.
The option is to go to the city and catch a bus or
a train to Pathankot. The rest of the journey can
only be done by road. There are several deluxe and
ordinary buses available from Pathankot to Dalhousie.
the Railway Station
Taxis or buses are easily available at the Pathankot
the Bus Station
Though taxis are available, you can walk to your place
of stay from the local bus stand. Porters are available
to carry your luggage.
Most of Dalhousie can be seen on foot. Taxis and buses
are available for trips out of town. At a height of
2,000m approximately, nestled in the thick pine forests
of the Shivalik Ranges, is the quaint little town
of Dalhousie. Though this is the most frequented hill
station in the Chamba valley it has retained all it's
old-worldly charm. The town itself is spread over
five hills and is characterized by a winding road
that connects at focal points or Chowks. The British
bought the area of Dalhousie from the Raja of the
princely state of Chamba in 1853. Thereafter, the
town was named after Lord Dalhousie, the Governor
General of Punjab (1849-56). In 1867, it became a
municipality and in the 1920s and 20s it became a
cheaper alternative to the hill station of Shimla.
Today, it provides a cool retreat for the traveller.
The best way to see Dalhousie is to walk; there are
umpteen number of short walks that one can take. Most
of these have splendid nature views and are far from
the crowded streets that form Dalhousie's centre.
Walks around town which interest tourists are the
rather piquantly named Thandi Sadak (Cool Street)
and Garam Sadak (Warm Street). Both take you off the
Mall and show you the quieter side to Dalhousie. The
walk around the Sacred Heart School at Subhash Chowk
is also great fun. The road forms a figure of eight
from Sacred Heart to the GPO. The old quarters of
Dalhousie too give the town a musty, nostalgic air.
Dalhousie has four old churches which you will encounter
during your walks; do look inside, they are worth
a look. The Subash Chowk and Gandhi Chowk are the
main market areas.
Dalhousie has a cool and pleasant climate throughout
the year, barring winter, which is extremely cold
with occasional snowfall.