Dalhousie reflects a perfect blend of modern India and old world appeal, where British aura can be felt from its colonial architecture. This majestic hill station is nestled inside the misty green valleys of Himachal Pradesh and it has many shopping areas that offer a variety of handicrafts, gift items, and trinkets to take back home as souvenirs. Shopping enthusiasts can visit the Himachal Handloom Industry Emporium, Tibetan market,  Himachal Handloom and Crafts Center, and Tibetan Handicrafts Center to buy purses, rugs etc.

How to reach

how to reach

While Dalhousie does not have its own airport, cities close to this hill-station do have one. The closest domestic airport is in Pathankot which is just 75 kilometres away from Dalhousie but is connected to New Delhi only. The second nearest airport is Gaggal airport which is in the Kangra district and is approximately 140 kilometres away from the town. The airport is well-connected to both domestic and international cities. You can hire a bus from Kangra to Dalhousie, which will charge a nominal fee of INR 150 only or take a private cab/taxi transfer.

The most cost-effective and convenient way to reach Dalhousie is by train. Pathankot’s Chakki Bank railhead is the nearest railway station from Dalhousie (approximately71 kilometres). Many superfast, deluxe and express trains are well linked with most of the Indian cities including Jammu, Delhi, Jaipur, Bhatinda, Ahmedabad and Jodhpur. You also have the option to take an overnight train and reach Dalhousie in the morning. You can hire a private or a shared cab from the railway station which will take 2 to 3 hours to reach Dalhousie. The second nearest railway station from Dalhousie is Delhi which is well-connected to most of the Indian cities but from where you have to take a train again.

Since the road and the highway leading to Dalhousie is well-built, you can also choose to drive your own vehicle and reach here. Generally, the preferred route from New Delhi is Karnal, Ambala, Ludhiana, Jalander and Pathankot. From Pathankot, the hilly terrain starts and the distance is approximately 72 kilometres from Dalhousie. It is advisable to make frequent stops during this drive in case you are not comfortable with an uphill drive. However, the drive offers scenic views making it a pleasant experience.