Dalhousie is a serene hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It comprises 5 hills namely Kathalagh, Potreyn, Motitibba, Bhangora & Bakrota. As most know, this hill station was established by the Britishers especially Lord Dalhousie after whose name this hill station got its name. Before having been taken up by Britishers, it was a part of the princely state of Chamba. At present also Dalhousie falls under the Chamba district. In this article, we list down 4 breathtaking hill stations that can be clubbed with Dalhousie for relaxing holidays.
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The distance from Dalhousie to Dharamshala is about 118 km. which can be roughly covered in 3 hrs. 35 minutes. Unlike other popular tourist places in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is quiet and laid back. The simplicity of this place is surprising for many but appealing. We loved the casual strolls to the tea gardens and visiting Dharamsala Cricket stadium which is one of the prettiest ones in the world.
This hill town is the home of His Holiness Dalai Lama. McLeod Ganj or McLeodganj as it is written mostly though is very near to Dharamshala but it does is out of the actual city limits. The place mostly sees a number of foreign tourists for a number of reasons like learning Yoga, Buddhists mediations and more. McLeodganj as compared to its neighbour (Dharamasala) is much more happening. St. John’s Church here is a must-visit place too. People here also come for trekking, the popular one being the Triund Trek Often, it is asked, “Which is better McLeodganj or Dalhousie?” We would say both are equally good but one can enjoy this hill station is clubbed with Dalhousie.
#3. Bir & Palampur
Both these places are hill stations near Dalhousie that are worth exploring. Bir Billing is surely a paradise for adventure seekers. It offers camping, trekking, hiking, mountain biking and of course paragliding. The scenic views from this place both in snowy and non-snowy months are worth seeing. Parashar lake trek is the most famous one starting from here. Palampur is 145 km from Dalhousie while from Dharamsala it can be reached in 1 hour only. Baijnath Temple is one popular place to visit apart from enjoying the serenity of the tea gardens. From Palampur, Bir is at 30 kilometres distance only.
#4. Chamba & Khajjiar
Chamba and Khajjiar are the closest hill stations near Dalhousie. Often these are also listed under must-visit places in Dalhousie. However, Chamba is almost at road drive of 2 hr. from the former. While Khajjiar is at an hours distance. In Chamba, Chaugan is the central spot and around it is the market. Here, Chamera dam, Manimahesh Lake & Chamunda Devi Temple are worth visiting. Khajjiar, also called as Mini-Switzerland offers mesmerizing panoramic views along with activities like paragliding, zorbing, horse riding and more.
How to go about planning the itinerary for Hill Stations near Dalhousie:
When planning a trip to Dalhousie and the above-mentioned hill stations that can be clubbed with Dalhousie one can reach Dharamsala first from Delhi explore this place along with McLeodganj. Then indulge in adventure activities available at Palampur and Bir Billing and then head to Dalhousie. While staying in Dalhousie itself Chamba and Khajjiar can be explored as day trips.
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