Discovering Dalhousie: A 2-Day Trip to Explore the Local Gems


Are you sick of the monotony of city life and looking for a calm escape? Look no further than the charming town of Dalhousie. Nestled in the breathtaking valleys of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is a haven of tranquility amid bustling city life. Immerse yourself in the picturesque hill station for a weekend trip. With its lush green forests and snow-capped mountains, the town offers a mesmerising retreat experience for travellers. This colonial-era town is a treasure trove of natural beauty and fascinating history that still echoes through its architecture and culture.  

In this blog, we bring you a 2-day itinerary to explore Dalhousie – a town counted among the most famous places in North India to unwind yourself in its tranquil environment. So, pack your bags and prepare to embark on a journey that will leave you spellbound.    

What is the best Time to Visit Dalhousie?   

March to June and September to November are ideal for a visit to Dalhousie. The weather is excellent during these months, with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 25°C, making it suitable for outdoor sports and tourism.    

However, for people who want to explore the beauty of snow-capped mountains and are eager to witness the first snowfall of their life, winter (December to February) will be the ideal time to visit.   

Reminder: Be prepared for cold temperatures ranging from sub-zero to 10°C during winter.   

Perfect Plan for 2 Days Itinerary to Dalhousie   

Even if you spend a lifetime in this hill station, you will never be tired of it. Dalhousie is unquestionably an ideal gateway to a refreshing escape from everyday life. So, here’s a detailed 2-day itinerary of your escape to Dalhousie.    

Day 1  

Reach Dalhousie by Morning: Dalhousie is easily accessible via several modes of transportation, including airlines, roadways and, especially, railways. It is best to arrive in Dalhousie the night before your trip or early in the morning. And to be in Dalhousie by morning, it is recommended to take an early morning flight or train from your origin city and plan your travel accordingly.    

To avoid last-minute hassles, check the availability of transportation options and book tickets in advance.  

Morning Plans   

  • Panchpula:  
    Start your day with a visit to Panchpula, which is a picturesque spot located about 3 km from Dalhousie. It is known for its natural beauty, waterfalls, and serene surroundings. You can enjoy a leisurely walk along the stream and breathe in the refreshing mountain air.   
  • Satdhara Falls 
    Proceed to Satdhara Falls, located just a short distance from Panchpula. These seven beautiful cascading waterfalls are believed to have therapeutic properties due to the presence of mica in the water.  
Satdhara Falls

Afternoon Plans   

After exploring the two most stunning areas of the town, you’re probably feeling hungry. Thus, now is the ideal moment to sample some delectable Pahari cuisine, whose aroma alone is enough to sharpen your appetite and leave you eagerly anticipating the culinary delights that await you.   

  • Savour Local Cuisine 
    Head to a local restaurant or food stall to savour delicious Himachali cuisine. Try dishes like Madra, Dham, Sidu, and Trout fish, which are popular in the region. After having a full-fledged lunch, it’s time to ride through other spots best explored in daylight.    
  • Subhash Baoli 
    Visit Subhash Baoli, a beautiful spot named after the famous freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose. It is believed that he used to drink water from the natural spring at this spot during his stay in Dalhousie. Tall pine trees surround the place, and you take a peaceful walk and soak in the serene atmosphere.  
  • St. John’s Church 
    Visit St. John’s Church, one of the oldest churches in the region and famous for its exquisite British architecture. The church is famous for its exquisite British architecture. It has beautiful gardens and offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills.    
Himachal Travel Afternoon Plans

Head back to your hotel in Dalhousie to relax and recharge before exploring the town’s nightlife and Mall Road.  

Evening Plans   

  • Mall Road 
    Spend some time strolling along Mall Road, the shopping hub of Dalhousie, with many shops and eateries. You can shop for local handicrafts, woollens, and other souvenirs and enjoy snacks or hot beverages at various cafes and restaurants.   

This marks the end of your first day. Sleep early so you don’t miss out on the sunrise the next morning. We hope this itinerary helps you make the most of your first day in Dalhousie.  

Mall Road

Day 2  

Morning Plans   

Embark on a journey to India’s Mini Switzerland, Khajjiar  

Start your day by visiting Khajjiar, the “Mini Switzerland of India.” It is located about 24 km from Dalhousie and is famous for its lush green meadows, dense pine forests, and sparkling lake. You can enjoy horse riding, zorbing, and other adventure activities here, or simply relax and enjoy the natural beauty.   
Try something different for lunch. Carry a picnic lunch and enjoy it amidst the beautiful surroundings of Khajjiar. You can find many scenic spots in the breathtaking landscape views to enjoy your meal.     

Mini Switzerland, Khajjiar

Afternoon Plans   

  • Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary 
    Visit the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located near Khajjiar. It is a dense forest area home to various species of flora and fauna, including Himalayan black bear, leopard, deer, and numerous bird species. You can take a nature walk or take a short trek inside the sanctuary to enjoy the pristine wilderness.   

While exploring the reserve completely, it will be almost dark before you are out. And for the evening, there are some best places to administer the beauty of nature. Barkota Hills, which is around 5 km away from the reserve, will be an ideal spot to cover evening hours.   

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

Evening Plans   

  • Bakrota Hills 
    Head to Bakrota Hills to enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and snow-capped mountains. It’s a perfect spot to watch the sunset and soak in the natural beauty of Dalhousie.    
  • Tibetan Market 
    Visit the Tibetan Market, known for its colourful handicrafts, woollens, and Tibetan artefacts. You can pick up some unique souvenirs to take home as a memento for your trip.   
Himachal Travel Evening Plans

Where to Stay in Dalhousie?   

Dalhousie offers a variety of lodging alternatives, ranging from budget-friendly hotels to luxurious resorts to homestays. When it comes to choosing a place to stay in Dalhousie, it ultimately depends on your preferences and budget. However, Elgin Hall is an excellent choice for visitors seeking a comfortable stay in the heart of Dalhousie. This homestay is near to the beautiful Bakrota Hills, so you can enjoy amazing views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. 

One of the main advantages of staying at Elgin Hall is its location. It is a short stroll to the main market, where you will find stores, restaurants, and cafes. It is also near major tourist destinations like Khajjiar, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, and Satdhara Falls. Overall, Elgin Hall offers a perfect blend of colonial charm and modern amenities, making it a great choice for a comfortable and convenient stay in Dalhousie.    

Stay in Dalhousie - Elgin Hall

The Bottom Line   

Finally, Dalhousie is a destination that never ceases to enchant and attract visitors. It’s no surprise that thousands of visitors flock to this town yearly to witness the stunning landscapes, historical elegance, and cultural depth. There’s so much to explore and enjoy in Dalhousie, from trekking to local sightseeing; you’ll have memories to last a lifetime. Thus, whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff, or simply looking to escape it all, Dalhousie is the ideal place to escape into a world of peace and serenity. Make plans to visit this charming town today and get ready to be enchanted by its allure.