Holiday Overview

St Johns Church Entrance
View of Dalhousie
Chamera Lake
Views from Dalhousie Bus Stand

This is an extended getaway for Dalhousie, a popular heritage hill station and a popular hillside getaway in North India.



Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 rrive at Dalhousie. Local Visits.
  • Day-2 Khajjiar, Chamba, Chamera Lake excursion
  • Day-3 Kalatop Excursion / Walk
  • Day-4 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Dalhousie - Churches in Dalhousie (3.00 kms), Satdhara (3.00 kms), Bara Pathar (4.00 kms), Jandhri Ghat and Barkota Hills (4.00 kms), Barkota Hills (5.00 kms), Kalatop Trek and Paragliding (10.00 kms), Khajjiar Meadows (25.00 kms), Chamera Lake (30.00 kms), Chamba Pilgrimage (50.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Pathankot Departure - Pathankot
Best Season to Travel
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Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Addition of Dharamsala will allow for visits to Kangra valley devi temples, Palampur Tea estates etc. Guests looking for Bird watching in Winter can opt for Pong Dam (50 kms from Pathankot)

  • Pathankot to Dalhousie -80 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Dalhousie to Pathankot -80 kms (2.5 hrs)

Pathankot - Dalhousie(3) - Pathankot

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 rrive at Dalhousie. Local Visits. Arrive at Pathankot and proceed to Dalhousie (7000+ ft asl - 80 kms - 2.5 hours). Time permitting visit local markets and local places to visit such as Churches in Dalhousie, Panchpula / Sat Dhara (confluence of 7 streams said to have medicinal effect).

Day-2 Khajjiar, Chamba, Chamera Lake excursion Full Day excursion to Khajjiar Meadows (22 kms), Chamba (riverside pilgrim centre at 44 kms from Dalhousie can be visited with Khajjiar) and Chamera Lake (large lake with watersports centre). Enroute visit Barkota hills. Back by late evening.

Day-3 Kalatop Excursion / Walk Explore Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary (The sanctuary is home to a variety of species including black bears and barking deer, abundant variety of bird life), Dainkund peak etc. Kalatope is an 8 km moderately uphill walk through pine forests. The hilltop offers excellent views of the area around and snow peaks. Paragliding is offered here in Summer. Guests looking to relax and not do walking may just enjoy snow peak views of Dalhousie and relax.

Day-4 Departure Proceed to Pathankot / onward journey destination

Detailed Sightseeing

Dalhousie :

  • Churches in Dalhousie - Dalhousie is gome to four churches i.e. St. Andrews Church, St. Patricks Church, St. Francis Church and St. Johns Church.

  • Satdhara - Satdhara is a confluence of 7 springs which is said to have therapeutic value as they contain mica.

  • Bara Pathar - Set amidst thick forest enroute Kalatop and home to a small Bhulwani Mata temple. Popular stopover enroute Kalatop trek.

  • Jandhri Ghat and Barkota Hills - Just 2 km from town centre, Jandhri Ghat offers spots for picnicking. It has streamlets around with fragrant pine forests. Bakrota Hills, few kms ahead offers excellent views of the snow-clad himalayan peaks on a clear day.

  • Barkota Hills - Bakrota Hills are situated at about 6000 ft asl in the Bakrota hills and is recommended for walks. The area offers excellent snow views.

  • Kalatop Trek and Paragliding - Kalatop is a soft trek ex-Dalhousie, off Khajjiar Route. The is a half day trek is via thick forest and there are excellent Himalayan views on offer on a clear day. Paragliding is on offer during summer at Kalatop.

  • Khajjiar Meadows - Khajjiar is home to natural meadows and a popular excursion and summer hangout place for tourists to Dalhousie. Horse riding is available in summer for kids.

  • Chamera Lake - Chamera lake was formed after building of the Chamera dam and is one of the popular excursions for tourists from Dalhousie. Boating, Speedboating etc. are on offer here.

  • Chamba Pilgrimage - Chamba is a riverside ancient temple town with Laxmi Narayan Temple Complex (10th century) being the main attraction. Chamba is base point for the Manimahesh Yatra (undertaken during month of August/September). Pilgrimage significance of the lake is only next to Kailash Mansoravar yatra.

Destination Overview

Pathankot - Pathankot / Chakki Bank is a popular access point to access Dharamsala, Dalhousie, Pong Dam and Kangra Valley Temples.

Dalhousie - Dalhousie (6700 ft) is a British-era hill Station and a weekend getaway destination. Dalhousie is known for its very good Himalayan views and still retains a quaint, idyllic, offbeat character.

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  • Pathankot to Dalhousie -80 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Dalhousie to Pathankot -80 kms (2.5 hrs)

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  • Pathankot to Dalhousie -80 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Dalhousie to Pathankot -80 kms (2.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

If idea is to consider a laidback hill station with Himalayan views then Dalhousie is one to opt for. For adventure seekers there is paragliding, trekking etc. in Summer. There is plenty to explore for those who wouldn’t just want to sit back and experience Himalayas.

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