Located at a distance of 563 kms from Delhi, 252 kms from Chandigarh, and 188kms from Amritsar, it is one of the most popular hill stations of India that attract a large number of tourist from all over India. With a number of health resorts and fine hotels this hill station can attract any number of tourists who visit this area in every season. It is well connected by air, train and motorable roads which connect the hill station with Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
Some of the famous tourist places around Dalhousie include:
Khajjiar which is located some 7 kms away from Dalhousie. Khajjiar is one of the most picturesque sights of Dalhousie which includes a lake surrounded with Cedar trees. This lake has two floating islands which are often hidden from view due to the tall grasses that grow on the lake. Khajjiar is well known for the ancient golden temple from which it derives its name. The place is considered to be one of the most charming spots of Himalaya which has one of the well maintained 9 hole golf garden. This helps to develop a sporting spirit among the visitors who visit the area for entertainment.
Kalatop is located at a height of 8000 feet. This is best suited for long walks among the dense forests. About 10 km from Dalhousie is the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a home to the ‘ghoral’ and Himalayan black bear.
Kasauli is one of the charming hill stations which are located at a height of 6000 feet from the sea level. As a major tourist spot of Himachal Pradesh it is well connected with Shimla, Manali and Chandigarh.
Among other tourist spots around Dalhousie is Dharamshala. This is enclosed by great mountain ranges from 3 sides and opens up to face the valley in the south. Dharamshala is mainly known for the Tibetan establishments. Dharamshala became a satellite town for all those Tibetans who settled in India when Tibet was annexed from China in 1972. It also includes the lake named as "Dal Lake" which is only half of the original "Dal Lake of Kashmir".
Along with Dharamshala Kangra valley is another tourist spot which is worth noticing. Kangra valley is famous for the ancient temples of India. Among these the temple of Goddess Vajreshwari is most famous. Kangra valley is also known for the "Kangra School of Paintings" which has its own speciality. The temple of "Jwalamukhi" is equally famous which is located at a distance of 30 km from Kangra.
Palampur is a small town and located amidst the tea gardens. The famous temple of Vaijnath which was built in 1804 is only 15kms from Palampur. It includes the prominent places like Mandi which is situated at 8000metres from the sea level. This place bears a temperate climate which is famous for the ruins of old temples in the area.
Subhash Baoli is an enchanting spot surrounded by majestic trees. Subhash Chandra Bose spent a lot of time in 1937, contemplating and meditating at this place, giving it the name of "Subhash Baoli".
About 3 km from Dalhousie is "Panchpula", a picturesque spot where a stream feeds a series of pools. A monument has been built here in memory of the freedom fighter, Sardar Ajit Singh. On the way to Panchpula, at an altitude of 2,036 m, ‘Satdhara’ is a seven springs that are famous to have great medicinal properties.
Besides being picturesque these are famous for the ancient temples which include the Hindu gods and Goddesses as well as Buddhist monasteries. Dalhousie is dominated by varied vegetation like pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendron. Dalhousie also has a charming colonial architecture, including some beautiful churches.