Dalhousie (2036 m) is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj. Spread out over the five hills (Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun) the town is named after the 19th century British Governor General Lord Dalhousie. It was popular with the British Army personnel in 1860's. The town’s varying altitude shades it with a variety of vegetation that includes stately grooves of pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendrons. Rich in colonial architecture, the town preserves some beautiful churches. St. John church is the oldest one built in 1863, St. Francis was built in 1894, St. Andrew in 1903 and St. Patrick in 1909. There are also magnificent views of Chamba valley and the mighty Dhauladhar range with its awe-inspiring snow covered peaks filling an entire horizon.
The cool and comfortable weather of Dalhousie makes it one of the prime hill stations in India. By visiting Dalhousie you can refresh your senses and experience the best that Himachal Pradesh has to offer. However, it is important that you know the best season to visit this scenic hilltop as a pleasant weather makes this place looks more beautiful.
Summer: The lush green forests and majestic Bakrota hills cast a magical spell on the tourists. Summer in Dalhousie is cool and pleasant with the maximum temperature reaching 24°C.
Winter: The temperature can drop to freezing point in winter and heavy woolens are required. Those who want to enjoy snow can visit Dalhousie in winter when the minimum temperature reaches 0°C.
Monsoon: Monsoon makes Dalhousie foggy and cloudy as the heavy fog takes over the city and makes one feels like one is walking through clouds.
There is no fixed time to grab the Dalhousie holiday packages as the whole year is best to visit this stunning hill town. The best time to visit Dalhousie would completely depend on why you are visiting the hill station. If yoursole purpose is to get away from the heat, then summer is the most ideal time to visit this scenic hill station. But, if you want to experience snowfall, then visit Dalhousie in the months between December and February, when the city is covered in a blanket of snow. The monsoon season is not preferred by many travelers as the chances of landslide are higher in monsoon in hill stations.
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