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A Resplendent Road Trip to Dalhousie


Nestled in the lap of the Greater Himalayas, the quaint town of Dalhousie is a destination for those who seek to break away from the monotony of their city lives. This petite town has stood the test of time and still carries with it an old-world charm that has existed since the British era. The harmonious combination of the white-capped Dhauladhar ranges and the green valleys makes Dalhousie an ideal vacation spot to cherish. The aesthetic of the town comprises its scenic beauty along with British era churches, small cafes and heritage hotels like Brij Villa. There are several convenient ways to reach Dalhousie.

However, if you want to immerse yourself in a thrilling journey, a road trip to Dalhousie is an ideal choice for you. Hundreds of tourists from Delhi and Chandigarh drive up to Dalhousie to spend a few days close to nature. We have just the itinerary for you if you are looking to do the same!
 

Routes to Follow

Delhi to Dalhousie Road Trip

The most popular route to reach Dalhousie from Delhi is via the NH 44. The route goes through Panipat, Ludhiana and Pathankot before passing Banikhet and terminating at Dalhousie. Even though the route is dotted with toll plazas, this is the preferred route if you are driving from Delhi. An approximate time of 10 hours and 58 minutes is required to traverse the distance without any stops on the way.

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Chandigarh to Dalhousie Road Trip

If you are driving from Chandigarh, it is advisable to take the SH11 and Delhi-Multan Road which will connect you to NH44. The NH44 will take you right up to Dalhousie while passing Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Pathankot and Banikhet. Without including the time for pit stops, it usually takes about 6 hours and 35 minutes to reach Dalhousie from Chandigarh.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road and the Surroundings


The route from Delhi and Chandigarh to Dalhousie is dotted with scenic panoramas, so don’t forget to stop every once in a while and bask in the beauties that fall on the way. After crossing Pathankot, if the skies are clear enough, the Dhauladhar ranges will welcome you and accompany you till Dalhousie. Besides, there are many landmarks and historically significant monuments which you might want to visit.

Panipat Battlefield, Panipat

Panipat is synonymous with two of the most famous battles fought on the onset and during the Mughal era. Babur established the Mughal empire in India by defeating the Lodis on this very battlefield in 1526. A few years later, his grandson, Akbar won against Hemu to establish the stronghold the Mughals would have for several more years to come.

Lodhi Fort, Ludhiana

Also known as Purana Qila, Lodhi Fort is almost 500 years old. This monument was constructed on the banks of the river Sutlej by Sikander Lodi. Even though most of the fort is now in ruins, one cannot miss the aesthetic particular to that era of Indian history.

Mukteshwar Temple, Pathankot

Dedicated to the Hindu God, Shiva, this shrine has been built within a man-made cave complex on the banks of the river Ravi. The temple holds a shiva lingam and idols of Lords Ganesha, Brahma and Hanuman and one of the Goddess Parvati.

Refreshment Along on the Way

During your Dalhousie road trip, you will find several places to eat and get sufficient refreshments. There are quite a few roadside eateries like Amrik Sukhdev at Sonipat and Neelkanth Star at Karnal. If you are looking for something a little fancier, Haveli at Jalandhar might be the place for you. With an interior decorated beautifully with intricate chandeliers and a menu offering authentic Punjabi dishes, Haveli can appease and pamper your taste buds.

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Rest After a Long Journey

Once you reach Dalhousie, you will find no shortage of good hotels and resorts here. Brij Villa is amongst the best heritage hotels in Dalhousie. The vintage architecture blends seamlessly with the aesthetic of Dalhousie. We offer two categories of decadent accommodations - Classic Rooms and Imperial Rooms. To ensure you feel right at home, we provide an array of modern amenities that will elevate your experience of Dalhousie. Besides, we have an exclusive restaurant, Cedar, offering the best food in town.