Rang Mahal

Rang Mahal

  • Dalhousie
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • India

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Rang Mahal, Dalhousie Overview

if you are planning a trip to Dalhousie, this place should be included in your visit list. It will be a good excursion here in the lush greenery of the Chamba Valley. The palace is located in Surara Mohalla, Dalhousie which has served as a residence of several ruling reigns.

Traveler Tips:

Rang Mahal, Dalhousie is open all the days of a week except Sunday. Rang Mahal is open between 10 AM and 5 PM and inbetween 1-2 PM is closed every day. You need approximately 1 hour to visit the entire mahal premises.

Things to Do:

• There are lots of manuscripts, scriptures, paintings, crafts, jewelry, and coins of ancient times which are counted as holy.


Raja Umed Singh founded Rang Mahal, Dalhousie in the 18th century. In the earlier time, the western part of the palace was used to store royal treasure of that time. Later, Raja Sri Singh built the southern part of the palace. After then the building had to undergo many changes until the State handicrafts Department took the command of this palace. Himachal Emporium is also housed in the building which promotes women embroidery works.


As the building was constructed during the 18th century, its architecture holds a glorious blend of British and Mughal architecture.

The palace also included a huge number of vibrant and ornamental Indian paintings but most of them were taken to the National Museum of Delhi.

Best time to visit:

Here is a month-wise climatic condition breakup for your help in planning the trip.
March- May. This is summer and people from the plains love to make an excursion here to escape the heat. The maximum temperature remains around 30°Celsius this time.
June – September: This is monsoon. Dalhousie does not experience much rain on its lands but you can expect frequent mild showers at this time.
October – February: This is winter but October and November are generally not much chilly here. Dalhousie becomes too cold from December to February. Often snowfalls happen this time.

How to Reach?

By air – Dalhousie does not include its own airport. So, you need to reach Pathankot Airport (75 km away) which is connected to Indira Gandhi Airport, Delhi. Another nearby airport is Gaggal airport at Kangra, which is 140 km away from Dalhousie.
By bus – Dalhousie is well connected with its nearby hill towns like Pathankot and Chamba. Even several Luxury and Deluxe Volvo buses run from New Delhi which are good to afford.
By train – You need to reach Pathankot railway station (71 km away) as Dalhousie has no railway station. You can ride on a bus or private cab to reach Dalhousie from there.

Interesting Facts and Trivia About:

Other than ancient paintings, there are many other attractions remain in the palace like rumals of Chamba, royal and traditional costumes and jewelry, musical instruments, arms and armor, and several decorative objects.
A few royal rooms have been converted into workshops for the local craftsmen for making embroidery works, shoes, etc. While tourists come to visit rang mahal, Dalhousie, they can watch them working and can also purchase their works.

Nearby Attractions:
• Bhuri Singh museum
• Akhand Chandi Palace
• Dainkund Peak
• Subhash Baoli
• Laxmi Narayan temple
• Panch Pulla

I hope this blog will help you decide your perfect time to visit Dalhousie and its must-visit places like Rang Mahal. Happy journey!

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