Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh
Located in the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is a paradise for the nature lovers as well as adventurers offering activities like trekking, climbing and skiing and more. Its stunning natural beauty and the vibrant Tibetan presence attracts thousands of tourists every year. Here are some beautiful places to visit Himachal Pradesh.
1. Kullu-Manali & Solang Valley:
One of the best and most popular places in Himachal Pradesh is Kullu and Manali. Green mountains amidst the snow-covered ranges offer a charming sight that you have to experience. Visit its collection of temples and nearby regions including Solang, Rohtang, Manikaran, Malana and Khirganga. Solang offers a range of outdoor activities while Malana is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh. You can also take a trip to Gushaini from here. Visit the Manali Sanctuary, Mahadevi Tirth, Jogini Falls, Bhrigu Lake, Rohtang Pass, The Great Himalayan National Park, Pin Valley National Park and Panduropa.
2. Shimla & Solan:
Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and Solan is the largest Municipal Council located south of Shimla. The Kalka-Shimla train goes through many tunnels and it’s famous for the views. Visit the handicraft shops and Mall Road. You can go trekking on the jakhu hill and visit the Lord Hanuman’s Temple. Explore nearby places like Mashobra, Kinnaur, Kufri, Chail, and Tattapani. Do explore Parwanoo, home to Himachal’s biggest wholesale market.
3. Dharamshala & McLeod Ganj:
The hillside city, Dharamshala is famously known for being the home to Dalai Lama. The blend of the Indo Tibetan community here makes it a vibrant place to visit. Ride a boat across the Dal Lake and observe the royal the Kangra Fort, visit the Thekchen Chöling Temple Complex and the Bhagsunath Temple. Hit the Bhagsu falls and explore Kangra with the Kangra valley. Also known as ‘Little Lhasa’, McLeod Ganj is a must visit if you really want to know the Tibetan culture. Take a tour around the city, shop from the local markets, enjoy the food with mountain vistas.
4. Kasauli & Mandi:
The small hill town, Kasauli is known for its gabled colonial-era houses, orchards and old green-roofed Christ Church. Visit the Monkey Point and trail through the Gilbert Nature Trail and visit the temples and the Anglican Church. Mandi is frequently recognized as “Varanasi of Hills” or “Kashi of Himachal”. Barot and Prashar Lake are two of the most famous places that you can visit Mandi.
5. Bir – Billing & Palampur:
Bir is a village located in the Joginder Nagar Valley, here you will find Bir Billing famous for its adventure sports. Do explore the beauty of the serene village and paraglide in the beautiful Himalayan valleys and camp. Explore Bhattu, Choggan and Chauntra. Palampur is a hill station near Bir. Explore its tea gardens, the local villages and zoo. Go for a boat riding, visit Bundla Chasm with the waterfall dropping in it, Saurabh Van Vihar, Dhauladhar range, and Birni Devi Temple, with mountain views.
6. Dalhousie & Khajjiar, Chamba:
Near the Dhauladhar mountain range, sits the beautiful town, Dalhousie. There are colonial-era buildings and churches dating back to the British rule and you can go trekking in the beautiful Dainkund Walk, Ganji Pahadi Walk and Bakrota Walk. Dainkund Peak to Pholani Devi Temple offers a picture perfect view, visit Subhash Baoli. Also, visit the Chamera falls and the Satdhara falls. Khajjiar is a hill station often referred to as the ‘mini-Switzerland of India’ Located in the Chamba district. Visit the cedar forest, Khajjiar Lake, Ground, Khajji Nag Temple, the local villages and its apple orchards, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary and Mount Kailash.
7. Spiti – Tabo – Kaza
The cold desert mountain valley, Spiti is one of the hidden gems of India. Tabo and Kaza are small towns in the Lahaul and Spiti district. The Spiti Valley is one of the most attractive places of Himachal Pradesh. Explore Lari Dupuk and Millennium Monastery, Dhankar monastery and rock carving at Tabo. You can hike up to Angla and Phela. Visit the Nadang Lhakhang and enjoy at the cultural show with local food and tea. Visit the rangrik rewa cave, Kunzom, observe snow leopards and go river rafting. You can also explore Kibber and Pin Valley National Park nearby.
8. Kasol, Parvati Valley & Pabbar Valley:
The Parvati Valley is located by the Parvati River in the Kullu district where Kasol is located. Kasol is a hamlet known as the little Israel of India. This place is perfect for hikers and trekkers. You can hike through the jungle following the trails along the river. You can trek to Kheerganga and set up camps and experience the hot water spring. Parvati Valley is known as the ‘Stoner’s Paradise’. Similarly, Pabbar Valley is also an ideal place for fishing, sightseeing and trekking.
Chitkul is the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border, located in Kinnaur district. This is a perfect place if you want to visit somewhere less crowded. In this pretty village, you can visit the Mathi Temple, hike to the Charang Chitkul Pass or unplug by the Baspa River. Thanedhar, Sangla and Sojha are some other breathtakingly beautiful places in the Himachal that offers fewer crowds but a host of activity.
10. Tirthan Valley:
Trithan Valley is one of the best-kept secrets of Himachal Pradesh. Take a walk from the Gaidhar Village to the Gaidhar waterfalls. Try Trout Fishing, Rock climbing, River Crossing. Visit the Great Himalayan National Park a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, famous for its Flora and Fauna. Also, trek through the Jalori pass.