Best Places to Visit in Himachal Pradesh

Best Places to Visit in Himachal Pradesh
Author : Admin
Date : 14 Feb 2023

The picture-perfect state of Himachal Pradesh attracts numerous visitors due to its rich variety of flora and fauna, a multitude of trekking trails, beautiful nature, pristine valleys, snow-covered mountains, quaint villages, and scenic hill stations. Literally, Himachal refers to “the land of snow”. Located in the western Himalayas, this north-Indian state is now popular for all reasons and all seasons. 

If you are traveling to the state soon, you might have already added places like Manali and Shimla to your itinerary. But there are many more tourist destinations you must be aware of. We assure you that after reading this article, you will want to go to those places that you aren’t even aware of yet. So let’s find out what these places are.

1. Khajjiar - a Slice of Paradise

Located among the majestic snow-covered mountains, verdant meadows, and dense deodar forests, Khajjiar is often referred to as the Mini-Switzerland of India. During your excursion here, you can visit Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy breathtaking views, and perform outdoor activities like horseriding, paragliding, zorbing, and trekking. 

One thing you shouldn’t miss during your stay here is a visit to the 12th-century Khaji Nag temple, which is a concoction of Muslim and Hindu techniques. Also, seek permission before capturing any photographs or recording videos.

2. Dalhousie - Ideal for Winter

While Dalhousie can be visited any time of the year, it is ideal for travelers spending a vacation during winter. The snow makes it look as if the entire town is covered in a white blanket. Brimming with lush oak and pine trees, glimmering lakes, cascading waterfalls, and snow-capped mountains, Dalhousie has a lot to offer to all kinds of travelers. 

If you are traveling with your spouse, you can enjoy the pristine beauty and peaceful atmosphere while spending some quality time. On the other hand, if you are on a vacation with your friends, you can perform thrilling outdoor activities like camping, kayaking, canoeing, river rafting, and trekking.  

3. Bir Billing - Fly High 

Bir Billing is perfect for a paragliding adventure, which is why it is commonly known as the Paragliding Capital of India. The place boasts a stunning landscape and pleasant weather throughout the year. This is what attracts backpackers and adventure lovers from all over the globe. In fact, it also offers picturesque views of the pristine magnificence of the Himalayan mountain ranges. 

4. Chitkul - the Last Inhabited Village

The last inhabited village in proximity to the Indo-China border, Chitkul is located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Although there are not many places to visit or much to do here, the village itself is so charming that you must visit here once. The tranquil vibe, apple orchards, snow-covered mountains, and lush green vegetation make it perfect for nature lovers. Away from the hustle and bustle of the crowd, this place has quaint houses and a quiet atmosphere. 

5. Manali - Picture-Perfect Hill Station

Located at an elevation of 2,050 meters on the River Beas Valley, Manali is a hilly retreat that attracts large crowds of travelers each year. The panoramic views, scenic meadows, valleys, waterfalls, and deodar and pine forests draw nature lovers as well as adventurers equally. 

In case you do not know this already, Himachal Pradesh is known for spirituality and religiousness, especially associated with Buddhism. Thus, Manali is also home to Tibetan monasteries and ancient temples, which further attract spiritual people. 

6. Spiti Valley - Offbeat Location

If you are up for an offbeat experience, you should definitely add Spiti Valley to the list of places to visit. This remote village is located at an elevation of 3,810 meters in the cold desert mountains. Even though it is an isolated area, the place is becoming increasingly famous for its Buddhist monasteries and thrilling adventures. 

You can go wildlife spotting, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and trekking during your stay. Moreover, the place is surrounded by numerous high-elevated villages, such as Langza, Komic, Kibber, Dhankar, Kaza, and Tabo. So you can explore these on your tour as well. 


7. Dharamshala - Best Climatic Condition 

Located in the higher regions of Kangra Valley, Dharamshala has one of the best climatic conditions in the entire state. The panoramic views of pine and deodar forests along with the snow-covered Dhauladhar mountains make the place beautiful. Moreover, the town is filled with architectural and cultural attractions. You also get the option of eating at a plethora of cafes and restaurants. 

You can explore scenic valleys, waterfalls, and trekking trails. Further, the suburbs of Dharamshala are worth exploring, which include Naddi, Ramnagar, Sindhbari, Dharamkot, and McLeod Ganj. 

8. Kasauli - Visit Churches 

 The small colonial town of Kasauli is located at an altitude of 1,900 meters. It does not have much in terms of population, commerce, and attractions. Yet, it is exactly where the appeal and beauty of Kasauli lies - its pristine air, calm vibe, and beauty of nature, and truth be told, this is what attracts tourists the most. 

If you happen to plan a stay in Kasauli during your trip to Himachal, you can visit a few places like Kasauli Club, Nahri Temple, Monkey Point, Kasauli Brewery, Christ Church, and Baptist Church. Additionally, you can sit on the terrace or the balcony of your residence and peacefully enjoy the beautiful view. 

9. Shimla - the Queen of Hills

Last but not least, our handpicked list of places you must visit in Himachal consists of the Queen of Hills. Shimla is a spectacular colonial hill station where you can wander freely. The place boasts some of the finest colonial-era architecture, such as the Christ Church, Gaiety Theatre, the Town Hall, and the Viceregal Lodge. 

Shimla’s location makes it ideal for outdoor activities, especially trekking. And if you are traveling in winter, the view of the city covered in the blanket of snow will remain etched in your memory forever. And if you ask us, we would never miss out on visiting Shimla during our trip to the state. 


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