Top 7 Destinations to visit in Himachal Pradesh, India

A land of low and high rise mountains, an unspoilt place which feeds and provides comfort to the mind and soul, a religiously devoted land which is associated with the supernatural, an enigma of a place which attracts people from every nook and corner of the world - It's beautiful, It's incredible, Its enchanting- It's Himachal!

1. Shimla

Shimla - Himachal PRadesh, India

Doesn't matters if you are visiting Shimla during the winter, summer, autumn or monsoon, Shimla has got its own charm which keeps on shining all the year round. However, the ideal time of vacations for the Indian travelers as well as for the international leisure travelers for experiencing the pleasant climate is during the summer. Monsoons are the time when the hill station is at its best of displaying lush green scenic beauty. Shimla and nearby places also attract the crazy travelers seeking an adventure along with a leisure trip. The most amazing places to explore in Shimla are:

  • Christ Church
  • Jakhoo Temple
  • Tara Devi Temple
  • Sankat Mochan Temple
  • Shimla State Museum
  • The Ridge
  • Naldhera
  • Chail
  • Kufri
  • Kinnaur

2. Kullu-Manali

Manali - Himachal Pradesh, India

Another mesmerizing experience of staying close to nature takes place in Manali, throughout the year. Manali is located at an altitude of 2,050 meters in Kullu district. Nature here consists of lush and scenic greenery and widely spread forest of deodar and pine trees, also includes plum, pear orchards and apples embraced in the lap of snow-capped horizons. Manali is the starting point for several less explored places of Himachal Pradesh and also has a variety of countless adventure activities like paragliding, river rafting, hiking, trekking, mountain biking, mountaineering, and skiing. Few of the best places to visit in Kullu-Manali are listed below:

  • Shri Mani Karan Sahib
  • Hidimba Devi Temple
  • Manu Temple
  • Solang Valley
  • Rohtang Pass
  • Bhrigu Lake
  • Chandrakhani Pass
  • Mashobra
  • Great Himalayan National Park
  • Vashisht

3. Dalhousie

Dalhousie - Himachal Pradesh, India

Dalhousie, the name itself represents the colonial existence. Dalhousie is situated at an elevation of 1,970 meters is another popular city in the lap of the Himalayan ranges which is well known for the existence of several heritage constructions that dates back from the early 19th century. Dalhousie is situated in the surrounding of Dhauladar part of the Himalayan range. This area has a thick forest of pine, deodar, and oak. The city is a haven for landscape photographers and wildlife enthusiast. The Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary marks a pleasant getaway which is located at a distance of nearly 5 kilometers from Dalhousie. Other places that you must visit on your next trip to Dalhousie are:

  • St. John’s Church
  • St. Francis Church
  • Lakshmi Narayan Temple
  • Subhash Baoli
  • Khajjiar
  • Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bakrota Hills
  • Chamba
  • Sach Pass

4. Dharamshala

Dharamshala - Himachal Pradesh, India

Dharamsala is a location that has to be on your itinerary when visiting Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala is famous for the co-existence of multicultural Indian community living in harmony with the Indo Tibetan community other than the magnificent climate. Pathankot is the nearest railway station, situated at a distance of 85 km, connects with major cities of Northern India. The capital of India, Delhi is almost 520 km distance by road from Dharamshala and takes about 12 hours en-route to Chandigarh. Places to explore in Dharamshala are:

  • Khajjiar
  • Bir Billing
  • Palampur
  • Kangra Fort
  • Dal Lake
  • Bhagsunath Temple
  • Dalai Lama Temple Complex
  • Kangra Valley
  • Palampur

5. Kasauli

Kasauli - Himachal Pradesh, India

Kasauli is a small town that appears to you on the way to Shimla from Chandigarh. Kasauli is based in the vicinity of cantonment area that marks for an ideal peaceful holiday location, away from the metro city's rush and hustle. Kasauli is located near the lower edges of the Himalayas that lies on the south-west part of Himachal. Covered with beautiful woody forests of cedar and pine trees, Kasauli is also a treat to the eyes and it owes its mesmerizing ambiance to the lavish British era buildings. If you want to just find a good getaway from the hectic city life, Kasauli provides the ideal environment to soothe your mind and nerves. The must visit places of Kasauli are listed below:

  • Timber Trail
  • Monkey point
  • Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanakji
  • Sri Baba Balak Nath Temple
  • Baptist Church
  • Gilbert Trail
  • Parwanoo
  • Solan

6. Kasol

Kasol - Himachal Pradesh, India

Kasol is a small village in Himachal Pradesh located along the banks of the river Parvati. Kasol is a tourist attraction that is rapidly gaining fame as a very popular hub not just for trekkers and backpackers but also for the nature lovers. Kasol is commonly called the Amsterdam of India. This little village, being richly colorful and having natural scenic beauty, is one of the few places in the country that is left untouched by commercialization and urbanization. Kasol is the residing place for a number of Israelis that came to India and never returned. The places that you must visit while on a trip to Kasol are:

  • Kheer-Ganga Trek
  • Parvati Valley
  • Sar Pass Trek
  • Malana
  • Manikaran
  • Tosh
  • Khirganga

7. Spiti

Spiti - Himachal Pradesh, India

Spiti Valley is one of the most attractive hidden gems of North India. Enclosed with the river Spiti on either side, this place is home to numerous divines of Buddhist destinations. Spiti is one of the most widespread tourist destinations in the world. Spectate the waterfall at Chunpa Fue or walk to ancient traditional meditation center at Lari Dupuk. Experience the ultimate thrill in walking to famous Rangrik Rewa Cave, also visit the Snow point Kunzom. Enjoy the river rafting and if you're lucky enough, you may also enjoy the Snow Leopard / Ibex sighting. The local attractions of Spiti are as given below:

  • Millennium Monastery
  • Dhankar Monastery
  • Tabo
  • Kibber
  • Pin Valley National Park
  • Chandratal Lake
  • Suraj Tal Lake
  • Kunzum Pass
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