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1. Khajjiar (Near Dalhousie)
At a distance of 20 km from Chamba, and 21 km from Dalhousie, Khajjiar is a beautiful hill station located in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the scenic hill stations near Chandigarh , and among the must-include places in Dalhousie sightseeing packages . Often known as the Switzerland of India, Khajjiar is situated at an altitude of 1,951 m in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas and is part of the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary. Khajjiar was a part of the erstwhile state of the Rajput rulers of Chamba. It served as the capital of Chamba rulers. Thereafter, it was taken over by the Mughals, from which the rule passed over to various Sikh kingdoms. Subsequently, it was taken over by the British. Khajjiar is a picturesque spot with an emerald saucer shaped meadow amidst a dense forest. Khajjiar Lake is a small lake covering an area of about 5000 sq. yards. On the lake, some clusters of grasses and weeds have grown that appear like a floating island. A little away from the lake is the temple of Khajji Nag belonging to the 12th century AD. This temple is dedicated to the Lord of Serpents. The Nag that is worshipped here has a human form. The stone idol has a mace in one hand and a khanda, a double dagger in the other. In the mandapa of the temple, one can see the images of the Pandavas and Kauravas near the ...
2. Dainkund Peak (Near Dalhousie)
At a distance of 17 km from Dalhousie Bus Stand, Dainkund Peak is a mountain peak situated at Dalhousie. Perched at an altitude of 2755 m, is the highest mountain peak in Dalhousie, and among the famous trekking places near Chandigarh . Dainkund is also a famous place for short trekking near Dalhousie. The name Dainkund is said to have been derived from Dain - Kund, which means Lake of the Witches. It is believed that in old days this mountain was the residence of witches. The sound of the breeze passing through the trees makes a musical sound, due to which this peak has also acquired the name, the singing hill. This peak has two major attractions; one is the Indian Air Force base and the other is the Pholani Devi temple, which is a temple of great importance. One of the most interesting facts about this temple is that there is no idol of the deity, except a trident inside the temple premises. The peak offers a clear view of the flow of the rivers Ravi, Chenab, and Beas which flow at the base. Trekking is one of the best things to do in Dalhousie , and is a beautiful experience, with great views and fresh cool mountain air. Being the highest peak, it gets maximum snowfall during the winter season. The ascent to the Dainkund begins after crossing Lakkar Mandi. About a 6 km drive from Lakkar Mandi leads to ...
3. Raison - River Rafting (Near Kullu)
At a distance of 13 km from Kullu, 14 km from Naggar, and 27 km from Manali, Raison is a small cluster of villages on the banks of the Beas River. It is one of the top rafting destinations in Himachal Pradesh, and among the must-visit places for adventure buffs during their Kullu tour . Situated at an altitude of 1433 m, Raison is well known for its camping sites and white-water river rafting. Numerous apple orchards and fruit gardens of plums and apricots add to the natural beauty of the place. Apart from nature, Raison is famous for adventure activities like rafting, trekking, mountain climbing, and river crossing, etc. Rafting in Raison is one of the top things to do in Kullu . By the end of the winter season, in March, the whole region becomes colorful with blooming flowers. This place is also famous as the rural center of AIIMS where summer camps for various ophthalmological diseases are held every year. At the camping sites, there are about 14 tourist huts, which require advance booking through the Kullu Tourist Office. These wooden huts are built along the banks of the Beas River. During winter the temperature falls down to 1-2�C and the summer weather is pleasant. Summer between March to June is the best season for outdoor activities like Rafting, Trekking, and River Crossing. There are several rafting agencies along the Beas River ...
4. Triund Hill (Near Mcleod Ganj)
At a distance of 8 km from McLeod Ganj Bus Stand and 13 km from Dharamshala, Triund is a beautiful hill situated in the Dhauladhar Mountains of Himachal Pradesh. Witth an altitude of about 2842 m, it is one of the popular trekking places near Delhi , and among the must-visit places during McLeodganj tour . Triund is an 8 km trek from the McLeod Ganj Bus Stand. It is one of the best trails of short treks in Himachal state and among the top McLeodganj tourist places for adventure buffs. This is a small and easy trek, which can be done either from McLeodganj or Dharamkot, which is 2 km ahead of McLeodganj. The trail is 6 km from Dharamkot and passes through Galu Devi temple. From this temple, it takes around 3 hours to reach Triund. The initial half of the trek is a gradual incline and the last 2 km from Snowline Cafe involves a steep climb all the way till Triund. The last 1 km has 22 tiring curves before finally reaching Triund. Along the way, there are many small Tea shops where one can refresh during the hike. Trek can also be started from Bhagsu Nag. There is a Devi Temple located on the top of Triund Hill at the highest point. From here, one can have a beautiful view of Moon Peak and Indra Pass. There is a snowline at Ilaka visited by adventurers which is ...
5. Great Himalayan National Park (Near Kullu)
At a distance of 14 km from Gushaini, 63 km from Bhuntar, 75 km from Kullu, and 113 km from Manali, the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is a high altitude national park situated in Himachal Pradesh. It is one of best national parks in India , and among the must-include places in Kullu sightseeing packages . The Great Himalayan National Park spreads across Parvati valley, Thirthan valley, Sainj valley & Jiwa Nal valley of Kullu region. It is one of the best national parks in Himachal . The park was established in 1984 and is spread over an area of 754 sq km at an altitude varying between 1500 to 6000 m. GHNP was formally declared a national park in 1999. In June 2014, the Park was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The GHNP is situated adjacent to Pin Valley National Park, Rupi-Bhaba Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Tirthan and Sainj Wildlife Sanctuaries, making it one of the biggest areas for wildlife conservation in the whole Himalayan range. It is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries near Delhi . The Park is home to more than 375 fauna species including approximately 31 species of mammals and 181 species of birds. More than 15,000 residents of 160 villages in the buffer zone are dependent on GHNP's natural resources. The fauna of ...
6. Bijli Mahadev Temple (Near Kullu)
At a distance of 26 km from Kullu, and 60 km from Manali, Bijli Mahadev is a Hindu temple situated at Chansari village near Kullu. It is one of the sacred temples in Himachal , and among the top religious places to visit in Kullu . Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Bijli Mahadev temple is situated on Mathan Hill at an altitude of about 2,460 m and is surrounded by Parvati, Garsa, Bhuntar, and Kullu hills. The temple is renowned for its 60 feet high flagpole that sparkles like a silver needle in the sunlight. This high structure draws divine blessings in the form of lightening and it is said that with every flash of lightening, the Shiva Linga is shattered to pieces. The broken pieces of the Shiva Linga were bound together by the temple priest using butter and Sattoo (a paste of roasted gram and wheat powder). This activity repeats itself once every year. It is due to this legend that the temple is named Bijli (lightening) Mahadev. The Temple was built in Pahari style. There is an impressively carved image of Nandi at the entrance of Bijli Mahadev temple. The temple doors are also beautifully carved with sculptures. Some puja articles are available inside the temple without any additional cost. The surroundings of the temple are quite scenic as the temple is situated on top of the Mathan hill. The site offers a panoramic view of the Kullu and Parvati ...
7. Kasol (Near Kullu)
At a distance of 4 km from Manikaran, 30 km from Bhuntar, 38 km from Kullu, and 76 km from Manali, Kasol is a small village in Parvati Valley of Kullu district. It is one of the famous Kullu sightseeing places . Situated at an altitude of 1640 m, Kasol is a picturesque village with traditional wooden houses having slanted stone roofs. The place is dotted with small orchards of apple, plum, peaches, pears, apricot, and almonds. A mountain stream called Grahan Nallah divides the village into two parts. This stream flows into the Parvati River. Kasol is a favorite tourist destination, especially for Israelis. Thousands of Israelis visit this region every year and stay for months as part of their Himachal tour . Frequented by tourists and hippies, Kasol has everything from Reggae Bars to Internet Cafes and cheap guest-houses. Kasol is an ideal destination for backpackers, trekkers, and nature enthusiasts due to its scenic beauty, untouched mountains, and great climate throughout the year. It is an important base for trekking towards SarPass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parvati Pass, and Kheer Ganga. The Parvati River abounds with trout fish and is the perfect place for angling. However, permission from the forest department is required for trout fishing in the river. Parvati River at Kasol is also ideal for white water rafting. It is one of the best ...
8. Kheer Ganga / Khir Ganga (Near Kullu)
At a distance of 22 km from Manikaran, 56 km from Bhuntar, 64 km from Kullu, and 102 km from Manali, Khir Ganga is a small village situated at an altitude of 3050 m in Parvati Valley. Khir Ganga is one of the best places for trekking in Himachal Pradesh, and among the top places to places to visit near Kullu . Kheer Ganga is a holy place with a hot water spring. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. According to legend, Kartikeya the younger son of Lord Shiva and Parvati meditated for thousand years at Khir Ganga making it an important religious place for Hindus. The name Kheer Ganga or Khir Ganga came due to the milky waters of the Parvati River flowing into Parvati valley. Kheer Ganga trek starts from the village Barsheni which is reachable from Manikaran. From Barsheni, one needs to trek 11 km to reach Kheer Ganga. Hiring a guide to trek this route is recommended. At Barsheni one can see the confluence of Tosh River and Parvati River. While trekking from Barsheni, travellers can visit attractions like Rudra-Nag, the serpent-shaped waterfall, the rock formation of Pandu Pul, and the Pin-Parvati Pass (5400 m). The Pin Valley National Park is another tourist attraction and is known for its resident wildlife population including snow leopards. This is usually a 2-day trek from Barsheni / Kullu. It is one of the popular trekking places near Chandigarh . The ...
9. Tirthan Valley (Near Kullu)
At a distance of 70 km from Kullu, 75 km from Mandi, and 105 km from Manali, Tirthan Valley is a mountain valley located inside the Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh, and among the famous Kullu places to visit , especially for adventure enthusiasts. Tirthan Valley is one of the four valleys situated in the GHNP, and among the must include places in Kullu holiday packages . Situated at an altitude of 1600 m, Tirthan Valley derives its name from the Tirthan River, which originates from the glaciers of the Himalayas. Tirthan valley stretches from Banjar to Bathad, dotted with a number of villages on the river bank. The entire valley is verdant green with alpine grooves and deciduous forest. Gushaini is the entry point to start trekking into Tirthan valley. Tirthan Valley has several trekking trails ranging from one day to 8 days starting from Gushani with the distance varying between 10 to 60 km (round trip). It is one of the best trekking places near Delhi . Tirthan valley also serves as a base camp for trekkers to start their trekking into GHNP. The valley is green and good for Trout fishing, overnight camping, river crossing, rappelling, and all kinds of adventure activities. Trout fishing requires ...
10. Kalatop Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary (Near Dalhousie)
At a distance of 10 km from Dalhousie, 16 km from Khajjiar, and 38 km from Chamba, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary or Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, is a wildlife sanctuary located in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in India , and among the must-include places in Dalhousie tour packages . Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary was founded in 1958 and is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal . The sanctuary lies in the catchments area of river Ravi, with an altitude ranging from 3910 feet to 9134 feet. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 1962 hectares and the landscapes are thickly covered with Deodar trees interspersed with little streams flowing into the Ravi River. The sanctuary is one of the best places of wildlife near Chandigarh . The sanctuary boasts a wide variety of wildlife. Leopard, Bear, Deer, Squirrel, Barking Goral, Serow, Langur, Jackal, and Himalayan Black Marten are some of the animals that are inhabited in the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. This wildlife sanctuary also houses as many as 117 species of rare birds and pheasants. Some of these are cheers, kaleej, koklas and Himalayan monal. The birds that you can find here are Eurasian Jay, Chestnut Billed rock ...
11. Serolsar Lake (Near Kullu)
At a distance of 78 km from Kullu, 84 km from Mandi, 25 km from Banjar and 10 km from Shoja, Serolsar Lake is a beautiful lake situated at a distance of around 5 km from the Jalori pass. This lake can be reached by a trek from Shoja or Jalori Pass. Serolsar Lake is located at an altitude of 3199 m. It is surrounded by thick vegetation of alpine forests. There is a myth that even if a small leaf falls into the Lake the birds around takes them out of the lake and keeps the water crystal clear. The water of the lake is believed to have medicinal properties. The Lake has a narrow walking track lined up with thick tall trees on the outer side. On one side of the Lake is a small temple of Buddha Nagini. The devotees worship and offer ghee to the deity. It is said that the lake is very deep and that Budhi Nagin herself lived in a golden palace at the bottom of the lake. The trek from Jalori Pass to Serolsar Lake is a 5 km one way and takes about 2 hrs. The trek starts from just below the temple atop Jalori pass. In winter, Serolsar experience snowfall up to 5-8 ft. The place is best to visit during summers. People visiting this place are advised to come with their own food and necessary woolen clothing. Now, small rest houses have also been built to provide accommodation to the visitors. This place can be visited as a one day trip from Kullu if started early in the morning.
12. Chandra Tal Trek (Near Manali)
At a distance of 16 km from Batal, and 127 km from Manali, Chandra Taal, or Chandra Tal is a high altitude lake in the Spiti part of the Lahul, Himachal Pradesh, India. It is one of the scenic high altitude lakes in the Himalayan region, and among the popular treks to go as part of Manali tour packages . Perched at an altitude of 4,300 m, Chandra Tal Lake is on the Samudra Plateau which overlooks Chandra river, a source river of the Chenab. Chandratal, which means the Lake of Moon, is derived its name from its crescent shape. The source which feeds the lake is probably under the ground, as there is nothing visible on the surface. The lake encircles a vast meadow that is carpeted with different kinds of wildflowers. It is confined in between the lofty mountains and is one of two high-altitude wetlands of India which have been designated as Ramsar sites. From here, you have a great view of high mountains and the Baralacha glacier, which is the source of three rivers namely Chandra, Bhaga, and Tsarap. According to legend, this lake is the place from where Lord Indra's chariot picked up Yudhishthira, in his mortal form to Swarga (heaven). As a result, this lake is a revered one and draws a large number of devotees. And, the locals believe that fairies visit the lake at night. The Chandra Tal Lake Trek is an absolute bliss for amateur trekkers and the best time to hit the tracks is from mid-June to mid-October. ...
13. Chanderkhani Pass Trek (Near Manali)
At a distance of 17 km from Rumsu and 40 km from Manali, Chanderkhani Pass is a beautiful mountain pass located in Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the best trekking destinations in Manali. Placed at an altitude of 3600 m above the sea level, Chanderkhani Pass located in the middle of lush green Kullu Valley. It forms a way between the villages of Rumsu and Pulag to Malana, which indirectly forms a trekking route from Naggar to Malana across the Chanderkhani Pass. The trek is one of the most beautiful treks that introduces the traveler to the remote, hilly cultures of Himachal Pradesh. The pass offers fabulous views of the Deo Tibba peak, Pir Panjal, and Parbati range of mountains. The scenic beauty of the Kullu valley and the mountain peaks that dot that horizon is a treat for the nature lover throughout the journey. The region has a lot of religious importance and is called the Valley of Gods. Legend has it that Jamlu, the presiding deity at Malana, opened a basket containing the gods of Kullu at the Chandrakhani Pass and incidentally a strong wind came by and blew away all the idols to the nearby peaks. Hence, all the nearby mountain peaks of Indrasan, Deo Tibba, Pir Panjal Range & Parbati Range are considered holy and can be seen very clearly from the pass. This trek is ideal for nature lovers and adventure seekers who are looking for a short getaway from the city life. The trail for Chanderkhani Pass starts from the Rumsu village which is located ...
14. Hampta Pass Trek (Near Manali)
At a distance of 30 km from Manali, Hampta Pass is a small passage between the Lahaul Chandra Valley and Kullu Valley in the Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most popular treks which commences from Manali. Hampta Pass is perched at an altitude of 4,270m on the Pir Panjal range in the Himalayas. The pass derives its name from the tiny hamlet Hampta, snuggled in the laps of the Kullu Valley. As per the legend, Hampta Pass got its name after Hampta Maharishi who meditated there. This pass is frequently used by shepherds of the lower Himalayan region, seeking high altitude grasslands in the summer, when the dry cold desert of Lahaul is barren. The trek starts from the Jobra base camp, which has campsites and a few lodges for trekkers. Jobra has road connectivity with Manali and can be easily reached by a private vehicle. The trek trail goes through Jobra-Balu Ka Ghera- Siagoru-Chhatru-Manali and can be finished in 4-5 days. The entire trail of Hampta Pass is dotted with dense pinewood forests, endless green meadows, rustling mountain streams, vibrant wildflowers, daunting mountains, beautiful valleys, serene lakes, and pools. Walk past the incredible views of snow-clad mountains decorated with rippling ridges and infinite stretch of green shrouded in mist. The trek is of moderate difficulty level and is preferred by both beginners as well as experienced trekkers. The last leg of the trek is completely a downhill journey from Siagoru to Chhatru (6 km) in which ...
15. Jogini Waterfalls (Near Manali)
At a distance of 4 km from Vashisht Temple and 7.5 km from Manali Bus Stand, Jogini or Jogni Falls is a beautiful waterfall situated near Vashisht Village in Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the famous waterfalls in Himachal , and among the popular places to visit in Manali . Jogini Fall is formed by the tributary of the Beas River. Jogini Falls is situated on the Northern edge of Vashisht Village which marks the village boundary. The waterfall cascades down from a height of around 150 feet through multiple levels. There is a small pool at the base formed by the fall and visitors can take a plunge in the water and spend some time. This is one of the top attractions you must include in Manali Packages . The flow of the water is heaving in monsoons and suggested not to adventure into the water during this time. Jogini Mata temple is at the base of the waterfall. It is a sacred site to the surrounding villages. The locals bring their children for their first tonsure here. The waterfall can be reached by trekking from Vashisht Temple. The trek route passes through a narrow lane adjacent to the Vashisht temple and is a nice gentle trek that can be completed in 3 hours (both ways). This is one of the best short treks in Manali to enjoy local scenic beauty and village life in the Himalayas. On ...
16. Bara Bhangal Trek (Near Manali)
At a distance of 3 km from Manali Bus Station, Bara Bhangal trek is a challenging trek that starts from the picturesque hill station of Manali, Himachal Pradesh. It is considered to be one of the most scenic treks in Manali as well as Himachal Pradesh. Stretches from Manali to the far Kangra Valley, Bara Bhangal trek is the most adventurous, strenuous, far -stretched trek in the Kullu Valley. This is considered as one of the most challenging as well as exciting treks in Himachal Pradesh as it stretches from an elevation of 2,050 meters to about 5,000 meters and negotiates through narrow, tricky, and rocky paths which include dangerous moraines and thick glaciers. Also called the Shepherds Trail as it is frequently used by the shepherds to reach Kangra Valley from Kullu. This long Shepherds trail involves crossing two high passes - Kalihani Pass at 4725 m and Thamsar Pass at 4875 m - and descending to the remote Bara Bhangal village. The alpine terrain between the Kullu Valley and Dharamshala is one of the most spectacular and little known regions of the Western Himalayas. This trek is challenging and thus must be attempted by experienced trekkers only. The trail takes you across green grasslands, flower-laden campsites, meandering rivers, numerous waterfalls, moraines and glaciers, glacial lakes, and some of the most outstanding scenery. Besides, this arduous trail offers wonderful vistas of endless Himalayan ranges and peaks like Indrasan, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba. The ...
17. Patalsu Peak (Near Manali)
At a distance of 8 km from Solang Valley and 20 km from Manali, Patalsu Peak is an astounding peak located within the proximity of the picturesque Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It is an ideal trekking destination in Manali. Perched at a height of 4200m (13,800 ft), the Patalsu Peak boasts of its scenic beauty and enchanting appeal. It is one of the most amazing trekking destinations in the region. With moderate to challenging gradients, the trek entices a large number of trekking enthusiasts from across the country. Though the trek pushes you through some steep inclines, narrow ridges, and moraines, the summit offers unmatched views of the entire Kullu valley, Hanuman Tibba, Friendship Peak, Manali Peak, and mountains of Dhauladhar Ranges. Though moderately challenging, the Patalsu Peak trek is ideal for beginners. The trek starts from the very famous Solang valley, and the trails pass through quaint little hamlets, alpine meadows, and beautiful dense forests of oak and pine. It is a total of 16 km trek (both ways) and will be completed in 2-3 days. From the valley, one will trek to Shagadugh, which is about 3 km from Solang Valley and is the first destination of the trek. Then the trail leads to base camp (2 km). After 3 km long and grueling climb from the camp, one can reach the Patalsu Peak where you will find snow even in the months of summer. During the trek, you get a chance to visit Solang, the old Himalayan village, and waterfall which makes this trek ...
18. Illaqa / Lahesh Cave Trek (Near Mcleod Ganj)
At a distance of 12 km from McLeod Ganj and 17 km from Dharamshala, Lahesh Cave is a Camping ground which is used by shepherds in the summers when they take their sheep to the high altitude meadows here. It lies at an altitude of 3500 m above sea level. Lahesh Cave is a 12 km trek from the McLeod Ganj Bus Stop. This is an easy to moderate trek, which can be done either from McLeod Ganj or Dharamkot, which is 2 km ahead of McLeod Ganj. The trail is 10 km from Dharamkot and passes through Galu Devi Temple, Triund and Illaqa. Triund is the base camp for the trekkers who continue the trek to Lahesh Cave, Indrahara Pass to Bharmour. Along the way there are many small Tea shops where one can refresh during the hike. After a 2 km ascent from Triund, traversing through a ridge will lead to Illaqa or Laka which has a temporary shepherd camp. The path is rock-strewn and uneven, some spots were treacherous too. Illaqa is a flat stretch of land on the Moon Peak Mountain which divides the Kangra Valley and Chamba Valley. It is situated at the snout of small glacier, which is covered with snow capped mountains. There is a tea stall at Illaqa, one can buy some eatables and can spend night in the camps or own tents. From Ilaka, a 2 km steep ascent over rocky ridge will take to Lahesh cave. It will take you about 2-3 hours to get to Lahesh Cave from Triund. The total trek needs 2-3 days from McLeodGanj and having a guide is definitely recommended. Visitors can camp at Lahesh Cave ...
19. Shaily Peak (Near Shimla)
At a distance of 30 km from Naldehra and 44 km from Shimla, the Shaily Peak or Shali Tibba is a mountain peak situated near Khatnol in Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the popular places to visit near Shimla, and among the best places for trekking in Himachal . Perched at an altitude of 9,423 feet, the Shaily Peak is one of the most beautiful trekking destinations near Shimla. The peak provides a 360-degree magnificent view of Shimla, Mashobra, Kufri, Fagu, and Narkanda. It looks exceptionally stunning during the sunrise and the sunset. There is a temple at the top dedicated to Bhima Kali, a goddess, who is highly revered by locals. Devotees flock to the top regularly, especially during Navratri. The temple has been constructed with wood and stones, typical of rural Himalayan architecture. A trail to the temple was constructed in 1936 by the Raja of Faridkot. The same trail exists today and is in a good shape. Surrounded by forests, rocky trails, and dense vegetation, this peak attracts a lot of adventurers and trekkers as part of Shimla packages . The snow-capped Himalayan mountain-ranges and beautiful landscapes located here are hard to miss, and the fresh breeze gives you a peaceful environment. Away from the hustle of Shimla, the 8 km trek to Shali Peak from the Khatnol, the base village is beautiful, easy and can be completed in 5 hours. The up is constant, ...
20. Kareri Lake (Near Dharamshala)
At a distance of 32 km from Dharamshala and 39 km from McLeod Ganj, Kareri Lake, also known as Kumarwah Lake, is a high altitude lake located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Trek to Kareri Lake is one of the top things to do in Dharamshala . Kareri Lake is situated at an altitude of 3100 m and is a fresh water lake. Snow melting from the Dhauladhar range serves as the source of the lake and a stream, Nyund is the outflow. Since the source is fresh melting snow and the lake is shallow the lake bed can be seen clearly. It is one of the must-include places in Dharamshala holiday packages . Kareri Lake is best known for being a trekking destination in the Dhauladhar range. The trek starts from Ghera village, which is about 22 km from McLeod Ganj. Ghera is accessed either by shared jeep from Dharamsala or on foot from Naddi. It has a few shops from where one can purchase few supplies. The trekking starts from Ghera village. A 9 km dirt road links Ghera to Kareri village which has a Forest Rest House for an overnight stay and continues the trek on next day. The 8 km trail from Kareri village leads to Kareri Lake. Most of this trail is along the Nyund stream right up to the Lake. The trek usually takes between 3-4 days. The lake remains frozen from early December to early April. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva ...
21. Prashar Lake / Parashar Lake (Near Mandi)
At a distance of 51 km from Mandi, 65 km from Kullu, and 103 km from Manali, Prashar Lake, or Parashar Lake is a beautiful lake situated near Bagi village in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most stunning lakes in Himachal and among the must include places in Mandi sightseeing packages . At an altitude of 2730 m, Prashar Lake is snuggled against the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. The oval-shaped lake has many tales associated with it. One legend says that after the battle of Kurukshetra, the Pandavas were returning with Lord Kamrunag. When they reached the mountains, Kamrunag loved the tranquility of the mountains and wanted to settle down there. So Bheem rammed his elbow on the ground and formed this crater, which later became the lake. Another story rooted in Himachali folklore claims that the lake was the site where Rishi Parashar have meditated. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and looking down on the fast-flowing Beas River, Prashar Lake has a perimeter of about 300 m and is fed by small mountain streams. An interesting thing about Parashar Lake is its floating circular island that keeps changing its position. Till now no one has been able to find out the depth of Prashar Lake. Traditionally, it is believed that the lake was formed as a result of a striking rod by Rishi Prashar and water came out and took shape of the lake. An ancient pagoda-style temple dedicated to the Rishi Prashar, ...
22. Shikari Devi Temple (Near Mandi)
At a distance of 91 km from Mandi, Shikari Devi Temple is a Hindu shrine located near Janjehli in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Himachal and among the must-visit Mandi tourist places . Situated at an elevation of 3359 m, the Shikari Devi temple is located atop Sikhari Devi Peak, the highest peak in the Mandi district. It is believed that the temple has been existing since the time of Mahabharata. The temple is dedicated to Shikari Devi, the Goddess of hunters. In the archaic days, the hunters or shikaris of the region would worship the Goddess in the temple to seek blessings for a successful hunt. Hence, the temple got its name, Shikari Devi. Besides, the temple also has a great significance in the holy book Markandeya Purana as sage Markandeya is believed to have meditated in this beautiful temple. This is one of the prominent pilgrimage sites near Delhi . The temple is on a flat cemented square platform and the goddess is idolized in the form of a stone image. The most interesting fact about Shikari Devi Temple is that this temple does not have a roof as no one has ever been able to build a roof over the top of this temple. It has been observed that even though the temple has no roof, no snow is spotted inside the temple during winters when the entire region around this ...
23. Bir Billing (Near Mandi)
At a distance of 12 km from Joginder Nagar, 66 km from Dharamshala, and 68 km from Mandi, Bir is a village located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is rightfully considered the heaven for Paragliding and among the must-visit places for adventure enthusiasts as part of Mandi holiday packages . Bir Billing is famous as the Paragliding capital of the world and attracts paraglider pilots from all over the world. The first Paragliding World Cup of India was hosted in Bir Billing in the year 2015. Since then, the village continues to host periodic international competitions and events. The paragliding launch site is in the meadow at Billing (14 km north of Bir), at an elevation of 2400 m, while the landing site and most tourist accommodations are in the village of Chowgan on the southern edge of Bir. The flying season is from September to October, with some flying also done in November. It is one of the best adventurous places near Delhi , and Chandigarh as well. One of the major places of sightseeng in Mandi , Bir Billing is also famed for its soulful Tibetian monasteries set amidst scenic and peaceful settings. There is a sizable community of Tibetan refugees in the village, especially at the Bir Tibetan Colony. And among all the monasteries between Mandi and Kangra, ...
24. Fagu Ski Resort (Near Shimla)
At a distance of 6 km from Kufri, and 20 km from Shimla, Fagu is the ski resort situated in Himachal state. It is one of the secluded snowy retreats in Himachal state. It is one of the best ski resorts in India, and among the prime place to visit on a Shimla trip . Fagu is a famous site for adventure sports in Himachal state. It is situated on the Hindustan Tibet Road at a height of about 2500 m above sea level. It is well known for its swaying green fields with the snow-covered Himalayas at its backdrop. Fagu surprises vacationers with its splendor, charm, and serenity. It is one of the top places to visit near Delhi for skiing lovers. The town is surrounded by greenery and is rich in flora and fauna. Fagu is a perfect place for nature lovers and a must-visit place for those fond of scenic beauty. The place serves as a good base camp for trekkers and naturalists. The picturesque view of the hills and their beauty is really enchanting. Banthia Devta Temple, the place of worship of the local God is one of the most famous temples in the town which can be reached by climbing about 1000 steps. This Temple in Fagu reflects the craftsmanship of the locals with its extraordinary wood carvings.
25. Kamrunag Lake (Near Mandi)
At a distance of 7 km from Rohanda, and 46 km from Mandi, Kamru Nag Lake is a sacred lake located in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at the top of the mountain ridge of Kamru valley, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Himachal and among the best places to visit in Mandi. Situated at an average height of 3,334 m, Kamrunag is known for the oval-shaped lake built by Bhima, the Pandava brother, in honor of the King of Yakshas who finds a mention in the Mahabharata. There is a temple dedicated to Dev Kamrunag, the rain god, near the lake. Due to its closeness to the Kamrunag Temple, the ancient lake has been named after it. There is a tradition of offering gold, silver, and coins of other metals in the lake by devotees on the fulfillment of their wishes by Dev Kamrunag. Over a period of time, uncountable wealth has gathered inside the lake. Just like no one knows what lies inside the mysterious Vault B of Padmanabhaswamy Temple of Trivandrum, no one dares to ascertain the exact wealth lying at the lake bed. There have been attempts by thieves to rob off the lake of its underlying wealth, but the efforts have gone in vain, by the ire of the guardian deities, as believed by the locals. Amidst the beautiful Balh Valley and Dhauladhar Range, the Kamrunag Lake is an oasis for a spiritually-parched soul. For nature lovers, the sights surrounding this lake are like a treat to the sore eyes. Every year a three day fair is held at this place in ...
26. Dehnasar Lake (Near Mandi)
At a distance of 22 km from Barot, 20 km from Joginder Nagar, and 70 km from Mandi Bus Station, Dehnasar Lake is a high-altitude freshwater lake located in Himachal Pradesh. Situated in Barot valley, it is one of the sacred lakes in Himachal Pradesh and among the popular places of trekking as part of Mandi Tour Packages. Lies at an altitude of 4,280 m (14,040 ft), Dehnasar Lake, or Dansar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas. The lake is situated on the foothills of Ghora Lotnu Peak and derives its water from melted snow. Surrounded by big rocks from all the sides, the lake has a circumference of about 800 m and lies frozen under a thick coat of snow during winters. Like other lakes of Himalayas, it holds religious importance to people. According to the myth, goddess Parvati said to visit the lake to take a holy bath in the lake in the Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar, which generally falls in August or September. It is also believed that whoever preaches sun god while standing in the water gets their wishes fulfilled, so many pilgrims come to this high altitude lake just in the hope that their wishes will be fulfilled. The trek to this holy lake starts from Luhardi or Lohardi which is about 8 km from Barot. One can reach Lohardi by his own vehicle or public transport too. This moderately difficult, 14 km, uphill trek via Polling opens after June and closes after September. It is the most commonly used and shortest route ...
27. Kalka - Shimla Railway (Near Shimla)
At a distance of 84 km from Shimla, Kalka is a town located in Haryana State. Kalka Railway Station is the northern terminus of the Delhi -Kalka line and the starting point of the legendary Kalka-Shimla Railway. This railway was added to the UNESCO world heritage list in July, 2008. A ride in the toy train is one of the top things to do in Shimla and it is extensively used in promotion of Himachal tourism . The Kalka-Shimla Railway was built by the British in 1903 to provide access to their summer capital of Shimla. The distance of 96 km between Shimla and Kalka passes through 102 tunnels, 864 bridges and an incredible 900 curves. There are more than 20 stations in this route. It connects Kalka at an altitude of 656 m to Shimla at 2076 m. The five hour journey is one of the best train journeys operated by Indian Railway. It is popular for the picturesque views of hills and the surrounding villages. The longest tunnel, which stretches for more than a kilometer, is near the main railway station at Barog. Total 864 bridges were constructed on this line. Most of the bridges have multi arched galleries like the ancient Roman aqueducts. Bridge No. 493; historically known as the ''Arch Gallery'', situated between Kandaghat and Kanoh stations, is an arch bridge in three stages constructed with stone masonry ...
28. Kharapathar (Near Shimla)
At a distance of 77 km from Shimla, 62 km from Kufri and 14 km from Jubbal, Kharapathar is a small village situated at an altitude of 8,770 ft. This place is known for its scenic beauty and several trekking trails. Kharapathar derived its name from a huge egg shaped rock. Kharapathar is a perfect leisure destination. It is surrounded by apple orchards and lush green forest. Kharapathar is a hotspot for tourists because of its natural beauty and picturesque landscape in Shimla district. Kharapathar's lush green slopes together with apple orchards, wide views, excellent walk and hike trails make this a perfect leisure. Visitors can also enjoy delicious food, including local dishes at the food stalls. The source of River Giri Ganga is just 7 km away from here. The trekking trail to Giri Ganga is an enjoyable one through thick deodar forest.
29. Kufri Ski Resort (Near Shimla)
At a distance of 16 km from Shimla Railway Station, Kufri is a small hill station in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. Positioned at an elevation of 2,510 m on the National Highway 22, it is one of the best places for skiing in India, and among the must-include places in Shimla tour packages . Kufri is quite famous as a ski resort. Kufri derives its name from 'Kufr' which means lake. It is especially popular among trekkers and it is a popular place for adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh. The British discovered it in 1819. As Shimla gained importance, Kufri also began to be recognized as an important place to visit near Shimla as part of honeymoon tour packages . Kufri is known for its pleasant climate and picturesque beauty. It is popular for its trekking and hiking trails. Kufri is also renowned for other adventurous activities such as skiing, tobogganing (sliding downhill on a sled). It has the oldest skiing slopes in Himachal Pradesh. During winters, when snow spreads over the slopes of Kufri, lovers of skiing know that they will have an exciting time ahead, and skiing is one of the must-experience things to do in Shimla . Ski courses for beginners are conducted every winter by Himachal Tourism. Kufri is also a haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers as the ...
30. Beas Kund Trek (Near Manali)
At a distance of 28 km from Manali Bus Stand and 15 km from Solang Valley, Beas Kund is a holy lake where Rishi Vyas took his daily bath. River Beas originates from here. The trek to Beas Kund is one of the best destinations for trekking in Manali and also among the best trekking Places to visit in Himachal state. The Beas Kund is protected by an igloo like stone structure and is considered sacred by the Hindus. The site has attracts thousands of devotees every year. The current name Beas is formed from Sage Vyas who is the author of Mahabharata. The ancient Indians called the Beas River as Vipas or Arjiki while the ancient Greeks called it as Hyphasis. This tiny lake of Beas Kund situated at higher and upper valley of Solang. Which is the heart of winter and summer games in Manali. On a clear day you can sight the magnificent Pir Pangal Range from Beas Kund. Beas Kund trek is one of the most popular and beautiful treks in Kullu Valley. It is an ideal base camp for climbing nearby peaks Shitidhar and Ladakhi peak. The West side of Beas Kund is magnificent peak of Hanuman Tibba at an altitude of 5990 m, which access through tiny pass of above this lake. The Beas Kund trek starts at Solang, 13 km from Manali and winds through Solang Valley. On this trek you will experience amazing views of lush green meadows, glaciers and snow-capped mountain peaks. The trail goes ...
31. Bhrigu Lake Trek (Near Manali)
At a distance of 36 kms from Manali Bus Stand, Bhrigu Lake also known as 'Pool of the Gods' is a picturesque lake situated at an altitude of about 4240 m. The Bhrigu Lake is lying east of the Rohtang Pass. Bhrigu Lake Trek is one of the best Manali trekking destinations and among the prime place to visit on a Manali trip . According to the legend, Rishi Bhrigu a renowned sage of the Hindu religion meditated at this place and that many local gods of the Kullu Valley visit to take a dip in its sacred water. This lake is considered sacred by the Hindus and many devotees visit this site. The trek to Bhrigu Lake starts from Gulaba which is about 22 km from Manali. Actually there is no settlement in Gulaba and is actually an area of the Pir Pangal mountain range. The trek routes passes through Rola Kholi (7 km from Gulaba), Bhrigu Lake (7 Kms from Rola Kholi), Pandu Ropa (7 km from Bhrigu Lake) and ends at Vashist (8 km from Pandu Ropa). The forest trek from Gulaba to Rola Kholi takes you through old villages & apple orchards. This is usually a three days trek with Day 1 camping at Rola Kholi and Day 2 camping at Pandu Ropa. Once you reach Bhrigu Lake you will have breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains. The descent trek from Pandu Ropa to Vashist offers a great view of the entire Kullu Valley. March to October is ...
32. Deo Tibba Trek (Near Manali)
At a distance of 35 km from Manali Bus Stand and 29 km from Jagatsukh Village, The elegant Deo Tibba at an altitude of 6000 m is situated south east of Manali town and above Jagatsukh village on the Pir Panjal range of Himalayas. The trek to Deo Tibba Kund is among the best trekking sites in Manali and also one of the well known places for trekking in Himachal Pradesh. Deo Tibba trek is pleasant trek that takes you to the grazing pastures of the Gaddi shepherds and the emerald blue waters of the Chandertal Lake (4,480 m) with magnificent views of Deo Tibba peak and its huge hanging glaciers. This is a spectacular view that haunts every trekker giving a unique experience. This trek is suitable for all age groups with moderate level of difficulty. The normal route to Deo Tibba base camp starts from Jagatsukh, 6 km south of Manali. Jagatsukh is a small village, which is the last motor able point for Track to Deo Tibba. The total duration of this trek is 5 days. The first stretch of the hike is from Jagatsukh Village to Khanol (6 km from Jagatsukh) that is located at an elevation of 2,200 meters. This trek goes along the Jagatsukh nallah upwards through green forests with an amazing variety of vegetation dot the way to reach Khanol. The Manali valley appears far below and to the east lies the mighty mountain - Deo Tibba. There is an overnight stay in camp. The trek route continues to Chikka (8 km from Khanol), ...
33. Pin Valley National Park (Near Manali)
At a distance of 249 km from Manali, and 437 km from Shimla, the Pin Valley National Park is located in the Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most beautiful national parks in India ,and among the prime place to visit as part of Manali packages . Situated in the cold desert area of Lahaul and Spiti, the Pin Valley National Park was declared as a national park in 1987 as part of the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area. The park is located in the desert habitat of the Spiti Valley, within the Cold Desert Biosphere Reserve, in the Himalayas region. Spreading south of Dhankar Gompa near the Tibetan border, the park marks the border between the formerly separate districts of Lahaul and Spiti. Among the famous places of wildlife in Himachal , the park's core zone is stretched over 675 square km and the overall zone extends over 1150 square km. The elevation of the park ranges from about 3500 m near Ka Dogri to more than 6000 m at its highest point. It is home to 20 species of animals and birds, including the endangered Snow Leopard. Besides snow leopard, Siberian ibex, bharal, weasel, red fox, marten are other animals that are the highlight of the park. It is home to birds like pika, snow cock, bearded vulture, chukor, golden eagle, griffon, and raven. Even though it's high altitude and cold ...
34. Rohtang Pass (Near Manali)
At a distance of 43 km from Solang Valley, and 52 km from Manali, Rohtang Pass is a high mountain pass located on Manali - Leh Highway (NH-21) at an altitude of 4111 m (13,400 ft). It is one of the most popular adventurous places in Himachal , and among the major Manali places to visit . Rohtang Pass is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Pangal Range of the Himalayas. It is the gateway to Lahaul, Spiti, Pangi, and Leh valley. The pass is on the watershed between the water basins of the Chenab River and the Beas River. The word 'Rohtang' is literary means 'pile of corpses'. People die all the time due to bad weather while trying to cross the Pass. It is one of the best places to experience snow in the summer season in Himachal. Rohtang Pass is a very beautiful and popular spot in Manali with more than 25 lakh visitors every year as part of Manali tour . The Pass offers a panoramic and spectacular mountain view. This pass was once served as an important trade route. It is an ancient trade route between the people on either side of Pir Panjal. The move to control traffic was also necessary as the Lahaul and Spiti valley gets connected by road for only three months (July to September) in a year. This is the time when people from Lahul valley transport their cash crop, potatoes, and ...
35. Solang Valley (Near Manali)
At a distance of 12 km from Manali Bus Stand, Solang Valley locally known as Solang is a beautiful valley situated at Solang village near Manali, Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most well-known places to visit near Delhi for skiing, mountaineering, and trekking activities. Among the top tourist attractions in Manali , Solang Valley is situated between Solang village and Beas Kund. It lies at an altitude of 8500 ft and is covered with green dense forests. It offers panoramic views of the surrounding snowcapped mountains and glaciers. The beauty of Solang Valley is unparalleled and many people visit the valley every year during their Manali trip just to enjoy its pristine, snow-white magnificence, especially in winter, when the entire place is covered by white snow. With the groves of emerald green trees dotting the pure white landscape, clear blue skies, and magnificent mountains, Solang is truly at its most splendorous in winters. Besides admiring its unmissable picturesque landscapes, people also visit Solang Valley to enjoy various winter sports. Solang Valley has fine ski slopes. The Mountaineering Institute of Manali has installed a ski lift for training purpose here. The Directorate of Mountaineering & Allied Sports also organizes basic, advance, and intermediate level courses in ...
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20 Places to do Adventure Activities in Himachal Pradesh
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Amidst the verdant alpine vegetation, where variant hues flock together to blossom cradling in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, where the clouds float though the sturdy growling mountains hushed to solace by the pristine sheets of snow. Through the rows of firs, walnuts, chestnuts, birches and pines growing between the endangered fauna flow the glacier melted rivers and streams, gushing down unruly and barging through the rocks and moraines. Not only the beauty handpicked and grown by nature exclusively, the holy presence of His Graciousness the 14 th Dalai Lama, a peak into the crimson Tibetan culture, the neo gothic Christ Church in Shimla, and all the mountain sports that follow, Himachal is a must visit paradise. Listed below are the best adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh to make it your best weekend getaway.
Rafting in Himachal
In summer when the glaciers melt to form streams and fill the gushing volatile rivers, it’s a dream for rafters laced with adventurous nerves. These rivers are too unpredictable and tough to surmount surging thrill through the anxious blood. And as you rush in the neck breaking speed you’ll have a brief gaze at the wondrous combination of the endemic and endangered flora and fauna, rafting is one of the best adventure things to do in Himachal Pradesh.
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Rafting in the Sutlej River: the briskly flowing Sutlej breaks through from the snow of the Vindhya Range, Sutlej teams up with Rivers Indus and Brahmaputra, to be the only three rivers which originate from the high Tibetan Plateau and smash down in rapid speed through the might Himalayan ranges. Rampur Bushair, this is where the rafting embarks which drops down to the level of 350 meters in the first two days. Tattapani which is 42kms upstream of the Kol Dam site which in the years to come is set to from a gigantic lake, will mark as the end. This is a leveled rafting, you can be a beginner and enjoy moderate rafting, or you can be an experienced rafter and go on a rapid rafting expedition.
Rafting in Tattapani: this is the most exciting rafting expedition near Shimla. This river is one of the rowdiest tributaries of Shimla famous for its rocky and offbeat rafting experience although being a short trip of 6kms. It has 3 levels of rafting, from the beginners level to the professional’s thrill, nature has honed these places to make them more refreshing and adventurous.
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Rafting in White Water River: this rafting expedition will be in Kullu, a valley between Manali and Largi formed by the river Beas. This is a long stretch rafting trip of 14kms across the senselessly roaming white river water. As you start from Kullu, the scenes changing as in movies will entice you; Kullu being one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh offers more into rafting. Difficulty level is quite easy and is very pleasant for the first timers and hydrophobics as this rafting is provided with trained guides and all safety equipments.
Rafting in Pirdi River: this river flows boisterously near Kullu, offering thrilling rafting experience for both the beginners and the expert rafters. Difficulty level is medium and it’s quite a short rafting trip, challenging the wits of the rafters with ascending and descending levels of the raging waves. All the wits are bound to loosen in the rushing raging waves. As you start from Kullu, the scenes changing as in movies will entice you; Kullu being one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh offers more into rafting. The rafts and the equipments provided, meet all the international standards and preventions for safety therefore swimming isn’t a necessary skill to know for rafting.
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Rafting in the Beas River: this Glacier fed river originates from the Rohtang La and flows into the Sutlej River in Punjab. Beas River offers thrilling rafting experience for both the beginners and the expert rafters beginning this trip from the Kullu Manali road. You’ll feel the adrenaline rush as you battle the unruly waves and the strong fierce current. The short rafting trip is stretched to approx 7kms while the longer one will make you wrestle for 14kms. Difficulty level is moderate.
Rafting in Manali: this is a 7km rafting trip, through the snow and serene calmness of nature’s bounty, as you raft through the over enthused Beas. As you start from Manali, the scenes changing as in movies will entice you; Manali being one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh offers more into rafting. The rafts and the equipments provided, meet all the international standards and preventions for safety therefore swimming isn’t a necessary skill to know for rafting. Difficulty level is moderate.
You can also make way for rafting in Kullu, Manali, Bhuntar, Leh and Ladakh.
Trekking in Himachal
Hampta Pass and Chandratal Trek: Hampta valley lies in the base of the towering Pir Panjal’s, is a beautiful scenic valley offering the lush verdant greens of the alpine vegetation on one hand, with meander rivers flowing swiftly like slithering snakes, from amongst these rivers flow out the fuming cascading streams through the rocks and moraines. The occasional visit of endangered species of animals and birds are also a sheer delight for a trekker’s eye. The snow clad peaks of Deotibba and Indrasen are also visible. This trek leads to Lahaul valley, Chatru, and the clear watered crescent lake the Chandratal Lake and then finally to the Kunzum La pass at the altitude of 4600mts. Difficulty level – moderate to challenging.
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Spiti Valley through Pin Parvati pass trek: cradling between the Pir Panjals in the north and Parvati ranges in the east and Barabhangal ranges in the west, Kullu valley’s is a panoramic serene paradise of nature. Trekking through its dense forests with wild animals and river water flowing by the sides of the terraced fields will feel like nature’s haven. Spiti, which lies between Tibet and India, is a reputed place for beauty, close research in the culture and life of the Buddhists; Spiti’s huddled between small cantons and barley fields. The trek trail passes through the rocky and steep terrains across the snowy fields presenting the sight of the magnificent glaciers. The Pin Parvati Pass is the confluence of Pin Valley in Spiti and the Parvati Valley in Kullu. Difficulty level- medium.
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Bhrigu Lake and Beas Kund Trek: Beas Kund is a popular destination for trekkers in Kullu Manali at the altitude of 11000 feet, topography of endless grasslands with streams spluttering from within the tall peaks. Beas Kund are the mountains of the Beas River which rise from the Himalayas and descend to join in the Indus River. From here once can easily spot the Shitidhar Peak and the Friendship peak also famous sites for trekking, along your trekking trail is the Solang Ropeway point, Skiing Point, Bakerthach a camping site and Dhundi an unexplored land. Difficulty level- moderate, duration of the tour is 7days and 6 nights of trekking and camping.
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Bara Bhangal Trek: Bara Bhangal or the Shepherd’s Trail is set to whisk you away to Thamsar and Kalihani Passes exclusively for the expert trekkers. Starting from Manali and heading towards the stunning Postcard perfect sights of Solang and Rohtang valleys. In this trek there’ll be the daunting Pir Panjals and Dhauladhar ranges towering at one side with scree and moraine terrains on the other with streams crossing them and moving on to the meadows and forests of Oak and Birch. Difficulty level- challenging, duration is 14 nights and 15 days of trekking and camping.
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Pashar Lake snow trek: Pashar Lake, named after the sage Prashar who mediated on the banks of this lake in the ancient times, also has a temple along its banks dedicated to the sage. This oval lake’s depth is believed to be still unknown, it’s famous for a small circular island floating on its surface and changing its location from time to time. The trek starts from Bandi, and takes 6-7 hours to reach the lake on its 7km long trail. From here you can gaze at the famous Rohtang La, Dhauladar and Kinnaur ranges. Difficulty level is moderate to challenging and the duration is 1 night and 2 days of trekking and sightseeing.
Staring at the snow clad mountains, the spiky tree tops, the congregation of diverse colors and the lush carpet of nature lingering to a vast expanse of land; Paragliding gives all that in one panoramic view. Before you get ready to cruise around in the sky, you’ll be briefed quickly with all do’s and don’ts.
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Paragliding in Bir Billing: Bir, a small town in the Kangra district well known for its Tibetan culture and population lies 28kms from another picturesque town of Billing, the entire expanse of stretch that joins these two towns is copious in tranquil and profusely woven natural beauty of stunning mountains, the wild flora and the orchards and terraced fields providing with staple food. At the height of 2300m, Bir Billing paragliding experience is enthralling, with the majestic views of the Dhauladhar Ranges and the entire emerald green Kangra valley. The journey starts 14kms away from Bir, which sails you all the way to Billing during any time of the day, in the towering companionship of the Himalayas. Difficulty level is easy.
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Paragliding at Orchard House: you’ll rise like an eagle and soar right through the bird view of Manali to seep in the delight of the Dhauladhar ranges. This is one of the best Paragliding destinations in India, which will ascend and attach the wings of wonder and awe at the nature and the intimidating colossal mountain ranges clothed in the white of snow. The difficulty level is easy and you can also spend rest of your time in hiking, skiing, trekking and rafting.
Paragliding in Halan: Halan a town near Manali is one of the secluded and quite places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, it provides with a paradise for all those feeling forlorn or in a need to get away from the virulent pace of life. Halan is one of the best places for Paragliding; it takes you on a trip of 15 mins of pure heaven in the sky, above the treetops near the mountains.
Paragliding in Barot: through the views of valleys, near the mountain ranges, seeping in the thrill of the nerve-racking height, this paragliding experience in Barot will be more than a memory etched in your brains. In the 2 hours spent cruising around, you’ll find yourself settling into a deep connection with the nature and what it beholds.
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Paragliding at Dharamashala: this experience is set to sail you beyond your wildest dreams. The beautiful sky, the aerial view, the surge of the Tibetan Culture below, it’ll be like some strange place at the height of 2500 feet above the sea level. Not only the peaks of the mountains nearby, the vegetation and the people below, but it’s the holiness in the place and the love in the air that’ll draw you to be mesmerized in the beauty that this place is.
Paragliding at Bilaspur Bir Billing: as you sail by the azure blue skies, with silken winds wrapping your body in goosebumps protruding out, you’ll be awestruck at the gorgeous beauty that nature is. At the height of 8000 feet above the sea level, delighting in the green pastures below, different from the usual sightseeing in Himachal Pradesh; this will be an exciting experience.
Under the twinkling stars, the clear sky and the daunting moonlight spreading over the vast span of land, when thoughts and memories come unbidden to think of, when everything seems ideal and just as it should be; you’ll delight under the small tent offering the view of all that’s enthralling making it one of the best things to do in Himachal Pradesh.
Camp Chrysalid, Dharamashala: in the upper stretch of the Kangra Valley encompassed by thick coniferous timberland essentially comprising of Deodars lie the exotic camps of Chrysalid near Gaggal Airport at 4870 feet. The Bhagsu Nag falls which flow through the rows of the thick oak and pine trees, cascade down elegantly behind the camps, the celebrated sanctuary of the Indru Nag popular internationally for the closeness of his Holiness the Dalai Lama can also be visited. The rooms are spacious and offer a pacified stay with the view of the towering mountains. The rooms are sophistically designed with cutting edge luxuries, musical instruments, sports and other necessities for refreshments.
Hail Himalayas Camp: this is an offbeat camping experience in Shimla amongst the forests of Oaks, Rhododendrons, cedars and pines; a perfect refreshing retreat for youngsters and stressed out professionals in search of a haven in the nature’s lap at the altitude of the 7000 feet. Amidst the serenity and stillness of life where the only movement is caused by the winds clapping with the leaves, the perennial water bodies sometimes frozen offer all the solace one needs. This camp near Shimla is everything one needs to escape into the succor of nature’s touch.
Snow Trails Camp: these camps offer the most, encamped at the height of the 2250 meters above the sea level on the Kufri- Chail Road, set between the snow –topped pinnacles of oaks, pines and deodars. These camps offer more than natural sites, snow and solace, people go back in the hustle bustle of life with stirring memories of camping memoirs. Year round activities like Rock Rappelling, Flying fox, Rock climbing, Bamboo Bridge, Burma Bridge, Rope Bridge, monkey crawl and Tarzan swing make this camping more exciting and adventurous; the Snow Trails Camp is the perfect pick for a treasured vacation any time of year.
Camp Chrysalid, Junga: amongst the apple blossoms, and the wild flowers spurting beneath the backwoods of oak and pine trees, Camp Chrysalid in Junga is a perfectly immaculate weekend getaway available throughout the year. The gushing river Ashwini splashing against the giant rocks and moraine lands, the lush vegetation and the climate draw people into the land of the tranquil filled place instilling calm and a peace of mind. The camp provides all basic amenities upgraded with a tinge of luxury at all portions. Sports and exercise areas are the most refreshing betwixt the lavish greenery.
Camp Exotica: encamped at the sidestep of Kullu Manali, cradled in the serene environment of blossoming deodars with sprouting branches; it’s a paradise where all campers would like to take refuge into. Camp exotica provides with an appealing acquaintance of a comfortable camp, with plush Persian rugs, luxuriant settings, glorious styles; a domain studded with finest comforts for any types of gatherings where you’ll desire to take shelter in from your demanding life.
Road trip to the Himachal is like riding upon the roads, trails or gravel paths sometimes under the clear sky, or foggy haze through dense forests amidst the clouds, waiting for some wild animal to quietly pass by. When at night you retire in a camp, the stunning constellations, the mountain air and the fragrances of pine, orchards and woods will leave you breathless in the soft cradle of the lush nature.
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This is a 7 day road trip to Himachal; you can either hire a taxi or a motor bike, or ride along if you have your own vehicle. This planned trip will take you to 4 popular destinations in Himachal to soak in the beauty and frail culture of this Indian state. The roads to Himachal are smooth and safe unless you’re planning this trip during monsoon which can be purely risky.
The first stop is Shimla, you can either go to Shimla and rent a vehicle there or drive, this route is planned from Delhi:
Bus – you can always opt for the Himachal Road transportation services or other private bus services which are connected to major cities in North India. Reach ISBT Kashmiri gate in Delhi, and hop on to a bus to Shimla which goes early in the morning or late in the night. For better private bus services you can check online for Volvo buses.
Car drive- get behind the wheel and drive off to the outer ring road and head towards the GT Karnal road, then turn to right and take NH 1 which will take you to Ambala. Once in Ambala, take NH 22 which will take you to Kalka. From Kalka, reach Solan, and move ahead to Shimla. This journey is of approx 50 kms, which won’t take more than 7-8 hours.
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Delving deep into the history of modern India? Shimla not only gives glimpses of it, breathe the air of Shimla for once, you’ll feel that you belong to this hill station. From the past of Indian glory to the sophistication of the British life, from the beautiful natural painted scenes to the gothic architecture, Shimla is bound to show you all.
There’s a list of things to do- visit the Gaiety theatre and appreciate the art, not only of the plays if you happen to see one but also the beautiful Gothic structure with Victorian history. Trek to Jakhu hill and don’t forget to say your prayers at Lord Hanuman’s temple. A visit to the viceregal lodge will out you in a haze, the architecture is crafted to entice you. Shop at the mall road and don’t forget to see the Christ Church and the Scandal point from where the Maharaja of Patiala eloped with the daughter of the then viceroy of India in 1892. Once in the Ridge, give a Shot to your Polo skills at Annandale. You can also trek to some famous trekking spots and go for rafting or other mountain sports.
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Early in the morning, you can drive towards Manali. There are two routes to reach Manali, the best and the smoothest one is through Bilaspur. The first place is Totu, from there you can drive to Shalaghat and then Darlaghat and Brahmpukhar. From Brahmpukhar you’ll head off to Binaspur and take right after crossing it to hit the NH21, after 50kms you’ll start entering the terrain of Mandi the town of beautiful vistas near the Beas River and the Pandoh dam. Bhuntar will be the next stop, another beautiful town of verdant greenery laced with florals in pastel colors. Kasol is next, cradling in the lap of the Parvati valley, Kasol is also known as the Israel of India, it’s on the way to the holy town of Manikaran with hot water springs. The strong Parvati River that flows unrestrained is also a mighty sight. If you wish to take a break and spend some time relaxing or indulging in a sport, trekking in this stoner’s paradise is an experience you’ll always hold to your heart. Hiking in the jungle area along the trails of the Parvati River, Trekking to Kheer Ganga amongst the hot water spring will be mesmerizing. Kasol will finally lead you to Manali. If the nature lover in you wants to gaze at the snow reigning on the mountains and the thriving green hills with delicate flora, Kullu Manali is the best place to visit, for further exploring Kullu Manali, the old temples with rich mythical tales, Manali bird sanctuary show a great deal of the fauna;Trekking, river crafting and camping in Kullu are also one of the best things to do. Adventure sports in Solang valley are also quite thrilling. You can also visit Rohtang La, to ram up the surging excitement in you, thrilling activities like skiing, mountain biking, snow scooter and many others are also offered. Rahala, the waterfall 16kms from Manali thunders down from the altitude of 2500 meters looking unbelievable and breathtaking.
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From Manali your next stop will be Mcleodganj, you’ll have to course back to Kullu, then Jogindernagar, Baijnath and then Palampur amidst the towering Pine and Deodar forests and tea gardens with umpteen streams pouring through, Palampur is the mesmerizing blend of cascading water and greenery. It’s nestled between the holy laps of the mighty Dhauladhar ranges; its tea plantations are famous worldwide for their finest quality. It has various mansions and cottages and governmental offices in Victorian styles amongst the picturesque landscape. As you drive through Palampur, you’ll never stop feeling the thrilling goosebumps. Dharamashala, the stunning Tibetan seeped city will be the next stop which will lead you to Mcleodganj.
From Mcleodganj, you can drive to Dalhousie beside the towering Pir Panjals and the lush which will make your heart skip a beat at the panoramic vista. The serene and calm of the nature is set to soothe and de-stress you in its tranquility.
There’s a list of things to do- St. John’s, the oldest Anglican Church in the town has a deep profound connections with Indian history. Panchpula, Chamera, Satdhara are the cascading waterfalls which gush down the hill, this is one of the best places to visit in Dalhousie. Trek in this exciting topography and reach Dainkund Walk, Bakrota Walk or Ganji Pahadi Walk. You can also visit Khajjiar, also known as the Switzerland of India.
You’re sure to feel anew and refreshed, the memories of this beautiful weekend getaway will leave you astonished at each site.
Offroading, ATV Rides
There are many offroads in Himachal instilling sheer delight and excitement.
Manali – Leh I
Near Duff Dunbar
Difficulty level: moderate
Trail Rank: 55
Manali- Leh II
Difficulty level: Moderate
Trail Rank: 53
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Manali- Leh IV
Trail Rank: 51
Himalaia Indi X (Kiber- Losar)
Difficulty Level: Moderate
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Triund – Chamba through Indrahar Pass
Trail Rank: 50
Kareri Lake Trail
Trail Rank: 44
Himalaia Indi (XIV) Keylong- Zing Zing Bar
Trail Rank: 41
Difficulty level: Difficult
Trail Rank: 40
Sar Pass From Grahan – Barshaini
Trail Level: 40
Himalaia Indi (XV) zing zing bar- Sarchu
Places like Manali, Kasol and Shimla offer ATV rides at the ATV terrains. These ATV and Buggie rides are meant for only those above 23 years of age, all the ATVs are of best and safest class- Polaris (USA) and Knk Karts. The tracks are set up in these terrains which help you move around from the forests through the rivers and the streams. The prices are set according to the Laps and the Kilometers covered by each lap, at some places there are ATVs for children too, to enjoy in some safe terrains. First, some classes are safety measures are given at the beginning by the kind trainers or the team members who follow to the end.
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While fishing was one of the famous British recreational activities, angling through the years has grown rapid enviable reputation. Along with other mountaineering sports, fishing is one of the best things to do in Himachal Pradesh, in the clear waters, where the azure sky kisses the transparent water making it glow blue, where the shimmering fishes of multiple breeds swim amongst the water weeds and everything seems peaceful and still as a painting. If you plan a weekend getaway of tinge of trekking, a dash of skiing and paragliding and some rest while fishing and angling in Himachal, you’re bound to fall in love with the nature and cherish all these memoirs in manifold hues.
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In this clear water of Himachal, the sea bed, the meadows below, and the flickering colors of the fishes are clearly visible giving an Alaskan experience. There are usually general water streams and trout water streams in Himachal, Mahseer and trout are the best sought after fishes.
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The best spots for trout angling are Chirgaon, Barot, Rohru in Pabbar Valley, Sari Marog and Chamba Pattan. The roaring rivers of Himachal are not only good for rafting, fishing and angling are one of the oldest and the best adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh; River Beas, River Sutlej, River Ravi, River Uhl and the streams in Trithan Valley, Sangla Valley, Baspa Valley and Pabbar valley are the most exciting places to catch fishes of numerous species. Rohru, 120kms away is said to be the ideal place for fishing, it not only houses trout and Mahseer and their species, many other fishes and their various species found only in such mountain regions are the best catches. Brown trout and rainbow trouts are rarely found anywhere else other than in Chiragaon, Pong Dam reservoir is a fisherman’s paradise, the fishes and their varieties are appealing that once when you catch the fish you’ll want it to swim back in the water and glisten from between the ripples.
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We hope you enjoy a perfect trip to the Himachal and enjoy each moment in the nature’s bounty.
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15 Amazing Adventurous Destinations In Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh tops the list for being blessed with the most exciting adventure places in India. Thriving with unforgettable experiences, there are a number of adventure destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
Snuggled in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, the state abounds with the ultimate thrill for adventure aficionados.
From high peaks covered in snow, exciting trails, scenic alpine lakes, swift rivers, lush valleys, twisting roads, natural bliss, to so much more are ready to give you a dose of adventure.
15 Adventurous Destinations in Himachal Pradesh
The beauty of the Himalayas in essence, Bir Billing- the hub of paragliding is one of the most popular adventure-blessed places in Himachal Pradesh. If you want to experience the feeling of flying like a bird, then this is your best bet. It is known to host the World Paragliding Championship every year.
Take-off site at Billing, landing at Bir, paragliding over an altitude of 800 m. Both novices and experts can indulge in the thrilling sport. Trained instructors teach you the tricks of the sport, also offering tandem flights. There are options for a 25-minutes to an-hour flight.
That is not all, trekking in Bir Billing is equally picturesque and exhilarating, as it is one of the most scenic trails in Himachal. The Tibetan community, Deer Park, and the Bir Tea Factory are pleasant attractions to check out.
- Adventure sports to try in Bir Billing: Paragliding & trekking
- Best time to visit Bir Billing: April to May and September to October.
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Nothing beats the amazement of Kullu Manali when counting the best adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh and also India. Known for its absolutely exciting adventure sport of river rafting on the white waters of Beas, the towns lure dare-devils from all over the globe.
The picturesque trekking trails of the Himachal starting here are equally fascinating. Camping in the lush environs is an out-of-the-world experience. For mountaineering, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS) is the largest training center in the country. Solang Valley offers a go at zorbing, paragliding, cable car rides, camping, ATV rides and so much more.
Snow in the winter opens up new opportunities for exciting activities. From skiing, heli-skiing, and tobogganing to snow fights, Rohtang Pass becomes the hub of snow sports in Himachal.
- Adventure sports to try in Kullu Manali: River rafting , Trekking , Camping, Skiing , Heli-Skiing, Mountaineering, etc.
- Best time to visit Kullu Manali: April to June, November to February.
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The hub of unforgettable experiences in India brings us to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh . Bordered by the high mountains of Zanskar ranges, Kinnaur, and the Tibetan Plateau, the remote valley challenges visitors. High-altitude, cold-desert landscapes, rivers, lakes, trekking trails, and more, provide ample scope for adventures, unlike nowhere else.
The road expedition from Manali to Leh passing through the Lahaul & Spiti Valley is the dose of adrenalin you must try. There are scenic trails of which the most challenging is, Chandrataal Trek. Ascend to 4300 m above sea level, covering 44 km in 5-6 days passing through Kunzum La, one of the high mountain passes in India.
Camp on the lake banks or at the remote monasteries of Dhankar, which is also known for the scenic Dhankar Lake , Tabo , Kaza, and Nako. River rafting in Spiti is equally adventurous.
- Adventure sports to try in Lahaul Spiti Valley: Trekking, Camping, River Rafting, Mountain Biking, Cycling, Jeep Safari, etc.
- Best time to visit Lahaul Spiti Valley: June to October.
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Sangla Valley, Kinnaur
One of the most beautiful valleys in India, Sangla Valley in Kinnaur depicts the true beauty of Himachal Pradesh. Spread over an area of over 40km, surrounded by snow-covered peaks, Sangla is truly ecstasy to nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The valley is nourished by the soothing Baspa River, while under the gaze of the mighty Kinner Kailash peak.
Get your dose of adventure, by camping along with the Baspa River Bank. The scenic trail to Rakcham Village is picturesque, and challenging for an expedition with nature. Also, Sangla is one of the few places where you can embark upon a glacier trek. Rappelling, rock climbing, river crossing, and angling are some of the activities you can try here. More of a peaceful nature retreat, the valley is one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh .
- Adventure sports to try in Sangla Valley: Camping, Trekking, Rappelling, Rock Climbing, River Crossing, Angling, etc.
- Best time to visit Sangla Valley: March to October
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Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Abounding in the blessed wildlife of the Himalayas, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most adventurous places in Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by snow-covered Himalayas peaks, the lush green surroundings of Kalatop can be easily reached through trekking from Dalhousie.
The high-altitude forest area is located at an average elevation of 2,500 meters above sea level. The views of the snowy peaks are wonderful but the lush spread of thick pine, deodar, and oak forests are particularly soothing to all your senses.
Many wild species call the area home, including Himalayan Black Bears, Pheasants, Leopards, Himalayan Black Marten, etc. Trekking is the best way to explore the beauty of this forest. In early summer, wildflowers bloom all over and this is the best time to enjoy the beauty.
- Adventure sports to try in Kalatop Sanctuary: Trekking, nature walks
- Best time to visit Kalatop Sanctuary: October to May.
The scenic hill town in Narkanda serves as a charming adventure place in the mountains. In summer it serves as picturesque camping grounds, while in the winter it transforms into a skiing resort. Settled at an altitude of 2708 m above sea level, overlooking the gradual ascent to the snowy peaks looming in the background.
Adventure sports in Narkanda abound in numbers. Trek to Hatu Peak, where you can enjoy the bliss of the entire Himalayan range, snow-clad mountains, dense forests, green fields, and apple orchards.
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The Jallori Mountain Pass at 3550m above sea level is another exciting trek in India, where you can watch nature at its best. The snow activities to try in Narkanda include skiing. Snowfall is thick slopes of Dhumri from January to early March, where ski enthusiasts can be seen flocking to have a go.
- Adventure sports to try in Narkanda: Trekking, Skiing, Camping, nature walks
- Best time to visit Narkanda: November to June.
Sharing likeness with the lush landscape of Switzerland, Khajjiar is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal. The charming Khajjiar Lake adds to the pictorial beauty of the hill town. The lush beauty is not lacking in thrilling adventures. If you are up for some exciting experiences then the hill town will provide memories of a lifetime.
The magnificent ranges of the Dhauladhar Mountains offer ideal trails to embark upon trekking expeditions. Explore the soothing forests. To vent your adventure pursuits, try horse riding. The challenging terrain especially makes it fun-filled to ride the friendly beasts. The beautiful slopes of the town provide the perfect setup for zorbing. Roll downhill across a leveled slope settled in a transparent orb or sphere.
- Adventure sports to try in Khajjiar: Trekking, Horse-riding, Camping, Nature Walks, Zorbing, etc.
- Best time to visit Khajjiar: October to June.
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One of the scenic beauties of the Himalayas, Triund is one of the most beautiful as well as adventurous trekking destinations in Himachal. Nestled in the lap of the Dhauladhar Range, the popular trek in India offers jaw-dropping views.
While the trail passes through forests of oak, deodar, and rhododendron, the ultimate thrill is the lofty Dhauladhar ranges draped in the snow on one side covered and the gorgeous, isolated Kangra valley on the other.
Easily accomplished by almost all age groups, the trek is moderate toil, but even the views are more than enough to forget the hard work.
Camp for the night on the hilltop. The starry skies, the pure mountain air, and the thrill to be amid nature make the memory last forever. Trek with your friends or your loved one for a weekend and see yourself transformed by bliss.
- Adventure sports to try in Triund: Trekking, camping, nature walks, etc.
- Best time to visit Triund: March till May and September till December.
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One of the high mountain passes in India at an altitude of 13,000 feet above sea level, Rohtang Pass is one of the best places for adventure in India . The gateway to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh that leads to the region of Ladakh, Rohtang is a challenge for daring adventure sports. The spectacular beauty is known to provide not just bliss but an unmatched thrill.
The charming mountain slope of Himachal lures people from every corner of the country. Covered in snow and inaccessible for half the year, here you can get your dose of adrenalin with adventure sports such as skiing, ice skating, paragliding, etc. There are also a number of scenic trekking trails to explore.
- Adventure sports to try in Rohtang Pass: Skiing, heli-skiing, trekking, mountain biking, paragliding, snow scooters, etc.
- Best time to visit Rohtang Pass: April to October. The permission to travel is given by the Indian Army, once they clear the snow.
Great Himalayan National Park
Inscribes as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India , the Great Himalayan National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the Himalayas. Spread over Parvati Valley, Sainj Valley, Tirthan Valley, and Jiwa Nal Valley of Himachal, the national park embraces an altitude of 1500 to 6000 m. With its unmatched beauty, there are a number of exciting sports for the daring.
The lush forests of Deodar and Oak trees have outstanding biodiversity including native wild species of the Himalayas. The highlights are 1,000 plant species, including many medicinal herbs, 31 mammal species, 209 bird species, as well as amphibians, reptiles, and insects. Musk Deer, Horned Tragopan, Brown Bear, Thar, Snow leopard, Snow cock, etc. are some of the easily spotted animals.
The alpine pastures are perfect for trekking and camping. The popular treks are- Tirthan Valley – Morahani Trek, Shrikhand Mahadev Trek, Sainj Valley to Raktisar Trek, Tirthan Valley to Rakhundi Trek, and Sainj Valley to Homkhani Trek.
- Adventure sports to try in Great Himalayan National Park: Trekking, camping nature walks, safari, bird watching, etc.
- Best time to visit Great Himalayan National Park: March to June and September to December.
The Beas Kund is a small glacial lake in Himachal Pradesh settled at 12.100 feet above sea level. The alpine water body, fed by snow from the higher Pir Panjal Range is said to be the origin of River Beas. Getting to this scenic heaven is one of the most exciting adventures in the Himalayas and one of the most popular treks in India.
The splendid beauty and the refreshing experience of being amid nature is enough reason to embark on the expedition. The 30 km trek can be covered in 3-4 days, as you follow the banks of Beas River towards the breathtaking Pir Panjal range, passing the beautiful meadows of Dhundi and Bakarthach.
Escape the hustle and bustle of cities on a long weekend and test your endurance at high altitudes and wild nature.
- Adventure sports to try in Beas Kund: Trekking, Hiking, Camping, etc.
- Best time to visit Beas Kund: May to October.
Settled at 14,000 feet above sea level, Bhrigu Lake is a spectacular place to enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas. Why the lake is an unmissable tourist attraction in Himachal is, that it changes color and shape every week, sometimes frozen, while some days a royal blue or emerald green. The trek to Bhrigu Lake is one of the best adventures to try in Himachal Pradesh.
The Bhrigu Lake trek is popular for being a high-altitude trek that can be easily covered in a short time. Moderately challenging, the route passes through Gulaba to Rola Khuli, stopping at Bhrigu and back. Camping by the shores of the sacred lake adds to the excitement. Experience bliss in its truest form, especially at night, when there is a celestial display of more stars to see than the sky.
- Adventure sports to try in Bhrigu Lake: Trekking, camping, etc.
- Best time to visit Bhrigu Lake: May to October
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12 km from Manali, Solang Valley is one of the best places for adventure in Himachal Pradesh. Enjoying a beautiful view of glaciers and snow-capped mountains as well as offering some exciting sports, the valley is charming for adventure lovers, families, and even daring couples on honeymoon.
The slopes of the valley receive heavy snowfall in winter, making it a perfect place for skiing. The ski paradise of Solang is the venue for the winter skiing festival. The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports offers training for a number of adventure activities.
When the snow melts in the summer, adventure lovers come lured by other excitements. Trekking, camping, parachuting, zorbing, paragliding, and horse riding are some of the many thrills. If adventure is your pursuit, then you can visit the Solang Valley any time of the year.
- Adventure sports to try in Solang Valley: Skiing, trekking, paragliding, zorbing, horse riding, ropeway rides, etc.
- Best time to visit Solang Valley: December to February and April to June.
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The 26-km trek to Hampta Pass can be covered in 4-5 days, suiting both novice and proficient trekkers, and is moderately challenging. The trail starts at Manali and ends at the spectacular Lahaul Valley. Pass through picturesque beauty, test your endurance, and discover your love for mountains.
The scenery gradually transforms from alpine forests and grasslands to the mighty snow-covered Himalayas. Make a stop at Chandratal Lake . The beautiful ‘lake of the moon’ as it is named, is said to grant blessings of the divine.
Adventure sports to try in Hampta Pass: Trekking, camping at Chandratal Lake, etc.
Best time to visit Hampta Pass: May to June.
Also Read: Best Destinations for Trekking in Himachal Pradesh
Kheer Ganga, Parvati Valley
Himachal Pradesh has many beautiful secrets. Among them, the Parvati Valley is one of the most beautiful offbeat places in Himachal. In addition, the KheerGanga is listed among the best treks in India. Furthermore, if you love to relax in a natural Jacuzzi enveloped by snow-capped mountains, then this is the place to be. The name Kheer Ganga is given to the pool of hot spring water in the beautiful valley of Himachal which roughly translates to ‘milky water of holy nature’.
Settled at 3050 m above sea level, the 21 km trek usually takes 2 days. Embark on the easy adventure trek on a weekend and come home rejuvenated. Walk through the stunning terrain, enjoying verdant greenery with calls of nature. At KheerGanga take a dip in the blessed waters, which are said to have healing properties.
- Adventure sports to try in Kheer Ganga: Trekking, camping, etc.
- Best time to visit Kheer Ganga: May to November.
Himachal Pradesh is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. There is no dearth of things to do in Himachal in which you can indulge to make your trip memorable. With our Himachal tour packages, you can partake in activities and have unique experiences at these scenic destinations. Contact our travel experts for more information and to book a tour with us! Also, do not forget to share your experiences with us!
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One of the awesome hill station in India named as Manali the valley of Gods.
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The mountainous landscape of Himachal Pradesh, at the foothills of the Himalayas , is made up of a series of valleys and snow covered peaks. It's deservedly favored by adventure lovers but also provides a refreshing escape for those who are craving crisp mountain air. Check out these top Himachal Pradesh places to visit. You'll find everything from pottery to paragliding there!
Shimla used to be the summer capital of the British Raj when they ruled India. Now it's the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. The town sprawls along a mountain ridge, enveloped in oak, pine and rhododendron forests. It's quite famous for its colonial-style buildings and historic railway. Some would stay it's overdeveloped and crowded these days. However, it still has charm. The old Christ Church, with its beautiful stained glass windows, is one of Shimla's most prominent landmarks. Another is the Viceregal Lodge on Observatory Hill. These can be seen on a historic walking tour of Shimla. There are plenty of adventure sports and short hikes on offer in the vicinity as well. Sunnymead Bed & Breakfast is an ideal place to stay for those who like serenity and fantastic food. The UNESCO World Heritage Kalka-Shimla Railway toy train is an iconic way of reaching Shimla from near Chandigarh.
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Manali, with its soothing backdrop of the Himalayas, offers a blend of tranquility and adventure that makes it one of northern India's most popular destinations. You can do as little or as much as you want there. Located in the Kullu Valley, it's a magical place bordered by heady pine forest and the raging Beas River, which give it a special energy. The area is divided in to commercial Manali Town, and laid-back Old Manali where travelers congregate in inexpensive village guesthouses . Close to Manali, Solang Valley draws the crowds to experience snow. Plan your trip there with this Manali travel guide .
The Parvati Valley
As the season wanes in Goa, the psychedelic trance scene shifts more than 8,000 feet above sea level into the forest around Kasol, in the Kullu District's Parvati Valley. Festivals take place at Chalal, near Kasol, from late May until October. To get there, walk 30 minutes from Kasol, crossing the cable suspension bridge over the Parvati River and then following the picturesque riverside path to the village. Two of the biggest events are Parvati Peaking and Magica Festival . However, the Parvati Valley isn't all about parties. Another attraction near Kasol is Manikaran, with its hot springs and enormous riverside Sikh Gurudwara. The region has much to delight nature lovers and trekkers too. Find out more details in our pick of the top places to visit in the Parvati Valley .
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Dalhousie is refreshingly less crowded than Shimla and Manali, and the surrounding Chamba Valley is a lesser-explored area of Himachal Pradesh. If you're after spectacular views, then Dalhousie is the place to find them. Spread over five hills at foot of the Dhauladhar mountain range, the town gets its name from founder Lord Dalhousie. It bares the distinct stamp of the British Raj with 19th-century churches and hotels reminiscent of that era.
Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary is located a short drive away from Dalhousie. It's possible to walk through the sanctuary but a permit is necessary for a vehicle. Those who dare to venture further into the Chamba Valley will discover fascinating ancient folklore, temples, and tribes.
Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj
Nestled a short distance from each other in the Kangra Valley, the towns of Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj are home to the exiled Tibetan Government. The Dalai Lama resides in Dharamsala, and many Tibetans have followed him there. You can expect to find a strong Tibetan influence in the area, with culture being the main attraction. People flock to Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj to undertake Buddhist meditation and philosophy courses, Tibetan cooking classes, Tibetan language courses, and to receive alternative therapies. Volunteer work is another popular pastime. Those interested in sightseeing will find some fascinating museums, temples, gompas , and monasteries. Tsuglagkhang Complex , the official residence of the Dalai Lama, is a highlight. Our list of the top things to do in McLeod Ganj has more details.
Unfortunately, a growing influx of tourists has disturbed the peace in Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj. Head further uphill to Dharamkot or Naddi if this is a concern.
Palampur, Himachal Pradesh's tea growing region, is about an hour from Dharamsala in the Kangra Valley. Tea was introduced there in the mid 19th century by the Superintendent of Botanical Gardens in Peshawar, Doctor Jameson. You can visit the tea estates and even stay on one. The Lodge at Wah is an eco-friendly boutique homestay on Wah Tea Estate . It has eight rooms in three gorgeous, rustic cottages. Tea plantation and factory tours, and tea tastings are provided to guests.
If you're interested in pottery or art, don't miss quaint Andretta village, a 20 minute drive from Palampur in the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. The village is said to have been established in the 1920s by Irish playwright Norah Richards, who lived there during the Partition and is credited with the rise of Punjabi theater. Later, noted potter Gurucharan Singh (who started Delhi Blue Pottery), and painter Sobha Singh (who was known for his Sikh religious paintings), settled there. The Sobha Singh Art Gallery, housed in the building where he lived, showcases his paintings and personal belongings. The mud-plastered cottage belonging to Norah Richards is another attraction.
Andretta Pottery and Craft Society, a pottery production center, offers three month pottery classes for serious students . Alternatively, you can try your hand at the pottery wheel and get a casual lesson. The Society apparently sells its rangoli-patterned earthenware to FabIndia in Delhi.
Andretta can be visited on a day trip from Dharamsala or Palampur. Otherwise, The Mirage is a delightful, arty place to stay there.
Go past the turnoff to Andretta from Palampur and you'll reach one of the world's best paragliding destinations at the twin towns of Bir and Billing. The 2015 Paragliding World Cup was held there, for the first time in India, in October 2015. The peak paragliding season runs from March to May and October to November. Billing Valley Adventures and Billing Adventures of Himachal offer paragliding, trekking, and camping. Other attractions are tea gardens and monasteries. Serene Palpung Sherabling Monastery offers periodic courses in Buddhist meditation and philosophy. Deer Park Institute provides accommodations along with courses on Buddhist and Indian philosophy. Don't miss visiting the groovy 4Tables Project cafe and art gallery in Gunehar village near Bir. They now rent out gorgeous rooms too! Guided walks in the area can be arranged.
Rudyard Kipling described Spiti as a world within a world. This remote, high altitude area of Himachal Pradesh is tucked away against the border of Ladakh and Tibet. It's only been open to foreign tourists since 1991, and still remains relatively unexplored. Part of this is due to Spiti being barren alpine desert that's covered in heavy snow for a high proportion of the year. Getting to Spiti involves a long drive, most popularly from Manali. The constantly evolving scenery is unforgettable and well worth the journey though. Plan your trip with our comprehensive Spiti travel guide and see spectacular photos of the Spiti Valley .
Great Himalayan National Park
The Great Himalayan National Park, in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. The park has four valleys and covers about 900 square kilometers. Its remote, rugged and untamed terrain makes it sought after by trekkers but only the fittest and most adventurous reach deep inside the core area. There are several trekking routes , ranging from three to eight days, with treks between the spectacular Tirthan and Sainj valleys being popular. In addition, less strenuous day walks exist in the park's Ecozone buffer area, frequented by day trippers. It's possible to go on tours to interact with the villagers and learn about their activities.
Ecotourism company Sunshine Himalayan Adventures has partnered with Biodiversity Tourism and Community Advancement (a community-based organization, comprised of local villagers) to offer treks and tours. Permits are required for treks. Indians must pay a park entry fee of 50 rupees per day, and foreigners 200 rupees per day. It's free to enter the Ecozone.
Raju's Cottage , a renowned homestay in Gushaini on the periphery of the park, is an ideal base or stopover. You'll need to book well in advance though!
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Ex-Army man Bhagwan Singh Rana pioneered tourism in the Jibhi Valley , about an hour from the Great Himalayan National Park and three hours south of Manali on the road to Delhi. (Aut and Banjar are the closest towns). However, tourism didn't really take off there until after 2008, when the Himachal Pradesh government launched a homestay scheme. Jibhi is the perfect spot to slow down, adopt a healthy lifestyle, and immerse yourself in nature. Stay at Bhagwan Singh Rana's Doli Guesthouse or Swiss Cottages . Activities include day hikes and treks, organic farming, and meditation.
Himalayan Golden Triangle (Thanedhar, Sangla and Sojha)
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This off-beat circuit, actively promoted by Banjara Camps , attracts outdoor enthusiasts who want to enjoy nature away from touristy areas. It starts in the heart of Himachal Pradesh's apple country, in Thanedhar (around two hours from Shimla), where you can stay at Banjara Orchard Retreat. The Sangla Valley is located 9,000 feet above sea level in Kinnaur District, close to the Tibetan border, and offers trout fishing and trekking (including glacier trekking in March and April). You can also visit Chitkul village, the last village on the old Indo-Tibetan trade route. Sojha links the Kullu and Shimla districts, and provides more opportunities to venture into the wild mountainous countryside.
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With spectacular snowy peaks and plunging river valleys, beautiful Himachal is India’s outdoor adventure playground. From trekking and climbing to rafting, paragliding and skiing, if it can be done in the mountains, it can be done here. A convoluted topography of interlocking mountain chains also makes Himachal a spectacular place simply to explore, by bus, car, motorbike, jeep or foot. Every pass crossing into a new valley brings you into a different culture, with its own deities and language. Villages perched on staggering slopes enchant with fairy-tale architecture and residents' easygoing warmth. Hill stations appeal with a holiday atmosphere, while backpacker magnets lure with chilled-out vibes and mountain beauty. In the Dalai Lama's home-away-from-home, McLeod Ganj, or in remote Lahaul and Spiti with their centuries-old Buddhist cultures, you might wonder whether you've inadvertently stumbled into Tibet.
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Trekking in Himachal Pradesh For A Magical Getaway
Treks in himachal pradesh, here is the list of 27 trekking in himachal pradesh for a magical getaway, 1. indrahar pass trek, himachal pradesh.
The trek to Indrahar Pass is a fairly easy one, being the most picturesque trail starting from Mcleodganj, covering Lahesh and Triund Caves, and lasts about 14 km single way.
2. Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek, Himachal Pradesh
The pristine blue waters of the Chandratal Lake flanked by the stunning Deo Tibba peak (6,001 m) and its huge hanging glaciers offer magnificent views. The place blessed with deep gorges, lush green valley dusted with golden hue, misty woods, gushing icy rivers, meadows blooming with flowers, majestic snow clad peaks, pristine glaciers and bewitching lakes is a paradise for trekkers.
3. Beas Kund Trek, Himachal Pradesh
This trek starts from Manali and the highest point of this trek is at an elevation of 12,100 feet
4. Trekking in Kullu, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
Kullu is a popular destination for those in search of a trek through mountains, valleys, streams and more. Trekking in Kullu Manali is usually at a high altitude, cover various terrains, some welcoming and some not so much, as well as some unexplored landscapes and sacred temples. One can keep trekking in and around Kullu Manali for 10-12 days to 2-3 weeks. For something which demands lesser time, one can try out the Putasar Lake trek which takes about 4 days to complete. April to June and September to October are the months when you can make the most of you trekking experience in Kullu.
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Hampta Pass, situated in the Manali region of the Himachal Pradesh, serves as one of the most convenient and enjoyable treks. Laden with pristine form of nature, the trail comprises of dense pine forests, pristine glacial valleys, vast meadows and panoramic landscape.
6. Trekking in Spiti, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Spiti is the haven for adventure seekers and trekkers as it offers treks through some of the most unseen, dream-like landscapes, watched over by majestic sceneries. For more experienced trekking Himachal Pradesh there is the Pin-Parvarti route. Other routes include Kaza-Langza-Hikim-Comic-Kaza, Kaza-Ki-Kibber-Gete-Kaza, Kaza-Losar-Kunzum La and Kaza-Tabo-Sumdo-Nako.
7. Kheerganga Trek, Himachal Pradesh
Kheer Ganga (3050 meters) lies at the extreme end of Parvati valley and the last inhibited village while trekking to pin valley via Pin-Parvati pass. Kheerganga's panoramic skies and vast greenery are a much-needed delight to the trekker's eyes and especially the tired legs. It is a holy place with a hot water spring, a small temple of Lord Shiva and a bathing tank. It makes a rare combination for any trekker to bath in hot spring water when everything is covered by snow.
8. Triund Trek, Himachal Pradesh
Triund is a popular trek, about 9-km away from Mcleodganj. It is situated at a great height and provides a mesmerizing view of the Moon Peak-Indera Pass. It is also an ideal spot for picnics and the clean and pristine environment will surely rejuvenate your senses.
9. Prashar Lake Trek, Himachal Pradesh
At a distance of 40 km from Mandi, this lake is a perfect site for experiencing pure nature and spiritual bliss. Surrounded by lush green land, verdant hills and clear blue water of the lake, one can witness a pagoda style three tiered temple by the lake.
10. Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
The Great Himalayan National Park is a blessing in disguise for nature lovers. From lush green forests to blooming flowers and meandering streams, this place also houses various well laid out trek paths.
11. Bhrigu Lake, Himachal Pradesh
A blazing blue Brighu Lake sits snug between two high-altitude ridges towards the east of Rohtang Pass. One of the many glacial lakes in Kullu Valley, this lake makes for a perfect weekend trek and is also well- suited for families. The remarkable thing about this trek is that one can reach an impressive altitude of 14,000 feet and experience snow over the second day of trekking! To add to that, the camping grounds at Rola Kholi and Pandu Ropa offer dream-like views to wake up to.
12. Chandratal Lake, Himachal Pradesh
A camper and trekker's paradise, Chandratal Lake is often referred to as one of the most beautiful lakes located at an altitude of about 4300m in the mighty Himalayas. The lake is also a part of the Samudra Tapu plateau which overlooks the Chandra river. The trek from Batal to Chandratal can be quite a tedious trail for those who are going to trek, but the captivating views and charm of the place will be worth it. One can break free from daily monotonous routines here and experience real nomadic life.
13. Pin Valley Park Trek in Himachal Pradesh
A blazing blue Brighu Lake sits snug between two high-altitude ridges towards the east of Rohtang Pass. One of the many glacial lakes in Kullu Valley, this lake makes for a perfect weekend trek and is also well- suited for families. The remarkable thing about this trek is that one can reach an impressive altitude of 14,000 feet and experience snow over the second day of trekking! To add to that, the camping grounds at Rola Kholi and Pandu Ropa offer dream-like views to wake up to.Nestled amid the cold desert region of Lahaul and Spiti district, Pin Valley National Park is a paradise for nature lovers.
14. Jalori Pass Trekking in Himachal Pradesh
Jalori Pass is almost 80 Kms from Kullu and can be considered as a stunning place for trekking and picnic at an altitude of 3134 m above the sea level. One can create an everlasting memory, etched within their hearts, gearing up with their bag, lunch and gear and proper footwears to enjoy the stunning view of the great Himalayas with Dhauladhar stretched in a line peaking from far behind... as time flies
15. Kinnaur Kailash Trek
Kinnaur is percieved to be a magical land aka the land of fairy tales and fantasies which has a spectacular terrain of lush green valley, orchards, vineyards, snow clad peaks and cold desert mountains. It is a border district of Himachal Pradesh. Kinnaur is also rich in flora & fauna. The culture and language is different from other parts of the state. Kinnaur, the tribal district of Himachal Pradesh, lies 250 kms away from Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh and is located on the Hindustan Tibet Road. The landscape of the area varies from lush green orchards of the scenic Sangla Valley to the magnificence of the Hangrang Valley. The massive snow laden ranges which provide a regal dignity to the scene are dominated by the peak of Kinner Kailash. Kalpa is one of the biggest and the most beautiful villages of Kinnaur. One can enter Kinnaur district at Village Chshora and go down the road built in vertical rock and it is a rare treat to travel on this road which is a great engineering feat.
16. Sar Pass Trek
Endowed with diverse terrain and rich in nature's beauty, Sar Pass Trek is a perfect trek destination for beginners. Steeped in great beauty, the trail passes through thick forests, lush green meadows, rustic villages, and snow-clad mountains gracing the backdrop.
17. Khajjiar trek, Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
The Khajjiar trek is a 14km trek through landscapes of Deodar and Pine trees interspersed with streams. While the sceneries and views are breath-taking, Khajjiar trekking in Himachal Pradesh can be a bit challenging. It is best to do it in an organized structure on a format provided by your hotel or tour provider. Do take a guide or professional with you. Other than this, the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is also ideal for trekking.
18. Bhabha Pass Trek
Bhabha Pass trek combines the green of Kinnaur and the barren high altitude desert of the Spiti Valley. The trek starts from Kafnu situated in the Kinnaur Valley and passes through the lush green meadows and grazing fields on the banks of river Bhabha.
19. Trekking in Kinnaur, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh
There are basically about 9 routes for trekking in Himachal Pradesh routes that fall in the region of Kinnaur. 1. Bhabha- Pin valley (4 days trip) 2. Kinner Kailash Parikarma (3 days trip) 3. Sangla to Dodra Kawar (3 days) 4.Sangla to Dhamwari (5 days) 5. Sangla to Barang (1 day) 6. Tappri to Chhitkul (5 days) 7. Tapri to Kalpa (3 days) 8. Reckong peo to Nako (6 days) 9. Chhitkul to Gangotri (5 days, special permission requires for this route).
20. Bara Bhangal Kalihani Trek
Bara Bangal Kaliyahni trek, also known as the Shepherds trail trek, takes you from the lush green Kullu valley to the stark landscapes of Bara Bhangal range.
21. Chandratal Baralacha Trek
Chandratal Baralacha is a perfect trek destination steeped with all the right elements such as nature's beauty, enough challenges to be thrilling and tranquillity. Perched at an altitude of 4,300 meters, it is one of the high altitude lakes in the Himalayan region. Located on the Samudra Plateau of Spiti Valley, the most delightful sight of sunset gleaming upon the turquoise waters of the lake, pristine landscape, mountain passes, several gushing streams, verdant meadows, the gush of colourful orchards and exotic wildlife make this trip an unforgotten experience to cherish forever.
22. Trekking and Rock Climbing, Kasol - One of the best route for trekking in Himachal Pradesh
Words are rendered redundant when one tries to describe the beauty that the enchanting land of Kasol holds. Perhaps the most famous trekking in Himachal Pradesh would be the Kasol Kheer Ganga trek, which is beautiful beyond imagination. It is believed that Lord Shiva meditated here for 3000 years. The trek begins from a place called Bersheni from where you need to trek up to Kheerganga. The trek is about 12 kilometers before you reach the summit and needless to say, the view is mesmerizing. The difficulty level of this trek is moderate to difficult, and it is advisable to take a guide along with you as the trek passes through a dense forest. You will also encounter the crystal waters of the Parvati river on the way.
23. Trekking in Mcleodganj, Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh
A number of treks are available in and around Mcleodganj, ranging from simple to difficult terrains. There are also a number of institutes that provide training as well as tools and facilities for trekking in Himachal Pradesh. Trekking is a hobby for most of us. Himachal Pradesh is a famous and a favourite spot for many trekkers. One can trek to Triund, which is a very short and modest trek. Triund also has a number of trekking options with a backdrop of some breathtaking sceneries. Other treks include Kareri River Trek, Guna Devi Temple Trek, Bhagsu Trek and the Indrehar Pass Trek.
24. Trekking in Dalhousie, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
A paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts, trekking in Dalhousie is particularly famous amongst trek-lovers. The hill station is a dream come true for trekking fiends as it offers the best trekking trails for beginners. As you pass through the verdant surroundings, you can't resist yourself from soaking in the tranquillity and calmness of the place. There are dense forests of Deodar, pine and fir trees which look extremely quaint. For trekkers who want to trek in the snow, Dalhousie is has some of the best trekking in Himachal Pradesh for it. The snow-covered mountains and landscapes enhance the beauty and make the trek even more exciting.
25. Trekking and Camping in Tattapani, Himachal Pradesh
Trekking is one of the most popular sports activities in Tattapani. The small village housing more hills than roads offer various trekking paths where one can relish the beauty of nature along the way. Shikari Devi Peak, Dev Bedeog Peak and Shali Peak are the most well-known trek paths.
26. Trekking in Naggar, Himachal Pradesh
Naggar's Natural beauty and terrain make it suitable for a number of enjoyable activities. Naggar is home to a number of trek trails as well as base to a lot of treks. At the same time, one can find a few locations in Naggar for Trout Fishing.
27. Trekking and Hiking in Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh
Given its forests and terrain, Shoghi is popular for its modest nature walks as well as elaborate trekking in Himachal Pradesh.
Trekking in Himachal Pradesh is an experience of a lifetime. If you allow it, the Himalayan peaks will change you forever.
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Located in the Himalayas, the northern state of India, Himachal Pradesh is a place of beauty. Known for its otherworldly winter allure, the state is home to some of the most popular and well-loved hill towns in India. From Shimla to Dharamshala, Kullu-Manali to Dalhousie, each town has its own distinct charm and chronicle that makes people fall instantly in love with them. A place of peace and tranquility, Himachal Pradesh is also widely famed for its intricate Buddhist monasteries, magnificent temples, and lively Tibetan festivals and celebrations.
The state is the ideal destination for travelers who travel to the farthest corners of the earth not only in search of beauty but also adventure and thrill. A perfect holiday spot for all, be it friends, families, or couples, Himachal Pradesh is also a hub of adventure activities that make the location absolutely irresistible. Be it trekking through tricky trails to get to remote locations of untouched beauty, soaring through the sky like a bird, or challenging the turbulent Mountain Rivers, Himachal has it all. And you’re missing out on life and all its experiences if you aren’t opting for adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh (sports).
9 Best Adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh you cannot miss out on:
1. trekking: .
Adventurers have an unbreakable connection to Himachal Pradesh. The state is brimming with trekking trails that take you along waterfalls, lakes, towering mountains, and the most unique vistas. If you are someone who enjoys trekking or wants to experience the thrill and adventure of the sport while you’re vacationing in Himachal, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say you’re spoilt for choice. Depending on your comfort level and experience, you can choose to opt for easy, moderate, or difficult treks.
Kheerganga Trek, Triund Trek, Indrahar Pass Trek, and Beas Kund Trek are labeled as easy and beginner-friendly treks, but they will astound you with their beauty all the same. Prashar Lake Trek, Bhrigu Lake Trek, and Hampta Pass Trek are pegged as moderate treks. The Pin Parvati Pass Trek and Sar Pass Trek of Himachal Pradesh are the more difficult trails and are traversed by adventurers who have prior experience and like to push their boundaries to conquer the mountains. Trekking in the Himachal will also involve camping nights in secluded mountain tops. Those who are yet to experience the strange romanticism and thrill associated with camping in the mountains, secluded and cut off from the boisterous city life, are in for a sweet treat. If adventure tourism , trekking & camping are what you’re after, look no further than Himachal Pradesh. this is one of the adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh.
The sport involves climbing down a rock or ice face and requires one to remain cautious and attentive every step of the way. What makes rappelling so exhilarating is the feeling of being in control and the ability to play Spiderman. The scenic view from the top is also, of course, an excellent motivator. The most prominent spots to go rappelling in Himachal are Mcleodganj, Dharmshala, Kasol, and Tirthan Valley. Some of these locations also have waterfall rappelling which is as wonderfully adventurous as it sounds.
One of the prime locations for paragliding in India, Himachal Pradesh is a heaven for adventure tourism in the country. and paragliding is another best adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh. The terrain and the scenic beauty of the landscape make the northern state a popular choice among many to take their flight from. The tiny hamlet of Bir-Billing located in Himachal Pradesh is the highest paragliding point in all of Asia. A birds-eye view from the sky above Bir showcases the magical beauty of the mountains, forests, rivers, and tiny settlements in all their glory. Apart from Bir-Billing, one may also engage in adventure activities like paragliding in numerous other areas of Himachal such as Manali, Shimla, Dalhousie, Khajjiar, and more.
4. River Rafting:
White water rafting or river rafting is easily one of the most popular sports and adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh. if not the most. If you want to get your adrenaline pumping in no time, there’s no sport more apt than river rafting in Himachal Pradesh. The rivers born out of glacial valleys and mountains can be both turbulent and placid depending on the parts of their journey. If you want a more relaxed experience, you may opt for the same and simply sit back and enjoy the soft undulation of the waves as you take in the awe-inspiring scenes that surround you.
But if you want to get your heart racing, then you must go for the more difficult categories that take you along rapids with high, irregular waves and jagged rocks and boulders. Riding the high waves of such wild and rough rivers is a thrilling adventure that keeps adventurers coming back to get more of the adventure sport. The rivers Sutlej, Spiti, Beas, and Ravi are the most noted rivers for white water rafting in Himachal Pradesh.
Hollywood celebrities make snow skiing look like such a classy and best adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh (adventurous sport) that we’d be lying if we said that we didn’t want to give it a go. Fortunately for us, Himachal Pradesh has some of the highest ski slopes in the world. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s a ski trail for you in Himachal Pradesh. Rohtang Valley, Solang Nala, Kufri, and Narkanda offer some of the best trails for snow skiing and habitually welcome a rush of thrill-seekers at the end of each year.
The winter months of November to February are the best months for skiing as the valleys remain covered in a thick carpet of snow. Whizzing through the snow while enjoying winter wonderland is an experience not many get to experience but the ones who do never forget the feeling.
6. Ice Skating:
There are very few places in India where you can experience and enjoy the thrill of an ice-skating rink. Shimla in Himachal Pradesh has the oldest ice skating in India and is a major tourist attraction for those who like to push their boundaries when on a trip. The rink welcomes guests from December and remains operational during the winter months of January and February. If this is your first soirée on the rink, you can expect a few tumbles, but they will all be in good fun.
Soon, you’ll be gliding around the rink under the starry night sky and feeling light and untethered from the world. It’s fated to be a magical night! If you are opting for a Shimla tour around Christmas or New Year, you must make a stop for their annual winter carnival, where you can bear witness to figure skaters looking divine on the rink whilst performing the waltz, tango, and salsa.
Tumbling down a hill at full speed in a huge plastic ball may seem bizarre, but it sure is plenty of fun. Conducted in the hill towns of Manali and Shimla. Here, you enter a double-padded plastic bubble and are strapped inside securely before being pushed to roll down the hill. The ball picks up the pace and plummets down to the foot of the hill at enormous speed.
Although it might sound a bit daunting, zorbing is a safe adventure activity as the entire time you’re in the orb, you do not budge from your position. The orb rarely meanders from its predetermined pathway, but on the off chance you do crash into a tree or rock, you simply bounce back, and the joyride continues. Zorbing is all about giddying laughter, a wildly beating heart, and the inexplicable experience of it all. It is one of the best adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh that you cannot skip out on.
8. Mountain Biking in Spiti Valley A Thrilling Adventure
This adventure takes you through challenging terrains, across pristine rivers, and immerses you in unique cultural encounters. Here’s what you need to know to embark on a mountain biking adventure in the heart of Spiti Valley.
Spiti Valley is renowned for its dramatic landscapes and varying terrains, making it a paradise for mountain biking enthusiasts. The trails range from gentle slopes to steep ascents, rocky pathways to dusty tracks. As you pedal your way through these terrains, you’ll encounter breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks, high-altitude deserts, and lush green valleys.
One of the unique features of mountain biking in Spiti Valley is the opportunity to cross pristine rivers and streams. The region is crisscrossed by glacial rivers, and you’ll find yourself navigating these water bodies, which can be both exciting and challenging.
Best Time to Visit
The best time for mountain biking in Spiti Valley is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is relatively mild, and most of the trails are accessible. Winter is extremely harsh, with heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures, making it unsuitable for biking.
9. Caving in the Guano Hills
These caves are like hidden treasure troves, filled with intriguing formations, narrow passages, and chambers that will have you feeling like Indiana Jones in no time. Talk about an adventure!
Now, here’s the deal: when it comes to caving, you wanna hook up with experienced guides who know their way around these underground mazes. Safety first, ladies! These guides will not only make sure you don’t end up stuck in a tight spot, but they’ll also drop some knowledge bombs about the geological and historical aspects of the caves.
Before you jump headfirst into the darkness, make sure you gear up like a boss. Get yourself a helmet with a freakin’ light source, sturdy shoes that can handle some serious spelunking, and comfortable clothing that won’t hold you back. And hey, depending on how wild and complex these caves are, you might need some extra safety equipment. You can never be too prepared when it comes to conquering the underworld!
The Guano Hills aren’t just for seasoned cave warriors, my friend. These caves cater to all skill levels, from beginners who’ve never set foot in a cave to experienced cavers who practically live underground. Just make sure you communicate your level of experience to the guides, so they can tailor the expedition to your badass abilities.
Now, let’s talk timing, ’cause you don’t wanna be caught in a cave during a raging monsoon. While you can explore these caves throughout the year, it’s essential to consider the friggin’ weather. Summer months (March to June) are generally more comfortable, but if you wanna avoid water-based challenges, aim for drier periods.
And don’t forget, my fearless friend, that there’s more to the region than just caves. When you’re in the area, check out the Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, and the vibrant markets of Old Manali.
Oh, and when it comes to accommodations in Manali, you’ve got options. From budget guesthouses to luxurious resorts fit for a queen, you can find a place to crash and recharge those badass cave-exploring batteries. Just remember to book in advance, especially when all the other adventure seekers are flooding in during peak tourist seasons.
Caving in the Guano Hills near Manali isn’t just about cramped spaces and mysterious formations. It’s about conquering the unknown, diving into the underground world, and discovering the beauty and mystery that lies beneath the surface. Always prioritize safety and trust the experienced caving professionals to guide you on this epic subterranean journey.
How to Reach Himachal Pradesh
By air: .
Being a popular tourist destination in India, Himachal Pradesh is fairly well connected to the metropolitan cities of the country. if you want to see adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh; follow my instructions. The state has three domestic airports, namely Kangra Airport (Gaggal), Kullu-Manali Airport (Bhuntar), and Shimla Airport (Jubbarhatti). The airports are connected to cities such as Chandigarh, Delhi, and Kolkata, making them easily accessible. Cabs, jeeps, and buses are available in abundance from these airports, making travel to different parts of the state easy and hassle-free.
Railways are not very well-established in the state owing to the rugged mountainous terrain. The Kangra Valley Railway, which runs from Pathankot in Punjab to Joginder Nagar in Himachal, is the most prominent railway line in the region. The journey takes approximately 8 hours. If the capital city of Himachal is your destination, then there is no alternative to the Kalka-Shimla toy train. This toy train facility is immensely popular and has also been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The 60-mile journey takes you through a route so scenic and otherworldly that the six-hour ride will feel like mere minutes.
A road journey is always preferred when it comes to getting to hill stations, and Himachal is no exception. The roads are well-connected to the major cities of India and remain diurnally busy. The state has 8 national highways and an intricate state highway system that will help you reach even the most remote and secluded regions of Himachal. Although jeeps are the chosen mode of transport for ease of traveling, luxury buses also make for the perfect ride if you’re working around a tight budget.
Some Basic Tips for Adventure Tourism
Adventure tourism requires some pre-planning if you want the trip to see the adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh. Here are some essential tips to keep in mind before you make a beeline for Himachal Pradesh.
- Do your research. Talk to your tour operator if you have a doubt. Make sure you have a properly chalked-out plan.
- Adventure sports are unpredictable; make sure you only opt for reputable organizations. Ask them for safety certifications and licenses. Read through their reviews and talk to the locals. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- Adventure sports do not come at a throwaway price. Do not be swindled by too-good-to-be-true advertisements online. Book in advance to avoid the surge in prices.
- Pack based on the adventure sports you’re opting for. adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh like camping or trekking will require you to carry quite a few essentials, while with Zorbing, you need not worry about carrying too many things.
- Adventure sports are best enjoyed by individuals who are in the prime of their lives. If you’re feeling under the weather, have complicated medical conditions, or currently recovering from a malady, adventure tourism isn’t the wisest route for you.
There is much to do in the hills of Himachal Pradesh if adventure is what you’re seeking. It might take a little bit of courage to do some of these extreme sports, but the experience, joy, and memories will be well worth it.
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10 Best Adventure Places in Himachal Pradesh
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Himachal Pradesh is very popular for exciting, adventurous activities. It is one of the famous destinations which consists of different types of adventurous activities. Its high peak is fully covered with snow; its scenic beauty is awe-inspiring. Many places in Himachal Pradesh are only for adventurous things.
Its capital Shimla offers many exciting, adventurous activities which are liked by most of the visitors. The resorts in Dalhousie are top-rated. Thadvene state also consists of many Buddhist temples and monasteries as well. The scenic view of Himachal Pradesh is breathtaking and unforgettable.
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5. khajjiar, 7. rohtang pass, 8. solang valley, 9. hampta pass, 10. narkanda, list of the 10 popular adventure sports & places you must try in himachal pradesh:.
Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. The city is trendy for its exceptional panoramic view and adventurous activities. It offers many exciting activities which the travellers mostly like.
It offers Ice skating, skiing , paragliding, trekking, rafting , mountain cycling and many more.
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People also know this place as the name of the Paragliding Capital of India. It is best for paragliding and is a popular site in the world. People who are adventure seekers always want to visit this beautiful place. It attracts many visitors throughout the world.
Trekking in Bir Billing is also exciting. The picturesque and scenic view of the mountains is gorgeous. Deer Park, Tibetan Community and the Bir Tea factory are also the major attraction of this place. Read Also: 8 Best Locations for Skydive in India .
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This place offers many excellent adventurous sports, including white river rafting, trekking, zorbing, horse-riding, skiing, and paragliding. Manali is known as the centre for adventurous activities. Paragliding in Manali is a fantastic experience. Manali comprises many things to offer.
The operators of adventurous sports are also very well trained and in an organized manner. For mountaineering Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied, Sports is very famous in India, and also it is the most extensive training centre in India. People across many states visit this centre and get training from here.
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The place is trendy for trekking through the Himalayas. Its wide roads and charming valleys, which represent glimpses of crowned mountains, are lovely. It is the coldest place in the whole country. There are a variety of excellent trails which are visited by a large number of tourists every year.
It also offers different types of adventurous activities, including Camping, Rafting, Mountain biking , cycling, jeep safari, and many more. Travellers who visit this place bring extraordinary souvenirs to their homes. The experiences in Spiti are unique. The site is well bordered by the high mountains of Kinnaur, Tibetan Plateau and Zanskar ranges.
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The place is a popular destination for Horse-Riding, Paragliding and Zorbing. Zorbing is the best sport, and the meadows and valleys of this place are very stunning. Zorbing is enjoyed by people only during the summer season. Horse riding requires less amount and is enjoyed by many people.
The lake of Khajjiar adds extra fun for visitors. The beauty of the place didn’t hide with adventurous activities. Visitors can also explore lush green forests. Nature walks are also very fantastic and allow visitors to explore more in their surroundings. The month of October to June is the best time for visiting Khajjiar.
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Triund is very beautiful and consists of many scenic places as well. The place is also well known for trekking. Trekking is very famous in this place. The place is best for all age groups. The place offers trekking, camping and nature walks. It attracts many tourists throughout the year. Its tranquil trekking is famous for all age groups.
The way of Triund consists of mixed forests, which include trees of oak, deodar and rhododendron. Trek is easy for starting at first 5 km. After that 1 km is a little bit difficult. The last 1 km is well known as the 22 curves. During trekking, there are many stalls of tea sellers. Visitors can take a rest in these stalls and have tea which refreshes their minds.
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The place is famous for its high mountain passes. It is the best place for adventurous activities in Himachal Pradesh. Rohtang is well known for challenging adventurous sports. The mountains of Rohtang are covered with snow almost half of the year. Skiing, ice-skating, and paragliding are popular adventure sports in Rohtang pass.
It also offers mountain biking, trekking and snow-scooters. But for visiting this place, permission is required from the Indian Army. They permit visitors when snow is cleared there. The month of April to October is the best time for visiting this fantastic place.
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Solang Valley covers a distance of 12 km from Manali. The place is very well known for glaciers, and snowcapped mountains. This place also offers some exciting and adventurous sports.
The valley of Solang is an ideal destination for couples who visit Himachal Pradesh for their honeymoon and to spend time with families. This place consists of heavy rainfall during the winter season. It is known for skiing, trekking, zorbing, horse-riding and paragliding.
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Its trek to high-altitude mountains is unique and full of joy as well. This trek requires at least 4-5 days, which is challenging for adventurous seekers.
The scenery, forests and grasslands of this place leave awestruck visitors. Trekking and camping at Chandertal lake are popular adventurous sports here.
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The place consists of a scenic hill town which is very amazing and quite interesting to see. During the summer season, the camping grounds here provide dramatic moments while it works as a skiing resort during the winter season. Trekking, Skiing, Camping and Nature walks are the famous adventurous sports here.
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Himachal Pradesh consists of many adventurous destinations . All destinations are unique and stunning. All places hold different types of adventurous sports. Visitors come in large numbers and visit these places.
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Blessed with spectacular and gorgeous mountains and river valleys, Himachal Pradesh is India's outdoor adventure playground. From rock climbing on the deadly terrains of Kinnaur to rapping on the mountains of Spiti valley to enjoying the treacherous Heli-skiing in Manali, if there is any adventurous activity, it can be shrewdly done in Himachal Pradesh. There will be a rapid increase in the adrenaline rush of adventure aficionados once they will step in the heavenly abode of god, Himachal Pradesh.
For adventurers, it has always been a great and fascinating experience to enjoy thrilling activities in Himachal Pradesh. Hills of Himachal Pradesh hold the feeling of a fairytale wonderland, but there's another side to it. The captivating hills can thrill and enthrall the groovy backpackers, making Himachal Pradesh a must visit destination for every mountaineer and trekker. River rafting, camping, trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing, campaigning, trekking, motor cycling, motor biking, skiing and Heli-skiing are some of the prominent sports which can be enjoyed here.
Activities like skiing and Heli-skiing can be best enjoyed here rather than anywhere else in India. Himachal Pradesh doesn't disappoint the faint-hearted people as well. Activities like angling and fishing are highly practiced here as the place is home to the world famous trout fishes. Roads of Himachal Pradesh are endless, yet impulsive, offering an amazing opportunity for paddlers and motorcyclist to enjoy the thrill. Trekking is definitely one of the most popular yet affordable adventure activities one can enjoy in Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh is known as the 'Paragliding capital of India'; the towns of Bir and Billing in Kangra district are extremely popular places for paragliding. A fun filled world of its own, Himachal Pradesh is a treat for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. The state offers excellent opportunities for enthusiasts to indulge in hair-raising, spine-tingling adventure sports. From rafting on the gushing river to seeking colorful marine life for fishing to charting new routes across the majestic mountains, here is a snapshot of some of the premier adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh.
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- Explore The Himalayas: 48 Best Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh
23 Mar 2023
Himachal Pradesh is synonymous with scenic beauty, serene landscapes, and adventure sports. Literally, Himachal means “the land of snow”. Situated in the western Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh has several hill stations which are the most appropriate destination to find respite from the scorching summer heat. Now known as a destination for “all seasons and all reasons” , with so many incredible places to visit, here’s a list of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh on your trip to the land of the Himalayas.
48 Best Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh
Scroll down and find the best Himachal Pradesh destinations that should definitely be on your travel list this year. And while these best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh are perfect for visiting throughout the year, here’s the best time to visit them to witness them in all their glory. Take a look!
- Kullu-Manali – Country’s Famous Hill Station
- Shimla – The Capital Of Himachal Pradesh
- Dharamshala – The Residence Of Dalai Lama
- Kasauli – The Gateway To Himachal
- Bir Billing – An Adventure-Seeker’s Paradise
- Malana – To Get Your Spirits High!
- Dalhousie – Mini Switzerland Of India
- Spiti + Tabo + Kaza – Offbeat Destinations For Avid Travelers
- Kasol – Trek To Your Heart’s Delight
- Khajjiar – A Perfect Family Getaway Awaits
- Mashobra – A Well-kept Secret
- Palampur – Dotted With Tea Gardens
- Kinnaur – Apples And Colorful Ethnicity
- Kufri – The Snowy Retreat
- Chail – The Untouched Gem
- McLeod Ganj – Little Lhasa
- Chitkul – Last Village Of India
- Solang Valley – For Adventure Lovers
- Shoghi – Impeccable Beauty
- Tirthan Valley – Adventurous Expedition
- Narkanda – Vacay Amidst Nature
- Barot – Unexplored Landscapes
- Chamba – Pristine Beauty
- Mandi – Varanasi Of Hills
- Nahan – Lofty Shivalik Range
- Kangra – Mystic Town
- Bhuntar – National Parks And Religious Sites
- Bilaspur (HP) – India’s First Planned Hill Station
- Kalpa – Beautiful Monasteries
- Tattapani – Hot Sulphur Spring
- Shoja – Pure Hidden Gem
- Manikaran Sahib – Hot Springs Of Himachal
- Solan – Mushroom Capital Of India
- Sangla – Most Charming Valleys
- Nalagarh – Known For Its Serenity
- Parwanoo – Captivating Ambience Of Hill Station
- Naggar – Mesmerizing Landscapes
- Arki – Serene Town In Solan
- Sarchu – Camping Redefined
- Rumsu – Scenic And Surreal
- Paonta Sahib – Religiously Rich
- Keylong – Spiritual Vibes
- Losar – The Tibetan Vibe
- Lahaul Valley – Surreal And Magical
- Jibhi – An Offbeat Place
- Theog – A quiet escape
- Tosh – Unparalleled Natural Beauty
- Sarahan – A Beautiful Hamlet
1. Kullu-Manali – Country’s Famous Hill Station
One of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh is Kullu and Manali. If you are on a lookout for fresh air and green mountains amidst the snow-covered ranges, then Kullu Manali indeed should be on the top of your list. There are numerous awesome places to visit in Manali that makes your vacation a perfect one!
Ideal for: Everyone! But it is a hot favorite amongst newlyweds. Ideal duration: 4-5 days Best time to visit: May-July and November-January for snowfall. How to reach: Chandigarh is the nearest airport, 252 Kms away. The nearest railhead is also in Chandigarh, 270 Kms away. Kullu is 570 Kms from Delhi via road. Things to do:
- Indulge in adventure sports at Solang Valley
- Visit Manali Bird Sanctuary
- Go trekking, camping, angling & river rafting in Kullu
- Visit the Old temples
Nearby famous places: Solang, Rohtang, Manikaran, Malana, Khirganga Places To Stay: Hotel Amit, Summer hills Malana, Hotel Trans Shiva, Hotel Ashivan Basera, Royal Mansion
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2. Shimla – The Capital Of Himachal Pradesh
One of the most famous hill stations of Northern India – Shimla, which is the right mix of Indian glory with British sophistication, has a consecrated stunning landscape and fresh climate all through the year. Without a doubt, it is one of the best tourist places in Himachal Pradesh.
Ideal for: Family and friends Ideal Duration: 3-4days Best time to visit: May –July and November-January for snowfall. How to reach: Kalka, in turn, is the nearest railhead, hill which is connected to Chandigarh and Delhi by regular trains. Chandigarh is at a distance of 117 kilometers, Manali at 260 kilometers and Delhi at 343 kilometers. Things to do:
- Full fill your shopping desire at the Mall Road
- Enjoy a trek to Jakhu Hill and a visit to Lord Hanuman’s Temple
- Visit to the Viceregal Lodge to appreciate the British elegance
- Try your hands on Polo at Annandale which is 4km from the Ridge
Nearby famous places: Tattapani, Solan, Mashobra Places To Stay: Annadel View, Kavya Homestay, Agro Stone Cottage, Wildflower Hall, Radisson Hotel
3. Dharamshala – The Residence Of Dalai Lama
Dharamshala definitely has to be on your list of best Himachal Pradesh destinations . Famous not only because of its climate but also you get to see how multicultural Indian community lives in harmony with the Indo Tibetan community.
Ideal for: Friends or Solo Travelers Ideal duration: 2-3days Best time to visit: May –July and November-January for snowfall How to reach: The nearest major railway station is at Pathankot, 85 kilometers away. Dharamshala is well-connected to Delhi The journey is almost 520 kilometers from Delhi. The drive from Delhi via Chandigarh is about 12 hours. Things to do:
- Enjoy a boat ride across the Dal Lake and witness the royal the Kangra Fort.
- Pay homage to the Bhagsunath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and simultaneously enjoy the cascading Bhagsu falls.
- Visit various monasteries, the Kangra Art Museum, the Dalai Lama Temple Complex and see the magnificent tea plantation on the foothills of Kangra valley.
Nearby famous places: Khajjiar, Bir Billing, Palampur Places To Stay: Green Hotel, Bob’s n Barley, The Unmad, Hotel Pine Spring, Bella Heights Inn
Suggested Read: Top 20 Places To Visit In Manali In December To Take A Break In The Arms Of Nature
4. Kasauli – The Gateway To Himachal
Kasauli is a perfect getaway from the hustle bustle of the city and is one of the most serene places to visit in Himachal in June . Almost on the outskirts of Punjab and Haryana, it is well connected by roadways.
Ideal for: Friend and Family Ideal duration: 3-4 days Best time to go visit: November – March & December – January for snowfall. How to reach: The nearest airport is in Chandigarh, 70 km away. The nearest train station is Sonwara which is 4km away. It is 293 km from New Delhi and takes about 7 hours. Things to do:
- Visit to the Anglican Church which was built during the British era.
- Enjoy a great stroll or a trek on the lower mall which leads to the Monkey point which is in the shape of a Lord Hanuman’s foot.
- A must watch is the sunrise and the sunset point where you can witness the most beautiful sky.
- If you are fond of walking and exploring the nature then do take the Gilbert Trail
Nearby famous places: Parwanoo, Solan Places To Stay: Pine Villa, Ramada, Hotel Whispering Winds, The Fern Surya Resort, Birds View Resort
5. Bir Billing – An Adventure-Seeker’s Paradise
If you’re an adventure seeker, Bir Billing is the mecca for adventure sports and it has to be on your list of the top Himachal Pradesh tourist places . Bir is a small village which is located on the western side of Himachal Pradesh and is blessed with some refreshing climate.
Ideal for: Backpackers and adventure seekers Ideal duration: 2-3 days Best time to visit: May-July How to reach: The closest airport to Bir is Dharamshala airport (in Gaggal) about 30-45 minutes south of Dharamshala. Train to Pathankot + bus/taxi onward to Bir. And then a taxi from Pathankot to Bir: 4-5 hours Bir is about 12-14 hours from Delhi by bus. Take a bus to either Baijnath or Bir Road. Things to do:
- Experience some adrenaline rush as you paraglide in the beautiful Himalayan valleys and camp amazing weather and safe surroundings.
- Visit the gorgeous Buddhism monasteries in Bhattu, Choggan and Chauntra Bhattu colony located in center of the forest.
- Just around 10 kms from Bir Billing is the beautifully carved 13th-century Vaidyanath devoted to Lord Shiva.
- Visit the Palampur Tea Cooperative where you can attend a free tour to see the tea making process.
Nearby famous place: Dharamshala Places To Stay: CBB – Camp Bir Billing, Connect, The Hosteller Bir, Shivirama, Katoch Homestay
Suggested Read: 9 Things To Do In Chail For A Thrilling Mountain Escape
6. Malana – To Get Your Spirits High!
Looking for a digital detox, then Malana is the place you must visit in Himachal Pradesh in August. Situated near the Kullu Valley, Malana provides spellbinding views of the Deo Tiba and Chandrakhani crests. It is indeed one of the best tourist places in Himachal Pradesh .
Ideal for: Trekkers, Solo Travelers and anyone who wants to disconnect from the world Ideal Duration: 3-4 Days Best time to visit: The best time to go is early May to August How to reach: The nearest airport is Kullu. By road, Malana is 378 km away from Delhi and takes roughly 10hrs. The closest railhead is Shimla and then take a cab. Things to do:
- Enjoy some stimulating weather in this gorgeous village which is also called the little Greece of India.
- Panoramic scenes of the snow-clad Himalayas from Chanderkhani pass and capture the mesmerizing beauty of Kheer Ganga valley.
- Trek through spectacular forests and across Alpine pastures with tremendous views.
- Visit the pilgrim center Manikaran which has a hot water spring.
- Be a part of regional festivals in Malana village, with its idiosyncratic culture and customs.
Nearby famous places: Kasol, Manikaran, Tosh Places To Stay: AYOYA Malana – Shiva Cafe, Black Diamond, Waterfall view cafe and cAmps, Summer Hills Camping, Nomads Hostel
7. Dalhousie – Mini Switzerland Of India
Dalhousie is yet another hill station in Himachal Pradesh which is ideal for de-stressing in the serene, tranquil troposphere. Away from the hustle-bustle of the city life, sit back and enjoy the nature in Dalhousie, one of the top Himachal Pradesh tourist places . Don’t forget to explore the gorgeous places to visit in Dalhousie to get the best experiences of this place.
Ideal for: Honeymooners Ideal duration: 2-3days Best time to visit: April to July How to reach: The closest airport is Dharamsala which is 5 hours away. The closest railhead is Pathankot’s Chakki Bank (71 km from Dalhousie) and then take a cab which takes around 10 hours. Things to do:
- Experience the beauty of nature in the valley of Khajjiar which is also known as the Switzerland of India
- Enjoy a gentle walk or a trek in the beautiful terrain in Dainkund Walk, Ganji Pahadi Walk and Bakrota Walk.
- Visit the St. John’s Church, oldest church of the town. It is one of the best historical places in Himachal Pradesh. Relish the cascading waterfalls near Delhi – namely the Chamera falls and the Satdhara falls
Nearby famous places: Dharamshala, Khajjiar, Kalatop Places To Stay: Aamod Resorts, Shvetanjali, Himalayan camping, DeepForest camps, Smart Hill Kalatop
Suggested Read: Travel Tips For Himachal Pradesh: 11 Things You Need To Know Before Visiting This Paradise
8. Spiti + Tabo + Kaza – Offbeat Destinations For Avid Travelers
Spiti Valley is one of the most attractive hidden gems of North India. Straddling the river Spiti, it is home to numerous of the most divine of Buddhist destinations as well as some of the most widespread tourist destinations. It is one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.
Ideal for: friends and family Ideal duration: 2-3 days Best time to visit: May-July How to reach: Kullu Airport at Kullu is the nearest airport. Shimla is the nearest railway station from Kaza. Roadways from Delhi to Shimla and then take a cab. Things to do:
- Spectate the Chunpa fue or walk to ancient traditional meditation centre at Lari Dupuk.
- Visit the Millennium Monastery, Gue mummy or Dhankar monastery and rock carving at Tabo.
- Hike to Angla and Phela – nomadic plains on the hills north of Tabo
- Go for a traditional phootoshot at Nadang Lhakhang and attend the cultural show (cham dance), with local food and tea.
- Walk to famous rangrik rewa cave, visit the Snow point Kunzom and if lucky enjoy the Snow Leopard / Ibex sighting and river rafting.
Nearby famous places: Kibber, Pin Valley National Park Places To Stay: Spiti Sojourn, Tethys Himalayan DEN – Chicham, Spiti Village Resort, Hotel Deyzor, Komik House
9. Kasol – Trek To Your Heart’s Delight
Known as the little Israel of India in Himachal Pradesh, based in the Parvati Valley is this beautiful hill station called Kasol. It’s just on the way to the holy town of Manikaran and is the best hill station in Himachal .
Ideal for: Backpackers and trekkers Ideal duration: 3 Days Best time to visit: May and June How to reach: The nearest airport is Kullu which takes about 3 hours. The nearest railhead is Shimla. Take a bus from Delhi to Shimla and then take a cab which is roughly 381 km Things to do:
- Ideal for hiking in the jungle – follow the trails along the Parvati river
- Trek to Kheerganga is mesmerizing where you can experience the hot water spring.
- Parvati valley is an ideal trail for trekking also known as the ‘Stoner’s Paradise’.
Nearby famous places: Malana, Manikaran, Tosh, Khirganga Places To Stay: The Rainbow Inn & Cafe, The Hosteller Kasol, Nomads Hostel, Gypsy hideouT, The Flipsyde Cafe
Suggested Read: A First-Timer’s Guide To Kasol: Things To Explore, Eat, And Experience
10. Khajjiar – A Perfect Family Getaway Awaits
Located in the Chamba district, this gorgeous valley is one of the best Himachal tourist places . Its indeed a great place to relax and unwind in the beautiful and refreshing environment.
Ideal for: Friends and family Ideal Duration: 3 Days Best time to visit: May to June How to reach: The nearest airport is Dharamshala and then a taxi 122 km. There is an overnight train from New Delhi to Pathankot and then take a taxi for 110 km. Regular bus service from New Delhi to Shimla is also available. Things to do:
- Visit the Khajjiar Lake and Ground via the Bakrota Hills from Dalhousie
- Pay tribute to the Khajji Nag Temple which is one of the most ancient temples
- Enjoy the serenity of local villages known for its apple orchards
- Relish the mercerizing views of Mount Kailash which is believed to be the home to Lord Shiva
Nearby famous places: Chamba, Kalatop, Dalhousie Places To Stay: Mystic Village, Cozy Swiss Meadows, Kailash Island View, Pir Panjal, Hotel Country Resort
11. Mashobra – A Well-kept Secret
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Located just 13 km away from Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Mashobra is a well-kept secret for someone who’s done with tourist places in Himachal Pradesh. Though the distance is not much, this is a new world in itself, sprinkled with deodar trees through and through. Get going in the jungles during the day, try out various adventure activities like zip lining and spend the night under the stars camping; do whatever you please in this paradise and prove why it is among the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh in summer !
Ideal for: Friend, solo Ideal duration: 1 night 2 days Best time to visit: May to June How to reach: Deboard the bus in Shimla and take another bus/cab heading towards Mashobra. The nearest railway station in Shimla (Toy train) and the nearest airport is Shimla Airport in Jubbarhatti. Things to do:
- Indulge in adventure activities like zip lining and rappelling
- Explore the jungles as you trek through at your own pace
- Dodge the currents while river rafting in Mashobra
- Spend an evening birdwatching
- Camp the night away, with bonfire, friends and your favorite music
Nearby famous places: Shimla, Solan, Kufri, Tattapani Places To Stay: Green Chaklu, Club Mahindra Mashobra, Shanti Jungle Cottage, Mashobra Greens, Shanti jungle cottages
Suggested Read: 53 Best Places To Visit In Shimla To Relax And Unwind
12. Palampur – Dotted With Tea Gardens
Listed among rather offbeat places of Himachal, Palampur is famed for its tea gardens and zoo. This is an ideal place to visit with family, as children and parents will find many attractions equally interesting. The scenic splendor will have you bewitched and thanks to easy accessibility and number of accommodation options, it is a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi.
Ideal for: Family Ideal duration: 1 night 2 days Best time to visit: Anytime How to reach: Palampur is best visited via bus/road. The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport, Dharamsala (37 km) and the nearest railway station is Pathankot Railway Station (112 km) Things to do:
- Go for a slow-paced trek, while also visiting the local villages in the area
- Get face to face with wild animals in local zoo
- Spend an evening boat riding
- Visit the tea gardens and savor the best taste while you’re at it
Nearby famous places: Dharamshala Places To Stay: The Solitude Camp, RS Sarovar Portico, WelcomHeritage Taragarh Palace, POPS Hotel and Restaurant, Dhauladhar Inclave
13. Kinnaur – Apples And Colorful Ethnicity
Known for its apples, Kinnaur is often called the Land of Gods and is among the most offbeat Himachal tourist places in summer . The paradise is 235 km away from Shimla, in the northeast ends of Himachal Pradesh. Bestowed with a vibrant cultural scenario, Kinnaur’s landscape is bejeweled with gigantic snow-clad mountains. Currently, it is not under tourists radar, so if you want to go off the beaten road, Kinnaur it is!
Ideal for: Family, solo Ideal duration: 1 night 2 days Best time to visit: June to September How to reach: Kinnaur is best visited via bus/road. The nearest airport is Shimla Airport (277 km) and the nearest railway station is Shimla Toy Train Station (259 km) Things to do:
- Go on a heritage trail, exploring Kamru Fort, Nako Gompa and hamlets
- Spend some serene time beside Nako Lake
- Savor Tibetan delicacies at Tibetan Cafetaria
Nearby famous places: Shimla Places To Stay: ZostelX Raksham, Eskape Camps, Osiya Shambhu Lodge, Kinner Retreat, Techno Homestay
Suggested Read: Top 12 Resorts In Himachal For A Truly Spoiling Holiday
14. Kufri – The Snowy Retreat
Every snow lover’s favourite destination in the hills of Himachal, Kufri lies in close proximity to Shimla. Owing to its higher altitude, it’s laden with snow throughout the winter, which also makes it a dreamy attraction for couples and honeymooners. One of the top places to see in Himachal Pradesh with your better half, Kufri is an excellent spot to explore near Shimla if you’re done with the latter. Though there aren’t a lot of tourist attractions in Kufri, the panoramic snowy views, the serene temples, and the trekking opportunities will make your getaway worthwhile.
Ideal for: Couples, skiing enthusiasts, hikers Ideal duration: 1 night 2 days Best time to visit: November to March How to reach: Kufri is best visited via bus/road and it is just 10 km away from Shimla. The nearest airport is Shimla Airport (34.4 km) followed by Chandigarh Airport (138 km). The nearest railway station is Shimla Railway Station (16.2 km) Things to do:
- Nature trekking and hiking tours
- Skiing in the winters
- Visiting the Nag Temple
Nearby famous places: Shimla Places To Stay: Exotic Kufri, Toshali Royal View, Kufri Holiday Resort, Kufri Heights, Kings Hills Cottages
15. Chail – The Untouched Gem
A relatively quiet and pristine paradise lying close to Shimla, Chail is known mainly for the world’s highest cricket ground and Chail Palace, the gorgeous heritage hotel nestled amidst pine and deodar trees.
It is located at a higher altitude than most of the popular hill stations surrounding it, which is why it offers unparalleled views of lush greenery all around. The Instagram-worthy views of pine forests, mist-covered hills, and verdant valleys are what attract nature lovers and photography enthusiasts to this place. It’s also a hiker’s paradise owing to the unexplored bounty of nature surrounding it. It’s among the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh in summer if you need a calm and relaxing vacation far away from the polluted and noisy metros.
Ideal for: Hikers, family, solo Ideal duration: 2 nights 3 days Best time to visit: Throughout the year How to reach: Chail is best visited via bus/road. The nearest airport is Shimla Airport (62 km) followed by Chandigarh Airport (117 km). The nearest railway station is Shimla Railway Station (53.5 km) Things to do:
- Spot Himalayan wildlife at the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary
- Visit the world’s highest cricket ground
- Go hiking in the pristine pine and deodar jungles
Nearby famous places: Shimla, Kufri Places To Stay: LivingStone, Jungle Stays, Royal Swiss Cottage, Hotel Chail Residency, Mountain View Resort
Suggested Read: A Fun-Filled 4 Days Solo Female Trip To Himachal
16. McLeod Ganj – Little Lhasa
McLeod Ganj is a tiny town in Himachal Pradesh close to Dharamshala. It is also called the ‘Little Lhasa’ due to the number of Tibetans settled here. It is a perfect blend of India and Tibet and one can see this walking down the colorful lanes of this little town and is among the best places to see in Himachal Pradesh . Mcleod is a perfect destination for solo travelers and families alike due to the ambiance the city has. Being one of the cheapest places in Himachal Pradesh, one can enjoy amazing food at the beautiful cafes in the market at Mcleodganj and have some of the best meals with a view there.
Ideal for: Family, friends, and solo Ideal duration: 2-3 days Best time to visit: October – June How to reach: Pathankot Railway Station is the nearest railway station which is 90 km away. One can also travel via road in a private car or buses which will drop you at Mcleod Ganj bus stand. Things to do:
- City sightseeing or tour around the city
- Shop at the local markets for jewelry and woolens
- Enjoy meals with mountain vistas
Nearby famous places: Dharamshala, Dharamkot, Bir Billing Places To Stay: Shalom Backpackers McLeodganj, Hotel Norbu House, La Vaca India McLeodganj, Hotel King Castle, Hotel Shiva Sanctuary
17. Chitkul – Last Village Of India
In the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh lies this quaint hamlet of Chitkul. The village isn’t too common amidst travelers yet, and so one can enjoy the scenic beauty in calm and peaceful environs. Close to the Indo-China border, it is the last inhabited village. This serene village is mostly covered in snow during the winters, so the best time to visit it is during the summers. It is one of the best unexplored places in Himachal Pradesh .
Ideal for: Friends, solo Ideal duration: 1-2 days Best time to visit: March – April and September – October How to reach: Roadways buses can be taken to reach Chitkul. The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport (224 km) and the nearest railway station is Shimla Toy Train Station (247 km) Things to do:
- Visit the Mathi Temple
- Hike to the Charang Chitkul Pass
- Sit by the Baspa River
Nearby famous places: Sangla, Solang Valley Places To Stay: Adobe The Cloud, Vanshika Home Stay, The Wanderers Nest, TBT Stays, The ALAR Camps & Cafe
Suggested Read: 30 Best Hill Stations In Himachal To Experience Pure Bliss
18. Solang Valley – For Adventure Lovers
When traveling to Manali on vacation, Solang Valley is one of the most important Himachal Pradesh tourist places . The Solang Valley, located 14 kilometers northwest of Manali, is one of the most popular tourist destinations here. The valley is located on the road between Manali and Rohtang and attracts many tourists every year. The Solang Valley is a popular destination for adventure lovers who love skydiving, paragliding, horseback riding or mini-jeeps especially designed for tourists of all ages. During the winter months, the Solang Valley is covered in snow. Skiing is a popular sport here, with training institutes and trainers in the valley looking after skiers and beginners.
Ideal for: Adventure enthusiasts Ideal duration: 3 – 4 hours Best time to visit: December to January How to reach: Take NH21 or a bus from the neighbouring states. The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport (63 km) and the nearest railway station is Joginder Nagar railway station (175 km) Things to do:
Nearby famous places: Manali, Rohtang Places To Stay: Solang Valley Resort, Apple Country Resorts, Cafe Chalte Chalte Home, The Stony Hills – Exclusive Mountain Homes
19. Shoghi – Impeccable Beauty
While Shimla is flooded with tourists every year, the serenity and personalized beauty of Shoghi is rarely discovered. Shoghi, a small mountain town stationed only 13 km from Shimla, is full of picturesque landscapes and has a great variety of flora and fauna, making it one of the best places to visit in winter . This small town offers beautiful ancient temples for activities full of adrenaline along with famous fruits. Incredible climate all year round, perfect accommodation and ideal environment makes it one of the best places in Himachal Pradesh to explore.
Ideal for: Nature lovers Ideal duration: 1-2 days Best time to visit: October to June How to reach: Take an interstate or local bus. Nearest airport is in Chandigarh and the nearest railway station is Chandigarh Junction railway station Things to do:
- Visit the temples
Nearby famous places: Shimla, Narkand, Chail Places To Stay: Larisa Resort Shimla, Radisson Hotel, Snow Valley Resorts, Annadel Veiw, Springfield’s Hotel
Suggested Read: 18 Secret Places In Himachal Tourists Haven’t Discovered Yet
20. Tirthan Valley – Adventurous Expedition
The Tirthan Valley is a destination full of delights. Located 3 km from the Himalayan National Park, this place is full of adventure activities – all the while being a nature lover’s paradise. This valley, which includes the larger Himalayas, with its snow-capped peaks and views of the Tirthan River, is best known for its fishing and the surprising influx of foreigners. The Tirthan Valley offers a magical environment and green paths that lead to small, picturesque villages nearby, accompanied by a fantastic location all year round. It is considered to be one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh .
Ideal for: nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts Ideal duration: 3-5 days Best time to visit: March to June, October to November How to reach: By state buses. The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport (48 km) and the nearest railway station are Ambala and Kiratpur Things to do:
- Visit Great Himalayan National Park
Nearby famous places: Khajjiar, Kasol, Spiti Places To Stay: Offbeat Abodes – Tirthan Valley, The Blue Sheep Tirthan, Hotel Veer, Heritage Valley Homestay, Log Huts Bahu
21. Narkanda – Vacay Amidst Nature
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The town, located 2700 meters above sea level, attracts tourists due to its natural beauty and magnificent apple orchards. Surrounded by alpine forests and towering hills, this is one of the famous places in Himachal Pradesh . It has a lake, Tannu Jabar – one of the main tourist attractions in the region. There is also a temple near the lake, which is a must for all who come here. Narkanda also offers several trekking routes for the more adventurous crowd. The Hatu Nag is all but a challenge that you can climb. In winter you can also go skiing.
Ideal for: nature lovers Ideal duration: 1 day Best time to visit: Throughout the year How to reach: State buses. The nearest airport is Chandigarh Airport (188 km) and the nearest railway station is Kalka Station Things to do:
- Rock climbing
Nearby famous places: Manali, Mcleodganj, Kasauli Places To Stay: Echor- Narkanda Cottages, Sara Hotel, The Apple Home, Wild Himalaya Glamping Camp, Narkanda Kudret Camp
Suggested Read: Himachal Pradesh In April: An Escape For Our Family To Unveil The Wonders Of The Hills
22. Barot – Unexplored Landscapes
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Very few people know of Barot and the unexplored landscapes scattered here. For those looking for pristine destinations, this is the perfect place to be in the heart of beautiful Himachal Pradesh. Barot was popped up on the radar when, around 1920, the hydropower project Shanan was proposed in India. It was mainly proposed to utilize the hydropower potential of the Uhl between Barot and Joginderagar. Since then, it has become the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh , but only a few people know about it.
Ideal for: those looking for offbeat destinations. Ideal duration: 1-2 days Best time to visit: April – June; November – February, How to reach: It is 66 kilometers from Mandi. You can take a bus. The nearest airport is Kullu Airport while the nearest railway station is Jogindernagar Railway Station Things to do:
- Recreational Trekking
Nearby famous places: Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, Rewalsar Lake Places To Stay: Barot Camps, Karyashaala by ELivingProject, Bir camps, Shweta Guest House, AMY Yoga House
23. Chamba – Pristine Beauty
Chamba is a small Himalayan town that is known for its pristine beauty and solitude amidst the Himalayas. The town is famous for its temples and the caves that are also a major tourist attraction of this town and is known to be one of the best tourist places in Himachal Pradesh . Chamba offers splendid views of the Pir Panjal range, Zanskar and Dhauladhar range in the backdrop.
Ideal for : Solo travelers & family Ideal duration : 1-2 days Best time to visit : October to June How to reach : The nearest airport is Jammu. The nearest railway station is at Pathankot, about 120 km from Chamba. Buses and Cabs are very easily available from Pathankot to Chamba. Alternatively, you can take the train till Chandigarh or till New Delhi and then take a bus or a cab. Things to do : Visit Bhuri Singh Museum, Champavati Temple, Sui Mata Temple Nearby famous places : Dalhousie, Khajjiar Places To Stay: H2O House, Krish Homestay, Himalayan canvas, Rafi’s House , Shan-e-chamba
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24. Mandi – Varanasi Of Hills
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Located at the junction of Kullu and Dharamshala, this place is covered with a thick canopy of pine and deodar trees and is often considered as Varanasi of Hills or Choti Kashi because of myriad temples it has spread across. With over 81 temples, the town is a picturesque spot lying on the banks of the River Beas.
Ideal for: Solo travelers and family Ideal duration : 1-2 days Best time to visit : April to October How to reach: The nearest airport is in Bhuntar and the nearest railway station is in Pathankot. A taxi can be boarded from outside the airport and railway station to reach Mandi. Things to do: Prashar Lake, Pandoh Dam, Rewalsar lake, Jalori Pass Nearby famous places : Dharamshala, Kullu, Manali Places To Stay: Hotel Valley View, Rj Haveli, Aieyou Home Stay, Prashar Camps Flysports, Hotel Shiva Family Ac Restaurant
25. Nahan – Lofty Shivalik Range
Nahan is a picturesque town that is a hidden gem of Himachal nestled in the lofty Shivalik range, overlooking lush green fields. Find your perfect escape in this quaint town that is one of the best unexplored places in Himachal Pradesh.
Ideal for : Solo travelers and friends Ideal duration : 1-2 days Best time to visit : April to September How to reach : Nahan at just about 250 kms is one of the nearest hill stations from Delhi. Barara which is 60 km from Nahan is the nearest railway station from Nahan and one can reach Nahan from Delhi in about 5 hours by train. Chandigarh is the nearest airport from Nahan. Things to do : Rani Tal Lake, Jaitak Fort Nearby famous places : Shimla Places To Stay: PleasantVille, Hotel Heritage Sanyam, Hotel HV, Sonaman Retreat, Writers Hill
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26. Kangra – Mystic Town
Known as the land of Gods, this mystic town is an ideal spot for travelers looking for peace and solitude, away from the maddening crowds. The town is enveloped with tea plantations, and the holy temples spread across the area.
Ideal for : Solo travelers and friends Ideal duration: 1-2 days Best time to visit : September to June How to reach : The nearest railway station to Kangra is Pathankot railway station which lies 87 km away from Kangra. From Pathankot the best way to reach Kangra is by hiring a taxi. Things to do : Kangra fort, Bajreshwari Mata Temple, Achar Kund, Jwala Devi Temple Nearby famous places : Dharamshala, McLeodganj Places To Stay: Him Trail Adventures Camp, GARG RESIDENCY, Hotel Sai Villa, Camp Jungle Junction, Soham
27. Bhuntar – National Parks And Religious Sites
Bhuntar is the ideal town if you want to escape the maddening tourist crowds. It is usually a getaway spot from Kullu, Manali and Kasol. People who prefer the lesser known and quaint spots with absolute peace and solitude often come down here to seek some respite. It is encapsulated with lush greenery, national parks and religious sites.
Ideal for : Solo travelers and friends Ideal duration : 1 day Best time to visit: May – October How to reach: The nearest railway station for any major city/town in Himachal Pradesh is the Pathankot, about 144 km away from Bhuntar. All the main trains pass through Pathankot including Jammu Tawi and Himsagar Express from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, etc. Things to do : The Great Himalayan National Park, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Dechen Choekhor Buddhist Monastery Nearby famous places : Dharamshala, McLeodganj Places To Stay: Sea Rock Hotel, The Tara Villa Hotel
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28. Bilaspur (HP) – India’s First Planned Hill Station
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A hill town near Shimla, it is famous for its forts, and Gobind Sagar Lake. Bilaspur is India’s first planned hill station which is famous for its artificially made lake – Gobind Sagar Lake on Sutlej River. It is one of the best places to travel in Himachal for breathtaking views.
Ideal for : Family and friends Ideal duration : 1 day Best time to visit: May – October How to reach : The nearest major railway station connected to the major cities of the country is in Kiratpur Sahib which is 65 km away from Bilaspur. You can take a taxi from there to this city. Things to do : Kanan Pendari Zoological Garden, A.S Fun Water Park, Wonder World Theme Park Nearby famous places : Shimla Places To Stay: Hotel Bilaspur Sagar View, Dholra Resort, Annie Hotel and Restaurant, Swastik Hotel And Restaurant
29. Kalpa – Beautiful Monasteries
The main village of Kinnaur, it is known for its pristine beauty and sacred temples and beautiful monasteries. This town is also famous for apple orchards and lush green flora and fauna. The town is surrounded by majestic Kinnaur-Kailash range peeking from across the Sutlej River for a blissful weekend getaway.
Ideal for : Family and friends Ideal duration : 1-2 days Best time to visit : March to September How to reach : Nearest railway station to the village is again Shimla (244 km). It is one of the major stations connecting to several major cities including Delhi. Hire a taxi or take a bus from here for Kalpa. Things to do : Kalpa Reckong Peo, Kinnaur Kailash, Kamru Fort, Jorkanden Nearby famous places : Shimla Places To Stay: Hotel Rollingrang, Hotel Kalpa Deshang, Echor – The Alpine Crest, Chauhan Home Stay, Dormico’s Hotel Mount View
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30. Tattapani – Hot Sulphur Spring
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A quaint village located 60 km away from Shimla, this hidden paradise is famous for hot sulphur spring and a Shiva’s cave. Shiva caves are popular amongst the locals and tourists alike that gained spotlight because of famous tales of miracles.
Ideal for : Family and friends Ideal duration : 1 day Best time to visit : October to June How to reach : The nearest railway station from Tattapani in Shimla which is 51 km away. The broad-gauge railway stations nearest to Tattapani are in Chandigarh (136 km) and Ambala (178 km). The nearest airbase is in Jubbarhatti-Shimla located 68 km away. Things to do: Hot water spring, camping, river rafting, Siva cave, trekking Nearby famous places : Shimla Places To Stay: Hotel De Crown, Trimurti Pine Valley Resort, Geeta Cottage Homestay, Vatsalyam Home Stay
31. Shoja- Pure Hidden Gem
This pure hidden gem is a tiny village, nestled amidst wilderness. If you’re looking for some peace and solitude on your trip, you can plan a getaway in this quaint village that has untouched beauty and no touristy crowd. The village is dotted with several temples and deodar forest surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains, making it one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.
Ideal for: Solo travelers and friends Ideal duration : 1-2 days Best time to visit : April to June How to reach : Air: Nearest airport is Bhuntar (54 km/ 2 hrs). Rail: Nearest railhead is Chandigarh (279 km/ 7 hrs). Road: (from Delhi) Tirthan Valley is accessed by the Chandigarh-Manali NH21. Drive up to Chandigarh via Ambala. From there, follow NH21 to Aut via Mandi. Things to do : Jalori Pass, Seruvalsar and Manimahesh Lake, Chehni Kothi, Raghpur Fort Nearby famous places : Shimla Places To Stay: DreamLand Home stay, Alien’s Adventures, Lambhari Hills, Jibhi, For A While, Hotel De Luxe
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32. Manikaran Sahib – Hot Springs Of Himachal
Situated near to Kasol, Manikaran Sahib is one of the best tourist places in Himachal Pradesh . It is well known as a pilgrimage destination for both Sikhs and Hindus. What attracts people to this town is the hot springs and the famous temples. There are three hot springs where people can take a bath. It is believed that these springs have religious and spiritual beliefs connected to it.
Ideal for: Solo travelers and family Ideal duration : 1 day Best time to visit : October to June How to reach : Local buses are easily available for Kasol. The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport and the nearest railway station is Jogindernagar Railway Station Things to do : City shopping, hot springs in Manikaran Sahib, Harinder mountain Nearby famous places : Manali, Kasol, Spiti Valley Places To Stay: Padha Family Guest House, Manikaran View, River Raga, Sun View Mountain Cabin, Karma Homestay Gargi Village
33. Solan – Mushroom Capital Of India
Located on the Punjab-Himachal border, Solan is a low-key hill station perfect for travelers looking for some time away from the hustle-bustle of the city. This beautiful city has ancient temples, monasteries and one of the oldest breweries in the country. Also referred to as a city of red gold, as it produces bulk quantities of tomatoes. It is one of the best hill station in Himachal.
Ideal for: Solo travelers, friends and family Ideal duration : 1 day Best time to visit : Throughout the year How to reach : Solan is well connected to other major cities via regular buses and trains. The nearest airport is Shimla Airport, and the nearest railway station is Kalka Station Things to do : Visit Shoolini Mata temple, Solan brewery, Kuthar fort Nearby famous places : Shimla, Kasauli, Manali, Chail Places To Stay: Yellow Valley Homestay, Sadhupul camps, Wonderful Stay At the Mall Road, Smalltown Sadhupul, Chandan Home Stay
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34. Sangla – Most Charming Valleys
Sangla valley is the most charming valleys in the Kinnaur district. It is one of the famous places in Himachal Pradesh bounded by evergreen forests and snow-covered peaks. From forts to temples the place is dotted with several attractions making it an awesome holiday destination.
Ideal for: Solo travelers, friends Ideal duration : 1 – 2 days Best time to visit : April to June and September to December How to reach : One can either opt for a private bus or hire a cab to reach Sangla. The nearest airport is Jubbarhatti airport (238 km) and the nearest railway station is Shimla Toy Train Station (194 km) Things to do : Sangla Meadow, Kamru Fort, Chitku Nearby famous places : Kinnaur, Manali, Shimla Places To Stay: Hotel Batseri, Dormico’s Hotel Paradise, Dormico’s Mehak Resort, Kinner Retreat, Debbhumi Regency
35. Nalagarh – Known For Its Serenity
Known for its abundant greenery and beautiful view, Nalagarh is one of the best tourist places in Himachal Pradesh . The main attraction here is the Nalagarh Fort which has been converted into a heritage hotel now. Tourists from all over the country visit this place to witness the mesmerizing beauty.
Ideal for: Solo travelers, family Ideal duration : 1 day Best time to visit : October to March How to reach : State transport buses, deluxe buses and semi deluxe buses regularly run to and fro Nalagarh. The nearest airport is Chandigarh airport Things to do : Nalagarh fort, Ramgarh fort Nearby famous places : Shimla, Kasauli, Chandigarh Places To Stay: Vibes Hotel, HM Homestay, Hotel KARA, Green enclave, Fort Nalagarh
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36. Parwanoo – Captivating Ambience Of Hill Station
One of the best offbeat places to visit in Himachal Pradesh , Parwanoo is a beautiful small town. It is an ideal holiday destination for trekking and hiking. What is special about this place is that it offers beautiful apple orchards and delicious fruit products.
Ideal for: Solo travelers, friends Ideal duration : 1 day Best time to visit : March to May and October to November How to reach : Regular buses and trains from other major cities ply to Parwanoo. The nearest airport is Chandigarh airport (24 km) and the nearest railway station is Kalka Station Things to do: Timber Trail, Cable car ride, fruit orchards Nearby famous places : Shimla, Kasauli, Chandigarh Places To Stay: Hotel Virsa Kalka, Hotel Virsa, Oscar Banquet and Hotel, Lotus Grand Akm, Kasauli Nature Inn
37. Naggar – Mesmerizing Landscapes
Naggar, a mesmerizing town located in Kullu is known for offering picturesque sights. The place is known for its natural beauty and one can indulge in numerous adventurous expeditions such as trekking and camping etc. The place is also home to a popular folk-art museum and a hot spring, that lure visitors from near and far to this serene place. If you are searching for best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, head to Naggar for a serene getaway!
Ideal for: Solo travelers, photographers Ideal duration: 1 – 2 days Best time to visit: April to June and September to December How to reach: One can either opt for a private bus or hire a cab to reach Sangla. The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport and the nearest railway station is Kiratpur Sahib Railway Station Things to do: Trekking and camping Nearby famous places: Naggar Castle, Uruswati Himalayan Folk Art-Museum, Gauri Shankar Temple Places To Stay: Naggar Home Stay, Rise Adventure Campsite, Soham’s Chateau De Naggar, Mukul Homestay, Club Mahindra White Meadows Manali
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38. Arki – Serene Town In Solan
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Arki is another serene town located in Solan district and is quite popular due a magnificent fort that dates back to the 18th century. The place is quite popular because of its proximity to Shimla and is often visited by travelers staying in Shimla.
Ideal for: Weekend getaway Ideal duration: 1 day Best time to visit: Throughout the year How to reach: The broad-gauge railway station nearest to Arki is in Kalka which is 73 km away. The nearest airport is in Jubbarhatti, which is 40 km away. Things to do: Camping Nearby famous places: Arki Fort, Diwan-i-Khas, Luturu Mahadev Temple Places To Stay: Swastik Hotel And Restaurant, Raj Home Stay, Dawat Hotel, Ymc Homestay, Hotel Hill Star, Nakshatra Resort
39. Sarchu – Camping Redefined
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Sarchu is considered to be a prominent stoppage where you can find various accommodation options in the form of tents. Lying on the highway between Leh and Manali, the district of Sarchu in Himachal Pradesh has been established at an elevation of 4,290 meters. Living in one of the tented accommodations in Sarchu amidst the beautiful Himalayas will surely be a great travel experience for adventure lovers who are searching for the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.
Ideal for: Nature lovers, adventurers Ideal duration: 2-3 days Best time to visit: February to April How to reach: you can come via cab when traveling from Spiti, Manali, or Leh. The nearest airport is Leh airport and the nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi (600 km) Things to do: Trekking and camping Nearby famous places: Jispa, Manali, Tsokar, Keylong Places To Stay: Himalayan Routes Camp Sarchu, TIH Himalayan Shakia Camp
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40. Rumsu – Scenic And Surreal
A small village established at an altitude of 2,064 meters, Rumsu is considered to be one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. The place is loved for its scenic beauty as well as adventure activities. You can consider visiting this region of Himachal Pradesh if you want to explore the offbeat places here!
Ideal for: Adventurers and Photographers Ideal duration: 4-5 days Best time to visit: mid-June to early October How to reach: you can take a bus or cab ride till Rumsu village. The nearest airport is Kullu Manali airport Things to do: Trekking, hiking, etc. Nearby famous places: Kullu, Kheerganga, Kasol, Manali Places To Stay: Zostel Homes Rumsu, Naggar Home Stay, Rise Adventure Campsite, Robinhood Travel Hostel, ADB Rooms Snow Touch Resort
41. Paonta Sahib – Religiously Rich
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This is an industrial city lying in the southern region Sirmaur and is established within picturesque mountains. Apart from being well established, this city is one of the most pious tourist places in Himachal Pradesh . The major religious attraction in this city is Gurudwara Paonta Sahib that is located on the Yamuna River banks.
Ideal for: Religious trip Ideal duration: 3 to 4 days Best time to visit: February and March How to reach: you can take a cab or bus ride till Paonta Sahib Things to do: Worship, enjoy scenic beauty Nearby famous places: Assan Barrage, Yamuna Mandir Places To Stay: Hotel Star City Heart, Hotel Nirmal Bar & Restaurant, Rockwood Resort, Hotel Rockwood, Hotel Shipra
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42. Keylong – Spiritual Vibes
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As a part of Lahaul and Spiti district, Keylong is one of the most interesting places to visit in Himachal Pradesh . This tourist destination is popular because of the magnificent Kardang Monastery, which is the largest as well as quite an important monastery in Lahaul. There are several interesting points in this place that are worth visiting.
Ideal for: adventurers, nature lovers Ideal duration: 3 to 4 days Best time to visit: February to April How to reach: a cab or bus ride till Keylong can be a great option Things to do: Trekking and camping Places To Stay: Tandi Sarai, TIH Siramani River Camp, Gemoor Khar- Manor House, Jispa Journey Camp, TIH Bhaga Eco Camp
43. Losar – The Tibetan Vibe
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Resting at an altitude of 4000 meters, Losar is a small hamlet which is located at the extreme end of Spiti. Situated by the confluence of the Losar and Peeno streams of the Indo Chinese border, this place is a heaven for the trekkers and the hikers. It is one of the unexplored yet one of the popular places to visit in Himachal Pradesh . There are winding paths to get lost into and there are breathtaking views to enjoy till the end. Standing here one can actually enjoy the soulful experience of peaceful villages and also the view of the surreal rivers and magnificent mountains.
Ideal For: Trekkers, Nature lovers Ideal Duration: 1-2 days Best Time To Visit: June To September How To Reach: The Kaza bus stand is the nearest from Losar which is connected with other cities. The nearest railway station to reach Losar is Chandigarh railway station from where one has to take a taxi or bus. Things To Do: Trekking Nearby Places To Visit: Spiti Valley, Tabo Places To Stay: The Nomad’s Cottage-Losar Spiti Valley, The Nomad’s Cottage, Spiti Sojourn, Tethys Himalayan DEN
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44. Lahaul Valley – Surreal And Magical
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The Lahaul Valley happens to be one of the most surreal tourist places in Himachal Pradesh . A perfect escape for the adventure junkies, this place is like the ideal vacation destination. Surrounded by the null vegetation, clear blue skies and also the pollution free air, Lahaul valley is a picturesque location to find that lost solace. For the people who are up for some photography and want to capture the finest beauty of nature, Lahaul is the place to be.
Ideal For: Adventure lovers Ideal Duration: 1-2 days Best Time To Visit: May to mid-October How To Reach: The easiest way to reach Lahaul valley is by train. There is no direct connectivity but the nearest railhead is Chandigarh from where one can start the journey by road via bus or taxi. Things To Do: Trekking Nearby Places To Visit: Chandrataal, Pin Valley National Park, Baralacha La Pass Places To Stay: (near) Spiti Village Resort, The Rainbow Inn & Cafe
45. Jibhi – An Offbeat Place
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Jibhi is one of the right place to relax and spend some time peacefully with your loved ones. If you’re looking for an offbeat place to visit in Himachal Pradesh, then this is the right pick. Surrounded by nature, freshwater lakes and beautiful temples, you would not want to leave this mesmerizing place. So, listen to the melodious chirping of the birds and enjoy your vacation in peace.
Ideal for: Nature lovers Ideal duration: 2-3 days Best time to visit: March to October How to reach: Bhuntar is the nearest airport, 60 Kms away. The nearest railhead is in Shimla, 150 Kms away. Things to do: Relax and spend lovely moments, trekking, enjoying beautiful nature Nearby famous places : Shimla, Chandigarh, Dehradun Places To Stay: Victorian style wooden cottages
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46. Theog – A Quiet Escape
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Theog is a quiet escape in Himachal Pradesh. It is a popular hill station located 32 kms from Shimla. Perfect for a beautiful weekend getaway in the hills, it is also considered as one of the most popular camping site options. Much away from the hustle bustle of the cities, this place is a paradise and lets you enjoy in the tranquility of nature.
Ideal for: Nature lovers, campers Ideal duration: 2-3 days Best time to visit: October and November How to reach: Shimla is the nearest airport, 45 Kms away. The nearest railhead is in Kalka, 105 Kms away, the bus journey from Delhi takes approximately 9 hours Things to do: Relax and spend lovely moments, camping Nearby famous places: Shimla, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Solan, Kasauli Places To Stay: Zostel Homes Theog, Taj Theog Resort & Spa, Hotel Taj View
47. Tosh – Unparalleled Natural Beauty
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The beautiful village of Tosh is yet another one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. The tranquil village is located at the end of Parvati Valley and is famous amongst trekkers. The surreal vibe of the village will leave you mesmerized. Lush green hills, snowy peaks and nature’s glory combined will provide you with an exotic experience.
Ideal for: Nature lovers, trekkers Ideal duration: 2-3 days Best time to visit: April to October How to reach: The best way to reach is to take the bus going to Manali from Delhi since there is no direct bus to Bhuntar. From Bhuntar, you will find HRTC buses going to Barshaini. Once you reach Barshaini, you can trek your way to Tosh. Things to do : Walk through the Parvati river, long walk to Malana, visit Manikaran Sahib Nearby famous places: Kheerganga Trek, Parvati Valley Places To Stay : Whoopers Hostel Tosh, Pine Wood Inn Tosh, Paradise Holiday Resort
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48. Sarahan – A Beautiful Hamlet
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Known as Gateway to Kinnaur, Sarahan is a beautiful hamlet located in Himachal Pradesh. Famous for its apple orchard, gushing streams and terraced farms, Sarahan is a place with a lot of nature’s blessings. The peaceful and tranquil vibe of the place attracts tourists to this secluded village to spend some peaceful moments. If you are looking for cheap places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, plan a getaway to Sarahan.
Ideal for: Nature lovers Ideal duration: 2-3 days Best time to visit: April to June and September to November How to reach : There are trains and flights from Kalka to Chandigarh (9-11 hours) and from there one can hire jeeps or taxis to reach Sarahan Things to do : Enjoy nature’s beauty Nearby famous places: Tannu Jubbar Lake, Jalori Pass Places To Stay : Vasu Mansion Home Stay, Hotel Shrikhand Sarahan
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Frequently Asked Questions About Best Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh
What are the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh?
Some of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh are: Shimla, Manali, Kasauli, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Mashobra, and Malana.
What to do in Himachal Pradesh?
Himachal Pradesh hosts numerous enthralling expeditions such as trekking, rafting, paragliding, skiing, camping, and a lot more. The scenic beauty of Himachal makes it an ideal destination for holidayers irrespective of their age group. From comfortable stays to leisurely getaways, and extravagant shopping to delicious local cuisine, Himachal Pradesh has numerous surprises that one can experience on a holiday.
Where to visit Himachal Pradesh in August?
There is not one but many beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh to be explored in August. There is Shimla, Manali, McLeod Ganj, Bir Billing, and Malana. You cannot cover all these places at once because everything is far away and takes a lot of time to get there. Though you can always make multiple trips to Himachal Pradesh. It is a perfect destination for weekend getaways.
Which is the most offbeat place in Himachal Pradesh?
The following are the famous offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh: 1. Jibhi 2. Barot 3. Pragpur 4. Chitkul 5. Kalpa 6. Janjehli 7. Rakcham
Which is the best place to paraglide in Himachal Pradesh?
Bir is amongst the best places in Himachal Pradesh for paragliding. Paragliding in Bir is an amazing experience and attracts visitors from all around the world.
What is famous in Himachal Pradesh?
Himachal Pradesh is famous for a lot of things. It is known for its scenic beauty. You can also enjoy a myriad of adventure activities like trekking in Himachal Pradesh, paragliding, mountain biking, zorbing, etc. The culture and food of Himachal Pradesh is another famous thing that you can explore.
How can I visit Himachal Pradesh?
You can visit Himachal Pradesh either by road or air. There are public and private buses available from Delhi, Punjab, and Uttarakhand. There are three airports in Himachal Pradesh; Bhuntar Airport near Manali, Gaggal Airport near Dharamshala, and Jubbarhatti airport near Shimla. You can hire a cab or take a taxi from the airport to reach your desired destination.
What is the famous food in Himachal Pradesh?
Dhaam is the most famous food in Himachal Pradesh. It is served at weddings and holy gatherings where local people sit down and enjoy food together. Sidu is another famous dish in Himachal made from rice flour and is available at local tea shops. Chha Gosht is another famous dish in Himachal.
Which is the most visited place in Himachal?
Himachal is one of the greatest touristic states in India with a wide array of attractions offering countless experiences to travellers. Some of the most visited places in Himachal are Shimla, Kullu Manali, Kinnaur, Kasol, Malana, Dharamshala, Solang Valley, and Kufri.
Which is the most beautiful village in Himachal Pradesh?
The countryside land of Himachal is one of the most offbeat adventures you can enjoy by visiting some of its most beautiful villages. Some of the most popular names are Nako, Kardang, Chitkul, and Kibber.
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Adventure Tours in Himachal Pradesh
Adventure tours in Himachal Pradesh are for people of all ages and of varied tastes in terms of activities. Most of such activities make use of hills in some or the other way, as much of the state is mountainous. The altitude in the state ranges from roughly 1400 feet to over 20000 feet, accounting for a substantial variation in climate. Whenever you come to any of the places in the state, you will find some or the other activity being organised.
Adventure Activities Available in Himachal Pradesh
1. Trekking in Himachal Pradesh
Adventure tours in Himachal Pradesh are of different durations and difficulty levels for you to choose from as per your wish or expertise. The on-foot expedition to Hampta Pass is quite popular and is admired by all those who have taken part in it.
• Hampta Pass Trek : Hampta is a mountain pass at an elevation of approximately 14000 feet above sea level. It is a 5 day trek and starts from Manali.
• Malana Chanderkhani Pass Trek : Even though this trek is for 4 days, it is a challenging one. It starts from Manali and takes you to a maximum altitude of approx. 12000 feet.
• Pin Parvati Pass Trek : With a maximum altitude of 17450 feet, this is a difficult trek and is recommended for seasoned trekkers.
• Spiti Valley Trek with Homestay : Spiti Valley is among the most remote places in the world to be inhabited and , trekking is an amazing way to explore this barren but beautiful valley! Trekking to some of the highest and marvellous monasteries and staying with the locals in a homestay will make your experience memorable. More about Trekking in Spiti Valley
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2. Skiing in Himachal Pradesh
Skiing is the ultimate sport to take up for making the most of adventure tours in Himachal Pradesh taken in the winter season. Skiing in the state is most famously held in Solang Valley .
• Skiing in Solang Valley : The valley lies at an approximate elevation of 8400 feet above the sea. Board the gondola from its base station, and be transported to a height of around 9000 feet above sea level, to the top of the ski point. From here, there is an uninterrupted drop of over half-a-kilometre, which will make your heart beat faster.
• Season: As it depends on the natural availability of snow, skiing will only be organised in the months of December, January and February.
• Time: The best time to ski is during the height of day, when the sun is at its strongest. This period is ideal for the activity as the heat will keep the snow fluffy, and prevent it from turning into ice.
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3. Paragliding in Himachal Pradesh
Go on adventure tours in Himachal Pradesh in the summer season to take part in paragliding. The activity is popular in the state owing to its hills, which are used as launching spots. Paragliding in the state is hosted in Solang Valley, which has already been described above, and the twin spots of Bir and Billing.
• Paragliding in Bir Billing : The flights are launched into the air from Bir, which has an altitude of approximately 7800 feet. When it is time to come down, you will land at Billing, which has an elevation of about 5003 feet above sea level.
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4. Camping in Himachal Pradesh
There is a horde of beautiful and serene locations if you want to take adventure tours in Himachal Pradesh to camp.
• Shimla: The capital of the state is also among the foremost places to camp. Its scenic beauty, cool weather and serene camping spots make it an ideal place to spend your time quietly.
• Junga: Living amidst nature in Junga will be accompanied by enthralling views of perpetually snow white mountains. The best thing about the place is its intermediate elevation and less variation in temperature.
• Shoghi: Located approximately 5700 feet above the sea, Shoghi is another amazing place in the state to set up tents. The air filtered and scented by pine trees will keep you ever-fresh.
• Dharamsala: While staying here in tents, remember to click lots of photos of the scenery of the area and of the Dhauladhar Range.
• Kaza: A perfect summer holiday destination about 12000 feet above the sea, Kaza is known for its barren, but enchanting landscape.
• Sangla Valley: The campsites here use the mountains to organise exciting engagements like river crossing, rappelling and rock climbing.
• Sojha: The village of Sojha has an altitude of around 8860 feet, and the landscape here is completely covered by coniferous trees. Groves of cherries and apples make the place even prettier, and things to do here include trekking and wildlife spotting.
• Thanedar: The apple capital of the state, Thanedar is blessed with abundant natural beauty and a cool climate.
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5. Motorbiking in Himachal Pradesh
Some of the best adventure tours in Himachal Pradesh take you from Manali along the narrow and winding roads of the mountains to Leh. You will drive through sites like Sarchu, Gata Loops, Morey Plains, Baralacha La, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Kargil, Dras, Pangong Tso, Keylong, Tanlang La and Rumtse. The flat terrain of Morey Plains will give you a relaxed driving experience while the hairpin bends of Gata Loops will send chills down your spine.
Delhi to Spiti Motorbike Expedition via Manali: Nothing can be more adventurous than taking an 11 days’ bike trip to India’s one of the most unexplored and offbeat destinations! The landscapes of Spiti, the ever-changing colours of Chandratal Lake, 1000 years old monasteries, and enchanting Himalayan Peaks will take your breath away!
Motorbike Expedition from Manali to Ladakh : Escape to the paradise and spend 12 days amidst the Himalayas! This bike trip will offer you the perfect blend of barren beauty and adventure. From remote villages of Himachal Pradesh to the Land of High Altitude Passes, explore the enchanting valleys on your dream bike trip!
6. Road Trips in Himachal Pradesh
A drive through the roads in Himachal Pradesh will get you closer to the raw beauty amidst mountains. Driving through the Gata Loops of Manali- Leh Highway will be one of the most thrilling experiences of your life. Ride on the Hindustan-Tibet Highway and explore the Spiti Valley and its enchanting landscapes.
Hindustan Tibet Highway Tour : The road trip that takes you from Chandigarh to the enticing Spiti valley through some of the unexplored and remote villages of Himachal Pradesh. For 10 days you just have to sit back in the car and take in the beauty of mountains.
Spiti and Kinnaur Road Trip ex Chandigarh : Escape the summer heat this year and head out for one for the greatest road-trips in Asia. A trip to Chandratal lake and camping by the lake is the best part of the trip!
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8 Adventure Tourism in Himachal Pradesh: Exploring the Thrills of the Himalayas
Himachal Pradesh, nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, has earned its reputation as a paradise for adventure enthusiasts. With its diverse landscapes, from towering snow-capped peaks to lush valleys, this northern Indian state offers a plethora of adrenaline-pumping activities that cater to both beginners and seasoned adventurers. In this article, we’ll delve into the exciting world of adventure tourism in Himachal Pradesh, highlighting its top attractions and providing you with a comprehensive guide to experiencing the thrills of the region.
Introduction to 8 Adventure Tourism in Himachal Pradesh
Adventure tourism in Himachal Pradesh is a booming industry, attracting thrill-seekers from around the world. The state’s unique geographical features provide a natural playground for a wide range of adventure activities, making it a dream destination for those seeking an adrenaline rush amidst breathtaking vistas.
1.Trekking: Conquering the Peaks
hiking trails for all levels.
Whether you’re a novice hiker or an experienced mountaineer, Himachal Pradesh has trails suited to your skill level. The famous trails like the Hampta Pass trek or the Triund trek offer a mix of challenges and stunning scenery.
The Hampta Pass trek, a hidden gem in Himachal Pradesh, weaves its way through ever-changing landscapes. Beginning in the lush green valleys of Kullu, the trail gradually unfolds the wonders of nature as you ascend. The trek’s charm lies in its stark contrasts – from dense pine forests to barren landscapes adorned with patches of vibrant wildflowers. As you conquer the pass, the vista transforms drastically, revealing a panoramic canvas of snow-capped peaks against the cobalt sky. The sense of accomplishment that comes with crossing the pass is unparalleled, a true communion with the mountains.
On the other hand, the Triund trek presents a shorter yet equally enchanting journey. Nestled in the arms of Dharamshala, this trek is a perfect blend of accessibility and scenic beauty. The path meanders through emerald meadows, with every step revealing a new angle of the Dhauladhar range. The highlight of the trek is reaching the Triund ridge – a vantage point that offers a front-row seat to the grandeur of the Himalayas. The setting sun casts a warm glow on the peaks, turning the whole landscape into a vivid tapestry of colors.
While the Hampta Pass trek challenges you with its altitude and changing terrains, the Triund trek welcomes all – from novice trekkers to seasoned explorers. Both treks, in their unique ways, celebrate the raw allure of the mountains. They beckon you to disconnect from the mundane and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature’s symphony.
The Enchanting Himachali Villages
Trekking in Himachal Pradesh isn’t just about the trails; it’s also about the picturesque villages you encounter along the way. These villages offer a glimpse into the local way of life, and the warm hospitality of the locals adds to the charm of the trekking experience.
Camping Under the Starry Sky
Camping amidst the pristine landscapes of Himachal Pradesh is an experience like no other. Set up your tent near a gurgling stream or on a lush meadow, and fall asleep under a sky filled with stars.
2. Skiing and Snowboarding: Gliding Through the Snow
Solang nala: the winter sports hub.
Solang Nala is a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. From skiing down the slopes to trying your hand at snowboarding, this destination offers a perfect blend of adventure and fun.
Solang Nala’s charm lies not only in its stunning beauty but also in the plethora of winter sports it offers. Skiers and snowboarders carve their way through the powdery slopes, their exhilarating descents leaving trails of excitement in the crisp mountain air. The snow-covered terrain becomes a canvas for daredevils to try their hand at snowshoeing and tubing, while the ice-skating rink presents a shimmering stage for elegant glides and spins.
For those seeking a panoramic experience, the cable car ride to the top offers an unmatched view of the surrounding snow-clad peaks. The entire valley unfolds beneath you, and the distant mountains seem to whisper tales of ancient times. As the sun sets behind the mountains, casting a warm glow on the landscape, Solang Nala radiates a magical aura that lingers in the hearts of all who witness it.
Beyond the adrenaline rush, Solang Nala’s serene tranquility invites contemplation. The snow-laden trees stand as stoic witnesses to the changing seasons, their branches adorned with delicate icicles that reflect the sunlight in a kaleidoscope of colors. The peaceful solitude of the valley serves as a reminder of the power of nature to soothe the soul and inspire introspection.
Yet, Solang Nala isn’t solely about adventure and reflection; it’s a celebration of local culture and warmth. The locals, with their genuine smiles and welcoming demeanor, offer a glimpse into the life that thrives amid these mountains. From savoring steaming cups of chai in local tea stalls to relishing traditional Himachali cuisine, visitors get a taste of the region’s rich heritage.
In the heart of winter, Solang Nala stands as an embodiment of the coexistence of thrill and serenity, adventure and tranquility. It beckons you to step out of your comfort zone, to embrace the thrill of speed and the crispness of the mountain air, all while allowing the snow-covered landscape to ignite a sense of wonder and inner peace. Solang Nala isn’t just a winter sports hub; it’s a canvas where nature and human spirit converge in a masterpiece of shared experiences and unforgettable memories.
Learning the Ropes with Expert Instructors
If you’re a beginner, worry not! Solang Nala has professional instructors who can guide you through your first skiing or snowboarding experience, ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable time.
Rohtang Pass: A Snowy Wonderland
Rohtang Pass turns into a snowy wonderland during the winter months, making it an ideal destination for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. The breathtaking views and the thrill of gliding down the slopes make for an unforgettable adventure.
Rohtang Pass, a realm of ethereal beauty, stands as a testament to nature’s artistic prowess. As you ascend the winding roads, the world transforms into a mesmerizing snowy wonderland, where the air is crisp and the mountains wear their majestic snow-crowned attire.
The pass’s allure lies in its ever-changing panorama – from dense forests at the base to the stark, snow-covered landscapes at its zenith. The journey itself is an odyssey through seasons, as the verdant greens give way to a monochromatic symphony of white.
The snow-clad peaks surrounding Rohtang Pass form an amphitheater of grandeur. Their summits seem to touch the heavens, and the sun’s embrace turns the snow into a sea of glistening diamonds . Every step in this frozen realm is a dance with nature, a delicate negotiation between your footprints and the pristine canvas.
Beyond its visual splendor, Rohtang Pass offers an invitation to adventure. Skiing down the slopes feels like gliding through a dream, where gravity and grace intertwine. Snowball fights become epic battles, and the air is filled with laughter and exuberance.
Yet, amidst the exhilaration, there’s also a serene tranquility. The solitude of Rohtang Pass has a way of silencing the chaos of the world, leaving only the gentle whisper of the wind and the occasional creaking of ice. It’s a canvas for introspection, where you can lose yourself in the vastness of the landscape and find solace in its purity.
Rohtang Pass isn’t merely a destination; it’s a journey into the heart of winter’s embrace. It’s a place where time stands still, and the worries of everyday life melt away like snowflakes on your palm. As you leave the pass behind, its memory lingers like a cherished dream, a snowy wonderland that forever holds a piece of your heart.
3. Paragliding: Soaring Above the Clouds
Bir billing: india’s paragliding capital.
Bir Billing has gained international recognition as one of the best paragliding destinations in the world. The thrill of running off a hill and soaring high above the valley is an experience that will stay with you forever.
Bir Billing emerges as a paragliding mecca, a place where the sky becomes both playground and canvas. This picturesque destination in Himachal Pradesh isn’t just a location; it’s an experience that elevates you both physically and spiritually.
The journey to Bir Billing isn’t just a physical one; it’s a voyage into the realms of the unknown. As you ascend through winding roads, anticipation builds, and the world below gradually shifts from a chaotic mosaic to a serene panorama. The moment you arrive, the crisp mountain air envelops you, carrying a hint of adventure and exhilaration.
The heart of Bir Billing’s charm is the paragliding experience it offers. Launching from the Billing plateau, you become part of the sky itself. The initial leap is a surge of adrenaline, and as your canopy catches the wind, the world opens up beneath you. The landscape unfolds like a tapestry, revealing terraced fields, meandering rivers, and distant mountains painted with mist.
Bir Billing’s paragliding season is a dance with nature’s whims . The thermals and winds dictate your journey, as you soar with the birds, sharing their perspective on the world below. The flight isn’t just a descent; it’s an exploration of freedom and perspective, a reminder of the boundless horizons that life can offer.
The landing in the tranquil fields of Bir is a gentle return to Earth, a seamless transition from the heights of euphoria to the groundedness of reality. But the memories linger like the wind’s caress, carrying with them a taste of the skies and the wonder of flight.
Yet, Bir Billing isn’t only about paragliding; it’s a blend of adventure, culture, and serenity. The Tibetan monasteries in Bir offer moments of reflection, while the local cuisine ignites a journey of flavors. The people, with their warm smiles, make you feel like more than just a visitor; you become part of the tapestry they call home.
Bir Billing: I ndia’s Paragliding Capital isn’t just a destination; it’s a chapter in the book of your life, an experience that shifts your perspective and fills your heart with the exhilaration of flight and the tranquility of the mountains. It’s a place where the sky becomes a playground and the winds carry your dreams to new heights.
A Bird’s-Eye View of the Scenic Landscape
Paragliding offers a unique perspective of Himachal Pradesh’s stunning landscapes. As you glide through the air, you’ll witness panoramic views of lush valleys, dense forests, and distant mountains.
Adrenaline and Serenity Combined
The juxtaposition of heart-pounding adrenaline and serene tranquility is what makes paragliding in Himachal Pradesh an unforgettable adventure. It’s a way to escape the mundane and embrace the freedom of the skies.
4. River Rafting: Taming the Rapids
Beas River: A Rafting Adventure
The Beas River presents thrilling opportunities for river rafting. The rapids challenge your skills as you navigate through the gushing waters, surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the region.
Levels of Difficulty and Safety Measures
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rafter, the Beas River offers a range of rapids suitable for all levels. Safety measures are paramount, with trained guides ensuring a secure and exciting experience.
The Thrill of Riding the Rapids
Riding the rapids of the Beas River is an exhilarating experience that will get your heart racing. The combination of adrenaline, teamwork, and the rush of the river make for a truly memorable adventure.
5. Mountain Biking: A Journey on Two Wheels
Exploring the Rugged Terrain
Himachal Pradesh’s rugged terrain is a paradise for mountain biking enthusiasts. Traverse through dense forests, quaint villages, and challenging trails as you explore the state on two wheels.
Manali to Leh: The Ultimate Biking Challenge
The Manali to Leh biking route is a legendary adventure that attracts bikers from all corners of the globe. The journey takes you through high mountain passes, barren landscapes, and remote villages.
Immerse Yourself in the Breathtaking Beauty
Mountain biking in Himachal Pradesh is not just about the physical challenge; it’s also about immersing yourself in the region’s breathtaking beauty. Every turn reveals a new panorama that will leave you in awe.
6. Rock Climbing: Scaling New Heights
Climbing Destinations Across Himachal
Himachal Pradesh boasts numerous rock climbing destinations, each offering a unique challenge. From natural rock formations to artificial climbing walls, climbers of all levels can find their perfect ascent.
Pushing Your Limits and Building Confidence
Rock climbing is not just about conquering physical obstacles; it’s also about pushing your mental boundaries. Overcoming challenges and reaching the summit instill a sense of accomplishment and confidence.
Overcoming Challenges, Reaping Rewards
The sense of achievement you feel when you reach the top of a challenging climb is unparalleled. The breathtaking views from the summit are a well-earned reward for your determination and perseverance.
7. Caving: Discovering the Underworld
Lure of the unexplored caves.
Himachal Pradesh’s underground world is as captivating as its landscapes above ground. The state is home to a network of intriguing caves waiting to be explored by adventure enthusiasts.
Spelunking: A Unique Adventure
Spelunking, or cave exploration, takes you through narrow passages, underground chambers, and unique rock formations. It’s a chance to uncover the mysteries of the Earth’s hidden treasures.
Unveiling Nature’s Hidden Wonders
Caving in Himachal Pradesh offers a rare opportunity to witness nature’s creative handiwork in the form of stalactites, stalagmites, and other formations that have taken centuries to develop.
8. Wildlife Safari: A Tryst with Nature
Great himalayan national park.
For those seeking a different kind of adventure, Himachal Pradesh’s Great Himalayan National Park offers a wildlife safari experience. Spot exotic animals like the snow leopard, Himalayan brown bear, and more.
Encounter with Himalayan Flora and Fauna
A wildlife safari in Himachal Pradesh not only introduces you to its diverse animal inhabitants but also to its rich variety of flora, making it a holistic nature experience.
Ecotourism and Conservation Efforts
Engaging in a wildlife safari in Himachal Pradesh contributes to ecotourism and wildlife conservation. By supporting responsible tourism, you help protect the region’s delicate ecosystem.
Cultural Experiences: Beyond the Adventure
Himachal’s rich cultural heritage.
Adventure tourism in Himachal Pradesh is not just about physical activities; it’s also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the state’s vibrant cultural heritage. Explore traditional art, music, and dance forms.
Traditional Festivals and Local Cuisine
Participate in local festivals like the Kullu Dussehra, which showcases Himachal Pradesh’s unique traditions. Don’t forget to savor the delectable local cuisine that adds a flavorful dimension to your adventure.
Homestays: Immersion in Local Life
Opt for homestay accommodations to get a firsthand experience of Himachali hospitality. Living with locals allows you to truly understand their way of life and forge authentic connections.
Safety Measures: Prioritizing Your Well-being
Choosing reputable tour operators.
When engaging in adventure activities, it’s crucial to choose tour operators with a strong safety record. Look for licensed operators who prioritize the well-being of their participants.
Preparing for Altitude and Weather Changes
Many adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh take place at high altitudes, where weather conditions can change rapidly. Proper acclimatization and suitable clothing are essential for a safe journey.
Packing Essentials for a Safe Journey
Before embarking on your adventure, ensure you have the right gear and equipment. Depending on the activity, this might include sturdy footwear, protective gear, and weather-appropriate clothing.
Best Time to Visit: Timing Your Adventure
Seasonal highlights and considerations.
The best time to visit Himachal Pradesh for adventure tourism varies depending on the activity. Research the seasons that align with your preferred adventure to make the most of your trip.
Tailoring Your Itinerary to Weather Conditions
Since weather conditions can impact certain activities, it’s wise to plan your itinerary around the expected weather during your visit. This ensures a smoother and more enjoyable adventure.
Peak vs. Off-Peak Adventure Opportunities
Peak tourist seasons bring larger crowds, but they also offer a vibrant atmosphere and additional services. Off-peak seasons provide a quieter experience with fewer tourists.
Planning Your Adventure: Practical Tips
Accommodation options and reservations.
Himachal Pradesh offers a range of accommodation options, from luxury resorts to budget guesthouses. Make reservations in advance, especially during peak seasons, to secure your stay.
Budgeting for Your Himachal Expedition
Adventure tourism comes with costs, including activity fees, accommodations, meals, and transportation. Create a budget that covers all aspects of your trip to avoid any financial surprises.
Transportation and Local Travel Insights
Research transportation options within Himachal Pradesh, as well as how to get to your desired adventure destinations. Local buses, taxis, and private transfers are common modes of travel.
Capturing Memories: Photography Tips
Showcasing himachal’s picturesque landscapes.
Himachal Pradesh’s landscapes are a photographer’s dream. Experiment with angles, lighting, and composition to capture the true essence of the region’s stunning beauty.
Preserving Your Adventures Through Lens
Photography allows you to relive your adventures long after they’re over. Capture candid good moments, breathtaking vistas, and the emotions you experience during your Himachal expedition.
Sharing Your Experiences with the World
Social media platforms are perfect for sharing your adventure experiences with friends, family, and fellow travelers. Your photos and stories might inspire others to embark on their own journey.
Conclusion: Embark on Your Himalayan Adventure
Himachal Pradesh beckons thrill-seekers, nature lovers, and culture enthusiasts alike with its dynamic blend of experiences. From trekking along ancient trails to soaring through the skies and exploring mystical caves, this state promises an unforgettable journey. Whether you’re an adventure aficionado or a novice seeking excitement, Himachal Pradesh offers a gateway to discovering your inner explorer.
Frequently Asked Questions:8 Adventure Tourism in Himachal Pradesh
1.Is adventure tourism in Himachal Pradesh suitable for beginners?
Himachal Pradesh caters to all skill levels, providing options for both beginners and experienced adventurers. Many activities offer training and guidance for novices.
2. What is the best time to visit for adventure tourism?
The ideal time varies depending on the activity. Summer and early autumn are excellent for trekking and paragliding, while winter offers opportunities for skiing and snowboarding.
3. Are safety measures adequately enforced?
Reputable tour operators prioritize safety, providing necessary equipment and adhering to guidelines. It’s crucial to choose licensed operators for a secure experience.
4. Are there non-adventure attractions in Himachal Pradesh?
Absolutely, Himachal Pradesh boasts rich cultural experiences, wildlife exploration, and opportunities to immerse in local life, beyond the adrenaline rush.
5.How can I capture the beauty of Himachal Pradesh?
Carry a good camera or smartphone with ample battery and storage. Experiment with angles and lighting to truly capture the essence of the landscapes.
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Riding the warm thermal currents of the air is perhaps the closest man has ever come to sailing Para-Gliding the skies as free as a bird. Almost at will, you dip and wheel high over the hills and valleys. Bir-Billing in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh is one of the best paragliding site. para-gliding is also possible at other places in the state. Places where para-gliding is done are Bundla Dhar near Bilaspur, Solang valley near Manali in the Kullu district.
Himachal Tourism sponsors training programmes and events at various times of the year, in different places. There is an Adventure Sports Hostel at Dharamsala (Kangra) and an Aero Sports Complex at Bir. For details of training facilities, contact sports associations or District Tourism Development Office at Dharamsala. Ph: 01892-224430.
Mcleod Ganj-Triund (2875 M) 9 kms Trek
Triund is an alpine meadow situated on top of a ridge from where we have superb view of the peaks of Dhauladhar mountain on one side and Kangra valley on the other. 18 Km from Dharamshala, and 9 Kms Trek from Mecleod ganj, Triund lies at the feet of the perpetually snow clad Dhauladhar at the height of 2,975 m. The snow line starts at Ilaqa (3,350 m), 5 Km from Triund. It is a popular picnic and trekking spot. The tracks from Rawa, Dal Lake, Dharamkot and Bhagsunag meet at a ridge known as Galu temple (2,130 m) which has a small shrine and water point. On the way one can spot many birds and wild animals. Accommodation is available in the rest house of Forest Department, but water has to be fetched from a distance of about 2 Km. Route guidance, maps, equipments on nominal rent etc. may be had from the Regional Mountaineering Centre, Mcleodganj.
Indrahar Pass is a mountain pass in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. Located at an altitude of 4,342 metres (14,245 ft) above sea level, near the tourist town of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, Indrahar pass forms the border between Kangra and Chamba districts. It is part of a very popular trekking route from Dharamshala. Best trekking season is in the month from May–October. Indrahar pass route starts from Mcleodganj and then further from Dharamkot-Triund-laka-Lahes Cave-Inderhar Top-Chatta Paroa-Kuwarsi-Lamu-Choli.(Raod)
Trekking starts from Dharamkot towards Triund. Triund trekking trail is steep gradient and takes around 4 hours of trekking through dense forest of Rhododendron(Gurans) and Bann. One can see beautiful views of Dhauladhar range and Kangra valley from Triund meadow and then further small trek from Triund hill to Laka Got. One can stay overnight in Laka as it is important for acclimatization for further moving ahead for the steep rise in altitude.
Next early morning one can start for the Indrahar Pass Trek. From the Indrahar Pass one can have the amazing views of majestic peaks of Pir Panjal range of central Himalayas. After crossing the Indrahar Pass the trekking route is a steep descent till Chatta Paroa, and then one can proceed via Mandara to reach the beautiful village of Kuwarsi which is at a height of 2730 meters and then further towards Lamu and then Choli village road ahead and from there one can drive to Chamba Town.
Rajgundha, often referred to as the heart of valleys in Northern India. This valley is situated under the foothills of Dhauladhar mountain ranges and consists of very high snow mountains. The top of the hill is approx. 2400 meters high from sea level. Reaching at the top gives you the best view around to quite a long distance. This valley is well known for trekking, camping and angling. Also, it is a place where you can experience true nature and the wildlife. The valley we are talking about is blessed with life where one can feel abundance of positive energy. The lush green trekking trails, the cool mountain currents and sky touching hills encapsulating the entire vista just make your day giving you a break from the hush-rush, monotonous routine. It is one of the most preferred trekking routes for tourists because of its scenic beauty and tranquility.
Trekking in Rajgundha is over 16 kilometers long that connects two road heads and can be covered in a day or two. The trekking experience offers snapshots of the village lifestyle, nature, wild life, and local culture. Not only this, tourists love carrying out adventurous activities like camping and angling.
RajGundha & KukarGundha are twin villages bestowed with beautiful environment. Both the villages are well-connected with other nearby rural communities. However, there is not much developed and hence the villages still do not have well-laid road network and transportation facilities.
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Himachal Pradesh offers spectacular snowy peaks and plunging river valleys, which attracts every tourist. Himachal Pradesh sports are world famous, and it has great varieties of adventure activities.
Adventure Activities in Himachal Pradesh:
Paragliding is an adventurous activity in Himachal Pradesh. You can enjoy Paragliding in Himachal Pradesh at Born to fly Paragliding, Bir Billing Paragliding Adventure and Airborne Paragliding Shimla.
The price of Paragliding in Himachal Pradesh is 2500/- INR. The best time to do Paragliding in Himachal Pradesh is in October to June. You can also check himachal pradesh adventure tour packages
Trekking in Himachal Pradesh is a popular sport. You can enjoy Trekking in Himachal Pradesh at Manali, Shimla and Kasol.
The price of trekking in Himachal Pradesh is 3000/- INR. The best time to do Trekking in Himachal Pradesh is February to June. You can also check adventure sports of Himachal Pradesh in hindi.
River Crossing is a popular activity in Himachal Pradesh. You can enjoy River Crossing in Himachal Pradesh at Chamba district in Dalhousie.
The price of River Crossing in Himachal pradesh is 200/- INR. The best time to do River Crossing in Himachal Pradesh is March to June.
Rafting in Manali is a popular sport. You can enjoy Rafting in Himachal Pradesh at River Rafting, Rajaani Adventures and Rafting Basing.
The price of River Rafting in Himachal Pradesh is 500/- INR. The best time to do Rafting in Himachal Pradesh is from October to May.
Camping in Himachal Pradesh is a famous sport. You can enjoy Camping in Himachal Pradesh at Prashar Lake Camping and Trekking, Wild Himalaya Glamping Camp and the Sky Village.
The price of Camping in Himachal Pradesh is 500/- INR. The best time to do Camping in Himachal Pradesh is from April to September.
Rock Climbing in Himachal Pradesh is one of the popular adventure sports. You can enjoy Rock Climbing in Himachal Pradesh at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering, Allied Sports.
The price of Rock Climbing in Himachal Pradesh is 799/- INR. The best time to do Rock Climbing in Himachal Pradesh is from May to October. You can also check adventure tourism in himachal pradesh pdf
Zorbing is a popular sport in Himachal Pradesh. You can enjoy Zorbing in Himachal Pradesh at Solang Valley. The price of Zorbing in Himachal Pradesh is 500/- INR. The best time to do Zorbing in Himachal Pradesh is from January to May.
Jeep Safari is a popular sport in Himachal Pradesh. You can enjoy Jeep Safari in Himachal Pradesh at Private Malana Jeep Safari. The price of Jeep Safari in Himachal Pradesh is 2500/- INR. The best time to do Jeep Safari is Whole Year.
Heli- Skiing is a popular sport in Himachal Pradesh. You can enjoy Heli- Skiing in Himachal Pradesh at Hanuman Tibba, Rohtang Pass, Deo Tibba and Chandrakhani Pass. The best time to do Heli- Skiing in Himachal Pradesh is February to March.
Ice Skating is a popular sport in Himachal Pradesh. You can enjoy Ice Skating in Himachal Pradesh at Ice Skating Rink, Roller Skating Rink, Ice Skating Rink Kaza.
The price of Ice Skating is 100/- INR. The best time to do Ice Skating in Himachal Pradesh is February to June.You can also check tour in himachal pradesh
Rappelling is a famous sport in Himachal Pradesh. You can enjoy Rappelling in Himachal Pradesh at Tirthan Valley, Shimla, Barot Valley and Dharamshala.
The price of Rappelling in Himachal Pradesh starts from 350/- INR. The best time to do Rappelling in Himachal Pradesh is April to June.
Motor Biking is a famous activity in Himachal Pradesh. You can enjoy Motor Biking in Himachal Pradesh at Manali, Rohtang, and Gramphu.
The price of Motorbiking in Himachal Pradesh is 1300/- INR. The best time to do Motorbiking in Himachal Pradesh is April to October. You can also check Famous sport in Himachal Pradesh
Adventure places in Himachal Pradesh:
Pir Panjal is a range of mountains in the Western Himalayas,it is one of the highest peaks in Himachal Pradesh. Here you can enjoy Trekking and Hiking.
Spiti Valley is popular for its Scenic beauty, Spiti Valley offers many attractions to the tourists. March to June is the best time to visit Spiti Valley. Here you can enjoy Paragliding and much more thrilling activities.
Hampta Pass trek provides Blissful views Mesmerising scenes. It is one of the best places for trekking enthusiasts. The best time to visit Hampta Pass is from July to September.
Location: Kheerganga, Barshaini, Khir Ganga, Himachal Pradesh 175 105
Timings : Open 24 Hours ( Saturday to Monday)
KheerGanga trek is popular for hot water springs. Kheer Ganga trek is more than 22 kilometres long. The best time to visit KheerGanga trek is from March to June.
Manali is a town in Himachal Pradesh. Which is famous as a hill station all over India. It is one of the most famous spots for honeymooners. Manali offers amazing outdoor activities, such as Ice Skating, Biking, Paragliding. You can also check adventure trip in himachal pradesh
Bir Billing is Famous for Paragliding, it is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts. Here you can enjoy hardcore Camping and Trekking. You can also check himachal tour packages
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Location: H238+5X8, Kalatop R. F, Himachal Pradesh 176 304
Timings: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM ( Tuesday to Monday)
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary offers a great variety of trees and plants. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary offers Trekking and Hiking activities.
Sangla Valley is Situated in Kinnaur. It is one of the beautiful valleys in Himachal Pradesh. Sangla Valley is a neighbouring dense forest. snow covered peaks. You can visit Sangla Valley Whole Year.
Kinnaur is well- known for its native terrain all over and the without end views are lovely and pleasing. It is well- known as BaspaVillage.
20 Adventure Hotels in Himachal Pradesh:
- Deventure Shimla Hills
- Hotel Hot Spring
- Escape town
- Himalayan Brothers Adventure
- Suro Treehouse Resort
- Moksha Himalayan Spa Resort
- Renest River Country Resort
- Wildflower Hall, An Oberoi Resort
- The Oberoi Cecil
- Taj Theog Resort & Spa
- Welcomhotel by ITC hotels
- Royale Retreat
- The Nilaya
- Hyatt Residency Dharamshala, Resort
- The Retreat Mashobra
- The Cedar Grand – Hotel & Spa
- Nibaana Resort
- Shimla British Resort
- Honeymoon Inn
- Mashobra Greens
- What is adventure tourism management?
Adventure Tourism Management centre on tourism business and policy inside adventure part try on the factors of necessary active and paid art for headship and Welfare.
- What is Adventure Tourism?
The motion of the human from one to one more spot hired their cheer for the area study or move to a lonely faraway and maybe unkind region.
- How popular is adventure tourism?
Adventure tourism is obtaining wide resistance payable to the growing travel industry over the world.
- Which are the traditional games in Himachal pradesh?
Thoda is a martial art form from Himachal pradesh.
- What is the scope of adventure tourism in Himachal Pradesh?
Mountaineering, Trekking , Rock Climbing, Heli- Skiing, River Rafting and fishing.
- What are the famous sports of Himachal Pradesh?
Ice Skiing, Angling, Heli- Skiing, Jeep Safari, Paragliding, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Hiking and many more.
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10 must-visit destinations in India for winter travels 2023
Posted: 13 November 2023 | Last updated: 15 November 2023
Note: The article is based on content generated by AI models like Bard and Chatgpt.As winter approaches, India unveils a breathtaking tapestry of landscapes and experiences that beckon travelers seeking both adventure and serenity. From snow-capped mountains to sun-kissed beaches, the country offers a diverse array of destinations that come alive during the winter months. Here's a curated list of 10 famous destinations in India that promise a memorable winter getaway in 2023.
1. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir: Nestled in the Pir Panjal range, Gulmarg transforms into a winter wonderland during the colder months. Famous for its pristine snow-covered landscapes, this hill station offers a paradise for skiing enthusiasts. The Gulmarg Gondola, one of the highest cable cars in the world, provides panoramic views of the snow-clad peaks.
2. Manali, Himachal Pradesh: Manali, surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains and lush valleys, is a perennial favorite for winter escapades. The Solang Valley becomes a hub for winter sports, including skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. Rohtang Pass, adorned with a white blanket of snow, offers spectacular vistas for those seeking a scenic adventure.
3. Auli, Uttarakhand: Auli, perched in the Garhwal Himalayas, is renowned for its pristine slopes and is often referred to as the 'Skiing Capital of India.' The winter months turn Auli into a skier's haven, with the Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat peaks forming a majestic backdrop. The Auli Artificial Lake adds to the charm, reflecting the snow-clad beauty of the surroundings.
4. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat: While the Rann of Kutch is famous for the vibrant Rann Utsav during winters, it is also a surreal destination for those seeking a unique winter experience. The vast salt desert shimmers in the winter sun, creating an otherworldly landscape. Visitors can indulge in cultural festivities, desert safaris, and stargazing in this expansive white desert.
5. Jaipur, Rajasthan: Winter in Jaipur is a time of cultural festivities and pleasant weather, making it an ideal destination for history and architecture enthusiasts. Explore the magnificent Amber Fort, stroll through the colorful bazaars of the Pink City, and witness the grandeur of the City Palace. The Jaipur Literature Festival, held in January, adds an intellectual and artistic flavor to the city.
6. Andaman and Nicobar Islands: For those seeking a sun-soaked winter escape, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer a tropical paradise. The pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and azure waters make it an ideal destination for water activities and relaxation. Havelock Island, known for its Radhanagar Beach, is a must-visit for its stunning sunsets.
7. Darjeeling, West Bengal: The hill town of Darjeeling, surrounded by the Eastern Himalayas, is a charming destination in winter. The cold weather enhances the appeal of attractions like the Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Sip on a cup of locally grown tea while enjoying panoramic views of snow-clad peaks.
8. Kutch, Himachal Pradesh: Often overshadowed by its more famous counterparts, Kutch in Himachal Pradesh is a hidden gem for winter travelers. With its tranquil ambiance, apple orchards, and snow-covered landscapes, Kutch offers a serene retreat. The Bhimakali Temple and the delightful town of Sarahan are worth exploring in thNote: The article is based on content generated by AI models like Bard and Chatgpt.is lesser-known winter destination.
9. Goa: While Goa is synonymous with sun and sand, the winter months offer a unique charm. The crowded beaches give way to a more relaxed atmosphere, and the temperature becomes pleasant for outdoor activities. Experience the vibrant nightlife, indulge in water sports, and savor the delicious seafood at beachside shacks without the usual tourist rush.
10. Coorg, Karnataka: Coorg, also known as the 'Scotland of India,' is a picturesque destination that comes alive during winter. The mist-covered hills, lush coffee plantations, and the aroma of eucalyptus in the air create a soothing retreat. Abbey Falls, Raja's Seat, and Talacauvery are among the attractions that showcase Coorg's natural beauty.
Conclusion: Embark on a Winter Odyssey in India
From the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas to the sun-drenched beaches of Goa, India offers a diverse and enchanting array of destinations for winter travels in 2023. Whether you seek the thrill of winter sports, the tranquility of misty hills, or the warmth of cultural festivities, these 10 destinations beckon with promises of unforgettable experiences. Embrace the winter magic, explore the diverse landscapes, and create cherished memories in the embrace of India's winter wonders.
Note: The article is based on content generated by AI models like Bard and Chatgpt.
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