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  • Located amidst western Himalayas and endowed with rich topography of majestic snow-laden mountains, gurgling rivers, muddy trails, undulated meadows, striking fruit orchards, quaint villages and verdant jungles, the Hill Stations in Himachal are an epitome of natural beauty.

    They are a favorite haunt for honeymooners, trekkers, wildlife enthusiasts, adventure freaks and casual holiday seekers and attract scores of people from across the country to escape those unbearable mounting temperatures of the plains during peak summer months.Summers are also the time when Himachal Hill Stations organize various fairs and festivals to provide their visitors a deep insight into the state’s diverse cultures and traditions.

    Most of the Himachal Hill stations are enchanting tourist places like Kullu-Manali, Shimla, Dalhousie, Kinnaur, Kasol, Bir and Mcleodganj. While there are endless other breathtaking destinations in this lovely state, we bring to you the best 30, saving you from all the stress of listing down the prospective summer vacation destinations. Without further ado, here you go.

    Here are some of the best hill stations in Himachal Pradesh:

  • 01Shimla

    Shimla

    The trendy hill station of Shimla is one of the most sought after tourist destination owing to a unique colonial era (summer capital of Britishers), trekking options, mystical woods, lush green vegetation and snow capped Himalayan ranges. No matter how often you have visited this place, Shimla never ceases to charm you in a different way each time you are there. Often referred to as the ‘Queen of Hills’, Shimla is undoubtedly, one of the best hill stations in Himachal.

    Whether it’s the popular Mall Road that is dotted with shops, eateries and restaurants, or the peaceful hamlet of Chadwick Falls or the ancient Jhakhoo Temple of Lord Hanuman, perched atop a hill and thronged by uncountable tourists and pilgrims, Shimla remains a popular vacation spot for honeymooners and families alike.

    Best time to visit:
    March to June and November to February for snowfall

    Things/activities to do:
    Camping, trekking, ice skating, paragliding, skiing, white water rafting

    Distance from Delhi:
    340 km

    Nearest Airport:
    Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, 22 km from Shimla

  • 02 Dharamshala

     Dharamshala

    Mounted high up in the snow-clad peaks, enthralling scenic beauty and splendid sounds of Buddhist chants and tinkering bells echoing in the air, this little hamlet set in the backdrop of the Dhauladhar ranges, attracts scores of travelers from all across the globe. The pristine Bhagsu Falls and the Bhagsunath temple located just next to the fall are the prime attractions of Dharamshala for all the nature lovers.

    If you have some interest in history and archaeology, a visit to the Rock–cut Masrur temple with its exquisite monolithic structures that mimic the one at Mahabalipuram and Ellora, will not leave you disappointed. You can also spot several Buddhist monasteries and scores of monks walking across the streets in their vivid red robes. There are also many trekking places among the scenic mountainous terrain, including Triund Trek, Kareri Lake Trek and Minkiani Pass Trek.

    Best time to visit:
     October to July

    Things/activities to do: 
    Paragliding, trekking, sightseeing,

    Distance from Delhi: 
    520 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Dharamsala Kangra Airport, 13 km from Dharamshala

  • 03Manali

    Manali

    If you want to escape to a pleasantly mystic hill station amidst the snow clad mountains and alluring environs, then Manali might just be the perfect choice for you. Manali offers a picturesque and delightful view of the neighboring valleys, irrespective of the month you choose to visit.

    The charming resort town of Manali offers scores of picturesque sights and temples, splashing rivers, water streams, kunds, adventure parks and sky-high mountains and is easily accessible from Shimla, Delhi and Chandigarh, making it one of the most sought after weekend destinations for travelers seeking a pleasurable holiday. Manali is evergreen and the perfect place to unwind and celebrate your vacation and is a popular romantic escapade among honeymooners.

    Best time to visit: 
    March to June

    Things/activities to do: 
    Trekking, photography, camping, rock climbing, nature and wildlife safari

    Distance from Delhi: 
    532 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Kullu–Manali Airport, Bhuntar, 52 km from Manali

  • 04Chail

    Chail

    The panoramic destination of Chail along with its hilly terrains and pristine landscapes, makes for one of the perfect hill stations in Himachal. Chail served as the former summer capital of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of the princely state of Patiala and is popularly known for housing the world’s highest cricket ground built in 1893. The ground is situated at height of 2,445 meters and offers grand unsurpassed vistas of the Himalayan Mountains.

    Chail also houses a wildlife sanctuary where you can spot the Rhesus macaque, leopard, Indian muntjac, Crested porcupine, Himalayan black bear and common langur, among other species. Don’t forget to indulge in some thrilling adventure activities like trekking and camping while you stay in one of the several private hotels or relaxing cottages around Chail.

    Best time to visit: 
    April to October

    Things/activities to do: 
    Wildlife sanctuary, photography, trekking, sightseeing

    Distance from Delhi: 
    337 km

    Nearest Airport:
     Jubbarhati Airport, Shimla, 45 km from Chail

  • 05Mcleodganj

    Mcleodganj

    Mcleodganj is famed across the world for being home to the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. Nestled amidst majestic hills and lush greenery, this town is culturally blessed by a prominent blend of Tibetan and British influence owing to the major settlement of Tibetans here. Mcleodganj with its stunning landscapes attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year and is home to some of the most eminent and religiously significant monasteries in India.

    Prominent ones are the Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang, where the spiritual leader Dalai Lama resides. You should also visit the scenic Dal Lake and Triund, which make for great picnic spots.

    Best time to visit: 
    September to March

    Things/activities to do: 
    Trekking, sightseeing, photography

    Distance from Delhi: 
    480 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Gaggal Airport, Dharamshala, 30 km from Mcleodganj

  • 06Kasauli

    Kasauli

    This idyllic Himalayan village and an army cantonment region is known for its unparalleled scenic charm, beautiful British colonial architecture, cobbled roads, old-fashioned Victorian buildings, countryside landscape and gothic-style churches. The Mall Road is its prime attraction, always dotted with tourists bargaining for woollens, gorging on piping hot momos and maggi or just having a leisurely stroll soaking in the fresh mountain breeze.

    A visit to the famous Monkey Point at sunset, the highest point in Kasauli from where you can see the illuminated views of the Chandigarh city below, is truly a sight to behold. If you wish to engage in something unique, you can embark on the mesmerizing toy train that runs between Kasauli and Dharamkot. The train makes its way through a number of hill tunnels, gorgeous forests and tiny hill-side villages, leaving you with many amazing memories to cherish forever.

    Best time to visit: 
    March to June

    Things/activities to do: 
    Camping, photography, trekking, sightseeing

    Distance from Delhi: 
    287 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Chandigarh Airport, 70 km from Kasauli

  • 07Bir

    Bir

    Bir Billing is a popular destination for adventures sports like paragliding, trekking and camping. The hill town hosts the World Paragliding Championship every year. The take-off site is called Billing and the landing spot is Bir and the overall altitude change is roughly 800 meters.

    The town of Bir is also an important centre of spiritual studies, yoga and meditation, and stars high resemblance to the Tibetan culture. Besides, the Deer Park and the Bir Tea Factory are also must-visit places. There is a modest yet vibrant culture of shopping in Bir, with a handful of local bazaars selling Tibetan-styled jewellery, incense and other Buddhist ritual items.

    Best time to visit: 
    Round the year

    Things/activities to do: 
    Trekking, mountain biking, trail running, sightseeing

    Distance from Delhi: 
    518 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Gaggal Airport, Dharamshala, 68 km from Bir

  • 08 Kufri

     Kufri

    Well known place for horse riding around the year, the picturesque town of Kufri is also a popular picnic spot near Delhi for skiing on snow-clad slopes, go-karting, yak rides and other winter sports. This little hill station is also the place from where most of the treks to Manali and Shimla commence. Nature walks and trails through thick foliage and grooves make this place a great spot to get consumed by nature’s wanderlust.

    Take a leisurely walk through the vibrant bazaar or interact with the locals to know more about the place. Kufri Fun World, Himalayan National Park and Mahasu Peak are some of the other places that attract the travelers from far and wide. This little hill station is one of the must-visit hill stations in Himachal for all those who are looking to reboot themselves from the distress of urban life.

    Best time to visit: 
    December to February (for snowfall) and April to June

    Things/activities to do: 
    Sightseeing, temple visit, trekking, wildlife photography

    Distance from Delhi: 
    357 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, 20 km from Kufri

  • 09Kullu

    Kullu

    Flanked by River Beas, Kullu is one of the most photogenic valleys and famous tourist places in Himachal bestowed with opulent green meadows, orchards, and sparkling streams. It is one of the most visited hill stations in Himachal owing to its historic temples and sacred shrines, most significant of which include the Manikaran Gurudwara, Kheerganga Hot springs, Bijli Mahadev Temple and Raghunath Temple.

    This alluring destination is also famous for numerous enchanting waterfalls, striking fruit orchards, flower-carpeted meadows and cascading rivers. It is a favorite spot amongst hikers and trekking enthusiasts who gather here in great numbers to venture on some of the most famous and exhilarating treks of the region.

    Best time to visit: 
    March to June and November to February for snowfall

    Things/activities to do: 
    Trekking, river rafting, flying fox, paragliding, skiing, snowboarding

    Distance from Delhi: 
    492 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Kullu–Manali Airport, Bhuntar, 11 km from Kullu

  • 10Shoghi

    Shoghi

    Known as ‘temple town’ of Himachal Pradesh, Shoghi boasts of innumerable vintage temples and lush green countryside landscapes. It is one of the best hill stations in Himachal for ideal family vacations and picnics. Major tourist attractions here include Kali temple, Jakhoo Hill, Hanuman Temple and Kandaghat.

    Being one of the lesser explored hill stations, there are no hotels and commercial shops but the abundant natural scenic beauty and a large variety of flora and fauna completely makes up for it.

    Best time to visit: 
    March to June or September to November

    Things/activities to do: 
    Trekking, photography, sightseeing

    Distance from Delhi: 
    330 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, 33 km from Shoghi

  • 11Dalhousie

    Dalhousie

    The list of famous hill stations in Himachal remains incomplete without the mention of the charming hill station of Dalhousie that attracts holiday-seekers, nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and adventure buffs. Sprawled over a group of 5 hills, the picturesque town, endowed with mesmerizing scenic beauty, rustic colonial flavours and a tranquil charm, served as a summer retreat during the British era and provides for a welcome break to all the city dwellers travelling here in search of peace and relaxation.

    Embark on a mild trek to Panch-Pulla, which is a paradise of cascading waterfalls, burbling streams and mesmerizing vistas of surrounding hills and forests or the refreshing water springs of Satdhaara Falls, which are known to have therapeutic properties or go for a romantic boat ride in the Chamera Lake while soaking your souls in serene beauty of the setting sun. A trip to Dalhousie remains incomplete without a visit to the Chamunda Devi Temple that dates back to over 750 years, and is dedicated to Goddess Kali.

    Best time to visit: 
    March to June

    Things/activities to do: 
    Sightseeing, boating, trekking, camping

    Distance from Delhi: 
    560 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Pathankot Airport, 85 km away from Dalhousie

  • 12Spiti Valley

    Spiti Valley

    The picturesque hill valley enveloped by misty clouds, long winding roads, dense deodar forests and soaring pine & chestnut trees, is frequently visited by tourists owing to its aura of blissfulness and exquisiteness.

    The valley separates India from Tibet, and is an adventure lover’s paradise, with the famed Spiti trek drawing thousands of adventure enthusiasts every year. The mountain ropeway from Kibber to Chichum is operated manually and is popular tourist attraction providing for spectacular views of the gorge below.

    Best time to visit: 
    March to July

    Things/activities to do: 
    Trekking, photography, camping

    Distance from Delhi: 
    1,023 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Bhuntar Airport, 245 km from Spiti Valley

  • 13Kasol

    Kasol

    Situated along the banks of River Parvati, Kasol is a popular tourist hub for trekkers, backpackers, and nature lovers. Commonly known as the ‘Amsterdam of India’, this quaint little village is replete with natural scenic beauty, stunning view of the snow-capped mountains and gushing waterfalls in the background. It is famous for its trekking trails, which include treks to Kheerganga, Yanker Pass, Pin Parbati Pass and Sar Pass.

    Since the place is inhabited by a huge number of people from Israel, don’t forget to try the locally available Israeli food at one of the many street side cafes. You can shop at the flea market that sells a variety of items like trinkets, souvenirs, semi-precious stones and other knick knacks.

    Best time to visit:
    October to June

    Things/activities to do:
    Trekking, camping, shopping, photography

    Distance from Delhi:
    513 km

    Nearest Airport:
    Bhuntar Airport, 31 km from Kasol

  • 14Mashobra

    Mashobra

    Sitting at a height of 2,500 metres, Mashobra is another popular hill stations in Himachal that boasts of glorious natural scenery spanning thick forests, beautiful fruit orchards, splendid Himalayan views and a blissful climate round the year. Mashobra is one of the best places to visit in summers, offering an array of interesting outdoor activities including boating, horse-riding, paragliding, trekking, mountain biking, camping, quad biking and wildlife spotting.

    Don’t forget to visit Carignano, an old villa perched at 7,700 feet, constructed of wood and flanked by numerous water streams and woods of tall pines, oaks and cedars and the 9th century old Mahasu Devta temple on the Mahasu Peak. If you are keen to seek for more of a relaxing holiday in the lap of Mother Nature, you can indulge in leisurely strolls along the tree-shaded walkways and nature trails.

    Best time to visit: 
    March to June and December to February for snowfall

    Things/activities to do: 
    Camping, temple visit, trekking, sightseeing

    Distance from Delhi: 
    353 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, 21 km from Mashobra

  • 15Parwanoo

    Parwanoo

    Fragrant fruit orchards, bountiful scenic landscape and a serene ambience to relax and unwind yourselves, Parwanoo is an idyllic destination in Himachal that lures innumerable tourists every summer. Located in close proximity to Chandigarh, it boasts of many activities meant to revel yourself in pristine aura of the place while enjoying the luxuriant valley sitting in the thrilling cabin car ride operated by the Timber Trail Resort.

    If you wish for a spiritual experience, pay a visit to the highly revered Mansa Devi temple, located on an elevated hill top, offering divine breathtaking views of the town below. You can also visit the Cactus Garden which houses over 3,500 species of cacti and succulents and is a treat for nature lovers and botanists. Don’t forget to leave the town without trying the delicious meat pickles, fresh jams, jellies and marmalades of the region at Dhalli, half an hour drive from Parwanoo.

    Best time to visit: 
    Round the year

    Things/activities to do: 
    Trekking, sightseeing, nature photography

    Distance from Delhi: 
    266 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Chandigarh Airport, 30 km from Parwanoo

  • 16Narkanda

    Narkanda

    Located on the Hindustan Tibet road, Narkanda is one of the best places in Himachal for skiing and snowboarding. The calm and peaceful ambience surrounded by forests and woodlands overwhelms travelers and the expansive snow-covered meadows become a perfect spot for winter sports.

    Major tourist attractions here include Hatu peak, Jubbar Lake and Mahamaya temple. Narkanda also houses a lake, Tannu Jabar Lake which is one of the most important tourist attractions here. One can also spot several trekking routes that offer a panoramic view of the town and all adventure lovers travelling to this town should try it.

    Best time to visit:
    Round the year

    Things/activities to do:
    Camping, paragliding, trekking, sightseeing, snowboarding, skiing

    Distance from Delhi:
    404 km

    Nearest Airport:
    Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, 155 km from Narkanda

  • 17Palampur

    Palampur

    Popularly known as the ‘Tea Capital of North India’, Palampur is a beautiful town on the foothills of the snow-clad Dhauladhar ranges in Himachal and attracts hordes of nature lovers, holiday-seekers and honeymoon couples wanting to spend a secluded holiday somewhere in the lap of Himalayas, untouched and unscathed from the crowds of other conventional Himachal hill stations. The aromatic tea gardens, sparkling and cascading streams, pleasant weather, dense pine forests and Victorian style mansions and castles assure a super exotic and romantic holiday.

    You can also go on a trekking expedition to the ancient Kangra Fort or wander into a journey of wilderness at the Dhauladhar National Park that houses the native Himalayan wildlife like red fox, sambar deer and Angora rabbits. For spiritual seekers, the renowned Chamunda Devi temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, and one of the 51 Shakti Peethas across the world, is a must-visit religious site.

    Best time to visit: 
    March to June and Mid-September to November

    Things/activities to do: 
    Camping, paragliding, trekking, sightseeing

    Distance from Delhi: 
    487 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Dharamsala Kangra Airport, 25 km from Palampur

  • 18Khajjiar

    Khajjiar

    A tranquil little saucer-shaped grassland popped away in Dhauladhar ranges of western Himalayas, Khajjiar is truly a piece of heaven. Its untouched natural beauty, verdant forests of Cedar and Pine and a small peaceful lake cradling right in the center, has accorded it the name ‘Mini Switzerland of India’. You can choose from multiple activities while you are here like paragliding, horse-riding, zorbing and boating.

    Right next to the lake sits the Golden Devi Temple which gets its name from the golden colored dome it is crowned with is a must visit for all spiritual seekers. The Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary located at a short distance from Khajjiar, calls passionate trekkers and wildlife enthusiasts to come over and indulge themselves in enthralling experiences of wildlife spotting, bird-watching, jungle safaris and nature photography. You can also visit the nine-hole golf-course which is nestled in the midst of lush greenery and a picturesque landscape.

    Best time to visit: 
    February to November

    Things/activities to do: 
    Paragliding, horse riding, zorbing, trekking, sightseeing

    Distance from Delhi: 
    571 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Gaggal Airport, Dharamshala, 120 km from Khajjiar

  • 19Kinnaur

    Kinnaur

    Kinnaur, often referred to as the ‘Land of Fairytales’ is one of the most beautiful Himachal hill stations flanked by Tibet on one side and featuring emerald green valleys, flower covered pastures, majestic snow-crowned peaks, alpine villages and striking apple and peach orchards and vineyards. Kinnaur makes for a perfect vacation whether you are looking for a laid-back holiday, an adventurous vacation or a spiritual retreat.

    The enticing trails of Sangla Valley are the focal point for adventure enthusiasts offering them some great options for river rafting, paragliding, angling and fishing. There are also few interesting religious sites in Kinnaur like the serene Narayan-Nagini temple and the ancient Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar gompa that reflect a strong Tibetan culture. The Rakcham Chitkul Wildlife Sanctuary houses Himalayan Blue Sheep, Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Fox and Snow Leopards.

    Best time to visit: 
    April to November

    Things/activities to do: 
    Sightseeing, trekking, temple visit, wildlife photography, boating

    Distance from Delhi: 
    599 km

    Nearest Airport:
     Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, 267 km from Kinnaur

  • 20Tattapani

    Tattapani

    Looking for yet another picnic spot near Delhi? Head to Tattapani, the land of hot water spring, which is known to have religious significance and makes for a memorable holiday weekend. Relax, immerse and soak yourself with peace and happiness after visiting this place or take a holy dip to wash off your sins and achieve absolution and sheer bliss. The hot sulfur springs near the bank of river Sutlej are believed to have medicinal properties, offering relief from acute body aches and fatigue.

    While you are there, don’t forget to walk up and pay homage at the Shiva Caves, which are less than a 10 minutes’ drive from Tattapani. It also treasures several attractions lying amid nature and various venturesome activities like trekking, river rafting and rock climbing.

    Best time to visit: 
    September to March

    Things/activities to do: 
    Sightseeing, rafting, photography, camping

    Distance from Delhi: 
    364 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, 68 km from Tattapani

  • 21Chamba

    Chamba

    The little hill town of Chamba makes for an ideal retreat for those seeking a blissful holiday combined with some unparalleled spiritual experience. Chamba is home to several sacred shrines and temples dating back to as early as 4th century providing an unmatched sensation of divinity and mysticism. Visit the famous Laxmi Narayan temple which houses six shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Shiva and features exquisite architecture embellished with wooden chhatris, metallic sculptures and gold covered pinnacles.

    The Champavati temple is another beautiful temple in the town that makes for one of the must see places here. If you wish to indulge in something adventurous, try river rafting, trekking to Manimahesh Peak and river-crossing along the River Ravi.

    Best time to visit:
    March to June

    Things/activities to do:
    Sightseeing, rafting, boating, Lake visit

    Distance from Delhi:
    597 km

    Nearest Airport:
    Pathankot Airport, 120 km from Chamba

  • 22Nahan

    Nahan

    The impressive hamlet of Nahan, cradled amidst the snow-covered Shivalik Himalayan Range, is one of the lesser known hill stations in Himachal. Away from the dreary life of the crowded cities, it is blessed with lush green meadows, perfect climate, winding trails, gorgeous streams and lakes and a dreamy and romantic ambience. The town is bestowed with a number of vintage temples, an artificial lake Rani Tal and the natural and stunning Renuka Lake that contribute to the list of major tourist attractions in the city.

    For those seeking some dose of adventure, Nahan makes a good base for treks in upper reaches of Himachal, from where you can trek to Churdhar Peak. Also, the renowned Sikh temple, Paonta Sahib Gurudwara lies at an hour’s drive from Nahan and makes for a captivating spiritual retreat for all the distressed souls. Other tourist attractions here include Suketi Fossil Park and the majestic Jaitak Fort.

    Best time to visit: 
    Round the year

    Things/activities to do: 
    Sightseeing, boatingLake visit, trekking

    Distance from Delhi: 
    249 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Chandigarh Airport, 50 km from Nahan

  • 23Kalpa

    Kalpa

    Surrounded by lofty Kinnaur-Kailash Range, Kalpa is one of the best hill stations in Himachal, and a favourite destination for bikers owing to its jaw dropping scenic vistas and stunning greenery all around. It is also known for its many beautiful temples, monasteries and striking apple orchards.

    Major tourist attractions in Kalpa include Roghi Village, Kamru Fort, Suicide Point, Sapni Fort and Basteri. Adorned with rich flora and fauna, this small hamlet is one of the must visit hill stations in Himachal.

    Best time to visit: 
    June to October

    Things/activities to do: 
    Sightseeing, nature trails, trekking

    Distance from Delhi: 
    566 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, 276 km from Kalpa

  • 24Tirthan Valley

    Tirthan Valley

    Undoubtedly one of the most enchanting Himachal hill stations, Tirthan Valley truly presents nature in its unadulterated form. Surrounded by numerous hikes and nature walks, this beautiful valley is situated beside the Tirthan River and should definitely feature in your list of Himachal hill stations. Tirthan valley is an amazing place to relax in the lap of Mother Nature, sans the touristy-rush and high-end commercialization. Spring and early summers is supposed to be the best time to visit this hill station.

    when the beauty amplifies manifold with blooming flowers and fruit laden orchards that look stunning along the swift flowing water of the Tirthan River. Also, pay a visit to the Great Himalayan National Park where you can experience a wide range of adventure activities like hiking, camping, trekking, fishing and paragliding or opt for day hikes in the bridle paths of the park and stroll in the village or woods around it.

    Best time to visit:
     March to July

    Things/activities to do: 
    Sightseeing, photography, camping

    Distance from Delhi: 
    489 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Bhuntar Airport, 48 km from Tirthan Valley

  • 25Kaza

    Kaza

    Kaza boasts of barbed mountain peaks, sparkling rivers & streams and small patches of green and is one of the favorite hill stations in Himachal. The bucolic hill town provides for some challenging mountainous terrain for experienced trekkers and hikers, including ‘Pin-Parvati’, ‘Parang-La’, ‘Kunzum Pass’, ‘Pin-Bhaba’ and ‘Chandratal’. Apart from trekking, you can also indulge in the adventure of river rafting over the roaring waters of the Spiti River or opt for relaxing nature walks around pristine villages of Kibber, Komic, and Dhankar.

    There are also a bunch of quaint old monasteries and gompas located in and around Kaza, of which Tabo Monastery and Ki Gompa are by far the greatest captivator for numerous art-lovers, historians and cultural seekers. If you happen to visit Kaza during June-July time, lock your dates around the Ladarcha fair, a flamboyant extravaganza of Tibetan culture featuring dance performances, competitions and delectable food to treat your taste buds.

    Best time to visit: 
    April to October

    Things/activities to do: 
    Sightseeing, temple visit, trekking

    Distance from Delhi: 
    1,028 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Kullu–Manali Airport, Bhuntar, 250 km from Kaza

  • 26Sangla

    Sangla

    One of the most charming hill stations in Himachal, Sangla is a perfect getaway from the hustle bustle of the swarming cities flanked by strapping mountain slopes, sprawling verdant forests, snow covered peaks, red apples orchard and luscious cherry trees. Baspa River passes through the place, meandering and burbling and is famous for trout fishing. Sangla is dotted with several attractions from ancient temples and forts to nearby villages.

    Places to visit here include the lush, sprawling Sangla Meadow, Chitkul, Kamru Fort, Bering Nag Temple, Batseri Village and the magnificent Tibetan Wood Carving Center.

    Best time to visit: 
    March to November

    Things/activities to do: 
    Sightseeing, trekking, nature photography, river crossing, trout fishing, rappelling, camping by the river side

    Distance from Delhi: 
    565 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, 238 km from Sangla

  • 27Jibhi

    Jibhi

    Jibhi is a hidden gem in Banjar or Tirthan valley of Himachal Pradesh on the scenic Chandigarh-Manali highway. The little hamlet has some extremely beautiful and affordable Victorian pinewood cottages for people to unwind and relax overlooking the dense pine forests, tranquil freshwater lakes, pristine temples and variegated mountain peaks. Backpackers and fishing and angling enthusiasts from across the world make Jibhi their home for months owing to its charm and proximity to various other Himalayan towns.

    You can also consider the Chaini Fort trek and Sharingi Bagi temple trek. Chaini village is popular for its ancient structures which are inspired from Chinese art and archaeology, and is a 3 to 4 hours trek from Jibhi. Major places to visit in Jibhi include Jalori Pass, peaceful Serolsar Lake, Jibhi Waterfall, resplendent Chaini Fort and Shringa Rishi temple.

    Best time to visit:
    October to April

    Things/activities to do:
    Sightseeing, trekking, camping, rappelling

    Distance from Delhi:
    492 km

    Nearest Airport:
    Kullu–Manali Airport, Bhuntar, 60 km from Jibhi

  • 28Shojha

    Shojha

    The unadulterated natural bounty of Shoja located midway between Shimla and Kullu, makes for one of the best nature holiday destinations in the Himalayan region. The Jalori Pass located at a short distance away from the heart of the city is the prime attraction here and offers some great views of the distant snow-capped Dhauladhar ranges. If you wish to indulge in a nice camping experience in Shoja, trek some 6 km ahead of Jalori Pass until you reach the beautiful Serolsar Lake, cradled amidst thick woods of oaks and shadowed by mighty Himalayan peaks.

    An old temple dedicated to the guardian deity of the region is also a must visit during your camping at the lake side. For nature lovers, the Waterfall Point with its splendid spectacle is also a captivating site to sit back, relax and immerse your souls in sweet chattering of birds like Indian blue robins, white-throated tits, golden orioles and hill pigeons that abound the area.

    Best time to visit: 
    July to October

    Things/activities to do: 
    Sightseeing, nature photography, bird watching, overnight camping, nature trails

    Distance from Delhi: 
    498 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Kullu–Manali Airport, Bhuntar, 8 km from Shoja

  • 29Hamirpur

    Hamirpur

    One of the lesser known Himachal hill stations, Hamirpur lies deep inside the beautiful Kangra valley and makes for one of the best weekend getaways from Delhi and Punjab. This quaint and quiet little town with its natural beauty and cultural spectacle offers great scope for trekking and other adventure activities like hiking, rock-climbing, paragliding, angling and river rafting. It also houses myriad temples and religious places that offer a memorable time to all the spiritually inclined.

    The most significant of all the sacred shrines in Hamirpur is the Deotsidh temple dedicated to Baba Balak Nath, an incarnation of Lord Shiva, and is thronged by devotees from far and wide. It also provides invigorating sights of the flanking Himalayan peaks and the serene Govind Sagar Lake. You can also visit the neighboring town of Nadaun, which is a treasure trove for art lovers and showcases some of the classiest Kangra paintings you will ever get to see. Other major tourist attractions here include Sujanpura Tila, Gauri Shankar temple and Narvadeshwar temple.

    Best time to visit: 
    Round the year

    Things/activities to do: 
    Sightseeing, angling, rafting, temple visit, camping, trekking

    Distance from Delhi: 
    420 km

    Nearest Airport: 
    Gaggal Airport, Dharamshala, 75 km from Hamirpur

  • 30Gulaba

    Gulaba
    A quiant village near to Manali awaits you at Gulaba! People hop on to this location while leaving hot-spot destinations in search of peace and soak in Himalayan beauty. While summers magnetize this location to indulge in activities like trekking and winters call people for heavy snow pockets and celebrate picnic.

    Certainly, some Bollywood movies will also give you a click with its first sight. So why still wait, get pink cheeked with Gulaba's snow and click multiple pictures worth to cherish forever!

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Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is quite famous among Ladakh travelers but the unpredictable avalanche and severe climatic conditions make it scary some times. Nonetheless, it had made adventure seekers’ tour of Ladakh mind-blowing. A high mountain pass at an elevation of 3978 meters above the sea level, Rohtang is just 51 km from Manali. It is a part of the proud Pir Panjal Range of the mighty Himalayas.

It acts as the connecting link between Kullu Valley and Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Being an ancient trade route, it was well maintained by the natives. The generic name of the pass suggests that either the pass was the oldest and the most used pass. With the increase of visitors every year, the fragile mountain ecology will be in threat, environmentalists worry.

But the exciting beauty of the mountain terrains seen from the top of the pass is indescribable and flamboyant. The Indian Government started building a tunnel which is 8.5 km long to bypass Rohtang pass in order to reduce the travel time and distance to Keylong, Lahaul and Spiti and Leh.

The tunnel promises to reduce the distance by 50 km and the time by five hours between the south and north faces of Rohtang pass. Currently, the time taken to ascend and descend the pass itself is 5-6 hours.

Height:
 Rohtang Pass is located at an altitude of 3978 meters above the sea level in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas.

Location:
 The pass is located about 51 kms away from Manali and you can reach the pass if you take Leh- Manali Highway.

Best time to visit: 
The pass will be open from the months of May to October as the snow starts melting and the paths will be cleared.

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Lachulung La

Apart from Khardung La or Baralacha La, Ladakh has numerous other passes at great heights which stand as Ladakh’s pride for centuries now. The glitters of other passes may be diminished by Khardung La mainly but all the other passes are equally important. Lachulung La is a single example.

The elevation of this pass is 5059 meters above sea level which is considered to be a dangerously exciting height for any pass after Khardung La. Lachulung La is on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Also, it separates the valleys of Tsarap Chu and Tozay. If you take Leh-Manali highway, you will be able to cross this pass that has other names such as Lachalung La, Lungalacha La etc. 

A fact that to be remembered before you head to visit this pass is, it is open only for four and a half months during summer. Any traveler should be prepared not to fall sick during the conquering of Lachulung La because its geographic status, the height, the rugged pathways and the remote villages it goes through may cause dramatic influence on your body. Being one of the most adventurous passes in Ladakh, Lachulung is a favorite stop avid adventure lovers.

Also, the surroundings are quite fictional as the towering Himalayan passes and the nature lying in correspondence to them are creating soothing visuals. Trekkers should be very careful while climbing the altitude up as altitude sickness is assured at the top and keep hydrated to maintain your body conditions with respect to the climate. But the descent is smooth and easy so that you will feel overjoyed till the end.

Height:
5059 meters

Best time to visit:
May to October

How to reach:
Take Leh-Manali highway, from Sarchu 54 KM and from Pang, 24 Km

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Nakee La

As important as the other major passes in Jammu and Kashmir, Nakee La situated at an elevation of 4769 meters above the sea level is a potent competition to Khardung La and similar ones in terms of adventure. On the Leh-Manali Highway, from Manali to Taglang La is Nakee La and it is the third pass among the five passes that to be crossed during the travel from Manali to Leh.

The previous travelers shared the experience of driving down the pass was quite dramatic; the expert drivers also find it challenging to steer past the uneven, rugged and off-road paths. But the traversing time would be filled with excitement and thrill if you really love adventure at its level best.

The frequent sections of ice are another impediment during the journey as well as an avalanche, heavy snowfalls etc can be expected anytime making the process of crossing the pass difficult. The climate is very dry over here and the harsh cold conditions make the pass a challenge to overcome for many. 21 Gata loops is a repeatedly heard word during the tour of Leh and the ascent to Nakee La is known in the special name.

One have to overcome the 23 km ascent that starts from 4250 meters to 4980 meters conquering the 21 tricky hairpin bends. There is also a rumor you can hear about the pass is that the pass is haunted by a ghost of a tourist who was buried here.

Height: 
Nakee La is located at an elevation of 4769 meters above the sea level.

Location:
 Nakee La is located on the famous Leh-Manali National Highway. While you travel from Manali to Leh, you would come across Nakee La.

Best time to go: 
The summer is the best time to visit Nakee La since during winter there would be heavy snowfall and landslide.

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Shivalik Fossil Park

At a distance of 22 km south-west from Nahan on the banks of Markand River is one of the most visited tourist places in Nahan, the Shivalik Fossil Park, also known as Suketi Fossil Park. The park houses a collection of prehistoric vertebrate fossils and skeletons dug out from the Upper and Middle Shivaliks, which will engage history lovers and culture enthusiasts.

The highlight of you visit to the Fossil Park will the open-air display of six life-sized fibreglass models of extinct mammals in a recreation of the Shivalik Hills setting, which dates back to 2.5 million years.

Ticket Prices:
Free entry.

Open Time:
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Closed on Tuesday)

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Zingzing Bar

A quintessential location and a high altitude roadside bar is Zingzing situated on the road from Manali to Leh. Travelers come here to refresh with a sip of coffee or to have food to energize the body and soul to resume their journey to Leh. The multi-purpose shacks can be availed to stay overnight as well.

A space where you will love to roll a joint and smoke it up to escape from the extreme cold. Located at an altitude of 4270 meters above the sea level, the place is recognized to be the most suitable one to take rest. Peaceful ambience and the silence prevailing would leave everyone addicted to it.

The fame of ZIngzing Bar was enhanced because of Baralacha La pass also; the starting point of Baralacha La, one of the most loved passes in Ladakh is Zingzing Bar. Thus it cannot be missed during one’s journey to Leh. The temperature level at the bar will be crazily as low as -2* Celsius and as you ascend from a different temperature from the base, chances to feel altitude sickness and fluctuations in the body are quite higher.

Height:
 The highest roadside bar in the world is located at an elevation of 4270 meters above the sea level before the steep Baralacha La roads starts.

Location:
 From Manali, Zingzing Bar is situated at a distance of 193 kms and a drive of about 3 hours will take you to the bar and from Leh it is about 337 kms away.

Best time to visit:
 Zingzing Bar is found the most scenic during the months of December, January and February when the winter hits at its peak. For those who are searching for peace over a joint, Zingzing bar during winter would be the best option.

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Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary

Spanning across the area of 4 sq. km, the Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best places to visit in Nahan if you are a wildlife enthusiast. The legend has it that it is named after one of the prettiest ladies ever to walk over the face of the earth Renukaji and her son Parshuram. It protects a brilliant collection of the local flora and fauna, which will revive the nature lover in you.

Some of the species harboured in the Sanctuary are Samber, Leopard, Spotted Deer. It is a highly recommended place of visit for Nature enthusiasts and wilderness seekers.

Ticket Prices: 
Free entry.

Timings: 
Sunrise to Sunset.

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Baralacha La

A story says like this; there were two lovers in mythology, Chandra and Bhaga, one is the daughter of the Moon and the other one is the son of Sun God, respectively. To do their marriage, both of them climbed to the Baralacha La and from there, they started running in opposite directions.

Both of them found Tandi as their meeting point and thus their marriage became eternal. The factor made their love shine is Baralacha La pass, a high mountain pass in Zanskar Range that connects Lahaul in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

In ancient times, Baralacha La was considered to be the main trade route. Near the pass, there is this emerald like the lake, the Suraj Tal which is the source of Bhaga River. The pass is situated at an altitude of 16040 feet and on this plateau, the famous mountain ranges such as Pir Panjal, Zanskar and the Great Himalayas come together to meet.

One who wishes to go to Leh through Leh-Manali highway has to cross this pass which hides plenty of adventure and thrill in it.

Height:
 Baralacha La is the most important pass as Khardung La and it is situated at an altitude of 16040 feet above the sea level.

Location:
 Baralacha La is located 73 kms away from Keylong on Manali-Leh road.

Best time to visit:
 The months of April to October are the best months to visit Baralacha La pass as the roads will be open because the snow melts. If you are going from Manali to Leh, then it is advisable that cross the pass before noon due to the melting of snow and creation of streams on the road

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Renuka Temple

On the similar lines of the Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary we have the Renuka Temple, it is dedicated to Renukaji and her son Lord Parshuram. Continuing the legend, it is said that Parshuram wished to go through his time on earth at the feet of his mother and it is a result of this reason, the mother-son pair meet each year amid the beginning of yearly Renuka Fair.

It is additionally believed that Goddess Renuka is the reincarnation of Goddess Durga, which makes it a popular place to visit amongst devotees and followers of Hinduism. The calmness that it has to offer makes it one of the top 
tourist places in Nahan and is surely worth a visit.

Ticket Prices: Free entry.

Open Time: Sunrise to Sunset

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Sarchu

On a tour of Leh, either starting from Manali or while returning to Manali, Sarchu is a major halt where properly arranged camping settlement can be seen. To relax, to just roam around or to sleep peacefully under the stars, Sarchu is a significant point in Ladakh region. It is on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir on the Leh-Manali Highway.

The travelers from Manali to Leh will have to face some off-road conditions and two days will be required to reach Leh on the journey, hence people will choose Sarchu as a halt station. Near the Tsarap Chu River, one can see the camps arranged by the Indian Army as well. But during the winter season, the highway and Sarchu camps would be remaining closed as the altitude passes will not be accessible due to the presence of heavy snow.

Mainly, the trekking of Ladakh starts from Sarchu because the continuing journey from Manali to Leh would be tiring and the trekkers cannot start the experience all of a sudden. So an overnight stay in Sarchu will give energy and more enthusiasm to start the walk early morning. The tents are proper and safe with all the facilities an overnight resident would require.

Height:
 4290 meters above the sea level

Location: 
Sarchu is between Baralacha La to the south and Lachulung La to the north and 220 kms away from Manali. You can reach Sarchu if you take a drive along Leh- Manali Highway.

Best time to visit:
 The months from June to October are considered the best time to reach Sarchu.

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Rani Tal

Rani Tal was once a retreat for the Royalties residing in and around Nahan and in the surrounding Shivalik Hills. On one end of the Lake or Tal, there is an idol of Lord Shiva and a small temple dedicated to Goddess Lata Devi.

The Rani Tal has firmly established its place as a top picnic spot, attracting a multitude of solo travellers and families or couples alike be it local or tourists. You can spend time at this spot by having a stroll in the adjacent garden or by feeding the fishes and the turtles which are there in the pond.

The garden also houses a fountain which will rejuvenate you after your excursion. There is a small cave too which is believed to make its way to the King’s Palace.

Ticket Prices:
Free entry.

Timings:
Open 24 hours

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Gata Loops

A very mysterious attraction existing on the Leh-Manali Highway is Gata Loops as the stories related to it are creepy and at times scary. Gata Loops is a series of 21 hairpin bends that lead to the top of one of the highest motorable passes in Ladakh region that is Nakee La.

Gata Loops is located at an altitude of 17000 feet above the sea level and thus gifts so many wonderful sights of the snow-laid peaks in the background and excitement filled journey till the topmost portion.  The myth related to Gata Loops says that a ghost is present in the road and it will disturb the passengers so that everyone is supposed to pay tribute to the ghost dwelling in a small hut atop the pass by giving mineral water and cigarettes.

In spite of the fact that the ghost is present or not, people have showered offerings to the mysterious ghost. Nonetheless, Gata Loops is a treacherous route to overcome and during winter, the roads will be blocked as the incessant ice sheets are all over the place. The hairpin bends are sharp and it is unimaginably challenging to enter the next loop from the other but descending the loops is more thrilling.

Height:
 The pass is located at an altitude of 17000 feet at the maximum above the sea level.

Location:
 The loops are located 25 kms away from Sarchu on Leh-Manali Highway.

Best time to visit:
 The roads will be suitable to have ride during the months of June, July, August and September.

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Key Monastery

While Himachal Pradesh is home to a dozen different monasteries, this spectacular place is not just the biggest, but also the oldest one around. A must visit tourist place in Spiti Valleythe Key Gompa is encircled by picturesque mountains and soothing valleys.

A wonderful example of monastic architecture and decorated with beautiful paintings, murals, manuscripts, and wind instruments – the Kye attracts history and cultural buffs round the year. If you are seeking spiritual enlightenment, the monastery is home to a large number of nuns, monks, and lamas who receive their religious education here.

If you plan to visit during June-July, you’ll also get to witness the beautiful festival involving Chaam dancers, lamas and a devil made out of butter!

Location: Spiti Valley, Lahul.

Best time to visit: May to October.

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Kareri Lake

Very few people who like stillness around such hypnotic places, pick Kareri Lake amongst the other places to visit in Kangra. Emerging from the heart of the Dhaulandhar range, this scintillating lake is one of its creation. The lake freezes in the winters leaving behind a revitalizing breeze. A major magnetism is the trekking experience during which you can partake in activities like Tyrolean Traversing. 

Although, only experienced people go for this since it is conducted on higher altitudes. It also forms the base for trekking further into this mountain range to Bagga and Rewa until one finally reaches the end point-Guna Devi Temple. You can bow down at the ancient Shiva and Shakti temple by the lake, a devotional place for many.

Where exactly: 
2 km ahead of Sari Village.
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Bijli Mahadev Temple

Kullu has a huge history in its sack. It also homes one of the most beautiful temples in India. Bijli Mahadev Temple stands out from all the other temples due to its serenity and scenic beauty.  It is located at a height of 2460 m above sea level. This temple is a “Kash” style temple in which Lord Shiva is in the form of Shiva Lingam.

The temple can be reached easily after crossing the Beas River. It is located 22 km away from Kullu. The higher ground surrounding the temple offers a panoramic view of the Paravati and Kullu valley. The glistening 60 feet staff of Bijli Mahadev is visible from a very long distance. Legend says that this temple gets struck by lightning every year.

This is why the temple is named after lightning.  The lightning distorts the position of the Shiva Linga. The priest of the temple attaches it again using tattoo and butter as an adhesive. To reach this temple, you will have to perform a 3 km moderately difficult trek uphill. It is an easy trek for younger persons. 

Distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Bijli Mahadev Temple: 
The distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Bijli Mahadev Temple is 5.6 km.

Location: 
Kashawri, Himachal Pradesh, 175138.

Opening Timings: 
The temple follows the opening and closing timings of other temples usually.
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Bir Landing Site

Landing Site in Bir is also known as Sunset Point as it offers soul-stirring views of the sunset. Every evening, the local mob and tourists flock to this place to enjoy the beautiful sunset. There are also a number of cafes and restaurants making the Landing Site, one of the most enthralling places to see in Bir Billing.

As the name suggests, Landing Site is used by the paraglider pilots as the official site for landing and hence, one can enjoy the views of paragliders gracefully descending here.

Location: Bir Colony Road, Himachal Pradesh

Timing: Always open

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Kasauli

A perfect weekend getaway for you if you are in Solan, Shimla, or Chandigarh, Kasauli is a hill town located in Solan District of Himachal Pradesh. Kasauli boasts a pleasant temperature during the summer season, and it does not get too cold during winters, making for a great and convenient hill destination.

The major tourist attractions here are buildings dating back to the times of British India, showcasing brilliant architecture. The most prominent one being the Christ Church.

Location: 25 km from Solan City

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