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  • Himachal is a place of tourist interest primarily because of its salubrious climate, the magnificent sights of snow-peaked mountains, and the refreshing and stimulating air devoid of any pollution. Apart from an exploration of the region for the best tourist places one can pursue some thrilling adventure sports like trekking, mountain climbing etc.

    Himachal is famous for its unmatched natural beauty, the lush green meandering hills, the trekking trails and a lot more. Thrillophilia has brought to you tailor-made tour packages to Himachal which will remain etched long in your memory. Whether you are an adventure freak or simply a nature lover we have various programs to suit your taste and choice.

    Hill stations to visit while on Himachal tour:

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    1) Dalhousie

    Dalhousie

    This beautiful hill station had been established by the British in 1854 and was treated as a summer resort for the British officers and troops. It is situated at an altitude of 6000 to 9000 ft. Summer is obviously the best time to visit Dalhousie.

    This place is replete with traditional Hindu culture, temples, art and handicrafts. Chandrabhaga and Ravi rivers have originated from the glaciers near the place. One can visit some of the wildlife sanctuaries and the national forests around the region. For the expert trekkers Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar trekking trails present some serious challenges. In fact, pilgrimage to the Manimahesh Temple in itself is a trekking event.

    [Experience the thrill of trekking in Triund in Dhauladhar Ranges]

    2) Dharmashala

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    Dharmashala, the headquarter of Kangra district of Himachal, is at an altitude of 1250 to 1550 metres, This is perhaps the only hill station in Himachal from where the snow-point is nearest and is a must visit while on Himachal tour.

    The beautiful town is enveloped by conifer trees and oak, the snow-clad mountains surround the place from three sides while the lush green valley stretches in front. Since 1960 Dharamshala has become the temporary abode of the Dalai Lama. In international circuit it is also known as "The Little Lhasa in India".

    3) Kardang

    Kardang monastery is situated just above the village Kardang on the left side of the Bhaga river. The amazing background of the mountains of the Rangcha massif has enhanced the beauty of the monastery location. The monastery houses some excellent murals and colourful frescoes. The monastery belongs to the Red Hat sect. Both the nuns and the monks enjoy equal rights.

    4) Keylong

    Keylong at 3340 metres lies over Rohtang on the main thoroughfare to Leh. The district headquarter of Lahaul Spiti Keylong boasts of deep green valleys with willow trees, mountain streams flowing between the brown mountains snow-capped peaks.

    [Wanna have an exciting bicycle experience in the valleys of Spiti and Lahaul]

    5) Kufri

    Kufri is a tiny hamlet in the district of Shimla and is about 13 Km away from Shimla. The place experiences a lot of snowfall during the winter months and hence during this time adventure sports like skiing and tobogganing are arranged. This place is also very famous for hiking and trekking trails. In summer the view of the sprawling green valleys and snow-capped mountains steals your heart.

    Earlier a place in the kingdom of Nepal Kufri has such a peaceful and tranquil environment that all your tensions and worries are driven away. There is also a picnic spot amid orchards and forests at Fagu which is only about 6 Km from Kufri. Regular ski courses, instructions and equipment’s are arranged by Himachal Tourism.

    6) Mcleodganj

    Mcleodganj is very close to Dharamshala and is famous for being the residence of the Dalai Lama. Being located at a height of 1800 metres it is endowed with excellent natural beauty. The cool, serene and peaceful atmosphere lends a divine presence over the place. Mcleodganj  also  offers great adventure activities like trekking and hiking. The upper part of Dharamshala is known as Mcleod Ganj.

    You can have a visit of the fourteenth Dalai Lama who lives only about five minutes’ walk away from the main town. This idyllic place is surrounded by the forests of Deodar, Rhododendron and Pine trees. The basic culture and practices of this place is Tibetan in nature.

    7) Manali

    Manali is another hill station which is located at an altitude of about 2050 metres and is about 40 Km from Kullu. The town is situated on the national highway to Leh. The landscape of the place with its snow-clad mountains, the meandering Beas river with its clear water, the lush green vegetation is breathtaking.

    [Check out the trekking trails of Bara Bhangal range]

    There are also fruit orchards, forests of Pine and Deodar trees. It is also a favourite location for the trekkers who can trek to the Lahaul, Spiti, Zanskar and Bara Bhangal ranges. The places worth-seeing in and around Manali are Arjun Gufa, Hadimba temple, Rahala waterfalls, Rohtang pass, Tibetan monasteries and many more.

    [Also check scenic Bhrigu lake trek of Manali]

    8) Palampur

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    The beautiful town of Palampur at an altitude of 1220 meters boasts of tea gardens and the snow-peaked mountains covered with pine trees. The whole environment bears a stamp of sublime bliss and peaceful tranquillity. There is an Agricultural University as well as a Scientific Research Organisation here. There is a waterfall at Bundla Chasm which is sure to thrill you.

    10) Shimla

    Shimla which is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh was announced the summer capital of India by the British in 1864. The colonial architecture of the buildings still bear testimony of the British era. This is a very popular destination. Being situated at a height of about 2397 metres Shimla has a subtropical highland climate.

    There is regular snowfall during the winter months in Shimla. A summer festival is organised during the peak tourist season. The Mall and the Ridge at the heart of the city are favourite tourist spots. Shimla presents such idyllic sights that you feel relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated.

    11) Solan

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    Solan being located at an average elevation of 1600 metres has a very agreeable climate throughout the year. One can visit the temple of Shoolini Devi and the Buddhist monastery on Rajgarh Road. It is also known as the 'Mushroom city' of India. Solan boasts of having a horticultural and Forestry University along with an old brewery.

    Best trekking trails in Himachal:

    Below is a small list of Trekking trails suggested by Thrillophilia with all the necessary data.

    12) Beas Kund

    Beas Kund

    Beas Kund trek is a rather easy one but nonetheless it's a very beautiful trek through the meandering meadows, valleys. On the way you can see the famous mountain peaks - Hanuman Tibba peak and Friends peak in Dhauladhar range. The wonderful vista of the looming mountain ranges inspires awe in you. The trek terminates at Beas Kund which is basically a lake. Mythology has it that Saint Vyasa used to take daily baths in this lake. The river Beas has also originated from here.

    Altitude: 4950 m

    Duration: 4 days

    More details: Trekking adventure around Beas Kund 

    13) Friendship Peak

    Friendship peak at an altitude of 5289 metres is located near Beas Kund in Manali region in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. This lone open peak and no formal training in mountaineering is necessary for climbing this peak. The three great ranges have met at one point - Dhauladhar ranges. The Great Himalayan ranges and Pir Panjal ranges giving the trekkers an unusual experience. The best route for accessing this peak is via Beas Kund and Dhundi.

    Altitude: 5289 m

    More details: Friendship peak expedition

    14) Sar Pass

    One of the must do trek in Himachal tour is Sar Pass trek. This pass is in the Parvati valley of Kullu district. While traversing the trekking trail from Tila Lotni to Biskeri ridge a normally frozen lake is crossed. Thrillophilia organizes multiple treks to Sar pass every year.

    Altitude: 4267 m

    Difficulty level: Moderate

    15) Pin Parvati

    This is a trek which presents stark contrasts as you pass from Kullu's deep green Parvati valley to Spiti's barren valley in Pin. The Pin Parvati pass and the high-altitude Malta Lai Lake can be seen on the way. The trek involves quite strenuous journey.

    Altitude: 5300 m

    Difficulty level: Strenuous

    Book Now Pin Parvati Pass Trek

    16) Chandra Taal Trek

    This is a moderately difficult trek in the Lahaul-Spiti region and leads the trekkers to Chandra Taal which is actually a high-altitude lake and which means the 'Moon Lake'. The beauty of the lake at a height of about 4270 meters with turquoise blue crystal clear water and the towering Mukila and Chandrabhaga massifs is simply out of the earth and indescribable.  

    Altitude: 4300 m

    Duration: 4 days

    Type: Moderate

    [Also explore trekking in Chanderkhani Pass in Naggar]

    17) Hampta Pass

    Hampta pass

    In the south-east of Manali the Hampta pass trek offers the trekkers wonderful natural sights like dense pine forests, sprawling meadows and the Hampta pass itself at a high altitude. The residents and shepherds of the Hampta village used this route to reach Lahaul Spiti valley. This trek connects two valleys of Himachal thus offering a very contrasting view of the nature. Kullu is replete with eye-soothing greenery and a lot of forestry while Lahaul is sandy and rocky with brown mountains.

    Altitude: 4200

    Type: Moderate

    18) Kinnaur Kailash Trek

    Kinnaur Kailash trek

    Mt. Kinnaur Kailash is located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal. At a height of 6500 metres the mountain is revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike. On the trekking trail there is Charang La pass at an altitude of 5300 metres. Till some years ago this trek was forbidden for the trekkers and consequently this trek is sparingly used. During trekking you can enjoy the unmatched beauty of the green valleys, vineyards, orchards and the snow-capped peaks.

    Altitude: 6500 m

    Duration: 12 to 16 days

    Type: Moderate to Strenuous

    19) Bhabha Pass Trek

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    This trek starts at Kafnoo in Kinnaur and crossing the Pin Bhabha pass at a height of 4865 meters ascends along the left side of the river Wangar. The path passes a combination of conifer forests and broad-leafed species. This wonderful trek passes through the remote Pin and Spiti valleys. On the way you can visit ancient gompas and little hamlets tucked up under the high mountain ranges.

    Altitude: 4865 m

    Type: Moderate

    [Explore the charms of Himachal on a Bhabha Pass Trek]

    Also, check Parang La Trek of Ladakh.

    Things to do on Himachal tour:

    20) Skiing in Rohtang pass

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    At 13,000 ft. Rohtang pass presents a beautiful landscape with abundant snow all over. This is approximately 51 Km from Kullu. It's the gateway to Lahaul Valley. The panoramic view of the high defiant mountains reaching far up above the clouds with lush green valleys below is truly remarkable. There are good skiing facilities available in Rohtang pass, but one must have a fair knowledge about it.

    Season to Visit: Best time to visit Rohtang is during the months of June to October when the pass remains open.

    21) Ki Gompa Village Visit

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    The tiny hamlet of Ki is located about 12 Km away from Kaza and is distinguished by the white buildings of Ki Gompa. Being situated at the top of a hillock at a height of 4116 metres this Gompa is the largest in Spiti. The picturesque beauty of the surroundings from the Gompa will enchant one and all.

    There are living quarters for 300 monks including students. One can see the medieval prayer rooms, old Buddhist texts which have been printed on cloth and the bed used by the Dalai Lama in 1960 and 2000. During the Ki Chaam festival dance masks are exhibited.

    Season to Visit: The most exciting time to visit is late June or early July.

    22) Kalka Shimla Train Ride

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    Kalka Shimla train journey is must when on Himachal tour. UNESCO has granted it 'World Heritage' status. The whole journey takes five to six hours but it offers such a grand view of nature that you remain glued to the passing scenery. The landscape presents forests of oak trees, hills with green vegetation, wild pomegranates, Himalayan springs. A Rail bus is also operated along with this train ride.

    Season to Visit: The best time to visit Shimla would be October to November and from March to May.

    23) Chandra Taal Lake

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    Chandra Taal Lake is a lake situated at an altitude of 4300 meters and in the Lahaul and Spiti region of Himachal. It is also called the 'Moon Lake'. Glaciers from the surrounding mountain ranges are the main source of water inflow into the lake. This lake is also the origin of river Chandra. The sunrise and sunset scenes from this lake are simply divine. The crystal clear turquoise blue water of the lake against the backdrop of the snow-clad mountains create an unearthly sight which will mesmerise any visitor.

    [Experience the trekking adventure to mesmeric Chandratal including Kanamo peak in the Spiti Valley]

    Chandra taal lake in Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh lies between a low ridge and the main Kunzum range. Mostly surrounded with snow, this deep blue-water lake has a circumference of 2.5 Kilometers. Some people also call it Moon Lake and is the source of the violent Chandra River.

    Season to Visit: June Last Week to September Second Week

    As soon as the passes (Rohtang La and Kunzum La) close, Chandertal gets disconnected via road from Delhi-Manali or Delhi-Tabo/Kaza route.

    Ride through high altitudes and scenic landscapes from Manali to Chandratal]

    24) Hang Gliding at Billing Peak

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    Hang gliding is a comparatively new sport being undertaken at Billing of Himachal which is about 14 Km from Bir. As it is gaining popularity among the adventure sport lovers an annual hang gliding contest is held every year. Other popular sites for hang gliding in Himachal are Bir and Dharamshala.

    25) Rock Climbing at Beas Kund

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    Rock climbing calls for physical endurance and strength. This adventure sport is gradually being undertaken by sports lovers. Himachal Pradesh boasts of steep and gentle terrains so that the amateurs do not find difficulty. Apart from the Beas Kund region of Manali other sites of Himachal where this sport is seriously practised are Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba and Shitidhar peaks.

Attractions

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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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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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Jagannath Temple

Built in the year 1681, by Raja Budh Prakash, the Jagannath Temple has been one of the best places to visit in Nahan. Built on the lines of the Jagannath Temple in the Indian State of Odisha, the temple has been one of the most revered places of worship for locals as well for the tourists who make their footfall here.

You can experience the soothing temple environment and can use this opportunity to restore your natural equilibrium and experience spirituality.

Ticket Prices: 
Free entry.

Timings:
7 am to 7 pm

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