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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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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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Kinner Kailash Circuit Trek

Popularly known as “Parbat Of Lord Shiva”, this mountain is perched at an altitude of 6500 meters above the sea level. The alluring landscapes of this place make it the most popular tourist spot in Kalpa. People, in large number, visit this place to take the holy Parikrama, which kickstarts from Morang and continues till Kalpa.

Kinnaur Kailash is situated amid breathtaking valleys, lush green gardens, snow-clad mountains, and gushing rivers. What further adds to the significance of this site is the holy Shivling of Lord Shiva. The Shivling is nestled on the Kailash rage at a height of around 4800m. With its religious significance and panoramic landscapes, it is one of the finest places to visit in Kinnaur.

Location:
 Kailash mountain range. Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Timing: 
It can be visited at any time of the day.

Entry fee: 
No entry charges.

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Kuthar Fort

Kuthar Fort is placed in the undying serenity of the Himalayas. The fort spans over an area of about 52.8 square kilometers and is located in the middle of the exotic background, pools as well as the beautiful gardens.

Location: Kuthar Fort is located at a small distance from both Arki and Subathu that are both an hour away from the Shimla airport, Jubbarhatti. Situated in Solan, the fort is one of the key attractions here.

Highlights: Some sectors of the forth are as old as 800 years however there are some new sectors that have been built and are a mere 8 decades old. Stretched in the large area of the region, there are a number of fresh-water springs flowing through here. It is surrounded by different picturesque locations such as the Gurkha Fort from Subathu, Kunihar, and Kasauli hill station.

Best Time: Open all year round.
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Bhrigu Lake

A blasting blue Brighu Lake sits cozily between two high-elevation edges towards the east of Rohtang Pass. One of the numerous cold lakes in Kullu Valley, this lake makes for an immaculate weekend trek and is appropriate for families. 

The noteworthy thing about this trek is that one can achieve an amazing elevation of 14,000 feet and experience snow over the second day of trekking! To add to that, the outdoors grounds at Rola Kholi and Pandu Ropa offer dream-like perspectives to wake up to. 

Bhrigu Lake is only 14 km far from the street head of Gulaba. On a splendid sunny day, the lake is a soaked shade of overlook me-not blue. Bhrigu Lake Trek is especially popular for trekking in Manali.
Amid winter, the lake, secured in the snow, will leave exceptional pictures in your psyche. 

Trekking to the lake is as pacifying as being at the lake itself. On Day 1, backwoods trails from Gulaba to Rola Kholi outdoors grounds take you through valuable old towns, welcoming apple plantations, clear rivulets, and greenfield lands. The trail ensures stunning perspectives of Kullu Valley, which gets to be prettier and prettier as you rise.

Preferred Season
: May-Sep

Maximum Elevation:
14000

Duration
: 4 day

Difficulty Level
: High.

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Chanderkhani Pass

Chandarkhani Pass is located at a height of 3,660 meters above the sea level. This pass is known for its scenic beauty and excellent trekking trails in the Himalayan range. It is treated as one of the best tourist places in Kullu because of the marvelous views, breathtaking landscapes and exclusive trails to follow and make your trip memorable.

You can get the fabulous views of Pir Panjal ranges, Deo Tibba Peak, Parbati mountain range from this pass. The pass takes you to the famous village of Malana through a way between Pulag and Rumsa. The trekkers are introduced to hilly and remote cultures of Himachal Pradesh in this trek. The horizon in this place is a treat for the nature lovers.

The region is also named as the “Valley of Gods”. A legend says that the deity named Jamlu had a basket full of gods. Once he opened his basket in the area. A sudden gust of wind dropped all the gods from the basket. Each fell to the ground and became peaks named after them as Indrasan, Pir Panjal, Deo Tibba, and Parbati.

The top of Chanderkhani pass in Himachal Pradesh is a 360-degree meadow from where you will get the panoramic view of these mountain tops.

Location:
 East of Katrain, Kullu, 175101.

Distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Chanderkhani Pass:
 The distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Chandarkhani Pass is 49 km and it takes 57 minutes to commute. There are interstate buses which will help you with the travel so there is no need to worry about it.

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Kufri Fun World

Jam-packed with enthralling adventures and activities, Kufri Fun World is one of the most amusing tourist places in Kufri. Be it Zip-lining, sky swinging, bungee ejection or mirror maze, haunted house this campus has all of it.

Apart from these, you can also enjoy snow skiing, go-karting, infinity room, and several other surprising adventures which will make you visit this place over and over again. 

Location:
 NH 22, Kufri, Himachal Pradesh 171209.

Timings:
9:30 am to 5:30 pm on all days.

Entry fees:
The entry is free but you need to pay for the rides and adventures you take.

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Chandratal Lake

Chandra Tal is also known as "Moon Lake" is the source of the Chandra River. It is one of the finest treks for trekking in Manali. It was at one time a provisional spot for brokers from Tibet and Ladakh who went to Spiti and the Kullu valley, however today it draws in countless devotees from over the world. 

Situated at a height of 4300 m, Chandra Tal Lake is only 6 km far from the Kunzum Pass in Spiti and Lahaul locale of Himachal Pradesh condition of India. Strolling on Chandra Tal trek will offer an extreme ordeal like the experience of setting off to the moon. 

You will go through two high mountain ranges named Moulkila and Chandrabhaga, which are entirely trying for mountain dwellers. Further, you will see the delightful snow-shrouded mountain tops and slants. There is an unbelievable story connected with this lake.

Sea Preferred Season son: June - mid-Oct

Maximum Elevation: 4250 mts/14000 ft

Duration: 10 day

Difficulty Level: High

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