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  • Winter is the best season to travel to Himachal and experience the breathtaking scenes of valleys, snow capped mountains, frozen lakes and also to indulge in some winter sports activities. Himachal Pradesh experiences heavy snowfalls in winter and hence when you are searching for some best places to visit in Himachal, the following should be added to your itinerary.


    Here are some of the best places to visit in Himachal in winter:

  • 01Khajjiar

    Khajjiar

    Why to visit in winters – Khajjiar otherwise known as India’s Switzerland is famous for its beautiful landscape and aura. Welcome this winter by visiting the best place in Himachal at Khajjiar and also experience the unique snowfall.

    What to do – Visit to Golden Devi temple, Trek on Rohtang pass, Solang valley, visit Manu temple, go to Sankat Mochan temple, Jakhu temple, IIAS

    What to see -The most amazing thing to see here is the Khajjiar Lake, smell some deodar trees in this small meadow, and explore the pristine beauty of this lake by strolling around those small ponds.

  • 02Manali

    Manali

    Why to visit in winters - Manali is one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh in winter to see winter film shoots, or to paraglide or to raft or trek.

     What to do – Paragliding at Manali or Zorbing on the green slopes of Solang valley.

    What to see – Manikaran sulphur water bath, trek to Rohtang pass, Hampta pass trek, rafting at Rishikesh, Beas river side view, Hidimba Devi temple visit, Jogini waterfalls bath

  • 03Parashar Lake

    Parashar Lake

    Why to visit in winters – The Lake has a unique sight during winters and this is the only reason you have to make a visit to Parashar Lake this winter, this hidden gem of Himachal is great to be explored during winter season.

    What to do – Visit the Devnal temple, Prashar Lake, Trokada mata Mandir, Trilonkanth temple

    What to see – Temple hopping (lots of temples to hop), Panchvaktra temple and Arya samaj Mandir are worth seeing

  • 04Kufri

    Kufri

    Why to visit in winters – If there are any places to visit in Himachal in winter then, Kufri is the perfect spot for tourists. Situated on the Himalayan range, Kufri is almost like touching the snow paradise during winters, during winters the annual winter sports festival is held during the month of February

    What to do – Take part in the skiing competition, Kufri is the provider of oldest skiing slopes in the whole of Himachal region, or go fro go karting in the Kufri circuit

    What to see – Sprawl to see the Himalayan nature park, winter skiing at Fagu, or get exerted at Kufri fun world or learn skiing in the gentle slopes of Kufri.

  • 05Rohtang La

    Rohtang La

    Why to visit in winters – Rohtang is the gateway to Ladakh, and as the name suggests that it is ground of corpses, adventurous travellers looking out for places to visit in Himachal Pradesh in winters pick Rohtang La.

    What to do – Go trekking, have some hot water springs, relax at Hadimba temple, and also visit nearby places, ski and go for sledge rides on the valleys

    What to see – The natural springs are great to see, Vashist is a small village near Rohtang and this is the place where Saint Vashist resided, go to this place and experience the hot water springs during winter.

  • 06Shimla

    Shimla

    Why to visit in winters – The capital city of Himachal Pradesh is not only the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh in winters, but this is also a hill station that is rich in its colonial history

    What to do – What can be more tempting than to shop in the heart of town at Shimla, soak this winter into the surrounding area of Shimla at Ridge, or take a joyful train ride through Kalka and Shimla

    What to see – Jakhoo temple has to be in the itinerary, appealing Christ church is worth seeing, get flattered by seeing the Kufri sceneries or see the tourists ski in the snow covered Kufri Mountains

  • 07Spiti Valley

    Spiti Valley

    Why to visit in winters - Spiti valley is the Indian favorite for witnessing some beautiful snow balls and snow rains. Full of monasteries and Tibetan culture, it’s one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh in winters.

    What to do – Take a ride on the Kunzum range by trekking at the Kunzum pass, or collect some ancient books at Key monastery or capture some memorable pictures at Chandratal Lake

    What to see – One must definitely see the Toba monastery or Dhankar monastery or see the real photogenic lake Suraj Tal or Taste the tasty momos and Thupka at Dragon restaurant.

  • 08Solang Valley

    Solang Valley

    Why to visit in winters – Here’s one from the Himalayas for snow lovers! The Solang valley looks magnificent when completely covered with snow during the winters and is a popular destination for skiing.  

    What to do – Tourists get lot of things to do here – from horse driving to paragliding, and mini open jeeps, this is an alluring place for any age group tourists. Go for zorbing as the snow melts or ski on the snow covered Solang valley

    What to see – Nehru kund, Manu temple, Vashisht baths, Hadimba temple and adventure sports are few things to see and indulge in.

  • 09Malana

    Malana

    Why to visit in winters – The Malana a small village is famous for its Parvathi valley and its dam project Malana Hydro power station, Availability of Wi-Fi, local eateries, good restaurants, adventure, legend, myth, trekking and thrills are few of the pros of this hidden little village

    What to do – Some famous attractions nearby are Chandrakhani pass, Bijli Mahadev temple, Manikaran and Naggar

    What to see – The Athens of Himalayas provides some or other things for its tourists – from eateries, to hospitality to adventure tours. 

  • 10Kullu

    Kullu

    Why to visit in winters – Tourists normally prefer to go to Manali, but little are they aware that Kullu which is near to Manali is a nature’s paradise on Earth and that too mainly during winter seasons

    What to do – Tourists normally want some best places to visit in Himachal in winters so that they can get some best adventure fun, indulge in some best things like river rafting, trekking, mountaineering and camping

    What to see – Catch the festive look at Raghunath temple, see the flowing waters at Pandoh Dam, watch natural and scenic beauty of Kullu at Great Himalayan national park or take adventurous by fishing and rafting at River Beas of Kullu.

  • 11Narkanda

    Narkanda

    Why to visit in winters – Surrounded by woodlands and thick forest, tourists would love to visit this place, Narkanda is one of the best places to visit in Himachal in winters. This popular winter destination is famous for winter skiing

    What to do – Touch the Hatu peak, or go skiing on the mountains, take a break for Tannu Jubbar lake picnic or eat some fresh apples from stokes farm

    What to see – Watch the mountains and relax get immersed in the serenity of Mahamaya temple, shop at the city shopping for buying some pattoo or Himachal shawls and eat the local Narkanda cuisine at Negi dhaba

  • 12Dalhousie

    Dalhousie

    Why to visit in winters – The Switzerland of India Dalhousie is an amazing hill station with scenic views and prominent Indo-British association scenario. Tourists longing to for best places to visit in Himachal in winters can pick this destination for their winter journey

    What to do – Trip to Dalhousie will be futile if you don’t visit the Panch Pulla, Satdhara falls view, ride to Khajjiar, or go wild by visiting Kalatop wild life sanctuary and rock climb at any of the specified places on Dalhousie or Khajjiar

    What to see – Catch a glimpse of the oldest church St. John church, see the perennial spring, watch the pine land at Daikund Lake or go for river crossing and river rafting

  • 13Triund

    Triund

    Why to visit in winters – Searching for some best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh in winters? Try out Triund trekking this winter. The whole area looks great with thick covered snow and it will be fun to pass through this snow covered valleys and hills

    What to do – Trek to Triund from Mcleodganj and spend a day or take a picnic break to enjoy the pristine beauty of the rivers and sceneries

    What to see – There are some nearby attractions like Bhagsunath temple, Bhagsu falls, Minkiani pass and some best sightseeing places too

  • 14Mcleodganj

    Mcleodganj

    Why to visit in winters – The best time to visit Mcleodganj is in winter, this the time where you can enjoy paragliding and do plenty of things and experience the real fun of winter in Himachals

    What to do – The top most things to do in Mcloedganj is to trek in the mountains of Triund hills, enjoy the water fall at Bhagsu or visit the museums at Tibetan museum

    What to see – Spin your prayer wheels at Kalachakra temple, find peace at Tsechokling Gompa or hit the peak of Naddi view point to see the beauty of Mcleodganj


Attractions

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Manali

From Manali, breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges are a perennial specialty. This is the place where mountain adventures takes on a new dimension. A haven for tourists, Manali is replete with scenic quotients offering trekking enthusiasts an experience of its own kind.

Attracting visitors from all over the world all year round, this is a place for backpackers to explore the serene settings of the Himalayas. It is also the place where adventure tourists can enjoy exhilarating activities such as paragliding, rafting and skiing while on Manali to Leh Road trip.

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Bhrigu Lake

Also known as the ‘Pool of Gods’, Bhrigu Lake is a majestic an picturesque water body that is located at a distance of about 43km from the town of Manali. Each year, the lake attracts thousands of trekkers and visitors who come here to appreciate the serene, crystal clear blue pools of the lake as a part of their itinerary to visit Manali tourist places. 

Rising to a height of about 14,100ft it is located on the eastern courses of the Rohtang Pass. One of the many glacial lakes of the Kullu Valley, it makes up for being a perfect weekend outing on your next trip to Manali. 

 The lake is bordered by snowy peaks of the Himalayas on all sides and is a moderate to difficult trekking escapade.  Also nearby is the Nehru Kund, which is a natural water spring that is fed by the waters of the Bhrigu Lake and is truly picturesque. 

The trekking route to Bhrigu Lake starts either at the village of Gulaba or Vasishth Temple, either ways it perches you up at a height of almost 14000ft right on the second day, making it one of the most captivating treks of the Pir Panjal Ranges.  Locals of the village believe that this lake has been blessed by the sages and Gods which is why, it never freezes over completely even in the times of harsh winters.

Distance from Manali: 18 Kms

How to get there: Follow the Kullu-Naggar-Manali Road through the village of Gulaba

Best time to Visit: May to June 

Attractions/Activities: Trekking

Type of destination:  Trekking and religious

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Prashar Lake

Sage Prashar is the reason Prashar Lake got its name ages ago. One visits this quintessential lake will be unknowingly directed to oblivion and for sure the serenity will let every visitor linger for more. Located in Mandi village, Himachal Pradesh, the iconic attraction apart from the lake is the three stories pagoda like temple structure near the lake. 2730 meters above the lake seats amidst the rejuvenating sets of nature’s miracles including the snow-clad peaks in the backdrop and River Beas flowing so fast through the valley down. One can get access to the lake through Drang. The age of temple lengthens back to 13th century and the lake has one more surprise within it that is a floating island. Though visitors are seen in plenty over here, no one could accurately fathom the depth the lake goes into, till date.
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The Castle Manali

Built in 1460 AD, the Naggar Castle has a unique architecture that comprises of stones and wood. About a century ago, this castle of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu was converted into a rest house, and presently it is being taken care by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.

In its rechristened avatar, the castle is now The Castle Heritage Hotel. Naggar Castle came into the limelight after a bollywood movie was shot here. A grand Tibetan carnival dance was shot here and hence this castle grew in touristic prominence.


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Van Vihar National Park

One of the most frequent places to visit in Manali, the Van Vihar National Park attracts visitors mainly because of its ideal location, which is bang on the Mall road in Manali. The park is a welcome respite from the crowds and the pollution with its tall and shady groves of Deodar, birch and pine. There are a number of wooden and concrete benches within the park, which provide rest, relaxation and recreation to its visitors.

Take off your shoes and take a leisurely walk across the garden paths of this wonderful haven of nature. You could also have fun cruising around in a boat that sails in the small pond within the vicinity of this park. Set amidst beautiful and verdant environs, the park is a perfect respite for anyone who chooses to visit it and makes up for a great place for a spontaneous picnic or simply a long walk!

Timing:

08:00 am – 07:00 pm (summer)

08:00 am – 05:00 pm (winter)

Entry Fee: 10 INR per Person

Photography Allowed: Yes

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Gyuto Monastery

Gyuto Monastery is one of the most famous and popular monasteries in Tibet. This monastery is well known for its tantric meditation and people there study a lot about this subject. It is also known for its various tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. Gyuto monastery was founded in the year 1474 by the prime disciple of the 1st Dalai Lama.

Location: It is situated in the town of Dharamshala which is easy to reach through road, rail as well as airways. Transportation is not a major issue while visiting the place.

Highlights: You can find majestic statues of Buddha with a backdrop of snow clad mountains covering it. If you want to have a nice afternoon, it is the most peaceful and serene place to be at.



Best time to visit: Since this is a monastery, there is no particular season that makes any difference. However, if you are planning a full trip of the place, April-May has to be the best months.
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Kangra Fort

It is a famous fort located in the outskirts of the famous place Kangra near Dharamshala. This fort was built by the Royal Rajput family of the state of Kangra in the 15th Century. However, the fort was heavily damaged by an earthquake in the year 1905. Still, it has a good structure which attracts a lot of tourists.

Location: The distance of the fort from Dharamshala is around 20 km but it has proper connectivity to roadways which makes it easier to get there.

Highlights: The beautiful entrance is something what people love. The way the whole fort is built is completely marvelous. Inside the fort, you will find defaced statues of many lords that these people worship. This fort is considered as one of the most beautiful forts in India and people love it for the built structure.



Best time to visit: You can plan a visit anytime of the year.
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Sunset Point

We all know the beauty of sunset points, there are various such points throughout our country and the world. The sunset point in Kasauli attracts a lot of visitors because of the stunning view of the valleys. Apart from tourists, even the residents sometime come here to savour the beautiful scene of the sunset.

Location: It is located at the end of the upper mall road. Busses and cabs are available at the place so transportation is very easy.

Highlights: The major highlight is the view of the sunset point. People come here to enjoy, relax and click a lot of beautiful pictures of the setting sun. It is one of the best places to enjoy the evening.

Best time to visit: For seeing the sunset, you need to visit the place at dusk around 6 in the evening. It is a natural event and thus you need to time yourself well to see it.
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Bakrota Hills

Take a walk amidst the snow capped mountains at the Bakrota Hills. Breathe in the pure air and feel all refreshed and rejuvenated. The Hills are covered with dense Deodar forests, making it look like a lovely green rug, pulled over by the mountains. 

The mesmerising landscape here will leave you spellbound. Every year Dalhousie is blessed with heavy snow fall. During this season the magnificent Bakrota hills glistens like diamonds. Spend some time here with your dear ones and be in awe of Mother Nature’s miraculous creations.   

Activities and attractions:- Trekking, Photography, Sightseeing

 

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St. Patrick's Church

Wondering what places to visit in Dalhousie? Just add St. Patrick's Church to your list. Dalhousie is said to be a melange of nature’s beauty and a glimpse of the Victorian era. Approximately at a distance of 2KM from Dalhousie, lies the St. Patrick’s Church. It is a 104 years old church, situated on Mother Nature’s lap. 

This route showcases the beguiling exquisiteness of Himachal Pradesh. Several devotees, tourists and travellers visit the church every year and our awe struck by its splendour. This is a very apt place for photography. One can visit the church any day between 9 AM to 5 PM.

TIMINGS:- Monday - Friday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM

Activities and attractions:- Sightseeing, Place of worship

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Dharamsala War Memorial

Located at the entry to Dharamsala town, the Dharamsala War Memorial is a memorial constructed to honor the brave men and women who died in service to our country post Independence. The memorial is located amidst beautiful scenery and is a monument that represents bravery and sacrifice. 

The monument has the names of all the soldiers and martyrs, who died in the 1947-48, 1962, 1965, and 1971 war and peacekeeping missions. This is a structure that holds much importance. The sacrifices of soldiers are often forgotten in popular media and structures such as these remind and inspire one to remember and keep fighting the good fight. When here, do keep this in your list of things to do in Dharamsala.

Best time to visit: All throughout the year.

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Chail Wildlife Sanctuary

Previously a hunting ground for the Maharaja of Patiala, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is amongst the lesser known wildlife sanctuaries in the country. Situated 63 km from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, it’s unmistakingly one of the most well conserved wildlife sanctuaries and is home to a opulent collection of flora and fauna.

Situated in the Himalayan ranges at a height of 7152 feet, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary boasts a pleasant climate, magnificent views and a rich abundance of greenery. The sanctuary is a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers.

Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of fauna and flora. Some of the most popular animal species of the park includes European red deer, wild boar, goral, spotted deer, sambar, common langur, Himalayan black bear, flying squirrel, Indian porcupine, etc. The flora it hosts include the native Pine and Deodar trees.

Best time to Visit: March to October.

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Lakshmi Narayan Temple

The Lakshmi Narayan Temple is one of the oldest and largest temple in Chamba, which was built in around 11th century by Raja Sahil Verma. The complex of Lakshmi Narayan temple has around six temples in total, all dedicated to either Lord Shiva or Lord Vishnu. The main idol of Lord Vishnu is made up of rare marble, which used to be found in the mountains of Vindhyas. 

Apart from the six main temples, there are three more temples in the complex, namely Radha Krishna Temple, Gauri Shankar Temple, and Shiva Temple of chandragupta.

While in Chamba, your trip will be incomplete without visiting this great temple. The temple opens twice a day and the timings include 6 AM to 12.30 PM and again from 2.30 PM to 8.30 PM and the best season to visit the temple is from April to October.

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Solang Valley

Located atop the Kullu Valley, the Solang Valley is ideal for adventure sports such as parachuting, skating, zorbing and paragliding. The slopes of this valley also provide ski lovers an ideal destination to enjoy this activity on a trip to Manali. During the summer months, the snow on these slopes evaporates, resulting in ideal ground for zorbing, where a person hurls down a slope in an indestructible bouncy ball.

Solang Valley is definitely a playground for people looking to lose themselves in an assortment of exciting activities. Be it a honeymoon vacation or a family outing, a thrilling and engaging experience is guaranteed.

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Roopkund Lake Trek

The Roopkund Lake is situated high up in the Garhwal Mountains in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This lake is of much historical and religious importance. It was also called the Mystery or Skeletal Lake after a large number of human skeletons were found in it in 1942 by a Forest Officer.

Following this discovery, a number of scientists visited the lake to find out the reason for the skeletons being there and it was eventually concluded that the skeletons belonged to some pilgrims who were caught unawares in a flash hailstorm.

Due to the huge chunks of ice that came with the hailstorm, the pilgrims died due to injuries to their skulls. This story was aired in national and international media and since them the Roopkund Lake has become a popular tourist destination.


The trek to Roopkund Lake showcases the best of Himalayan beauty. The trek begins at Lohajung, which is situated at an elevation of 3200 metres and goes on for five days till you reach the lake, which is at an altitude of 5000 metres. The first couple of days will take you through beautiful villages, forests, rivers and Bugyals.

The air will get thinner and thinner as you ascend and gain altitude. So it is very important that you are in the best of health and fitness when you set out for this trek. Higher energy levels will allow you to adjust better with the changing environment and enjoy the views offered by the region. Your team leader will also offer you tips on how to cope with the changing levels of the atmosphere.

The trekking trail followed during the Roopkund trek coincides with that of the Raj Jay Yatra pilgrimage route. This is conducted during a festival dedicated to goddess Nanda Devi and the residents of nearby village participate in this festival dressed in their traditional attire.

Best Season: August - October
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Max. Elevation: 5020 m
More Details: Guide to Roopkund Trek
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Malana

The lands that hold the strongest relics of adventure are often not spoken about, and that is why you need to head to the mysterious hills of Malana for an adventure you can never forget! Malana is an ancient village that lies to the north – east of the Kullu Valley and this solitary village is located at an altitiude of 9,938ft above sea level. The village of Malana is connected to Kullu by three mountain passes. Many trekkers have traversed these mountains in search of adventure and discovered wonders that they have brought back home with them.  So grab your gear and head to this oldest democracy in the world and trek up the famous and intimidating Chanderkhani Pass and Rashol Pass.

Distance from Delhi: 543km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Chandrakhani Pass, Kais wildlife sanctuary, Parvati Valley, Shiv Mandir, Hot Springs

Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing and Hiking 

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