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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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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

 

Missing

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

Reviews

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Kanaka Singh

18 September 2014

Morang La is an amazing point, which is also the highest peak almost 5300 ft, From there we trekked downwards and it was so exciting. We also encountered those nomadic groups there.A completely out of the box experience!!!

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Minakshi Devar

28 June 2015

Well trekking on the hilly terrain of himalayas has always been my favourite trekking expedition. Spiti valley trekking has moderate trails and green surroundings. Better To go in summers, during rest of the season this Pin Parvati Pass experiences heavy snow fall so the condition becomes unfavourable for trekking. The exciting trip takes about eleven days, a worth visiting place.

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Kashyapi Rana

21 April 2015

I strongly recommend you to take all neccessary measures and precautions befor starting out your adventure, because its a long trek that takes about 13 days and some pretty challenging trails. Our journey begans from Manali which itself is so beautiful place to discover.

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Dinesh Mukhopadhyay

24 March 2016

Chandratal to Baralacha La trek in Himachal Pradesh is the best thing to do in Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh is all about treks and mountains and adventure. With such beautiful climate, it is just spell binding to do a trek. This trek was definitely the best trek that I have taken in my life. It was just so brilliant and I had an awesome time with the trek. Also, the trek was just perfect with moderate to high level difficulty, thus it was challenging but not too painful or tough. I would definitely recommend this trek to everyone out here.

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Gotum Deshpande

19 October 2014

I was expecting a simple trek, but this seemed to be a dicey and challenging one. Most of my co-trekkers seemed to enjoy this and the overall service was good. We got enough time to explore Nagar town. Our base camp was very good and tents and sleeping bags were of very good quality. Amazing part of the trek was jeep ride as it give us opportunity to see beautiful mountains and landscapes.

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Deven Naik

18 October 2015

woooooI just fall in love with this place, it absolutely the paradise of trekkers. The trails are not so though so anyone with some guidance can reach up to the destination easily. Talking about Padum, its exceptionally beautiful place guys, you gonna love this!!

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What You Should Know More About Himachal Pradesh

  • About the destination

    Himachal Pradesh is a state in North India, located on the borders of Jammu and Kashmir. The name literally means ‘In the lap of Himalayas’ and it is a paradise to be. Composed of snow-clad mountains, green valleys, rivers gushing with flowing water, beautiful temples, mesmerizing mountain lakes, some of the most adventurous trekking routes, Himachal is a destination where people of all preferences, age groups and travel purposes can enjoy.

    This state is indeed a traveler’s ultimate destination because no matter how many times you visit, you will always have something more to explore. There are hundreds of sightseeing destinations, popular as well as offbeat, adventure activities, trekking routes or just luxury resorts, which will spoil the traveler in you. If you want to feel truly pampered by nature, you indeed have to visit Himachal in your next vacation itself. It is nothing but sheer magical experience woven by nature itself, where you can unwind your soul and indulge yourself in witnessing what nature has in place for you. You will have a new experience when you visit Himachal and especially travel on the thrilling roads constructed through mountains, which will give you peace and nervousness at the same time.


  • Travel Advice

    • There are places where you need to take out travel permits and Permissions, especially on the trekking routes. Hence, make sure that you have all of it in place.

    • Himachal Pradesh is a tourist hotspot and hence, there are chances that you might encounter few scammers. Make sure that you do not talk to strangers and get all your procedures done through authorized travel agents.

    • Make sure that you check the weather predictions of the days when you are going to travel and carry clothing according. It rains unpredictably in Himachal Pradesh and hence, carrying rain gear is important.

    • There are many incidences in Himachal where trekkers get lost on their routes. Hence, carry a map with you and follow a prescribed trekking route and avoid exploring where there is no route to trek, as it can be dangerous and life hazardous as well.

    • Roads in Himachal Pradesh are declared to be one of the most dangerous driving routes worldwide. Hence, if you are driving by yourself, take extra care and watch the road width carefully. Also, make sure that your car is properly serviced.

    • There are hundreds of hotels and hostels at every holiday destination in Himachal Pradesh and hence, make sure that you review the hotel where you plan to stay, from a verified travel forum.

    • Have all the emergency numbers like hospitals, police, and road safety numbers written down with you.

  • Drinking Laws

    The legal drinking age in state of Himachal Pradesh is 18 years of age for all types of alcoholic drinks.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Kullu-Manali
    Though Kullu-Manali is famous as a Honeymoon hotspot, this is a place where all types of travelers can enjoy. You can relax amid the snow covered mountains at luxury as well as budget resorts and have adventure activities like paragliding, bungee jumping and horse riding in Manali.

    Dharamsala
    It is a place where the Indo-Tibetan community mainly resides. The place is serene and calm and you can enjoy your days relaxing at some Tibetan café and enjoy authentic Tibetan cuisine and get essence of a different culture altogether.

    Shimla
    Shimla is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Himachal. Here, you can stay in a homely cottage and enjoy playing in the snow, gliding over it and sipping on some fresh tea. There are several local spots you can cover by booking a day excursion tour. You can also find a lot of shopping places in Shimla for buying woolens local handicrafts and handloom material.

    Kasauli
    If you are looking for a less crowded sightseeing destination which is away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this is a perfect place to be. You can unwind yourself amid the lush green landscape, surrounded by pine trees and snow-clad mountains.

    Malana
    If you want to experience being in a different country while being in your own country, Malana is calling! Here, you can find locals who behave completely alienated and treat you like one. It is a sacred village where you are not even allowed to touch the walls of their houses. You can go to Chandrika and Kheerganga treks by heading further from Malana.

    Bir Billing
    If you are an adventure seeker, this is an ultimate destination for you. It is a small village but there are offbeat trekking routes and paragliding spots here. 

    Spiti Valley
    It is one of the most serene hidden spots of Himachal Pradesh. Untouched by the overcrowded tourists, this is a home to beautiful Buddhist Monasteries, adventurous trekking routes and an overall exotic experience.

    Dalhousie
    It is a hill station which was famous as a holiday destination of the British officers. It is an ideal place for distressing yourself by indulging in the tranquil atmosphere. You can simply sit back and enjoy the view, fresh air and heavenly landscape of the place.

  • What you will like there?

    Heavenly Landscape
    Crystal clear rivers, sparkling snow-clad mountains, huge pine trees, lush green lands and a cover of star studded skies at night is what you will experience in Himachal. This is indeed nothing less than being in Paradise. 

    Serene Atmosphere
    We are all caught up in the hectic city life and hence, all we seek for when on holidays is a quiet and serene atmosphere where we can have peace of mind. Himachal is a place where you will indeed get all this, and a lot more from mother-nature. 

    Snow-Clad Mountains
    It is a splendid feeling to be surrounded by huge snow-clad mountains all the time. It makes you feel the true grandeur of nature and makes you relaxed and satisfied like nothing else. 

    Friendly People
    The locals in Himachal are very welcoming and friendly at all the tourist places to see. They are hard-working people who mostly depend on tourism for their income and hence, incidences like theft, cheating and scams happen at the minimum, especially at the less popular destinations and trekking routes.

    Safe Environment
    Himachal is safe even for solo travelers and females, compared to other tourism destinations. Hence, a traveler can be free from all the worries and enjoy the vacation.

  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website :

    Books :
    Know Your State- Himachal Pradesh
    Himachal Pradesh (Inside India)

Listings in Himachal Pradesh