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Best Things To Do in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is located in the northern part of India at the foothills of the Himalayas. Besides being home to popular hill stations, the state is the host to the Dalai Lama in Mcleodganj where there is a strong Tibetan presence. Here in the town, Buddhist temples and monasteries reflect the age old art and culture of the Tibetan settlement and the vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations in Dharamshala attracts thousands of tourists each year. If one intends to find heaven in India, then the spectacular snowy peaks in Himachal Pradesh is a must visit. The state offers immense travel opportunities to its tourists and the Best Things To Do in Himachal Pradesh comprises of exotic activities like ice skiing, paragliding, trekking and the likes. The state is characterised by its plunging river valleys, towering cliffs. Jungle clad hills, lofty mountains, majestic rivers, lakes and streams. From trekking and climbing to rafting, paragliding and skiing, all can be done in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh where the Himalayas form the backdrop. Each area in Himachal Pradesh has its own religions, customs, traditions and culture, where anywhere you visit, you will meet friendly and hospitable people.

Himachal Pradesh comprise of a plethora of scenic regions that offer spectacular exploratory options, to tread upon by bus, car, motorbike, jeep or foot. Every pass crossing brings in a new valley, little hamlets all displaying their own culture, deities and even language. Places like Shimla, Manali, Lahaul-Spiti and Dharamshala are much revered tourist places in Himachal Pradesh that attract travellers from all over the world. Among the Best Things To Do in Himachal Pradesh road trips to Ladakh via Manali is becoming increasingly popular among many travellers.

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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.


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


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.

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.


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!


08:00 am – 07:00 pm (summer)

08:00 am – 05:00 pm (winter)

Entry Fee: 10 INR per Person

Photography Allowed: Yes


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.

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.

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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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Himachal Pradesh

  • What are the best things to do in Himachal Pradesh?

    Himachal Pradesh is nothing less than a paradise where most of its cities are popular crowd pullers. In here one can engage in various activities that are available for varied age groups. The Toy train that runs from Kalka to Shimla crossing through 864 bridges, 102 dark long tunnels and across 20 stations promises its passengers exceptional views of the towering mountain ranges, valleys and winding hilly roads.

    There are hundreds of exciting things to do in Himachal Pradesh, few among them being; witnessing the sunset over pirpanjal range in Dalhousie, Heli skiing at Hanuman Tibba, River rafting in Manali, Trekking to Kheerganga Valley of Tosh or Triund in Dharamshala and more.

  • What are the best adventure activities to do in Himachal Pradesh?

    Himachal Pradesh is the best place to try your hand in all sorts of fun and thrilling adventure activities. Camping and Paragliding Adventures are great crowd-pullers in areas around Dharamshala and Bir-Billing. From Dharamshala one can venture out for a half day trek to Triund where camping overnight amidst the serenity of the valley is a preferred activity.

    Angling in River Beas, at Kangra Valley, Camping in Shoghi in Shimla, Skiing at Solang Valley and River Rafting at Manali are a few adventure activities that sell like hot cakes in Himachal Pradesh.

  • Which are the best places for river rafting in Himachal Pradesh?

    Himachal Pradesh boasts of snow-fed rivers passing through breath taking sceneries. There are many rivers that offer river rafting opportunities classified by their level of rapids in Himachal Pradesh. The rivers in the upper Himalayas are among the best in the world for river rafting sports where the waters challenge the body and spirit and give any person an experience of a lifetime.

    The rivers Chandrabhaga in Lahaul, Satlej near Shimla, Ravi near Chamba, Shamshi and Aut on the Beas and the Beas near Kullu offer immense white water rafting possibilities for all adventure enthusiasts visiting Himachal Pradesh. The sport takes a break during winter and in portions of the monsoons.

  • Which are some famous campsites in Himachal Pradesh?

    The upper Himalayas overlook the state of Himachal Pradesh, owing to which the state is abundant of rivers, forests, thriving flora and fauna and picturesque landscapes. Himachal Pradesh offers immense opportunities for offbeat travel and favourite among other being camping. Camping is a much loved activity around prominent regions in Himachal Pradesh.

    The most revered campsites in Himachal Pradesh are Beas Kund, Triund, Malana, Kheer Ganga, Chandertal Lake, Parashar Lake and some regions near Spiti Valley

  • Which are the most adventurous places for trekking in Himachal Pradesh?

    Himachal Pradesh is copious of scenic, lofty mountains, meandering rivers, Himalayan forests, valleys, streams and rivulets. Trekking is a very popular activity in India and most trekkers seasoned and amateur go to the state of Himachal Pradesh to quench their task for trekking.

    The famous routes to trek in Himachal Pradesh are Indrahar Pass Trek in Kangra, Beas Kund Trek in Manali, Chandratal Baralacha Trek & Hampta Pass Trek in Manali, Pin Parvati Pass Trek in Kullu. Deo Tibba Trek, Shepherd Trail - Gaddi Trek in Kullu & Kangra and Bara Bhangal Trek in Bharmour.

  • Where can I enjoy paragliding in Himachal Pradesh? How much will it cost?

    Himachal Pradesh is known as the Paragliding Capital of India. Swaying over the scenic landscapes defying gravity and air, is a thrilling experience and the regions of Bir Billing in Kangra Valley and Solang Nala in Manali are the best places to enjoy paragliding in Himachal Pradesh.

    Other places in this state where tourist can enjoy paragliding are Rohtang Pass near Manali, Kothi below Rohtang Pass, Bijli Mahadev near Kullu and Bandla Ridge in Bilaspur. Prices vary from one place to another but one session of flight can cost up to INR 600/10 USD

  • Which are some best locations for rock climbing in Himachal Pradesh?

    Rock climbing is an adventure sport that tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility and balance while they go up a rock phase or a wall with the help of climbing ropes and other equipment. Rock climbing at Vashisht is a popular area for rock climbers.

    Some of the other significant rock climbing sites in Himachal Pradesh are certain rock phases in Palastu Peak, the Friendship Peak in Pir Panjal Range, Mount Deo Tibba, Beas Kund, Mount Hanuman Tibba, Shitidhar Mountain and Seven Sister

  • Which are the best mountain biking routes in Himachal Pradesh?

    Himachal Pradesh reserves incredible spots for mountain bike lovers. Owing to its undulating terrains, most regions of Himachal Pradesh offer great getaway trails for the rare sport.

    The routes of Sarahan, Baspa (Sangla) Valley, Kalpa, Nako, Sumdo, Tabo, Dhankar, Lalung, Gungri, Ki, Kibber, Kunzum Pass and Rohtang Pass are some of the prominent sites paddlers enjoy treading in with their mountain bikes. The trail from Manali to Shimla via Spiti valley offer amazing views.

  • Which are the best destinations for a wildlife safari experience in Himachal Pradesh?

    The Great Himalayan National Park is situated adjacent to the Pin Valley National Park, Rupi-Bhaba Wildlife Sanctuary and the Tirthan and Sainj Wildlife Sanctuaries. This park is one of the biggest areas for wildlife conservation in the whole Himalayan range and in some regions tourists can avail jeep rides to visit the areas in the outskirts.

    The jungles of Himachal Pradesh are amazing places to spot exotic species of birds and animals. The forest of Himachal Pradesh offers the most beautiful experience to all nature lovers where one gets to witness the animals from great Himalaya in their natural habitat.

    The national parks of Himachal Pradesh are famous worldwide. Renuka Sanctuary and Shri Nainadevi Sanctuary also offers wildlife safari experiences.

  • Where can I do canyoning in Himachal Pradesh? What is the best time for it?

    Not very far from Manali is the Vashisht Village right above the Beas River. This village is a hub of various adventure activities like canyoning or rappelling. Vashisht village is a great place for canyoning as it comprises of four different waterfall phases where each of them has different levels of heights.

    At the village, tourists can indulge in an array of other activities like abseiling, sliding and jumping from waterfalls. The activity extends from three to five hours and mostly takes place between the months of August to December.

  • What are the things to do during a corporate team outing in Himachal Pradesh?

    Himachal Pradesh is filled with scenic regions that offer spectacular exploratory options, to tread upon by bus, car, motorbike, jeep or foot. The state comprises of prominent hill stations visited by lakhs of tourists every year.

    A corporate team vacation will be best spent amidst the eye catching natural beauties of Shimla, Manali, Lahaul-Spiti or Dharamshala. For an experiential team bonding activity, groups can try adventure sports like river rafting or skydiving in Manali, Kullu, Solang Valley and the likes. The toy train ride from Kalka to Shimla can be a fun experience for the whole group.

  • Which are the sites for hiking in Himachal Pradesh?

    Hiking is an incredible sport that revitalises the spirits and gives one an uplifting experience. Himachal Pradesh offers great trekking trails suitable for both novice and seasoned trekkers ranging from duration of 1 day to 10 days.

    The view from Pin Parvati Pass is a great sight to behold and reaching Solang Valley on Beas Kund Trek will provide one with blissful experience. Other great sites for hiking in Himachal Pradesh are Kinnaur Kailash Range, Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek, Dhauladhars or White Mountains trek among many other.

  • Where can I do skiing in Himachal Pradesh? What are its prices?

    Skiing is a thrilling adventure sport where one slides down snow-covered slopes on skis. During winters, adventure junkies rush towards Himachal Pradesh to try their hands upon Skiing.

    The excitement of speeding through the steep slopes is indescribable. The northern regions of India especially Solang Valley which is located at an altitude of approximately 8400 feet, id blessed with enough snow in winters to make for a world class skiing experience.

    The sites of Kufri, Narkhanda and Mahasu Peak near Shimla have incredible deep cut slopes that offer great descends via ski. Skiing packages start at INR 3000/46 USD.


  • Which are some famous summer treks in Himachal Pradesh?

    Trekking in Himachal Pradesh gives one breath-taking views of the top peaks in Himalayas. The Triund trek that commences from Dharamkot in Mcleodganj takes about four hours to complete and the view of the evening sky from Triund is unbelievable.

    The Bhrigu Lake Trek is an easy trek in India during the summer months. This easy trek begins from Manali, and takes one across pretty mountain villages, oak and pine forests, and snow-capped peaks. The Kheerganga trek from Tosh is an iconic summer treks in Himachal Pradesh where one will be exploring Parvati valley at its best.

    Among other top summer treks in Himachal Pradesh, Kareri Lake trek and the Malana-Chanderkhani Pass trek promises spectacular views of evergreen meadows, cool pine and oak forests, and picture-perfect valleys.

  • Which are some famous winter treks in Himachal Pradesh?

    Trekking in Himachal Pradesh is an enthralling adventure activity that promises spectacular views of the Himachali landscapes characterised by its towering cliffs, scenic valleys, meandering streams & rivers and snow-capped mountains.

    The Chadar River Trek in Zanskar Trek is one of the most unique trekking trail where one needs to walk over the frozen bed of ice. Other famous winter treks in Himachal Pradesh are Kauri Pass Trek, Nag Tibba Trek. Nag Tibba, Parashar Lake Trek, Kedarkantha Trek, Dodital Trek, Chopta Chandrashila Trek and Har ki Dun Trek.

  • Where can I try ATV rides in Himachal Pradesh?

    Solang is a beautiful valley in Himachal Pradesh/, much known for its abundant offering of adventure sports to its tourists. Solang Valley is famous all over India and even world over for its spectacular ski slopes and latest state of the art ropeway.

    The valley offer enchanting views of snow-capped mountains and a ATV bike ride (all-terrain vehicle) also called quad bike can be your perfect companion here. This bike gives one 4X4 drive experience, available for both single and multiple seats in exchange of a nominal rate at the Solang valley.

  • Which are the most difficult treks in Himachal Pradesh? What are the things to keep in mind while trekking?

    Trekking in the Himalayas may sound like an enthralling activity but there are a few treks which may deem impossible to many. The treks leading to the upper Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh is characterised by its lofty mountains, less of vegetation and extremes of temperatures.

    Venturing out for treks in these parts of the Himalayas requires pre trek preparation for both mind and the body in addition to necessary gears and equipment. Out of most treks in the state, the inner sanctuaries of Trimukhi Parvat and the trek to Kalindikhal may be challenging for many.

  • Which are the locations for ice skating in Himachal Pradesh? What are its prices?

    The ice skating sport is a much revered sport in the West, but most people don’t know that some parts in the state of Himachal Pradesh also serves as a great skating spot. Shimla is one of the most sought after travel city in Himachal Pradesh and Shimla houses the largest and the only natural ice skating rink in India.

    At the valley of Solang is the Solang Valley Sports Centre where there is one ice skating rink. Since Solang Valley is already famous for adventure activities, the ice skating rink appeals to many tourists. This activity is priced at INR 3500/54 USD in Shimla where they provide skates and other equipment guided by one instructor.

  • Where can I experience a jeep safari in Himachal Pradesh?

    Over the past few years road trips on bikes and jeeps have become very common and if one is looking out to explore Himachal Pradesh in an offbeat way, then a spirited jeep safari across the expanse of Manali can be a rewarding experience.

    Explore the lush landscapes of the scenic town flanked by the majestic mountains and downstream rivers. The Manali - Chandratal - Kaza Jeep Safari is a great safari route and also the road leading to Rohtang Pass, lets one witness the mesmerizing beauty of this region.

  • Where to try zorbing in Himachal Pradesh? What are its charges and precautions?

    Zorbing is a fun recreational activity and is a much loved activity by people of all age groups. At Manali in Himachal Pradesh, this fun activity has emerged as a great hill sport.

    Also Solang Valley located at a distance of 14 km from Manali also offer this activity with the proper guidance from professional instructors who ensure your safety in any situation during this activity. Khajjiar near Dalhousie is also a popular region in Himachal Pradesh to offer Zorbing to its tourists.

  • Which are the best destinations for rappelling in Himachal Pradesh? What is the best time to do it?

    Kasol is a popular offbeat destination for most adventure seekers in India. This town in Himachal Pradesh pull a lot of crowd and is a revered destination for adventure activities like hiking, rock-climbing and rappelling. Rappelling in Tirthan Valley offer breath taking experience as this valley is considerably less crowded where one can enjoy the activity free of any stress.

    Some of the other popular spots for waterfall rappelling in Himachal are Shimla, Barot Valley, and Dharamshala. Rappeling commences from mid-September and goes on till the end of October when the weather is favourable for this activity.

  • When can I go to Rohtang pass? Is it open throughout the year?

    Rohtang Pass serves as a gateway to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh and is one of the most remarkable destinations in the entire Himachal Pradesh. Every year the pass sees thousands of visitors flocking to it.

    Rohtang pass is located around 51 kms away from Manali, at a height of 3980 meters and is famous for adventure sports such as skiing, ice-skating, paragliding, etc. The Rohtang Pass is open to tourists from April to October every year and the permission to travel on this highway is given by the Indian Army.

  • When is the best time to visit Hampta Pass Trek? How long is the trek?

    Hampta Pass is a special pass which comes out of the lush green valleys of Kullu to a overhang up in the mountains. From the pass one can see the spectacular Lahaul valley and also offer incredible panoramas of the towering cliffs.

    The best time to trek to Hampta Pass is from mid-June to mid-October. In this trek one can get a chance to witness some snow on the high passes which melts down completely by August. This trek takes approximately 5 days to complete.

  • What is so special about Bhrigu Lake Trek? Is it an easy one or difficult?

    The Bhrigu Lake trek is a famous trek in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This trek is commenced to reach the untouched Bhrigu lake where the whole trekking route is characterised by the high altitude alpine meadows.

    The Bhrigu Lake trek starts from Manali and takes about 4-5 days to complete. This trek can be challenging for many as one has to make quite a few ascents and face low temperatures as they proceed to the lake.

    The ideal time to undertake this trek is either before June or after July-August, as during the monsoon months, the probability of landslides and other natural calamities become very high.

Traveller Tales From Himachal Pradesh


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....

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Jyoti Joshi

20 March 2016

Very good option for trekking and camping. Beautiful scenery with snow capped Himalayas in the backdrop, exquisite meadows, refreshing springs en route. Spent a memorable trip. wanted the sheer joy of ...

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Satish Talwar

07 January 2016

We sped past Barshaini and we now able to view the mountain peaks from an altogether different angle - could not believe these were the same vistas that we had been viewing all day long. As the evening...

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Gudakesha Bhattathiri

26 January 2016

This place is heaven for nature lovers as well very reasonable as compared to other places for best experience go with your tents and have your energy drinks and water with you when start trekking

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Nitin Mahajan

03 January 2017

Prashar lake is a perect trek for anyone looking for a 2 days of wilderness. Am happy that i did this trek and even more happy that i booked it from thrillophilia. all the arrangements from food, cam...

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01 February 2017

Amazing experience. Went on a snow trek. It was handled amazingly well. Thanks to Thrillophilia for such a wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend.

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Sushant Kumar

04 October 2017

"love this place"

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Dhana Verma

12 August 2017

It was my wife’s wish to visit some place in the Himalayas. Many places came to our mind. One day I found this tour on Thrillophilia and I contacted them. I called them during December or January this ...


Balachandra Kocchar

12 August 2017

Hampta Pass trek in 2016 was the second time adventure for me. Before, in 2014 I went there with my colleagues. But this time I and my husband went together and it was the first trek after our wedding....