Planning for a vacation in Himachal? Look no further. This Himachal Tour Guide will give you ample insight and information to know Himachal Pradesh inside out.
It portrays nature’s creation in the most beautiful way possible. This acclaimed state in India is truly spectacular in its own rustic and sublime way. When Nature created Himachal Pradesh, it must have used some magical palette of colours and invested a lot of time in making it so breathtakingly beautiful. Every nook and corner of Himachal Pradesh is a scenery painted impeccably. Be it the lush mountains, rippling brooks, profuse forests, cascading waterfalls, all the features of this state are noteworthy. This beautiful state also has marvelous places to worship, deep-rooted culture and historical implications. Himachal Pradesh also has lakes of unrivaled splendor.
Shimla is a beautiful city in Himachal Pradesh. The capital city of Himachal Pradesh is situated in the North-western radius of Himalayas. Shimla, undoubtedly the Queen of Hills as it’s called is an extremely popular tourist destination. Shimla is honeymooner’s paradise. Precipitous forestland drops down from all sides of this striking city. For an experience of a lifetime, take the toy train ride in Shimla. True to its reputation, Shimla doesn’t disappoint anyone, rather makes people come back for more.
Shimla receives snowfall in the months of December and January. If you love snow (who doesn’t love snow?!), then Christmas and New Year are the best times to visit Shimla. You will slip underneath a blanket or layers of blankets to stay warm at night whereas Shimla will be covered under a blanket of snow. The pristine white beauty of Shimla during the winters portrays a remarkable picture.
This is a huge open area in the center of Mall Road. You will be met with panoramic views of the beautiful surroundings of the Ridge. This is a very popular location in Shimla. Friends, families, couples all throng to this place. The distance of the ridge from Shimla bus stand is around 6 KM. The Ridge is lined with shops selling souvenirs and eateries and is a hotspot for shopping.
Shimla Kali Bari is a renowned tourist location. This old temple cum simple lodging is a serene place to spend a couple of days in Shimla. There is an open space where you can sit and soak in the beautiful atmosphere. The evening ‘arati’ is a marvelous event to watch. This temple complex was built in the year 1845 in a calculated position. This temple worships Goddess Kali.
Jakhoo Temple is another quaint temple in charming Shimla. The temple sits at the top of picturesque Jhakoo Hill. This place can also be said the land of monkeys. There are monkeys all around. Not surprisingly, the temple is dedicated to the Hunaman God. The location of the temple is very impressive. It’s nestled among the trees and forests. Striking views of Shivalik ranges and Sanjauli town can be seen from here.
You can literally turn the pages of history in the State Library of Shimla. This colonial-era architectural building is a top tourist destination in Shimla. Also known as the Municipal Corporation Library, this place has conserved thousands of books which are rare and precious. This gothic styled building is made of stone and wood and has beautiful large wood fabricated windows.
This 100-year-old golf course in Shimla is one among the many elements from the past. This golf course is located at a distance of 23km from Shimla. Naldehra Golf Course is the oldest Golf Course in India. It sprawls over a large area having 18 tees and 16 greens.
Shimla is easily accessible by road from Chandigarh, Kalka, Ambala, and New Delhi. It is at a distance of 117km from Chandigarh, 90km from Kalka, 162km from Ambala and 370km from New Delhi. The time taken to traverse to Shimla from these places is 3 hours from Chandigarh, 2.5 hours from Kalka, 4 hours from Ambala and 8 hours from New Delhi.
Kullu & Manali blissfully cradles on the lap of Mother Nature. The magnificent crowns of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar encompass these two beautiful locations. The main characteristics of these two places are its rich green pine forests, rippling Beas and the lofty mountains dressed in snow. Tourists flood to these places to experience the pristine nature. Manali looks resplendent in its natural avatar which is the streams, view of Himalaya, gurgling rivers and luxuriant greens all around. Whereas, the pretty little town of Kullu is adorned with quaint temples and attractive sights. And not to forget that Manali is the ideal abode for adventure sports.
This awe-inspiring location is an epitome of beauty. We are at a loss of words to describe its organic beauty. This is one attractive spot which cannot be missed by any chance. It’s 51km from the main town of Manali. Rohtang Pass is at an elevation of 3978 meters above sea-level. When your vehicle drives up the Manali- Keylong road, the extraordinary beauty of the delightful landscapes will leave you utterly speechless. Many popular movies such as ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ and ‘Jab We Met’ have been shot here. Rohtang Pass should be definitely explored and experienced. It’s inaccessible from November to May.
This extensive area with snow-topped mountains and verdant forests all around is a scenic place near Manali. Solang valley is the paradise for adventure junkies. The calm and serene surroundings of the Solang Valley paint a breathtaking picture. The extensive piece of land is welcoming both during the summers and winters. Lots of adventure sports such are zorbing, paragliding, quad biking, etc can be undertaken during the warm summers. The winters are apt for skating and skiing. This place deserves at least a two-night stay.
This is a 450 years old temple that is one of the highlights of Manali. Placed in the middle of the snow-capped mountains, this ancient shrine devoted to Hidimba Devi is one of the major attractions near Manali. This pretty temple was constructed on a rock and even the structure of the building is quite dissimilar from other temples. Not only it’s a sacred place but the abundance of natural beauty also makes it very scenic. Peace and tranquility preside over the entire area.
This stunning destination beckons tired and weary travelers from all over the world. The prevalence of Buddhism and striking natural features make Dharamshala a favourite tourist location. The glittering Dal Lake, verdant pine and deodar forests and a panoramic vista of Dhauladhar Ranges are some of Nature’s wonders in Dharamshala. The magnanimous snow-capped mountains and a lush green valley make Dharamshala a lovely little town. ‘The little Lhasa in India’ as it’s also called lies in the beautiful Kangra district. Dharamshala is divided into two sectors: The upper sector is full of oak, pine, cedar forests and the lower sector has local markets.
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association is the highest Cricket ground in the world. Located at an altitude of nearly 7000 feet over sea-level, the HPCA in Dharamshala set against the backdrop of snow-covered mountains of the Dauladhar range, this stadium is undoubtedly the most beautiful stadium in India. The amazing views impress the spectators and tourists alike.
Kangra sits at the foothills of the picturesque Dauladhar range. This little town was once the capital of the Chand Dynasty. There are lots of old temples scattered around this charming place. The cascading Beas River makes its way through the luxuriant Kangra Valley. The spiritual touch of this beautiful town makes this place delightfully pleasant for people of all ages.
This is one among the 51 Shaktipeeths where Mata Sati’s tongue is believed to have fallen. This temple sits on the lap of the gorgeous Shivalik Range. This is an extremely venerated Shakti Temples in India. There are no idols in this temple. Though it’s devoted to the Goddess of Light, what is worshipped here is a string of natural flames which keeps on burning.
The Dalai Lama temple is located in the beautiful neighbourhood of Mcleodganj. It’s also called the Tsuglakhang Temple. Peace presides over this temple and the morning ritual is one of the prime characteristics of this temple. If you are fortunate enough you can experience the preaching of Dalai Lama who visits this place a couple of times or more. This significant pilgrimage spot is ideal for meditation and sightseeing. The surroundings of the temple are covered with mighty peaks under soaring skies.
This sprawling hill station was founded by Lord Dalhousie in the year 1850. It’s located at an elevation of 2,030 meters over sea level. This flawless hill station is a beautiful place surrounded by the western ranges of Himalayas. A lot of colonial-era architecture and charming churches are found here. This high altitude scenic town consists of five hills namely Tehra, Bakrot, Balun, Petreyn and Kathlog. A series of thick forests, springs, small rivers, and steep hills adds to its beauty.
The beautiful quiet little town of Chamba near Dalhousie is a must visit location. The Shivalik Ranges surrounds this picturesque place. Chamba has a lot of temples from the middle ages. A host of festivals and fairs make this otherwise calm town, lively. Chamba extends over River Ravi. This panoramic town invigorates the mind and body of all the travelers.
Khajjiar is also mentioned in numerous articles as the ‘mini Switzerland of India’. The enthralling beauty of the hills, forests, meadows, and lakes provides an uncanny resemblance to Switzerland. Be it the lofty mountains’ changing the skyline of the place or the vast expanse of green pastures, Khajjiar is way ahead in beauty than many other places in the entire Himachal. This gorgeous patch of land seems unreal because of its overwhelming beauty. You ought to pay a visit to this stunning place.
Himachal Pradesh’s ‘mini-Ladakh’ is a spectacular region. The rough terrains, snow-fed brooks, the cold weather, all together form a unique and gripping locale. This place lacks any kind of vegetation. The raw appeal of this place is something not to be missed. There are peaks which are always clad in snow. The small green meadows compliment the blue sky of Lahaul. Lahaul along with the Spiti valley are the preferred locations for the trekkers and hikers. The alluring beauty of this craggy mountainous terrain makes it an enthralling tourist spot.
Nako is a picturesque hamlet near the Indo-China border in Himachal Pradesh. The Nako Lake looks stunning as if it has come alive from a fairytale book. Nako village is beside the Tibetan Border. The height of this village is at 3600 meters above sea-level. This nearly deserted village doesn’t have any internet connection or mobile connectivity during the day. But still, you will fall head over heels in love with Nako. Normally travelers use it as a stopover before moving on to Tabo Village. But staying in Nako is worthy.
The small town of Tabo rests on the edge of the Spiti River. Tabo is located in the core of the Trans-Himalayan belt. The Tabo Chos-Khor Monastery in this scenic speck of land is a complete heritage site. The monastery was established in 996A.D. The Tabo Chos-Khor Monastery is also called ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’. Unspoiled by the clutches of mankind, the stony Tabo Valley with the charming ancient monastery, and spellbinding cave shrines is a peaceful retreat for travelers.
Kaza or Kaze is huddled in the secluded Spiti Valley. It’s perched at a height of about 12,000 feet. This is one of those places which have a calming effect on your mind and soul. You need to patiently absorb the virgin beauty of this place. Tangyud Gompa, a 14th-century wonder stands still with all its glory even today.
This beautiful place is near Kaza. The best months to visit this hidden gem of Himachal are between May till the end of September. The lovely remote village of Kibber looks like a wonderland in the winters. If fortune favours you, you might be able to spot a blue sheep or a snow leopard. The distance from Kaza to Kibber is around 20 km.
This is another offering of Himachal. This amazing place has the world’s highest post office. It takes approximately 45 minutes to reach Hikkim from Kaza. You will get a great view of the Chau Chau Kang Nelda peak. Hikkim is perched at an elevation of roughly 4440 meters and is also the top-most polling station in the entire world.
The Spiti side of Lahaul has incomparable beauties in every pleat. Chandrataal is one among it. This lake is positioned at a dizzying height of 14,000 feet. Experience the beauty of this lake from June middle to September. You can also indulge in camping and hiking here. This is truly one of the bluest lakes that you will see in the picturesque wilderness of Spiti. The journey from Kaza to Chandrataal will take 6-7hours.
Kunzum Pass or Kunzum La is India’s top-most motorable mountain passes. Located at an elevation of 4551 meters above sea-level, Kunzum Pass is the doorway that opens to the Spiti and Lahaul Valleys. There is a Goddess Kunjum temple in this place. This is the perfect destination for the bikers. The second biggest glacier in the world, the Bara-Sigri Glacier can be viewed from here. The nearest habitation is at 16 km from Kunzum La, a hamlet called ‘Losar’.
Kinnaur or ‘the Land of God’ is around 235 km from Shimla. The beautiful rivers- Spiti, Satluj and Bapsa run through Kinnaur. This place has a very good balance between Buddhism and Hinduism. Pilgrims flock to see Kinner Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva. Kinnaur also has ancient monasteries. Apart from the religious aspect, Kinnaur is well-known for adventure sports. Trekkers can choose from any of the 9 routes that Kinnaur offers. The staggering height of Kinnaur makes it a very attractive locale overlooking the Sangla Valley, Mount Kinner Kailash, pristine Nako village and Chitkul, the penultimate village on the Indo-Tibetan border. The well-preserved culture of Kinnaur will truly touch your heart.
The distance of Kufri from Kinnaur is around 245 km. Kufri is the winter sports capital and therefore it’s a very coveted tourist destination. The high altitude of Kufri is the reason for snowfall during the entire winters. Skiing in this splendid place is a major draw for sports lovers and travelers alike.
Chail is at a distance of roughly 280 km from Kinnaur. This hill station is covered in silence amongst Deodar and Pine trees. This is a place appropriate for an ardent hiker for its dizzying height and panoramic views. A very opulent hotel, known as the Chail Palace is nestled among the luxuriant greens. The number of restaurants in Chail is limited but you will get local ‘Himachali’ food in many eateries.
This charming small town of Narkanda is perched at a staggering elevation of 9000 feet which is a little higher than Shimla. This place is surrounded by magnificent hills and equatorial verdant forests. Narkanda is located at a distance of 440 km from Delhi. Narkanda can be visited anytime during the year.
Under the blue sky and at a giddy height of 12,000 feet over sea-level, the spectacular Hatu Peak is the tallest peak in the entire district of Shimla. The skyline of the beautiful place is peppered with Fir, Blue Pine, and Cedar trees and marvelous mountains. This area is famous for its apple orchards.
Tannu Jubbar Lake is a picturesque lake in Narkanda and a prime tourist spot in Narkanda. This lake is encompassed by trees which make it an idyllic picnic spot and a place to just sit and soak in the beauties of the gorgeous mountains all around. You can take a walk around this beautiful lake. There is also a temple called the Narayan Nagini temple which is located at the banks of the river.
Sarahan is a quiet little town resting on the laps of the Himalayas at a height of 7500 above sea-level. The majestic Srikhand peak can be viewed from here. The winding roads and the thick green forest will guide you to Sarahan. Sarahan has a beautiful landscape surrounded by amazing snow peaks.
This temple is devoted to Goddess Bhimakali. Situated in the beautiful town of Sarahan, Bhimakali happens to be one of the 51 Shakti peeths. The design of the temple is a combination of Buddhist and Hindu architecture. This wood-paneled temple is nearly 800 years old.
Sangla town is a beautiful countryside in the Baspa Valley. The River Baspa is popular for trout fishing. The gorgeous and scenic valley of Sangla lies in Kinnaur district and it’s one of the prettiest valleys of that district. The valley is surrounded by amazing snow-clad mountains, extensive green woodlands, and cherry and apple orchards. The villages in the vicinity and the temples add to the beauty of Sangla. You can stay in tents to get a feel of staying amongst abundant nature. Though hotels are also available.
The managerial capital of Kinnaur is Reckon Peo. This spectacular place has breathtaking vistas all around. This picturesque town serves the gate-way to Kalpa. To reach to Reckon Peo from Sangla, you have to cover a distance of 38 km.
Steep slopes and dangerous deep gorges is the topography of the suicide point. You will see lots of apple orchards on the way to this point.
It is the prime hamlet of Kinnaur. This marvelous place is full of scenic apple orchards, temples and monasteries. Kalpa lies in the Sutlej River Valley and is a very popular tourist destination. The outstanding Kinnaur-Kailash range is visible from Kalpa. This destination also has beautiful flora and fauna.
Chitkul is one of the most beautiful places near Sangla which lies at an approximate distance of 28 km from Sangla. Chitkul is situated on the fringes of Indo-Tibetan border and it’s the endmost point of habitation over there. Chitkul is placed at a height of 3450 meters. This breathtaking place is covered with green pastures, beautiful orchids, verdant jungles, lofty mountains, meandering rivers, etc. The thinly populated village of Chitkul provides warm hospitality and travelers should stay here at least for a night.
Rakcham sits at a dizzying height of 2900 meters above sea-level. This place has a scanty population of only 800 habitats. The Baspa River can be seen snaking along the right side of Rakcham. There are two temples and a Buddhist monastery in this village. This breathtaking village snuggles among Chitkul and Sangla. This second last village on the Indo-Tibetan border is bestowed with rich emerald trees, gorgeous gardens, and snow-topped mountains. During the winters, the people of Rakcham move to lower areas as the place goes under the snow.
This ancient fort with a historical past has been turned into a temple. Kamru Fort stands high at an altitude of 2600 meters over sea-level. Goddess Kamakhya Devi is worshipped here. There is a large idol of Kamakhya Devi which is placed on the third floor. There is an image of Lord Buddha once you enter the premises. The place is encompassed by verdant forests, snow-crowned mountains, and green pastures.
This wonderland is a very favourite place for nature lovers, bikers and adventure seekers. The beauty of Keylong lies in the snow-clad mountains all around, green valleys, and the Buddhist monasteries scattered in the area. This tiny hamlet lies in the Spiti and Lahaul district of gorgeous Himachal Pradesh.
This beautiful village is also called as Khagling. The roads leading to Sissu has mountains on one side and a river on the other. This village is located in the Lahaul Tehsil and Spiti district. Sissu is encircled with Kullu Tehsil in the South, Spiti Tehsil in the East, Bharmour Tehsil in the west & Naggar Tehsil in the South.
Udaipur is a major tourist spot in the Lahaul and Spiti Districts. It lies very close to the border of Jammu and Kashmir. Udaipur is famed for its Marikula Mata temple which has beautiful sculptures and carvings made from wood. This place is located on the edges of River Chandra Bhaga.
This temple constructed in the 11th century is located in Udaipur in the Lahaul and Spiti District. It’s around 45 km from Keylong. Trilokinath Temple used to be called Tunda vihar. This beautiful and sacred temple is equally dedicated to the Buddhists and the Hindus. The Hindus worship Lord Shiva and Buddhists pay homage to Arya Avalokiteshwar but the deities are same. The significance of this temple is that two separate regions worship under the same roof.