Himachal Pradesh is at the foothills of the Himalayas, which is a picture-perfect state that made up of a series of valleys and snow covered peaks. This state attracts visitors with quaint villages, scenic hill stations, snow-covered mountains, diverse flora and fauna, lush valleys, unblemished nature, and abundant trekking trails. It is a veritable haven for adventurers, nature lovers, and backpackers but those who are craving crisp mountain air this provides a refreshing escape for them. We must say that you will find a package of everything from paragliding to pottery there. Here’s we have picked up some of the top places to visit in the ‘Abode of Snow‘. Check out these top visiting places in Himachal Pradesh.
Top 10 Places in Himachal Pradesh
Kasol is a photogenic place on the banks of Parvati River, which is also known as the ‘Little Israel of India’. Among hippies and backpackers, this serene place Kasol is popular for good reasons. The stunning landscapes and snow-capped mountains, scenic waterfalls, lush valleys, and undisturbed trekking routes make it a paradise for trekkers and nature lovers. The abundance of stay options in your budget and charming cafes for relaxation with natural vibes that makes it an amazing spot to backpack through. In the Kullu District’s Parvati Valley, into the forest around Kasol, the psychedelic trance scene shifts more than 8,000 feet above sea level when the season wanes in Goa. From late May until October festivals take place at Chalal, near Kasol. You can go there by walking 30 minutes from Kasol. The biggest events in Kasol are Magica Festival and Parvati Peaking.
Shimla used to be the summer capital of when the British Raj ruled India and now Shimla is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. It’s quite popular for its historic railway and colonial style buildings. The town enveloped in pine, oak, and rhododendron forests and sprawls along a mountain ridge. The old Christ Church and the Viceregal Lodge on Observatory Hill are Shimla’s most prominent landmarks. These places can be seen when you take a historic walking tour of Shimla. There are several adventure sports in the vicinity as well.
Manali is the place where you can explore as much as you want. The fragrance of the Himalayas offers a blend of adventure and tranquility that makes it one of the most popular destinations of northern India. It’s a magical place located in the Kullu Valley, bordered by the raging Beas River and heady pine forest, which give it high energy.
Andretta village most famous for its pottery or art, on a 20-minute drive from Palampur in the Kangra District or on a day trip from Dharamsala, and this is a place which you can’t even miss to visit in Himachal. It is said that this village is established in the 1920s by Irish playwright Norah Richards. He lived here during the Partition and the credit of Punjabi theater also goes to him. Later, a painter Sobha Singh, who was known for his Sikh religious paintings, and potter Gurucharan Singh, who started Delhi Blue Pottery settled at this place. You can see his paintings and personal belongings in the Sobha Singh Art Gallery. The mud-plastered cottage belonging to Norah Richards is also one of the main attractions here. You can also try your hand at the pottery wheel and get a casual lesson when you visit here.
Dharamsala is the place where Dalai Lama resides in, and many Tibetans followed him. Hence, you will find a strong Tibetan influence in the area, with their culture that attracts most of the visitors here.
People come here to undertake Tibetan cooking classes, to receive alternative therapies, Tibetan language courses, and the most important Buddhist meditation and philosophy courses. If you like to see sightseeing, you will find some fascinating temples, museums, monasteries, and gompas. Don’t miss to visit the official residence of the Dalai Lama i.e. Tsuglagkhang Complex.
The twin towns of Bir and Billing is famous for the world’s best paragliding destinations. In October 2015, the 2015 Paragliding World Cup was held here and it was for the first time in India. The best and peak time for paragliding here runs from March to May and October to November. It offers camping, paragliding, and trekking with the other attractions as monasteries and tea gardens.
Rudyard Kipling said about Spiti as “a world within a world”. Only foreign tourists can visit here since 1991, and still, it can’t be explored. This area of Himachal Pradesh is tucked away against the border of Ladakh and Tibet. The visit here in Spiti involves a long drive, most popularly from Manali. The place is well worth for the journey though because of its constantly evolving scenery, which is unforgettable.
Great Himalayan National Park
The Great Himalayan National Park located in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. The park covers about 900 square km have 4 valleys. There are so many trekking routes, with several treks between the spectacular Sainj and Tirthan valleys are most popular. The park’s Ecozone buffer area, frequented by day trippers is less strenuous day walks exist in. It’s rugged, remote, and untamed terrain makes it sought after by trekkers. You may take a tour if you want to interact with the villagers to know more about their activities.
Dalhousie is a peaceful place than Shimla and Manali, surrounded by Chamba Valley which is a lesser-explored area of Himachal Pradesh. If you’re an explorer then, Dalhousie is the place for you. This town gets its name from founder Lord Dalhousie that bears the distinct stamp of the British Raj and spread over five hills at foot of the Dhauladhar mountain range. The hotels here will also remember you particularly reminiscent of that era. ‘Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary’ is located just a short drive away from Dalhousie.
Himalayan Golden Triangle (Thanedhar, Sangla and Sojha)
This off-beat circuit actively attracts enthusiasts who want to enjoy nature away from touristy areas. It starts in Thanedhar, an apple country in the heart of Himachal Pradesh around two hours from Shimla. The Sangla Valley is close to the Tibetan border and located 9,000 ft. above sea level in Kinnaur District. It offers trout fishing and trekking, including glacier trekking in March and April.