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Top 18 Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh

  

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This Indian state has got everything for everyone, from snow-capped mountains to majestic waterfalls and plunging river valleys. This place has it all. A mix of Indo-Tibetan and Israeli culture gives a sense of unified feeling. This state has got exotic destinations and beautiful hill stations which are perfect for family vacations like Shimla, Khajjiar and also that for solo travelers and trekkers places like Kasol, Kasauli are heaven. From trekking and climbing to white water rafting, skiing and paragliding everything can be done here. It's India’s adventure hub! A place which has too much to explore be it the different cultures and cuisines or the various picturesque landscapes. The search for paradise ends here.

Snowfall can be seen in the months of December – January

Here is the list of top ten places you just cannot miss to visit in Himachal Pradesh

1. Shimla

Top 18 Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh-2 The first place which comes to one’s mind when they hear about Himachal Pradesh is Shimla- the capital of the land of snow. The perfect travel destination for families and couples, this hill station of Himachal is considered as one of the most romantic destinations. Honeymooners throng this place especially during the onset of winters. From short trek to Jakhoo Temple to the famous Christ church, this hill station has many attractions for both families as well as for the solo travelers. Shimla has commercialized over the years but it has still not lost its essence and still has the same scenic beauty that it had back then in the 80’s. Shimla is a concoction of Indian grandeur and British sophistication. A MUST visit place!

Best time to visit: May-July and November-January(for snowfall)

Nearby famous places: Mashobra, Solan and Tattapani.

How to reach: Kalka is the nearest railway station in Himachal Pradesh connected by Delhi and Chandigarh by regular trains. Delhi is at a distance of 343 kilometres, and Chandigarh is at 117 kilometres.

Planning your trip to the ‘summer capital of India’? Here is the list of activities to do in Shimla.

2. Manali

Top 18 Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh-3 For all those who are in the lookout for adventure, Manali is the place you should go to! From trekking, river rafting to skiing and many more enthralling activities, the rush never ends. Beas river runs through the middle of the city making it look even more exquisite and the majestic hills and the woody forests add to its outré charm. Nestled at one end of the Kullu Valley, Manali is a popular hill station with attractions such as the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley nearby. Manali is a perfect place to rejuvenate and revivify yourself in the lap of nature. It has green mountains and fresh air amidst the snow covered ranges. You'll find stunning looking cafes which serve lip smacking food.

Best time to visit: May-July and November-January(for snowfall).

Nearby famous places: Solang, Rohtang, Manikaran, Malana, Khirganga How to reach: The nearest airport is Chandigarh which is at a distance 252 kilometers and the nearest railway station which is at a distance of 270 kilometers is also Chandigarh.

Don't stop at just touring around the places, gain experience while you are young and full of life. Here are few activities that you can do in Manali.

3. Dharamshala

Top 18 Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh-4 A place for friends and solo travelers, Dharamshala is commonly known as “The Scotland of India” the statuesque snow-capped mountains on the three sides and a magnificent valley on the other. One can easily experience the Indo-Tibetan culture here and get a glimpse of Buddhism. This place is the perfect example of harmony as multicultural Indian community lives here peacefully with the Indo-Tibbetan community. It also has something for nature and cricket enthusiasts, which is the world’s highest cricket stadium located here with a majestic background. Triund trek is also a highlight of this place.

Best time to visit: May –July and November-January for snowfall.

Nearby famous places: Palampur, Khajjiar

How to reach: The nearest railway station to Dharamshala is Pathankot which is 85 kilometers away. Dharamshala is at a distance of 520 kilometers and is well connected to Delhi. The drive to Dharamshala from Delhi via Chandigarh is around 12 hours.

Here is the list of places to visit on your visit to the 'Little Tibbet of India'.

4. Kullu

Top 18 Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh-5 Kullu is a beautiful small town on the banks of river Beas in the Kullu valley. It's dotted with the pine and deodar forest with a vast range of apple orchards welcoming you in the way into the town. Kullu is a picture perfect place with lush green meadows, snow-capped mountains and zestful rivers. A perfect getaway for trekking, river crossing and camping amidst the dense forest in the lap of nature. It is best known for its hot water springs and temples. Earlier known as the last place beyond which no life exists but this has been proved wrong by the travelers who have explored the beauty of “Manali” which has given the inevitable experience of life.

Best time to visit: May-July and November-January(for snowfall).

Nearby famous places: Solang, Rohtang, Manikaran, Malana, Khirganga

How to reach: The nearest airport is Chandigarh which is at a distance 252 kilometers and the nearest railway station which is at a distance of 270 kilometers is also Chandigarh.

5. Dalhousie

Top 18 Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh-6 One of serene and tranquil British colonial hill stations known for its old world charm. Dalhousie is called as the mini Switzerland of India. Set in the midst of thick forest of oak, pine and deodar in the Dhauladhar range, Dalhousie is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and landscape photographers. Ganji Pahadi, Dainkund Peak, Khajjiar, are the top places to visit in Dalhousie. For honeymooners, winter is a preferred time as there is a lot of snow and seclusion. One can enjoy trekking in the beautiful terrain in Dainkund, Ganji Pahadi and Bakrota. People who wants to get close to the past can visit the oldest church, St. John’s Church, which holds vast historical implications. Chamera falls and Satdhara falls are for the relishing the natural beauty of the place.

Best time to visit: April-July.

Nearby famous places: Dharamshala, Khajjiar and Kalatop.

How to reach: The closest airport is in Dharamshala which is almost 5 hours away. The nearest railway station is Chakki Banj in Pathankot which is 71 kilometers away. From there a cab or bus will take 10 hours.

6. Kufri

Top 18 Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh-7 Prismatic view of the snow-capped mountain is the best thing one can experience in Kufri. From skiing to the amusement park there are several other options which you can count on to make your vacation worthwhile. Kufri is a perfect destination for couples arriving here for honeymoon amidst the mountains. Also, a perfect summer getaway the place is full of serene beauty and calmness. Its atmosphere permits you to get lost in the vividness of nature. Kufri zoo is the perfect spot for the kids to have some gala time. You cannot miss the beauty of Himalayan Nature Park famous for its rich variety of wildlife.

Best time to visit: April-June and in winters for snowfall.

Nearby famous places: Mahasu Peak, The Himalayan National Park.

How to reach: Kufri is 61 kilometers away from nearest airport Chandigarh. Kufri is 11 kilometers away from Shimla railway station.

7. Khajjiar

Top 18 Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh-8 Our very own “Mini Switzerland of India”, Khajjiar a small town located in Chamba district and just a one and a half hour ride from Dalhousie. From its famous apple orchards of Roda and Ladi village to the nine hole golf course, it has got every element that makes it a must visit for families and couples. It's a perfect place to sit back and unwind in the refreshing environment. A small plateau with a lake in the midst makes it look resplendent. Many Bollywood movies have also been shot here owing to its picture perfect setting. Khajji Naga temple is very popular with the locals. A visit to Khajjiar lake and ground is a must if someone wants to embrace the true beauty of this place. Visit this hill station of Himachal to experience picturesque beauty.

Best time to visit: May-June.

Nearby famous places: Chamba, Kalatop and Dalhousie.

How to reach: The nearest airport is in Dharamshala which is still 12 kilometers away from the place. The place is also connected with Pathankot railway station and is 110 kilometers from the station.

8. Kasauli

Top 18 Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh-9 A serene and peaceful small hill station located at an altitude of 1927 meters is known for its nothingness, just an ideal place for peace lovers or for ones looking for do-nothing vacations. It provides a panoramic views of the Himalayas. To be apt a destination designed for lazy stoners. Set amidst thick pine and cedar forests it has some colonial era churches, apple orchards, and a beautiful natural habitat. A one-day family outing to this place is never a bad idea.

Best time to visit: November–March. Snowfall can be seen in the months of December–January.

Nearby famous places: Baptist Church, Monkey Point, The Mall and Gurudwara Shri Balak Nath Temple.

How to reach: Kasauli is 25 kilometers away from Chandigarh airport. The nearest railway station to Kasauli is Sonwara which 4 kilometers away. State transport buses also regularly ply between Kasauli and other towns in Himachal Pradesh.

9 Mcleodganj

Top 18 Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh-10 Commonly known as “The Little Lhasa”, the land of Lamas. Its Buddhist culture connects you to the different arenas of the Tibetan community. Being home to the spiritual leader ‘Dalai Lama’ and thousands of monks and nuns, this place has its own calmness and charm. One can take courses in Buddhism, meditation or yoga. The scenic Dal lake and trek to Triund attracts a lot of trekkers and photo wanderers. The world famous Tsug La Khang or Namgyal monastery are the highlights of this place. One can admire the ecstatic beauty of Bhagsu waterfalls for hours.

Best time to visit: September-June. It would be best to avoid the trip between the months of July-August due to heavy rainfall.

Nearby famous places: Triund, Dharamkot, Bhagsunath Temple, Namgyal Monastery.

How to reach: Nearest airport to Macleodganj is Gaggal airport which is 3 kilometers away. The nearest railway station to Macleodganj is Amb Andaura and it is 65 kilometers away from Macleodganj.

10. Kasol

Top 18 Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh-11 A place handcrafted for stoners and hippies. The Israeli influence can be easily seen in the cafes, restaurants, food and the architecture. Known as Stoner's paradise, one can easily score the best stuff available across the whole country. Apart from that the trek to Kheerganga with your hipsters is an unforgettable experience. Lying in the lap of Parvati valley alongside the streaming Parvati River, this quaint village is a blessing for backpackers and trekkers. One should not miss the refreshing dip in the hot water spring as the perfect weather adds to its charm.

Best time to visit: May-June.

Nearby famous places: Malana, Manikaran, Tosh and Khirganga.

How to reach: Nearest airport is Kullu which is almost 3 hours away and the nearest railway station is Shimla.

11. Mashobra

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A place famous for adventure activities like zip lining and rappelling is Mashobra. Trekking through the deodar jungles during the day and camping under the stars in the night. This the best place to spend time with friends with bonfire and some great music. One can spend an evening here watching birds. This place is perfect getaway for those who have done with the most parts of Himachal.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Mashobra is between May-June.

Nearby famous places: Shimla, Solan, Kufri and Tattapani.

How to reach: The nearest bus station and railway station to Mashobra is Shimla. One can take a bus or taxi ride to reach Mashobra.

12. Malana

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Malana is also called the little Greece of India. It is a village situated in the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh, provides jaw dropping views of snow clad Himalayas and mesmerizing views of Kheer Ganga Valley. One can visit the hot water spring at Manikaran. If someone wants to get on touch with the culture, they can be the part of the regional festivals in this village. This place is best for trekkers and solo travelers.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit is between May and August.

Nearby famous places: Kasol and Manikaran.

How to reach: The closest railway station to Malana is Shimla, from there take a ride to Malana. The nearest airport is Kullu and by road it is 378 kilometers from Delhi.

13. Bir Billing

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Bir Billing is the mecca for the adventure sports seekers and is one of the must visit places during one's Himachal visit. Bir is a small village in Himachal Pradesh famous for its adventure sports activities. This place is ideal for adventurers and backpackers. Get goose bumps while paragliding over the beautiful Himalayan valleys. One can visit the splendid Buddhist monasteries like Bhattu, Choggan and Chauntra Bhattu. Visit the Palampur Tea house to see the tea making process.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit May to July.

Nearby famous places: Dharmshala.

How to reach: The nearest airport to Bir is Dharamshala, from there it is at a distance of about 40 minutes. The nearest railway station is Pathankot from there one can board a bus or a taxi.

14. Kinnaur

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With panoramic valleys, snow-clad Kinner Kailash peak at the background and lush flora of this place Kinnaur is truly a picturesque place. It is completely off beat destination as it is not crowded by tourists. One can explore Kamru fort, Nako Gompa and other nearby villages. Kinnaur is also famous for its apple orchards and is called the land of Gods.

Best time to visit: June to September is the best time to visit Kinnaur.

Nearby famous places: Shimla is the nearest tourist attraction to Kinnaur.

How to reach: The nearest airport to Kinnaur is Shimla and the nearest railway station to Kinnaur is Shimla Toy Train station.

15. Una

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Una is known as the gateway to Himalayas. In Himachal Pradesh where most of the ditricts are cold, Una is the hottest district of the state. Una is famous fot its lakes and temples. Its major attraction is Chintpurni Temple.

Best time to visit: If you intend to visit Una in summers then you need to pack cotton clothes.

Nearby famous places: Kangra and Pragpur are the famous places which are situated near Una.

How to reach: The nearest airport to Una is Gaggal airport and Ludhiana airport. Una is also well connected to major cities by buses.

16. Mandi

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Mandi is a popular commercial hub of the state of Himachal Pradesh but Mandi is much more than this. This place is packed with lush green cover of deodar and pine trees. This town is situated at the junction of Kulu and Dharamshala, and the banks of Beas river. As the town has myriad of temples spread across its hills, it is also known as Varanasi of the hills. The city has super colonial architecture, lakes and gardens which never fails to enchant its visitors.

Best time to visit: Weather is pleasant from April till October.

Nearby famous places: Bhootnath temple, Pandoh lake and Rewalsar dam are some of the places to visit in Mandi.

How to reach: The nearest airport is Chandigarh. The city is well connected to Delhi, Gurgaon and Chandigarh by HRTC roadways.

17. Chail

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Chail was the summer capital of the Kings of Patiala where the Kings used to relish the natural beauty in their grand palaces of this quiet hill station. Now the palace has been converted into a hotel and a tourist destination. Apart from the more bustling and crowded destinations in Himachal, Chail is a place where you can find peace and tranquility. Chail is at a distance of 45Km from Shimla towards Kufri. Chail has the highest cricket ground in the world which is surrounded by soaring trees of deodar and pines. Chail is famous for its wildlife and the area comes under a wildlife sanctuary. If you’ve embarked on a wildlife spotting streak then it’s sure to spot Sambhar, Goral, Kakkar, Red Jungle Fowl, Barking deer, Kalijin and many other animals in the forest. You can also go for fishing in the Chail river. Chail is a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers.

Best time to visit: This place can be visited throughout the year but summer is considered as the best time.

Nearby famous places: Palace hotel, Chail wildlife sanctuary, Kali temple and many other places can be visited in Chail.

How to reach: Chail is well connected to Shimla and the nearest railway station is Kalka. It is also well connected by roads.

18. Chamba

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Chamba is located at the confluence of Chal and Ravi river and topographically it is bounded by Zanskar and Dhauladhar ranges. It’s a place you’ve always dreamed of visiting. Chamba was founded by Raja Sahil Varman in the year 920 AD. There are pristine lakes, temples, wildlife sanctuaries and the view of the Ravi river cutting through the town adds the natural grandeur of this place. Chamba is a princely state, particularly known for its temples and palaces. The most famous of the temples in Chama is the Lakshmi Narayan Temple complex. There are 6 six stone temples which are embellished with gold and dates back from 10th century to 19th century. With its phenomenal streams, meadows, lakes, temples and temples, Chamba has few rivals for its scenic beauty.

Best time to visit: March to June for moderate weather and December to January for snowfall.

Nearby famous places: Lakshmi Narayan temple, Chamera lake, Manimahesh Lake, Rang Mahal and Chaugan are some of the places to visit.

How to reach: Nearest airport to Chamba is Jammu airport. There is regular bus service from the neighbouring states by HRTC.

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