The snow-capped mountain, fresh air, picturesque views, colourful houses on steep gradient hillside – comes to our mind instantly when we think about Himachal. Also known as Dev Bhoomi, Himachal’s hospitable culture reflects in everything, right from their attire and dances to the festivals and fairs celebrated. As the ideal time to visit is summer season, there are plenty of domestic and international tourists who come to Himachal Pradesh to escape the heat of their cities. For those who are exceedingly fond of snow, winter is the perfect time.
Himachal has some splendid places to offer, Shimla and Manali being the most popular ones. The beauty and serenity of Shimla is what convinced the British to make it their summer capital. Filled with a host of tourist sites such as Chadwick Falls, Kali Bari Temple, Daranghati Sanctuary, the town’s lifeline - Mall Road and the famous Christ Church that sits atop a quaint hill, the enchanting beauty of Shimla will give you the experience of sheer joy. If you drive a little further, you can even visit places like Kufri, Chail, Narkanda and Thanedar that are equally impressive and even quieter than the main town.
Amidst the lofty mountains, Manali is simply breath-taking featuring pretty views, charming streams, fragrant green pine trees and pleasant atmosphere. If you are an adrenaline junkie, try out the river rafting at river Beas, feel the excitement by paragliding at Solang Valley or enjoy a great snowball fight at Rohtang Pass. Manali’s Mountaineering Institute offers several types of high altitude hiking and rock climbing opportunities for avid trekkers. If you love witnessing ancient architecture, head to the divine Hadimba Temple and Manu temple.
Situated 51 km from Mandi, nestled amidst green surroundings - Parashar Lake is a small gem. You need to walk 500 meters to reach the top and can have the first glimpse of the lake and the temple. The lake is surrounded by mountains, forming one of the most surreal landscapes. With peace guaranteed, this place is definitely noted for its unspoiled nature and ethereal beauty.
To enhance your holiday in the hills, visit Parvati Valley - located 100 km from Manali. You ought to slowdown and enjoy the slow pace of life in one of the loveliest Himalyan Valleys while taking in all you can in this pristine valley through which flows the mighty and feisty Parvati. Backpackers come here either for camping or to hang out in the hippie villages and live like a local at homestays. Also, a sparkling delight for trekkers – be it short hikes or to cross might passes of staggering altitudes; Parvati Valley will not disappoint you! Take a walk and try out delicious street food, junk jewellery or just relax in a chic cafe and enjoy the soothing music with the river flowing alongside. You can literally feel the crisp mountain air, peace and tranquility once you step into the aura of Parvati Valley.
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