Top 50 Places to visit in Himachal Pradesh

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Best things to do in Himachal Pradesh and sightseeing in Himachal Pradesh

The state of Himachal Pradesh is a part of the Indian Himalayan chain and is filled with daunting valleys, snow covered peaks, gushing waterfalls, fast flowing lakes and tourist attractions that will simply wow one. Some of the places of interest include the hill stations of Manali, Dharamshala, Shimla, McLeodganj while there is no dearth of temples, churches, malls, waterfalls, trekking trails and other such interests. The place offers one some breath taking views of the mountains that envelope the region. The place can be visited round the year but be warned cause the winters do get harsh here and the temperatures can fall drastically. Christ Church, the Bhagsunag falls, the Namgyal Monastery just add more flavour to this beautiful state in India. Himachal Pradesh is famous all over the world as it is home to the best skiing resorts in Asia and provides one with a great getaway spot.

Manali - Himachal Pradesh

The land from where once an ancient trade route to China would be embarked on, Manali is an abode for modern creativity now as much as it for withdrawal and adventure in the majestic mountains. From offering hostels, hotels, co-working spaces to the cave where once Arjun, the Pandava king had supposedly meditated (Arjun Gufa), Manali is no less than a global village. The mighty Himalayas have inspired many foreign settlements here, giving rise to popular European and Israeli cafes, restaurants and hostels, providing one a consortium of around the world cultures. This town is a true haven for adventure junkies who can indulge in river rafting, paragliding, camping, rock climbing, rappelling, zorbing at Solang Valley and Aleo. Manali has an array of breathtaking treks and sights for its nature lovers, for instance the Patalsu Peak, the Deo Tibba basecamp, Jogini Falls and the Rahala Falls. For all the solo riders out there, cruise your way through the snowy alley of Rohtang Pass while those who wish to travel back in time, can indulge in the exquisite display of culture and heritage at the Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art. Restaurants and cafes such as the Khyber Pass, Johnson's Cafe, La Plage, Drifters' Inn, The Hangout attract foodies for their culinary justice to everything from Thai to European cuisines and even some live music. If all this is too over the top for you, then reconnect with simplicity at Naggar Village, which is home to waterfalls, a beautiful castle, an art gallery and locals which have many stories to share and a cultural heritage to take pride in.
Today onwards we started inhabitants arounds, people around. Now we are entering tourists zone. Out of this 225kms stretch, first 100kms are amazing. Best roads and no traffic. We crossed Baralcha pass, jispa, keylong in no time. Weather was amazing. Drizzling at times. Soon we crossed Rohtang Pass and entered into Manali district with lush green mountains around. Solang valley and many other tourists places came on the way. We rode directly into the hotel. Pat ourselves for this commendable job we did.
AmanJ

2 Followers, 13 Reviews


The journey started taking a flight from Bangalore to Chandigarh. By night, we were at Manali. The serene beauty of Manali looked awesome to me. But I did not knew that this was just a starter, and there was much more in store for the next few days. I rested for the night and hit the road next morning.
Abhinav Kumar

12 Followers, 4 Reviews


Head back to Manali via Rohtang Pass. Drive through Battal – Chattru – Gramphu towards Rohtang Pass is out of the world. About 7 – 8 Hrs drive easily if you do not get messed up Rohtang PassOvernight at Manali
Aniket Singh ( Hippies Adventures )

206 Followers, 11 Reviews


Best time to visit
February,March,April,October
Things to do
Adventure,Arts and Culture,Extreme Sports,Family Vacation,Food and Drinks,Hill Station,Honeymoon,Luxury Holidays,Nature,Rivers & Lakes,Romantic Getaways,Trekking
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

McLeod Ganj - Himachal Pradesh

Barely 4 km away from Dharamshala by foot, the hill station of McLeod Ganj is home to many majestic monasteries, delicious smelling kitchen cafes, video rental shops, western food cafes, trekking companies and wall to wall stores selling Tibetan souvenirs and many more goodies. Also known as Little Lhasa and the abode of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual influence and its mystical green hills mark McLeod Ganj as a significant tourist destination and a major traveller hang-out in the Kangra Valley. A 5-minute walk south of this town will take one to the Tsuglagkhang Complex, which comprises the official residence of the 14th Dalai Lama, vibrant monasteries with beautiful murals and even a bookshop cafe that goes by the name of Namgyal Gompa. Tourist activity after monsoon picks up, after October, with February March being pleasant months to visit the hill station to witness the Losar Festival or the Tibetan New Year being celebrated. This compact sized town is best explored and enjoyed by walking or trekking. Intriguing short walks around Mcleod Ganj include one that goes 2km east to Bhagsu which leads one to a waterfall and a temple. The most well-known trek, 8 km starting from the town, is to Triund, a snow-flanked and serene camping spot from which one can also travel 5 km ahead to reach a charming little forest rest house. With many many hipster eateries, the food here is some of the best you'll find at any mountain destination.
I touched Dharamshala at 0700 hours. The first view of Dharamshala gave me peace of mind. Himalayas fully covered with Deodar Cedar trees and fog all over. My hotel was situated ahead about 8-9 kms to the upper reaches of Dharamshala which is known as Mcleodganj (Little Lhasa). Checked in Akashdeep hotel it’s near Bhagsunath Temple. It was decent and had amazing view of Bhagsu water fall and Dhauladhar peak (one of the best attraction of Mcleodganj) behind those two huge Himalayas. Was so excited to explore the city that without wasting any more of my time I decided to I freshen up and hit the smart city!
Chetna Patil

20 Followers, 11 Reviews


McLeod Ganj is a suburb of Dharamsala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is known as "Little Lhasa" or "Dhasa" (a short form of Dharamshala used mainly by Tibetans) because of its large population of Tibetans.[1] The Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered in McLeod Ganj.
उदय वीर सिंह गुलेरिया

6 Followers, 3 Reviews


McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India.. good place for shopping, spiritual palaces visit, dalai lama temple. Provides good place to stay and enjoy the Himalayan beauty.
vinay vinvin

106 Followers, 18 Reviews


Best time to visit
February,March,April,May,June,October,November
Things to do
Food and Drinks,Hill Station,Nature,Trekking
Open Hours
N/A
Budget

Kasol - Himachal Pradesh

Kasol is situated among the lush green pines of the Parvati Valley in the stta eof Himachal Pradesh. This place happens to be ideal for those who wish to laze around and pass the weekend sipping on some steaming cups of tea while watching the beauty of nature unfold before one’s eyes. The Parvati River flows through the place making it a must visit destination for tourists. If serenity is what your body and mind craves, then you ought to plan a trip to Kasol sometime soon. The fact that there are quite a number of suspension bridges here, make one want to go on long strolls here.
The Parvati Valley is the most favorite holiday destination of youngsters from India and Israel. The easily obtainable drugs, low cost of living, peaceful environment and prospect of rave parties drags many foreigners to this hill station. Kasol is fast turning into a Jewish settlement where Shalom (greeting) and Namaste are used interchangeably. Hebrew signboards are a common sight in this area. According to an estimate, about 70 per cent of the foreigners visiting the state come from Israel.
Sonali Gurung

104 Followers, 65 Reviews


Ajay K Raina

2 Followers, 1 Reviews


IBIS

9 Followers, 3 Reviews


Best time to visit
October to March is what you will be told when you ask locals about when to pay a visit to Kasol.
Things to do
Make the most of the calm place, enjoy the apples here as they are said to be the best in the region.
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
One would need to contact tour operators for this purpose.

Shimla - Himachal Pradesh

Once known as Shyamala, synonymous with Goddess Kali, Shimla has been a summer retreat long before India even gained independence. This famous hill station similarly has a lot of places and things to see untouched by time. For instance, take a vintage joy ride from Kalka station to Shimla in a charming toy train that will take you through towering Deodars, hills and villages. Shimla truly comes alive during winters when a blanket of snow covers it all over making every nook and corner gleam and glisten. One such place is the ice skating rink (natural ice) near Lakkar Bazaar that opens from November to December. More winter sports include skiing, which can be enjoyed 21 km from Shimla in Kufri. Adventure activities such as rafting at Tattapani or a trek to Shali Tibba and Pabbar Valley are also worthwhile experiences. If you are fond of haunted stories and interested in having your own spooky adventure, you'll love Shimla. A lot of people including the renowned Rudyard Kippling (in 'My Own True Ghost Story) have written various eerie stories set around Shimla. A place known most for giving many people the jeepers-creepers is the Charleville Mansion. Another time travelling portal is the antique bookstore, Marina Brothers, located on Mall Road, which is truly a reader and collector's paradise. There are many luxury and budget hotels here, meaning you'll never fall short of options. Popular places to eat include Wake & Bake, Ashiana, Cecil and Minchy's that serve commendable Indian and multi-cuisine dishes and delicious gourmet food.
Hill stations, by rule of thumb, are generally safer due to the number of people present at any given time. However, when it comes to hill stations, few can match the beauty and charm of the valleys of Shimla. The hilltop town is an absolute delight and the crown jewel of indian tourism. Shimla also offers lots of attractive and safe lodging options which makes it a very viable destination for a female traveller. Things to do: Viceregal Lodge, Town Hall, Jakhu Temple, Gaiety Museum, Christ Church, State Museum, Kali Bari Temple, Himalayan Bird Park and Kufri
Sonali Gurung

104 Followers, 65 Reviews


Shimla includes Famous Ridge, Mall Road, Lakkar Bazaar, Jakhu Temple . Narkanda is about 65KMs from Shimla takes about 2-3 Hrs About 8-9 Hrs drive to Shimla Overnight at Shimla or Narkanda, which ever is best according to ur timings.  
Aniket Singh ( Hippies Adventures )

206 Followers, 11 Reviews


You know that kind of beautiful which makes you profound. That’s what sunset in mountains do to me. I just stand still in awe and gape. My feet forget to function and I can’t feel anybody around me. Shhh….I don’t want you to talk and even if you talk, sorry, it doesn’t get to my head. Lost. Out of place. Defunct. I have been craving for this feeling. And now, I am in it. Don’t use words. Let silence prevail. Don’t you get tired of expressing all the time? I am out of energy. I need to get my batteries charged. Coz a day later i will be back to shithole, again surrounded by people. So just let me be me. I was taking few sunset photographs in phone. It’s all grainy and bokehlicious. The moment it was clicked, I knew I had to write about it. A sight I have to talk about. It can’t just die in me. The pale tint of orange blended in grey. The mountains standing tall, the houses built on the mountains seem so tiny, chilly wind washes all over your face fondling your hair, you don’t care what a mess you look like, you are just busy soaking the view, how the hues talk to you. If sunset was a soul, a person, I swear he must be the most generous one. So adorable that I would want to rush and kiss his forehead. Thank him for existing. For spreading love. For letting us feel its beauty. For his relentlessness….
Richa Gandhi

67 Followers, 11 Reviews


Best time to visit
January,February,March,April,May,June,October,November,December
Things to do
Family Vacation,Food and Drinks,Hill Station,Historical Places
Open Hours
Budget

Tosh - Himachal Pradesh

Situated in Kasol, this little mountain village happens to be immensely popular among tourists from all over the world. The clean environment and atmosphere of meditation is what draws people to visit the village of Tosh, time and again. When seen, most of the tourists here happen to be backpackers from countries like the United Kingdom and Italy. One has to literally walk over a wooden bridge to get into this little enchanting village. Filled with lush green meadows and apple orchards, Tosh is a beautiful place that hosts some of the best psychedelic and trance parties one can expect.
Stay at Boom Shiva Cafe
Dharmesh Patel

216 Followers, 7 Reviews


Night here is very awesome. stay - 600 for 5 people food - Eat maggi and be happy.
Prince John

7 Followers, 5 Reviews


Restaurants, welcoming people, the view
Harshita

82 Followers, 3 Reviews


Best time to visit
October to March
Things to do
Gate crash in to one such party and make some new friends.
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Chitkul - Himachal Pradesh

This tourist hot spot happens to be the highest village in the Sangla valley region and lies to the right of the River Baspa. Beyod Chitkul lies the Great Himalayas that lead one into the forbidden tracts of the land of Tibet. This place happened to lie along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet and this is evident from the race of people that inhabit the place and the kind of jewelry that they wear on them. A little past Chitkul is the last Indian outpost at Nagasthi and civilians are not allowed to set foot there. This place is extremely beautiful and is a treat to ones senses. There are about three temples here that are dedicated to the Goddess Mathi.
The last Indian village on the Indo-China border. Its magical and mesmerizing, quaint and wild.
Rachel Arora

15 Followers, 4 Reviews


Chitkul was the last destination of our journey . A tiny hamlet in the lap of himalyas , it is the last inhabited village of India and beyond this village lies Tibet . One travels to Chitkul for the picturesque landscapes and the scenic beauty of the himalyas but stays here for the peace and tranquility of this place.
Archit Dhoopar

33 Followers, 7 Reviews


The mountain range, suddenly opened and formed a valley. Sangla Valley is very beautiful, rimmed by snow capped mountains. There are several tented accomodation and hotels around the town, but we didn't wait too long as we were intended to go to Chitkul, the last inhabited village in Indo - Tibet border. The mobile network was also not working. The road to Chitkul village was narrow and bumpy sometimes water was also flowing through the roads. There were very few wooden houses and few shops to serve catering and a board written on it “Hindustan ka Aakhiri Dhaba". We clicked few photos and took tea from the local shop and started our return journey to Shimla. On the way to Shimla one more thing I saw first time was the herd of cattle through the road along with the local gaddis. Came to know from the driver that the main occupation of gaddi tribes is shepherding and they make their livelihood by rearing and selling sheeps, goats, mules and horses. Finally we reached Shimla.
Antara Choudhury

13 Followers, 4 Reviews


Best time to visit
October to February
Things to do
Pray at one of the temples here and enjoy the landscape around you.
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
One has to contact a tour agency for hotel booking and tour based information.

Rohtang La - Himachal Pradesh

This is one of the highest mountain passes which connects Kullu with Lahaul and Spiti Valley. This is one place where you find snow even during the hottest days of summer. This is also known as the world's highest jeepable road and has an influence of Buddhist Culture from the Middle Himalayas. Trekking and skiing are the main activities in this place and the main attractions are the sulpher springs and the Bhrigu Lake. The bewitching natural beauty and the peace here can soothe any soul after a visit here.
Pretty good roads with a superb view of the valley and one can enjoy this to the utmost level with his cycle!! La aka pass are snowy passes through mountain ranges,but this one is highly influenced by tourists and by lots of them, with dirty snow, traffic.. :(
athul balaji

16 Followers, 42 Reviews


After a heavy breakfast we started around 11 AM. We were informed by our driver that we would need to cover about 140 km on taht day to reach Jispa and must therefore control our emotions and resist the growing temptation to stop at every other nook and corner of this scenic journey. We crossed Solang Valley to reach Rohtang Pass which is about 50 km away from the town of Manali and is at an elevation of 13,060 ft. I have read accounts of people getting stuck in crazy traffic jams (lasting days) and sleeping in their cars while crossing Rohtang Pass in June or July. We crossed Rohtang Pass without any trouble and that is precisely why I love off-season. This was the first of five high mountain passes that we crossed on the Manali-Leh highway
Smiti Maini

274 Followers, 123 Reviews


Jaswanth Jagadeesh

108 Followers, 45 Reviews


Best time to visit
June to September
Things to do
Trekking, skiing, photography, adventure tours
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Sarchu - Himachal Pradesh

Also known as the Sir Bhum Chun, this is an important halting point on the Leh- Manali Highway. This is on the border area of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir or Ladakh. Here you will also find an Indian Army camp near the Tsarap Chu River. The routes surrounding this area are the Baralacha La on one side and the Lachulung La to the other side. This place being on such a high altitude, it is usually difficult to cross the whole route in one day. Also, the terrain is variable and travellers and tourists take around two days at least to move ahead. This place is thus used as a camping ground as there are a few tented accomodations here. When the winter increases here, the roads are all blocked with snow and even the tents of the Indian Army are closed here. The Sarchu area acts as the starting point for more difficult treks towards the Zanskar Region of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.
Day 13 - Started to Sarchu from leh at 9 . The road was famous for its beauty and scenic views.Moore planes where you hit 100+ speed at ease. Ghalatop - the road of 21 loops :). We also came across Taglangla - 17582 ft. Lachungla - 16616 ft Reached around 7 and we did camping here.The climate but the breeze is heavy and cold.Loved this place. Stay at sarchu - Redrock Camp ( Awesome )
Ajit Kumar

5 Followers, 10 Reviews


Halted at Bharatpur for lunch... and continued our journey to Sarchu,a major halt point right on the border of HP and J&K. A place definitely not for the FAINT HEARTED!!
athul balaji

16 Followers, 42 Reviews


Situated on the boundary between Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir at 14,500 ft, overnight stop for travellers from Manali to Leh and campsite for the rally!
Anurag Kumar

253 Followers, 13 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
trekking, adventure driving, camping
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Sangla - Himachal Pradesh

Translating to “the valley of light” in Tibetan, this city is sheltered in the serene Baspa Valley in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. Though there is nothing very special about Sangla itself, its charm lies in the sprawling Baspa Valley which opens your eyes to nature's true gifts with stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas, especially the Kinner Kailash peak, which one can even trek to. To take a slight glimpse into history, visit Sangla's famous attraction, the Kamru Fort, one of the oldest forts in Himachal. Sangla comes alive with its colourful Phulaich Festival, a festival of flowers wherein Kinnauri inhabitants display their traditions and culture with heartwarming song and dance performances, hosted annually in the months of August and September. The Baspa River banks are home to many camps (Banjara, Kinner, Baikunth Adventure Camp) where you can stay and enjoy a plethora of adventure activities conducted by them, such as river crossing, rock climbing and rappelling. Trekking is another challenging but brilliant way for one to explore the beauty of the valley and its surrounding areas. The Rakcham Trek which is a glacier trek is another well known trek besides the one to Kinner Kailash peak. Cafe 42 and Tibetan Cafeteria are some great places for food.
Leave early. You can have lunch at Rampur About 8 – 10 Hrs of beautiful drive through Kinnaur ValleyOvernight at Sangla
Aniket Singh ( Hippies Adventures )

206 Followers, 11 Reviews


Kush

191 Followers, 23 Reviews


The last stop before reaching our destination, Sangla is the last major town that lies in the lower Kinnaur region . Beyond this town , there are no ATMs, Petrol pumps or any market and most of the Himachal Tourism buses do not take this route to Chitkul rather they take a turn for Reckong Peo from here. A must to do in Sangla is to go to an apple farm , pluck a fresh kinnauri apple from the tree and indulge oneself in the sweetest apple one can ever have.
Archit Dhoopar

33 Followers, 7 Reviews


Best time to visit
March,April,May,June,September,October,November
Things to do
Adventure,Arts and Culture,Family Vacation,Nature,Trekking
Open Hours
Budget

Triund - Himachal Pradesh

Triund Hill is a famous spot that one can trek along to. As a matter of fact, there are a number of trails that one can follow and reach the peak at the Dhauladhar range. From McLeodgang to the peak is around 9 kilometres and many tourists prefer this trail. Camping is a great activity to be done here as the place is clean and cool. There are some mysterious twists to the trails that one will surely enjoy a lot. Once at the peak, click pictures of Moon Peak and the Indira Pass as well.
Majestic view of giant Dhauladhar ranges, sunrise to sunset, moonrise to moonset, rainbows, hailstorms. Height--> 2895 meters
Abhishek Chaudhary

246 Followers, 22 Reviews


for a beginner like me, trekking to triund was one hell of an experience. it was snowing like cats and dogs and all the cafes were shut due to 5 ft of snow. still we managed to reach the top somehow. a trek to triund is recommended if u are heading to Mcleodganj
Deepti Divya

69 Followers, 28 Reviews


These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man’s weak praise should be given God’s attention.”
Preeti Vishwakarma

668 Followers, 46 Reviews


Best time to visit
June to September
Things to do
This trail is what one should go on when one visits in Himachal Pradesh.
Open Hours
NA
Budget
N/A

Chandra Taal - Himachal Pradesh

Known as the Moon Lake too, this is one which is at a height of 4300 metres and is also the origin of the Chandra River. The lake is about kilometres from Kunzum Pass and a popular place among devotees. This is because this is said to be the same place from where Lord Indra had picked up Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandavas to take him on a journey to heaven. The picturesque sceneries and beauty of this place is mind blowing. The waters of this lake are deep blue and is surrounded by lush green grass. What is even better is that the waters are extremely clean unlike other general lakes that we see. The peaks surrounding this lake are even of around 3000 metres to 6300 metres and are namely the Moulkila and Chandrabhaga. You can come here from most other places of Himachal Pradesh even for some adventure camping. This was also known to be the halting area of traders once upon a time when they stopped here before moving ahead to Kunzum and Sarchu.
One of the most beautiful lakes in the entire world.
The Travelling Assassin

836 Followers, 52 Reviews


Kush

191 Followers, 23 Reviews


Tread the treacherous road -- the road from Batal, the last inhabited point before Chandratal is nothing but lethal -- that leads to the Chandratal Lake and absorb the splendid view whilst taking deep breaths! Do remember to keep your jaw from falling off and hitting the ground! The view of the river bed and the glaciers on the far off mountains is breath-taking. Meditate, take a walk around the lake or pitch your tent - the lake is a spectacle to behold! If you have days in hand, then a trek from Sooraj Tal to Chandra Tal - or the other way round - could give you the adrenaline boost you had always been anticipating.
Jasreet Chawla

22 Followers, 12 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
photography, camping, trekking
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Keylong - Himachal Pradesh

Keylong happens to be the headquarters for Lahula and happens to be a distinct little town that hosts many travelers on their way to Spiti, Kullu and Leh. The star attraction here is the museum that has photographs of the sites and displays traditional costumes, lamps used during prayers and many other such items of tribal art and curios. One can also expect to find some Thanka paintings and ancient manuscripts as well. A local auditorium also puts on shows that tell tales about the place and its history.
One of the important villages on the highway with hospitals, houses and also a market with FOOOD!! Had home made mutton momos and noodles. At the market one finds a pretty big Mani wheel!!
athul balaji

16 Followers, 42 Reviews


Administrative centre of the Lahaul-Spiti valley, & the last place where you can get your vehicle re-fueled before moving ahead to Leh!
Anurag Kumar

253 Followers, 13 Reviews


Our next stop was the town of Keylong where we stopped for tea and snacks. I do not remember the name of the restaurant/dhaba but the view it offered of the valley beneath was outstanding.
Smiti Maini

274 Followers, 123 Reviews


Best time to visit
All through the year
Things to do
Take a tour of the place and its museum.
Open Hours
The museum is closed on Mondays. For the rest of the week it is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Budget
NA

Tabo - Himachal Pradesh

What seems like a dull place from the exteriors is indeed a very beautiful place and one should pay a visit to Tabo. Located 40 kilometres from the Indo-Tibet border, this place is home to around 9 temples, shrines and holy caves and is extremely scared and popular among the Buddhist community. This place is said to be founded by the King Yeshe Od who belonged to the Purang – Guge dynasty and is said to have hailed from West Tibet. Tabo was set up straight at the crossroads of two trade routes that were used during the ancient times. The place is deceptive and is a beauty to behold for those who take their chances and travel here.
Start your day early and watch the vistas en route over Hindustan Tibet Highway . See the Leo Purygal Peak from Khab Bridge. Have your lunch at Nako Lake. Meet the dreaded Malling Nalla ahead of NakoAfter Chango – Sumdo you will enter Spiti Valley. After Sumdo police registration, detour towards Geyu Village to visit the 500 Year old Mummy. About 8 – 9 Hrs drive, depending upon the breaks you take in betweenOvernight at Tabo.
Aniket Singh ( Hippies Adventures )

206 Followers, 11 Reviews


The only other town apart from Kaza, in the Spiti valley, and only place where we could have parked our car in a Helipad!
Anurag Kumar

253 Followers, 13 Reviews


Kush

191 Followers, 23 Reviews


Best time to visit
Between October and March
Things to do
Visit the Tabo Gompa here.
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Fix this part of the bargain with a tour agency.

Kalpa - Himachal Pradesh

The essence of Kalpa lies in its mystical alliance of Hinduism and Buddhism. This Himachal Pradesh town is adorned with myriad temples and monasteries, which will pull you with their exquisite architecture if not faith. Some ornate archetypes of Kinnauri craftsmanship are the Narayan Nagini temple and the Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar monastery, which is a favourite among history buffs, considering that it was built around 950-1055 AD. Kalpa is home to a lot of resorts and adventure camps that offer everything from rock climbing, trekking, river crossing, rappelling, paragliding, river rafting, trout fishing, camping, angling in the Baspa River and mountain biking. For trekking enthusiasts and explorers, the Chakka peak standing at 15000 ft above the sea level is a must try. For those who wish to do some local shopping, Basteri Village is a charming little hamlet, 8 km away from Sangla, from where Kinnauri handicrafts, woollen apparel and even Chilgoza (local pine nuts) make for interesting purchases. Also, a trout fishing farm lies en-route this village. Besides what your guesthouses might be serving you, Kalpa doesn't particularly possess an array of any special restaurants except dhabas (roadside food shacks) where you can have your quota of knick-knacks and drinks. Some places although, that are well known among travellers are Chef's Restaurant and Hotel Golden Apple for Indian and Tibetan dishes.
This wonderful place lying in the Satluj Valley of Himachal Pradesh in Kinnaur is a place known for its natural beauty and cultural bounty.
Rachel Arora

15 Followers, 4 Reviews


Leave early to see beautiful Chitkul Village. Visit Kamru Fort at Sangla as well before going back to Kalpa. Watch the lovely sunset and sunrise (next day) at Kalpa over Mount Kinner KailashAbout 4 – 5 Hrs of total drive on this dayOvernight at Kalpa
Aniket Singh ( Hippies Adventures )

206 Followers, 11 Reviews


Things to do in Kalpa and places to visit in Kalpa: Kalpa gives an out-of-the-world view of Kinner Kailash peaks, which are reputed to change colours at different hours of the day. So give it enough time. Explore the old village of Chini. There’s a monastery there, which is reputed to be a century old. About 3km from Kalpa is Kothi, which has a temple dedicated to Goddess Chandika. Few venture there, but it’s certainly worth a visit if you have the time. If you have more time, the Kinner Kailash parikrama trek is said to be one of its kind
The Compulsive Traveller

712 Followers, 35 Reviews


Best time to visit
May,June,July,August,September
Things to do
Hill Station,Nature,Religious,Trekking
Open Hours
Budget

Kaza - Himachal Pradesh

Some say that Kaza is the most beautiful place in all of north India, yes that includes Ladakh! The capital of Spiti Valley, Kaza is every traveller's dream. Mostly unexplored owing to its inaccessibility, it has gradually found its place in the 'must visit places in India'. Overwhelming mountains, sparkling rivers, gurgling streams and a landscape unlike any other – Kaza needs to be seen to be believed. As you make your way from the city to this unknown land, you realise the disparity between urban living and simple life. And appreciate it. For miles and miles, you may not come across another human being but will certainly have sounds of nature to accompany you. Yes, Kaza is as poetic as travellers make it sound. The town is divided into parts and also serves as a pass to Ladakh. If you have visited Ladakh, the cultural similarities of both places will not surprise you. Though Kaza is not a typical holiday destination, it offers travellers much more. The base point for many treks, Kaza is where expert trekkers find solace. Do visit Tabo Monastery, which is considered to be one of the Buddhist centres in the Himalayas. The hotels here offer you basic but warm and well-maintained rooms with local meals that you just can't say no to! Reaching here isn't a problem either since buses from Manali run regularly, though the roads here are a little tricky! Perfect for adventure enthusiasts, Kaza is not everyone's cup of tea so if you are looking for a relaxed, no-hassle holiday, do think again!
Head for Kaza, headquarters of Spiti Valley. Have lunch at Kaza and check in to Hotel. Visit Ki – Kibber – Gette – Tashigang in the second half of the day Ki is a famous monastery and others are places to explore as a lovely drive. Tashigang is where the road ends but again beautiful driveAbout 4 – 5 Hrs of drive in the dayOvernight at Kaza
Aniket Singh ( Hippies Adventures )

206 Followers, 11 Reviews


Capital of the Spiti region, and world's highest place to have a car service station - Spiti Motors!
Anurag Kumar

253 Followers, 13 Reviews


Kush

191 Followers, 23 Reviews


Best time to visit
May,June,July,August,September
Things to do
Adventure,Hill Station,Nature,Offbeat,Trekking,Rivers and Lakes
Open Hours
Budget

Rohtang Pass - Himachal Pradesh

Situated on the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, the Rohtang Pass acts as the gateway to the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys. It also connects them to the Kullu Valley thus making the access of the districts easier with Leh. The meaning of 'Rohtang' is the 'Land of Corpses'. This is because, in this place died a number of people who has tried to cross this place and move ahead towards more difficult places like Zanskar. The Rohtang Pass also serves as the gateway to Zojila and Leh on other sides of it. The natural beauty and serenity of this place makes it a favourite of photographers and nature lovers. The sight of lovely glaciers, twin peaks of Geypan, the Lahaul Valley and the Chandra River make this place even more beautiful. The Rohtang Pass is also situated on the watershed basin of the Chenab and the Beas Rivers and the main activities to be enjoyed here are skiing and sledge rides.
This is another high mountain pass in the Himalayas, located at an altitude of more than 13000 ft. Rohtang pass is at a distance of about 50 kms from Manali towards Ladakh on the Leh-Manali highway. One can get some heavenly views of the Pir-Panjal range of the Himalayas here.
Anurag Kumar

253 Followers, 13 Reviews


sexy roads. cold weather. skiing, sliding, quad bikes, mountain climbing. snow snow snow
Nitin Verma

113 Followers, 2 Reviews


Pass through Rohtang to reach manali
Badari Deshpande

174 Followers, 77 Reviews


Best time to visit
June- October
Things to do
camping, photography, adventure activities
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Jispa - Himachal Pradesh

Known for some famous camping sites, Jispa is the last village to be found in the Lahul Valley region and is a pit stop for those who are carrying on to Leh. The place is awesome and makes for a great hideout to spend some time in peace and quietness. Those who look forward to indulge in adventure sports, try some here. Trekking and mountaineering is on the cards as well. Jispa has a folk museum and one should pay it a visit when one is here. Stop by the roadside tents and gorge on some delicious local food here.
We finally reached our destination for the day, Jispa (11,000 ft.) at about 5 PM in the evening. According to the itinerary handed to us, we knew that we were staying in a camp but we were absolutely thrilled to see that it was adjacent to the bank of the Chandrabhaga river. We dumped our bags in the tents and went running to river bank which was just about a minute away from the camp. It was the greenest and cutest little riverside camp and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. It was almost sun-down when we reached here so the sky was very dramatic. At night we enjoyed campfire under the clearest night with a billion stars shining bright. This was probably the maximum number of stars that I had ever seen and undoubtedly the most beautiful night sky that I had ever witnessed. The post dinner session involved chatting with many other interesting travellers from different parts of the world and also with our driver who warned us of the hardships that Day 2 had in store for us. Since we had to cover a mammoth distance of ~340 km the next day to reach Leh, we decided to leave the camp at 6 in the morning. In the morning, getting out of bed was a traumatic experience. It was technically the first morning of our trip and it was back-breaking cold. We somehow gathered the courage and started by 6 AM. The staff was very kind and sweet and they had packed us sandwiches for breakfast.
Smiti Maini

274 Followers, 123 Reviews


Jispa journeys
Milind Ghoting

272 Followers, 18 Reviews


We stayed at a place near to Jispa. Its about a few kms before the town you'll notice tents laid by the side of rivers. nice place to stay but bit expensive!!
Sumanth Kumar

232 Followers, 9 Reviews


Best time to visit
One can drop by anytime through the year.
Things to do
Take a peaceful break from work and household chores by visiting Jispa.
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Bhagsu Nag - Himachal Pradesh

This is a locality in the Dharamshala District. A very small village with almost no communication facilties, this village is mainly known for the Bhagsunaag Temple and the beautiful Bhagsunaag Waterfalls. The people here are very humble and you can interact with them to know more about their culture, lifestyle and history of the place.
Bhagsu Nag waterfall is a small water fall on the outskirt of Dharamshala. It is around 3 Km from Mcleodganj. It takes around half an hour hike from Mcleodganj bus stand to reach Bhagsu. Although the water fall is small but one can just sit back and enjoy the exquisite beauty of Dhauladhar range. This place must be in the wish list for a bag packer it he is travelling to Dharamshala.
Matrika Prasad

6 Followers, 11 Reviews


Bhagsu Nag Waterfall and roaming around in the jungle
Divyam Gupta

19 Followers, 4 Reviews


This temple is surrounded by trees, houses & mountains - a beautiful place. You need to cross the market to reach this place. The temple has a beautiful history associated with it. The pool outside the temple looks beautiful. I visited here on December 16, 2014 around 11 am and a Buddhist monk was bathing in it. I was impressed with the energy he had - a true monk. There was little bit of snow all around from the last night's fall. You can find a small shop in the premises where you can have tea & snacks. There is a paid toilet at the back which is very dirty & you need to climb down a lot of stairs with big steps. Parts of the main waterfall that go two floors below are not in good condition & need attention. But the area is beautiful.
Manoo J.

189 Followers, 12 Reviews


Best time to visit
When in Dharamshala
Things to do
Explore the Bhagsu Falls
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Leh - Himachal Pradesh

A kingdom that has risen above disasters like the 2010 cloudburst and is still able to magnetise a plethora of tourists and travellers every month to it, even when the mercury dips below sub-zero levels. This former capital of the Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh is chiefly dominated by the ruined Royal Palace of Leh and the eternally serene Pangong Tso, Tibetan for 'high grassland lake', which is spread for 134 km from India to China. If you're someone who loves travelling unconventionally and is interested in the lifestyle that thrives in this high altitude desert, you can stay with locals who have turned their homes into 'homestays' and are open to interacting with non-natives. For a more spiritual and mystical experience, one can also spend the night at monasteries such as Thiksey, Lamauru or the Hemis Monastery, where you will get a chance to interact with Lamas (Buddhist teachers) and learn all about their lives and what they preach. For more visual and audio insights and treats, one can attend the 6 day Ladakh festival, a multihued explosion of Ladakhi culture and tradition, celebrated annually in the month of September in Leh's villages. Leh can always keep you entertained, for instance, with trekking (frozen river trek to Chadar, Padam to Darcha trek), mountain biking, skiing, camel safari, paragliding and even having your car pulled uphill by the magnetic force at the Magnetic Hill. Foodies will get no better thrill than eating at the highest cafeteria in the world, Rinchen Cafeteria. Other popular cafes such as Gesmo, Nirvana Garden, Cafe Jeevan and Norlakh are a must to go to for their lip smacking Italian, Himalayan and local dishes.
As it is recommended that one must spend atleast the first day travelling locally in Leh, so that your body adjusts to the low oxygen levels, it is extremely helpful that there is a lots to do in Leh. Leh Market: The-Go-To place for everything - Local [Delicious] Cuisine - Souvenirs - Adventure Sports Agencies - Stok Monastery - Shey Monastery - Thiksey Monastery - Magnetic Hill - Private tour through Tsemo Fort, with help of locals ATM, hospital, cheap and decent accommodation and all other necessities are easily available here. The mobile network connectivity is also good.
Medha Dobhal

11 Followers, 7 Reviews


Stay: A hotel in Leh Meals: Breakfast
The Blueberry Trails

461 Followers, 45 Reviews


We reached our destination after a long journey. Leh is a beautiful place and it was like we are in a different world. People are so good and helpful. We reached here at 9 pm after braving the Tanglangla Pass and our heads were bumping so just ate and slept. Then in the morning we woke up early as we had to book motorbikes for 3 days to travel around leh and to Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake. It was a tough time getting bikes and we managed to get only 3 bikes till 1 pm. As we all got late to go to Nubra valley so we stayed at Leh and explored the city. Had some good food and went to some good places like King's Palace and a temple near our hotel. To compensate for not going to Nubra we went to magnetic hill next day which was not in our itinerary but it was a nice journey. We went to Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and to a place where two rivers were meeting ( sorry forgot its name ) explored around it stayed there for 2-3 hours and came back and started gearing up for trip to Pangong Lake as we could not afford to miss it. Next day started our journey to Pangong and it was a beautiful journey. Roads were awesome and the scenery around beautiful. Loved it. And when we reached pangong lake in the evening it was looking so much beautiful. We stayed in tents, had bonfire we had a nice time. Food though was not so good but there were very few hotels and none were vacant. Next day after exploring Pangong lake we came back to Leh, returned bikes and bought some stuff and booked a cab for Srinagar as we had a flight from there. Next day started our journey in the morning 6 am and when we crossed Leh we knew we were in Kashmir it was very beautiful,green and cloud studded mountains unlike Leh.
Vipin Kumar

151 Followers, 12 Reviews


Best time to visit
March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October
Things to do
Adventure,Arts and Culture,Desert,Extreme Sports,Family Vacation,Food and Drinks,Historical Places,Honeymoon,Nature,Offbeat,Religious,Rivers & Lakes,Romantic Getaways,Trekking
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
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Kullu - Himachal Pradesh

Kullu, in Himachal Pradesh, has a lot to serve nature lovers. The first thing they can do is visit the mesmerisingly beautiful and majestic Great Himalayan National Park, which is home to more than 375 flora species and a plethora of fauna, all protected by the law and the herculean Himalayas. Kullu's abundant nature can also prove to be quite luxurious and rejuvenating. For instance, the hot water springs of Manikaran, Vashisht and Kheerganga, all provide picturesque views of the mountains and meadows all around, giving you an experience like no other. A hub for adventure sports, one can enjoy paragliding, white water rafting, river crossing, rock climbing, skiing and snow boarding here. Popular treks ranging from easy to strenuous here are to Solang Valley and Pin Parbati Pass. Kullu has a variety of cuisines for one to choose from, but if you wish to get a taste of the authentic Himalayan dishes and delicacies, Dham is the place for you. For Indian and multi-cuisines, Valentino's Cooking with Herbs, Sapna Sweets and Chinda ka Dhaba are well known among tourists. Kullu comes alive with colours and lights during the festival Dussehra, celebrated in the month of October.
Riverrafting in Kullu took the pain built after 8 hours of driving.
Kapil Yadav

15 Followers, 8 Reviews


The largest valley in the district, Kullu captures every traveller's imagination with its snow-covered mountains, green valleys and a sparkling river flowing by its side. If you are looking to escape the harsh sun for a while, look no further.
Tripoto

387 Followers, 361 Reviews


Most of the purchases for shalls and wollen stuff was done here. The actual show factories are here. For those looking for pashminas and other shawls,this would be the place to go.
Rohan Mudaliar

211 Followers, 112 Reviews


Best time to visit
March,April,May,October,November,December
Things to do
Family Vacation,Nature
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
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Manikaran - Himachal Pradesh

Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for hindus and sikhs . It has many temples and a gurudwara
saket.sankhyan

276 Followers, 8 Reviews


Out of a hundred legends about this small town, an interesting one notes that according to the Hindu mythology, Manu recreated human life here, after the flood.
Disha Kapkoti

7k+ Followers, 438 Reviews


Vineet Kumar

112 Followers, 60 Reviews


Bhagsunag Waterfall - Himachal Pradesh

A spot of immense scenic beauty in Dharamsala, this is also the starting point of the trek route to the Triund Hill. This beautiful falls is also on the way to the McLeodganjand is especially crowded by trekkers. The view of the waterfalls from the bridge here is awesome and the backdrop of the mountains make it even more beautiful. The white, foamy waters combined with the lush greenery makes a fresh colour combination which is extremely soothing to the eyes. This is one place you just cannot give a miss in Dharamsala.
Natural shower for the unbathed.
Prateek Dham

938 Followers, 575 Reviews


Sit back and relax after hiking. This place is usually crowded, probably due to June being the Tourist month. You can also go to Shiva Cafe to enjoy the view. The route to Bhagsu from McLeaodGanj is usually jam packed. It's better if you can walk all the way to this place (approx 3.5km one way) by parking your car near St John's Church, otherwise be prepared to spend hours stuck in traffic jam. The surrounding areas can also be cleaned by the government as people just eat and litter around.
Damini Aggarwal

258 Followers, 116 Reviews


Shiva Cafe and Bhgasunag is 3 km small trek where people experience adventure through their dips in freezing cold water and smoking chillum and weed at Shiva Cafe.
Tanya Jain

237 Followers, 34 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
nature trails, photography
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Auli - Himachal Pradesh

Popular for being a ski resort where skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed during winters, Auli is also visited in the summer for a majestic 180-degree view of the second highest peak in India, Nanda Devi, and the snowy Himalayas. During summers, the ski slopes turn to picturesque meadows for mesmerising walks. One can choose to do some sightseeing on Asia's longest cable car or rope way. A picturesque spot that takes the cake here is the crystalline Chenab Lake, which can be reached through a treacherous trek to Dang village. The pilgrimage to Badrinath temple is another renowned trek. There aren't any places to shop out here but one can always go downhill to Joshimath to purchase all sorts of woollen apparel. No fancy places to eat though, the little joints spread around this charming snowscape serve delicious Garhwali dishes as well as usual Indian fare.
Best known for its summer snow sports
Kunal Bhatia

5 Followers, 7 Reviews


# 1 ski destination in the Himalayan mountains of Uttrakhand, India.
Atishay Jain

13 Followers, 6 Reviews


The ski slopes of Auli are home to some of the most breathtaking sights. The small streets has many cafes that line the streets, offering one-of-a-kind handmade local food. Because of all of the young, fun-loving ski bums that frequent this cool destination, Auli makes a perfect solo destination.
Nandan Priyadarshi

412 Followers, 42 Reviews


Best time to visit
January,February,March,November,December
Things to do
Adventure,Family Vacation,Skiing,Trekking,Rivers and Lakes
Open Hours
NA
Budget
NA

Kufri - Himachal Pradesh

We went for the Yak ride, trough mushy little pathways (sometimes it just felt that we would fall down flat at the ground having our faces smashed up), Sightseeing at the hill top (Incase you want to have a view through the telescope, beware of the vendors and bargain well ;)), Trekking (We were lazy logs, but we did walk for like atleast half hour). Oh, and don't you miss the Maggie at Maggie point and this amazingly amazing dish called Tukpa (Available in both veg and non-veg, the spices in the cold shivering wether will just keep you going).
Lavina Pinheiro

5 Followers, 5 Reviews


Kufri is located 16 KM far from Shimla where no vehicles are allowed and you have to take horse ride to go to the Kufri . In kufri you can enjoy a amusement park and apple trees and a temple situated at peak of hills.
Rahul Maharishi

35 Followers, 15 Reviews


If you happen to visit Shimla in summers, Kufri will come in as a rescue for the snow lovers. It is snow covered throughout the year, at least some peaks at all times to bring a smile on your face. What's more? Adventurous horse ride on the edges of the snow clad mountains that will lead you to the top while you witness the magnificent shades of white on the trees and in the valley by your side. Thrilling it is! Do make it a point to visit the Kufri fun park as well to add to your adrenaline rush!
Tripoto

387 Followers, 361 Reviews


Narkanda - Himachal Pradesh

Yet another hill station nestled in the state of Himachal Pradesh is Narkanda. This place is surrounded by lofty ranges and thick forests. A thick layer of mist envelopes the place giving it a rather surreal look. This place is ideal for a summer vacation; to get away from the hat or even for one to spend the winter. Located in Shimla, Narkanda is known because of its apple orchards and its treks all the way to Hatu Peak. There are many such trails that one can choose from as well.
Bhupender Singh

12 Followers, 76 Reviews


Narkanda
DevAshish Singh

8 Followers, 5 Reviews


The place is said to be the coldest place in Shimla, located at 9500 feet high above the sea level. It is said that during the winter season, heavy snowfall occurs and this place gets covered with 6 feet deep snowfall as snow deep area land. Every year an international level ski competition is also held at this place. This is the biggest and most attractive event at Shimla. Another special reason for visiting Narkanda is that the tourists can have a view of the ‘Himalayan Mountain’ covered with snow which is an amazing experience. The Narkanda place is also known for ‘Dhomri Mountain’ which is a snow mountain as every time this mountain is covered with snow; and the Himalayan range is also known as ‘Kalpa Shadow’.
Sattanurupa Saha

225 Followers, 37 Reviews


Best time to visit
All through the year from January to December.
Things to do
Taste the apples here and do go on a trek.
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Khir Ganga - Himachal Pradesh

Situated in the Parvathi Valley, this is a famous trekking point with the beautiful hot springs and mesmerizing grrenery. You have to drive till an extent and then start your trek. This is also the place where the elder son of Lord Shiva, Karthik Ji laid in Samadhi for around a 1000 years. The Kheer Ganga waterfall is a sight to behold and nothing less. The waters of this fall are said to have therapeutic values. To trek here you need a good pair of shoes and a bagpack with water, light food, torch, medicines, camera and some other things as well. There are good options for accomodation too after you climb up to the top.
Adventurous Place. Trek of at least 5 hours. We Came half way back and also visited small village which is surrounded by Mountains and peace.
Prince John

7 Followers, 5 Reviews


Kheerganga is situated in Parvati Valley at a distance of 22 km from Manikaran. For Kheerganga, one has to go by motor-able road up to a place called ‘Barshaini’ and from there to Kheerganga on foot. This trek leads through hilly terrain. This is the place where ‘Kartik Ji’, the elder son of ‘Lord Shiva’ remained in ‘samadhi’ for thousands of years. Kheerganga is one of the most refreshing treks that you can go on anywhere. The natural hot-water-spring experience is something that you will remember for a lifetime. Most people who reach this place always come back for seconds as there you can simply not get enough of such a place. The place is open for about 7 months in a year and is not permanently inhabited. The trek is very pleasant and offers some exhilarating views. The vegetation changes dramatically and opens up into a flatland that is graced by the occasional tent, the few guest houses and cafes and the temple premises which also comprises of the hot water spring. After the climb you are rewarded with release from all your pains during the day and get to bathe in the hot spring and rejuvenate yourself. Even though there is a hot spring at the gurudwara down at Mankiaran, the experience of Kheerganga is unique in so many ways. There are also good facilities for accommodation and food here considering that all the goods are taken via mules or human carriers. The locals sprint down the slopes with heavy goods on their back. There is simply no way that you can keep up with the locals when they ascend and descend. The friendly nature of the people is more than the warmth you need as all the things that you can think for are provided for at highly reasonable rates. Visiting the temple at early dawn before you proceed to the pool is customary. The biting cold is forgotten once your body is in that sulphur heated water. The first thing that you will need is a good sturdy pair of shoes and a backpack. The size of your backpack will vary as per your plans of stay. If you plan to stay for a day, it can be a small backpack. However there is only one small problem with staying there for one day, your heart will melt away as you walk away from the place. You will also have to decide whether you would like to camp or rent. Camping here is easy and you will get all that you need. Carrying a raincoat with you is a good thing to do since the weather can be unpredictable sometimes. Basic things like a torch should also not be neglected just in case. There is no electricity in Kheer Ganga and the lights are all run on solar power. Remember to carry some food with you as you climb up and descend. Water is not a problem as the valley provides in plenty for you. The water from the streams in the valley people say is better than the best of what even Evian can give to you. Approximate Distances from: Kullu-Manali Airport at Bhuntar: 45 km by road + 11 km trek on foot Kullu town: 55 km + 11 km trek on foot Manali town: 95 km + 11 km trek on foot
Munish Thakur

148 Followers, 9 Reviews


At the end of the long tiring trail, the natural hot water pool awaits you to breathe in bliss midst the snowscapes.
Disha Kapkoti

7k+ Followers, 438 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Trekking, photography
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Malana - Himachal Pradesh

This is a village on the top of a mountain and is separated by pasess on all sides. This is one of the oldest human settlements of the world and is an absolutely isolated place. There is extreme natural beauty here but the name of this place is in the bad books for a number of reasons. The first is the presence of drug mafia rule here and drug export is the main source of income of the Malanese people. Their language is very different from the rest of the state and they do not like to be disturbed. There is no problem if you visit this place but make sure you do not touch any building o belongings of these people as they will claim a fine for it. The Malanese community is extremely orthodox and loves to keep by their own culture, race and rituals which is still away from the eyes of most of the world.
Trek to Malana and come back. I personally do recommend anyone to stay there. Very hostile people.
Dharmesh Patel

216 Followers, 7 Reviews


Second day we got up early as this was the day we set up for our trek to KHEERGANGA... wait... snow... road blocks.. no trek for 15 days...
Gulshan Singh

0 Followers, 3 Reviews


Marketing gimmicks galore.
Prateek Dham

938 Followers, 575 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Photography, tours
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Khajjiar - Himachal Pradesh

a small saucer shaped ground amidst dense pine forest deep in the heart of chamba offering spectacular view from the hills around. Spot for zorbing and paragliding.
Aastha Garg

147 Followers, 12 Reviews


Khajjiar is 40 km from Dalhousie. This is also called Switzerland of Himachal and when you visit it you will get to know why. Plain area surrounded by 60ft trees and a lake in the centre with adventure sports arount it. A perfect picnic spot wit awesome view and sceinic beauty. This was the most exciting day of the trip as i rode horse for the first time and believe me it was amazing, the weather there was breathtaking and moreover people there were friendly.
Akshay Bharti

108 Followers, 4 Reviews


The Mini Switzerland of India
Jyotirmoy Gupta

393 Followers, 24 Reviews


Kasauli - Himachal Pradesh

Kasauli is a small hill station in the Dhauladhar Hills of Himachal Pradesh, set up by the British during their peak time in India. This small town usually serves as a passageway to the hill stations higher up in Himachal (Shimla and so on), but makes for a quick one-day getaway destination for the people living in Delhi NCR and Punjab. Kasauli is for those who enjoy picturesque walks amidst Deodars, such as on the Gilbert Trail, and stunning views such as that of River Sutlej, from Manki Point. Some other sights include Gurkha Fort, Baptist Church and Christ Church. You can even take a tour of the oldest extant distillery for scotch whisky in Asia, the Kasauli Brewer. Kasauli is beautiful to spend some quiet time amidst nature with your family and friends, or just for some introspection. Cafes such as Hangout - Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, Rudra Cafe and Cliff Houzz Restaurant & Bar make for good stopovers for snacks, drinks and lip-smacking vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
Enjoyed the sunset at the lovers spot and unwind ed with the setting sun.
Urban Traveler

116 Followers, 5 Reviews


A cantonment and a town. 77 km away from Shimla, the cantonment was established in the British era, most probably in 1842. It is a small hill station which offers some magnificent vistas. One can enjoy the walk on the narrow roads of Kasauli, enjoying the serene atmosphere among the beautiful mountains.
Nancy Nance

687 Followers, 187 Reviews


If you leave at 4 am, Kasauli is just a 6 hour drive down. You would be there by 10 for a hearty breakfast and a good stretch. And this destination is just a little bit before Kasauli. The Sanawar nature camp. A collection of log huts and tents. On a lush green hill. A very short distance from Kasauli town centre. And with a delicious kitchen, two friendly dogs and the lap of nature. While the place has enough games and physical activities for the high adrenalin family member, for the rest this is just what the hectic week ordered. Wind down with a book, a long walk, your music and just about anything you like to do.
The Travel Shrink

515 Followers, 12 Reviews


Best time to visit
March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November
Things to do
Family Vacation,Hill Station,Nature,Offbeat,Romantic Getaways
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Bhuntar - Himachal Pradesh

Bhuntar is a town in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. Here you can find a domestic airport and this place can easily be reached from chandigarh or Delhi via road in taxis or volvo buses.
Arjun Mahajan

86 Followers, 9 Reviews


A stopover that welcomes all with the scent of Himalayan apples.
Disha Kapkoti

7k+ Followers, 438 Reviews


From Bhuntar Bus stand, Buses ply for the Parvati Valley regularly - are often packed and take travelers all the way to Manikaran
Vineet Kumar

112 Followers, 60 Reviews


Dharamshala - Himachal Pradesh

According to traditional etymology, Dharamshala translates to 'spiritual dwelling'. The calm expanse of the Dhauladhar Ranges enveloping this city grants it a rich history of spirituality and attracts thousands of travellers from around the globe, looking for that very bliss. Homestead of the Dalai Lama and innumerable other Tibetans, Dharamshala boasts of beautiful monasteries all around, such as those within the Tsuglagkhang Complex, which also houses the Tibetan Leader's official residence. Other attractions include the Kalachakra Temple, which houses some hypnotisingly beautiful murals, the Tibet Museum and the Namgyal Gompa, where monks can be seen engaged in animated debates in the afternoon. Apart from the spirituality, this charming little city also hosts International Film festivals, local fairs, Shoton Spring Festival and the vibrant Tibetan Opera- 'Lhamo. The city is usually dormant with regard to adventurous activities, but for those thrill seekers and nature lovers around, an adrenaline rush always awaits them. Some resorts provide opportunities for paragliding, flying fox, rock climbing, zip lining, rappelling and even night camping. Treks through the magical hills and forests are always invaluable, the most cherished one being, the trek to the snowy peaks of Triund. Dharamshala's vast Tibetan population gives way to charming little kitchen cafes serving the most lip smacking Tibetan dishes, that too at very affordable prices (below Rs 500 for two). Dishes such as thenthuk, thukpa, chocolate and meat medallions are a huge hit with most travellers that have visited and sought refuge in this city's mystical spread.
Where I met him.
Prateek Dham

938 Followers, 575 Reviews


the serene city of dharamshala offers you a lot to do. ranging from its cheap cafes to amazing monasteries to the highest stadium, everything is eye catching.
Deepti Divya

69 Followers, 28 Reviews


The Mystic Monk

12 Followers, 4 Reviews


Best time to visit
March,April,May,June,September,October
Things to do
Arts and Culture,Family Vacation,Food and Drinks,Religious,Trekking
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
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Kunzum Pass - Himachal Pradesh

This is the highest motorable road in the Kunzum Range and serves as an entrance to the Spiti Valley from Lahaul. There is also the temple of Kunjum Devi here which is popular and the Goddess is said to be the guardian of this pass. People from all parts of the world who come here seek blessings from the Goddess. The Chandratal Lake is also nearby. The Bara- Sigri glacier, which is the second largest glacier is a part of this pass. Above all the spectacular views of the snow capped mountains are what serve as bliss to the eyes.
Visit Chandratal via Kunzum Pass and enjoy the day there. Camps are about 2.5 KMs from the lake, either stay there or back to Battal where there is a PWD rest house now though without electricity. But, no point going back a painful ride to Losar over Kunzum Pass unless you want to stay in guest house with electricity. Better stay at Battal and save time as well as energy for next day. About 4 – 5 Hrs drive minimumOvernight at Battal or Chandratal Camps
Aniket Singh ( Hippies Adventures )

206 Followers, 11 Reviews


The Kunzum Pass connects the Lahaul Valley with the Spiti Valley and is a gateway to Spiti Valley for tourists coming from Manali. Visit the Kunzum temple and seek blessings before commencing the remainder of your journey. The pass is also a trekkers' paradise and leads to Chandratal Lake along a nine-kilometer-long route.
Jasreet Chawla

22 Followers, 12 Reviews


Kunzum Pass / Top. A high mountain pass located at an altitude of 15,060 ft on Eastern Kunzum Range of Himalayas in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Kunzum Pass connects Lahaul Valley with Spiti Valley in Himchal Pradesh.
Nandeep Pathak

87 Followers, 13 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Communication, photography
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
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Sarahan - Himachal Pradesh

This stands around 7100 feet above sea level and is a little hamlet that can be easily covered by foot. The snow covered Shrikhand Mahadev Peak towers over it while the River Sutlej flows in the valley below Sarahan. This place belongs to the district of Bushehr even though it lies within the borders of Shimla. Tourists come here for the beauty of this place and the famous Bhimkali Temple that is to be found here. This is one place that will leave you wanting more and one is sure to come back for a second time.
peeushthenomad

367 Followers, 4 Reviews


Bhimakali Temple, View of the mountains
Vishal Kapur

178 Followers, 20 Reviews


It's a beautiful hamlet located in the Sutlej valley, in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. This place is an ideal retreat for travelers who seek seclusion. It's famous for its rustic settings, slate roofed houses and small streams. If you are a nature lover, then you must visit this place.
Nancy Nance

687 Followers, 187 Reviews


Best time to visit
October through to March
Things to do
Trekking is an option here.
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Jalori Pass - Himachal Pradesh

This is a high mountain pass in the Kullu District and is the one closest to Delhi. This place thus, finds a part in every tourist's travel itinerary. This is also the only pass which allows any kind of vehicle and also opens every year. The Mahakali Temple on top here is also known as Jalori Maa temple and is very popular among the tourists. The pass however remains closed during the peak winter months and thus you will have to find out before planning. There are cautions to be followed when you visit this place such as driving at first gear only is compulsory. The curvy roads give the most marvelous views of the Himalayas.
Hire a taxi till Jalori Pass, from where the trek to Serolsar Lake and Raghupur Fort begins.
Akanksha Biswas

60 Followers, 15 Reviews


One of the oldest routes to enter the Kullu is through this 10300 feet high Pass . Full of snow till May . Jalori pass is A a lovely walk to Seryolsar lake ( 5 kms ) Leveled walk from beautiful Golden oak Forest .
Panki Sood

184 Followers, 6 Reviews


Sambhav Poddar

309 Followers, 31 Reviews


Best time to visit
April- October
Things to do
Drive, photography. Mahalai worship
Open Hours
March- Mid- December
Budget
N/A

Rasol - Himachal Pradesh

Sitauted in the Parvati Valley, the only way to reach Rasol is to trek from Kasol which takes about 3-4hrs, the place is covered with lush green grass and small yellow flowers, the trek would help you to admire the beauty of the place even more.
A secluded hamlet in Himachal Pradesh which is a 4-hour trek from Rasol
Megha Jamb

194 Followers, 13 Reviews


beautiful village after 4-5 hours treking from chalal (kasol) hidden inside mountains with great culture and history .
saket.sankhyan

276 Followers, 8 Reviews


Rasol is at a higher altitude than the other villages we visited. The trek is a bit steep but totally doable and the view from above is worth the effort.
Rohit Pullela

82 Followers, 4 Reviews


Best time to visit
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Dhankar Monastery - Himachal Pradesh

For those who are interested in Buddhism and its teachings, a visit to the Dhankar Monastery is a must. Situated on top of a hill above the village of Dhankar, this monastery has many caves for one to meditate in, a museum that houses Buddhist artifacts and a library as well. The Dhankar village lies on the confluence of the Rivers Spiti and Pin and has been labeled as an endangered sight out of 100 such places by the World Monument Funds.
Take a cab, trek or hitchhike and bask in the glory of the available options on your way up to the Dhankar Monastery --built in a fortress-like fashion, atop a cliff overlooking the Dhankar village-- because, once there, the only way to soothe your eyes at the sight of the Dhankar Lake is to slog all the way up further on your feet! And yes, despite more than an hour of uphill trek from the Dhankar Monastery, we couldn’t find our way up to the lake as we only kept meeting dead-ends!
Jasreet Chawla

22 Followers, 12 Reviews


32 kilometers downstream from Kaza village, Dhankar Gompa at 12, 774 feet is a village between Tabo and Kaza. The Dhankar monastery is considered to be 1200 years old(The oldest monastery of the valley) and is built on a 1000 foot(300 meter) high cliff. Hence the name-Dhang(cliff)-kar(fort) The biggest reason to visit this site is because in 2006, The World Monuments Fund listed Dhankar Gompa under the 100 most endangered sites in the world.
Wandering post-its

1k+ Followers, 26 Reviews


A place not to miss in Spiti is the most beautiful Dhankar village, which can be reached by a shared cab from Kaza in about 2 hours. Dhankar fort, monastery and lake are the primary attractions in the village. But what makes this village unique is its odd shaped cliffs, that add so much beauty and character to the skyline of this village. Homestays are easily available and dal chawal will be served hot with a lot of love. Chatting with the locals about culture, movies and politics, you realize that they are updated about most current affairs of the country, despite being cut off by electricity and internet.
Shweta

269 Followers, 8 Reviews


Best time to visit
October to March
Things to do
Meditate in the caves or browse through the museum.
Open Hours
All through the week from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm daily
Budget
Free

Norbulingka Tibetan Institute - Himachal Pradesh

Founded in 1988 the main motive of this institute is to preserve the Tibetan culture in its literaray and artistic forms.
A must visit place if you want to experience the life of a monk. They have workshops for the arts and crafts created in the monsatery
Jyotirmoy Gupta

393 Followers, 24 Reviews


The monastery and institute take you away from the city into a calm, peaceful and serene environment. The fish ponds, flowing water and surrounding trees add to the view. There's a Doll Museum, a souvenir shop, a Cafe and a guest house. I visited this place on a Sunday, when the workshops were closed but the person on the ticket counter never informed me. In some way I feel cheated after paying the entrance fee and not being able to see the workshops.
Damini Aggarwal

258 Followers, 116 Reviews


This institute display rich Art Culture and handicraft of Tibet from Paintings, wood carving, metal work, patch work and huge Buddha Museum.Calm and peaceful, wonderful well maintained gardens.It has a beautiful serene coffee house in mid of the garden.
Piyanki Biswas

93 Followers, 7 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
City walk
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Dal Lake - Himachal Pradesh

Dal Lake also known as Manimahesh Lake is a spot, which tourists cannot afford to miss out on due to its picture-perfect scenery in Manimahesh Kailash Peak in Chamba district. On one side the Manimahesh Lake Lake is surrounded by a range of majestic mountains.
This lake is situated at a very beautiful location, surrounded by countless Deodar (Devadar or the Divinee tree in Sanskrit) trees. It is majestic & offers peace & joy if you are open to receiving it. I have read all sorts of reviews it. Many people say it's a dirty lake, a mud-puddle & so on but my view is different. This lake's has greenish water & yes, it sometimes looks brown too but that doesn't make it a mud-puddle. It has a Shiva temple nearby, hence, considered a sacred spot. There is a famous festival celebrated here to offer love & devotion to Lord Shiva in the month of September every year. A lot of tourists visit this place at that time to be a part of the festival. There is a school called the "Tibetan Children's Village" a few meters away. It was started by H.H. Dalai Lama 54 years ago in order to provide care for the many children who had been orphaned or separated from their families during the arduous escape from their homeland back in 1950s. It is not a picnic spot so dont go if you have small children or adults who travel just for fun. A must visit place for those who want to have a deeper insight into how the school has been helping children, what is its mission & how wonderfully they have done so much for them. You can also talk with the head there in case you wish to volunteer. I wish I could have more time to spend there & visit each class. Mine was a very short visit but next time (2-3 years) I am going to spend good 3-4 hours there & be a part of the children and do a photo essay on the school.
Manoo J.

189 Followers, 12 Reviews


The name is synonymous to Dal Lake, Kashmir but sadly the condition of lake is not. The lake water is muddy and the nearby area stinks. The beauty is in the surrounding Deodar Trees. There is small Shiva shrine on its bank. This lake definitely needs some attention and maintenance from the Government. The road from McLeodGanj to Dal Lake also needs to be repaired. I would recommend you to skip this place from your itinerary. It's a wasted asset , Overall a disappointing place!
Damini Aggarwal

258 Followers, 116 Reviews


The route to Dal from the forest is very nice. It is better to ask the directions before venturing into the forest. Lake is small but its serene.
Aniesh Chawla

328 Followers, 18 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Sight seeing, Pray
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
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Old Manali - Himachal Pradesh

Also called the hippie hub, Old Manali is known as a global village where foreigners from many countries come to experience the atmosphere and excitement. The place is extremely charming and it is no wonder that many choose this place as their honeymoon destination. Old Manali is famous for its riverside café by the name of River Music. It is also called Moondance and serves up a hearty menu of soups, momos, pasta, sandwiches and much more that go well with ginger and honey flavoured teas. There are a number of shops that sell drapes here, the most famous being a shop called No Problem International.
Stay at the paradise guest house
Dharmesh Patel

216 Followers, 7 Reviews


The many cafes and good vibes - with amazing weather Things to do: 1) Rohtang Pass 2) Solang Valley 3) Bhrigu Lake trek More details here: https://sidrsharma.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/manali-vashist-things-to-do/ (Copy-paste the link in your browser)
Siddharth R. Sharma

138 Followers, 6 Reviews


Old Manali is a beatiful place in Himachal Pradesh, near to the mall road of Manali but far away from hustle bustle of New Manali. The night life in old manali calming and soothing with cafe's serving amazing food and several live performance. The streets are lively even at night with the sound of the Beas flowing along the street of Old Manali.
Mayank Negi

152 Followers, 22 Reviews


Best time to visit
If you wish to avoid the cold, try not to visit this place during the winter months.
Things to do
Trekking and bird watching is organized and one should make use of the opportunity.
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
A number of pocket-friendly hotel provides reasonable and comfortable lodging within the range of INR 500 to INR 1000.00

Hampta Pass - Himachal Pradesh

Manali is known to be the best mountain adventure location in India and the Hampta Pass is an important part of it. This Pass is mainly known for the beautiful combination of barren lands, lofty peaks, lush green meadows and colourful flowers too. This is the best fact which attracts tourists from all over the country to this place. The trekking route along this meadow is considered to be perfect for beginners and is rated as one of the easiest of all the treks in the region. To explore the rawness of the Manali side this is a must visit region. To experience the rich natural beauty and the fun of trekking for the first time, you need to visit this place very soon.
Awesome experience. A great trek for first time trekkers like me! A five day trek through varied landscapes. There were meadows, forests, rocks and snow. I did the trek with Indiahikes and they had done good arrangements and did not face any problems, nice team. Reaching the Hampta Pass (14000 ft) was a great high, pushes you to do more, go out there and take more risks.
tanvi raul

143 Followers, 4 Reviews


The glacier and pass from where we cross over to Lahaul
Aparna Acharya

278 Followers, 23 Reviews


Finally we reached Hampta pass @14000ft .... after the some mountains and snow trekking......
Seemant Kumar

154 Followers, 9 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
trekking, camping, picnics, photography
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Key Gompa - Himachal Pradesh

Founded by Dromstong, a disciple of the famous Atisha, this monastery was built in the 11th Century, It is on a hilltop, close to the Spiti River in the Spiti Valley. The monastery is the largest and oldest in this region and has been subject of a number of invasions especially in the 18th and 19th centuries by Mongols and many other armies. This is the reason why the structures of the monastery seem to have been built one on top of the other in different designs. There are narriw coriidors, very difficult staircases thaat lead to prayer rooms and the inside is very dark and very less sunlight enters it. The views and surroundings are however mexmerizing and incompareable with any other attraction around.
The biggest of all monasteries in Spiti.
The Travelling Assassin

836 Followers, 52 Reviews


At a height of 13,668 ft and 14.6 kilometers away from Kaza village, Key Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Spiti valley. It is the biggest monastery and religious training centre for Lamas(teacher of the Dharma in Tibetan Buddhism). The monastery has it's walls covered with Buddhist murals, a storage room, an assembly hall and a cell for the monks. Having celebrated it's millenium in 2000, it is an ancient treat to the mind.
Wandering post-its

1k+ Followers, 26 Reviews


Located at an altitude of 4166 meter above sea level,it is the largest monastery in spiti valley.
abhay

127 Followers, 2 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Meditation, site- seeing, photpgraphy
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Free

Reckong Peo - Himachal Pradesh

Situated at an altitude of 2670 m above sea level, this is not very far from Shimla. It is the District headquarters of Kinner Kailas, which is also believed to be a mythical home of Lord Shiva. One of the main attractions here is the huge rock formation which is taken to be the Shivalinga. There are also a number of Buddhist monasteries in this region.
Kush

191 Followers, 23 Reviews


The bus takes you to a place called Reckong peo.It is the administrative headquarters of Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh and a beautiful town with one of the most amazing people you will come across . But when you are in Reckong Peo, you will not notice anything except the massive Kinnaur Kailash peak visible from everywhere in the town . One of the mythical abodes of Lord Shiva , Kinnaur Kailash is one of the holiest peaks in Himalyas and surely one of the most beautiful ones.
Archit Dhoopar

33 Followers, 7 Reviews


Reckong Peo is the headquarters of Kinnaur district, located at a distance of 219 kms from Shimla. This town is famous for its beauty, Buddhist Monastery, handloom, handicraft items like shawls, caps, mufflers, article of wood carving, metal work and silver & gold ornaments . Kinnaur is also famous for apples, almonds, apricots and grapes. It took around 3 hours from Sarahan. By the time we reached the town we were super tired and wanted to rest at the resort. The Kinner Kailash Resort run by HPTDC, which gives an outstanding view of the Kinner Kailash. The food was good and the Himachali people go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. The next morning after breakfast, which was no other then soft paranthas stuffed with fresh paneer and vegetables. We did some shopping from the Reckong Peo local market and started our journey for the next destination, which is Sangla Valley and Chitkul.
Antara Choudhury

13 Followers, 4 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
worship, photography, tours
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Shoja - Himachal Pradesh

Thi is a small village in the Seraj Valley and is a major part of the Great Himalayan National Park. The beauty of this place lies in its natural beauty. The green meadows, deep water bodies and soothing views make this place a favorite for photographers, nature lovers and peace seekers. The lack of any kind of motor vehicles here make the place absolutely pollution free and thus a healthy place to stay in. The main attractions in this village are the Jalori Pass, Serolsar Lake, Raghupur Fort and the Gushaini Village.
Located in Seraj valley, Shoja is a breathtakingly beautiful place. The mornings in Shoja are particularly invigorating. One can just stroll around, walk up to the meadows or perhaps take the pathway into the jungle. Nature lovers can enjoy thick wooded hill slopes starting from bottom as far down or up or sideways or deep as one can look. From Sojha, one can drive up to Jalori Pass. The metal road from Jalori pass leads down to Sainj and Shimla. The place abounds in hypnotic ambience. The lake is small but in a beautiful location. Cradled by rolling- meadows on all sides, high up in the mountains, it is an idyllic location for a private cottage. A small quaint little dhaba is run at the lake that can offer hot food and roof overhead for overnight campers.
Sonali Gurung

104 Followers, 65 Reviews


Picturesque and pristine, Shoja is one of the most addictive places for those wishing to get away from the madding crowd.
Rachel Arora

15 Followers, 4 Reviews


The beautiful wooden guest house and the slow stream passing by. You can just sit outside for hours and be at peace with nature. Rum and bonfire under the starlight is another awesome experience to have with your friends.
Apoorv Ahlawat

425 Followers, 22 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Photography
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Mandi - Himachal Pradesh

Now one wouldn't consider Mandi to be a touristy spot. Lying between Manali and Punjab, this small halt is actually quite a surprise. Offering you stunning views of the cascading mountains, the lush forests and the swiftly flowing Beas, Mandi is a delight. Yet to become as popular as Kullu or Manali, Mandi is where you can go for your rejuvenating, quiet holiday. If adventure is your idea of a great holiday, trekking and rafting are some activities you can indulge in. Mandi is also home to numerous small temples (it's said that every village here has a separate God). If you are in a particularly adventurous mood, you can head to Parashar Lake. A bus leaves from here every morning at 7:30 am to Baggi, from where you can trek till Parashar Lake. Foodies, it's best not to hope for delicious food at every restaurant you enter. Local cuisine here is the best option and if you are experimental, you can try the trout. Do choose a homestay that offers a package of all activities here since it's an unexplored spot and you may need local assistance. Reaching Mandi is not too difficult and you can find a bus either to Manali or further. All buses stop at Mandi since it's a significant pit stop, though taking a train may be a little tricky.
Bhupender Singh

12 Followers, 76 Reviews


Ajbar Sen established Mandi in 1527 as the seat of the a princely state. Now Mandi is one of the largest cities of Himachal Pradesh with a total area of 23 sq kms and is currently the 2nd largest economy in the state next to Kangra. It is the 3rd largest by population in state, after Shimla and Solan and serves as the headquarters of Mandi District and Zonal Headquarters of central zone including Districts namely Kullu, Bilaspur, and Hamirpur. It also boasts of an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). It is also called "Varanasi of Hills" or "Choti Kashi" or "Kashi of Himachal" mainly because Mandi proudly boasts of 81 temples while Benaras has only 80. Mandi is also famous for the International Mandi Shivaratri Fair. Another landmark of the city is historical suspension bridge called Victoria Bridge, built in 1877 which connects Jawahar Nagar (Khaliar), Old Mandi (Purani Mandi) to the main city.
Rajeshwar Dayal Mathur

208 Followers, 5 Reviews


Vineet Kumar

112 Followers, 60 Reviews


Best time to visit
March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October
Things to do
Hill Station,Nature,Religious,Shopping
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Great Himalayan National Park - Himachal Pradesh

Declared to be a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Great Himalayan National Park lies in the valley between the Tirthan and Sainj Rivers. Nestled in the very bosom of the Western Himalayas, one will find a number of broad-leaf trees and shrubbery here. Frozen rivulets are a common sight here. One will find pheasants, koklas, khaleej and monals here apart from the snow leopards, gorals, musk deers and blue sheep. The most famous of them all is the western tragopan that is said to be rare.
A pleasant detour. The unique ecological aspects of the Western Himalaya led to the creation of the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) in the Kullu district of India's mountain state of Himachal Pradesh. These features include biodiversity, sparse human populations, inaccessibility, little tourism, and a local economy based on traditional livelihoods. The GHNP provides a home to 180 species of birds and rare mammals, such as black bears, brown bears, musk deer and the ever-elusive snow leopard. As well as conserving wildlife, the park runs programmes that provide a sustainable living for people living on the periphery of the conservation area.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 134 Reviews


The Tirthan Valley is the gateway to the UNESCO world Heritage Site of the Great Himalayan National park Conservation area. Infact a part of the Tirthan Wildlife sanctuary also is a World Heritage Site. This national park is home to the snow leopard & rare pheasants like the Western Tragopan. However the only way to see the core zone of the park is by foot. It takes 4-5 hours from Goshaini in Tirthan to reach the gates of the park at Kharongcha. The park offer several treks right from Shilt Thatch to Rakhundi peak & sainj Valley on the right side, to Hanskund & nada Thatch if you go straight & to Khorli Poi & Asur Baag on the left hand Side , all a part of the Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary- a part of the World Heritage Site.
Ankit Sood

175 Followers, 11 Reviews


The park was built in 1984. It is a habitat to numerous flora and fauna species of mammals, birds, reptiles, etc. This area has many important wildlife species of Western Himalayas, like Musk deer, Brown bear, Thar, Leopard, Snow leopard, Koklas, Tragopan, Snow cock etc. If you are a birdwatcher, you are in luck. Bird-watching here is amazing. The journey to the wild valley is incomplete without trekking in the National Park. Moving along and resting along the alpine pastures will be memorable. If you wish, camping equipment and guides are provided by the Forests Department.
Riya Poojary

757 Followers, 71 Reviews


Best time to visit
All through the year.
Things to do
A safari is what you should opt for here
Open Hours
Right through the week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Budget
Foreigners need to pay INR 200.00 per person while Indians have to pay INR 50.00 for entry.

Pulga - Himachal Pradesh

A village in the Parvati Valley, is about 2895 mts above sea level, the onle way to reach Pulga is to walk from Bharsheni.
A paradise away from the crowd just below the beautiful sky full of stars . 2 hours trekk to reach Pulga. PS: It has best marijuana .
Abhishek Chaudhary

246 Followers, 22 Reviews


Don't miss the mysterious jungles of this place
Arjun Mahajan

86 Followers, 9 Reviews


A village, majorly known for the Pulga Dam (under-construction) that we crossed on the way to Kheerganga.
Disha Kapkoti

7k+ Followers, 438 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
N/A
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Bir - Himachal Pradesh

If you are looking for adventure and a tryst with nature, Bir is the place to be. Located a couple of hours from Mcleodganj, Bir offers travellers an unforgettable experience. The small town in Himachal is ideal if you'd like to paraglide or learn paragliding, though you can also spend a couple of days here just enjoying the scenery and the quiet. In recent years, Bir has also become a great place for spiritual seekers. Perhaps the perfect place for meditation sessions, the homestays here add to the aura of this stunning hill station. Do also visit the Bir Tea factory, the Sherab Ling Monastery and the Chokling Monastery. All these tourist points are close to the town centre though you may need a car to reach them. For adventure enthusiasts, you'll be happy to know that Bir and Billing is considered to be the second best paragliding site in the world and the pilots here are excellent at what they do. If you like and you have time on your hands, you can also enrol in a paragliding course here (the minimum course period being 5 days).
Bir is a small village about 2 hrs away from McLeodganj Town. There are numerous tea gardens along the way. Enjoy a cup of tea in small road side huts along the way.
TriColor Superbikes

15 Followers, 29 Reviews


Bir is the most beautiful valley ever. It is a quaint little town, mysteriously quiet. It is full of awesome cafe's & restaurants serving delicious food.
Prachi Srivastava Sahni

57 Followers, 40 Reviews


Things to do: 1) Paragliding 2) Visit the amazing monasteries in and around Bir More details: https://sidrsharma.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/adventures-of-sharmaji-part-iii-bir-billing-paragliding-and-monasteries/
Siddharth R. Sharma

138 Followers, 6 Reviews


Best time to visit
January,February,March,April,May,June,October,November,December
Things to do
Adventure,Extreme Sports,Hill Station,Nature
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Komic - Himachal Pradesh

After Langza, Komic is the highjest village of Asia and known mainly for the Tangyud Monastery. This is a quiet little farming village and is filled with simple people happy with their life and surroundings. The snow leopard is the main animal here and you will also be able to see a body of one hanging inside the Komic Monastery. The view of many peaks and roads from top of this road is lovely and a drive along this road is immensely adventurous.
Komic, also known as the Highest Motorable Village in Asia located at an altitude of 14800 ft in Kaza District of Himachal Pradesh
Nandeep Pathak

87 Followers, 13 Reviews


Asia's 2nd highest & India's highest altitude village connected by road with just 10 houses. This place will give you a flavour of an high altitude village with its visual appeal & the 360º view from here.
Badari Deshpande

174 Followers, 77 Reviews


19th Aug: Kaza to Komic day hike of around 4 hours. Komic is the highest village in Asia. We will hike around 4 hours to the village. Accomodation: Camping crew will pitch tents for overnight stay
MAKE IT HAPPEN

190 Followers, 15 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Tours
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Dharamkot - Himachal Pradesh

Serenity personified is how one would describe Dharamakot. This small town happens to be close to the Bhagsu waterfalls and thus is a place that invariably attracts many western tourists round the year. If rustic charm is what you want then that is what you get here at Dharamkot. There are simple guesthouses where one can stay and they offer just the basic amenities. Home to the famous Tushita Research Centre, this place lies 1457 metres above the sea level. Get there and experience life minus the luxuries and you will see how well you enjoy it.
Find nice and cheap place for stay.
Richa Sharma

229 Followers, 11 Reviews


Who doesn't love the hills? Places to see: McLeodganj, Dharamkot, Bhagsunag, Triyund Hill Things to eat: Street side momos and Thupka, first 4 cafes in Dharamkot More details: https://sidrsharma.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/places-to-see-things-to-do-in-dharamkotmcleodganj/(Copy-paste the link in your browser) https://sidrsharma.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/adventures-of-sharmajipart-ii-a-week-in-dharamkot-bir-2/(Copy-paste the link in your browser)
Siddharth R. Sharma

138 Followers, 6 Reviews


Its full of restaurants, unlike McLeodgunj it has more foreigners and more foreigners owned restaurants.
Aniesh Chawla

328 Followers, 18 Reviews


Best time to visit
September to March
Things to do
Go gaga at the street stalls here
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
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Hidimba Devi Temple - Himachal Pradesh

Located in the Old Manali region of Manali, this is the first temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi. She is worshipped here in the form of Devi Shakti and this is a very popular temple of Himachal. The temple was built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in the 16th Century to give respect to the wife of Bhima, the Pandava. It is said that Hidimbi, the brother of Hidimba agreed to marry anyone who could overpower her brother. Hidimba was known to be the strongest of all. Another legend says that once there was a fight between the Pandavas and Hidimba, in which Bhima, the strongest Pandava defeated and killed Hidimba who was from the demon clan. After this Hidimbi married Bhima and they had a son named Ghatotkach. When the Pandavas were returning from their exile, Hidimbi decided to stay back and start her meditation to gain ultimate power and get the position of a Goddess. The cave in which we find the temple today is said to be the same in which she had meditated. After her meditation she became an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The specialty of this temple is its pagoda styled 4-tiered roof and its beautiful wood carvings. The main festivals celebrated here are the Dusshera and Navaratri. There is another fair which is organized here during the month of May.
This is a temple dedicated to the female demon, Hidimba also the wife of the Pandav, Bheem and the mother to Lord Ghatotkach.
Sanjana Mohapatra

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An ancient cave temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi, sister of Hidimb, who was a character in the Indian epic, Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The Hadimba Devi Temple has intricately carved wooden doors and a 24 meters tall wooden “shikhar” or tower above the sanctuary. The tower consists of three square roofs covered with timber tiles and a fourth brass cone-shaped roof at the top. The earth goddess Durga forms the theme of the main door carvings. The temple is also known for a fair held every year in Hindi month of Sravan in the memory of Raja Bahadur Singh, who built the temple.
Sagnik Basu

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While the term Mandir might put off a few, this quaint little temple is not just for the religious. There is a sudden drop in the temperature as you enter the premises of the temple and slowly descend downwards. Ancient deodar trees shudder behind the cold mist and the pagoda style roof the temple emerges behind them. The temple made entirely out of wood has the skulls of various animals adorning its walls, adding to its rustic appeal. The sanctum sanctorum is a cave and the pujaris here don’t greet you with a sugary smile but a solemn glance. An excellent place to unwind, Hidimba Mandir is a place you must not miss while visiting Manali.
Gayatri Manu

504 Followers, 30 Reviews


Best time to visit
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Things to do
worship
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Budget
Free

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