Sweeping valleys intermittent with towering mountains, grassy hills, and an abundance of apple orchards. Billy goats ambling about gurgling waterfalls and pinecone dotted trails. This is the soul of Himachal Pradesh. This state has ample attractions to offer to both tourists and backpackers. Start with Shimla, the Queen of Hill Stations, one of the most popular places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Go shopping for souvenirs at the Mall Road, and hike through pine and deodar trails. Then head to Dalhousie, the quaint hamlet boasting of colonial houses and picturesque Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. Offering a plethora of things to do in Himachal Pradesh is the Mini Lhasa or Dharamshala that hosted His Holiness The Dalai Lama for a brief period. Visit this town for its monasteries, especially the Namgyal Monastery and for a deeper understanding of the Tibetan way of life.The adventure seeking tourists can head to Manali for river rafting and numerous other water sports. Walk through the cherry and apple orchards in Kasauli and experience the vibrant Mahashivratri revelry in Mandi. Sit at roadside dhabas at any of these towns for the best tea you’ll ever taste with a side of paranthas. Another place that is an experience in itself is Spiti, the northernmost end of Himachal Pradesh, bordered by Jammu and Kashmir, and Tibet.
Backpacking through the mountains and valleys of Himachal Pradesh just got easier. From Dalhousie to Shimla, here's Tripoto's guide of the most interesting hostels with characterful dorms, great crowd and delicious food in the state.
Homestays are the perfect way to gain insight into the local culture of a place. It is lodging with a personal touch that makes your holiday all the more special. Feel at home in Himachal with our top homestay picks.
The land of gods, snow-capped mountains and apple orchards is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. There is nowhere in the country quite like it. Here are Tripoto's hand-picked list of places to visit that you absolutely cannot miss in Himachal Pradesh.