Himachal Pradesh Tourism and Travel Guide

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.
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Best Time to Visit Himachal Pradesh

Peak Season is from March to June, when summer comes to Himachal Pradesh, making the days sunny and pleasant .

Shoulder Season: October to February is the winter season in Himachal Pradesh. This is the most beautiful time of the year in the hilly state, that sees frequent snowfalls.

Off-season: This is the time between July to September, when the monsoons visit Himachal Pradesh. Though the rain makes for a lush landscape, the state is prone to landslides during this period.

 

Budget for Himachal Pradesh

For Budget Travellers: INR 600 - 1000 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 100 - 400
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 50 - 200
  • Public Transport in buses and autorickshaws: INR 10 - 100
  • Sightseeing: INR 10 - 50

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1200 to INR 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and resorts: INR 500 - 1000
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 300 - 700
  • Local transport in local taxis or car rentals: INR 400 - 600
  • Treks and Hiking packages: INR 1000 and upwards

For Luxury Travellers: INR 5000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 4000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 800 and upwards
  • Rentals for Bikes: INR 1800 - 2000
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 400 and upwards
  • Guided Tours, Rafting, Paragliding etc: INR 1000 and upwards