15 Best Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh

Heaven-on-Earth, the northern state of Himachal Pradesh in India with its refreshing atmosphere, snow-laden landscapes and a mesmerizing vibes that it emanates, is one of the best destinations for the traveller looking for peace and tranquillity. Literally translating to “snow-laden province”, this northern state of India is bordered by the states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab and Chandigarh on the west, Haryana on the southwest, Uttarakhand on the southeast, and the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east. (Him= Snow, Achal= covered/laden)

Known for its abundance of natural beauty and flora and fauna, Himachal Pradesh has the best of fruits that are exported all over the country as well to foreign nations. With orchards being widespread, this state is called the fruit bowl of India. Meadows and pastures are also seen on the steep slopes. After the wintry climate departs, the hillsides and orchards bloom with wild flowers, while gladiolas, roses, chrysanthemums, tulips and lilies. Most of these are cultivated with great care.

The ethereal beauty of nature is sometimes so perfect that no words can ever encompass its true essence. For one such eternal experience, Himachal Pradesh is the ideal location for your soul. Beyond the lush green meadows decorated with foliage and the deep, dense woods, Himachal Pradesh possesses you in the entrapments of nature’s celestial finesse and its situational magnificence. Moored in between the mighty ranges, Himachal Pradesh, in a stroke, is one such destination in India where your vacation finds the supernatural refinement of nature at its best.

Situated in the Western Himalayas, the land of snow, Himachal Pradesh, in all its surreality, is synonymous with scenic beauty. Let us look at and breeze through some of the most popular and well-known hill stations, remote villages, lakes, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of Himachal Pradesh.


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Located at an elevation of 2,205 meters, one of the most popular hill stations in our country is a sparkling mix of fun, adventure and peace which keeps it glamorous perennially. The wintry climax witnesses a complete snow-laden scene in this place which is sheer magnificence and wondrously entraps the tourists.

Things to do:

Adventure lovers are drawn in greatly in thousands from all over the world, because of the skiing. In the past few decades, several colonial buildings such as the Christ Church, George Castle, and Wildflower Hall that is now a heritage hotel in Shimla have adorned this town’s architectural beauty; temples like the Jakhoo Temple and Tara Devi Temple; and museums. Traditional crafts and dresses can be found at the famous Mall Road. Hotels and restaurants are also present here greatly and it is one of the busiest places in Shimla.


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The destination of Kullu is situated on the banks of Beas River. Kulanthpitha was what it was earlier referred to as, which literally means ‘The end of the habitable world’. The valley of Kullu is also known as the ‘Valley of Gods’.

Things to do:

There are several adventure sports and activities present in Kullu. Trekking, mountaineering, angling, skiing, white water rafting and para gliding, all are available for the tourists. Some of the places that you can visit for sightseeing are Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Sultanpur Palace, Parvati Valley, Great Himalayan National Park, Kasol, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Manikaran.


The weather in Kullu ranges from normal temperature to snow in the depth of winters and can also reach extremities.


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Manali, perched high up there, at an altitude of 2,050 meters lies in the Kullu district. Picturesque and green beautiful meadows and largely spread areas of forests of alpine trees amongst which are deodar and pine along with apple, plum, and pear orchards make it the heritage fruit bowl of our country. The snow-laden magnificence is amazing. Manali is the gateway to several remote places in Himachal Pradesh too.

Things to do:

Several adventures like trekking, river rafting, paragliding, hiking, skiing and mountaineering. The Beas Kund Trek, Bhrigu Lake Trek, Malana Trek and Chandra Tal trek are a few of the popular hiking choices from Manali. Several places like the Hidimba devi temple etc are major spots of tourist visitation.


The weather ranges from hot to cold and the winter months can get really cold. The ideal time to visit is in the summer when the weather is most comfortable.


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Dalhousie is another beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Ideal for those looking for tranquility Away from the hustle-bustle of the city life, sit back and enjoy the nature in Dalhousie.


The best time to visit is between April and July which are the summer months and the weather is amazing at this point.

Things to do:

The gorgeous valley of Khajjar which is also known as the Switzerland of India is worth a visit. You can enjoy pleasant strolls or even set out on a trek on the wondrous landscape in Dainkund Walk, Ganji Pahadi Walk and Bakrota Walk.

A lot of visitors like to stop by the St. John’s Church, that is the best attraction in town and has great historic importance. Flock into the marvellous waterfalls around Delhi — especially the Chamera falls along with also the Satdhara drops.

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Mountains abound this beautiful idyll. Kasauli is one of the tranquil locations that you can visit in Himachal Pradesh. It is well connected by road and is a peace-lover’s paradise.


The weather is at its best during these times >November – March & December – January for snowfall.

How to reach:

The nearby airport is located in Chandigarh (Punjab), 70 km away fro Kasauli. The closest train station is Sonwara which is 4km away.

Things to do:

To fulfil the architecture aesthetic element of your tour and getan ancient feel, you can head to the Anglican Church which was built during the colonial times.

Take a nice walk or a trek on the lower mall which leads to Monkey point which is said to be in the shape of the monkey God Lord Hanuman’s foot. The most overwhelming are the sunrise and sunset points where you can get mesmerized for a lifetime.

If you are a fan of exploration and adventure with nature, take the Gilbert trail.


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Dharamshala, a pretty popular name country-wide, is one of the best locations here. The multicultural Indian community here lives in peace and harmony with the Indo-Tibetan community here. It is a lovely thin to see.


For snowfall and good weather, May –July and November-January are best months.

How to reach:

The nearest train station is in the city of Pathankot, which is 85 kilometres away from Dharamshala.

Things to do:

A boat ride across the Dal Lake; visit the religious holy place, the Bhagsunath Temple which is built in the honour of Lord Shiva. You can also enjoy the nearby Bhagsu falls. There is also the KANGRA FORT.

Visit monasteries, the Kangra Art Museum, the Dalai Lama Temple Complex and witness the beauty of the magnificent tea plantation at the foothills of the Kangra valley.


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Malana is the one place you must certainly visit if looking for a refreshing break. Its located near the near the Kullu Valley. Malana gives you the opportunity for great panoramic sights of the Deo Tiba and Chandrakhani crests. It is often called the Little Greece of India.


The best time to go is the first week of May up until August.

How to reach:

The closest airport is Kullu. By street malana is 378 kms from Delhi and requires approximately 10hrs. The nearest railroad head is Shimla have a taxi.

Things to do:

The snow covered Himalayas from Chanderkhani pass are a mesmerizing sight and they entrance you with the beauty of the Khar Ganga valley. Take treks that run across the lovely forests and across Alpine pastures. You can head to the pilgrimage booth of Manikaran which has a hot water spring. Participate in or witness the regional festivals in Malana village and there variant traditions and culture and rituals.


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Bir Billing is the hub for adventure activities and sports and it should definitely find a spot on your list of places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Bir is a idyll off the edges of the the western line of Himachal Pradesh. It boasts of a great climate.


The weather is really good here with occasional cold spells. The best time to visit is between May and July.

How to reach:

The nearest airport is in Dharamshala. There are also options available for trains and by road.

Things to do:

Paragliding can be done in the valleys of the Himalaya. Enjoy it to the fullest. There are several camps set up and the weather is great. Just around 10 kms from Bir Billing is the intricately carved Vaidyanath temple from the 1300s, devoted to Lord Shiva.

You can head to the Palampur Tea Cooperative where you can attend a free tour to see the tea making process. There are also several Buddhist monasteries in Bhattu, Choggan and Chauntra Bhattu colony.


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Called the Small Israel of India at Himachal Pradesh, Located at the Parvati Valley is the Gorgeous hill station Named Kasol. Its only on the road into the sacred city of Manikarna.

How to reach:

The closest airport is Kullu which takes about 3 hours. The nearest rail line will be Shimla. You can even board a bus from Delhi to Shimla and then take a cab.

Things to do:

Hiking in the forests is fun! You can set out on the trails along the Parvati river. Kheer ganga nearby has a hot water spring where you can go. Parvati valley, referred to as the ‘Stoner’s Paradise’, is a lovely spot for trekking.


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Located in the Chamba district, this place is the most refreshing of them all. It is a serene and delicate location where you can relax from the everyday urban woes and live life to the fullest. Take in the lovely high altitude air as you rejoice and your soul relaxes.


Pristine weather all year round but can get pretty cold too but mostly comfortable, for travelling the Best time to visit is from May to June.

How to reach:

The closest airport is Dharamshala and a cab 122km. There’s an overnight train in New Delhi to Pathankot. Buses that operate from New Delhi to Shimla are also available.

Things to do:

Visit the Khajjiar Lake via the Bakrota Mountains from Dalhousie. The Khajji Nag Temple which is one of the most ancient temples, is a historical site to enjoy and reminisce.

Enjoy your time treading through the delightful apple orchards in the local villages.

Mount Kailash which is believed to be the home to lord Shiva, is visible beautifully from this place and you can enjoy amazing sights and views of it.


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This pass is located on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas some 50 kms from Manali. A really high mountain pass, it connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of this state. The pass creates a bifurcation between the Kullu Valley (in the south) which has a Hindu culture predominantly, and the arid high-altitude Lahaul and Spiti valleys (in the north) which have a Buddhist culture.

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The pass is accessible for tourists and visitors from May to November after which the weather can worsen. It is particularly known to be dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, especially in the climax of winter.

Things to do:

Visiting the pass and taking in its natural magnificence is in itself such a divine experience because of the altitude and the landscape that stretches endlessly. Several waterfalls abound the road that leads to and from the pass.

A panoramic picturesque view of the Himalayan ranges can be gotten from this pass which is of great military significance.

How to reach:

This region can be accessed by traversing on the Leh-Manali highway. It is a place where lots of vehicles can be seen heading.



The cold desert mountain, “Middle Land” or “Little Tibet”, as it is referred to, Spiti Valley is probably deserving of being called a trekker’s and nature lover’s heaven. It is ensconced within the magnificent beauty of the Himalayas. Ancient monasteries, snow-covered hills, idyllic habitations, dense woods and spellbinding glaciers adorn this valley thus adding to its heavenly character. This is probably one of the prettiest places to visit in this state.

Things to do:

Adorned, as it is, with myriad natural spots worthy of a visit, the prominent ones are Chandratal Lake, Suraj Tal Lake, Key Monastery, Dhankar Monastery, Pin Valley national park etc. The monasteries stand perched on peaks with such ethereal beauty that it mesmerizes you.


The weather here is always ranging between cool breezes to cold winds. There are times of the year when it is comfortable and thus easy for tourists to visit.

How to reach:

Spiti valley is accessible throughout the year via Kinnaur from Shimla route on a difficult 412-kilometre-long (256 mi) road. In summer, it can be accessed via Manali through Rohtang pass and Kunzum pass. Manali is a few hundred kms away from Kaza headquarter of Spiti subdivision. Modes of transport are easily accessible.



A tourist spot quite near from Dharamshala, Kangra blooms with places of spiritual, religious and historical significance because it boasts of several ancient structures. The place abounds with temples, forts and ancient ruins that are worthy of a visit.

Things to do:

The entire sightseeing of this place can be completed in a few hours. The main spots to see are Kangra Fort, Nadaun, Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake, Taragarh Palace, Gopalpur Nature Park, Nurpur, Nadaun, Indrahar Pass.

How to reach:


The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport (DHM) in Dharamsala 14 km away and a cab can be gotten to get to kangra valley.


Amb Andaura (AADR) in Una is the only broad gauge in HP and the nearest railway station to the Kangra. The nearest biggest railway station would be Pathankot Junction which can be reached by taxi.


Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses to and from Kangra.


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In Hamirpur, a lesser known location, the altitudes vary from near flat lands to higher levels of land that reach up to the heights of cliffs. The land is famous for the most literate district in the Himachal Pradesh. The land is said to be of a kind that provides great scope for trekkers.

How to reach:

The nearest airport is Kangra Airport (DHM), 93.7 km away. If you choose a cab then will take 2.5 hours to cover a distance of 93.7 km.

About some 3 hours (114.2 km) away is the Kiratpur Sahib Railway Station (KART) which is the nearest one. En route Shimla, Chandigarh and others, many major trains pass this station. One can also hail a cab to reach Hamirpur.

Things to do:

Apart from trekking, you can visit some great temples and tourist locations like Deotsidh Temple, Sujanpur Tihra, Awah Devi Temple, Bilkeshwar Temple.


Being on a considerably lower elevation, Hamirpur is of a warmer climate and the weather does not touch the extremities of cold.


Known for its ropeway, orchards and other fantastic features, Parwanoo, a beautiful hill station lies in proximity with Shimla and Kasauli. Surrounded by dense green forests, the town lies near the border of Haryana which makes it a convenient location for accessing some really beautiful tourist locations.

Things to do:

The beautiful orchards of Parwanoo are great and worth a visit and one can also go on the ropeway ride for trying out something new and amazing. The other locations that tourists can visit are Kalka, Pinjore, Mughal Gardens, Fruit Orchards, Gurudwara Nada Sahib, Cactus Garden, Timber Trail.


The weather in Parwanoo is considerably warmer though it can also get cold.

How to reach:

Chandigarh is the nearest airport from here. It takes about 55 minutes from here to Parwanoo via road.

The closest rail line too is at Chandigarh and it is well connected with all major cities in India. HRTC operates a series of regular buses to and from here.


The scenic beauty of Himachal Pradesh knows no bounds at all. People visit this beautiful hilly, cool state for detoxing, getting some healthy mountain air and just purely rejuvenating whether spiritually or physically. The pictures that one sees are never enough to tell you of the beautiful landscapes and lush greenery that decorates this northern state.  Snow, breeze, ice, ripe fruits, variety of flora and some really rare species of animals all are present. Places of historical significance, architectural beauty and religious and spiritual importance all are to be found in Himachal Pradesh making it a bountiful state for tourists. The adventure-seekers have a lot of scope for trekking and other fun activities. Explore lots of unexplored locations as you get an experience of a lifetime in the wake of such sheer, ethereal beauty. There is no dearth of pleasant surprises that you get when you step into Himachal. It is true that every tiny idyll hidden in the nooks and corners of this land of natural magnificence holds an amazing reservoir of fun and adventure. If you are on the lookout for something heavenly and surreal, Himachal Pradesh is THE tourist destination for you.

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