15 Best Places to Visit in Himachal Pradesh (With Photos)
Previously touched by the external forces because of its rugged terrain, the progressive shift has put Himachal Pradesh on the map of the most famous tourist destinations in India. The state is especially appreciated by mountain lovers. With its picturesque hill stations, abundance of natural splendor and the best-known handicraft work, Himachal Pradesh should definitely be on an itinerary of places to visit.
The capital city of Himachal Pradesh is a beloved and much more famous tourist destination of all of India. Known as the queen of mountain resorts, Shimla is a honeymooner`s paradise and a wonderful refuge for tourists. Its scenic terrain is dotted with temples and palaces and colonial-style buildings. The ancient Church and the imposition of Christ with its stained glass windows constitutes one of the most important landmarks of the city, while the main shopping center Mall, Shimla is a must for all who visit the place.
Dense forests, snowy mountains, expanding vegetation, water sports, commercial bazaars and craft shops are just some of the things that make this mountain station come alive. There are a lot of things to do when you are in Dalhousie. You can sunbathe in either the splendor of the hills and Bakrota Dainkund Peak or take home some memories of Tibetan market. The choice is yours.
Dharamsala is a flourishing hill resort. Studded with trekking trails, temples, lakes and museums, the beauty of this city has no limits. Coronation of the list of tourist attractions is Triund Hill, which involves a walk of a refreshing day through rhododendron forests from where breathtaking views of Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala valley and distant views of the Shivalik hills will leave you fascinated. No wonder then that Triund Hill is known as the jewel of Dharamsala.
Palampur surrounded by pine forests and tea gardens, offers one of the coolest dwellings. The water is full and a lot in this green mountain station, the source of which are numerous streams that flow from the mountains. For adventure seekers, Palampur is the ideal place to be where you can go hiking or paragliding.
When Kinnaur opened its doors to foreigners, what they saw was an avenue of endless beauty. ranges of lush green forests, fruit orchards, full of magnificent fields and picturesque villages covered this district in all its splendor. Now a top tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh, Kinnaur appeals to young and old alike.
Located at an altitude higher than that of Shimla, Chail is known for Chail Palace, the summer residence of the Maharaja of Patiala during the British Raj and has the highest cricket ground in the world. For the more daring, Chail offers the stimulation of adventure activities ranging from rock to rappel fox and walk on a rope that is sure to get an accelerated heart`s fly.
Kasauli is a station of the hillstream in Himachal Pradesh and a perfect family holiday destination. Located in the middle of high mountains, the colonial hill station, has everything for a pleasant and relaxing holiday. Church of Christ and the church of Bautista in the classical Gothic style of architecture are the attractions to visit apart from the ceremonial center road. You can also visit the Kasauli brewery, which is believed to be the oldest operating distillery for Scotch whiskey in Asia.
A village, once was quiet, Manali has been transformed into a lively tourist center. Seen as the perfect destination for those who want to enjoy the taste of the Himalayas and witness snowfall, it is more a honeymooner`s paradise.
Nestled amidst green meadows and dense forests, Khajjiar has been dubbed the Mini Switzerland of India. Its lush pastures, pine forests and tranquil lake create an almost romantic atmosphere. Horseback riding through the green terrain has its own attraction where you can take in the fresh mountain air. Other places of interest include the Khajjiar temple and Dhauladhar mountains.
The Kullu Valley is famous for its majestic beauty of the pine and cedar forests of the Himalayas and extensive apple orchards. Kullu offers tourists a lot of tourism and adventure. If you want a sample of outdoor activities, you can go hiking or skiing or rafting on the Beas River. The place is also a swarm of temples and wildlife sanctuaries. The best treasure you can take home, however, is the Kullu Manton handloom that is distinct from this region.
These days’ tourist places are more crowded than any place of worship and with the increase of tourism in Himachal Pradesh there is hardly a likelihood of a lesser known tourist spot. Malana is one of those villages where tourists are not yet visiting. In the 21st century, it is hard to believe that people are completely out of the network. The people here are one with nature, their own culture and their language that is also very innocent. For budget travelers and nature lovers, this town is worth visiting.
12. Jalori Jot
Jalori Jota or Jalori Pass is a place for adventure lovers and hikers. The pass based in the Kulu district of Himachal Pradesh is still unexplored and has different hiking trails. If you do not need a warm soft bed or a well-cooked meal, then you can hire a tent, make a campfire and sleep under the stars and so have fun among nature and then feel the mysterious chilled night in the forest.
13. Hampta Pass
Hamta trail of the pass is another destination for any crazy or adventurous hiker. Located in the heart of Himachal Pradesh, it can be a great tour of the Rohtang Pass if you do not prefer to follow the rest of the tourists through the common vehicle route and don`t mind a little trekking.
For those people who have seen the movie “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and loved the scenic shots of the Hobbit`s municipality, you can get to see the same view in Chindi and one of the best things about it is that there are apple orchards so for those couples who would like to intensify their romance in a theatrical way then Chindi is the place for you.
15. Barot Valley
For loneliness seekers and deep thinkers Barot Valley is the perfect vacation spot and an inspiration for poets as well as writers. Apart from a number of houses in the beautiful valley, the place is a little desolate and, therefore, a perfect place for tourists. Tie the laces of your shoes and walk through the beautiful valley and do not forget to visit the beautiful Uhl River, which is located in the valley itself.
These are undoubtedly the best tourist places of Himachal Pradesh. Maybe nature lovers, hikers, adventurers, tourist places for married / non-married couples, Himachal Pradesh has the places where excitement and romance meet natural aesthetics and makes a holiday the most memorable.
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