Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the scenic view of Himalayas. It’s home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas.
Whether you are a fan of Paragliding or in love with the everlasting scenic views of the Dhauladhar ranges, hiking up a camp at the top of the hill or swimming in fresh water rivers and lakes, the right destination for you is none other than Himachal Pradesh.
Here are the 10 places you must visit while going next time to Himachal Pradesh.
1. Triund (Crown Jewel Of Dharamshala)
Triund is the crown jewel of Dharamshala, situated in the laps of Dhauladhar mountains and has a perfect view of The Dhauladhars on one side and Kangra valley on the other. Triund is a very popular trekking spot and attracts a lot of tourists every year from India and all over the world.
Triund trek can be described as a tranquil trek which can be easily accomplished by almost all age groups. Triund has an unambiguous byway which goes through a beautiful mixed forest of oak and Deodar trees. Trek is fairly easy for the first five kilometers but the last one kilometer may require a bit of toil,and is popularly known as the “22 curves” as it has 22 tiring curves before you finally reach Triund. The traipse is worth it as the panorama when you reach Triund is awe-inspiring and exhilarating.Triund is come-at-able for most part of the year except for when the byway to Triund is cut off by heavy snowfall in the months of January and February..
2. Spiti Valley
The Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayan Mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name ‘Spiti’ means ‘The Middle Land, i.e. the land between Tibet and India.
Lahaul and Spiti is surrounded by high mountain ranges. The Rohtang Pass, at 13,054 feet (3,979 m), separates Lahul and Spiti from the Kullu Valley. Lahaul and Spiti are cut off from each other by the higher Kunzum Pass, at 15,059 feet (4,590 m). A road connects the two divisions, but is cut off frequently in winter and spring due to heavy snow. The valley is likewise cut off from the north up to eight months of the year by heavy snowfalls and thick icing conditions. A southern route to India proper is periodically closed for brief periods in the winter storms of November through June, but road access is usually restored a few days after storms end via Shimla and the Sutlej in the Kinnaur district.
3. Chintpurni Mata Temple (Una District)
Chintpurni is a major pilgrimage Centre and one of the Shakti Peethas in India. The Chintpurni shakti peeth (Chhinnamastik shakti peeth) is located in Una district Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by the Western Himalayas in the north and in the east, smaller Shiwalik (or Shivalik) range bordering the state of Punjab. The Chintpurni Shakti Peeth houses the temple of Chinnamastika Devi or Chinnamasta Devi.This temple is one of the 7 major and 51 total Shakti Peethas. Here, Chinnamasta is interpreted as the severed-headed one as well as the foreheaded-one.
Now those who want to go to a holy expedition definitely needs to visit this beautiful temple while visiting Himachal Pradesh.
4. Bir Billing (Paragliding capital of India)
Bir is a village located in the west of Joginder Nagar Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Mostly referred as ‘Paragliding Capital of India’, Bir is also a noted centre for ecotourism, spiritual studies and meditation. Bir is also home to a Tibetan Refugee settlement with several Buddhist Monastries and a large stupa. While Billing is the takeoff site for paragliding and Bir for landing; collectively it is known ‘Bir Billing’..
The Bir-Billing area is a popular site for paragliding pilots, both Indians and visitors from all over the world. The flying season is from September to October, with some flying also done in November. The village continues to host periodic international competitions and events.
So if you are up for some adventure, you can visit this place and enjoy the sport.
5. Mcleodganj (Dharamshala)
McLeod Ganj (also spelled as McLeodGanj or Mcleodganj) is a suburb of Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” (a short form of Dharamshala used mainly by Tibetans) because of its large population of Tibetans. The Tibetan government in-exile is headquartered in McLeod Ganj.
It has an average elevation of 2,082 metres (6,831 feet). It is situated on the Dhauladhar Range, whose highest peak, “Hanuman Ka Tibba”, at about 5,639 metres (18,500 feet), lies just behind it. The most important Buddhist site in the town is Tsuglagkhang or Tsuglag Khang, the Dalai Lama’s temple.
The major places near Mcleodganj are Bhagsu Nath Falls, Triund hill, Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Naddi Valley, Dharamshala and Palampur.
6. HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, abbreviated as the HPCA Stadium, is a picturesque cricket stadium located in the city of Dharamshala and is unique in India as it is situated at an altitude of 1,457 m above the sea level and has the snow-capped Himalayan mountains in the background. The stadium served as the home ground for the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Team for Ranji Trophy matches and other domestic matches. The stadium also hosted some IPL matches as a home stadium for Kings XI Punjab. This is the cricket stadium situated at the highest altitude & provides a terrific view. The colorful sets, lush green ground surrounded by beautiful mountains provides a splendid view. It is open to tourist throughout the year & is a must visit place in Dharamshala..
7. Rohtang Pass (Manali-Leh Highway)
Rohtang Pass- a gateway to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, remains one of the most spectacular destinations in the entire Kullu region. This picturesque pass is located around 51 kms away from Manali, at a height of 3980 meters, on Manali Keylong highway. This mountain slope is so beautiful that people from every corner of the country visit this place to take part in adventure sports such as skiing, ice-skating, paragliding, etc. The Rohtang Pass is open for tourist from April to October and the permission to travel on this highway is given by the Indian Army, once they clear the snow. In May, Rohtang become a place for nature enthusiast and adventure seekers, who can experience adventure sports such as skiing, skating, paragliding, snow scooter, and more.
8. Kasol (Mini-Israel)
A destination bestowed with all of nature’s blessings, Kasol is known for its Israeli inhabitants, Parvati river, trekking base-camp and Malana. A tourist hub for Israelis, with signs of various cafes and restaurants in Hebrew serving great food, of cuisines from around the world.
The snow clad Himalayas to verdant landscape and clear blue sky adds a touch of mystery to the place. Nestled in the lap of Parvati valley alongside the streaming and gurgling Parvati River, this remote village is a blessing for adventure buffs, trekkers and backpackers. With pleasant climate all around the year and low population density, this wonderful place is all set to give you an unforgettable experience.
9. Khajjiar (Mini Switzerland)
Khajjiar sits on a small plateau with a small stream-fed lake in the middle that has been covered over with weeds. The hill station is surrounded by meadows and forests. It is about 6,500 feet (2,000 m) above sea level in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas and peaks can be seen in the distance. It is part of the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary. Khajjiar can be reached from Dalhousie, the nearest major town and hill station, by bus in an hour or so. It has a rare combination of three ecosystems: lake, pasture and forest.
Khajjiar is among the 160 locations in the world that bear topographical resemblance with Switzerland and is also called Mini Switzerland.
Shimla is home to a number of buildings that are styled in the Tudorbethan and neo-gothic architectures dating from the colonial era, as well as multiple temples and churches. The colonial architecture and churches, the temples and the natural environment of the city attracts tourists. Attractions include the Viceroy Lodge, the Christ Church, the Jakhoo temple, the Mall Road and The Ridge, which together form the city center. The Kalka-Shimla Railway line built by the British, a UNESCO World heritage site, is also a major tourist attraction. Owing to its steep terrain, Shimla hosts the mountain biking race, MTB Himalaya, which started in 2005 and is regarded as the biggest event of its kind in South Asia. Shimla also has the largest natural ice skating rink in South Asia. Apart from being a tourism center, the city is also an educational hub with a number of colleges and research institutions
So, when are you planning your next trip to this heavenly-place called Himachal Pradesh?