Top 20 Places to see in Himachal Pradesh

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Himachal Pradesh is a well-known state for various hill station and its amazing landscapes, you can say it here that Nature is at its best.  The meaning of Himachal is “Place of Snow” and as per name it’s a same place you should visit if you want to spend your holidays in the lap of nature and away from cities crowds. Himachal Pradesh is situated in the western Himalayas with the beautiful mountain views hill stations.  So if you planning to visit Himachal Pradesh then we are giving you a list of Top 20 places to see in Himachal Pradesh in your holidays.

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Shimla

The Capital city of Himachal Pradesh “Shimla” is one of the most amazing hill stations. It offers various sightseeing with amazing views of Himalayas as well as the British Colonial buildings and museums. It is perfect destination for summer. Shimla is located at the elevation of 2205 meters above from sea level. Shimla is also one of the best destinations for Honeymoon trips.

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Best Time to Visit Shimla: – You can Visit Shimla during November to January if you want to see snow falls and during summer from March to June.

How to Reach Shimla: – Shimla is well connected with road transports, so you can drive there. For Railways the nearest railhead is Chandigarh which is around 117Km from here and so you can reach Delhi to Chandigarh via train then take a cab from there.  New Delhi is around 343 Km from Shimla.

Things to do in Shimla:-

  • Shopping at Shimla Mall Road for old and antiques.
  • Trekking to Jakhoo Hills and Darshan at Lord Hanuman Temple.
  • Playing Polo at Annandale.
  • Viceroy Bhawan for British architect.
  • Boarding Kalka-Shimla Railway between narrow gauge lines.

Kullu

Kullu is the amazing hill station you can see in Himachal. If you want to see the green landscapes, Snowy Mountains and take fresh air of nature then visit Kullu, you won’t be disappointed. Kullu is located at the elevation of 1230 meters above from sea level.

Best time to visit Kullu: – You can visit Kullu between March to June and November to January.

How to Reach Kullu: – Kullu is well connected with road transport, located at the distance of 40 Km from Manali, 207 Km from Shimla and 508 Km from New Delhi. From Chandigarh it is 250 Km drive to reach Kullu.

Things to do in Kullu:-

  • Take photographs of great Himalayan mountain ranges.
  • Great hill stations with green landscapes.
  • River Rafting
  • Camping in the Kullu Valley.
  • Visit the Bijli Mahadev Temple and Raghunath Temple.
  • Visit the Parvati Valley.

Manali

Manali is located at the elevation of 2050 meters above from sea level and known as of the amazing places to spend your holidays in. Manali is spread along the backs of river Beas in the valley. Manali offers snowcapped mountains views and the adventure to trekking.

Best Time to Visit Manali: – You can visit Manali between March to June and November to January.

How to Reach Manali: – Manali is around 289 Km from Chandigarh and 548 Km from New Delhi and 247 Km from Shimla city. So you can easily drive from Chandigarh to Manali. There are also Himachal Road Transport Buses from Chandigarh and New Delhi to Manali on regular basis.

Things to do in Manali:-

  • Adventure Sports in Manali.
  • Photographs of great Himalayan Mountains.
  • Visit at Hidimba Devi Temple.
  • Drive to Rohtang Pass.
  • Take a dip at Beas River.
  • Visit Tibetans monasteries.

Dharamshala

Dharamshala is one of the best places to visit in Himachal known for resident of Dalai Lama (Buddha Religion Guru) and the snowcapped mountains in three sides and valley in the one side.  You can see Indian multicultural here.

Best time to Visit Dharamshala: – You can visit Dharamshala between March to June and November to January for Snow falls.

How to Reach Dharamshala: – You can reach Dharamshala by car and the nearest railway station is Pathankot which is located at the 85 Km distance and from Chandigarh you can also drive here while visit the mountain roads.

Things to do in Dharamshala

  • Boat ride in Dal Lake      
  • Witness the amazing Royal Kangra Fort.
  • Visit the Bhagsunath Temple of Lord Shiva.
  • See the monasteries
  • Kangra Art Museum
  • Dalai Lama Temple
  • Amazing tea harvest at Kangra Valley

Solang Valley

Solang Valley is one of the major tourist attraction in Himachal located between the highways of Manali and Rohtang pass. During winter months you can witness the snow covered places here. Solang Valley is also known for adventure sports like skydiving’s, horse riding and paragliding. You can also enjoy the skiing here.

Best time to visit Solang Valley: – You can visit Solang Valley between Decembers to January for many adventure sports and during summer from March to June.

How to reach Solang Valley: – Solang Valley is around 14 Km from Manali and while visiting Himachal trip you can drive to Solang valley from Manali. It will come on the way to Rohtang pass.

Things to do in Solang Valley:-

  • Skiing during winter.
  • Adventure sports like Paragliding, sky diving
  • Zorbing

Dalhousie

Dalhousie is also known as Mini Switzerland of India. If you want to get away from stress and crowded metro cities busy life to regain the energy then it is one of the places to you should visit. You can enjoy the nature at Dalhousie and stay there for a while.

Best time to visit Dalhousie: – You can visit Dalhousie between March to June and during winter to witness snow fall.

How to reach Dalhousie: – It is 75 Km far from the nearest rail head Pathankot and also Airport in Pathankot. You can take cab from Pathankot to visit Dalhousie.

Things to do in Dalhousie:-

  • You can enjoy the trek to Ganji Pahadi, Dainkund and Bakrota.
  • Oldest church in Dalhousie the St. John Chruch.
  • Visit Kalatop wildlife reserve.

Kasauli

Kasauli is known for its amazing scenic beauties and things of colonial rule. You can enjoy the nature bless here and see the spectacular views of Himalayan mountains. You can easily reach Kasauli from Chandigarh and stay there for a while to explore nature.

Best time to visit Kasauli: – You can visit Kasauli during winter months for snow falls and during summer months to get away from hot summer days.

How to reach Kasauli:- You can reach Kasauli by Car from New Delhi which is located at the distance of 293 Km. The nearest airport to Kasauli is Chandigarh at around 70 km and the railway station is Sonwara which is 4 Km from Kasauli.

Things to do in Kasauli:-

  • See the Church made during British colonial in India.
  • Monkey point in the shape of lord Hanuman foot.
  • Amazing Sunset and sunrise.
  • Visit Kasauli Brewery.
  • Trekking

Solan

Solan is one of the beautiful city in Himachal Pradesh, It is also known as the mushroom city of India because of its highly production of Mushrooms and tomato’s which is also called City of Red gold in India. If you love trekking and want to explore the nature you can visit Solan. If you are a solo traveler then it’s one of the best places you should visit.

Best time to Visit Solan: – You can visit Solan from March to June during half winter and summer months to enjoy the valley.

How to Reach Solan: – Solan is located at the distance of 339 Km from New Delhi and Shimla to Solan is around 46 Km. You can also take Shimla-Kalka toy train to Solan from Shimla.

Things to Do in Solan:-

  • Pay a visit at Shoolini Devi Temple for Darshan.
  • Dolanji Bon Monastery.
  • Visit wildlife at Mohan Shakti National park.
  • Read some books at Motilal Nehru Central State Library

Sirmaur

Sirmaur is situated in the south western part of the Himachal Pradesh State. It offer great heritage and also called as peach ball because it’s famous for Peach. As per the reports fossils of 85 million year back was found here.

Best time to Visit: – You can visit Sirmaur throughout the year.

How to reach: – Sirmaur is well connected with roads transport and from New Delhi it is located at the distance of 293 KM.  The nearest Airport is Chandigarh which is around 122 Km and also Railway station is Chandigarh from there you can reach Sirmaur within 3 Hours by road.

Things to do in Sirmaur:-

  • Pay Darshan at Jawalaji and Maa Chintapuri Temple.
  • Shopping in Local Market.
  • Visit Shivalik Fossil Park
  • Churdhar Peak

Khajjiar

It is located at the elevation of 2000 meters above from sea level in the Chamba District. Khajjiar is known for beautiful lakes, green deodar forests and pastures. You can do some adventure sports like trekking, Zorbing and horse riding here.  You can also go for Paragliding near Khajjiar Lake. If you are visiting Himachal then must add Khajjiar in your trip, because it is one of the best places to see in Himachal.

Best Time to Visit:- You can visit Khajjiar between October to March month during winter and May to June during summer.

How to reach:- You can reach Khajjiar by road transports. The nearest Airport is Dharamshala from there it is around 122 km which takes 4-5 hour drive to reach here. And the nearest railway station is Pathankot which is around 110 km from here.

Things to do in Khajjiar:-

  • Paragliding at Khajjiar lake
  • Boating
  • Pay tribute at Khajji Nath temple.
  • See the amazing view of Kailash Mountains form here

Kasol

Kasol is also known as little Israel of India because you will see many Israeli peoples here in Shops as well as they are doing many local business there.  It is also known for the holy town because of Manikaran. You can explore the nature here and enjoy its beautiful valley.

Best time to Visit:- You can visit Kasol between October to June month for both season winter and summer.

How to Reach:- Kasol is around 381 Km from Shimla and you can reach Shimla via Himachal Road ways buses and from there you can take a local taxi. The nearest Airport is Kullu which is around 3 Hours from here.

Things to do in Kasol:-

  • Hiking in the Forest
  • Visit Parvati River
  • Trekking to Kheerganga and enjoy the Hot Spring here.
  • Parvati valley Trekking

Palampur

Palampur is famous for its tea garden and deodar and pine forest surrounding the place. You can also visit the wildlife zoo here. It is a perfect destination for families to explore nature. It is a perfect weekend spot from New Delhi.

Best time to Visit:- You can visit Palampur throughout the year.

How to Reach: – Palampur is well connected with road transports. The Nearest Airport is Dharamshala which is around 37 Km from here and you will also find the Kalka-Shimla railway stoppage here.

Things to do in Palampur:-

  • Visit the local villages.
  • Trekking
  • Visit local wildlife Zoo
  • Visit the amazing Tea Gardens

Kinnaur

Kinnaur is known for the gardens of Apples and also known as Land of Gods. It has its own culture known as Kinnauri culture. It’s one of the best offbeat places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. You can see the snowcapped mountains form there.  This is the ideal destination for Family and solo travelers.  It is a district in Himachal.

Best time to visit:- The best time to visit Kinnaur is June to September and during winter November to January.

How to Reach:- Kinnaur is located at the distance of 235 Km from Shimla and well connected with roads transports. The nearest Airport and railway is Shimla from here.

Things to do in Kinnaur:-

  • Explore Kamru Fort
  • Know about Kinnauri Ramayan
  • Have food at Tibetan cafeteria
  • Visit Neko Lake

Hamirpur

Hamirpur is one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh because if you like trekking and adventure then you will enjoy here. You can see the mountains cliff here. It’s an ideal place for couples; family travelers who want explore something new. It is also famous for its high literacy rate in the state.

Best time to Visit:- You can visit Hamirpur from February to July and Sept to November.

How to Reach:- Hamirpur is well connected with Roads transport, you can drive here from Delhi which is around 299 KM from here. The nearest Airport is Kanga Airport and railway station is Una at distance of 79 KM.

Things to do in Hamirpur:-

  • Student Park
  • Pay a tribute at Tauni Devi Temple
  • See Traditional festival Hamir Utasav.

Chitkul

It is also known as last village of India because of its location near Indo-China Border. You can enjoy scenic beauty of this village and rest in the lap of nature. The place is covered in snow during winter season. It is located at the elevation of   3450 meters above from sea level.

Best time to Visit:-you can visit Chitkul during summer season because of highly snow falls in winter.

How to Reach:- You can reach Chitkul by road transports and can take Himachal roadways buses.

Things to do in Chitkul:-

  • See the Chitkul Fort
  • Pay tribute at 500 Year old Mathi Devi temple
  • Hiking to Charang Chitkul Pass

Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is located at 3810 meters above from sea level. It is a remote village in the cold mountains. You will see many Buddhist monastery here and you can enjoy the amazing thrilling activities here like trekking, mountain biking and more adventure sport. Spiti Valley is surrounded by many small and beautiful villages like Kaza, Tabo, Dhankar, Langza and Komic.

Best time to Visit:- The best time to visit Spiti Valley is summer season from May to October month.

How to Reach:- Manali is around 196 Km from here and it is well connected with roads transports. From Delhi it is located at the distance of 729 KM.

Things to do in Spiti Valley:-

  • Tabo monastery
  • Trekking
  • Lhalung Monastery
  • Suraj Tal
  • Chandra lake Tal

Tirthan Valley

Tirthan Valley is one of the amazing places in Himachal you should visit while your trip to Himachal. It is a place where you can experience the bone-chilling water coming from Rocky Mountains. You can also witness the amazing rainbow in glacier water. If you are a nature love and want to explore somethings beautiful place then you can come and visit Tirthan Valley. It is located near Himalayan National Park, so it will be good to you to see some other beautiful places nearby.

Best time to Visit:- You can visit Tirthan Valley between March to June and October-November month.

How to Reach:- Tirthan Valley is around 550 km from New Delhi and connected with road transports. You can reach here from Manali which is around 92 Km from here.

Things to do in Tirthan Valley:-

  • Visiting the National Park
  • Trekking.
  • Camping
  • Mountain Biking
  • Kayaking

Mcleod Ganj

It is a Small town near Dharamshala with great and colorful lanes. It is also known as Little Lhasa because you will see many Tibetans who settled here. It is surrounded by Dhauladhar ranges. Mcleod Ganj is located at the height of 2082 meter above from sea level. You can enjoy some of the best local foods in Mcleod Ganj.

Best time to Visit:- The Best time to visit Mcleod Ganj is October to June Month during winter and summer season.

How to Reach:- Mcleod Ganj is well connected with road transports so you can easily drive here. The nearest railway Station is Pathankot which is around 90 Km from here.

Things to do in Mcleod Ganj:-

  • Sightseeing of the little city
  • Shopping woolen
  • Enjoy local meals

Chail

Chail is known for Chail Wildlife Sanctuary and also for world’s highest cricket ground. You can see the beautiful heritage hotel Chail Palace here. Chail is located in higher altitude from other destinations in Himachal which offers green landscapes, pine forests and also amazing views of mountains. You can also enjoy hiking here. If you want to stay in quiet and calm place then it is one of the best place to visit in Himachal.

Best Time to Visit:- You can visit Chail Throughout the year and enjoy the beautiful views of here.

How to Reach:- Chail is well connected with Roads transports, so you can take a cab or bus to reach here.  The nearest airport is Shimla which is around 62 Km from here and also Chandigarh which is 117 Km from here with Railway Station as well.

Things to do in Chail:-

  • See the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Visit the highest Cricket ground
  • Hiking in the pine forests.
  • Honeymoon Destinations

Thanedar

Thanedar is known for Apple and Cherry orchards and its scenic beauty.  It is best for nature lovers to enjoy in beautiful destinations in the hill station. You can visit the Hatu Peak in Thanedar which provides amazing views of snowcapped mountains of Himalayan Ranges.

Best time to Visit: – You can visit Thanedar from October to March but during January you will find here heavy snow fall, so it’s better to leave January.

How to Reach: – The nearest railhead from Thanedar is Shimla which is connected with Toy train which is around 82 Km from here. It is 417 Km from New Delhi.

Things to do in Thanedar:-

  • Pay tribute at Nag Devta Temple
  • Tani Jubbar Lake
  • St. Marry Church which is one of the oldest Church in India
  • Hatu Peak

So these are the top 20 places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, but there are also many other places in Himachal you can visit and explore the nature. You will enjoy your Himachal Trip while visiting these places as solo traveler, family and couple.

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