10 Magical Places to Visit in Himachal
Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian State located in the Himalayas. Literally, Himachal means “Land of Snow“. It’s home to scenic mountain villages and resorts.
Explore these 10 Magical Places over and over and you will never be bored. Everytime you visit, these places have something new to offer.
Manali – India’s Famous Hill Station
The most popular travel destination of Himachal Pradesh. Manali is a high altitude resort town. It is famous as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. The main attractions are the Mall Road and Main Market while the Old Manali neighborhood is home to traditional stone buildings, apple orchards and the Hindu Manu Temple.
There is a wood-carved Hadimba Devi Temple, built in 1553 and dedicated to a Hindu goddess. There are many wonderful places to visit in Manali which makes your vacation a perfect one. Some nearby famous places are Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Manikaran (Hot Springs), Malana (Kasol Music Festival), Khirganga.
Shimla – The Capital City
Shimla is the summer capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903 (British India). Shimla is famous for handicrafts shops that line The Mall, Lakkarbazar (Famous for Wooden Toys and Crafts) and a pedestrian avenue.
Hindu shrines in Shimla includes Jakhu Temple situated on the Jakhu Hills. There are some picturesque Hills Resorts nearby Shimla which includes Naldehra and Chadwick Falls. Nearby Famous places are Kufri, Narkanda, Tattapani, Solan, Mashobra.
Dharamshala – A Perfect Family Getaway Awaits
Dharamshala or Dharamsala is a hillside city, home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. The McLeod Ganj town, situated in the upper region, is popular worldwide for the presence of the Dalai Lama.
Dharamshala is surrounded by dense coniferous forest consisting mainly of stately Deodar cedar trees. Dharamshala is popular for the production of Tea known as Dharamsala or Kangra Tea. Dharamshala also has several tea gardens which are situated in Kunal Pathri, Sheela Chowk and Palampur in district Kangra. Dharamshala produces all teas including Green Tea, black Tea, Oolong tea and White Tea, Masala Chai and Kashmiri Kahwa.
Dharamshala has a picturesque cricket stadium – HPCA International Cricket Stadium Dharamshala with a capacity of 23000. It has a magnificent view of Dhauladhar Mountains which are snowy covered all over the year.
Kasol – Magical Place
Kasol is a hamlet situated in Parvati Valley, Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is regarded as the top weekend destination of Himachal Pradesh. Kasol is Himalayan hotspot for backpackers. There are two major treks in kasol – Kheerganga and Malana.
Kasol is called as Mini Israel of India due to high volume of tourists from Israel. This place is worth visiting with friends and partners. The Most anticipated and well known music festival is hosted every year here – Kasol Music Festival.
Dalhousie – Pristine Beauty
Dalhousie is a majestic hill town situated near Dhauladhar Mountain range in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. It’s home to British Architecture which includes St. Francis and St. John’s churches. Dalhousie is one of the most visited and popular hill stations in the country. It is known for its scenic beauty and pleasant climate.
Subhash Baoli Nature Park is a peaceful area with pine trees and panoramic view. There is a trek from Dainkund Peak which leads to Pholani Devi Temple.
Kufri – The Snow Land
The tinsel town of Kufri is a paradise tucked away in the lap of Himachal Pradesh. The name Kufri is derived from the word kufr which means “lake”. It is situated 20km from Shimla City.
Kufri was developed as a tourist destination by the British back in 1819. It is a great place to unwind with panoramic views of the Mighty Himalayas, Adventure Sports,Horseback Riding,Skiing. Kufri is a popular honeymoon destination and attracts newly weds. Kufri also has a Himalayan Nature Park which houses Himalayan species such as snow leopards & brown bears in a forested setting.
Kullu – Mesmerizing Landscapes
Kullu is located on the banks of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley nearby Bhuntar Airport. Kullu valley is sandwiched between the Pir Panjal, Lower Himalayan and Great Himalayan Ranges. Kullu Valley is formed by the Beas River between Manali and Largi.
Kullu is famous for Temples and Adventure Sports including Paragliding, Rafting. Kullu is rich in offbeat places which are quite peaceful making it a most popular offbeat destination for travellers.
Bijli Mahadev, Kasol, Manali and The Great Himalayan National Park are one of the most visited places in Kullu.
Khajjiar – Scenic And Surreal
Often referred to as ‘mini-Switzerland of India‘, Khajjiar is a hill station in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. There is lake nearby, Khajjiar Lake which is surrounded by cedar forest.
Khajjiar is a picnic spot and attracts tourists all over the year especially during the winter season. During/After snowfall Khajjiar turns into a dreamland. Nearby, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is home to animals including deer and bears.
Bir Billing – Adventurous Expedition
Bir is a village located in the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Bir is a hub for ecotourism, spiritual studies, and meditation. This place has a paragliding spot which is famous worldwide.
Billing is the take off site for paragliding and the landing site is Bir. Billing is regarded as the World’s Second Highest Paragliding Site and No. 1 Paragliding Site in India. Billing has already hosted a Paragliding World Cup. People from all over the world come here to experience the sport.
Apart from paragliding this place is home to Tibetan refugee settlement with several Buddhist monasteries and a large stupa. There is a trek from Billing to Rajgundha which is also a camping site. Major attractions nearby are Barot Valley and Jogindernagar.
Kasauli – The Gateway to Himachal
Kasauli is a small hill town in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Kasauli is known for colonial architecture, scenic viewpoints and the Gilbert Trail. It’s home to gabled colonial-era houses, orchards and green-roofed Christ Church. Monkey Point situated i n the south overlooks forests of horse chestnut and Himalayan oak.
Nearby, the Gilbert Nature Trail winds through lush green countryside rich in birdlife. There is a small temple on the top of the hill.
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