This guide will provide you the list of best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Himachal means having “Snowy Slopes” is one of the eleven mountain states in India. It is situated in the northern part of India and in western part of the Himalayas. Due to its extreme weather in winters it has two capitals namely: Shimla in summers and Dharamshala in winters.
Himachal Pradesh is famous for its landscapes and hill stations. The state’s main contributor to economy and growth is its tourism. The best time to visit Himachal Pradesh is from February to June, during the seasons of spring and summer. If you want to witness the snowfall season then October to February is the best time to visit.
Best Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh
If you are planning for a vacation or thinking about a honeymoon in India then we recommend you that you must visit Shimla. It is the state capital and the largest city of Himachal, situated at Himalayas at an average height 2200 meters. It was made summer capital by British in the 19th century to escape the scorching heat of summer. A popular hill station among tourists, a place which still contains heritage of the 19th century.
Although, it is jam packed throughout the year, but in the month of August due to Monsoon there is a little drop in No. of visitors. The perfect time to visit Shimla is during the months of March to June, when the weather is quite pleasant. This is the perfect time to visit if you are looking for Trekking, paragliding or camping. It is a perfect holiday destination for families, friends and newlyweds. The main attractions in Simla are: The Mall located in centre is the main shopping area of the city, The Ridge situated alongside The Mall, Jakhoo Hill highest peak in city containing an oldest Hanuman Temple, Sanjauli a suburb of Shimla.
Apart from these there are quite a large tourist attraction places in Shimla. The best part of Shimla is that it can be easily reached from main cities due to its airport. Moreover, it can also be reached by bus from Chandigarh as it is only 112 km apart.
Manali is a small town located in the district of Kullu, some 270 km from Shimla. Manali is a popular destination for honeymoon, situated at an altitude of 2000 meters on the bank of river Beas. Manali is famous for its lush green meadows, waterfalls and water streams with snow covered mountains.
Places to visit in Manali are: Solang Valley best for adventurous sports, Hadimba temple, Jogini falls, Tibetan monasteries, Naggar castle, Rohtang. Apart from these there are quite a large tourist attraction places in Manali.
Dharamshala, second capital of Himachal Pradesh is situated 18 km from Kangra Valley in Dhauladhar Mountains. Situated at an altitude of 1457 meters, is the hometown of Buddhist leader, Dalai Lama. Dharamshala is enriched with one of the best weather in Himachal Pradesh, surrounded with snow covered peaks of mountains and Deodar trees. Here one can witness the blend of culture between Indian and Tibetan culture.
Main places to visit here are: Mcloed Ganj also known as Little Tibet surrounded by pine and oak, Bhagsunath Temple, Jamia Masjid Dharamshala, Dal Lake, Triund. Apart from these there are quite a large tourist attraction places in Dharamshala.
Dalhousie is the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Also known as Switzerland of India is a small and peaceful hillstation located far from bustling cities in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at an elevation of 1970 meters and sitting on 5 hills, was favorite summer destination for British and established by Earl of Dalhousie for summer breaks. Enriched with Scottish and Victorian era architecture will still remind you about the colonial era. Surrounded with mountains, gushing waterfalls, pine and oak trees. A best holiday destination for trekking, rafting and camping lovers. Places to visit here are: Panch Pulla, Satdhara fall, Daikund Peak.
Chamba, a town in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh is situated on a bank of river Ravi, has an elevation of about 1006 meters. It is best known for its famous temples and palaces, for its arts and crafts. Chamba also hosts two four days fairs, Suhi Mata Mela and Minjar Mela during March and August respectively. Chamba is also famous for its compelling views of Pir Panjal, Zanskar and Dhauladhar ranges in its backdrop. Places to visit here are: Bhuri Singh Museum, Champavati Temple, Sui Mata Temple.
Khajjiar is a small hill station located in Chamba District, about 24 km from Dalhousie. Khajjiar is at an altitude of about 2000 meters and sits on a small plateau consisting of a small lake of Dhauladhar range. It is one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by Meadows and dense forests.
Khajjiar attracts No. of visitors for its adventure sports like horse riding, paragliding, trekking etc. The best place to visit here is Khajjiar Lake located in Bakrota Hills. Other places to visit here are: Khajji Nag Temple, one of the oldest temples, view of Mount Kailash, villages with apple orchards.
Situated in Solan District of Himachal Pradesh District is a hilly cantonment town and makes a perfect place for a vacation. Kasauli is a gateway to Himachal and best suited for a weekend holiday, only 65 kms from Chandigarh. Surrounded by beautiful forests of pines and cedar, and is famous for its colonial era landmarks including: Bapist Church, Christ Church, Gurudwara, Kasauli Brewery, Monkey Point. One of the best parts while visiting is to witness the gripping view of sunrise and sunset, and Gilbert Trail is famous for trekking. It is one of the best tourist place to visit in Himachal Pradesh.