Tourist places in Himachal Pradesh
I guess Manali always pops up in your head, whenever you consider visiting Himachal Pradesh. Located in Kullu District, Manali is an ancient town often referred as the ‘Queen of Himachal Pradesh’. It is covered by high peaks in the beautiful green Beas Valley, with mountain adventures gesturing from all direction. The picturesque landscape comprises of deodar forest and lush pine, snow covered mountains, waterfalls and valleys that an adventure lover longs for. It is a breathtakingly beautiful hill station offering enthralling escapades of trekking, skiing, mountaineering, paragliding and rafting.
Beside being a hub of adventure activities, Manali is also an ideal destination for honeymooners and for people who want to take a break from their everyday life. You can visit the stunning landscape of the Rohtang Pass or lose yourself in the spiritual realm by visiting the Vashisth Bath, Hadimba Temple and Van Vihar. Heading out for shopping at the famous Mall Road is always fun as it the most major spot of the city filled with eateries and hotels. With all these attraction and abundance, Manali makes an ideal destination for everyone.
Prominent for: Hill Station, Nature, Great Himalayan Ranges
How to reach Manali:
Airport- The nearest airport is the Kullu-Manali Airport. Chandigarh is the next nearest airport with better connectivity.
Railway Station- Chandigarh serves as the nearest major railway station with good connectivity from all the major cities of India.
Roadways- Regular buses operates to and from Manali. Buses are available from Delhi, Chandigarh, Pathankot etc to Himachal Pradesh.
Tourist attraction of Manali:
- Hadimba Devi Temple
- Arjun Gufa
- Shri Mani Karan Sahib
- Bijli Mahadev Temple
- Solang Valley
- Rohtang Pass
- Beas Kund
- Manu Temple
- Jagatsukh Shiva Temple
- Manali Wildlife Sanctuary
- Great Himalayan National Park
- Bhrigu Lake
- Chandrakhani Pass
- Gulaba Point
Here’s a glimpse of beautiful and mesmerizing Manali that will make you go Wow.
A wonder to behold, which not only mystifies your sense but makes you live in the impulses of life, Kasol is a small hill station located in Himachal Pradesh stretched along the river Parvati. With beautiful landscape, scenic waterfalls, lush valleys and undisturbed trekking routes, Kasol is popular among the hippies and backpackers for a good reason. The budget friendly staying options and abundance of charming cafes makes Kasol an amazing place to visit. Also termed as the mini Israel of India, this hill station is on everyone’s wishlist and the place hasn’t disappointed any of those who planned a Kasol trip based on feedback.
There is no dearth of scenic spot in Kasol, which means you will definitely come back with lots of cover pictures and DP’s. It serves as a base camp for some of the moderate treks that includes Pin Parvati Pass, Sar Pass, Khiri Ganga and Yanker Pass. If tough climbis not your cup of tea, take a walk to Chalal which is just 30 minutes (approx) away from Kasol. You can also visit Malana or Tosh for the feel of the rural life. The village and its beauty is a sight to behold. A ride to Tosh might be bumpy, but this place is a paradise for the mountain lovers. It provides an unforgettable experience for those who love to unwind in the lap of nature.
Kasol is a place to stir up old hobbies that gets off-track in your urban routine. Pen down a prose, dream, create a song of your own, read a book or do anything you love doing. This is a perfect place to provide you with inner peace and one of the best summer escape irrespective of your age.
Prominent for: Hill Station, Trekking
How to reach Kasol:
Airport- Bhuntar Airport located near Kullu is the nearest airport available.
Railway Station- Pathankot Railway Station and Joginder Nagar Railway Station serves as the nearest railway station to Kasol.
Roadways- Regular buses operates from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana etc.
Tourist attraction of Kasol:
- Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara
- Parvati River
- Kheer Ganga Peak
- Seven Sisters Trek
- Malana Village
- Tosh Village
- Bhuntar Town
- Pulga Village
Tips: Confused about your stay in Kasol? Try out your luck at the Forest Department tents. Beautifully stationed beside the vigorously flowing river Parvati, the place offer stunning morning and evening views. The camps are quite comfortable and the prices as low as Rs 150 during off season and Rs 300 during the peak season.
Here’s a glimpse of Kasol. Check it out.
Also known as the mini Switzerland of India, Dalhousie is a scenic hill station in Chamba district. Brimming with mountains, lakes, cascading waterfalls, Dalhousie is well known for housing several heritage buildings that dates back from the early 19th century. The place is dotted with beautiful complex sporting colonial architecture.
Dalhousie reflects a perfect mixture of of mordern India and old world charm of the British era. The majestic hill station offers a lot of activities for adventurers. Jhandri Ghat, Sach Pass, Garam Sadak and Moti Tibba are some of the ideal trekking places here. It has many shopping areas that provides variety of gift items, handicrafts and trinkets to take back home as souvenirs. The Tibetan Market located at Gandhi Chowk is one of the best shopping places in Dalhousie. The Mall Road of Dalhousie is a paradise for the foodies. From Kashmiri Pulao to South Indian Idlis, the place pleases the taste buds of every tourist by serving mouth watering dishes.
Prominent for: Meadows, Valleys, Hill Station
How to reach Dalhousie:
Airport- Gaggal Airport is the nearest airport to Dalhousie. The airport is approximately 140 km away from the heart of Dalhousie.
Railway Station- Pathankot Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Dalhousie. It is directly connected to major cities of India.
Roadways- Regular buses operates from Delhi, Chandigarh, Pathankot etc. to Himachal Pradesh.
Tourist attraction of Dalhousie:
- Subhash Baoli
- St. John’s Church
- St. Patrick’s Church
- Laxmi Narayan Temple
- Satdhara Springs
- St. Francis Church
- St. Andrew’s Church
- Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary
Nestled in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is also known as the ‘Little Tibet of India’. This place is famed to be the holy residence of Dalai Lama and hundreds of Tibetan monks in exile. Guarded by snow-laden peaks of Dhauladhar mountains, lush pine and deodar forests, Dharamshala enjoys one of the best climates of the state. The hill station is dotted with several cultural attractions such as Kangra Fort and Nurpur Fort.
Dharamshala is not just limited to the stunning views of mountains and the monasteries. The city has a huge number of tourist places too. It’s suburbs such as McLeod Ganj, Sindhbari, Naddi, Ramnagar and Dharamkot are worth exploring. It also offers a lot of shopping area that provides great Tibetan handicrafts. It is one of the beautiful hill station which is bathed in the glory of mother nature and Buddhist culture. For an avid traveler this place is nothing less than a paradise.
Prominent for: Tibetan Culture, Monasteries, Nature
How to reach Dharamshala:
Airport- The nearest airport to Dharamshala is Gaggal Airport, which is 13 km away.
Railway Station- The nearest major railway station is Pathankot which is 85 km away.
Roadways- Dharamshala is well connected to Delhi and other parts of North India.
Tourist attraction of Dharamshala:
- Dharamshala Cricket Stadium
- Gyuto Monastery
- Namgyal Monastery
- Kareri Dal Lake
- Bhagsunag Temple
- Bhagsunag Waterfall
- Kangra Fort
- Naddi Village
- Masroor Rock Cut Temple
- Kangra Art Museum
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