Sometimes words fall short and our eyes are the only witness penning the essence of the ethereal beauty of nature alike the extraterrestrial bodies. Here, in this article, let’s go through some of the popular hill stations, remote villages, lakes, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of Himachal Pradesh… hope you will find it easy to plan your trip to Himachal Pradesh.
Here is the list of 15 most amazing hill stations of Himachal Pradesh.
Shimla fascinates every traveler with its terrific outdoors and unique appeal form the British Raj. No wonder why British trusted Shimla as their proud summer capital. Head to this place between July and September, that’s the best time to visit Shimla when misty mornings welcome you to the heavenly abode.
Of all the offbeat places in Shimla, I find Chail one of the prettiest for obvious reasons. The hill-station area placed 44 km from Shimla is a refreshing getaway in the vicinity of Delhi. While Shimla is gasping for fresh air, Chail thrives amidst refreshing breeze straight from the mountains. Some of the most popular places to visit in Chail are Himalayan Nature Park, Siddh Baba Ka Mandir, Gurudwara Sahib, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, and Sadhupul Lake.
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I’d recommend visiting this year round. No matter when you go, Kufri will embrace you with open arms. Summer is quite pleasant in Kufri and winter there experiences heavy snowfall, so this place makes a perfect for a perfect getaway from Delhi with just an overnight drive away!
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Naldehra is one of the many prized jewels of the Himalayas and an absolute treat for every seeker. The awe-inspiring outdoors and a popular golf course make Naldehra an ideal vacation spot in the mountains.Hotel Golf Glade in Naldehra is an excellent retreat for tourists, while the Chalets Naldehra is a pleasant boutique stay in the town offering excellent facilities and amazing views.
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Kalpa, the scenic town tucked in the quaint corner of the vast Trans-Himalayas, is every traveler’s fancy. The beautiful town in eastern Himachal Kinnaur district is guarded by the high mountain land in the Sutlej-valley region.The local Himachali cuisines and other food variety make the highlight of this stay. I’d personally recommend it to all the travelers.
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I chose to head to Sangla via Chandigarh, which is roughly a 4.5-hour drive from Delhi. Its close proximity to Delhi and Punjab makes Sangla a perfect weekend getaway for all the outdoor enthusiasts.Camps make for a prominent option for places to stay in Sangla. Some of the most popular in the region are – Banjara, Kinner, Igloo Nature, Baikunth Adventure Camp, and the Sangla Valley camps.
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Sitting, the pretty village at an altitude of around 3000 meters above sea level Raksham falls en route Chitkul and is truly one of the magical places to visit in Himachal. The Raksham-Chitkul wildlife sanctuary is a popular attraction in the region, which is home to wildlife species such as leopard, blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan brown bear, and musk deer.
Reaching Chitkul is as easy as it gets. Hire a cab from Reckong Peo which is located 60 km far and offers a great road connectivity with major cities in Himachal Pradesh. There are public buses plying in tandem from Reckong Peo to Chitkul, however, cabs are still a better option as they are available for most of the time. The ride through Sangla Valley is truly a remarkable one with plenty of twists and bends.The best thing to do in Chitkul is to indulge in the pleasant views in the offering and soak every bit of it. Moreover, you can also go on some of the popular treks that make Chitkul a popular tourist destination in India.
If you are planning a visit, there are New Kaza and Old Kaza for you to explore. While Old Kaza is all about the palace, monasteries, gompas, and ancient buildings, the New Kaza is all about government buildings, restaurants, and tourist point of contact. I’d still say Old Kaza, with its vast landscapes and lush meadows, is any day the top charmer here.
10. Chanshal pass
Perched atop the Chanshal Peak, Chanshal Pass is the highest pass in the Shimla region. The best part is that being counted among the offbeat places in Himachal you won't find the place too crowded. Slush, loose rocks, and super narrow roads (at times) make Chanshal one of the most obscure places to visit in Himachal.Be reassured that you'd be greeted by strong chilly wind no matter what time of the year it is. And no matter how notorious the roads and weather here are, once you get to Chanshal the views and humbling nature around would leave you a mute spectator. Most of the travelers plan to go camping and enjoy adventure activities at Chanshal. The fun part is, even during the peak summer season, this place occasionally experiences zero degree temperature at night.
Mashobra is another pretty town in the vicinity of Shimla which happens to be a popular tourist attraction in Himachal Pradesh. Popularly known as the Quieter Shimla, Mashobra, located 12 km from Shimla is famed for its untarnished charm.It is highly recommended to visit this fascinating world tucked in the vast Himalayan alpines, with your friends. Annandale, Jakhoo Hill, Scandal Point, The Ridge, Mall Road, Shimla State Museum, Naldehra, Kufri, Christ Church, and Himalayan Bird Park are the popular tourist spots nearby and must be visited when you are finally getting back to Shimla!
Fagu is an ideal retreat for every loving couple looking for a secluded slip in the mountains. That’s the reason why this place is regarded as the top honeymoon place in Himachal. Winters in Fagu is so pretty, with plenty of apple orchards, flower fields, and surrounding peaks partially clad in snow. Fagu is an ideal retreat for every loving couple looking for a secluded slip in the mountains. That's the reason why this place is regarded as the top honeymoon place in Himachal. Winters in Fagu is so pretty, with plenty of apple orchards, flower fields, and surrounding peaks partially clad in snow. There are limited accommodations in the region which can be pre-booked well in advance. Honeymooners can be seen during the peak season making the best of the secluded environs here. Head to Fagu before the onset of winter, that’s the right time to experience this place at its best. Cattle graze round in the green fields all day long until sunset and the sight is so photogenic. Banthia Devta Temple in Fagu is worth a mention for its wonderful woodwork and craftsmanship.
13. Reckong Peo
Reckong Peo is the only place in the region where two of the Himalayas' greatest marvels can be spotted easily – the Kailash, and Shiva Lingam rock, both being the major tourist attraction for Hindus. Besides nature, there is plenty of tourist attraction in and around Reckong Peo that would charm you with their magnificence and make your Himachal trip eventful. Chandika Temple, Khab, Kalpa, Bhaba Valley, Kinnaur Kailash, Chango, Leo, Kanam are the places of interest in and around Reckong Peo. But there’s more to Reckong Peo than the sight of these pretty eye-catching attraction, and every impulsive wanderer must experience it once in a while. For that, I’d recommend you to be there right amidst the gorgeous outdoors of Reckong Peo. Camping is my kind of activity to experience the best of Reckong Peo.
14. Roghi Village ( Kalpa)
If you want to experience the true Himachali way of life visit Roghi village near Kalpa. Only after you set foot in Roghi you’d see how well they have treasured their rich Himachali tradition. So, Roghi is a village near Kalpa in South Himachal bordering Uttarakhand. There are quaint villages with pretty houses and adorable gardens all around that would leave you pleasantly surprised soon after you reach here.Mostly, this place is explored by the adrenaline wjunkies ho set out on a journey into the unknown. Youngsters love to take to roads in the pursuit of exploring this offbeat destination in Himachal Pradesh. As you drive down the road, you can actually spot the enchanting views of vast mountains, and the gardens of apple, apricot, and chilgoza trees. The humbling views of Kinnaur Kailash Range right in front of the village makes for the highlight of this super challenging journey. Suicide Point, Batseri Village, Chakka, Kinner Kailash, Roghi Village, and Sapni Fort are the other popular attractions in Kalpa Roghi that you must visit.
Of the Himachal Pradesh state.This beautiful hill town is placed at an altitude of over 6500 feet above the sea level. Khajjiar Lake and Khajjiar temple are the main attractions, in 1992, Willy T. Blazer, Vice Counselor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland termed Khajjiar as ‘Mini Switzerland of India’