Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful states of India. It is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas with home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie, Shimla, Kullu, Dharamshala, Manali, and more.
Himachal is also well known for various Adventure sports like trekking, rock climbing, and skiing.
In case you plan to visit Himachal, you must know that July (during the peak monsoon month) and January-February (during the peak winter months) are the best times to visit. To make it easier for you to choose, here are some of the most famous places in Himachal Pradesh that you can visit.
Alongside being the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is also the most visited place in Himachal. It is best known for its natural beauty, snow-peaked mountains, and adventure sports.
One can enjoy adventure sports like river rafting, paragliding, hiking, camping, golfing, toy train rides, ice skating, and rock climbing in Shimla. Some of the best places to visit in Shimla also include the Mall Road, Jakhoo, The Ridge, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, Christ Church, Rashtrapati Niwas, Jakhu Hill, Scandal Point, and the Kali Bari Temple.
Located around 19 km from Shimla, you can see Kufri. Its natural beauty will leave you spellbound. Kufri is truly a trekker’s paradise. This is because most of the trekking trips in Himachal start from Kufri. If you plan on visiting Kufri, you could also attend the Annual Winter Sports festival which is annually held in the month of February.
And while you’re at it, some of the best places to visit in Kufri also include the Himalayan Nature Park, Kufri Fun World, Mahashu Peak, Indira Tourist Park, Green Valley, Nagsons Amusement Park, Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary, Kufri Zoo, and the Retreat Building.
If you’re wondering where Mashobra is, it is a town that connects to the state capital, Shimla through the historic Hindustan–Tibet Road which was built in 1850 by Lord Dalhousie.
Famous Adventure sports in Mashobra include boating, trekking, and horse-riding. Mashobra is also best known for its wide range of flora & fauna and Apple orchards. Its old-world charm and grand houses are a delight to see. A trip to Mashobra is incomplete without visiting the Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary.
Shoghi in Himachal is famous for its old temples, natural beauty, and adventurous activities.
You can choose from a wide range of trekking or walking tours for Camping or Bird tours. Some of the famous tourist spots in Shoghi include Kalka Shimla Railway, Tara Devi Temple, Kandaghat, Chadwick Falls, Chail Sanctuary, and the Waterfall.
Kullu is a famous place that falls on the way from Shimla to Manali. It is best known for its famous adventure sports that include trekking, cycling tours, river rafting, mountaineering, paragliding, and hiking.
The abundance of Apple orchards also makes it a must-visit. Places to visit in Kullu also include Raghunath Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple, the Great Himalayan National Park, Raja Rupi & the Rupi Palace, Jagannathi Temple, and Dhakpo Shedrupling Monastery.
Manali is one of the most popular places to visit in Himachal. It also has a lot to offer. The abundance of natural beauty, some old temples and a hub for adventurous activities make Manali a truly worthy place to visit.
It offers a chance to experience adventure sports including river rafting, paragliding, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, jeep safari, snowboarding, and river crossing. Apart from this, one can also take a trip to Rohtang Pass or visit the Solang Valley, Hidimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, Manali Sanctuary, Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art, Mall Road, Van Vihar, and Himalayan Nyinmapa Tibetan Buddhist.
Manikaran, also known as the pilgrimage town, is famous for the Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara and the natural Hot Springs. It is also one of the most famous religious places of India.
The Natural Hot Springs in Manikaran are nature’s marvels and the water in these hot springs is believed to cure diseases as it contains Uranium and other radioactive elements. Places to visit in Manikaran include Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib, Hot Water Spring, Chalal Trek Tail, Grahan Street, Manikaran Hot Water Pool, Naina Bhagwati Mandir, Choj Bridge, Shiv Mandir, and Temple of Barshaini.
Dharamshala is basically considered ‘heaven on earth’. One can spend hours admiring nature without feeling tired. It is located in the upper hilly stretch of the Kangra Valley. It overlooks the plains and is surrounded by pine trees, deodar tree forests, various natural falls, and an amazingly cool climate.
For adventure junkies, it is good news. You can easily find adventure sports like trekking, night camping, paragliding, fishing, and rock climbing in Dharamshala.
With plenty of places to stay, don’t forget to enjoy some of the specialties of Dharamshala like Timo, Thupkas, Tibetan dishes, Honey Ginger lemon tea and also visit the Tsuglagkhang Complex, Namgyal Monastery, Kareri Dal Lake, Bhagsunag Temple, Bhagsunag Waterfalls, Gyuto Monastery, Kangra Fort, Kangra Art Museum, Masroor Rock Cut Temple, Naddi Village, St. John In The Wilderness Church, Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, Library Of Tibetan Works And Archives, War Memorial, Triund, Jwala Devi Temple, Tibetan Art Museum, Aghanjar Mahadev Temple, Kalachakra Temple, and Tea Garden Dharamshala.
Dalhousie has some breath-taking Snow-capped mountain views with victorian-style mansions, Scottish architecture, and other charming colonial buildings that will leave you mesmerized.
Adventure sports like boating, trekking, paragliding, horse riding, and camping are definitely an upside to visit Dalhousie. Famous places to visit in Dalhousie also include Khajjiar, Dainkund Peak, Kalatop Wildlife Reserve, St. Francis Catholic Church, Panchpula, Ganji Pahari, Satdhara Falls, Rang Mahal, Chamera Lake, Mall Road, Sach Pass, Tibetan Market, Bakrota Hills, Subhash Baoli, St.John’s Church, Chamunda Devi Temple, Rock Garden, Garam Sadak, Dalhousie Community Garden, and Norwood Paramdham.