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Places to visit in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is perhaps Bollywood’s most preferred Indian destination. While it’s been a favorite shooting spot for tons of movies, it has also been a place a protagonist seeks solace in times of crisis and finds him/herself. From the treks that gave you travel goals in YehJawaniHaiDiwani, the poetic Lootera, the hard-hitting in your face drama Tamasha, Jab We Met, or more, the place has teased you with its serenity, photogenic locations and gorgeous backdrops. Probably for the first time, Bollywood hasn’t lied to us as most of the attractions and activities we’ve seen our heroes witnessing and doing in Himachal is for real. Sometimes, words simply fail to do justice to the beauty of this place and you just lose track of time and yourself in these places. 

Be it the attractions that offer glimpse of the majestic Himalayas to the ones filled with the locals running cafes serving Mediterranean and continental cuisines, Himachal is soulful, alive and refreshing. So, if you’re here, plan a ten-day trip to take in as much of this destination as you can and get to know the place and people better. Also, when you’re making the itinerary, make sure the following make it to your list.

Solang Valley

Solang Valley also known as the ‘snow point’ is an alluring snow clad utopia near Manali and lies between Solang village and Beas Kund. Situated at an altitude of 8,500 feet above sea level, it offers a spectacular scenery of enchanting glaciers and snow crest mountain peaks. 

It is a paradise for nature lovers with lush white snow and picturesque background of mountain ranges while offering adrenaline junkies a

The Winter Carnival

Why you should attend this event

True to its name, the event is a carnival of food, dance, music, and fun. Started in the year 1977 to promote tourism and culture, the winter carnival has just been getting better every year. Four decades later, it still stands for its significance but multiplying manifold in its festive spirit. The event comprises of procession from the Hadimba temple in Manali, folk dance, skit

Kotwali Bazaar

Whether you're looking for a Buddha statue for your relatives or Tibetan handicrafts for your home décor, Dharamsala will surprise you with its series of shops at the Kotwali market. From prayer wheels and flags to hand-woven carpets and shrugs, you can find everything with a touch of Tibetan finesse added to them at Dharamsala. Plus, the location and the weather at the place makes shopping all the more calm and refreshing.

Location: Kotwali Bazaar Road, Sudher,

Spiti Valley

Visited heavily by tourists in Kullu, the Spiti Valley is one of the famous place of Himachal Pradesh. Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located 412 km away from Shimla. There are many places to visit in Spiti Valley. Few of these are Komic Village, Langza Village, Lhalung Monastery, Tabo Caves, Tabo Monastery. Tabo Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the world and a favourite of the Dalai Lama. Spiti is second home to many Gaddi sheep and goat herders (nomadic tribe of

River Rafting

Truly a paradise for adventure enthusiasts, Himachal is one of the most appropriate places to indulge in river rafting. The perennial rivers flowing out of Punjab make it perfect for rafting across various regions of Himachal. The currents in these rivers are rapid and hit a scale of 4 to 6. They are often ferocious and people are often chosen only after a mild fitness test. Oh yes, you are also required to sign on a document that says you are responsible for your

Tibet Cafe

If you’ve been to McLeodGanj and answer no when somebody asks you if you’ve visited Tibet Kitchen, you haven’t been to McLeodGanj. Tibet Café is probably the closest and the best possible way relish Tibetan cuisine. The place is not as grand or vibrant as you think. It’s small yet cozy and you’ll find pictures of the Dalai Lama on the walls that have a Chinese influence. You’ll be noticing all these until your food arrive

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium

Or popularly known as the Dharamsala stadium, this destination is on the bucket list for thousands of cricket fans out there. Surrounded by Himalayan ranges, the stadium is nestled between mountain peaks and rivers and arrives as one of the best places for a game of cricket. At an altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level, it is one of the highest cricket stadiums in India and has hosted one-day internationals, test matches and T20s. With a seating capacity of 23,0

The Mall

The Mall is where the shopping scene in Shimla is. As much as chaotic and noisy as it looks, the place is equally vibrant and full of life. You’ll find enthusiastic people walking all around the place and some searching for their friends. A blend of both branded and street shopping, the Mall is where you will find wooden souvenirs, shawls, mufflers, scarves and Tibetan jewelry.

Timing: The shopping avenue

Rendezvous Bar and Restaurant

After you’re done traveling or touring for the day, if you want to head out to somewhere refreshing, an ideal place to visit is the Rendezvous bar and restaurant. If it has been a hectic day, this is the place you should choose to unwind, have a sip of your favorite drink, looking at the views or probably striking a conversation with people there. No matter if you’re alone, with a group of friends or on a date, this place has a place for everyone. Situ

Jakhoo Hill

Temples are one of the major attractions in Himachal tourism. Himachal is considered to be connected with the Indian mythologies the Mahabharata and the Ramayana and you can see temples of gods and goddesses associated with the mythology all through the destination. Jakhoo hill is one of the popular attractions in Himachal and is known for its Hanuman temple (the monkey god), which is believed to have been built to signify him setting foot on the hills when he cam

The New Year or the Halda

Why you should attend this event

It marks the birth of a new year and signifies the onset of prosperity and new beginnings. The festival is dedicated by the locals to the Goddess of wealth and prosperity – ShashikarApa. Lamas decide the date of celebration and the location of celebration and people enjoy the festivities together. People usually contribute wood of cedar trees for the bonfire as it signifies

Cafe Illiterati

Sounds like a mix of illiterate and illuminati, right? In Dharamsala, the Café Illiterati is popular for three things –the stunning views of the Himalayas, its food and unique concept of blending books and food. If you’ve always wanted to be in a place surrounded by books, a perfect corner and a piping hot cup of hot chocolate, subconsciously you’ve been dreaming about café Illiterati. You can work, you can chill, and you can eat, d

The Great Himalayan National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Himalayan National Park is a celebration of the Himalayas and all the rich flora and fauna it has to offer. Some of the most majestic and beautiful creations have been recorded to be found in the Himalayan region and the national park is built to conserve the ingenious species and the biodiversity of the region. The park is spread across an area of over 1,700 square kilometers through the altitude ranges of 1,500 and 6,000 m

Skiing

Skiing is one of the prime attractions of Srinagar. Gulmarg is considered as the best ski resort in the Himalayas. You can ski in the snow-clad mountains of Gulmarg especially during winters to get an amazing experience. There are trainers for all levels of skiers across the world who will offer training to tourists. Skiing in Gulmarg is often the best before Christmas.

 

Location: Gulmarg

For: Young people.

Difficulty

MokshThe Night Club

Probably one of the finest places to party in Shimla, Moksh gives a laidbackvibe and stands true to it. Visitors mostly come to chill, grab a couple of drink and pass time. While the décor is really commendable and ultra-modern, the food and the cocktails are classic. A variety of DJs come and perform here and you can find yourself grooving to Indi-pop, R & B, and EDMs. The name of the nightclub translates to salvation, which is justified. You get disco

Khajjiar Lake

Regarded as the mini Switzerland of India, Khajjiar is more picturesque and idyllic than how they appear on photos. Once you get there, you’ll realize how beautifully it’s nestled between the mountains, with an alluring lake in the center of the landscape. The green spread, horse stables and a private house just before the pine trees make the place resembles the ones you’ve only seen on postcards. Situated in Dalhousie at around 25 kilometers fro

Lohri

Why you should attend Lohri

Celebrated in the regions of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, Lohri marks the beginning of the harvest season. It is the time rabi is harvested and is triggered by music, dance, get-togethers and vibrant festivities. People buy and dress up in vibrant colors and light community bonfires and come together forgetting cultural, racial and any differences that could stand in their wa

Akhara Bazaar

Visited heavily by tourists in Kullu, the Akhara Bazaar is the go to place for them for all things woolen. Besides taking home a tangible piece of memory, shopping is also the best way to understand culture, lifestyle and art and Akhara Bazaar stands as an example of all the three. From foreigners to Indian tourists, the market is visited by all and no itinerary is complete without dropping by here.

 

Location: NH 21, Kullu

Timing: 9

Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is a charismatic snow clad bliss near Manali and a popular layover en-route to Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Situated at an altitude of 3,978 meters above sea level at the Manali – Keylong road, it offers a spectacular scenery and plethora of snow activities to indulge in such as skiing, sledging, paragliding etc. 

It is an ideal spot for trekkers. Though challenging, it is an absolute magnificent trail speckled with enchanting glaciers, majestic waterfalls, imposing

Paragliding

One of the most popular destinations to do paragliding, paragliding should definitely be on your list of things to do in Himachal. Popular during the summers, you have two options for paragliding – a lower altitude glide that is brief and sweet and a higher altitude glide that is more adventurous and not for the faint hearted. For the latter, you need to take a gondola ride (cable car) and deboard at a point, trek for a few minutes from there and get ready f

Hide Out Cafe

Hide Out Café is the restaurant for all seasons and reasons. From your cravings of cheesy pasta or schezwan noodles to burgers and fries, Hide Out Café takes care of your palate cravings and serves you with the best of the ingredients. Not just the food, even service is of top notch with managers and waiters going an extra mile to offer you a pleasant dining experience. Their vision with the restaurant is clearly evident from the food they serve you

Christ Church

One of the oldest churches in India, the Christ Church in Shimla is the second oldest church in North India, following Meerut. Following a neo-gothic architectural style, the church took 13 years for completion and was consecrated in the year 1857. A century and a half later, the church still stands tall and majestic, becoming a major tourist attraction and a place of religious significance. The church houses some intricate designs and paintings that depict the li

Treks

You can have a glimpse of the scenic locations on boats, gliders, cabs and vehicles but nothing comes close to the personally feeling the soil beneath. Trekking in Himachal is one of the most enriching experiences ever and with every kilometer you cover, you learn something new about the place, the locals, the food, or yourself. Through jaw-dropping locales, green spreads of grasses and landscapes, clear blue skies and composed water streams, you will get close an

Foot Loose Discotheque

Anything that has Ritz as its prefix is bound to be good and this place at the Ritz Bar and Restaurant is no exception. Situated at the Mall road, Shimla, the place is known for its visiting DJs, music and cocktail selections. Probably one of the most popular clubs in Shimla, the place offers commendable ambience and good food. If you’re a fan of Bollywood nights, this is the place you should visit when in Shimla. The location, the drink selection and the mu

The Dalai Lama Main Temple

One of the most historic and peaceful places in Himachal, the Dalai Lama temple is one destination every Himachal tourism guide will recommend. Covered by Buddhist prayer flags and wheels along the way, the temple emanates vibes of compassion and tranquility. The place is filled with praying

Lamas and tourists are allowed to join their prayers, spin the wheel and touch and take in the monument. If you’re lucky, you can eve

River Rafting

Truly a paradise for adventure enthusiasts, Himachal is one of the most appropriate places to indulge in river rafting. The perennial rivers flowing out of Punjab make it perfect for rafting across various regions of Himachal. The currents in these rivers are rapid and hit a scale of 4 to 6. They are often ferocious and people are often chosen only after a mild fitness test. Oh yes, you are also required to sign on a document that says you are responsible for your

Skiing

Thanks to the topography of our country, snow is unknown for most states and is blessed to a few. Himachal is one such region. Its altitude, climate and conditions make it most appropriate for skiing and snowboarding. If you’ve ever imagined yourself replicating some action packed scenes from James Bond movies or Inception, Himachal is one place that will take you closest to live your dramatic dreams with its skiing activities. From almost an altitude of 9,0

Paragliding

One of the most popular destinations to do paragliding, paragliding should definitely be on your list of things to do in Himachal. Popular during the summers, you have two options for paragliding – a lower altitude glide that is brief and sweet and a higher altitude glide that is more adventurous and not for the faint hearted. For the latter, you need to take a gondola ride (cable car) and deboard at a point, trek for a few minutes from there and get ready f

Treks

You can have a glimpse of the scenic locations on boats, gliders, cabs and vehicles but nothing comes close to the personally feeling the soil beneath. Trekking in Himachal is one of the most enriching experiences ever and with every kilometer you cover, you learn something new about the place, the locals, the food, or yourself. Through jaw-dropping locales, green spreads of grasses and landscapes, clear blue skies and composed water streams, you will get close an

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