Himachal Pradesh is situated in the western Himalayas, is bordered by states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west, Haryana on the southwest, Uttarakhand on the southeast, and Tibet on the east. It is the northern state of India. The Sanskrit meaning of this state name is – him means ‘snow’ and achal means ‘land’ or ‘abode’. The state is surrounded by majestic mountains, out of which some still challenge mankind to conquer them, the beauty of the land is beyond imagination. Shimla, one of the most captivating hill stations of India, is also the capital of the state. Not only Shimla Himachal Pradesh has several hill stations which are the most perfect destination to find respite from the scorching summer heat.
Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh, the summer capital of British India. This hill station offers spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges with lakes and rich greenery around. This hill will be consecrated stunning landscape and fresh climate all through the year for you. If you not will be distressed the ‘below zero’ temperature in winter.
Best time to visit: May to July, and November to January for snowfall.
Things to do: Jakhu hill and a visit to lord hanuman’s temple, enjoy shopping at the mall road, viceregal lodge.
Nearby famous places: Tattapani, Solan, Mashobra.
2. Kullu Manali
Kullu and Manali are also one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. The best destination for those people who are on a lookout for fresh air and green mountains amidst the snow-covered ranges then Kullu Manali indeed should be on the top of your list.
Best time to visit: May to July, November to January for snowfall.
Things to do: indulge in adventure sports at Solang valley, Manali bird sanctuary, go for trekking, camping, angling & river rafting in Kullu, visit the old temples.
Nearby famous places: Solang, Rohtang Pass, Manikaran, Malana, Khirganga.
3. Dharamsala – the Residence of the Dalai Lama
Dharamshala is a scenic city in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is also known as the residence of the Dalai Lama. The city is famous for its climate but also you get to see how multicultural Indian community lives in harmony with the Indo Tibetan community. Tourists visit here from all over the world to get a glimpse of Tibet and support the refugees.
Best time to visit: April to July, November to January for snowfall.
Things to do: boat rides at Dal Lake, Kangra Fort, Bhagsunath Temple, Bhagsu Falls, visit the various monasteries, the Kangra art museum, the Dalai Lama temple complex and see the magnificent tea plantation on the foothills of Kangra Valley.
Nearby famous places: Khajjiar, Bir Billing, Palampur.
4. Dalhousie – the Mini Switzerland of India
Dalhousie a beautiful town of Himachal Pradesh, which is spread across 5 hills near the Dhauladhar mountain ranges. It is a home of colonial-era buildings, included st. Francis and St. John’s churches. Some are fabulous places here, a trek up to dainkund peak leads to Pholani Devi Temple. And in the north, Subhash Baoli is a peaceful area with pine trees and panoramic views. Away from the noise of the city life, sit back and enjoy nature in Dalhousie.
Best time to visit: April to July.
Things to do: experience the magnificence of nature in the valley of Khajjiar which is called the Switzerland of India. Enjoy a charming walk or a trek in the beautiful terrain in the Dainkund Walk, Ganji Pahadi Walk, and Bakrota Walk. See the St. John’s church, the oldest church of the town carries the vast historical implication.
Nearby famous places: Dharamshala, Khajjiar, Kalatop.
5. Kasauli – the Gateway to Himachal Pradesh
Kasauli is a small town in the south-west area of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at an altitude of 1927 meters and like a few other places in Himachal Pradesh, reflects the influence of colonial rule. The town offers a spectacular view and this is also a well-known health resort which makes it a marvelous holiday place. It is recommended to stay here for a day to explore the place properly.
Best time to go visit: November to March, and December to January for snowfall.
Things to do: visit the Anglican church which was built during the British era. Visit the monkey point Sanjeevni Hanuman Temple, which is in the shape of a lord hanuman’s foot. Sanjeevni hanuman temple. Must visit the sunrise and the sunset point where you can witness the most beautiful sky. If you are fond of walking and exploring nature then do take the Gilbert trail.
Nearby famous places: Parwanoo, Solan.
6. Bir Billing – Peaceful Paradise
Bir is a hamlet located at the west of Joginder Nagar valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is a noted center for ecotourism, spiritual studies, and meditation. And is also home to a Tibetan refugee settlement with several Buddhist monasteries and a large stupa. But if you are an adventure seeker. Then bir can be a good destination for you. This place is especially known for adventure sports and it has to be on your list of places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.
Best time to visit: May to July.
Things to do: experience some adrenaline rush as you paraglide in the beautiful Himalayan valleys and camp amazing weather and safe surroundings. Sightseeing the gorgeous Buddhism monasteries in bhattu, Coggan and chauntra bhattu colony located in the center of the forest. Just around 10 km from bir billing is the beautifully carved 13th-century vaidyanath devoted to Lord Shiva. Enjoy a visit for the Palampur tea cooperative where you can attend a free tour to see the tea making process.
Nearby famous place: Dharamshala.
7. Malana – Feel High
Malana is a pristine Indian village in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This solitude village in the Malana Nala, a side valley of the Parvati valley to the north-east of Kullu valley, is isolated from the rest of the world. The peaks of chanderkhani and deo tibba shadow this beautiful village. The village provides spellbinding views of the deo tiba and chandrakhani crests.
Best destination for trekkers, solo travelers and anyone who wants to disconnect from the world for some time.
Best time to visit: The best time to go is May to August.
Things to do: be the witness some stimulating weather in this gorgeous village which is also called the little Greece of India. Enjoy panoramic scenes of the snow-clad Himalayas from the Chanderkhani pass and capture the mesmerizing beauty of kheer Ganga valley. Enjoy tracking through spectacular forests and across alpine pastures with tremendous views. Go for the pilgrim center Manikaran which has a hot water spring. Be a part of regional festivals in Malana village, with its idiosyncratic culture and customs.
Nearby famous places: Kasol, Manikaran, Tosh.
8. Kasol – Trek for the Happiness of Your Heart
Kasol is beautiful hill station at the district Kullu, northern India state Himachal Pradesh. Which is situated in Parvati valley, on the banks of the Parvati river, on the way between bhuntar and manikaran. Its located 30 km from bhuntar and 3.5 km from manikaran. This beautiful hill station is also called the little Israel of India. The place is just on the way to the holy town of manikaran.
Best time to visit: May and June.
Things to do: the best place for hiking in the jungle – follow the trails along the Parvati river. Go for tracking to Kheer-Ganga is mesmerizing where you can experience the hot water spring. Visit Parvati valley is an ideal trail for trekking also known as the ‘Stoner’s Paradise’.
Nearby famous places: Malana, Manikaran, Tosh, Khirganga.
9. Khajjiar – Heaven for Nature Lovers
Khajjiar is also one of the best hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for Kahjji Nag Temple, built in the 12th century, is dedicated to serpent god. Besides, the high-altitude Khajjiar lake is surrounded by cedar forest. In the west, there is a Kalatop wildlife sanctuary, which is home of many animals including deer and bears. At some distance to the west, Dalhousie is a hill station with mountain views, dotted with temples and 19th-century British churches. It can be a good holiday destination with friends and family.
Best time to visit: May to June.
Things to do: go for the Khajjiar lake and ground via the Bakrota hills from Dalhousie. Pay to visit the tribute to the Khajji Nag Temple which is one of the most ancient temples. Experience the serenity of local villages known for its apple orchards. Enjoy the mercerizing views of Mount Kailash which is believed to be the home to Lord Shiva.
Nearby famous places: Chamba, Kalatop, Dalhousie.