‘Himachal’ when literally translated means ‘the veil of snow’. This beautiful state in the Northern part of India is home to some of the most majestic show covered peaks of the Himalayas. Most of the best hill stations of the country are found in this mesmerizing little region of India. Those lofty mountains, those picturesque lakes and those wild and dense forests offer a large number of tourist places in Himachal Pradesh. So here is a short list of it some of the best places that you must visit at least once in your lifetime.
Chail is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It is home to the highest cricket ground in the world. This cricket ground is perched at an altitude of 2,250 m. It is well known for the Chail Palace that features great architecture. Chail is also a great place for hikers. It is surrounded by the forests of thick pine and gigantic deodars. Chail Sanctuary, Sadhupul, Chail Gurudwara and Kali ka Tibba are some other important attractions of this town.
The summer capital of British India is one of the most famous hill stations of India. Shimla leaves you mesmerized with its bewitching beauty, no wonder it is a great honeymoon destination of India. Not only newlywed couples but people who visit this city with their families fall in love with the mountains of Shimla. During summers a lot of crowd prefers to visit Shimla for its cool weather. Jakhoo Hill, Shimla State Museum, Summer Hill, Christ Church, Tara Devi Temple, Annandale, Shoolini Temple, Viceregal Lodge and The Ridge are some of the major attractions of this place. Shimla is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
Manali is another very important hill station situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful city is offers you a number of adventure sports activities like skiing and sees a huge number of crowd all through the year. Set at an altitude of 2,050 meters in the Beas river valley, Manali is a top rated tourist destination among honeymooners and ski enthusiasts. The city has a number of other attractions like Hadimba Temple, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Tibetan Monasteries, Vashist Hot Water Springs, Manu Temple, Nehru Kund, Bhrigu Lake and Kothi. Manali is another famous honeymoon spot in Himachal Pradesh.
Kullu is located on the banks of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley. It is best known for its temples, dramatic hills, pine trees and deodar forests. Kullu valley is nestled between the Pir Panjal, Lower Himalayan and Great Himalayan range. Raghunath Temple, Shringi Rishi Temple, Maha Devi Tirth Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Devta Narsingh, Raison, Shoja, Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Naggar, Hidimba temple and Kais Dhar are the major attractions of Kullu. This town is a very important tourist place in Himachal Pradesh.
Dharamshala is a city in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley. It is surrounded by dense coniferous forest. Dharamshala is also home to the holy Dalai Lama. The city is divided into two parts namely,Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. It remains an important tourist destination all through the year especially in summers as it provides relief from the harsh summers of North India. Naam Art Gallery, Monolithic Rock Temples, Bhagsu Waterfall, Bhagsunag Temple, Kangra Museum, Kunal Pathri Temple, Chamunda Temple and Dal Lake are its few important landmarks.
Great Himalayn National Park is spread over a large area of Kullu region in Himachal Pradesh. The areas of Sainj and Tirthan Valleys are very beautiful. You get to see the Great Himalayan Range and can enjoy the breathtaking creations of Nature. The park also promotes ecotourism, hiking and trekking. Its striking landscape even makes it a great holiday destination for couples.
McLeod Ganj is a suburb of Dharamsala. It is known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” as it is home to a large Tibetan population. The Buddhist site in the town is Tsuglagkhang or Tsuglag Khang, the Dalai Lama’s temple is the most important Buddhist site in this town. The Namgyal Monastery, theTibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Gompa Dip Tse-Chok Ling, theLibrary of Tibetan Works and Archives, Gangchen Kyishong, Mani Lakhang Stupa and Nechung Monastery are some of its major attractions.
Pin Valley National Park is one of the best national parks in North India. Often referred to as the Land of Ibex and Snow Leopards, this place gives you the opportunity to spot some Siberian ibex, weasel and bharal. This cold desert is a great holiday destination that every adventure lover must visit.
Kasauli is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district. It is a very important tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh. Kasauli is best visited for its surreal beauty. Baptist Church, Christ Church, Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanak Ji, Kasauli Brewery, Kasauli Club, Nahri Temple, Monkey Point and Beja State are its best attractions.
Kasol is a village in Himachal Pradesh, northern India. It is situated in Parvati Valley, on the banks of the Parvati River, on the way between Bhuntar to Manikaran. It is located 42 km east of Kullu and lies at an altitude of 1640 meters. Kasol is another major tourist place in Himachal Pradesh. It serves as a base camp for some of the moderate treks in Himachal Pradesh that include the Sar Pass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parvati Pass and Khiri Ganga. Kasol is one of the must visit tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
The picturesque Bhrigu Lake lies at an elevation of 4,235 meters. It is easily accessible on foot via Rohtang Pass and serves as a great trekking opportunity. It provides incomparable views of the Himalayas and provides one of the most scenic settings that you have ever seen.
Chandra Tal is a crescent shaped lake situated at an altitude of 4,300 meters on the barren landscape of the Samudra Tapu plateau. It is a sweet water lake and is accessible via Kunzum Pass. The best time to visit this place is during spring when the region is flooded with wild flowers and meadows.
Suraj Tal lies in the lap of the Bara-lacha-la Pass on the Manali-Leh Highway. It is situated at an elevation of 4,883 meters. It is the source of the Bhaga River that joins the Chandrabhaga River in Himachal Pradesh and thereafter meets the Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir. Suraj Tal serves as a great refreshing point for trekkers.