Popular Attractions in Magical Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful Hill States situated in India. Dense alpine forests, frosty snow clad peaks, deep gorges, verdant valleys, meandering rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, ancient temples and magnificent monasteries make Himachal is one of the top places to visit in India and also one of the best summer destinations in India. Shimla, Manali, Lahul, Kullu, Dharmashala, Dalhousie, Kasauli and Mcleod Ganj are the top places to experience Himachal Tourism at its best. This north Indian state also provides several amazing opportunities like trekking, mountaineering, paragliding, skiing, golf, river rafting and ice skating.

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Shimla

Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and also one of the most enchanting hill stations in India. Lies at an altitude of 7238 feet, Shimla is popularly referred as the ‘Queen of Hills’ and also one of the best tourist places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. This lovely hill station was developed by the British as their summer capital. The Kalka – Shimla toy train is also one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The Ridge, Mall Road, Vice Regal Lodge, Christ Church, Annandale, Chadwick Falls, Jakhu Hill, Kufri, Fagu Resort and Narkanda are the famous Shimla tourist places to visit. As Shimla weather is pleasant, tourists can visit throughout the year.

Manali

Manali is a stunning hill station nestled in the northern Himalayas near Kullu Valley. Located at an altitude of 2050 m, Manali is known for its snowcapped mountains, scenic beauty, history and culture. Often referred to as the ‘Valley of the Gods’, Manali is among the popular places to visit in Himachal and also one of the top summer getaways in India. Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Hidimba Temple, Bhrigu Lake, Vashist Temple, Manu temple, Naggar Castle and Manikaran are the top tourist places to visit in Manali. Renowned as one of the famous Honeymoon destinations in India, Manali offers adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, Paragliding, rafting, kayaking and mountain biking. Manali weather is predominantly cold during winter and moderately cool during summer.

Kullu

Kullu is a beautiful valley situated between the majestic Himalayas and river Beas in Himachal. Known as ‘Valley of Gods’, Kullu is one of the largest valleys in Himachal and also a popular place to experience Himachal Tourism. It is one of the best spot for adventure sports and offers some activities like trekking, river rafting, mountaineering, paragliding and hiking. Manikaran, Malana, Bijli Mahadev, Kasol, Kheer Ganga, Katrain, Kangra and Great Himalayan National Park are the major tourist places to visit in Kullu.

Dharamsala

Dharamsala is a smart hill station in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of 1,475 m, Dharmashala is the gateway to the Kangra valley. It is known as Little Lhasa or Dhasa, because of its large population of Tibetans and Buddhist Monasteries. It is one of the popular summer getaways in North India and also one of the popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala consists of two distinct parts – Lower Dharamsala and Upper Dharamshala. Lower Dharamsala is a bustling civil and commercial center whereas Upper Dharamshala, known more commonly as McLeod Ganj, is the seat of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Chamunda Temple, Dalai Lama Temple, Namgyalma Stupa, Bhagsunath Temple, Norbulingka Institute, Gyuto Monastery and Indru Nag are some of the prime tourist attractions in Dharmashala.

Dalhousie

Dalhousie is a scenic hill station located in Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by snow peaked mountains, Dalhousie is one of the top places to visit as part of Himachal tourism packages. Dalhousie is known for its pleasant climate and charming beauty surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains. Ganji Pahari, Dainkund Peak, Khajjiar, Bara Pathar temple, St. Patrick Church, Satdhara Falls, Kalatop Sanctuary and Panchpula, are the top places to visit in Dalhousie. Garam Sadak, Jhandri ghat, Moti tibba and Sach pass are the ideal trekking places in Dalhousie.

Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayan Mountains in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. Spiti Valley is the cultural center for Buddhists. Spiti is home to some of the highest villages, oldest monasteries and the most stunning landscapes. Kye Monastery and Tabo Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world are situated in Spiti Valley. Kye Monastery is the oldest training center for monks, founded by Dromton, a famous disciple of teacher Atisha in the 11th century AD. Kunzum Pass, Chandratal Lake, Dhankar Monastery, Suraj Tal Lake, Dhankar Lake and Pin Valley National Park are the popular places to visit in Spiti Valley.

Kasauli

Kasauli is a picturesque hill station in the Solan district of Himachal. It is well known for its pristine and unspoiled natural beauty. The name Kasauli came from Kausalya, a mountain stream which flows between Kasauli and Jabli. Kasauli is quite cheapest hill station compared to popular Himachal hill stations like Shimla & Manali. Christ Church, Monkey Point, Lower and Upper Mall, Sanawar, Sabathu Fort are some of the major places of sightseeing in Kasauli. Kasauli weather is pleasant in April to June and from September to November.

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