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 Visit in Himachal.

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Top tourists places to visit in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla

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

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

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

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.

Kasauli

Kasauli is a picturesque hill stations in 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.

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.

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Top Places to Visit in Manali

Manali is the gorgeous hill station situated in the northern end of Kullu Valley. With splashing rivers, water streams and lofty mountains, Manali is one of the top honeymoon destinations and also the popular tourist places to experience Himachal Pradesh tourism. Situated at an altitude 2050 meters, Manali is famous for the adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, Paragliding, rafting, kayaking, and mountain biking. Hidimbi Devi Temple, Vashist Temple & Hot Water Springs, Manu Temple, Solang Valley and Rohtang pass are the prime attractions and the top places to visit in Manali. Typically, 2-3 days is required to explore best Manali Tour Packages. Manali is famous as a Honeymoon destination.

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Hidimbi Devi Temple

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Hidimbi Devi Temple is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi. Built in 1553 by Raja Bahadur Singh, it is one of the prime and the important places to visit in Manali. Built in pagoda style, the temple does not contain any idol but just a footprint on a stone. With 24 meter high tower, the top conical roof is in metal and the other three square-shaped floors are roofed with timbre tiles. A rope hangs down in front of the rock,and according to a legend,in bygone days religious zealots would tie the hands of “sinners” by the rope and then swing them against the rock.

Vashist Temple & Hot Water Springs

Vashist temple is one of old temple and the top places to visit in Manali. Decorated with excellent and beautiful carvings on wood, there is a black stone image of Rishi wearing dhoti is present inside the temple. Believed to be more than 4000 years old temple, the interior of this temple is rather traditional which is ornamented with antique painting and figures. One of the major attractions of this region is the Vashist Hot Water Spring, is believed to have medicinal value which cures many skin diseases.

Manu Temple

Situated on the banks of River Beas, Manu Temple is a magnificent temple dedicated to the sage Manu who is said to be the creator of the world and the writer of Manusmriti. Built in pagoda style, the temple is one of the major places to visit in Manali and attracts large of tourists from different parts of the world. Rebuilt in 1992, one has to walk through the slippery stone paths of old Manali for about 200 meters to reach the temple. The temple is one of the prime attractions in Manali and is believed to be the same place where sage Manu meditated after stepping on earth.

Rohtang Pass

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Rohtang Pass is a high mountain on the eastern Pir Pangal Range of the Himalayas. Placed at a height of 4111 meters, it is one of the stunning and the beautiful tourist places to visit in Manali. Offers a panoramic and the mesmerizing Mountain View, it is the best place to experience snow in summer season and famous place for adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh. The pass is on the watershed between the water basins of the Chenab River and the Beas River.

Solang Valley

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Solang Valley is one of the well-known places to visit in Manali. Placed at a height of 8500 feet, the place offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding snowcapped mountains and glaciers. The two main activities organized here are Skiing and Paragliding. In winter, the valley becomes a skiing paradise with children of all ages slipping and sliding over the fresh white snow. In summer, it has facilities for paragliding, zorbing, mountain biking and horse riding.