Himachal Pradesh: this name is very familiar to almost every person now. The scenic beauty and serene landscape of the state can make anyone fall in love with this place. Located in the western Himalaya, Himachal has several hill stations and most appropriate destination to find peace and feel the real essence of nature. Himachal Pradesh was initially limited to some pilgrims or spiritual destinations only. But from the last few years, tourism in the state has increased and all the credit goes to these famous places. So here is the list of 10 Best Local Places to Visit In Himachal. Have a look:
Whenever we think about Himachal, the first place that comes to our mind is Shimla. Shimla is a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh and is often called as the ‘The Queen of Hills’, Being the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is one of the top tourist places in India. This beautiful hill station is a perfect destination to spend great time with family and friends. The place is also a popular Honeymoon destination especially during winters. Either it is the short trek of Jakhoo Temple or the pleasure of malling at The Ridge, this place has many attractions for both the group travelers and the solo travelers.
Dalhousie is a scenic hill station situated in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful hill station is surrounded by snow peaked mountains and tall deodar trees. The place is situated in between Dhauladhar mountain ranges. Places like Ganji Pahadi, Dainkund Peak and Khajjiar, Noorwood are the main attractions of the state. Because of its cold climate, the place is popular as a Honeymoon destination. People can also enjoy trekking over these beautiful mountain ranges. The place has beautiful bungalows and churches. In short, Dalhousie is a haven for both wildlife enthusiasts and landscape photographers. There are companies like to meet my holiders who provide all kinds of packages and that too at affordable so that you can enjoy such beautiful places with minimum budget.
3. Bir Billing
If you’re an adventure seeker, Bir Billing is the place for you. Bir is a small village located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The place is blessed with some refreshing climate and beautiful sceneries. One can experience paragliding in the beautiful Himalayan valleys or can visit the gorgeous Buddhism monasteries in Bhattu and Choggan colony.
If you are looking for a place to detox your mind and body, then, Malana is the place for you. Malana is yet to explore place in Himachal and is a famous holiday destination for hipsters. It is also called the little Greece of India. Situated near the Kullu Valley, this place is surrounded by lush green dense forests. The place is perfect for Trekkers, Solo Travelers and anyone who wants to disconnect from the world.
5. Spiti Valley
Ideally known as the cold desert of Himalayas, Spiti valley is located in the north-eastern part of the Himachal Pradesh. Spiti valley is one of the most attractive places in North India. This place has been home to numerous Buddhists destinations for years. The place has a Dhankar monastery, Gue mummy and rock carvings. The best time to visit Spiti valley is May-July.
Kinnaur is one of the best attractions in Himachal Pradesh in this list. Known for its apples and it’s vibrant cultural, Kinnaur’s landscape is embellished with huge snow-clad mountains. The place is having Satluj, Baspa and Spiti river snaking through it. Kinnaur has many heritage sites like Kamru Fort, Nako Gompa, Kinnar Kailash, and hamlets. The place if perfect for activities like trekking and skiing. Since most of places are covered with snow for the whole year. So, the ideal time to visit Kinnaur is from June to September.
Chail is one of the untouched gems of Himachal Pradesh. The place is famous for the world’s highest cricket ground, Chail Palace and Kali Ka Tibba. Because of its higher altitude, it offers unparalleled views of lush greenery all around. The place offers pine forests views, mist-covered hills, and verdant valleys which attracts nature lovers and photography enthusiasts the most. Shimla and Kufri are the nearby places and if you are planning to trip to chail you can visit Shimla along with it. The place is perfect for Hikers, Bikers and for family trips.
Palampur is a beautiful hill station in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The place is famous for its tea gardens and zoo. The places have pleasant weather and thus the place is ideal to visit with family, children, and parents. You can visit Palampur anytime. The place offers slow-paced trek, visit to local villages, boat riding, visit to tea gardens. The nearby places to visit are Dharamshala and Mcleodganj.
Known as the Mini Israel of India, Kasol is based in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh. A place is a hub of stoners and hippies. Most of the people live in Malana are Israeli. Thus the Israeli influence can be easily seen in restaurants, cafes, food and in the architecture as well. Apart from that, the place is hamous for trek to Kheerganga and is on the way to Manikaran. One can’t miss the refreshing dip in the hot water spring as the perfect weather adds to its charm. The place is ideal for Backpackers and trekkers and the best time to visit is May and June.
Una is located at the foothills of Himalayas. In Himachal Pradesh where most of the districts are cold, Una is the hottest district of the state. The place is famous for its lakes and temples. Its major attraction is Chintpurni Temple, Sadashiv Temple, Dera’s and gurudwaras. The place is generally semi-hilly with low hills. Una can be visited at any time for the whole year. If you want to visit Una in summers, then you need to pack cotton clothes for sure. Along with Una, you can visit all the nearby places such as Pragpur, Hoshiarpur and Kangra.