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The Top 10 Places to Visit in Himachal Pradesh, India

Looking for a Holiday Tour Package to the best Hill stations of India, you must consider Himachal Pradesh which has the best Tourist friendly and the most beautiful places to visit in India. Himachal Pradesh with altitudes ranging from 350 metres to 7,026 metres (1,050 ft. to 21,000 ft.) above sea level is the most beautiful and peaceful state of India. It is a land of high mountain passes, deep valleys, fertile plains, vast grasslands, meadows, thick forests, barren mountain scapes full of breathtaking scenic beauty, with several spurs and sub-systems, where the Himalayas form the strong spine of the state. From the tea gardens of Dharamshala to the cold desert of the Spiti valley, nature presents striking contrasts here. For sheer geographical diversity, few places in the world are as richly endowed as Himachal Pradesh.

If you are looking for a North India Tour Package, you must have a look at the below list of the top 10 places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, India. These top 10 places are the combination of the most popular hill stations of Himachal Pradesh and the best off beat less explored tourist Destinations of Himachal, which offer breathtaking scenery and countless options of adventure sports and many other activities. The top 10 Places To visit In Himachal Pradesh are close to Nature and one can indulge in trekking, paragliding, skiing, mountaineering, golf, river rafting, ice skating, bird watching, cycling, motor biking, pony rides, water scooter rides, yoga, meditation and massage therapies.

List of the top ten (10) places to visit in Himachal Pradesh
1. Shimla Kufri and Chail

Shimla India’s former summer capital during The British Raj, is famous for its colonial heritage and pleasant Weather. Shimla is one of the top 10 places to visit in Himachal Pradesh and is a relaxed, hassle free tourist destination referred as The "Queen Of Hills". The beautiful landscape with stunning vista, romantic hill weather and thick forests of deodar, pine and rhododendron trees make it a perfect holiday destination for relaxing, trekking sightseeing and outdoor fun activities. Shimla has the best Colonial Architecture including the Christ Church, The Town Hall, Gaiety Theater and the Viceroy’s Lodge now known as the Indian Institute of advance studies at Shimla.

You just need to organise your tour through a reliable local tour operator, who’s destination planning can show you beyond the Obvious and provide Authentic Tourism Experience. One Such reliable local tour operator from Shimla is Summit Safari India "The travel Experts" which offers customise tours including Shimla Heritage and Nature walks, Shimla street food tours and Culinary cooking tours with locals in Shimla.

The top places to visit in Shimla includes Green valley actually is the Shimla water catchment area, Kufri, Jakhoo Temple, Jakhoo Ropeway, Army Heritage Museum, Scandal Point of Shimla, Sankat Mochan temple, Chadwick fall during Monsoon, Craignano Nature Park, Mashobra and Naldehra. A day trek to Shali Peak is highly recommended for people of all age groups who are found of walking, nature, and rural culture.

In the winters the entire town gets covered in Snowfall. Pedestrian-friendly Mall Road and the ridge aligned with cafes, multiple shops, and restaurants make it in the list of the top 10 places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

Kufri: In the Vicinity of Shimla famous for outdoor fun activities and romantic, beautiful mountain views is Kufri. The place attracts many tourists and during your tour to Kufri one can enjoy Pony rides, Yak Rides, visit to Mahasu peak, Himalayan Nature Park also known as Kufri Zoo, Indira Tourist Park will provide you a great ambience. Skiing in winters at Kufri is must to enjoy and Kufri Fun World is a place must to visit during your Shimla Holiday trip.

Chail: 45 kms from Shimla is a quiet hill station with many choices of hotels in every budget overlooking the mountains and valleys. The small hill town of Chail continues to retain its myriad charms with verdant cedar, rhododendrons forest alive with many species of animals and birds including Scottish red deer. Chail built over three hills with The Chail Palace and the world’s highest cricket ground ( 2,444 metres) is one of the highest cricket pitches and polo grounds in the world built in 1893 during the Raj.

Kaali ka Tibba, The Chail palace Hotel which was earlier was the palace of the Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh has been shot in many Bollywood Movies including the Three Idiots are a few sights to remember during your Shimla Kufri Chail tour in North India.

The bright pine forests in the lower altitudes to the dark cedars higher up in the Shivalik Hills just could leave you to relax and quiet in the depths of silence. Several easy walk in the wilderness and staying in Hotel Chail palace run by the tourism department of Himachal Pradesh makes Chail a right place to be with your family and loved ones.

You can go through our suggested Shimla Kufri Chail Mashobra Naldehra Tour Package, which is for 4 Nights / 5 Days and covers Shimla Kufri and Chail.

2. Kullu Manali and Solang Valley

Kullu and Manali: Magnificent Mountain views, Picturesque landscapes, alluring river Beas, Fruit Orchards, Terrace Farms, views of lush meadows, Waterfalls, enchanting valleys surprises the visitors with its beauty and is in the list of the top 10 places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Kullu Manali being the most popular hill stations Of India attracts tourists from all backgrounds including the honeymooners, adventure lovers, and Spiritual seekers all over the world.

Manali is further 45 kms from Kullu, the district headquarters. Manali in the footsteps of Rohtang pass is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti and also a place to start Manali Leh Manali Jeep Safari Overland Drive Tour Package. The newly built Atal Tunnel, below Rohtang Pass, with a length of 9.02 kms., is the longest tunnel above 10,000 feet in the world and is the new tourist attraction in Manali.

Tibetan Monasteries, Naggar Castle, Hadimba Devi Temple, Old Manali, Vashist village with Hot Springs, Club House, Van Vihar, Rohtang Pass, Atal Tunnel, Solang valley and Solang Rope way are a few sights to visit during your Kullu Manali Trip. The valley also provides great opportunities for trekking, hiking, water sports, rafting, paragliding, skiing, dirt bike rides, snow scooter rides. The slopes of Solang valley have become popular for skiing in winters.

Shimla Kullu Manali Tour Package for 5 Nights/ 6 Days is suggested for Couples, Families, as well as friends, covering the most popular hill stations of Himachal Pradesh.

3. Dharamshala, Mcleodganj, Palampur and Bir Billing

In the lap of Dhauladhar Himalayan Mountains which rises 14,000 feet, Dharamshala, Mcleodganj ,Palampur and Bir- Billing are next to each other in Kangra Valley one of Himachal’s most beautiful valley and are in the list of the top 10 places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

Dharamshala and Mcleodganj: Situated at a wonderful location Dharamshala is a Hill Station with great variations in altitudes, temperature and character, making it a hot favourite tourist destinations for many visitors. It is a beautiful and peaceful town spread at different levels surrounded by forests of Pine, Fir, Spruce, Oak and Cedar.

Mcleodganj, a charming Tibetan settlement with bustling bazaars, restaurants, cafeterias that sell delicious Tibetan food and handicraft shops with a giant prayer wheel ornaments the main street and in the monastery, a serene statute of Lord Buddha presides over the gentle chanting of the monks. His Holiness Dalia Lama - The Spiritual Head of Tibetan Buddhists reside in Mcleodganj and this has turned Dharamshala into the Buddhist Capital of The World.

The major attractions of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj are Namgyal Monastery, St. John’s Church, The Temple of Bhagsunath, Dal Lake, War Memorial, Kangra art Museum, Norbulingka Institute, Bagsu Nag temple, Naddi and Dharmokt Village. The beautiful International Cricket Stadium facing snow covered mighty Dhauladhar is worth visit in Dharamshala. Trek to Triund is highly recommended for nature lovers.

While visiting Dharamshala on must visit Masroor (45 kms)famous for the group of richly carved Monolith rock temples sculptured in splendid style of the Kailash temple at Ellora, dating back to the 8th century AD.s

Palampur: 35 kms from Dharamshala, Palampur is famous for Tea gardens producing the Kangra Valley tea. Surrounded by green tea Estates and forest of Pine and Deodars, Palampur has several interesting trails for travellers to trek. Neugal Khad, Andreta village once home to famous painter Sardar Sobha Singh and play writer Ms.Norah Richards. The village of Andreta is well known for pottery also.

Baijnath Shiva Tempe built in 804 AD is 16 kms from Palampur and is among the 12 Jyotirlings in the country. In between Dharamshala and Palampur is the sacred Hindu temple of Chamunda devi and is a major Shakti peeth and Dhauladhar Nature park and zoo at Gopalpur is one of the three recognized zoological parks in Himachal the other being in Renuka and Kufri in Shimla.

Bir and Billing: 34 Kms from Palampur is Bir a small pretty village famous for its Tibetian Monasteries, and Tibetan handicrafts, where the Billing(14 kms further from Bir) is most famous and popular paragliding sight of Himachal Pradesh. Take off is from Billing and landing site is in Bir. The place offers panoramic vistas of the undulating beauty of the Himalayan mountain ranges. One can enjoy Paragliding at Billing.

Complete Himachal Holiday Tour Package - 8 Nights / 9 Days, is highly recommended for travellers who want to visit the top 10 places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

4. Kalpa Sangla Chitkul in Kinnaur Valley

The shimmering blue water of Baspa and Sutlej River, the high mountain peaks covered with snow, The massive Mt. Kinner Kailash 6,050 metres, the rich culture, the warm hospitality of the people, the relaxing and peaceful life next to nature are sufficient incentives for a visitor to visit Kalpa Sangla and Chitkul villages in Kinnaur valley. Most of the places in these villages are still out of reach for a regular tourist and are the most popular Off Beat tourist destinations of India. The unspoiled beauty of the mountains and nature make Kalpa ,Sangla, Chitkul and Entire Kinnaur valley in the list of the top 10 places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

On the Himachal Tribal Circuit Route tremendously beautiful district Kinnaur with its headquarters at Recong Peo, is surrounded by the Tibet to the east, in the northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh. It is about 235 km from Shimla while travelling on the Hindustan Tibet Border Road. Ancient Hindu text have gone to the extent of placing the people of Kinnaur "The Kinner" as halfway between men and Gods. It is no wonder that a local tradition maintains that Kinnaur with all its beauty fell from the clouds as a gift from the Gods.

Relapsed into secluded splendor till the British governor general of India, Lord Dalhousie, set about creating the ambitious Indio-Tibet border road in 1850. From a narrow track, this grew to become the life line of the area. Given the proximity to Tibet, it is not surprising that there are strong cultural and religious links with that distinctive land. These have manifested themselves in dress, language, architecture, culture, customs and most visibly in religion. The religion of its people is remarkable mix of Hinduism and Buddhism. The main body of Hinduism has been embellished with several Buddhist practices. It is common to find images of the Buddha and other Deities and saints of Buddhism, with those of Hindu Gods. One can see Hindu gods being worshipped side by side with Buddhist deities in Buddhist and Hindu temples.

Discover the Himalayan culture through the journey of discovery on the Himachal Tribal Tour Packages

Kinnaur stretching down on both the sides of Sutlej River which rises from the Tibet is divided into upper and lower valleys. The lower valley includes Roopa, Bhaba, Kalpa and the famous Sangla valley, whereas the upper valley includes Spello, Kanum, Puh, Nako, Hango valleys. The upper Kinnaur valley resembles Spiti valley in both climate and culture.

The massive Mt. Kinner Kailash 6,050 metres, the dazzling sights of Kalpa, Nako, Sangla, Rakcham, Chitkul, Bhaba valley, shimmering blue water of Baspa and Sutlej River, the high mountain peaks covered with snow, the rich culture, the warm hospitality of the people, the peaceful life are sufficient incentives for a visitor to this area.

From Home stays to guest houses, from the hotels to fixed tented accommodations- to name a few are the Hotel Prakash Regency Sangla, Kinner Camps Sangla, Rupin River View Rakcham, Kinner Villa Kalpa, Kinner Camps Nako and the Hotel Lake view Nako provide great food, service while staying close to nature.

5. Spiti valley and Chandra Taal Lake

Spiti Valley: Extremely beautiful mountain landscapes, far away from urbanity and "crowds of tourists" - Spiti is throughout the year assessable throughout the year from Shimla (450 kms) the state capital of Himachal Pradesh, through the beautiful Kinnaur valley (Sangla Kalpa Nako). This entire route covers the best off the beat tourist destinations of India including the visit trough the famous Kinnaur valley and visiting Sarhan, Sangla, Chitkul, Kalpa, Nako on a road trip Enroute.

The Buddhist monasteries perched hundreds of feet above the sea level, the high mountain passes, beautiful lake of Chandra Taal, the snow melted Spiti river, the Himalayan wildlife including the Snow leopards, the high altitude glaciers, village houses with colorful prayer flags inscribed with holy chants, Chortens at the village boundary along with the piles of "Mani" stones, tribal peoples with rich traditions make Spiti valley and Chandra Taal lake among the top 10 Places to Visit in Himachal Pradesh, India.

The world’s Highest Village Comic (Komic), The Worlds’ Highest post office at Hikkim, The state of Buddha overlooking the High Himalayas at Langza village, Kaza, Key Monastery, Dhankar Village, Tabo Monastery, Pin Valley, The Mummy of Gue, Kibber wildlife sanctuary with good sightseeing of Snow leopards in winters are among the top visited sites in Spiti Valley.

Chandra Taal Lake: The Crystal Clear Chandra Taal Lake, below the Kunzum pass is a perfect destination to rediscover yourself and one can enjoy the nature at its best. The sunlight’s reflecting on the surface of the lake leave you astounding, as the lake and the nearby mountains keeps changing the colors from dark bluish to reddish to blue to emerald green as the day ends. At night the reflection of the stars and the moon in the water is another sight not to be missed.

Vast stretches of green meadows with many wildflowers blooming out make Chandertaal Lake and Spiti Valley the best Off beat destination in Himachal Pradesh for camping, relaxing and spending time in nature with your loved ones.

It is advisable to travel from Shimla to Kinnaur valley ( Sangla, kalpa, Nako) and then head towards Spiti Valley. Once you exit Spiti Valley, you can visit Chandra Taal Lake before arriving and ending your trip at Manali rough the newly built Atal Tunnel or over the Rohtang pass. Other alternative routes starts from Manali to Spiti valley but remain close for 7 months in a year due to heavy snowfall on Kunzum pass and do not provide sufficient time to acclimatize properly to the travellers travelling from Manali to Spiti.

June to September fixed tented accommodation is available near the Chandra Taal Lake provided by the locals of the valley.

For more tour details you can check our Spiti Valley Tour Holiday Adventure Package, for 8 Nights / 9 Days.

6. Kasol

Near to Kullu Manali, 42 kms from Bhuntar in the scenic Parvati valley by the banks of Parbati river is the tiny village of Kasol famous for lush greenery and tranquility. Once a popular destination among the Israeli backpackers have now became popular among the nature lovers, trekking enthusiasts, spiritual seekers a hot rural destination to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Very quickly it has made its place in the list of top 10 places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

The villages around Kasol and the beautiful sights of Parbati Valley will make your Kasol trip blissful and you would never want to leave this place, as it will take your mind and soul to relax closer to nature. There's so much to absorb in the valley of Kasol that you can't get enough. Sightseeing to Manikarn, trek to Malana, Tosh village and Kheer Ganga are some of the adventure activities loved by the people of all age groups. Here you can stay in river side camps, hotels and Guest house, which provide great stay from luxury travellers to the bag packers. You have a variety of choice to try from the local Himachali food to the Israeli food.

Kasol being a year-round destination, can be visited in any season including the winters or monsoon, being Summers April to June and from October to November the best months to visit Kasol.

7. Tirthan, Jibhi and Shoja

Near to Kullu Manali, just below the Jalori Pass, still hidden from crowds of tourist where you can De-stress yourself from your day to day hectic life and relax in the tranquillity of pristine nature. Tirthan is a less explored Valley famous for many traditional villages including Gushani, Nagini, Jibhi, Shoja and the Wildlife of Great Himalayan National Park. The wooded forests, rivers, streams and meadows dotted with many wild flowers provide a quiet break for those who just want to absorb Nature’s bounty and these places are in the list of top 10 places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

For a feel of the rural life, still untouched by the modern lifestyle you must plan Shoja Jalori Pass Jibhi and Tirthan Valley Tour Package – Week long holiday trip with Jalori Pass Serolsar Lake Trek - 6 Nights / 7 Days.

Tirthan Valley derives its name from the "Tirthan River" that flows through the valley and is famous for Trout Fish Farming. Tirthan, Jibhi and Shoja are one of the best offbeat destinations in North India, close to Kullu Manali and are in the list of top ten (10) places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Tirthan Valley derives its name from the "Tirthan River" that flows through the valley and is famous for Trout Fish Farming. Tirthan, Jibhi and Shoja are one of the best offbeat destinations in North India, close to Kullu Manali and are in the list of top ten (10) places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, India.

The entire valley however offers an unforgettable experience for those who love to unwind in the lap of nature; what’s better than the days spent walking around the villages, noticing the rural lifestyle of the locals and enjoy the serenity of the majestic Himalayas with rivers flowing in the valley. Dense coniferous forests and sprawling alpine meadows makes it a picture perfect place where even you do not require doing anything else, rather than sitting in the lap of nature, overlooking the river, mountains and the traditional houses offering spectacular vistas. The valley is also one of the best bird watching destinations in Himachal Pradesh.

These valleys and villages has something to offer for everyone. The valley is ideal for trekking, fishing, wildlife viewing, bird watching, cycling and Motor biking. Shoja is also a base for trek to Jalori pass, Khanag, pana, Takrasi and Serolsar Lake which is a favourite choice of photographers, nature lovers and people looking for soft adventure. From Home Stays to Traditional Hotels like Sunshine Himalayan Cottages there's a variety of accommodation to stay close to nature.

8. Dalhousie and Khajjiar

Dalhousie : An amazing and famous Hill Station in North India and Khajjiar popularly known as the “Mini Switzerland Of India” are in the list of the top ten (10) places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, India. Established by Lord Dalhousie in 1850, today its churches, heritage sights, Mall Road, Cafes, heritage hotels all remind you of its colonial past. Plunging pine-clad valleys, distant mountain views of Dhauladhar Himalayas, Marvellous forest trails, waterfalls, springs, make ridge-top Dalhousie a perfect holiday destination for families, friends or couples.

Best Places to visit in Dalhousie are Khajjiar, Panchpulla, Chamera lake, Satdhara Falls, St. Patrick’s Church, Kalatop Sanctury, Bakrota Hills, ganji pahari, Tibetian market, St. John Church, Subash Baoli. A day trip to Laxmi Narayan temple Chamba can be taken from Dalhousie.

Khajjiar: Set against the backdrop of dense pines, deodars and lush green meadow, Khajjiar is exquisitely nestled down in the foothills of the imposing Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas. The dish-shaped Khajjiar provides a panoramic and breathtaking perspective to visitors.

Khajjiar was officially baptized by the Swiss Ambassador on July 7, 1992 and as per records, a stone was taken here and forms part of the stone sculpture erected in Berne, capital of Switzerland.

9. Tattapani and Naldehra

Lesser known tourist spot near Shimla, located on the right bank of river Sutlej, Tattapani (51 kms) famous for its Lake, water sports and the thermal Spa with natural hot Sulphur Spring Water Pools which can be enjoyed at its best at the Hotel Hot Spring Tattapani. Tattapani a great place to relax and enjoy nature in Himachal, is a great choice to travel with suitable for couples, families and friends. You can extend you Shimla Holiday Tour and must visit Naldehra and Tattapani on the Shimla Naldehra Tattapani Family Luxury Holiday Tour Package - 4 Nights / 5 Days.

In between Shimla and Tattapani, under the Cedar trees is a pretty picnic spot of Naldehra famous for its Golf Course and Pony Rides.

Enjoying the hot Sulphur Springs, Trekking, cycling, water sports including rafting, speed boat rides, water scooter rides are among a few activities that you can enjoy here with the cool pleasant weather of the mountains all that make’s Tattapani and Naldehra in the list of top ten (10) places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, India. Mol Mahunag temple, Chindi and Karsog valley can also be explored from Tattapani, while staying a couple of Nights at the Luxury Hotel Hot spring Tattapani, overlooking the Lake.

10. Narkanda, Hattu Peak and Thanedhar

Narkanda: 64 kms from Shimla, situated at 9,000 feet, commands exquisite views of Snowline and has good ski slopes during January and Februray. The Hattu peak 3,400 metres/ 11,154 feet with the Wooden carved temple dedicated to Goddess Kali rises over this small town. The entire route to Hatu Peak passes through thick forests. The views of the snow capped mountains and the valleys below with terrace farms and apple orchards are quiet amazing and that’s why is in the list of one of the top 10 places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

Thanedhar: Near Narkanda lies Himachal's Apple growing heartland and the villages of Kothgarh and Thanedhar. A few kilometers in between Narkanda and Thanedhar is Tanni Jubbar Lake with a traditional temple dedicated to Nag Devta, which are worshiped in many parts Himachal.

One can consider Shimla Kufri Narkanda Holiday Tour Package - 4 Nights / 5 Days covering the Narkanda and Thanedhar. With many hotel accommodations available in the area,the Himalayan Retreat Agyaat Vaas, near Hatu Peak Narkanda and the Orchard Retreat at Thanedhar are unique in sense of comfort with staying close to nature or staying in an apple orchard.

Trek to Jau Bag from Hatu Peak or Agyaat Vaas Narkanda is highly recommended.

Summit Safari India is a reliable tour operator based in Shimla Himachal Pradesh providing you expert advice, tailor -made itineraries and around-the-clock support. We as a local tour operator in Himachal Pradesh are committed to provide the best travel deals on hotels and Himachal tour packages. We provide great service and a great value to you on your wonderful Himachal Tour Package covering the top 10 places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

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