A state with magnificent beauty and charm, Himachal is picture perfect with clear and serene lakes, majestic mountains, spiritual calling, ancient temples and happy-go-lucky people who redefine innocence. Indeed, the name of the state is a reference to its setting; Himachal means “snowy slopes”. Home to some of the best locations across the globe, the state boasts of remarkable tourist destinations like Spiti Valley, Bir Billing, Dalhousie, Manali, Tirthan Valley, Dharamshala to name just a few.
A true paradise on earth, Himachal invites tourists all-round the year. The natural beauty of Himachal along with the hills and valleys are sure to add a tranquil feeling to your holiday while the pilgrimages make it serene and divine.
The state is also renowned for its stringently implemented eco-friendly environment, a heart-warming culture as well as adventure sports, and a variety of fairs, festivals, and celebrations throughout the year. It is famously known as a destination for all reasons and all seasons. Here is our list of the 6 best places to fuel your wanderlust.
Spiti valley – Offbeat. Off-road. Of Course!
Gear up for long winding roads and valleys that present remarkable previews of cold desert and snow-crowned mountains as you set foot into Spiti Valley. With its mystical topography, its breath-taking monasteries and amazing trekking routes, Spiti valley is a quaint place to visit. But keep in mind that the average temperature during winters in this region is a harsh -30 degrees celsius whereas, during summers, one can enjoy the pleasant weather with the temperature ranging between 15 to 20 degrees.
Best time to visit – May and June
Things to see – Chandra Taal, Pin Valley National Park, Dhankar lake, Komik, Kungri Monastery.
Bir Billing – Adventurous. Adrenaline Rush. Above All.
If you love adventure, this is the place to be! For all adventure seekers, Bir Billing is the mecca for adventure sports and it has to be on your list of the top places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Refreshing climate, clean air and an adrenaline rush awaits you. Get set to take off!
Best time to visit – May-July
Things to see and do – Paragliding, Buddhist monasteries in Bhattu, Choggan and Chauntra Bhattu, Palampur Tea Cooperative.
Dalhousie – Spectacular. Splendid. Scenic.
Dalhousie is yet another hill station in Himachal Pradesh which just lets you be. Relax and de-stress in its serene and tranquil troposphere. Away from the hustle-bustle of the city life, sit back and enjoy the nature in Dalhousie, one of the top places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Bounded by snow-capped peaks, and interspersed by lakes and waterfalls, it is known as the Little Switzerland of India.
Best time to visit – June to September
Things to do and see – Panch Pulla, Chamara Lake, Satdhara Falls; Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, St John Church.
Manali – Magnetic. Majestic. Mesmerizing.
Get your bags ready for one of the most popular, beautiful and awe-inspiring hill stations in India. Its natural beauty has ensured it has become one of the most visited hill stations and is a favourite destination for couples and honeymooners. Scenic beauty, serene landscape, and adventure sports, this hill station offers it all to you.
Best time to visit – Mid-April to Mid-July, Mid-September to Mid-October, and over Christmas–New Year.
Things to do and see – Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Hadimba Temple, White Water Rafting, Trekking.
Dharamshala – Divine. Devotional. Deep.
Time to get a spiritual high, time to visit the second winter capital of Himachal Pradesh. Famed as the holy residence of the Dalai Lama, Dharamshala definitely has to be on your list of best places to visit in the state. With a wonderful climate, get ready to also see how the multicultural Indian community lives in harmony with the Indo Tibetan community.
Best time to visit – April to June, October to March.
Things to do and see – Dharamsala Cricket Ground, St John in the Wilderness Church, War Memorial, Gyuoto Monastery, Tea Gardens, Tsuglagkhang, Mcleodganj (where the Dalai Lama resides).
Tirthan Valley – Pristine. Picture Perfect. Placid.
The unparalleled beauty and the simplicity of this place is sure to leave you awestruck. Lush green valleys, virgin waterfalls, natural springs, and wildflowers will call you again and again to Tirthan Valley. A must visit in Himachal, the pleasure and the happiness felt here is hard to describe.
Best time to visit – March to June & October to November.
Things to do and see – Trek, Pekhri Village, Birding, Angling/Fishing, Serolsar Lake.