What can be more magical than letting your eyes witness the ethereal beauty and the musical charm of mighty snowcapped peaks? Call it heaven on Earth or the magical beauty of nature Himachal Pradesh paves its soothing way and is truly every traveler’s fantasy world.
Himachal Pradesh has always been the most loved destination throughout the country and across the world. It is a perfect place for souls finding peace in the lap of nature. The sight of fresh snow is a bonus for nature lovers.
At A Glance – Introduction
Himachal Pradesh is a state on the north; it is bordered with Punjab on the west, Haryana on the southwest, Uttarakhand on the southeast, and Tibet to its east and mainly new declared Union Territory Jammu and Kashmir on the north.
Himachal Pradesh is an easily accessible state of Hills in India. Popularly known as the “Land of Gods” or “Abode of Snow” have some of the magnificent views of Himalayas, with snow-clad peaks, gushing rivers, fruit-laden orchards, the state is a home to some of the gorgeous hill stations, resorts, traveling schools, and research centers making it the most desirable tourist destination.
Let’s discover and celebrate more than only places to visit but also explore the culture, traditions music, lifestyles and, cuisines.
The journey to Himachal Pradesh and must-see/visit places cannot begin without mentioning the state capital “Shimla.”
1. Shimla –
Himachal Pradesh two most sought after tourist hill station. The Queen of the hill, the Himachal’s capital is one of India’s most popular hill destinations. The capitals of the state have always shown its charm in all the seasons. It’s a perfect place to escape into and mesmerized by the climates, beauty, heritage, cuisines, ice-skiing, lush green scenic beauty.
The capital of the state has some of the rich heritage with British colonial buildings like – Indian Institute of Advanced Science, Christ Church, and Wildflower Hall. Bustling bazaar with other places like The Mall, Carter Road, Sunset point, Jakhoo Temple and the Ridge are some places of attractions.
- Places like – Kufri, Narkanda, and Chail which are nearby places which have always been a delight to trekkers
2. Kullu and Manali –
After exploring the Queen of hills, let’s take a ride to an adventurous and stunningly famous place for trekkers – Kullu and Manali, a place that has a lot to offer you. Manali is India’s adventurous playground. Manali is a bohemia town that is often referred to as “Goa of North” where all the backpackers/ trekkers/tourists/ bikers head and use as a base for their further journey.
The place is decorated with green emerald meadows, dense forest with trees including pine, apple, and deodar. It has some of the beautiful plum and pear orchards in the laps snow-clad peaks. Places like – Hadimba Temple, Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art, Madhar, Von Nagri Institute, Manu Rishi Temple, Vashisht falls, Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Bhrigu Lake, Hampta Pass and many to explore are the best adventure and tourists spot to embrace nature awestruck beauty.
Places in Kullu that are must-visit:
- Great Himalayan National Park – Featuring four valleys, Tirthan valley, Sainj Valley, Jiwa Nal Valley, and Parvati valley, Great Himalayan National Park is one of the topmost tourist attraction in Kullu. The scenic beauty and forest is home to more than 181 species of birds and 31 species of mammals.
- Manikaran (Manikaran Gurudwara) – Located in the Parvati Valley and known as an important pilgrimage destination both for Hindus and Sikhs. The hot springs, beautiful surroundings, religious calmness attract many people from far and wide.
- Friendship Peak – this place is among the favorites for all the trekkers. This peak will take you on the journey through beautiful Solang Valley, dense forests, gushing rivers, pine and oak trees, colorful orchards and beautiful chirpings of birds.
- Chandrakhani Pass – stand tall at the height of 3600 meters in the Parvati Valley, the Chandrakhani pass is again one of the favorite paradise places for all the trekkers and adventurous people. It’s a paradise in itself with massive mountains and valleys in the backdrop.
- Bhrigu Lake – situated at an altitude of 14000 feet which gives an incredible view of snow-clad mountains. It is one of the perfect places for a weekend trip.
- Bhuntar & Naggar – Bhuntar and Naggar both the towns are best retreats in Kullu where one can spend as many days as one wants too in embracing the scenic beauty and nature around.
3. Kinnaur –
Kinnaur is situated about 235 km from Shimla and 358 km from Manali. The existence of the culture of different sorts, a fusion of Hinduism and Buddhism and preserved by its people reflects in the modern era. People visit Kinnaur to see the Kinner Kailash, believed to be the home of Lord Shiva.
There are many other villages in the vicinity of Kinnaur District such as:
- Kalpa Village – Kalpa village is famous for its Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples. Kinnaur village is tucked amidst the apple orchards and pine trees.
- Sangla Village – Sangla village offers many stunning moments and scenic views right from nature walks to trekking, Kinnaur woolen shawls to traditional jewelry, it has a lot to explore and embrace.
- Chitkul Village – This village is the last inhabited village. It is situated close to Indo – Tibet border and is currently inhabited by the Tibetan settlements. The drive towards the chitkul village will bring you across the old “Mathi Devi Temple”
4. Lahaul and Spiti district –
Lahul and Spiti is a place of Epic landscape under the soaring skies. Keylong (Lahaul’s capital) is on the summer-only mountain highway to Ladakh.
To the west, the fascinating, little-visited Pattan and Pangi Valleys are an explorer’s delight. To the east, a rough jeep track leads over the soaring Kunzum La into Spiti, Himachal’s ‘mini-Ladakh’. Places to visit in Lahul and Spiti district areas –
Finest Time to Visit Himachal Pradesh –
The summertime of April to June is perfect to check out Himachal Pradesh and owing to the delightful weather; this season draws in the maximum number of travelers. The winter season of October to February is extremely cold and you may face severe conditions.
In July to September, the state receives heavy rainfall, which changes it into lavish green heaven; however, it may limit you as a lot of traveler attractions closed down during monsoons.
Ways to Move About Himachal Pradesh –
A private taxi is the best way to walk around. Be sure to go with an experienced motorist who can deal with the zip zap zoom through the narrow and curvy uneven roadways. If you come across a local state bus, get on; an enjoyable discussion with the Himachali individuals and some ‘pahadi’ folk music in the background will ensure an enjoyable experience.
- One should always carry sunscreen, moisturizers, and lotions, and also things like Caps and sunglasses are recommended to protect from the sun.
- Woolen clothes are important when visiting Himachal, as some areas are chilly even during the summer. Appropriate winter shoes and boots must also be carried to ensure a hassle-free trip.
- If you’re planning to explore adventure sports and trekking, appropriate shoes, gear, clothing, and backpacks should be taken along.
- Always carry a bottle of water or two while touring.
- Camera batteries, cell-phone, and extra battery chargers.
- Proper working SIM cards and Extra Sims.
- Id proof and essential documents should be carried along safely as well.
To wrap I would say that, Himachal’s unmatched beauty can’t be contained through our mortal eyes, but experiencing the grandeur of this destination might just get us closer to feel the magical essence of this holiday spot in India.
“This is Himachal Pradesh…!!!”, so pack your luggage, travel, trek, and hike, plunge into yourself, challenge your limits and let yourself get free, learn nature’s wisdom, blossom yourself. Let’s travel!