Top 15 Offbeat Places to Visit in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is one of the happiest places in India where you can spend your holidays. From the breathtaking natural beauty to the warm hospitality of the locals, theamazing features of the place makes it a popular tourist place.

1. The Adventures of Kullu

Lying at the banks of River Beas, Kullu is the perfect destination for a quiet vacation. Adventure lovers can try out trekking, mountaineering, angling, skiing, white water rafting and paragliding.

The well-known tourist spots of Kullu are:

  • Basheshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Bijli Mahadev Temple
  • Raghunathji Temple
  • Sultanpur Palace
  • Parvati Valley
  • Raison
  • Shoja
  • Karrain
  • Bathad
  • Jagatsukh
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2. The Smoky Hills of Manali

Manali is mystic and beautiful. Rejuvenate your soul at the banks of River Beas or with the cold splashes of natural spring water; snap some excellent photographs of the snowcapped mountains. Trekking, bike riding are the adrenaline boosters at the chilled weather of this hill station.

The popular tourist spots of Manali are:

  • River Beas
  • Beas Kund
  • Rohtang Pass
  • Solang Valley
  • Jogini Waterfall
  • Jana Falls
  • Hadimba Temple
  • Van Vihar National Park
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3. The Enchanting Environment of Shimla

Shimla was the summer capital of the British rulers due to the remarkable blend of lush greenery and snow white mountains.

Places to Visit in Shimla are:

  • Jakhoo Hills
  • Shimla State Museum
  • The Ridge
  • Summer Hill
  • Daranghati Sanctuary
  • Indian Institute of Advanced Study
  • Naldehra and Shaily Peak
  • Kufri
  • Christ Church
  • Annandale
  • Wild Flower Hall
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4. The Joyful Chamba

As you enter the Chamba Valley, the ripples of River Ravi greet you to the land of natural bliss.

Some important tourist spots of this holiday retreat are:

  • Khajjiar Lake
  • Chamera Lake
  • Manimahesh Lake
  • Church of Scotland
  • Chamba Central Lake
  • Rang Mahal
  • Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bhuri Singh Museum
  • AkhandChandi Palace

5. The Snow Garden of Dharamshala

Also, known as the Little Lhasa, Dharamshala is astounding with mountains on three sides and valley on one side.

Some of the tourist hotspots of the place are:

  • Triund
  • Dal Lake
  • Dharamkot
  • Bhagsu Waterfall
  • Bhagsunag Temple
  • Masroor Rock Cut Temple
  • Tea Garden
  • John Church
  • Dharamkot

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6. The Divinity of Dalhousie

Spread across five hills, Dalhousie is the best place to relax under the shadows of deodar, oak and pine.

Some of the best places to visit in Dalhousie are:

  • Dainkund Peak
  • Panchpula
  • Ganji Pahari
  • Sach Pass
  • Garam Sadak
  • SubashBaoli
  • Bakrota Hills
  • Katalope

7. The Scenic Beauty of Kangra

This place is different with its rich culture and history. The place has been mentioned in the Great Indian epic of Mahabharata.

Some of the historic spots of Kangra are:

  • Kangra Fort
  • Nadaun
  • Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake
  • Gopalpur Nature Park
  • Taragarh Palace
  • Nurpur
  • Indrahar Pass
  • Tatwani Hot Spring
  • Kareri Lake

8. The Magic of Kasauli

Kasauli is one of the well-known honeymoon destinations of India due to its solitude and serenity.

The top attractions of Kasauli are:

  • Monkey Point
  • Sunset Point
  • Patrick’s Church
  • Christ Church
  • Dagshai
  • Gurkha Fort
  • The Mall

9. The Warmth of Hamirpur

Are you scared of cold but in love with hill stations? Hamirpur matches your preference with its warm weather and numerous cliffs for trekking.

Some of the tourist hotspots of Hamirpur are:

  • Deotsidh Temple
  • SujanpurTihra
  • Awah Devi Temple
  • Bikleshwar Temple

10. The Charm of Parwanoo

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life into the pretty Parwanoo. Lying at the border of Haryana, Parwanoo is a popular tourist spot due to the

  • Mughal Gardens
  • Fruit Orchards
  • Kalka
  • Pinjore
  • Gurudwara Nada Sahib
  • Cactus Garden
  • Timber Trail

11. The Mushroom City of Solan

Solan gets this name for the wide cultivation of mushroom. Besides witnessing mushroom farming, you can trek here to get close to nature.

The highlights of Solan are:

  • Barog
  • Subathu
  • Chail
  • Jatoli
  • Rajgarh
  • Kuthar Fort
  • Majathal Sanctuary
  • Arki
  • Nalagarh

12. The Heritage of Pragpur

This quiet hamlet of Himachal was first honored as the Heritage Village of India. You can get spectacular views of Kangra Valley from here while the soothing climate heals you from within. The air of Pragpur is filled with the melodious tweets of birds; you can also enjoy some solitary moments fishing in the crystalline lake waters or trekking through the cliffs.

Also, you may visit

  • ChambaPattan
  • The Taal
  • The Judge’s Court
  • Jwalamukhi Temple

13. The Peach Bowl of Sirmaur

Taste some of the best peach at Sirmaur. This place is also scientifically significant. Lately, fossils aging almost 85 years have been found here.

Some of the top tourist spots here are:

  • Shivalik Fossil Park
  • Churdhar Peak
  • Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Mini Zoo
  • Nahan
  • Jaganath Temple
  • Trilokpur Temple
  • DaulaKuan

14. The Sports Capital of Taragarh

If you want some more excitement on your vacation, visit Taragarh. Lying at the foothills of Dhauladhar Mountains at an altitude of 1000 meters and encircled by 15 acres of lush greenery, this place boosts your adrenaline with paragliding and nature treks. You can also participate in the international paragliding and hang gliding competition held at Bir Billing.

Places to visit at Taragarh are:

  • Tashijong Monastery
  • Andretta Pottery Village

15. The Himalayan Gateway of Una

Located at a height of 1210 feet, Una is surprisingly a hot hill station.The attractions of the place lay in:

  • Amb
  • Bharwain
  • Pong Dam
  • GobindSagar Lake
  • Kutlehar Forts
  • Bramhauti Temple
  • Chintpurni Temple
  • DhunsarMahadev Temple
  • Bangana
  • Dera Baba Barbhag Singh

Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful states of India. Besides exploring its hill stations, you can also satisfy your taste buds here with spicy meat curry cooked with lot of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, red chilies and coriander leaves; which is served with hot rotis or steaming rice. The Food Festival of Dham attracts tourists from far and wide. From wooden handicrafts to handwoven shawls and pullovers, from local tweeds to Tibetan carpets, you have lot to fill your bags here. Hence enjoy a fulfilled vacation this winter at Himachal Pradesh.

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