Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh

The state of Himachal Pradesh is definitely for all who want to get peace from the busy city life. It is filled with many hill stations due to the high location of this state and valleys of the great mountain ranges. If you want the green valleys, tea plantations, quaint hamlets, gompas or monasteries, muddy road trails, or snow – capped mountains or even adventure sports, they are all here in the top hill stations of Himachal Pradesh.

Here we mentioned the list of best hill stations in Himachal Pradesh are:

1. Kufri

Popular for the winter white snowfall the hill station has now developed into an adventure enthusiasts favorite destination. You can go for skiing here and witness the beauty of the Great Himalayas and capture it on your camera. Moreover, there are several other things to do here including go-karting, and flying fox.

Major Attractions:

  • Kurfi Fun World
  • Himalayan wildlife zoo
  • HPTDC winter sports festival

Best time to visit:

April - June and November - March

2. Khajjiar

This quaint town in Dalhousie is well known as a popular tourist attraction in India. It comprises of picturesque landscapes, jungles, lovely lakes, and gives a serenity to the entire place including its hilly and forest surroundings. The best thing about this place is you can visit anytime in the year it is the same.

Major Attractions:

  • Khajjiar Lake
  • Golden Devi Temple
  • Kalatop wildlife Sanctuary

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year

3. Tirthan Valley

This popular valley of Himachal Pradesh is one of the best hill stations in North India. It is such an amazing scenery with waters and rocks filled with greenery. It is great for both the nature lovers and peace seekers and adventure enthusiasts alike. There are various adventure activities conducted here and it is situated only 3 kilometers from Great Himalayan National Entry Park area.

Major Attractions:

  • Lakes and Waterfalls
  • Serloskar Lake

Best Time to Visit:

March - June / October - November

4. Palampur

This is one of the unexplored hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. It is a quiet hill station that is situated on the foothills of Dhauladhar Ranges of Himachal Pradesh. There is a lot to explore in this beautiful unknown hill with tea gardens, pine forests, pleasant climate, and amazing lakes and streams. There are pretty birds that make the atmosphere even more pleasant with their singing and chirping. It was unknown till recently.

Major Attractions:

  • Trek to Kangra Fort
  • Dhauladhar National Park
  • Chamunda Devi temple

Best Time to Visit:

March - June / Mid-September – November

5. Chail

This is a well known hill station of Himachal Pradesh that is a hit with hikers. Chail is also popular for housing the highest cricket grounds and polo grounds. The scenic town is a must visit for the people who would like to take a break from the bustling city life. It also makes the perfect weekend getaway from Delhi and close cities.

Major Attractions:

  • Highest Cricket Grounds
  • Chail Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kali temple

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year

6. Kasol

This is one of the popular hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. Situated picturesquely on the banks of the River Parvati, it is flocked by all tourists, hikers, backpackers, nature lovers, and adventure enthusiasts. It is also the best place to unwind and chill out. It it nestled in between the places of Manikaran and Bhuntar.

Major Attractions:

  • Trail to Kheerganga
  • River Parvati
  • Malana
  • Tosh

Best Time to Visit:

October – June

7. Kullu

The famous River Beas is a popular destination in India for adventure watersports. This has a beautiful hill town known as Kullu. It is a breathtaking valley with lush greenery all around surrounded by fruit orchards and beautiful shimmering streams of water. Kullu is famous for housing ancient temples and is also known as the ‘Valley of Gods.’ It is a famous destination for the adventure enthusiasts as it hosts a number of activities such as paragliding, trekking and white river rafting.

Major Attractions:

  • Himalayan National Park
  • Kheer Ganga Trek
  • Bijli Mahadev Temples
  • Temples of Raghunath
  • Hot springs of Manikaran

Best Time to Visit:

For the Winter Snow: December – February

For the lush green Meadows: - March to June

8. Mandi

The quaint green hill town is populated with the innumerable pine trees and deodar trees all around. It is a breathtaking lush green valley with tea plantations on the hilly slopes. Mandi is famous as Choti Kasi owing to the presence of over 80 temples. It is also known as the ‘Varanasi of Hills’. Situated at the Dharamshala - Kullu it also has some ancient amazing palaces that are done with colonial architectural style.

Major Attractions:

  • Lake Rewalsar
  • Sunder Nagar
  • Bhutnath Temple
  • Pandoh Damn

Best Time to Visit:

April – October

9. Lahaul

One of the top hill stations of Himachal Pradesh, this zone for bikers and backpackers is gaining popularity due to the lucrative and charming topography. Although in winter months, the roads leading to Lahaul get blocked and even frozen, at other times and seasons, it is a quaint small hamlet filled with rivers surrounded by the snow capped mountain ranges. It is also a spiritual place as there are quiet gompas or monasteries. The Lahaul - Spiti tour is one of the must do on your trip list this year.

Major Attractions:

  • Kunzum Pass
  • Ki & Dhankar Gompa
  • Bhutnath Temple
  • Pandoh DamnPin Valley National Park

Best Time to Visit:

May – September

10. Barog

This is touted to be one of the most popular hill stations of Himachal Pradesh, situated on Shimla – Kalka highway. It is close to Kasauli, the picturesque and scenic town is known for a particular tunnel. It is said that the British engineer who was constructing this railway tunnel number 33 died an unnatural death while the work was going on. However, this is one of the famous hill towns of Himachal Pradesh that has beautiful climate throughout the year. So, you can visit it anytime.

Major Attractions:

  • Dolanji Bon Monastery
  • Choor Chandni Peak

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year

There are many more hill stations to visit in Himachal Pradesh that are quiet and off-beat locations to tour in India. We hope this list of the top 10 hill stations in Himachal Pradesh will help to decide on where next to plan your vacation.

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