Himachal, the mountain kingdom, epitomizes a fairy queen who with her wand transforms the land into a magical terrain. Every bewitching place of Himachal serenades tourists to a wonderful visit. The ups and downs of the mountains, the zigzag roads between the pictorial valleys, the white powdery snow paved on the wintry path, the overlooking tall pine and deodar trees gives a heavenly pleasure and an eye soothing view of the Himalayan journey. All the tourist destinations of Himachal are easily accessible from the capital city of Delhi. The entire Himachal in itself is a mesmerizing journey to fulfill your bag of memories. Below are the top 5 tourist places to visit in Himachal.
Shimla - Shimla, the queen of hills, is one of the most sought out hill stations in India. Nestled amidst the most beautiful landscapes, Shimla offers panoramic views of lush green valleys, snow capped mountains and towering Pine trees. Summer Hills, Jakhoo Hills, Scandal Point, Chadwick Falls, Kufri, Himalayan Bird Park are few of the places which are testament to the charm that this bewitching hill station offers to nature hungry visitors. It offers a plethora of activities for the tourists to indulge in like trekking, river rafting, paragliding, ice skating, golfing at Naldera etc. Apple plucking is a unique experience which one can try at the many orchards lined up at Shimla. The Mall Road and the Ridge are the most prominent places for a lazy stroll while immersing oneself with the uniqueness of the magical hill station. Enjoying a hot cup of chocolate at the many cafes of Mall Road while gazing at the far way snow capped mountains is a soul satisfying indulgence.
Manali - Manali is a radiant, charming resort town surrounded by kaleidoscopic landscapes of green forests, white powdery snow, and clear blue sky. This once sleepy town has metamorphosed into a bustling tourist spot thanks to its alluring beauty. It is a perfect amalgamation of serenity and peace making it one of the most sought out destination. Be it trying adventure sports at Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass, finding inner peace at Manali Gompa, Vashisht Village or Manu Temple or trekking amidst the copious nature at Chandrakhani Pass, Jogini Waterfalls, Bhrigu Lake and Hampta Pass – Manali offers an unique experience for all. A visit to Manali leaves you refreshed and with a secret silent yearning of another visit soon. A brief respite from the scrooching summer in the plains below, Manali is the perfect gateway to beat the heat.
Dalhousie - The quaint town of Dalhousie is named after the British Governor-General of India, Lord Dalhousie. It is a paradise hemmed in the bosom of the Himachal valley. The misty mountains, mesmerizing landscapes, pine clad valleys, flower-bedecked meadows and gentle flowing rivers are the perfect aphrodisiacs for the excited tourists. The exquisite Victorian and Scottish architecture are nostalgic of the bygone colonial heritage. The ubiquitous British essence is still very vibrant in this vintage town. Dalhousie is a perfect escape from the buzzing cities to enjoy nature from close quarters. There are many wonderful places to acquaint oneself with during a stay at Dalhousie. Panch Pulla, Satdhara Falls, Daikund Peak, Khajjiar which is also known as mini Switzerland of India, St. John’s Church and Kalatop Sanctuary are some noteworthy places to visit at Dalhousie.
Spiti Valley - Spiti which literally means half is an enchanting valley tucked between India and Tibet. The homogenous mixture of Tibetan and Indian influence is evident in the food, traditions, and customs of the valley. It is one of the few places which is untouched by the ugly hands of pollution. The valley is situated at an amazing height of 12,500 ft above sea level. It is a captivating cold desert valley studded with wonderful monasteries, lush green meadows and pine forests which fills your senses with a lingering fresh aroma of the mountains. The sparsely populated valley is a perfect gateway for every traveler. The colorful Buddhist prayer flags fluttering in the air, the occasional sound of the gong of the monasteries and the somber monks with their prayer beads teleports you to a spiritual land. Chandratal Lake, Komic Village, Kee Monastery, Pink Valley National Park, Suraj Tal, Dhanakar Monastery, Tabo Monastery, Dhankar Lake are some of the bewitching places to visit and soak oneself in the tranquility and sereneness. Adventurous activities like camping, hiking, and rappelling can be done to have the adrenaline rushing. Summer is the best time to enjoy this enticing valley. Winters are spine-chilling and should be avoided.
Dharamsala - Dharamsala is the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is an ideal retreat for the nature lovers. Resting in the charming Kangra Valley in the Dhauladhar mountain range, this pristine valley promises a unique experience of spirituality and culture. The green façade of the mountains with high Pine and Deodar trees provides a hypnotic view. The heavy influence of Buddhism is evident throughout the place. One very famous place in Dharamsala is McLeod Ganj which is also called mini Tibet. Other than being a bag packer’s paradise, it is also home to the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. It has some of the most mesmerizing landscapes. Bhagsu Falls, Dal Lake, Kangra Valley, Naddi Viewpoint, Gyuto Monastery are some of the interesting places to visit at Dharmsala. The HPCA stadium is one of the most beautiful cricket stadiums in India.
The idyllic landscapes and the unique charming places of Himachal are soul satisfying. Although there are various budget and luxury hotels at Himachal, you can opt for the various charming and pocket friendly homestays at Himachal. Every homestay in Himachal offers unique curated services to fit to one’s preference.