Booked a Shimla tour package, a Kullu-Manali tour package or are simply looking to travel on your own through the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh in India? If yes, this article lets you in on some of the best hill stations you should visit in the region.
Manali is one of North India's most popular destinations. It's a haven for adventure sport enthusiasts who love trekking, hiking and white water rafting. With the magnificent Himalayas as a backdrop, Manali is a wonderful place to visit even if adrenaline rushes aren't what you're after. The weather is pleasantly cool in summers, and in winters you can even encounter snowfall. Located in the Kullu Valley, Manali is home to thick pine forests and the Beas River. A great escape for when you just want to be close to nature.
The hill station of Dalhousie, is not as popular amongst regular tourists, but is the perfect place to enjoy for its mesmerising views. The town is spread over five hills and is home to several examples of wonderful architecture from the colonial era. The Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary, near Dalhousie, is great for a beautiful walk that lets you truly cherish the beauty of nature. The Chamba Valley area around Dalhousie offers some ancient temples to explore. Dive into the fascinating folklore of this wonderful region and try and meet some of the local tribes to get a feel of the culture of the valley.
The erstwhile summer capital of the British Raj, Shimla now stands as the proud state capital of Himachal Pradesh. The town, sprawled along a mountain ridge boasts of a cool climate and quaint charm. The place is surrounded by oak, pine and rhododendron forests and a walk along its winding roads, taking in the fresh, scented air makes for quite a nice experience. Important attractions to visit during your Shimla tour package include Christ Church, with its exquisite stained glass windows, Scandal Point, for an amazing view and the Viceregal Lodge, famed for
its colonial style architecture. If possible, definitely try a ride in the Toy Train to Shimla.
Dharamshala is the residence of the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet. The town boasts of strong Tibetan influences in its culture, as many Tibetans followed the Dalai Lama and have been living in Dharamshala for several years. People from around the world visit Dharamshala camps to learn about Buddhist philosophy and to undertake courses in meditation. You can also find a range of Tibetan cooking classes and language courses in the region and students include travellers and culture mavens from across the globe. Dharamshala is also a hotspot for those seeking alternative therapies for many chronic ailments.
As a tourist, you can enjoy a range of fascinating museums, majestic monasteries, enchanting temples and gompas. The Tsuglagkhang Complex, which is the official residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is oneof the main attractions here.
Some other destinations of Himchal pradesh like chail resorts , Kandaghat and kasauli.