Himachal Pradesh is the embodiment of everything you love about the hills. More often than not its worth is oversimplified as the state housing Shimla. The nooks and corners that people love to explore are frequently misperceived as a part of Uttarakhand. This majestic state is home to not only numerous hill stations but also various adventure and trekking spots. You can do just about anything here- sit back and enjoy the view, or climb mountains, or take a stroll in the woods, or even just unwind. It’s a wondrous state oozing peace and tranquility. Far away from the hustle bustle of a typical Indian city life. I would go so far as to call it the ultimate panacea. It’s home to the most beautiful mountains and the most refreshing wind. We tell you every place that you need to know about in Himachal Pradesh.
1. Tourist Places
Manikaran- Located 42 kms from Kullu in the Parvati Valley, Manikaran is well renowned for its hot water springs. It’s an important pilgrimage site and is often associated with Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The Kulant Pith situated here is considered the most sacred.
Kasol- Just 4 kms away from Manikaran lies this exquisite village which has recently become famous due to its hipster vibe. It has a variety of interesting places to visit under its wings- from Reggae bars to beautiful apple orchards and a mountain stream called Grahan Nallah which divides the village into two parts.
Arki- It’s a small town located in the Solan district famous for its historical sites. The Arki Fort was built between 1800 and 1805 and the Arki palace was completed in 1850 with Raja Kishen Chand adding frescoes and murals done in the Pahari school of miniature paintings. Though in shambles now, Arki is still frequented by a host of history enthusiasts.
Chail- Home to the highest cricket field in the world, Chail is located 43 kms from Shimla and is one of the most important tourist places in all of Himachal. Apart from its historical significance, it’s also a must-visit for its scenic beauty and its dense forests of pine and gigantic deodars. It looks over the Satluj Valley giving a view of Shimla and Kasauli at night.
Dagshai- One of the oldest cantonments, Dagshai is located 14 kms from Kasauli. It was founded by the British in the year 1847. During the Mughal era criminals were exiled to this village. It housed a large prison even during the colonial era. Dagshai Central jail is now a museum and is the only jail museum in the Indian mainland apart from the cellular jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
2. Adventure And Trekking Spots
Khara Pathar- Located at a distance of 14 kms from Jubbal, Kharapathar is a small position at an altitude of 8,770 feet. There are several trails for a trekking enthusiast to go crazy about. Most of these trails range from easy to moderate.
Kufri Ski Resort- One of the best skiing destinations in India located at an altitude of 2,510 meters, Kufri is 16 kms away from the Shimla Railway station. It can help you imitate all your favorite filmy scenes that show the protagonists skiing down hills with their love interest and rolling down the hills together laughing.
Dainkund Peak- Located at a distance of 17 kms from Dalhousie Bus Stand, Dainkund Peak is the highest peak in the region providing a full view of the entire valley. Day hiking is a popular adventure sport carried out here. It’s situated at an altitude of 2,755 meters. The Kailash Mountain is also visible from here.
Lahesh Cave- Located at a distance of 12 kms from McLeodganj, Lahesh Cave is a camping site. It lies at an altitude of 3,500 meters. The trek to the caves is confusing but it’s worthwhile. It can last 2-3 days so having a guide around is strongly recommended. This site is used as a shepherd camp during the summers.
Raison- Located 13.5 kms away from Kullu, Raison is a cluster of small villages situated on the banks of the Beas river. It has extensive camping grounds maintained by the state government. It’s the most important rafting destination in Himachal Pradesh.