Along the banks of Parvati River, lies a photogenic hamlet of Kasol, also known as the ‘Little Israel of India’. Kasol is popular among backpackers and hippies since it is known to be laid back and serene. The beautiful landscape of snow-capped mountains, lush valleys, scenic waterfalls and undisturbed trekking routes makes it a paradise. With an abundance of cozy cafes, budget-friendly stay resorts and hotels and their relaxed vibe makes it an amazing spot.
While in the region, it’s worth exploring the nearby tiny hamlets, one of them being Chalal, which is known for its trance and psychedelic parties and vibe, Malana, known for its Malana Cream (cannabis) and Rasol and Tosh, which are replete with lush greenery and tranquillity. (According to an article on The Culture Trip).
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Shimla, the Queen of Hills, is a gorgeous hill station, where picturesque vistas will mesmerise you at every nook and corner. A place to wander, Shimla has some of the best architecture, which includes the Viceregal Lodge, the Town Hall, Gaiety Theatre and the Christ Church. The location makes it a perfect place for trekking and outdoor fun. The appeal of Shimla increases manifold when the winter sets in – the entire city gets enveloped in snow, a sight to mesmerise!
At an elevation of 1,900 meters lies a small town, Kasauli. The town has a few attractions, commerce and population. However, that’s exactly where its beauty and appeal lies – its unadulterated and pure air, serene and peaceful vibe, and an abundance of nature is what attracts tourists. The places worth visiting include the Baptish Church, Christ Church, Kasauli Brewery, Monkey Point, Nahri temple and Kasauli Club.
Located in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley, Dharamshala has the best climates in Himachal. Surrounded by snow-laden peaks of Dhauladhar mountains, lush pine and deodar forests, the town is brimming with cultural and architectural attractions, along with a great number of restaurants, cafes catering to its extensive multicultural Indian and Tibetan communities. Its suburbs, such as McLeod Ganj (India’s Mini Tibet), Dharamkot, Sindhbari, Ramnagar and Naddi are worth exploring. Consisting a plethora of trekking trails, waterfalls and scenic valleys, the town beckons adventurers from across the world.
5. SPITI VALLEY
At an altitude of 3,810 meters, Spiti Valley, is a remote village up in the cold mountains. Despite the fact that it is fairly isolated, plenty of spiritual and adventure travellers are gradually making their way to Spiti to explore its many Buddhist monasteries scattered throughout the area, and indulge in thrilling activities. These activities include trekking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and wildlife spotting. In addition, it is surrounded by several high-altitude villages, like Tabo, Kaza, Dhankar, Kibber, Komic and Langza, which can also be explored on the way to Spiti.
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Located at a height of 2,050 meters on the River Beas valley, Manali is a picture-perfect hilly retreat that draws in hordes of tourists every year. The landscape of Manali comprises of lush pine and deodar forests, snow-covered mountains, scenic meadows, waterfalls and valleys. They attract adventurers and nature lovers alike. Alternatively, the ancient temples and Tibetan monasteries attract spiritual beings.
Present in the Kinnaur district of Himachal lies a small yet charming village, Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh. It is perhaps the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. There isn’t much to see and do in the hamlet, however, its scenic landscape encompassing lush green vegetation, snow-laden mountains and apple orchards, and the presence of tranquil vibe makes it an ideal place for those looking to be at one with nature – in peace and quiet. What particularly interests tourist is its quaint houses, complete with wooden or slate roofs, and a temple that houses a 500-year-old deity of the town.
8. BIR BILLING
Despite its small size, Bir Billing is the it-place for paragliding in Himachal Pradesh, India. Also known as the ‘Paragliding Capital of India’, Bir Billing boasts salubrious weather year-round and a spectacular landscape, which attracts thrill-seekers from across the world. The place offers panoramic vistas of the undulating beauty of the Himalayan mountain ranges.
Dalhousie is an any time year-round holiday destination, but looks all the more stunning in the winter months, when the entire hill town is blanketed in white sheet. Brimming with mountains, cascading waterfalls, lakes and lush pine and oak trees, adventure enthusiasts love to visit Dalhousie to partake in outdoor activities, like trekking, river rafting, canoeing, kayaking and camping. While the peaceful atmosphere and pristine nature lures lovers and peace seekers alike.
Khajjiar is a slice of paradise amidst the dense deodar forests, meadows and snow-capped Himalayas. Also known as the ‘Mini Switzerland of India’, visitors can explore its beautiful scenery, get close with the wildlife at the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, and take part in outdoor activities, such as forest trekking, zorbing, horse riding and paragliding at the Khajjiar Lake. A spot that cannot be missed here is the 12th-century Khaji Nag temple, which is dedicated to Lord of Serpents (Khaji Nag), the temple stands out with its beautiful architecture, which is a concoction of Hindu and Muslim styles.