Himachal Pradesh is well-known for its enigmatic natural beauty as the state is located in the lap of the Western Himalayas and is covered with many rivers and glaciers. The different Himalayan Rivers, such as Sutlej, Yamuna, Beas, Chenab, and Ravi have been originated in this state and these never-ending rivers are fed by the snow and the water benefiting from glaciers.
Another notable feature is the state’s wildlife that is exclusively great as it’s home to almost 359 animal species and 1200 bird species. The popular animals found here include Ghoral, Western Tragopan, Musk Deer, Leopard, and Snow Leopard. There are 2 sanctuaries and national parks in Himachal. Travelers visiting Himachal have enough marvelous places to explore and each destination has the serene natural beauty of its own, which can delight your senses easily.
The fruit orchards, alpine fields, tall deodar trees, and overwhelming snowy peaks set between rocky slopes and snowy meadows is more or less the key site in the state’s upper reaches. A trip to any place of Himachal is always a feast for the eyes for people. It can offer a lifetime memory for cherishing for people who visit Himachal.
18 Must Tourist Places to Visit in Himachal Pradesh
In this piece, we will discuss 18 different beautiful places in Himachal where we can take you if you book a travel package with us. We are sure that you will experience unparalleled beauty in nature’s lap. Let’s get started!
Situated at an altitude of 6726ft, Manali provides with a spectacular view of the snow-wrapped mountains. The land does not just give you a visual treat but also provides with an opportunity to increase your fitness level with its adventurous activities. The top destinations in Manali where you can enjoy the most and bring out the adventurer in you include Manu Temple, Kothi, Gulaba, Beas River, Tibetan Monasteries, Vashist Hot Water Springs, Hadimba Devi Temple, Solang Valley, and Rohtang Pass.
2. Rohtang Pass
Rohtang Pass is an important attraction of our itinerary while planning a tour to Manali. Situated at a distance of only 51km from the main town, you can reach Rohtang Pass by road only. It is situated at a huge height of 3978 meters; the path up the hills is a visual treat. The beauty of its landscape will leave you mesmerized. Due to its natural grandeur, film directors really prefer Rohtang Pass. Some blockbusters like ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ and ‘Jab We Met’ have been shot here.
Shimla, also known as the Queen of Hills, is an amazing colonial hill station, where the beautiful view will welcome you at all appearances. An ideal place to visit, Shimla displays the best colonial-era architecture, incorporating the Christ Church, Gaiety Theater, the Town Hall, and the Viceregal Lodge. The location of Shimla at Himalayan foothills between snow-capped mountains and the lush greenery makes it an ideal place for trekking and other outdoor activities. The attraction of Shimla ascends when the winter starts and the entire Shimla get covered in snow, a sight to experience. Top destinations to visit in Shimla include Shoghi, Jakhoo Hill, Kufri, Solan, Bilaspur, Mall Road, Sarahan, Arki Fort, Narkanda, Chail, The Ridge, etc.
This hill station is located near Dharamshala, famous among trekkers. It beautifully combines the Tibetan culture with the British impact. Mcleodganj, also named as Little Lhasa, is popular for being a house of Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader. Situated between the lush greenery and enchanting hills, this beautiful town is blessed by Tibetan culture. Here, you will find the most enigmatic landscapes in the whole Himachal and allures many travelers all over the year. Some of the most religiously significant and eminent monasteries in India are situated here, incorporating Tsuglagkhang and the Namgyal Monastery, where Dalai Lama stays. We will also take you to visit Triund and the scenic Dal Lake, which are perfect for peaceful picnics.
Dalhousie is another hill station in Himachal Pradesh that can perfectly de-stress you with its calm and beautiful ambiance. Far from the busy city life, here you can relax and enjoy nature’s beauty. Its nearby tourist places include Kalatop, Khajjar, Dharamshala, etc.
To explore a serene vacation and experience nature’s exquisiteness, you must visit Dharamshala which lies on the scenic stretch of Kangra district making all travelers mesmerized with its magnificent beauty. With spectacular Dhaludhar ranges’ backdrop, Dharamshala is one of the most peaceful places, which perfectly combines culture and nature’s beauty. Encircled by thick deodar cedar trees and the snow-wrapped peaks that decorate the landscape, this beautiful city is visited by numerous travelers for beating the hot summer and exploring its scenic beauty.
The picturesque Kasol lies on the banks of Parvati River and also named as the Little Israel of India. Due to its serene landscape, Kasol is famous among hippies and backpackers. Its mesmerizing landscape of snow-wrapped mountains, scenic waterfalls, lush green valleys, and seamless trekking routes makes it a heaven on earth for trekkers and nature lovers, while a plethora cost-effective stay options, charming cafeterias, and rejuvenating vibe make it a great place for the backpackers.
Also known as the Mini Switzerland of India, the small town Khajjiar is situated near Dalhousie which offers travelers an exclusive combo of pastures, forests, and lakes. The awestruck beauty of Khajjiar has highly inspired and influenced different reigns throughout the years, incorporating the Mughals and Rajputs. Situated at an altitude of 6500ft, the picturesque landscape of Khajjiar will certainly leave a lifelong impression on you. Khajjiar is popular for its 9-hole golf course that is located in between an eye-catching landscape and luscious greenery.
Khajjiar also allures people with different adventure options like trekking, Zorbing, horse riding, paragliding, etc.
Kasauli is another colonial landmark in Himachal Pradesh which is located at an altitude of 1,927 meters. Located in Solan district, Kasauli is famous for being a home of many tourist spots which incorporate Monkey Point, Kasauli Club, Sunset Point, Kasauli Brewery, Christ Church, Central Research Institute, and Baptist Church. Its beauty and attraction lie on its serene and tranquil vibe, unadulterated air, and the prosperity of nature which allure tourists.
Popular for its apples, Kinnaur is often referred to as the Land of Gods and is one of the most offbeat places to visit in Himachal in summer. This heavenly place is 235km away from Shimla, in Himachal Pradesh’s northeast ends. Blessed with a rich cultural scenario, the picturesque landscape of Kinnaur is carpeted with huge snow-clad mountains. While visiting Kinnaur, you can explore hamlets, Nako Gompa, and Kamru fort and go on a heritage trail. You can spend some tranquil time beside Nako Lake and have the taste of Tibetan delicacies at Tibetan Cafeteria.
Kullu is one of the most visited tourist places in Himachal Pradesh. Sometimes heard alongside the name Manali, but another popular tourist place, Kullu is located on the banks of Beas River. Previously, it was named as Kulanthpitha which means ‘the end of the habitable world’. In addition, Kullu valley is also named as the ‘Valley of Gods’. Top tourist places to visit in Kullu include Bhrigu Lake, Kasol, Manikaran, Sultanpur Palace, Bhuntar, Parvati Valley, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Naggar, Malana – a side valley of the Parvati valley to the northeast of Kullu valley, Basheswar Mahadev Temple, and the Great Himalayan National Park. There are more attractions in Kullu. Paragliding, white water rafting, skiing, angling, mountaineering, and trekking are some of the adventurous activities available here.
Situated only 13 kilometers away from Shimla, Mashobra is an uncluttered secret for somebody who has visited all other tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh. Albeit the distance is not much, it’s a new world in itself, encircled with deodar trees here and there. During the day, you can visit the jungles, try some adventurous options like zip lining while spending the nights under the stars camping also. In this paradise, you can do whatever you want and the place will repeatedly prove that it is definitely one of the best places to visit in Himachal in the summer season.
Situated on the Punjab-Himachal Border, Solan lies on the Himalayas’ lower ranges and it is beyond an industrial town with different industries. This hill station is perfect for tourists seeking a peaceful time from the hustle bustle of city life. A picturesque city in Himachal, Solan has old monasteries and heritage temples which allure many devotees and travelers every year. The backdrop of enigmatic hills adds an extra charm to these worship centers. Solan is popular for owning one of the most ancient breweries in India and is famously known as the Mushroom Capital of India having a great amount of mushroom production every year. This city is also referred to as the City of Red Gold due to bulk quantity production of tomatoes. Solan has a 300-year old fort situated at a hilltop which offers a mesmerizing panoramic vista of the countryside. The must visit places in Solan include Jatoli Shiv Temple, Shoolini Mata Temple, Yundung Monastery, Nalagarh Palace, Kuthar Fort, Parwanoo hill station, etc.
Popular for its enchanting sunrise views, Kalpa is located on the India-Tibetan road at an altitude of 2759 meters. The village is perched above Reckong Peo, a center of Buddhist culture. Showcasing all features of a heritage village, Kalpa is one of the remarkable places to visit in Kinnaur. In Kalpa, there are many Buddhist Monasteries like Hu-Bu-Lan-Car and Gompa which are included in the list of prime tourist destinations. You can enjoy the vistas of the Satluj River which flows down the Himalayas and then gets through Kinnaur’s hilly region. After arriving in Kalpa, you will be greeted by the mesmerizing vistas of Shiva Lingam that is a famous Hindu religious site and Kinner-Kailash range.
With tea gardens and deodar and pine forests surrounding the town and many rivers pouring in, Palampur is famous for the spellbound combo of greenery and water. Located amidst the enchanting Dhauladhar Ranges, Palampur is popular for its tea plantations and amazing tea quality across the world. The Englishmen first noticed Palampur and it was changed soon into a busy town as the business center. You will see their existence in Palampur’s Victorian-style castles and mansions. Also, the reflections of its grand past can be seen in the amazing combination of the beautiful landscapes and the picturesque English style buildings. Being one of the unexplored places, Palampur provides with a serene and tranquil ambiance to travelers. Among all travel destinations here, the tea gardens and Tashi Jong Monastery are the must-visited places in our itinerary.
The enchanting beauty of Chamba has made this destination preferred by the nature admirers. Nestled on the banks of River Ravi and at an altitude of more than 900 meters beyond sea level, Chamba is a great holiday destination for you. This place is also a vital historical spot and pilgrimage with numerous essential forts and temples. Top tourist spots in Chamba include Bhuri Singh Museum, Chamunda Devi Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temples, Champavati Temple, and Akhand Chandi Palace.
In case you are looking for a vacation in a hilly area, Chail is possibly the greatest choice you have anywhere near Solan City. Nestled in the serene green hills of the lower Himalayas, Chail is a place to explore for every nature admirer where you can encounter the most picturesque landscape vistas and calm and quaint ambiance. Chail Palace is the most famous landmark in Chail, which was established by the Maharaja of Patiala in 1891. For a royal holiday stay experience, this palace is available. Apart from this, Chail is also popular for housing the highest cricket ground in the world.
Stuffed with a thick green wrap of deodar and pine trees and with spreading tea plantations, Mandi town is located at the junction of Dharamshala and Kullu. It is also known as ‘Choti Kashi’ or ‘Varanasi of Hills’. Moreover, Mandi has almost 81 temples all over its area. This town is a famous business center of Himachal. Nestled on the banks of Beas River, Mandi also showcases some ancient palaces and charming type of colonial structure. With an amalgamation of cold and warm weather, Mandi housing the gardens and lakes offer for its tourists a fresh breathing air. This town is also a gateway to some popular valleys like Lahaul, Spiti, Manali, and Kullu. Top tourist destinations in Mandi include Chindi, Shikhari Devi Temple, Janjehli, Indira Shopping Complex, Kamlah Fort, Bhima Kali Temple, Barot, Kamru Nag Lake, Tattapani, Sunder Nagar, Rewalsar Lake, Shojha, Pandoh Dam, Bhutnath Temple, and Prashar Lake. Mandi is a must on our Himachal Pradesh package itinerary which won’t fail to enchant you.
The Final Say
Those who haven’t visited Himachal Pradesh, our words in this piece cannot do any justice with the charming beauty of the land. Yes, you need to visit the place to explore its all beauty. We have tried to provide info on some of the best tourist places in Himachal and we are sure no attempt can explain the land’s beauty if you don’t plan your own visit to these places. So, which delightful places do you want to explore first? Share your thoughts in the comment section below and also, it’s time to make a plan for a great trip to Himachal with your friends and family!