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Top 5 Must See Tourist Places in Himachal Pradesh, india

Updated on January 31, 2013

Visiting Himachal Pradesh

Snow clad peaks of the stately Western Himalayas welcome you to Himachal Pradesh - a land which for the tourists can offer just about everything one can dream of. There are far too many tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh including many destinations for adventure sports like skiing, river rafting, para-gliding, surfing, trekking and mountaineering, idyllic honeymoon spots like Manali, religious sites like the Dharamsala known to many as the abode of the Dalai Lama, Bajreshwari Temple, Jwalamukhi Temple and Chamunda Devi Temple, lush green valleys all around - and to crown it all, the Queen of all Hill Stations, Shimla. Himachal borders on Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

Tourist Park at Kufri Shimla
Tourist Park at Kufri Shimla

Kalka Shimla Toy Train

Shimla

Enveloped by natural virgin greenery, Shimla, situated at an elevation of 2159 meters above the sea level, is arguably one of the most visited hill stations of India. Once the summer-capital of British India, the city still retains its pristine charm and still remains a hot favorite with the tourists. Shimla, the picturesque capital city of Himachal Pradesh has tourist spots galore such as the Viceregal Lodge, The Mall, Annandale, Chadwick Falls, Sanjauli, Glen, Jakhoo Hill and Daranghati Sanctuary.

The numerous old buildings of Shimla are reminiscent of the British architectural excellence, which gives an old world flavor to the modern city of today. Shimla is a perfect heaven for those in search of physical rejuvenation and mental tranquility. Nature has showered this capital city with abundant greenery and man has added more to make Shimla one of India's dream destinations.

Manali village, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Manali

Manali is one of the most salubrious hill stations of India. Fondly called as the cradle between the lesser Himalayas, Manali is extremely popular with tourists for its lavish display of unspoilt natural charm. Rich in its scenic splendor, Manali draws a good number of tourists from within the country and abroad every year. In view of its splendid scenery and pleasant ambience, Manali is acknowledged by all as an idyllic honeymoon destination. Manali is set amidst the magnificent Himalayan peaks, breathtaking gorges and gurgling hill streams. As somebody aptly said “Surely the Gods live here and this is no place for men"

Upper Dharamsala

Dharamsala

Set against the magnificent backdrop of the towering Dhauladhar ranges, Dharamsala is known to the world as the abode of the Dalai Lama. Set against the snow-clad Dhauladhar Mountains, this cozy Tibetan township retains its colonial charm and boasts of wondrous landscape. Dharamshala is also a truly romantic place much sought-after by the newly wed couples. Lose yourself in the bountiful nature and freshen up with lush valleys, deep gorges and majestic snow-capped peaks that never cease to enthrall visitors to Dharamshala. Holiday makers can enjoy para gliding, skiing, mountaineering and fishing while on Dharamshala tours.

Dalhousie Square

Dalhousie

Nestled within the thick growth of deodars, pine and red and pink rhododendrons, Dalhousie has a unique charm, unmatched by any other. With the old colonial style castles protruding through the wooded loops, you may feel like being taken through the dim corridors of an antiquated past. Spread over five hills, Dalhousie is a heavenly destination dotted with beauty spots like Khajjiar, Satdhara springs and Kalatope. Dalhousie, with all its exotic colonial grandeur, is also the gateway to the enchanting Chamba Valley.

Rohtang Pass

Situated a few kilometers away from Manali, Rohtang Pass is a site where one can view first hand the enchanting landscape variances. On one side, you can espy the lush green Kullu Valley and on the other, the awesome majestic brown mountains, hanging glaciers and snowfields that shine in the bright daylight. Rohtang Pass at an altitude of four thousand one hundred and eleven meters makes you feel that you are on top of the world.

Himachal Pradesh, the land of Gods

Other Main Attractions of Himachal Pradesh

Situated amongst the lower reaches of the ponderous Himalayas, the small town of Kullu is famous for its temples and apple orchards and attracts hordes of tourists who come to see the magnificent greater Himalayas and the silver valley bisected by the Beas River. Spend time in Chail that is a great favorite with holidaymakers particularly during summer months. Experience “Heaven on Earth" in Chail - a little village set in the midst of luxuriant forest greens. People say Chail is a place where time stands still and nature is at her exuberant best.

With a rich history that dates back to the 6th century, Chamba is one of the fabulous tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh. Set at an altitude of 996 meters above sea level, Chamba nestles close to the enchanting foothills of Shivaliks. While at Chamba, miss not to see the Chamuda Devi Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Rang Mahal and Bhuri Singh Museum.

Visit Himachal

Himachal Pradesh is, without a shadow of doubt, one of the most beautiful states of the Indian sub-continent. Mother nature beckons you to a land where snow-covered peaks reach up to a clear blue sky. Here you can see orchards in full bloom, meadows covered with wild flowers and majestic hills towering above, and in short - a paradise on Earth. The towering Himalayas along the horizon, the gorgeous streams and green lush valleys make you feel you are close to God. With lots of opportunities for skiing, mountaineering, rock climbing, parasailing and river rafting, Himachal Pradesh is a great place for adventure tourism as well.

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    • travelholidays profile image

      travelholidays 

      5 years ago from India

      Always like kullu manali what a great hub here about Himachal pradesh. Thanks for sharing this post here :)

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      mufeeda 

      6 years ago

      Himachal is very nice place and manali is like a heaven

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      Deepak mehta 

      6 years ago

      Palampur is also a very beautiful place

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      htodd 

      6 years ago from United States

      I think God live in all places ,you can't predict it ..It's in everybody ,everywhere but again you have presented nice info on Himachal

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      shalu 

      7 years ago

      very nice place

    • kriti dugar profile image

      kriti dugar 

      7 years ago

      Hey Great Info - There is another beautiful place in Himachal - Chail. That one too is worth a visit definitely.

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      Seen On TV 

      8 years ago

      I've been looking through all your Indian Tourism hubs and they are great. I love the 7 wonders videos. Really cool stuff

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