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Tourism in Himachal Pradesh

Tourism in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is an ideal tourist destination of tourists of all genres. Its association with ancient India has made it an ideal place to look at ethnic monuments and historical artifacts. Endless natural bounties of this state have been attracting nature lovers to this state for many years. Himachal Pradesh has many places of interest and caters to all genres of tourists. Whether you have special interest in adventures or you want few days of tranquility with your family members and friends, Himachal Pradesh has everything for all. Heritage places, spiritual places, markets, nature walks, gardens, sanctuaries, monuments etc. are plenty in numbers in this state to entertain tourists of all ages and categories.

Best Cities to Visit in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh houses many important cities which have become famous tourist places and have been playing important role in enhancing the growth of the state. Read here about the most visited cities of Himachal Pradesh those are famous for their breathtaking natural beauty and numerous tourist spots. 


Dalhousie is one of the most popular destinations of Himachal Pradesh State. Known for its colonial structures, this Hill Station of Himachal Pradesh carries its regal past. Tourists get to see magnificent Dhauladhar Range and enchanting views of Chamba Valley from here. Other important places to see are Subhas Baoli, Panjpulla, Kalatope, Dainkund, Chattradi, Manimahesh and Kyance. 
Did You Know?? Dalhousie is spread over 5 hills namely Balun, Tehra, Potreys, Kathlog and Balun !!


Dharamsala MonasteryThis picturesque Hill Station of Himachal Pradesh is located about 17 KM away from Kangra Town in the north east direction. The hill station is surrounded by tall conifer trees, snow-capped mountain peaks and deep valleys. Some of the famous places of Dharamsala are Baijnath Shiv Temple, St. John’s Church, Kareri Lake, Kotla Fort, and Nurpur Fort. Dharamsala houses the Cricket Stadium of Himachal Pradesh where national and international level matches are getting played. You can become a part of rich Tibetan culture and heritage by attending the Folk Opera that gets started in McLeod Ganj on 2nd Saturday of April month. The event is organized at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Art which is only 1 KM away from the center of McLeod Ganj.


Shimla TourismShimla is one such place in Himachal Pradesh that gets flocked with people throughout the year. During summer, people go there to enjoy pleasant climate and enchanting surroundings. Summer Festival of Shimla is famous internationally. Many other events like Red Cross Fair, Flower Shows, Fashion Shows, and Photograph & Poster Exhibitions are organized in Shimla. During winter, Ice-Skating and Ice-Hockey tournaments are organized in Shimla. Shimla has endless tourist spots to visit. They are Christ Church, Chadwick Falls, Summer Hills, Prospect Hills, Jakhoo Hill & Temple,  Kamna Devi Temple, Annandale, The Glen, and The Ridge and The Mall.


Manali is a picturesque hill station of Himachal Pradesh located about 40 KM from Kullu. Lofty snow-capped mountain peaks, the gushing River Beas and plenty of interesting places make your Manali stay the most memorable one. Deodar and Pine trees fringing the town and enchanting beauty of Manali keep attracting thousands of people every year. Famous places of Manali are The Mall, Jagatsukh Temple, Hadimba Temple, Rahala Falls, Beas River, Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley.


If you want to get mingled with the culture and tradition of Himachal Pradesh then you need to book your tickets to visit Lahaul and Spiti during December/January. The Festival of Phagli is celebrated during December/January (Paush Month) in Lahaul. Lahaul visit can be enjoyed during February too when one of the most important festivals of Himachal Pradesh, Lossar Festival is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety. The Buddisht Lamas perform traditional dance (Chhaam Dance) and perform other Buddhist rituals during this festival.


Solan is a beautiful place of Himachal Pradesh which has many tourist places like Jatoli Shiv Temple, Mohan Shakti Heritage Park, Bon Monastery etc. Shoolini Fair is organized in the month of May on the 3rd Sunday. During this fair, the main deity of this region, Shoolinin Mata is worshipped and several events are organized.


Chamba TourismChamba, a small district and town is known for its tourist places like Bhuri Singh Museum, Chamunda Devi Temple, Chaturmukhi Temple, Bansi Gopal Temple and Laxmi Naryan Temple. During the month of August, Minjar Fair is held in Chamba.

During this festival people pray to the God to have good harvest. In August another event called Manimahesh Yatra is also organized. Manimahesh Lake of Chamba is the most visited spot of the Valley. Lots of trekking is also done in Chamba Valley during summer months.


Kinnaur is a heavenly place and is known for its captivating beauty. During autumn, flower festival or Phulech/Fullaich is organized by the people of Kunnaur and one could get enchanting views of colorful flowers in the country side. Flowers are collected and offered to the deities and people perform traditional dances and sing songs to please their deities. Fruit orchards in Kalpa and Kinnaur Kailash Mountain Peak are the famous places to visit in Kinnaur.


Sirmour houses many tourist places like Shivalik Fossil Park, Trilokpur Temple, Nahan, Churdhar Peak, and Paonta Sahib. Renukaji Fair is organized during autumn months on the banks of Renuka Lake in Sirmour. Images of Sage Parshurama and Devi Renuka are dipped in the lake. Other recreational activities including different types of water sports are organized in the Gobind Sagar Lake and Maharna Pratap Sagar Lake.

Must Visit Tourist Spots in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is a land of exotic beauty as is evident from its lofty peaks, serene meadows and pristine valleys over run by alpines and wild flowers. When you visit this state you will never want to leave as your eyes become enchanted with the surfeit of natural beauty. It becomes very difficult to pick and choose amongst so many quaint villages, majestic passes, sparkling lakes and lovely mountain spots but here is a list of the 20 un-miss able spots that should be there in your plan when you decide to visit Himachal.

Manimahesh Lake

Manimahesh Lake

The sacred Kailash mountain ranges (the abode of Hindu God Lord Shiva) flank the Manimahesh Lake which sits in the rocky Chamba district of Himachal. The lake itself is 5560 meters above the sea level which wakes it the highest sacred water body in India. The Goddess Kali is said to have bestowed special protection and blessings on this lake so every year thousands of devotees come here to pray. The Manimahesh Lake despite the high altitude attracts a lot of avian and Piscean life and is also a nature lover’s delight. If you reach here on the 15th day after Janmashtami then you will be able to see the grand state fair that is organized on its banks.

Location: Situated in Budhil Valley in Chamba District

Apple Orchard Farms in Kalpa

Himachal Pradesh is responsible for 40% of the apple exports from India. Most of the best apple produce comes from Kalpa consisting of Royal Delicious and Red Delicious fruit. Kalpa has many things going for it with 84% literacy rate (maximum in India). Residents in Kalpa follow both Hinduism and Buddhism and are mainly engaged in upkeep of Apple Orchards. If you want to see the most beautiful orchards in India then Kalpa should be your preferred destination.

Location: Situated above Recong Peo in Kinnaur District

Suketi Fossil Park

Suketi is famous for having Fossils that date back to pre historic times. This is Asia’s first Fossil Park and so commands a lot of tourist traffic. 6 sets of life size Grand elephants and Atlas giant land turtles along with Sabre toothed tigers. Suketi is a wonderful place which is near the gleaming Narkanda River. There is a famous crocodile park which has 16 different varieties of crocodiles here. If you are an animal lover and a history lover then Suketi should be a part of your plans.

Vashisht Sulphur Springs

The Vashisht Hot Water Sulphur Springs attract tourists from all across the world who desperately seek the ancient Indian cure for joint pain, nerve problems and other health issues. The waters of this spring is supposed to have such a potent curative effect that hundreds of visitors have gone back satisfied vouching for its magical powers. The Sulphur in the springs is now a subject of intensive medical research in many foreign labs. Once you visit Vashisht Springs you will be struck by their beauty and serenity and their rich cultural history. Vashisht Muni has completed his meditation at this site which is why the famous Vashist Temple is also situated nearby.

Location: Situated in Beas River bank towards Rohtang Pass

Baralacha La Pass

Baralacha in Himachal 

Baralacha La Pass is a must visit for the tourist who loves unusual natural wonders. Translated into English this name means “Pass with cross roads on its summit”. The Pass is at a whooping 4883 meters of altitude and may present some breathing problems for tourists who have not yet been acclimatized. There are roads converging from three exotic destinations here; Spiti, Ladakh and Lahaul out which the one from Spiti is just a thin path. The three magnificent rivers Yamuna, Chandra and Bhaga also originate from here from where they flow to fertilize Himachal through 3 separate valleys. It’s an amazing experience to stand on the Pass and gaze at three different roads to civilization.

Situated in Lahaul Valley, 73 km from Keylong

Panchpula Bridges

Panchpula is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal and it is also known as hamlet of Bridges. The first thing however that will catch your eye is the magnificent waterfall in panchpula which pools down into several small streams. There are 5 bridges in Panchpula leading to different destinations which has given this place its name. The whole town of Dalhousie is fed crystal clear water from several streams which originate from the Panchpula waterfall.

Pin Valley

If you want to catch a glimpse of the magnificent snow leopard in its natural setting then do visit the Pin Valley. Maximum snow leopard sightings as well as Ibex sightings have happened in this valley. This majestic valley is formed by the Pin River which rises on the east slope of Parbati Pin Pass and it meets the river Spiti opposite the picturesque Lingti Village. Pin Valley is of great geographical importance as one can pass over to the fertile Parvati Valley, the beautiful Kinnaur district and the rough Spiti valley all of which lie in 3 different directions. Pin Valley is at a very high altitude and it’s a protected area as declared by Indian Government.

Situated in eastern slope of Parbati-Pin Pass

Dainkund Peak

Dalhousie; the famous hill station of Himachal Pradesh is situated midway on the Dainkund hill. Amongst the many charming treks of Dalhousie; the trek to Dainkund Peak is one of the easiest and prettiest. This trek requires hardly 2 km worth of hiking which you can easily accomplish with small children too. Once up the peak; your breath will be blown away by the sheer beauty of this place. The famous Pohlani Mata (a Pahari Goddess) temple is situated here. Sip on tea and onion Pakora while admiring the glorious setting sun from this peak.

Dainkund Peak

Location: Situated 5 km from Dalhousie near Khajjiar

Keylong Hamlet

Keylong was once the district headquarters of Lahaul Spiti and is still the abode of the very rare Moravian missionaries. The astounding natural beauty of this hamlet will bewitch you and you will not be able to keep your camera away. The specialty of Keylong is the miles and miles of Edelweiss which grows here and the weeping Willow forests which give the place a fairytale look. Moravian bards still sing ancient hymns here in the lap of nature. The monasteries of Shadhur, Tayul and Khardong also lie nearby.

Situated centrally in Lahaul Spiti District

Tabo Caves

Tabo Caves are full of ancient paintings and inscriptions; some of which dates back to the Caveman era. If you are a lover of history then this is a priceless experience for you. Several Stucco statues and Tankha paintings also dot the caves making them earn the name “Ajanta of Himalayas”. The caves are now the subject of a lot of research and have been declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Tabo has the largest Monastic complexes in Himachal which dates back to 996 A.D. This is a place where you should take the help of a professional guide to explore.

The Mall & Ridge in Shimla

90% of tourists make the Shimla Mall their number one priority in their tourist planners. Unlike the other pristine and quiet places on this list the Mall is never ever empty except when it is snowed over in January. This is the best place to shop in Himachal be it for Pashmina Shawls to Pahari Jewellery to Apricot Jam to Saffron and Spice. Don’t miss out on the famous Gaiety Theater and the Gandhi Khel Parisar which lie near the Mall in Shimla.

Mall Road in Shimla

Location: Situated near Upper and Lower Bazaaar in Shimla

Mcleod Ganj Colony

Mcleod Ganj is a Tibetan Colony that is the home of his Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is actually a famous hamlet that lies 15 km above the main town of Dharamsala. Mcleod Ganj is the crowning gem of Tibetan artistry as homes, walls, gates and even stones are painted over by budding artists, talented tourists and localities as an expression of love and respect towards the beauty of the place. This is one of the famous stone miniature painting spots of Himachal. The Tibetan Institute of performing arts and Tibetan Handicraft center is located in Mcleod Ganj.

Location: Situated 15 km to the north of Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh

Kalikund and its 6 Sister Lakes

If religious mythology and natural beauty both interest you then make it a point to visit kalikund the hotspot of Lord Shiva and its 6 surrounding Lakes. Each of these lakes is shaped uniquely and has profound spiritual significance. Meditation and theology camps are organized here which command tourists from the international circuit. Out of the 6 sisters, the Chanderkup Lake and the Nag Chattri Lake are of exceptional beauty.

At the base of Dhauladhar Mountain range near Lam Dal

Kufri Hamlet

Kufri is a small hamlet about 11 km to the North of Shimla. It is populated by the Indo Nepaleese population and is home to a lot of natural attractions like pretty springs and small hillocks. Kufri is a haven for seasoned ski lovers as it has some of the best ski runs in India. There are orchards of apricot and sweet plum in Kufri where fruit picking sessions are held for tourists. This is one of the most idyllic places in Himachal.

Pangi Valley

Pangi Valley is also called the land of unconquered peaks. There are a number of virgin peaks with hidden wonders and unknown dangers shining away in the majestic Pir Panjal range. These peaks present a constant challenge to seasoned trekkers and mountaineers but charm the nature loving tourist with their brilliance. If you are interested in human culture then the colorful Pangwal and the Bhot tribes living in the Pangi Valley will captivate you with their quaint mannerisms. Mindhal Vasni temple and Puthi temple are places worth visiting here.

Location: Situated between Pir and Panjal ranges in Chamba District

Dhauladhar Range

Dhauladhar Range has an exotic variety of flora and fauna and is one of the most beautiful Mountain ranges in Asia. There are several waterfalls, natural springs and lofty peaks in this range. It’s difficult to choose one peak which surpasses the others in beauty in the Dhauladhar Range. You can opt to see the beautiful Christmas Peak or the lovely Toral Peak or the radiant Lantern Peak or the fierce Rifle Horn Peak. Unnamed peaks are also there in Dhauladhar range tempting experienced mountaineers to conquer them.

Extends from Dalhousie to Bhara Bhangal

Nature Watch and Wildlife in Himachal Pradesh

The diverse topography and breathtaking natural beauty of Himachal Pradesh make it a unique tourist destination as compared to other states of India. You will get to see dense forests, stretches of apple orchards, terrace farming, gushing rivers flowing through the mountains and varieties of flora and fauns in this state. The state has many sanctuaries and national parks where visitors flock to see rare types of flora and fauna. The Great Himalayan National Park, Pin Vally National Park (Spiti), Gopalpur Nature Park (Palampur), Kurfi Nature Park, Manali Nature Park, Suketi Fossil Park, Simbalbara Sanctuary, Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary, Daranghati Sanctuary, the Churdhar Sanctuary, Kanwar Sanctuary, Maniathal Sanctuary, Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, and Chail Sanctuary are the popular places to enjoy nature and wildlife of Himachal Pradesh.

Parks in Himachal Pradesh

The parks in Himachal Pradesh are the perfect place to spend a day with your family and friends. Check out some of the very famous parks in Himachal Pradesh below:

Parks in 
        Himachal Pradesh

Dhaula Kuan in Nahan

The beautiful Dhaula Kuan is a major tourist attraction. It is surrounded by orchards which include mangoes and citrus plants and is located on the Paonta Sahib Road. Dhaula Kuan is known for a food processing factory processing a variety of fruit juices, canned fruits, pickles and fruit jams. Dhaula Kuan has a research centre that works on tropical fruit.

Dhauladhar Nature Park in Palampur

Dhauladhar Nature Park is situated about 13 km from Palampur. It is also known as Gopalpur Zoo. Spread over 30 acres, it is a must visit for every nature and wildlife lovers. It has a mini zoo that houses a wide range of fauna like leopards, sambhar, black bears, red fox, rabbits, angora and many varieties of deer. The Dhauladhar Nature Park is set up and maintain by the Wildlife Department. The nearest airport is at Gaggal.

Dhauladhar Nature Park

The nearest railway station is at Pathankot. From there, one can travel by road to the park.

Himalayan Nature Park in Kufri

Himalayan Nature Park, Kufri, at an altitude of over 2600 metres is a beautiful park situated about 18 km from Shimla. It is spread over an area of 90 hectares and has a rich biodiversity. It is famous for a variety of Himalayan flora and fauna that includes bears snow leopards, pheasants, barking deer, and Tibetan wolves. Many herbs, variety of orchids, primula are also present. Deodar, Oak, Fir and Blue pine trees ornaments the forest of this nature park. Buses are available from Shimla to Himalayan Nature Park. Taxis are also available.

Shivalik Fossil Park in Nahan

Shivalik Fossil Park is located in Saketi along the border of Saket village. This park is about 14 km from Nahan. It came into existence in 1974 to preserve the fossil sites. It is maintained by the Geological Survey of India. This fossil park has models of primitive and extinct animals dating back to 1 to 2.5 million years.

Fossil Park

Shivalik Fossil Park is of great academic importance and biologists, archaeologists, researchers from all over visit this park.

 Ecological Park in Potter Hill

Situated at an altitude of 2050 metres, Camp Potter Hill is just 1 km from the picturesque Summer Hill. There is an enthralling ecological park present here exhibiting a wide variety of flora and fauna. It attracts many tourists; ecologists and biologists in particular. For the adventurous soul, there is trekking. The Potter Hill is about 5 km west of Shimla. The nearest airport is at Jubbarhati, which is about 23 km from Shimla. One can also go there by car. Toy train from Kalka to Shimla is available.

Van Vihar National Park in Manali

Van Vihar is located at the end of the Manali Mall Road in front of the Tibetan market. River Beas flows by its side. Tourists can go for boating in a beautiful lake present in this park. Van vihar is a municipal park well maintained. There are Deodar trees adjacent to the park which creates a soothing ambience.

Chamba Central Park in Chamba

The picturesque Chamba Central Park is a famous tourist destination situated over the mighty River Ravi. One can get a splendid breathtaking view of the entire hill station from the park. The park is famous for the Gandhi Gate which was built to mark Lord Curzon’s visit to Chamba. The park also adds to the entertainment quotient by organizing fairs and carnivals. It also holds regular polo matches.

Chamba Central Park

The Park is known for the famous Manimahesh Yatra held in the Shiva temple.

Rani Amrit Kaur Park in Mandi

The breathtaking Rani Amrit Kaur Park inaugurated in 1957 by Dalai Lama is situated at a distance of about 5 km from Mandi. It is situated at the top of the Majestic Tarna Hill and attracts a lot of tourists.

Gardens in Himachal Pradesh

The gardens in Himachal Pradesh are the best place to explore about the flora of this heavenly state. Some of the very popular gardens in Himachal Pradesh:

Sunken Garden in Mandi

The magnificent Sunken Garden is very popular among tourists. Located on the banks of River Beas, this garden was formerly a lake which was later converted into a beautiful garden by Raja Joginder Sen.

        Garden in Mandi

The garden is famous for a clock tower that attracts a lot of tourists.

Pinjore Gardens in Kalka-Baddi Road

The majestic Pinjore Gardens is situated in the Pinjore village at the foothills of the Shivalik Ranges. It is situated about 22 km from Chandigarh. The Pinjore gardens have been designed in typical Mughal style. It is also known as the Yadavindra Gardens. The garden is spread over an area of 100 acres. It has a mini zoo, fountains, nursery, and Japanese garden. The annual Mango Festival is held here attracting a lot of tourists. One can get here by flight or by train. The nearest airport and railway station both being in Chandigarh.

Vice Regal Lodge Gardens in Shimla

Vice Regal Lodge Gardens is a well maintained lodge with sprawling lawns and botanical gardens. It is located on Observatory Hill. The lodge is a typical English Renaissance architecture. It is also known as Rashtrapati Niwas. The lodge is a Heritage building and lots of tourists visit this place every year.

Tea Gardens in Dharamsala

A drive through Dharamsala takes us into a world of uniformly pruned tea gardens. The aroma of fresh tea takes a person to another world. Green tea leaf, Oolong tea, Jasmine tea, premium tea is all products of the tea gardens along the Kangra Palampur way.

Tea Gardens in 

A visit to the tea gardens fully rejuvenates a person.

Cactus Garden in Parwanoo

The beautiful Cactus Garden is situated at a distance of about 22.3 km from Parwanoo. It is adjacent to the Panchkula Interstate Bus Terminus. The garden is believed to be the largest Cactus Garden in Asia housing about 3,500 species of cacti. The Cactus Garden is of great importance to botanists. Spread over 7 acres of land, the garden was set up by Dr. J.S Sarkaria in 1987 and boasts of some rare and extinct species of cacti. It also has three well maintained greenhouses.

Religious Places in Himachal Pradesh

Religious Places in 
        Himachal PradeshThe sheer tranquility and peace that you get to feel in every corner of Himachal Pradesh cannot be experienced in any other place. Tourists from all over the world gather in this state to seek ultimate religious solace and enjoy spirituality. Numerous temples Hindu and Jain Temples, Churches, Gurudwaras and Mosques of Himachal Pradesh have been attracting religious minded people so that they enjoy peace from inside and outside both.

Non-religious people get mesmerized with the architectural marvels of these religious monuments. Famous Spiritual places of Himachal Pradesh are Chamunda Devi Temple, Shiva Temple, Jakhoo Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, St. Francis Church, St. Andrews Church, Kye Monastery, Guru Ghantal Monastery, Tabo Monastery, Manikaran Sahib, Paonta Sahib, and Christ Church.

Caves in Himachal Pradesh

The State of Himachal Pradesh houses wonderful caves and each one is associated with ancient India. Arujum Goofa, Tabo Caves, Vyas Rishi Caves, Shringi Rishi Caves have been there since ages. Each one of these caves has immense historical and religious significance and gets visited by tourists of all types.

Hill Stations of Himachal Pradesh

Since the time of the British in India, hill stations of Himachal Pradesh gets visited by people and places like Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie and Dharamsala are considered as some of the best summer retreats of India. Pleasant weather and endless events and festivals have marked hill stations of Himachal Pradesh as some of the best tourist destinations across the world.

Monuments in Himachal Pradesh

Wide array of heritage properties have made Himachal Pradesh one of the most happening tourism destinations. Glory and elegance of yesteryears are still there in the palaces, forts, monuments, residences and palace-turned hotels of Himachal Pradesh. The life of royal families and the colonial era could still be felt when you visit different heritage sites of Himachal Pradesh. Some of the popular heritage sites of Himachal Pradesh are Jubbal Palace, Nahan Palace, Sarahan Palace, Padam Palace, Rang Mahal, the Jandrighat Palace, Ranzore Palace, Dhami Palace, Arki Fort, Jangi Palace, Sujanpur Fort, Bahadurgarh Fort, Taragarh Fortand Nurpur Fort.

Museums in Himachal Pradesh

Museums in Himachal Pradesh take us through the journey of glorious past. These museums help us to know this region and the then society in much detail. Museums of Himachal Pradesh are the most preferred destinations for the kids and the adults. Himachal Pradesh is famous for the museums like State Museum Shimla, Bhuri Singh Museum, and Baba Bhalku Rail Museum, and Army Heritage Museum.

Picnic Spots in Himachal Pradesh

Plenty of Natural places like glistening waterfalls, natural springs, River Banks, and lakes in Himachal Pradesh have made it preferred place for outing and picnics. The state has many gardens and nature parks which are visited by locals and tourists to enjoy a short outing with their family members and friends.

Picnic Spots in Himachal Pradesh

Kaisdhar, Gulaba, Fagu, Saurabh Van Vihar, Annandale are some of the famous picnic spots of Himachal Pradesh.

Theme Parks in Himachal Pradesh

For those who are looking for places to enjoy nature, have fun-filled rides and plenty of food and drinks to spend some memorable hours with near and dear ones then theme parks in Himachal Pradesh are the ideal places. The state has many theme parks where kids along with their parents could enjoy to their fullest. Exciting rides, boating, gardens and nature trails of these theme parks i.e. Hip Hip Hurray Amusement Park, Him Valley Park, Children Park Solan, and Indira Tourist Park make them must-visit places of Himachal Pradesh.

Romantic Places of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh has some of the most romantic places that will help you rediscover the romance and essence of life. Parwanoo, Spiti, Kasauli are some of the most romantic places where couples of all ages visit to enjoy the scintillating natural beauty and have some days of seclusion and tranquility to get rejuvenated and have special bondages.

Villages in Himachal Pradesh

Villages in Himachal Pradesh are the perfect places to help visitors enjoy some of the most adventurous activities along with discover the authentic Himachal. Along with panoramic landscapes, villages in Himachal Pradesh e.g. Rohanda, Jagatsukh, Vashist, Kothi, Chitkul etc. offer their visitors to enjoy rural life of Himachal Pradesh. Home stays and cottages in and around these villages and plenty of tourist places here make these villages not-to-be-missed places of Himachal Pradesh. Malana Village of Himachal is known as “Mini Greece in Himachal Pradesh” and visitors get to see an entirely different rituals and social practices here.

Valleys in Himachal Pradesh

Intoxicating beauty and endless tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh Valleys have been attracting thousands of tourists throughout the year. These valleys are also very popular among the trekkers and adventure seekers.

Valleys in Himachal Pradesh

Pangi Valley, Malana Valley, Kullu Valley, Kangra Valley, Chamba Valley etc. are some of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

Tribal Tours of Himachal Pradesh

To know Himachal Pradesh in the best possible way and to enjoy its social practices and rituals that have been there since ages, Tribal tours are arranged in the state. Many ancient tribes are still there in different parts of Himachal Pradesh and they have been able to maintain their original practices and ritual even though modernization has compelled them to remain confined to few places. People from tribes like Gujjar, Gaddi, Kinnaure have been conserving their culture and tradition through their folk dances, songs, and art & crafts.

Accommodations in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh has enormous choices for accommodation. Budget Hotels, 2-Star Hotels, 3-Star Hotels, Luxury Hotels, Resorts, Home Stays, Villas and Heritage Hotels make your stay in this state comfortable and the most enjoyable. Get to know about all types of accommodations in Himachal Pradesh.

Budget Hotels in Himachal Pradesh

Accommodation in Himachal 
        PradeshFor the people who are planning to move around the state for a long period of time, the best accommodation facility could be the budget hotels.

The room tariffs are affordable yet the stay is comfortable in these hotels.

Zrim Hotel Manali, Kapil Hotel Shimla, Pine Drive Resort Solan, Tibet House and Pink Hotel at McLeod Ganj, Maya Hotel Hamirpur and Johnson Lodge Manali, River Bank Hotel Mandi, Manali Inn Manali are some of the budget staying places of Himachal Pradesh.

5 - Star Hotels in Himachal Pradesh

When you are looking for luxury and comfort go hand-in-hand, then 5- Star Hotels in Himachal Pradesh are the ideal ones. They are affordable and offer the ultimate facilities to all the guests. Facilities like gyms, spas, indoor and outdoor games are provided at these 5- star hotels of Himachal Pradesh.

Some of the 5-Star Hotels of Himachal Pradesh are:
  • East Borune Resort Shimla,
  • Radisson Jass Hotel Shimla,
  • Him View Hotel Manali,
  • Sagar Resort Manali,
  • Rohtang Manalsu Manali,
  • Wildflower Hall Mashorba,
  • Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort Parwanoo,
  • Suryavilas Luxury Resort & Spa in Solan,
  • Classic Hill Top Chamba,
  • The Apple Cart Inn Solan  

Heritage Hotels of Himachal Pradesh

Find here information about various heritage hotels of Himachal Pradesh which were once the royal residence and got converted into luxurious heritage hotel afterwards.

The Oberoi Clarks Hotel Shimla

This heritage hotel is located in Shimla City and was used as the summer retreat by the British. The old world structure of this hotel and its colonial feel is now blended with the modern facilities and amenities like TV, room heater, attached bath, room service, internet etc. to make the guests’ stay the most comfortable one.

The Mall,
Shimla - 171001
Phone: 0177 265 1010

Hotel Naggar Castle Kullu

Naggar Castle was built in 15th century and was under the control of Kullu Rulers. Later on this castle, mounted on high cliffs overlooking the beautiful valley has been turned into a heritage hotel offering the most comfortable stay to its guests.

Distt Kullu,
Naggar - 175101

Hotel Rajmahal Palace Mandi

This palace was the residential place for the rulers of Mandi and is still owned by them. Antique interiors in the rooms and the cooridorrs and the colonial structure of this palace-turned hotel will take you through the journey of yesteryears.

Mandi - 175001
Phone no.: 9816 021 126

Hotel Chail Palace

Chail, once the summer capital of Maharaja bhupinder Singh, still depicts the glory of past with its picturesque cottages, Deodar and Cedar Trees and panoramic landscpaes.

Heritage Hotels in Himachal Pradesh

The Palace,
Chail District
Solan - 173217
Phone no.: 01792 248 141 / 248 143
Fax: 01792 248 140

Chapslee Shimla

This buildign was once owned by the ruler of Kapurthala, Raja Charanjit Singh. It was constructed in 1835 and still carries the past glories with Belgian Chandeliers, huge fireplaces, exotic interiors, antique drapes, brass beds and other interiors.

Elysium Hill
Near Longwood
Shimla - 171001
Phone no.: 0177 280 2542

Hotel Woodville Palace Shimla

Once this palace was the residential palace of Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army during the period  between 1865 – 1881 and later on it became the property of Jubbal Kings. The palace got makeover in the year 1938 and got renovated by the Chinese and Patahn craftsmen. The enchanting interiors, landscaped gardens, hunting trophies still keep the feel and look of the past in this palace turned hotel of Shimla. Now this hotel comes with modern facilities like room service, telephone, attached bath with hot and cold water, cable TV, parking places, on call doctors etc.

Raj Bhawan Road,
Shimla - 171002
Phone no.: 0177 262 3919 / 0177 262 4038 / 0177 262 2516
Fax: 0177 262 3098
E mail Id:
woodville@woodvillepalacehotel.com / woodvillepalacehotel@yahoo.com

Madan Kunj Shimla

This heritage hotel was called Khud Cottage and still carries the flavor of the past days. It used to be the summer residence of Governor of Burma during the World War II when Burma got occupied by the Japanese Forces. Right now, this luxurious hotel serves its guests with warmth and all types of modern ameniteis.

Khud Cottage
Chaura Maidan
Shimla – 171012

The Cecil Oberoi Shimla

Elegant furniture and exquisite interiors of Cecil Cottage still attract guests where they get to feel the colonial era along with the ultra modern ameniteis.. This heritag hotel has become the property of Oberoi Group and has been given the status of heritage hotel.

Hotel Oberoi Cecil in Himachal Pradesh

Chaura Maidan Road,
Shimla - 171004
Phone no.: 0177 280 4848

Hotel Springfield Shimla

This revoated bungalow was once owned and resided by the Sheikupura Chiefs. Guest could enjoy the magnificent peak of Choor Chandi from this bungalow located in Chhotta Shimla.

Center School for Tibetans,
Chotta Shimla to Kusumpti Road,
Chotta Shimla,
Shimla - 171002
Phone no.: 9817 022 244

Best Time to Visit Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh can be visited throughout the year but winters in some places of the state are extreme and mostly the adventure seekers visit the state during that time to enjoy varieties of winter sports. The best time to visit this state and enjoy your tour is from April - June as the weather remains sunny and pleasant. During these months you could enjoy blooming flower beds, clear sky and the panoramic beauty of any place. These months are perfect to enjoy relaxing nature walks in Himachal but there are places and special festivals and events that are organized in a particular time of the year in Himachal Pradesh.

How to Reach Himachal Pradesh

Fact File of Himachal Tourism

Best Time To Visit:
April to June
Languages Spoken: Pahari and Hindi
Other Languages: Kinnauri, Gojri, Mandyali, Mandeali Kangri, and Dogri
Currency: Rupees
State Animal: Snow Leopard
State Bird: Jujurana
State Tree: Deodar
State Flower: Rhododendron
Tourism Website: Click Here

The best way to reach Himachal Pradesh from most parts of north India is to avail road transport. Buses, private and government ones are available in abundance to help you reach this state comfortably. During winters and monsoons when roads get closed or landslides are there, air travel is the only way to reach Himachal Pradesh. The state has 3 airports namely Jubbarhatti (near Shimla), Bhuntar Airport (near Kullu) and Gaggal Airport (near Dharamsala). Rail services join many parts of Himachal Pradesh with other states of India. The railway line between Jodinder Nagar (Himachal Pradesh) and Pathankot (Punjab) is the longest one. Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge railway has been given the status of heritage railway. In Himachal Pradesh various means of local transport are buses, taxis and jeeps.

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