Himachal in One Day
Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful state with different natural wonder points. There are so many important as well as wonderful spots that will not only enlighten you but also leave you in awe. But, it is not possible to cover all those places in just one single day. It will be really unfair if tourists leave Himachal Pradesh without getting the true essence of it.
For Adventurers in Himachal
When you reach Manali, Himachal Pradesh, you see it is early in the morning and you have an entire day for inspecting the entire state. If you are an adventure lover and you have heard a lot about Himachal’s adventure sports then this section of the article will definitely help you. This contains all details about places that you can visit and have some adventurous experience in just twenty four hours.
Solang Valley is known as the Adventure Sports capital of Himachal Pradesh. You can find maximum number of adventure sports in this area. This is just 12 km away from Manali. You can visit this early in the morning so that you get the maximum amount of time. Paragliding, Amateur Skiing, Snow Scooter, Zorbing, Gondola Ride and many more are famous in this region. These adventure sports are available for every age group. Paragliding takes you high up in the air in a parachute and you can get an amazing view of the entire place. This ride continues for 20 minutes and it charges Rs 600 for one person.
After Paragliding, you can try Skiing. This is another famous adventure sports in Solang Valley. Different shoes, gloves are available for skiing for just Rs 200. You can also avail special trainers in case you are new to this. Hurling down the mountain in a transparent plastic ball is a great experience and Zorbing lets you witness that. You can try this in Solang Valley. After trying all these adventure sports you can have your lunch in some nearby Tibetan restaurants which offers some amazing Tibetan food. If you wish to you can stay in Solang Valley and try for some other sports. But it is always advisable to cover maximum number of places since time is limited.
After having a proper lunch, you can leave for Rohtang Pass from Solang Valley. The duration of travel will be 1 hour 30 minutes. Rohtang Pass is another famous spot of Himachal Pradesh which is popular for its adventure sports. The most exciting part about Rohtang Pass is its location. Situated at an altitude of 4000m above sea level, Rohtang Pass is known as the Trekking Paradise of Himachal Pradesh. Although other adventure sports are available in this place, this area is only famous for trekking.
During trekking you can get the magnificent view of the mountains. It is a treat to your eyes once you see the hills from such close vicinity. Rohtang Pass to Shimla via Jalori Pass is a famous trek. Apart from the beautiful Indian Himalaya you can also see the amazing shrubs and flowers in the route. You can cover this trek either by foot or on horseback. You can have some evening snack in Rohtang Pass as different food joints are available and then start for your next adventurous destination.
Naldehra has one of the oldest golf courses in this country. The topography is natural and this makes it more convenient for golf. Golf players and people who love playing golf will have a real good time in this place. From Rohtang pass this will take 7 hours but the journey will be worth it. You will even love the scenic beauty surrounding this place. After spending some time here you will already see it is dark and it’s time for you to leave. Getting the awesome sunset view through the mountains you can bid Himachal Pradesh good bye.
For Spiritual People in Himachal
Apart from scenic beauty Himachal Pradesh is the abode for Gods and Goddess. There is numerous numbers of sacred places in this state. The most interesting part of this state is that this place consists of religious places for all cultures. You will find equal number of churches, temples, mosques, Gurudwaras and monasteries in this area. If you are looking for religious places in Himachal Pradesh then you must concentrate on this part of the article.
When you visit Kullu early in the morning then you can visit different interesting religious spots of this area. Bekhli Mata Temple in Kullu is a famous temple that not only attracts sacred people but also attracts tourists. This temple is dedicated to Jagannathi Mata which was directly brought from Puri, Orissa.
After visiting this temple, you can visit Tabo Monastery one of the famous monasteries located in Spiti Valley. The attractive architecture of the place attracts people the most. Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara is another attractive religious spot of Kullu. You can enjoy the lip smacking Lunch in this place also known as Langur.
From Kullu it will take nearly 40 minutes to reach Manali. You can visit different sacred places in Manali which includes a visit to Hidimba Temple, Nyingma Monastery. These two places are the most important and interesting sacred places in Manali. You can visit these places within an hour since they are nearby. After inspecting these places you can move to the next destination.
Manali to Solan is a 5 hour drive. It is one of the beautiful rides that you can enjoy in Himachal. The magnificent road that leads to Solan is really attractive. There are many monasteries in Solan which can be visited. Bon Monastery is a famous monastery in Solan. The beautiful architecture of this monastery is highly appreciated. The glimpse of Lord Buddha inside the monastery is the center of attraction.
Having some evening snacks in Solan you can hop into the next destination.
Nearly a 40 minutes drive from Solan, Kasauli is another famous place for religious attractions. Shri guru Nanakji Gurudwara is a famous Sikh gurudwara. There is a special lodging facility inside this gurudwara where you can relax for some time. There is a famous church in Kasauli which can also be visited. Christ Church is the oldest church in Himachal. The paintings inside the church make it all the more attractive. Soon after this, you can have dinner and then bid farewell to Himachal Pradesh.
For Wildlife Enthusiasts in Himachal
If you are a wildlife lover and want to spend an entire day with the amazing wildlife species of Himachal then this section of the article will definitely attract you. In this section, we discuss about some of the famous and interesting wildlife sanctuaries that you can visit during your one day stay in Himachal Pradesh.
Great Himalayan National Park
Located in Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh Great Himalayan National Park is one of the largest national parks present in India. This famous and beautiful national park was established in the year 1984 and is located at an elevation of 6000 m above sea level. Nearly 400 flora and fauna species including mammals, reptiles, birds, annelids and insects are present in this national park. The main attraction of this national park is some of the creatures present here which includes Himalayan Brown Beer, musk deer and blue sheep. Once you visit this national park you will find different other beautiful species. There are food courts attached to this park where you can have delicious varieties of food.
This famous Sanctuary of Himachal Pradesh is located in Parbati Valley of Kullu district. After visiting Great Himalayan National Park you can visit Kanwar Sanctuary. This will hardly take you 30-50 minutes approximately. The amazing Deodar and Fir Forest in this sanctuary makes it attractive for tourists. You can enjoy your time by talking a walk along this forest. Another attraction of this sanctuary is the presence of Himalayan Thar. This sanctuary consists of large collection of Himalayan Thar. After having your lunch in the nearby restaurants you can start your journey for the next destination.
This sanctuary is located in Chail hill station of Himachal Pradesh. After visiting Kanwar Sanctuary you can visit this Sanctuary. It will take hardly four hours when you are travelling from Kullu to Chail. Established in the year 1976 Chail Sanctuary is a famous sanctuary located in Himachal Pradesh. The major attraction of this sanctuary is the presence of Sambar, Cheer and Goral. You can also find Barking Deer inside this sanctuary. Wildlife lovers will have a great time in visiting this place.
For Shopaholics in Himachal
When you visit Himachal Pradesh for a day and all you want to do is involve yourself in shopping then this section will help you out. If you are a shopaholic and want to shop for the entire day in Himachal Pradesh then this section guides you at its best possible way.
Tibetan Handicrafts Centre
This is located in McLeod Ganj of Kangra district of Himachal Pardesh. This place is famous for hand woven carpets and Tibetan clothing including Tibetan dresses and waistcoats. When you visit this place you can find out weavers into full action. You can see how the weavers take special care for producing these beautiful items.
You can purchase any items of your choice from this place at a minimal rate. Shoppers will love to stop for a while at this place.
This famous handicraft industry of Himachal Pradesh was established in 1944 and is known to serve the finest products since then. Located in Dalhousie region of Himachal Pradesh Bhuttico provides finest collections of handicraft items. Embroidered shawls of Bhuttico are famous and you would love to collect some once you visit this place. The price is fixed but affordable. Do not miss Bhuttico if you are paying a visit to Himachal Pradesh for just a day.
Located in Chamba of Himachal Pradesh this place is famous for selling Chamba rumals. Chamba rumals are made of pure silk which is embroidered with some pattern drawn on the reverse sides and without any knots or threads. When you are visiting this place then you must buy some colourful Chamba rumals. Apart from all these shopping places there are some of the important and renowned shopping destinations in Himachal Pradesh. The below mentioned list will guide you regarding items that you must buy from Himachal Pradesh and shopping places that you must visit.
What you must buy from Himachal
Kullu Shawls, Traditional Jewellery, Buddhist Paintings, Kullu caps, Tibetan carpet, Cardigans, Jackets, Pullovers and so on. You can buy all of these when you visit Himachal Pradesh.
Where to Shop in Himachal
Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Dalhousie and Dharamshala are the areas where you can find all the above mentioned items. Apart from the mentioned shops there are shopping malls in Himachal Pradesh which you can visit during your one day stay at this place. The Mall and Lakkar Bazaar are the two most famous malls where you can find exclusive items of Himachal Pradesh.
A tip that you must keep in mind while shopping in Himachal Pradesh is that you must bargain before paying. Tourists are often exploited since they do not bargain. If you are buying from Government showrooms then you do not need bargain but when buying from local shops then you must check the items and the cost before paying. Beware of fake items while you are purchasing from the street shops.
This article contains some of the places according to your interest areas. You can visit these places if you are planning to stay only for a day in Himachal Pradesh. Since one day is too less of a time to cover the entire state we have short listed some of the hot spots according to your interest area. We hope this article will help you plan your one day trip to Himachal Pradesh.