Valleys in Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is known for its breath taking and mesmering beauty. The sheer pleasure of watching the snow clad mountains, frolicking waterfalls, beautiful rivers, lakes, enthralling parks and gardens is inexplicable. Himachal Pradesh is known for some famous and picturesque valleys adding more to its appeal. Every year thousands of tourists visit these beautiful valleys which leave them fully entertained.
Himachal Pradesh is known for its natural diversity. It has a number of extremely famous and enchanting valleys that tops the priority list of every tourist.
Solang ValleySolang Valley
is an enthralling side valley situated at the top of the mesmerizing Kullu Valley. It is located on the way to the beautiful Rohtang Pass at about 14 km northwest of Manali. During winter the valley comes alive with winter sports like skiing while horse riding, paragliding, parachuting and zorbing are some of the famous summer sports the valley is known for.
Chamba valley is a less explored valley full of scenic and eternal beauty. Majestic towns like Kajar, Bharmour and Dalhousie are situated in this valley. Chamba valley has a rich biodiversity. Shisham, Acacia and Peepal stand tall in the valley. Pomegranate trees, figs, wild olive are present in abundance. Chamba valley has great medical significance as a variety of medicinal plants and herbs are present here. Terrace farming is practiced here with wheat, maize, barley and other cereals grown in the upper region of the valley and the rice crop in the lower region. The cool breeze of the pine forests creates a surreal ambience. One can indulge in adventurous activities like trekking and camping. The best time to explore the valley is between March to June and mid May to October.
Pangi valley is one the least explored offbeat valleys in Himachal Pradesh. The captivating valley is not much developed and is mainly inhabited by the Bhot and Pangi tribes. A number of beautiful valleys like Hundan, Saichu, Sural, Sechu, and Kumar – Parmar ornament the Pangi region. The valley is a great expedition zone for the adventure lovers. One can go for trekking or river rafting.
Often during winters, communication to this rugged valley is completely cut off due to heavy rainfall.
The beautiful Tirthan valley is situated in Kullu. Situated within the Great Himalayan National Park
, Tirthan valley casts a magical spell attracting tourists in large numbers.
Green valley is beauty at its full glory. Surrounded by pristine hills, Green valley is situated near Kufri. The pristine hills surrounding the Green valley are crowned with tall pine and Deodar forests making the valley worth a visit.
Lahaul valley is a mesmering valley in the lap of nature. It is a very famous tourist destination exhibiting a rich cultural and natural diversity. Lahaul valley is of great religious importance. There are several temples and monasteries (a total of 18 monasteries) present in this valley. The Guru Ghantal Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries in this valley. The valley exhibits a mixture of Hindu and Buddhist culture. For the adventure lovers there is trekking giving them an adrenaline rush.
The Malana Valley
is an enthralling valley situated in the northeast of Kullu valley. This is a beautiful valley known as Mini Greece of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at an altitude of 9,938 feet above the sea level. The valley overlooking the Deotiba and Chandrakhani Peaks weave a magical spell strong enough to attract tourists towards this breath taking valley. Residents of this valley claim to be originally from Greece. They have one of the oldest democracies. It is always advisable not to touch anything in this valley as one can be fined for this offense. The people in this valley live according to their own terms. For them marrying multiple times is a very common thing. Some of them marry as many as 12 – 15 times throughout their lifetime.
The magnificent Hudan Valley is situated at an altitude of about 10,000 ft above the sea level. It is basically one of the sub valleys of the picturesque Pongi Valley and is a famous tourist destination. The valley is surrounded by dense oak and deodar forests that house a wide variety of flora and fauna. The Hundan valley has a late that remains completely frozen between December to May. Hundan valley is famous for a Buddhist Gompa that has a statue of Lord Buddha. The valley does not disappoint true adventure lovers who can go for trekking and camping. Tourists from far and near come to come an annual fair held in the valley.
Kullu valley is a natural masterpiece. It is surrounded by the majestic Parvati Range to its east, the Barabhangal Range to its west and Pir Panjal to its north.
For the adventure lovers there is trekking and rock climbing.
The scenic Satluj valley is known for its eco tourism. Harike Bird Sanctuary, the largest in India is situated in this valley attracting wildlife lovers. One can also go for trekking.
The Sangla valley is a beautiful valley with the enchanting Baspa River flowing here. It has a rich cultural diversity and is garnished with rich cultivation.
The picturesque Kunihar valley is situated in Solan. The valley is surrounded with mountains making it a spectacular sight. A visit to this valley leaves one refreshed and rejuvenated.
Kangra valley with its majestic beauty can give
any foreign location a run for its money. The valley looks ravishing
with the mighty Dhauladhar Range towards its north and the majestic
Shivaliks towards its south. Kangra valley rising from Shahpur to
Baijnath creates a magnetic aura. The view of captivating snow clad
mountains from where a number of perennial streams originate leaves one
completely thrilled. The valley is bathed in rich cultivation. The
hospitable nature of the people living in this valley adds more to its
They welcome every tourist with open arms and an ever smiling face.
The Balh valley is situated in the Mandi district. Also known as Sunder Nagar Valley, the Balh valley flaunts a wide variety of flora and fauna attracting tourists.
Pangna –karsog is a magnificent open valley situated in Mandi. The valley is known for its Apple orchards. The valley is famous for the seven storied Pangna Fort. The Pangna Fort houses the Mahamaya Temple, attracting a lot of devotees.
A visit to these valleys is indeed a dream come true. So next time you visit Himachal Pradesh do not miss on these famous valleys.