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Top 15 Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh

If you like anything and everything about snow, you may be inspired by the meaning of the word Himachal. ‘The land of snows’, the meaning, is adequate to give you an idea of what to expect here. Himachal Pradesh is located in the western Himalayas. Surrounded by majestic mountains, out of which some still challenge mankind to conquer them, the beauty of the land is beyond imagination. Simla, one of the most captivating hill stations, is the capital of the state. Given below are the top 15 places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

1. Kullu

How to Reach:

  • Air:

The nearest airport is Kullu–Manali Airport but it has limited accessibility and its operations are irregular. Chandigarh is the next nearest airport with better connectivity. It takes about 6 hr 48 min (269.3 km) from here to Kullu via road.

  • Rail:

The nearest railway station is Joginder Nagar (JDNX) located 95 kms away and is a narrow broad gauge. Therefore it is not accessible from all major cities. Chandigarh Junction railway station (CDG) is the nearest major railway station with good connectivity from all the major northern cities. From here bus or private cabs can be taken to Kullu 269.3 km away.

  • Road:

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses to and from Kullu to other cities in HP. Buses are also available from Delhi, Pathankot, Chandigarh. Kullu is connected via Jammu- Delhi highway, NH 154, NH205.

Kullu in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most frequented tourist destinations. Often heard along with the name Manali, yet another famous tourist spot, Kullu is situated on the banks of Beas River. It was earlier called as Kulanthpitha, meaning ‘The end of the habitable world’. Awe-inspiring, right? Kullu valley is also known as the ‘Valley of Gods’. Here are some leading destinations in the magical land.

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The attractions in Kullu are more. Trekking, mountaineering, angling, skiing, white water rafting and para gliding are some of the adventurous sports available here.

2. Manali

How to Reach:

  • Air:

The nearest airport is Kullu–Manali Airport but it has limited accessibility and its operations are irregular. Chandigarh is the next nearest airport with better connectivity. It takes about 7 hr 40 min (308.6 km) from here to Manali via road.

  • Rail:

The nearest railway station is Joginder Nagar (JDNX) located 95 kms away and is a narrow broad gauge. Therefore it is not accessible from all major cities. Chandigarh Junction railway station (CDG) is the nearest major railway station with good connectivity from all the major northern cities. From here bus or private cabs can be taken to Manali 308.6 km away

  • Road:

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses to and from Manali to other cities in HP. Buses are also available from Delhi, Pathankot, Chandigarh. Manali is connected via Jammu- Delhi highway, NH 154, NH205.

Located at an altitude of 6726 feet, Manali offers splendid views of the snow-capped mountains. The land is not just a feast to your visual senses; it also offers you the chance to ascertain your fitness level with the sporting facilities here. Given below are some top destinations in Manali for you to enjoy and bring out the adventurer in you.

3. Shimla

Shimla

How to Reach:

  • Air:

Jubbarhatti, which is about 23 kilometres from the town, is the nearest airport which has good connectivity from Delhi. Chandigarh airport which is about 3 hr 41 min (113.0 km) away is the nearest major airport which has connectivity to all major cities.

  • Rail:

Shimla Railway Station (SML) is 1 km away from the town centre and is connects to Chandigarh, Delhi and Ambala Cantt. It lies on the famous Kalka-Shimla Railway line and is a narrow gauge. An auto can be taken from here to reach the town.

  • Road:

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses connecting Shimla to other cities in HP. Buses are also available from nearby cities of bordering states like Delhi, Pathankot, Chandigarh etc. Shimla is connected via NH5 and Jammu – Delhi Rd.

The enchanting beauty of Shimla made British declare the land as their summer capital. The colonial influence is still evident in the city. The hill station offers spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges. With lakes and rich greenery around, Shimla welcomes tourists round the year, of course, if you don’t mind the ‘below zero’ temperature in winter. Here are the leading destinations in Simla.

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4. Chamba

Chamba

How to Reach:

  • Air:

The nearest airport is Pathankot Airport which is about 3 hr 38 min (123.4 km) and is well connected to Chandigarh and Delhi. Visitors can take a prepaid taxi or bus from here to Chamba.

  • Rail:

Pathankot Junction railway station (PTK) is the nearest railway station and is well connected to all major cities in North India. A bus or pre paid taxi can be taken from here to Chamba 3 hr 38 min (128 km) away.

  • Road:

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses to and from Chamba to other cities in HP. Buses are also available from nearby cities of bordering states like Delhi, Pathankot, Chandigarh, Ambala etc. Chamba is connected via NH9, NH44 and Chamba – Pathankot Rd.

The spectacular beauty of Chamba has made this place dear to nature lovers. Located on the banks of River Ravi and at an altitude of over 900 meters above sea level, Chamba makes an excellent holiday retreat. It is also an important pilgrimage and historical destination with many important temples and forts. Here are some important destinations in Chamba.

  • Akhand Chandi Palace.
  • Champavati Temple.
  • Lakshmi Narayan Temples.
  • Chamunda Devi Temple.
  • Bhuri Singh Museum.

5. Dharamshala

Dharamshala

How to Reach:

  • Air:

Dharamsala airport (DHM) is located 13kms from the city and has good connectivity from all major metro cities. A cab or bus can be availed from here to the city.

  • Rail:

The nearest major railway station is at Pathankot Junction railway station (PTK), 85 kilometres away and is connected to all major cities. A pre paid taxi can be availed from here to Dharamshala.

  • Road:

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses connecting Dharamshala to other cities in HP. Buses are also available from nearby cities of bordering states like Delhi, Pathankot, Chandigarh, Ambala etc. Dharamshala is connected via NH 503 and Jammu – Delhi Rd.

Dharamshala has snow-clad mountains on three sides and valley on one side. The mountains being over 4000 m height, you can have an excellent view of them from every viewpoint. Pine trees and tree gardens along with snow covered mountains render magic to the air. It is also heavily occupied Tibetans refugees who have left an imprint of their culture here. It is visited by tourists from all over the world to get a glimpse of Tibet and support the refugees. Here are some top attractions in Dharamshala:

6. Dalhousie

Dalhousie
Photo by BOMBMAN, CC BY 2.0

How to Reach:

  • Air:

Pathankot has the nearest airport, 75 kilometres away and visitors can take a cab from here to Dalhousie.

  • Rail:

The nearest major railway station is at Pathankot Junction railway station (PTK), 75 kilometres away and is connected to all major cities. A pre paid taxi can be availed from here to Dalhousie.

  • Road:

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses from Dalhousie to other cities in HP. Buses are also available from Delhi, Pathankot, Chandigarh etc. Dalhousie is connected by Bela – Behrampur Road, NH 44 and NH 503.

Retaining not only the colonial looks but also the name, Dalhousie, was named after Lord Dalhousie, who was the British governor in the 19th century. This hill station is spread across five hills. The varying altitudes of the land have a wide range of vegetation including pine, oak and deodar. Here are the leading attractions in Dalhousie.

7. Kangra

Kangra Fort
Kangra Fort, Photo by Aleksandr Zykov, CC BY-SA 2.0

How to Reach:

  • Air:

The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport (DHM) in Dharamsala 14 km away. Visitors can take a cab from here to reach Kangra Valley.

  • Rail:

Amb Andaura (AADR) in Una is the nearest railway station and the only broad gauge in HP. The nearest biggest railway station would be Pathankot Junction railway station (PTK), 2 hr 24 min (86.4 km) away and can be reached via cab.

  • Road:

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses to and from Kangra to other cities in HP. Buses are also available from Delhi, Pathankot, Chandigarh. Kangra is connected via NH 154, NH44 and NH 503.

  • Kangra Fort.
  • Nadaun.
  • MaharanaPratap Sagar Lake.
  • Taragarh Palace.
  • Gopalpur Nature Park.
  • Nurpur.
  • Nadaun.
  • Indrahar Pass.
  • Tatwani Hot Spring.
  • Kareri Lake.

8. Kasauli

Kasauli

How to Reach:

  • Air:

Chandigarh Airport (IXC) is the nearest airport with better connectivity. It takes about 1 hr 51 min (58.1 km) from here to reach Kasauli via road.

  • Rail:

The nearest station is in Sonwara (SWO), 6 kms away from Kasauli. Kalka railway station, 40 kms away is the next best option for tourists as it connects other important sites via Kalka-Shimla railway line. Cabs or autos can be availed from stations to the city.

  • Road:

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses to and from Kasauli to other cities in HP. Buses are also available from Delhi, Pathankot, Chandigarh. Kasauli is connected via Jammu – Delhi Rd and NH 709.

Kasauli is situated at an altitude of 1927 meters and like a few other places in Himachal Pradesh, reflects the influence of colonial rule. The views from here are spectacular and this is also a well known health resort. An laid back vacation is best enjoyed amidst the scenic views this place has to offer. It is recommended to stay here for a day to explore the place properly. Here are some top attractions in Kasauli :

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9. Hamirpur

Hamirpur
Photo by  Alexthomascv, CC BY-SA 4.0

How to Reach:

  • Air:

The nearest airport is Kangra Airport (DHM), 93.7 km away. It will take approximately 2 hr 33 min (93.7 km) from here to Hamirpur via cab.

  • Rail:

Kiratpur Sahib Railway Station (KART) is the nearest station 3 hours (114.2 km) away. Major trains pass this station en route while going to Shimla, Chandigarh etc. A cab can be hailed from here to reach Hamirpur.

  • Road:

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses to and from Hamirpur to other cities in HP. Buses are also available from nearby cities like Pathankot, Chandigarh etc. Hamirpur is connected via Shimla-Kangra Rd, NH 205 and NH 103.

Being in the lower elevation, Hamirpur is warmer. The altitudes vary from near flat lands to higher levels of land that reach up to the heights of cliffs. The hilly ranges here offer great scope for trekking. The land is said to be the most literate district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Given below are some of the tourist attractions in Hamirpur.

  • Deotsidh Temple.
  • Sujanpur Tihra.
  • Awah Devi Temple.
  • Bilkeshwar Temple.

10. Parwanoo

Parwanoo
Photo by Giridhar Appaji Nag Y, CC BY 2.0

How to Reach:

  • Air:

Chandigarh is the nearest airport with connectivity from all major cities. It takes about 55 min from here to Parwanoo via road.

  • Rail:

Chandigarh  is the nearest railway station and is well connected with all major cities in India. A cab can be hailed from here to reach Hamirpur in about 1 hour.

  • Road:

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses from Parwanoo to other cities in HP. Buses are also available from Delhi, Pathankot, Chandigarh. Parwanoo is connected via Jammu – Delhi Road, NH 709, NH 5 and Kalka – Shimla Rd.

Parwanoo, surrounded by hills is yet another beautiful hill station in the land. The town, surrounded by lush greenery, lies near the border of Haryana and hence, it is a convenient location from where you could visit many tourist attractions nearby. Here are some of the tourist attractions in and around Parwanoo.

  • Kalka.
  • Pinjore.
  • Mughal Gardens.
  • Fruit Orchards.
  • Gurudwara Nada Sahib.
  • Cactus Garden.
  • Timber Trail.

11. Solan

Solan
Photo by Garconlevis, CC BY-SA 3.0

How to Reach:

  • Air:

Chandigarh is the nearest airport with good connectivity. It takes about 2 hr 14 min (66.8 km) from here to Solan via road.

  • Rail:

Solan Railway station (SOL) lies on the Kalka Shimla Railway line. It lies on a narrow broad gauge and therefore is not accessible from all the major cities in India. Shimla Railway Station (SML) is the nearest station and visitors can catch a toy train from here to Solan. They can also hail prepaid cabs or buses from Shimla to Solan, 1 hr 40 min (46.1 km) away.

  • Road:

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses to and from Solan to other cities in HP. Buses are also available from Delhi, Pathankot, Chandigarh. Solan is connected via NH5 and Jammu – Delhi Rd.

Solan, famously called ‘The mushroom city of India’ and ‘City of Red Gold’ due to its abundant mushroom and  tomato production is a beautiful city located amidst scenic snow-clad mountains and forests. It is famous for many things — from its cuisines to its scenery, Solan is a must visit place in Himachal Pradesh. It is a great place for trekking and it is heaven for those who love to feel oneness with nature. Here are the top attractions in Solan.

  • Mohan Shakti National Park.
  • Karol Tibba.
  • The Mall Road.
  • Shoolini Mata Temple.
  • Motilal Nehru Central State Library.

12. Pragpur

Paragpur
Judges Court, Photo by Dave Kleinschmidt, CC BY-SA 2.0

How to Reach:

  • Air:

The nearest airport is in Dharamshala (DHM) and it has good connectivity. It takes about 1 hr 51 min (64.2 km) from here to Pragpur via road.

  • Rail:

Amb Andaura (AADR) in Una is the nearest railway station and the only broad gauge in HP. The nearest biggest railway station would be Pathankot Junction railway station (PTK), 3 hr (132.4 km) away and can be reached via cab.

  • Road:

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses to and from Pragpur to other cities in HP. Buses are also available from Delhi, Pathankot, Chandigarh. Pragpur is connected via NH 44, NH 154 and NH 3.

At an altitude of 2000 feet, Pragpur, the first heritage village in India, offers spectacular views of Kangra Valley. Everything about Pragpur is interesting; natural beauty, rich culture, historical importance, friendly climate, beautiful greenery, easy access and anything you would consider when you travel to a place. Leading destinations in Pragpur include:

  • Chamba Pattan.
  • The Taal.
  • The Judge’s Court.
  • Jwalamukhi Temple.

Apart from visits to these places, you can indulge yourself in trekking, bird watching and fishing.

13. Sirmaur

Sirmaur
Photo by Ashish Gupta, CC BY 2.0

How to Reach:

  • Air:

Chandigarh is the nearest airport with good connectivity with all major cities in India. It takes about 3 hr (122 km) from here to Sirmaur via road.

  • Rail:

Chandigarh Junction railway station (CDG) is the nearest major railway station with good connectivity from all the major northern cities. From here bus or private cabs can be taken to Sirmaur 3 hours away via road.

  • Road:

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses to and from Sirmaur to other cities in HP. Buses are also available from Delhi, Pathankot, Chandigarh. Sirmaur is connected via Ambala Chandigarh Expy and NH 7.

Sirmaur is located on the south-eastern part of the state. The district is famous for its peach, which is from Rajgarh region, famously called the Peach Bowl. Fossils aging 85 million years have been found here. Every one of the destinations here is important and interesting.

  • Shivalik Fossil Park.
  • Churdhar Peak.
  • Renukaji.
  • Haripur.
  • Habban Valley.

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14. Chail

Chail
Photo by Abhishek Kumar, CC BY 2.0

How to Reach:

  • Air:

Chandigarh is the nearest airport with good connectivity from all major cities in India. It takes about 3 hr 30 min (106.4 km) from here to Chail by road.

  • Rail:

Kandaghat station (SOL) lies on the Kalka Shimla Railway line and is 25kms away from Chail. It lies on a narrow broad gauge and therefore is not accessible from all the major Indian cities. Shimla Railway Station (SML) is the nearest biggest station and visitors can catch a toy train from here to Kandaghat. They can also hail prepaid cabs or buses from Shimla to Chail, 1 hr 52 min (55 km).

  • Road:

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) operates regular buses to and from Chail to other cities in HP. Buses are also available from nearby cities from other states. Chail is connected via NH5 and Kandaghat-Chail-Kufri Road.

Chail is a famous hill station in Himachal Pradesh that is known for many things. It was founded in the year 1891 by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. The pleasant atmosphere in Summers and the scenic views of Shimla, Solan and Kasauli can also be seen from here. It is also the place where the highest cricket ground is located and is visited by many cricket enthusiasts from all over the world. Other attractions include:

  • Cricket Ground.
  • Maa Kali Temple.
  • Chail Palace Hotel.
  • Sidh Baba Ka Mandir.
  • Chail Wildlife Sanctuary.

15. Una

Una
Pong Dam, Photo by Sankara Subramanian, CC BY 2.0

How to Reach:

  • Air:

The nearest airport is in Dharamshala (DHM) and it has good connectivity. It takes about 3hr (123.6 km) from Dharamshala to Una via road.

  • Rail:

Amb Andaura (AADR) in Una is the nearest railway station and the only broad gauge in HP. The nearest biggest railway station would be Chandigarh Junction railway station (CDG), 2 h 23 min (123.0 km) away and can be reached via cab.

  • Road:

Himachal State Tourism Board operates regular buses to and from Una to other cities in HP. Buses are also available from Delhi, Pathankot, Chandigarh and other nearby cities from other states. Chail is connected via NH 503 and NH 205.

At an elevation of 1210 feet, the hottest district in the state, Una, is referred to as the Gateway to Himalayas. The land seems an exception in Himachal Pradesh, where most of the cities are in the hilly region. If you intend to visit the place in summer, you need to have cotton clothes to make your stay comfortable. Here are the destinations in Una.

  • Pong Dam.
  • Chintpurni Temple.
  • Thaneek Pura.
  • Kaleshwar.
  • Kila Baba Bedi Ji.

Those who have visited Himachal Pradesh would agree with me if I were to say that words can do no justice to the exquisite beauty of the land. I have tried to give information on the tourist destinations as I am sure any attempt to describe the beauty of the land is equal to scaling even a small mountain without adequate training and experience. Do write to include the destinations I have missed to include.

33 comments

  1. Photos are very nicely shooted… very colorful!!

  2. This is good, however, the most beautiful places in Himachal are left out: Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti.

  3. Hi, I am going to visit Himachal Pradesh in few days.
    I will be going there from Dehradun and would like to visit Shimla,Manali,Dharamshala and Dalhousie.
    Can you suggest me an itinerary ?
    Thanks.

  4. Hi,

    Palampur is very beautiful too. Also Mandi (Parashar Lake), Kalpa are very good places.

  5. Sir you ignore Mandi dist likely rewalsar lake, parashar lake & barot valley.

  6. Hi m going to visit himachal in end of december cn u pz tell most attractive places in hp. I jst wnt to travel in whole hp in 4 days.

  7. I need Package for me & my wife with 2 kids age 8 years & 4 years. Need Package for 4 nights & 5 days. My budget is approx is 35 to 40 K including every thing.

  8. Mahua usmani banerjee

    I just completed my himachal visit shimla ,kullu ,manali , rampur ,sarhan ,kinnour,kalpa ,sangla,chitkul ,kaza ,tabo ,keylong ,rohtang ,kufri ,palampur ,dharamshala ,mclodgunj ,dalhousie …..and return from pathankot .I am from jabalpur mp .hptdc helped me lots to make my trip successful .and my taxi driver so much co-operative .excellent place i visit.

    • I want to tour Shimla, Sarahan, Sangla, Kalpa, Tabo, Kaja, Keylong, Solan & Manali.
      Send me the altitude, min. & max. temperature of the places.

  9. East or west shimla is the best.

  10. Dharamshala is very beautiful place.

  11. You have not enter the name of District Mandi and his tourist places. please enter all of them with the name of Maa Shikari Temple near by Green Velly Janjehli as well as many other places.

  12. Ya he did not mention mandi…various tourist destinations in mandi are : –
    1. Prashar Lake
    2. Rewalsar Lake
    3. Sundernagar
    4. Kamlah Fort
    5. Shikari Devi
    6. Kamrunag Lake
    and many more….

  13. Sir,
    Kalpa, Lahol Spiti most beautiful place of himachal but there are lack of infrastructure.

  14. Kalpa, Lahol spiti is gorgeous place sir..

  15. Dharamshala is most beautiful city in H.P.

  16. I am looking at 7 night package in Himachal. I am from Bangalore. This is my first backpack trip. This is for one person. Looking for some exploration too.

  17. hi, these places are very beautiful one must go atleast one time.

  18. sir the information provided by you here is very much useful for the tourists coming from outside……and the photos are of high quality……but sir as i know about the pic for una….its not of una but it is of dalhousie beacause its the front view from my home….this is hotel peace channels……thanks and regards

  19. I am going to vaishno devi..after That i have 5 more day..i wanna visit HP..but m confused..where to go n how …so can you suggest me places to visit n everything about convenience…because this is my first time and i am with my family..so don wanna ruin all these…
    Kindly help…

  20. I want to visit Shimla, kullu, kufri,Manali, Rohtang pass . Duration of stay 6-7 days. Can you please plan an itinerary for the same.You may add any other place . Our focus is snow and planning our trip in 20th to 28th Nov´16.we are 3 persons child wife & me.

  21. If You want to get real heaven feel with simlicity so just come to North India Himachal Pradesh and take the fly ride in World famous paragliding site which is situated in Bir Billing Dist.Kangra .

  22. Palampur is a big heaven for holiday. .it is a Beautiful city in all himachal

  23. Photos are too eye-catching. Thanks for sharing such beautiful destinations.

  24. we are from tamilnadu.we around 5 to 6 families like to visit himachal pradesh in april – may. we like to cover HP in a week time. could u please give us an itenary.

  25. Hi am going to plan to mani mahesh Yatra from baa galore can u suggest me

  26. Worlds richest Natural Beauty .

  27. Prashant Kumar Singh

    All of these are only outer himachal, too many actually good places are missing, like
    1. narkanda the ultimate for ski lovers,
    2. kalpa where you see the color changing kinner kailash peak,
    3. Sangla valley truly the majestic valley it is.
    4. Kaza where You see the core himachal
    5. Kunzum pass where really goddesses live
    6. Chandler Taal where you see the magic of nature.

  28. This is most beautiful state in India.

  29. its all fabilus place..i loved my love and this all heaven of peace

  30. Manali is Awsome place with its spectacular beauty in all INDIA. Visit Kullu Manali

  31. Hi,

    I look forward to visit Himachal Pradesh during mild snowfall. Request you to suggest the number of days required to cover top tourist spots in the area. Please mention the names of the places to be visited. Moreover, i would like to incorporate train journey from Kalka to Simla. If there is any other better train trip please suggest.

    Thanks & regards
    Zahid Ahmed

  32. Himachal is a very beautiful place to go for holiday in summer. Enjoy Khajjiar, Dalhousie & Chamba,

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