Initially, Himachal tourism was limited to religious tours and pilgrimages. This isn’t the case anymore. A vast majority of young people vacation in Himachal Pradesh to escape the monotony of routine life and to get in touch with their inner self. Getting in touch with the natural world is a brilliant way to revive your body, mind, and soul. It all comes down to, which destination should you visit in Himachal Pradesh? There are so many places to visit in this beautiful place, you will be spoilt for choice. Don’t worry, we have shortlisted 5 places that you should add to your bucket list right away:
It is every person’s dream to witness snowfall at least once in their life. Well, Manali can make that dream come true for you. Situated at an altitude of 2050 meters, Manali is one of the most popular places to visit in Himachal. If you’re looking for trekking options from Manali, you can pick from the Malana Trek, Chandra Tal Trek, Beas Kund Trek and the Bhrigu Lake Trek. The good news is that you don’t need to be an experienced trekker to do this trek. Apart from this, there are other avenues for an adventure like skiing, mountaineering, river rafting, paragliding, and biking. If you’re biking to Rohtang Pass, one of the highest points in Himachal Pradesh, we suggest you go through Manali and at least spend a day here. You can visit several tourist attractions in the region, like Hidimba Temple, Manali Sanctuary and Mall Road.
Dalhousie is a paradise for wildlife lovers. The Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, located at a distance of 6 km from Dalhousie, is a shelter to many species of animals and birds like langur, deers, Barking Gorals, jackals, and Himalayan Black Martens. The area is full of deodar trees that shade you from the sun. The popular places of attraction in Dalhousie include Jhandri Ghat, Shivkul Ashram, Rang Mahal and Chamunda Devi Temple. The region is home to several heritage sites, so make sure to explore them on your getaway.
Dharamshala has something for every type of traveler. If you’re a history buff, you must visit War Memorial. The building is dedicated to the Indian Bravehearts who lost their lives in the Indo-China war of 1962 and the Indo-Pak wars of 1947, 1965 and 1971. Stop by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives to learn about the history of Tibetan settlement in Dharamshala. Mcleodganj, which is close to Dharamshala, is the home of the holiness Dalai Lama. Make a detour to the Kangra Art Museum. You will be amazed at the repository of incredible artwork and artifacts the museum houses.
Sangla is a remote town with a population of merely 2.28 lakh people. The locals largely make a living through agriculture. They are dependent on stable weather conditions for their crops to grow. The region overflows with apple and cattle farms. Some of the most renowned treks from Sangla are the Rupin Pass trek, Sangla-Kanda trek, and the Kinnaur-Kailash trek. You can go shopping for Kinnauri shawls and junk jewelry here. They’re locally made and of superior quality. Make sure to try the locally brewed Sangla wine too.
Chitkul is said to be the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. Situated at a height of 3450 meters, it is just 28 km away from Sangla. It is the perfect retreat for biking enthusiasts since it offers a plethora of offroading opportunities. It falls in the path of many trekking circuits. Stop by Mohatmin Mandir, a temple dedicated to the local god Mathi. There are innumerable affordable homestays in this region and the locals are extremely welcoming. All in all, it is heaven on Earth.
Many people, especially the youth, have taken to traveling full-time and documenting their adventures on social media channels such as Youtube and Instagram. Calling themselves ‘travel influencers’, these wanderlust-struck people have turned traveling into a paying profession. Who would have thought? If you’re interested in exploring this relatively new field, start small. Take solo trips to places in Himachal Pradesh. The best part is that traveling, food, and accommodation expenses are minimal. It will not only leave you with memories for a lifetime, but it will also give a much-needed boost to Himachal tourism. Pack your bag and set off for the greatest adventure of your life. You will not recover from this trip for ages.