Himachal Pradesh

Discover Himachal Pradesh

Travel to Bilaspur, Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kinnaur, Kullu, Lahaul & Spiti, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, Una.

Himachal Pradesh, state of India, in the extreme northern part of the Asian subcontinent. It is bounded by Jammu and Kashmir union territory to the northwest and Ladakh union territory to the northeast, by the Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the east, and by the states of Uttarakhand to the southeast, Haryana to the south, and Punjab to the west. Himachal Pradesh occupies a region of scenic splendour in the western Himalayas, offering a multitextured display of lofty snow-clad mountains, deep gorges, thickly forested valleys, large lakes, terraced fields, and cascading streams. Indeed, the name of the state is a reference to its setting: Himachal means “snowy slopes” (Sanskrit: hima, “snow”; acal, “slopes”), and Pradesh means “state.”

Population: 68,64,602
Area: 55,673 sq km
Districts: 12
Tehsils: 185
Sub Divisions: 80
Police Stations: 138

Una: Una is a district of Himachal Pradesh which lies in its south western part. On the 1st September,1972 the Himachal Pradesh Govt. reorganised the then Kangra district into three districts namely Una, Hamirpur and Kangra.The famous places of Una are ‘Chintpurni’ Goddess temple, Dera Baba Barbhag Singh, Dera Baba Rudru, Joggi Panga, Dharamshala Mahanta, Dhunsar Mahadev Temple Talmehra, Shivbari Temple Gagret and Mini Secretariat.

 

Famous Places in Una: Pong Dam, Chintpurni Temple, Thaneek Pura, Kaleshwar, Kila Baba Bedi Ji.

Pong Dam: Constructed across the river Beas, the Pong Dam is one of the most famous attractions in Una. The area is located 450 meters above sea level and is also home to a Wildlife sanctuary which contains a huge number of bird species and animal species like leopard, deer, sambar and wild boars. The place is great for a picnic and photography due to the several birds that can be spotted here.

Chintpurni Temple: Chintpurni temple is considered as one of the most important of the 51 Shakti Peetha in India. The forehead of the Goddess Sati is believed to have fallen at this place. The temple is situated at an elevation of 950 meters above sea level and is dedicated to the Hindu deity Maa Chandi or Chinnamastika.

Thaneek Pura: The Hill station of Thaneek Pura is located near the Chintpurni Temple and is situated at an average elevation of 950 meters above sea level. The hill station is famous for its various temples and fairs which are attended and frequented by a huge number of pilgrims from the Hindu and Sikh community in India. Thaneek Pura is also famous for its various treks trails that transverse through some of the most amazing locations filled with nature and adventure.

 

Kaleshwar temple: While the current structure of the Temple is believed to be 400 hundred years old, the Kaleshwar temple was originally built by the Pandavas during their exile and was completed by the Katoch Dynasty in India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is revered as a place as holy as Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Kaleshwar Temple is also famous for its annual fair organized between the months of May and June and is frequented by thousands of Pilgrims.

 

Kila Baba Bedi Ji: A historic mausoleum situated atop a mountain which offers some great views of the surroundings, Kila Baba Bedi ji is a famous tourist spot. The Kila is a dome built in an interesting Indian and Afghani architectural style and is also known to be the ancestral place of the First Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak.

Solan: Solan is a small little hill town located on the foothills of Himalayas at an elevation of about 1600 metres in the enchanting North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Extensive mushroom farming, aptly nicknames this little town as the ‘Mushroom City of India’. Well that is not all! Solan is also the largest producer of tomatoes in the country and that is the reason it is also popularly called the ‘City of Red Gold’.

Famous Places in Sonal: Kasauli, Nalagarh Palace, Shoolini Mata Temple, Chail, Kuthar Fort, Dagshai, Solan Brewery, Menri Monastery, Majathal Sanctuary, Children’s Park, Darlaghat, Jawahar Park, Barog, Arki, Sabathu.

Kasauli: Located on the road from Chandigarh to Shimla in the Solan district, Kasauli is a hilly cantonment town that makes for an ideal peaceful holiday location, especially for a weekend getaway. Mainly known for its accessibility from Chandigarh and Delhi (located just 65 km away from Chandigarh), Kasauli is not about particular attractions or activities but the beautiful villas and the serene environment.

Nalagarh fort: Nalagarh Fort is one of the most famous heritage hotels situated in Himachal Pradesh.  It was built in 1421 at the foothills of the Himalayas. Situated in the middle of lush greenery combined with modern amenities, it serves as an ideal getaway for the weekend clubbed with a fantastic view of the Shivalik Hills. It is situated in a vast 20-acre property adorned with forests, orchards and beautifully landscaped lawns.

Shoolini Mata Temple: The Shoolini Temple is dedicated to Goddess Shoolini and is one of the oldest and holiest temples in this region. It also hosts an annual fair in the month of June, each year, celebrated with much grandeur and vibrance.

Chail: Chail is a quiet hill station close (44km) to Shimla, known for the world’s highest cricket ground and a heritage hotel, Chail Palace. Surrounded by pine and deodar trees, Chail is located at an altitude of 2,250m above sea level.

Kuthar Fort: Claimed to be around 800 years old, this is the oldest historical monument around this region. The fort is spread over a large area and has a number fresh-water springs. Walk around this ancient structure to find a few more monuments such as the Gurkha For and more.

Dagshai: Dagshai or Daag-e-shahi is the oldest cantonment town in the hilly terrains of the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh in India. Perched on the top of a hill 5,689 feet above the sea level, this tiny town is worth visiting at least once in a lifetime, to get a taste of what a real offbeat attraction feels like. The foundation of the township was laid down by the East India Company in the year 1847. This incident occurred after the East India Company took over the five villages of Badhtiala, Chunawad, Dabbi, Jawag and Dagshai from the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh.

Solan Brewery: One of the oldest breweries in the country, the Solan brewery was started back in 1855 and has now been converted into a distillery. Started by an Englishman Edward Dyer as Dyer Breweries, it is now run by Mohan Meaking Ltd. This is located very close to the Solan railway station.

Menri Monastery: One of the oldest monasteries in India, the Menri Monastery is one of the most colorful places in Solan. Visit the monastery to celebrate calmness, spirituality and Buddhism in this commercial town of Solan.

Majathal Sanctuary: Spread across an area of 55,670 sq km this wildlife sanctuary is a forested area and has a wide variety of flora and fauna. A lot of endangered species can be found here, including the Cheer Pheasant.

Children’s Park: If you are with kids, visit this park to spend some enjoyable time here The park has animal rides, swings, a cafe and even a musical fountain.

Darlaghat: This is a wildlife sanctuary that houses a number of wildlife species like leopards, Black Bear, Sambars and barking deer. It is located on the Shimla-Bilaspur road which is at a distance of 35 km from Shimla. A number of eco treks are also conducted here by the HPTDC, from time to time.

Jawahar Park: Visit this simple yet well maintained park in Solan to spend some relaxed and enjoyable time. The park has some beautiful fountains, rides, as small zoo and a baby train. One may also spot a few rabbits here. It is a perfect place to spend some idle time, especially if you are with kids.

Barog: An ideal tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh is a combination of not just the scenic beauty of the Himalayas that you’d expect from this gorgeous state but also a place that is steeped in pre-colonial history and ancient myth. This would be a place rather like Shimla — but without the capital city’s hustle and mainstream crowdedness during the vacation season.

Arki: At a distance of about 60 km from Solan is the town of Arki. Take a day trip to Arki and witness its rustic heritage and centers of spirituality and religion.

Sabathu: A cantonment town in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district, Sabathu comprises the 1st and 4th Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army and is also popular for its association with the Ango-Nepalese War. A quiet town with a small population, it offers great views of green mountains dotted with residential properties and is also known for the regional leper colony that it housed in the 19th century. It is an excellent location for nature photography.

Sirmaur: District Sirmaur   is located in   outer  Himalayas  which is commonly known as Shivalik range.This  district   is bounded  by district Shimla in North Uttrakhand in East, Haryana  in  South  and  Distt. Solan   in North-West.  Like  other parts of Himachal Pradesh , it   has beautiful landscapes,  bracing  climate, big   and   small  game  and  legendry temples which hold abiding attraction for the tourists.

The  river  Giri  is the  biggest  river  in  the district which  originates from  Kotkhai/Jubbal   Tehsil of  Shimla   district and  flows down  in the  south-east  direction. It ultimately joins the river Yamuna near  Paonta  Sahib.  Lot of tributaries join this river in its long  course,  most  important  of  them being Jalal  river  which originates from Dharthi range near  Pachhad and joins the Giri River at Dadahu from  the right  side. The river Giri  is very useful as it a big source of livelihood fishermen in this   district. Another important river  which forms  the   eastern   border of the Sirmour district is the river Tons.

Famous Places in Sirmaur: Churdhar, Renuka Lake, Habban Valley, Haripur Dhar, Bhureshwar Mahadev, Paonta Sahib, Renukaji Mini Zoo, Nahan, Jaganath Temple, Shivalik Fossil Park Saketi, Trilokpur Temple, Dhaula Kuan.

Churdhar: Situated at an elevation of 3,646 meters, this is the most beautiful and pious place in not only Sirmour but also in Himachal Pradesh. Myth has it that this is the very place from where Lord Hanuman came to find herbs for severely injured Lakshmana and later carried the whole hill in Ramayana.

Renuka Lake: A magical lake replete with water is situated at an elevation of 672 meters in Sirmour. It is the largest lake in the state of Himachal Pradesh and is surrounded by green trees and hills. The place proffers splendid views and if possible you must witness either a sunrise or a sunset from here. You will definitely be enchanted after this experience.

Renuka Ji: Located near the pristine and clear Renuka Lake, Renuka Ji is a popular pilgrim spot amongst people. This place also houses a gaming sanctuary and a wildlife reserve. The wildlife reserve is replete with a variety of flora and fauna. This place is most famous for the festival that is celebrated during Kartika Ekadashi which should not be missed.

Habban Valley: Habban Valley is a valley that houses a lot of temples. This valley is famous for beautifully carved temples that were built under the supervision of Rajput Rulers. This place has a rich history and culture of its own. Some of the famous and must-visit temples include Shirgul Devta Temple, Palu Devta Temple and Tokro Tibba Kali Temple.

Haripur Dhar: Haripur Dhar is a popular mountain for trekking which of of an altitude of 2687 meters. A pristine and wonderful temple sits on the hilltop dedicated to Maa Bhangayani and is called Maa Bhangayani Temple. This temple is visited by a lot of devotees who come here to pray and seek blessings. A fort also is situated on one of the hills that gives a glimpse into the history of this place. This place is a heaven for trekkers and nature lovers.

Bhureshwar Mahadev: Bhureshwar Mahadev is another pious place and myth has it that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati saw the famous war of Kurukshetra in the epic of Mahabharata from here. This place is visited by a lot of Pilgrims and tourists because of this famous myth. This place is full of lush green trees and hills.

Paonta Sahib: Paonta Sahib is a vibrant, industrial town located in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Apart from hosting significant industries, it is also a prominent place of worship for the Sikh community. The noted Gurudwara Paonta Sahib, built in the memory of Shri Guru Gobind Singh, is situated on the banks of the River Yamuna in this town and attracts many pilgrims round the year.

Renukaji Mini Zoo: Renukaji Mini Zoo was initially started in 1957 to save and provide protection to animals. Animals like Sambhar, Chinkara, Hogdeer and Blackbuck are inhabitants of this zoo. A couple of lions was also brought in this zoo to breed and multiply.

Nahan: Situated at an elevation of 3647 meters, Nahan was founded by Raja Karna Prakash in the year 1621. Nahan is famous for its lush green forests and trekking and also provides picturesque scenic beauty. Nahan is popular amongst travelers as many attractions like Villa Round, Military Round and Hospital Round.

Jaganath Temple: Jaganath Temple is considered very pious amongst the locals. This temple is almost four centuries old and was built by Raja Budh Prakash. Every year a festival named ‘Sawan Dwadashi’ is celebrated to mark the end of the monsoon season.

Shivalik Fossil Park Saketi: Shivalik Fossil Park is an interesting and fascinating place. It is a park which houses the fossils of some of the rarest and some extinct animals.

Trilokpur Temple: Trilokpur Temple is dedicated to goddess Mahamaya Bala Sundri. It was built under the supervision of Raja Dip Prakash in 1573. This temple is visited by a lot of pilgrims throughout the year who come here to pray and seek blessings. A fair is held in the temple twice a year which attracts a lot of people.

Dhaula Kuan: Dhaula Kuan is a beautiful place replete with trees and orchards full of fruits like peaches and mangoes. You can even buy freshly prepared jams, juices and pickles. And if you want to carry these fresh fruits home, you can even purchase canned fruits that will last for a very long time. So make sure you pay a visit to this place and indulge in some healthy eating.

Shimla: Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and a popular hill-station among Indian families and honeymooners. Situated at the height of 2200m, Shimla was the summer capital of British India. Shimla still retains its old-world charm with beautiful colonial architecture, pedestrian-friendly Mall Road and the ridge lined up with multiple shops, cafes and restaurants.

Famous Places In Shimla: The Ridge, Mall Road, Kufri, Green Valley, Jakhu Temple, Chail, Kalka Shimla Toy Train, Christ Church, Viceregal Lodge, Narkanda, Naldehra, Himalayan Bird Park, Cafe Simla Times, Annadale, Himachal State Museum, Scandal Point,  Rothney Castle, Theog, Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary, Kalibari Temple, Skiing in Kufri, Chadwick Falls, Tara Devi temple, Lakkar Bazar, Jakhoo Ropeway, The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Gorton Castle, Bantony Castle, Gurudwara Sahib, Pabbar Valley, Horse Riding in Shimla, Kasauli, Naggar Castle, Solan, Mashobra, Fagu, Shoghi, Ice Skating, Cafe Wake & Bake, Cafe Hide Out, Wild Flower Hall Hotel, Retreat Building, Heritage walk, Bharara Fair, Bhoj Fair, Chanshal Pass, Lavi Fair, Kharapathar, Shimla Summer Festival,  Hatkoti Valley.

The Ridge: The Ridge is the most photographed wide-open street located on the side of Shimla Mall Road. The Ridge has everything, from shops selling some exclusive artefacts to the spectacular view of the snow-capped mountain ranges. It is famous for a lot of things, but best known for shopping and for being the social hub of the city. Shimla’s rich past is evident from the Gothic buildings standing in this part of the town.

Kufri: Kufri, located at a distance of 16km from the main city of Shimla, is a popular tourist destination known for snow-laden peaks, skiing and Kufri Zoo. Travellers have to either hike or take a pony from the parking lot to reach Kufri. Mahasu Peak and Fagu Valley are the main attractions in Kufri but are accessible via pony ride. You can also enjoy go-karting at the Kufri Fun World, which has the highest Go-Karting track in the world. You can come back to the parking lot by a pony and head to the Indira Tourist Park by afternoon after grabbing some lunch. Or you can also head to Kufri Zoo from there.

Green Valley: The Green Valley is a beautiful and breathtaking mountain range that falls on the way to Kufri from Shimla. The Green Valley is surrounded by verdant hills on all sides covered with thick pine and deodar forests. It is not uncommon to sight some Yaks wandering and grazing around in the valley. The place is undeveloped for tourism, nevertheless, it continues to be a crowd puller and capture the attention of tourists with its dense deodar and pine trees that line the majestic hills.

Jakhoo Temple: Set amidst the lush green background of the Shivalik hill ranges on Jakhoo Hill, the highest point in Shimla, the Jakhu Temple is an ancient site dedicated to the Hindu god – Hanuman. Jakhu Temple has the world’s largest Hanuman statue, which is visible from most parts of Shimla.

Chail: This small village in Himachali is situated at a height of 2250 m above sea level and is known as a hiker’s paradise. Surrounded by lush greenery and mesmerizing views from such a great height, Chail is bound to give a tourist a memorable travelling experience to a tourist.

Kalka Shimla Toy Train: The Kalka to Shimla route is best travelled by way of the toy train that runs on a narrow-gauge track and is known for its dramatic views of the hills and surrounding villages. The historic Kalka Shimla Toy train is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List and takes individuals on a ride amongst vast green hills and deodar and pine forests.

Christ Church: The Christ Church in Shimla is the second oldest church in entire northern India and is a site of pure devotion as well as architectural beauty. The church, which took 11 long years to complete, stands as a reminder of the British colonisation in India. There is something unique and exciting about the Shimla Christ Church that makes it the favourite destination of people of all age groups. At night, the church literally glows when it is lighted up, while in winters, it dons the look of a magnificent castle.

Viceregal Lodge: It is a perfect place for history lovers. Built in 1888, this six story building constructed in Scottish Baronial style once served as the residence of Lord Dufferin, the British Viceroy of India.

Narkanda: Surrounded by forests and woodlands, Narkanda is a quaint little town in Shimla district which is popular for skiing in winters. Situated at a height of 9000 feet, this town attracts tourists for its ethereal natural beauty and its beautiful apple orchards. Surrounded by tropical forests and majestic hills, this is one place that tourists to Himachal Pradesh should not miss.

Naldehra: Naldehra is a small enchanting hill station in Himachal Pradesh, located just around 22 km from Shimla. It is perfect for tourists looking for natural scenic beauty and an offbeat location. Naldehra is famous for its greenery, golf course and plain view of the mountains filled with pine, cedar and deodar trees.

Himalayan Bird Park: A little aviary, Himalayan Bird Park in Shimla is home to rare and exotic birdlife as well as iridescent monal pheasant which is Himachal’s former state bird. This nature park, located in the heart of the city, opposite to Vice Regal Lodge is visited by thousands of locals and tourists throughout the year. One can take a walk around the park and explore the rich collection of plants and trees.

Annadale : Annadale is a famous attraction in Shimla having a splendid Golf Course, a Playground, a Cactus Museum and an Indian Army Museum. All these aspects make Annadale a beautiful attraction for holidaying and rejuvenation purposes.

Himachal State Museum: The Himachal State Museum is located on the Mall Road and has unique collectibles like ancient coins, paintings and other handicraft items, the aesthetics of which are influenced by the Pahari form of art.

Scandal Point: The Scandal Point is located on the Mall Road. It owes its interesting name to the fact that the King of Patiala abducted the daughter of the Viceroy, because he fell in love with her, from this very place.

Rothney Castle: Rothney Castle is a heritage monument located on Jakhoo Hill on a steep slope amidst lush green natural vegetation. The site is a treat to the explorer due to its historical significance and the natural beauty of the location.

Theog: A quiet escape, one of the less crowded attractions of the state, Theog in Himachal Pradesh, warmly wrapped in the arms of the mighty Himalayas, has everything a popular hill station can give you minus the tourist rush.

Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary: Popularly for its rare variety of flora and fauna, this wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit for all wildlife enthusiast. Animals such as jackals, barking deer, monkeys and leopards are commonly sighted here.

The Pir Panjal ranges of Jammu and Kashmir can also be seen from here, making this an ideal spot for trekking and picnics.

Kalibari Temple: Kalibari Temple is an ancient place of worship dedicated to Goddess Kali. It was built in 1845 and is considered of immense religious importance for the devotees. The shrine houses a captivating idol of Goddess Kali beautifully adorned with jewellery and colourful flowers.

Tattapani: A popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh, Tattapani is a quaint village located 60 kms away from Shimla. Situated on the banks of river Sutlej, it is famous for rafting and its Hot sulphur spring is believed to have curative properties for health ailments like stress, joint pain, fatigue and other skin diseases.

Skiing in Kufri: Kufri, the winter sports capital of Shimla, leaves each and every visitor splendid with its beautiful white cover of snow. It is a skier’s paradise. From the first snowfall of the year to the time the snow melts it is flocked by hundreds of skiers. Skiing is Kufri’s primary allure. The slopes, the heights, and the snowy carpet it offers are the most adventurous platforms for skiing. The thick cover of snow is perfect for hosting the adventurous sport.

Chadwick Falls: Chadwick Falls is located in the Glen Forests not too far from the bustling city area. Frequently visited by picnickers, this stream of water trickles from a height of about 100 metres. It is not a massive waterfall but is admired for the tranquillity and the hypnotic vibe it creates amidst the dense forest region.

Tara Devi Temple: Shoghi, also known as city of temples is also a place to relax through spirituality. This temple considered to be 250 years old is situated on the top of the Tara Parvat.

Jakhoo Ropeway: The vintage British-era architecture coupled with the scenic views of the Himalayan landscape is thoroughly enjoyed by the ropeway cable car from the bottom of the hill to the top.

Institute of Advanced Studies: The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies located on the Observatory Hill of Shimla is a majestic structure made with Victorian-style architecture. It has now been converted into an educational institution which offers post-doctoral courses. This building was formerly used by the British Government to hold important political meetings.

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex: Built in the Victorian or Gothic style of architecture over a century ago, the Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex located in Shimla is of immense historical and cultural significance in India. The five-storey complex houses an exhibition hall, a multipurpose hall, an art gallery and an amphitheatre. It is considered as an essential and famous centre of performing arts for artists, and art enthusiasts from all over the world visit the Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex frequently.

Gorton Castle: Gorton Castle is a heritage monument which is over a century old and was built during the Colonial era. Today, the castle is used as the office of the Accountant General of Himachal Pradesh. It is a perfect illustration of the rich history and heritage of India during the colonial era.

Bantony Castle: The Bantony Estate is a heritage site built during the British era and is located on Bantony Hill of Shimla. The estate consists of the Bantony Castle and the Bantony Cottage. The estate now comes under the Heritage Zone of Shimla and is included in the Shimla Heritage walk for tourists. The beautiful wooden architecture of the building amidst the sprawling lawns is a site worth exploring.

Gurudwara Sahib: The Gurudwara Sahib in Shimla was constructed in the year 1907, at Padhawa hills. It is a small construction but the exquisite details in the interiors of the structure make it a must-visit for devotees and tourists alike.

Pabbar Valley: Pabbar Valley, the enchanting valley of the Pabbar River is located just 80 kilometres away from Shimla. Nature is seen thriving in abundance in this quaint little region of Himachal. The valley is located in the belt famous for the Pabbar River that cuts through the Chanshal Mountain Range, apple orchards, majestic mountains, lush green meadows, dense oak & deodar forests. The valley terrain also is quite an attraction for adventure seekers. The densely covered slopes of the mountains provide for exciting trails waiting to be explored by adventurers that flock every year. The valley, therefore, is not just perfect for sightseeing but is also an excellent spot for nature and adventure lovers.

Horse Riding in Shimla: Horse riding is a popular and much loved activity in both Shimla and Kufri. In Shimla, Horse Riding Options are generally available at the Ridge.

Kasauli: Located on the way from Chandigarh to Shimla, Kasauli is a hilly cantonment town which makes for an ideal peaceful holiday location, especially for a weekend getaway. Nestled amidst beautiful woody forests of pines (Chir Pine), herbs (Milk Thistle) and cedar trees, Kasauli owes its mystical and serene ambience to the lavish Victorian buildings built by the Britishers who resided here years back.

Naggar Castle: The Castle in Naggar is a medieval mansion of wood and stone that overlooks the beautiful valley of Kullu. Built-in 1460 A.D, the castle is a unique blend of the Western and Himalayan style of architecture. This property of Raja Sidh Singh was converted into a heritage hotel by the government in 1978.

Solan: Located on the Punjab-Himachal Border, Solan lies on the lower ranges of the Himalayas and is more of an industrial town with various industries.
Solan is a more low-key hill station ideal for travellers looking just some time away from the city rush.

Mashobra: Mashobra is a lush green expanse in Himachal Pradesh, tucked away at a height of about 7700 feet, ensuring minimal human obstruction in the course of nature to provide you with the most pure and liberating experience of your lifetime.

Fagu: Situated at an elevation of 2500 meters, Fagu is a serene snow-clad hamlet, located around 45 minutes drive from Shimla. It is known for its apple plantations, sowing fields and the snow-covered Himalayas in the backdrop. Since it is secluded, Fagu is a honeymooner’s heaven. It also popular amongst trekkers and naturalists.

Shoghi: While Shimla is being flooded by tourists every year, a serene, calm and epitome of beauty lies near it, waiting to be discovered. Shoghi, a small hill station just 13 Kms. from Shimla is abundant in natural scenic beauty and a large variety of flora and fauna.

Ice Skating: Ice Skating is a famous sport in the beautiful city of Shimla. The Shimla Ice Skating Rink is well-known because it is a naturally formed rink and is also the largest and the only naturally formed arena found in South Asia. Ice skating is thus a favourite sport for one and all here, especially during winters.

Wild Flower Hall Hotel: Originally built as a residence of Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, this building is said to have been a favorite retreat of Lord Ripon. However, the building got burnt in 1993 and a new Wildflower building was built as a hotel there by joint venture between HP government and Oberoi group of Hotels

Retreat Building: Located in Chharabara, just 10 km from Shimla, the Retreat Building is the official retreat residence for the President of India. It was built in 1850 and was part of the Viceroy of India property. The architectural pattern and the natural beauty of the place have made The Retreat a tourist attraction in Shimla.

Heritage walk:  Heritage walk is a guided tour of the Heritage Zone located in Shimla. The heritage walk begins at one end of the city and participants walk to every heritage monument in Shimla. One can choose to hire a guide to get more information and hear exciting stories from the British era.

Bharara Fair: Bharara Fair is held every year in the Village of Bharara held in the honour of Lord Koteshwar, locally known as Devta and is open for people belonging to all caste and creeds. It is an event where everyone comes together to celebrate and seek blessings from the Lord.

Bhoj Fair: Bhoj Fair is celebrated in the Gumman Village in Shimla. It is a three-day event celebrated in the honour of Lord Banshur/ Lord Bansor, Lord Parshuram and Lord Kilbaru. Held in November every year, it is dedicated primarily to the commanding deity or the Kul Devta, Devta Bansor.

Chanshal Pass: Also known by the name of Chanshal Valley, the Chanshal Pass is a refreshingly beautiful destination located in Himachal Pradesh, precisely 160 kilometres in distance from Shimla. Whether you work a tiring desk job or simply want to get away from the pollution and chaos of a metropolitan city, this gorgeous mountain valley is the perfect spot for your weekend getaway.

Lavi Fair: Lavi Fair is a unique event held in Rampur Bushahr which is a municipal council in the district of Shimla. It is celebrated every year from 11th to 14th of November and is attended by small and large-scale merchants and businessmen, but is majorly organised to encourage business amongst the locals and the shepherds.

Kharapathar: When it comes down to rugged mountainous views, free-spirited nature and an overall enchanting and wild trip, the Himalayan village of Khara Pathar takes the cake. The small village may not seem often be chosen in favour of its famous neighbour, Shimla and due to the extremely off track road that leads to Kharapathar, but the place’s charm is never dimmed. Kharapathar is located at the height of 8770 feet above sea level, making it the highest point on the Shimla route. The staggering height of the village makes the view here a thing of the legends, especially at night when all the scattered houses on the hill are lit up like specks.

Shimla Summer Festival: The Shimla Summer Festival is a celebration of the bounty of the harvest, and the festivities honour the advent of the summer. Spread out over five days; the festival is a gala of musical performances, cultural attractions, folk performances, local handicraft exhibitions, as well as with quirky activities like fashion shows, dog shows, stalls that sell artisanal ware and serve up local cuisine; it is an event that has something for everybody.

Hatkoti Valley: The Hatkoti Valley is mainly visited by the locals as a day trip from Shimla and is a popular pilgrimage spot, religious symbol as well as a sanctuary for those wishing to make themselves one with nature.

Mandi:  Mandi district is a nice Tourism destination for all kind of visitors. The historic town of district Mandi (800 m) is built along the banks of the river Beas. It has a rich culture and history represented by its temples which are a major tourists draw. Mandi is an important trading centre situated on the Pathankot-Kullu road.

Famous Places In Mandi: Prashar Lake, Bhutnath temple, Pandoh Dam, Rewalsar Lake, Sunder Nagar, Tattapani, Kamru Nag Lake, Trekking, Barot, Bhima Kali Temple, Kamlah Fort, Shopping in Mandi, Indira Shopping Complex, Janjehli, Shikhari Devi Temple, Chindi.

Prashar Lake: Prashar Lake is a crystal clear water body situated about 50 km north of Mandi, with a three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage Prashar. The lake is located at the height of 2730 m above sea level with deep blue waters and holds a saintly position there. Bounded by snow-topped peaks of Dhauladhar ranges in Kullu Valley, the place looks down on the fast-flowing river Beas. The lake has a floating island in it, and its actual depth is unclear.

Bhutnath temple: The spirituality of this temple dates back to 1520s and is as old as the town itself. Located almost at the center of the town, the temple is devoted to Lord Shiva.

Pandoh Dam: The Pandoh Dam is an embankment dam on the Beas River in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Under the Beas Project, the dam was completed in 1977 and its primary purpose is to generate hydroelectric power. Part of a run of the river power scheme, it diverts the waters of the Beas to the southwest through a 38 km long system of tunnels and channels. The water is used for power generation at the Dehar Power House before being discharged into the Sutlej River, connecting both rivers. The power house has an installed capacity of 990 MW. The project was completed in 1977.

Rewalsar Lake: Rewalsar Lake is a spot of high spiritual importance. Situated 25 km from Mandi, this place is well known for its seven floating islands. It is believed that an act of penance was held by Lomas Rishi here and Lord Shiva impressed by his devotion gave him seven floating islands as reward.

Sunder Nagar:  Formerly a princely state known as Suket, Sunder Nagar is now a city and a municipal council in Mandi district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Located at a distance 24 kms from Mandi, in the south-west direction towards Shimla, Sunder Nagar is a blessed town when it comes to natural beauty. The waters of the Beas-Sutlej Project have given this place a beautiful man-made lake. The beautiful town of Sundernagar is also well-known for the shady walks amidst towering trees. The temples of Mahamaya and Sukhdev Vatika, located on the nearby hill are also the tourist attractions.

Tattapani: Tattapani literally meaning hot water is located on the banks of River Sutlej. Surrounded by panoramic view of hills, the place houses natural sulphur spring which is said to own curative properties to cure many ailments.

Kamru Nag Lake: A famous trekking path all around and situated at the height of 3334 m, Kamru Nag Lake lies on the Mandi-Karsog road and serves as arresting place for trekkers.

Trekking: One of the most off beat places in Himachal Pradesh, Prashar Lake is a crystal clear water body situated about 50 kms north of Mandi. Bounded by mighty Dhauladhar ranges in Kullu Valley, the place is full of mystic charm. It’s lush green valleys, interspersed with rivers and lakes offer one of the most picturesque and enjoyable trekking experiences.

Barot: Barot is a mesmerizingly beautiful village located in the serene valleys of Mandi District (67km away) in Himachal Pradesh. It is a newfound tourist destination and remains quite secluded. It is popular for trekking, camping and trout fishing. The scenic landscapes and pollution-free environment make it ideal for solo travel as well as a family vacation.

Bhima Kali Temple: Bhima Kali Temple is one of the famous temples of the Mandi dedicated to Goddess Bhima Kali. Situated on the banks of River Beas, this temple also showcases different statues and idols of Gods and Goddesses in a museum.

Kamlah Fort: Situated almost 80 km from Mandi city, this fort is stands proudly on Sikandar Dhar ranges. Built by Raja Suraj Sen in 1625, it stands hovering at a height of 4772 meters. With its entrance present almost in form of a maze, the landscape around is lush green and picture perfect. Do visit this place if you’re a history fanatic.

Indira Shopping Complex: The central shopping district of Mandi is the Indira Shopping complex, which is carved around a flurry of terraced steps and a beauteous Himalayan setting.

Janjehli: A treat for adventure buffs, Janjehli is an ideal place for activities like trekking. With a trail up to 3300 m, this place is almost 67 km from Mandi.

Shikhari Devi Temple: Serenity is the first thing that comes to the mind with Shikhari Devi Temple. Located 15 km from Mandi, the trekking to this temple at a height of 3332 m above the sea level is quite exciting. Once you reach the top, make sure you witness either sunrise or sunset that is sure to leave you completely breathless and enchanted.

Chindi: Chindi is a small village that sits quietly in the lap of nature at 1850 mts in Himachal Pradesh. Packed with apple orchards and enormous pine and deodar forests, one can also find several small temples near the village. Located in the Karsog Valley, around 87 km from Shimla and 107 km from Mandi, Chindi is known primarily for different temples.

Lahaul & Spiti: Famously described by Rudyard Kipling as “a world within a world”, the Lahaul & Spiti District in Himachal is fringed by majestic Himalayan hills and it boasts mesmerizing cold barren lands of nothingness, pristine gurgling rivers, scenic alpine lakes, and a rich Buddhist culture and history. Inarguably one of the best places in Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul & Spiti is capable to transport one to another world where everything looks and feels magical.

Famous places in Lahaul & Spiti: Chandratal Lake, Kye Monastery, Kunzum Pass, Pin Valley national park, Suraj Tal, Dhankar Monastery, Tabo Monastery, Dhankar lake, Kibber, Baralacha La, Pin Valley National Park, Shopping in Spiti, Trilokinath Temple, Treks in Spiti Valley, Spiti Valley Bike Trip, Shashur Monastery, Gandhola Monastery, Keylong Market, Tayul Monastery,  Sakya Tangyud Monastery, Kardang Monastery, Kungri Monastery, Gue, Rafting, Fossil Hunting, Stargazing, Yak and Horse Safaris, Tibetan shops, Thangka painting, Sarchu, Tashigang.

Chandratal Lake: Chandratal Lake is often referred to as one of the most beautiful lakes located at an altitude of about 4300 m in the mighty Himalayas. The stunning lake is situated on the Samudra Tapu plateau in the Lahaul region of the Lahaul and Spiti district and is the source of the Chandra River. The name “Chandra Taal” (Lake of the Moon) comes from its crescent shape. This lake is also one of two high-altitude wetlands of India that have been designated as Ramsar sites. Once a tentative residence for Tibetan traders travelling to Spiti and the Kullu valley, it attracts thousands of adventure enthusiasts.

Kye Monastery: Kye Monastery and Ki Monastery is believed to have been founded by Dromton, who was a student of the famous teacher Atisha in the 11th century. It enshrines Buddha idols in the Dhyana position and has a collection of ancient books and murals. The magnificent monastery doubles up as a religious training centre for the Lamas, and about 300 lamas receive their education from here.

Kunzum Pass: Kunzum Pass or Kunzum La, as it is called by locals, is one of the highest motorable mountain passes of India, located at an altitude of 4,551m above mean sea level. Kunzum La offers an incredible 360-degree view of Bara- Shigri Glacier (the second longest glacier in the world), a jaw-dropping vista of Chandrabhaga Range and a spectacular view of the Spiti valley. This is also a starting point for a 9km trek to Chandratal.

Pin Valley  National Park: Set amidst semi-frozen rivers in the Pin Valley, this national park is home to the rare species of famous Himalayan snow leopards and their prey, the Ibex.

Suraj Tal: Just below the Baralacha pass, is a lake, one should not moss while here, especially if they are into photography. The Suraj Tal, is one of the most dream-like and photogenic lakes.

Dhankar Monastery: Dhankar Monastery, also referred to as Dankhar, Drangkhar or Dhangkar Gompa is situated in the district of Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, India. At an altitude of 12,774 feet, the monastery is perched unbelievably on the edge of a cliff and offers a panoramic view of Spiti valley. Built one thousand years ago on a 1000 feet high mountain and overlooking the heart-stirring sight of the confluence of Spiti and Pin rivers, Dhankar Monastery is listed as one of the world’s 100 most endangered monuments

Tabo Monastery: Standing tall and strong at a dizzying height of 10,000 feet, the Tabo Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries located in the Tabo Village of Spiti Valley. In fact, it is the oldest monastery in India and the Himalayas that has been functioning continuously since its inception. This alluring monastery is renowned as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas’. This is because the walls of the monastery are decorated with fascinating murals and ancient paintings, much like the Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra.

Dhankar monastery: At a distance of 5 km from the Dhankar monastery that sits dangerously on a cliff, lies the Dhankar lake on the other side of the mountain. It takes about an hour to reach the lake after following a well marked trail from the monastery.

Kibber: Kibber, also known as Kyibar, is a small village located in the Spiti Valley at an altitude of 4270 metres in Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and barren landscapes, Kibber boasts of being the highest village with a motorable road. The village is particularly famous for the local monastery and Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. One can spend a day at the rest houses here, with the mountains watching over. A feature of this village is around 40 similar-looking houses built in Tibetan architecture.

Baralacha La: Baralacha La or Baralacha pass, means a pass where various roads meet. The pass serves as a connecting point between Lahaul and Ladakh and looks over three valleys which meet at a height of over 16,000 ft.

Pin Valley National Park Trek: Nestled amid the cold desert region of Lahaul and Spiti district, Pin Valley National Park is a paradise for nature lovers and a haven for adventurists with the Pin Valley Park Trek. Perched at an altitude ranging from 11,500 feet to 20,000 feet, Pin Valley Park was constituted as Wildlife Park in 1987. Apart from the abundance of wildlife, the Pin Valley Park Trek is characterised by natural scenic beauty that adorns the place. It snows for the most part of the year rendering the trek a thrilling and adventurous expedition. However, make sure you obtain the required permits. Also, foreign nations are not allowed inside the park.

Shopping in Spiti: Being a lesser-known as a typical holiday destination, the tourism sector in Lahaul and Spiti is not well-developed and finding shops for souvenirs would be difficult here. However there is a special variety of tea here known as the Spiti tea which is claimed to slows down ageing as per the locals.

Trilokinath Temple: Trilokinath Temple holds religious significance amongst both Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus. The temple is situated on a cliff at the end of a street in the Tunde village. The three day Pauri festival during August makes it a good time to visit the temple.

Treks in Spiti Valley: Spiti is the haven for adventure seekers and trekkers as it offers treks through some of the most unseen, dream-like landscapes, watched over by majestic sceneries. For the more experienced trekkers there is the Pin-Parvarti route. Other routes include Kaza-Langza-Hikim-Comic-Kaza, Kaza-Ki-Kibber-Gete-Kaza, Kaza-Losar-Kunzum La and Kaza-Tabo-Sumdo-Nako.

Spiti Valley Bike Trip: Being in the trans-Himalayan Region, the terrain of Spiti is favoured among adventure bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts. It features toward the top on the list of any Mountain Biker. Ride on some of the highest roads and through the cold desert mountain valley’s dreamy landscapes. The best time for such an experience is during the months of June to September.

Shashur Monaster: Shashur Monastery, derives its name from the blue pines that surround it. It is a three-storey structure located at a distance of 35-40 km from Manali.

Gandhola Monastery: The Gandhola Monastery, also known as Guru Ghantal Gompa, is located around 20 kms from Keylong in the Lahaul Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh. Perched on the Tupchiling Village hilltop, at the confluence of Chandra and Bagha Rivers, Gandhola Monastery is the oldest monastery in the Lahaul region, founded by Padma Sambhava around 800 years ago. It is famous for its wooden idols, which stand out from the clay idols found in all other monasteries.

Keylong Market: The Keylong Market offers plethora of choices including woolen shawls, mufflers, stoles, baby shawls, ponchos, and caps among other items either made from Angoora or Pashmina yarn. Don’t forget to bargain for the best prices.

Tayul Monastery: Tayul Monastery houses the biggest statue of Padma Sambhava, about 12 ft. tall, in his two manifestations as Singhmukha and Vajravarahi. The Gompa also has a hundred million mani wheels, which are supposed to open the minds of visitors to the compassion of Lord.

Sakya Tangyud Monastery: One of the most sought after attraction in Kaza, the Tangyud Monastery is located in the Komic village of Spiti Valley. At 4520 metres, it one of the highest altitude gompas in India. Also known as Sakya Tangyud Monastery, it is situated on the periphery of the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. It serves as an amazing place to learn about Buddhism while surrounded by captivating views.

Kardang Monastery: Kardang Monastery is located in the scenic landscape among the greenery, mountains and across the Bhaga river. It is close to Keylong, a small town in Himachal. You can see the magnificent white building adorned with prayer flags from a distance.

Kungri Monastery: Located in the Pin Valley, around 10 km from Attargo and 3 km from Gulling, the Kungri Monastery is the second oldest monastery in Spiti valley and the only one following Nyingmapa Buddhism. It is also the oldest order of Tibetan Buddhism. The Kungri Gompa is frequently visited by pilgrims, tourists and Buddhist scholars.

Gue: Gue is a small village in the Spiti Valley which is also known as the Mummy Village as it has a mummy of a monk which is placed inside a tomb. As per carbon dating, the mummy is 500 to 600 years old. It has been dressed in silk robes and is placed in a squatting position. It was discovered in the year 1975.

Rafting: Rafting is one of the most thrilling things to do in Spiti. Riding the tides in the backdrop of emerald hills and lush greenery is an experience of a lifetime. You can try the activity in the Pin and Spiti rivers. This rafting activity covers a distance of 180 kms on an average.

Fossil Hunting: Fossil Hunting is one activity unique to Spiti which is still not too popular. However, it is a a very exciting activity especially if you are a history or an archaeology enthusiast. There is a strong possibility that you will find one because the region in an around Langza and Hikkim is studded with fossils. If not, you will still find locals selling out these fossils which you can purchase to take back home as souvenirs.

Stargazing: Stargazing is a unique experience that is especially enjoyable in the hills. And Spiti Valley is one such place where you can en-cash this surreal experience. On clear nights, you can see the night sky studded with millions of diamond like stars. While the activity is in itself, immensely peaceful, it is also a time to reminisce, and is surely going to be an experience of a lifetime for you.

Yak and Horse Safaris: Yak and Horse Safaris are the best and some of the most popular and loved ways to explore this region.

Tibetan shops: There are a number of Tibetan shops here, where one can shop for gems and jewellery, local ornaments, semi-precious stones as well as ceramic utensils.

Thangka painting: Thangka painting is a Buddhist painting made on cotton and silk .When they are not used for display, they are rolled and kept on a textile backing which look like Chinese scroll paintings, with a silk cover . They can last for a long time . But they are of delecate nature, that’s why they are kept in dry places so that it doesn’t get affected by moisture . The painting depicts a Buddhist deity or a scene.

Sarchu: Sarchu, which lies in the border of Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh is usually chosen as an overnight stop for people who travel along the Leh-Manali Highway. It is at a distance of 222 kilometres from Manali and 252 kilometres from Leh.

Tashigang: Situated in the Sutlej river valley near the India- Tibet border, Tashigang is a quaint little village in Himachal Pradesh which is also the highest point in the Spiti Valley. Perched at an altitude of 4650 m, the village has just over four homes with a meagre population of 6 families and around 40 people in all. Boasting of gorgeous mountain views and narrow winding roads, the pristine hamlet offers peace and quiet like no place else.

Kullu: Kullu, a popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh is located on the banks of the Beas river. Kullu is known for its Dusshera Festival, ancient temples, and rafting.  Kullu is generally coupled with its sister town Manali which is at a much higher altitude and provides more scenic views of snow-capped mountains.

Kullu is also home to Bhuntar airport and bus junction and is used as the base town to reach Manikaran, Kasol, Malana, Naggar. Kullu also has few important temples like the Raghunath Temple and Jagannath Devi Temple. There are many treks that also originate from this area include the Bijli Mahadev Temple Trek, Parvati Valley Trek, etc.

Famous Places In Kullu: River Rafting in Kullu Manali, Raghunath Temple, Naggar, Manikaran, Great Himalayan National Park, Dhakpo Shedrupling Monastery, Bhrigu Lake, Prashar Lake, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Chandrakhani pass, Dechen Choekhor Mahavira Monastery, Malana, Friendship Peak, Shopping in Kullu, Parvati Valley Trek, Hanogi Mata Temple, Gauri Shankar Temple, Trekking in Kullu, Pandoh Dam, Bhuntar, Khirganga National Park, Shringa Rishi Temple, Jagannathi Devi Temple, Pin Bhabha Pass, Paragliding in Kullu, Inderkilla National Park, Fishing in Kullu, Camping.

River Rafting in Kullu Manali: River Rafting in Kullu Manali is done along the River Beas and is considered ideal for expert rafters as well as beginners. The section of rafting starts from a small district called Pirdi and it flows through various locations like Bajaura, Sarabai, Bhuntar, Shamshi, Mohal, Raisol and Katrain.

Raghunath Temple: Located in the scintillating hill town of Kullu, the Raghunath Temple is one of the main attractions here. Wrapped around in an ancient legend, the temple finds connections to Lord Rama, and the idol of Lord Raghunath placed here, is said to be the same as the one used by him. While it derives much significance from the legend, the Raghunath Temple borrows its design and architecture from the Pahari and Pyramidal styles.

Naggar: Naggar is an unexplored and modest town in the Kullu district, which will give you all the time to leisurely walk around, rest and rejuvenate amongst mountains, valleys, lush greenery and the River Beas flowing in much proximity.

Manikaran: Manikaran is a small town situated between rivers Parvati and Beas, famous for its hot water springs and beautiful landscapes. The town has many temples and a gurudwara, making it a significant pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs alike.

Great Himalayan National Park: Great Himalayan National Park located Kullu region is home to more than 375 species of fauna, 31 species of mammals and 181 species of birds. You need to obtain a permit to visit the park. There are different levels of trekking that can be done inside GHNP.

Dhakpo Shedrupling Monastery: Also known as the Kais Monastery, the Dhakpo Shedrupling Monastery is located in Kullu’s Kais Village. Set amidst the grandeur of mountains at the top of 50 stairs, the monastery is home to Tibetan Monks and is known for its propagation of the Buddha Dharma.

Bhrigu Lake: Bhrigu Lake is a high altitude lake located in the district of Kullu about 40 kilometres away from Manali. The route to the lake passes through mesmerising meadows. Not many tourists know about the beautiful Bhrigu Lake Meadows that can be compared with the alpine meadows found at high altitude locations like Switzerland.

Prashar Lake: One of the most offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh, Prashar Lake is a crystal clear water body situated about 50 km north of Mandi, with a three-storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage Prashar. The lake is located at the height of 2730 m above sea level with deep blue waters and holds a saintly position there.

Bijli Mahadev Temple: Located at an altitude of 2,460 m at a hilltop in Kullu, Bijli Mahadev Temple is one of the ancient and sacred temples in India. It is said that the temple houses a Shiva Linga which was broken into pieces by lightning, that was brought back together and bounded by a temple priest using butter. Bijli Mahadev has to be reached by a trek through a 3 km long path covered with pine trees.

Chandrakhani pass: At a flattering height of 3600 meters, nestled in the Parvati Valley, the Chandrakhani pass is a favorite for those who seek natural beauty as well as those in search of adventure with mountains and valleys in the backdrop.

Dechen Choekhor Mahavira Monastery: Dechen Choekhor Mahavira Monastery in Sarabai Village is considered to be the holiest Buddhist spot in Himachal Pradesh owing to its association with the Drukpa Kargyu Lineage. A structure representative of Indo-Tibetan art, the colourful monastery is known for its serene and positive vibes and overlooks the breathtaking Beas Valley.

Malana: If you are up to some adventure, sightseeing and understanding the traditions of the local inhabitants, a visit to this small village is a blessing in disguise. If visiting Kasol you need to get involved in a trekking expedition to Malana. Malana village is almost 21 km from Kasol.

Friendship Peak: One of the trekkable summits in the Indian Himalayan region, the Friendship Peak looming at an elevation of 5,289 meters in the Pir Panjal range is a trekker’s heaven. The Friendship Peak trek passes through the beautiful Solang Valley. From the summit, you can view the Pir Panjal range.

Shopping in Kullu: One can shop for shawls, caps, jewellery, Thangka paintings, and a number of Tibetan souvenirs at the Tibetan Market. For more of traditional jewellery head to the Sultanpur Market. Other than these you will find a number of simple markets in and around tourist spots and temples.

Parvati Valley Trek: Regarded as one of the most challenging treks in the northern Himalayan region, Parvati Valley Trek is a four-day trek.

Hanogi Mata Temple: Hanogi Mata Temple is a tiny little mandir, perched on top of a small hill. Like any other sacred shrine or temple in the Kullu Manali area, the Hanogi Mata Temple also finds itself a picture-perfect backdrop. The site is ideal for the sunset views.

Gauri Shankar Temple : Situated below the Naggar Castle, Gauri Shankar Temple in Naggar Village, Kullu is dedicated to Lord Shiva and dates back to the 12th century AD. Featuring the Shikhara-style architecture, the temple resembles mountain peaks due to its dome-shaped top and square-shaped bottom and has a nine-storey Shikhara.

Trekking in Kullu: Kullu is a popular destination for those in search of a trek through mountains, valleys, streams and more. Trekking in Kullu Manali is usually at a high altitude, cover various terrains, some welcoming and some not so much, as well as some unexplored landscapes and sacred temples.

Pandoh Dam: The Pandoh Dam is an embankment dam on the Beas River in Mandi district. This man-made marvel stands out from much of nature’s picture-perfect valleys and hills around it, with a rather spectacular and grand experience to offer to its viewer.

Bhuntar: Bhuntar is a part of the Kullu district and it is typically used as a getaway to the towns of Kullu, Manali, Kasol and Manikaran. It has a quaint serenity to it and is considerable away from the maddening tourist crowds of the more famous places in Himachal Pradesh.

Khirganga National Park: Khirganga National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in the country. It is blessed with a scintillating landscape, glossy green hills, dense green shrubberies, tall towering trees and rusty old rest houses.

Shringi Rishi Temple: Thousands of pilgrims come to the Shringi Rishi Temple located in Banjar area of Kullu every year to pay homage to Lord Shringa, who is the ruling deity of Banjar valley. The temple houses an idol of Shringa Rishi along with goddess Shanta in the temple. It is at a small distance from the town of Kullu.

Jagannathi Devi Temple: Built 1500 years ago, the Jagannathi Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhuwaneshwari, the sister of Lord Vishnu. The architecture of this temple is influenced by the Pahari style and its walls are artistically crafted with the images of Goddess Durga. The temple is surrounded by an ancient legend of a shepherd boy who caught hold of one of the two girls dancing to the tune of his flute. She then revealed that she was a goddess and decided to settle in that village.

Pin Bhabha Pass: Pin Bhabha Pass, also known as the sister of Pin Parvati Pass, is one of the most challenging and beautiful treks in the Himalayas. Bhabha Pass acts as a bridge between the valley of Kinnaur and Spiti. The Bhabha river, Tibetan monasteries and camping beside the Chandratal Lake make this trek distinctive.

Paragliding in Kullu: Paragliding is one of the better experiences and one of the most exciting activities that you can try at Kullu. The place is a hot spot for adventure sports and this one is going to be one of the topmost experiences of your life. You get to fly like a bird atop the mighty Himalayas and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous valley.

Inderkilla National Park: Established in 2010, Inderkilla National Park is located in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. Sprawling over a vast area of 104 sq. km, the national park is home to several species of domestic and foreign flora and fauna. Considered to be one of the least explored national parks in India, the park also has a narrow trail passing through the heart of it which you can cover to spot animals and plants in their natural habitat. Besides, the area is covered in dense woods and hilly terrain, which is ideal for a trek or a hike. For the same reason, the national park is much loved by adventure enthusiasts, wanderers, nature lovers and the like. Most plants grown here are said to hold significant medicinal properties.

Fishing in Kullu: Trout Fishing is quiet popular in the Kullu Valley. There are a number of spots fro fishing along the river Tirthan, such as Kasol, Naggar, Katrain and Raison.

Camping: Kullu provides amazing camping opportunities where you can camp amidst the mountains and (if lucky) you can stargaze at night. You can also enjoy a bonfire and in house games along with amazing food. Some of these also organize rafting and trekking activities.

Kinnaur: Majestic mountains, green valleys, meandering rivers, orchards and vineyards define the valley of Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh. Since it shares its border with Tibet the influence of Tibetan culture is strongly felt here. Kinnaur is also known as the ‘Land of fairytales’ and remains snow-clad for six months, quite like Spiti and  Divided into two main valleys — Sangla Valley and the Hangrang Valley, Kinnaur is divided into three administrative areas, Pooh, Kalpa, and Nichar.

Famous Places In Kinnaur: Reckong Peo, Kalpa, Sarahan, Nako, Ribba, Trekking in Kinnaur, Kothi, Moorang,

Lippa, Namgya, Nichar.

Reckong Peo: Reckong Peo also known as Peo is the headquarter of the Kinnaur district and lies in the middle of the Himalayas. Located at a distance of 260 km from Shimla and at a height of 2,300 metres, this serene town is famous for its apple orchards. It is inhabited by Kinnauri people and has a diverse culture even in today’s modern era.

Kalpa: Kalpa, the main village of Kinnaur, in the Sutlej River Valley is a place to remember and cherish. Known for its many beautiful temples and monasteries, this town is also famed for its apple orchards. The majestic Kinnaur-Kailash range peeking from across the Sutlej River makes for a blissful break.

Sarahan: Sarahan is a beautiful hamlet situated near Kinnaur in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Known as the “Gateway to Kinnaur”, it is located near the Sutlej River Valley and the Indo Tibetan road, at an altitude of 2165 m below sea level. Famous for the never-ending apple orchards, dense emerald pine and deodar forests, gushing streams, wildflower fields rustic settings, terraced farms and slate-roofed houses,  the village is a sight to behold.

Nako: Located at the height of 3,600 metres above the sea level, Nako is a mesmerising and picturesque village that is full of eye capturing surroundings and is the most significant village situated in the Kinnaur district of the Himachal Pradesh.

Ribba: Ribba also known as ‘rirang’ gets its name by adding ri, which means chilgoza, which is one of the greatest specialty of Kinnaur and rang, which means mountain peak.

Trekking in Kinnaur: There are basically about 9 trekking routes that fall in the region. 1. Bhabha- Pin valley (4 days trip) 2. Kinner Kailash Parikarma (3 days trip) 3. Sangla to Dodra Kawar (3 days) 4.

Sangla to Dhamwari (5 days) 5. Sangla to Barang (1 day) 6. Tappri to Chhitkul (5 days) 7. Tapri to Kalpa (3 days) 8. Reckong peo to Nako (6 days) 9. Chhitkul to Gangotri (5 days, special permission requires for this route).

Kothi: Kothi also known as Koshtampi has a religious reverence due to the temple of Hindu god Bhairon baba and another temple of one of the most powerful and eldest goddess who bestow magical boons to her devotees.

Moorang: Beauty of Moorang is generally defined by the spectacular apricot orchard and million other spectacular things. One can simply relax on the old fort built by the Pandavas on the banks of the Satluj river as the cool breeze caress the soul or head to Lipa- Asrang sanctuary which is spread across 40 Km of area inhabiting Brown bear, Musk deer, Himalayan black beer and many more.

Lippa: Lippa having Taiti stream flowing by and the green grass which is considered nourishing for cattle and horses, is a favorite spot of Buddhists because of the three temples of Galdang Chhoikar, Dunguir and Kangyur and an old monastery dedicated to local deity Tangtashu.

Namgya: Namgya is decorated with fields of barley, turnips, buckwheat, apricots, vines forming lush greenness with a dash of gold and the babbling of the Satluj river stream feels like a sanctified chant.

Nichar: People come here to embrace mother nature because of its rich green and thick forest and the softness in its weather conditions but be cautious as you proceed to the higher and colder region which is a natural habitat of black and red bears.

Kangra: Known as one of the most picturesque valleys of the lower Himalayas, the Kangra Valley is full of greenery and provides a tremendous contrast in the nature of places you visit. The region is famous for arts and crafts. Crafts like the exquisitely designed shawls and miniature paintings of this region are internationally appreciated.

Famous Places in Kangra: Kangra Fort, Baijnath Temple, Brajeshwari Temple, Kareri Lake, Indrahar Pass Trek,

Jwala Devi Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Masrur, Pragpur Village, Kangra Art Museum, Palampur, Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Haripur, Trekking in Kangra, Tashijong, Bir Billing, Judge’s Court, Mcleodganj,  Taragarh Palace, Dadasiba, Pong Dam, Chinmaya Tapovan.

Kangra Fort: Situated on the outskirts of the town of Kangra, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the Kangra Fort is witness to thousands of years of grandeur, invasion, war, wealth and evolution. This mighty fort traces its origins to the ancient Trigarta Kingdom, which is mentioned in the Mahabharata epic. It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and probably the oldest dated fort in India. Occupying the lower valley of the Beas and its tributaries, it was one of the leading hill stations of Punjab and Himachal earlier.

Baijnath Temple: Baijnath Temple is one of the most popular temples in Himachal Pradesh, and here, Lord Shiva is worshipped as the ‘God of Healing’. Baijnath or Vaidyanath is an avatar of the great Lord Shiva, and in this avatar, the great lord rids his devotees of all miseries and pain. As a result, this temple holds ultimate significance to all Lord Shiva devotees and is considered to be extremely sacred. In fact, the water of this temple is believed to be of medicinal value and has the potential to cure several illnesses and diseases. This draws thousands of devotees from all around the world every year.

Brajeshwari Temple: Vouched as one of the most touching and spiritually enlightening sites by visitors, the Brajeshwari Temple is about 10-15 minutes from the parking and the market en route is a shopper’s delight. The temple itself reverberates with mysticism, chiefly because of its architecture. It is highly advisable to try and make it for the Aarti. This temple is one of the most important attractions in Kangra as it is also among one of the 51 Shakti Peeths of India.

Kareri Lake: A beautiful and picturesque lake, the Kareri Lake seems like a place which has been picked straight out of a Hollywood movie. Also known as Kumarwah Lake, this is a shallow, freshwater lake that is situated to the south of the Dhauladhar range, about 9 kilometres to the northwest of Dharamshala, in the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. Located at an altitude of 2,934 metres above the sea level, the Kareri Lake is also a popular trekking destination in the Dhauladhar range other than being a major sightseeing attraction.

Indrahar Pass Trek: The trek to Indrahar Pass is a fairly easy one, being the most picturesque trail starting from Mcleodganj, covering Lahesh and Triund Caves, and lasts about 14 km single way. You can easily spot the Pit Panjal range and other smaller ranges on either sides. The scenic beauty of this trek is so spellbinding, even the simplest conifers and mountain ranges appear majestic. April to October is the major peak time for trekking on this Pass, so make sure your arrangements are in place.

Jwala Devi Temple: Located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Jwala Devi Temple is dedicated to Jwala Ji – a Hindu Goddess depicted by a set of eternal flames. One of the 52 Shakti Peethas in India, it is believed that the tongue of Goddess Sati fell where the Jwala Devi Temple is now situated. A novel temple which does not have an idol, the five aartis conducted at Jwala Devi Temple are the main attraction.

Chamunda Devi Temple: This hilltop temple of Chamunda Devi, one among the 51 Shakti Peethas is approximately 10 kilometres towards west Palampur, on the banks of river Baner. It is one of the most revered religious sites in Himachal. Chamundeshwari Devi is said to be one of the most powerful avatars of Goddess Durga. Navratri is a prominent festivity of the Chamunda Devi Temple. It attracts several devotees.

Masrur: Known for its Sikharas which resemble the Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Masrur is located around 30 km from Kangra. These 10th century temples, however were badly damaged in the 1905 earthquake.

Pragpur Village: Pragpur is a heritage village situated near Kangra and houses the Judge’s, Court Manor. The largely unaltered village, complete with an old world charm of small red brick shops and traditional rural houses is perfect for an undisturbed village tourism option. Reputed as India’s first heritage village.

Kangra Art Museum: The Kangra Museum is dedicated to the brilliant marvels of Tibetan and Buddhist artwork and their rich history. Among the large variety of its precious collectibles are jewelry, rare coin memorabilia, paintings, sculptures and pottery.

Palampur: With pine and deodar forests and tea gardens encircling the town and numerous streams pouring in, Palampur is a popular town of Himachal Pradesh located in the Kangra district.

Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple: Situated 8 km from Paragpur village, this ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main attraction of this temple is the Lingam which is placed much ground level. This temple is also adorned with beautiful sculptures.

Haripur: Haripur is situated in the Kangra district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Haripur and Guler are twin townships carrying the heritage of Guler Riyasat and are separated by a river which makes wetland sites and home to a large number of migratory birds in winters because of marshes and the presence of irrigated private land. Guler is situated on the other side of the town having a narrow gauge railway station connected from Pathankot station to Jogindernagar station. Haripur was founded in the year 1464, and it is the ancient place where the Pahari Paintings known as the Kangra miniature paintings originated.

 

Trekking in Kangra: With the absolutely magnificent views and sights that Kangra has to offer, some more popular treks like the Dharamshala-Laka Pass, Baijnath-Parai Jot and Bhim Gasutri Pass, Dharamshala-Talang Pass, McLeodganj-Minikiani Pass-Chamba, are a more difficult, but absolutely more gratifying treks.

Tashijong: Tashijong is located roughly 5 km west of Baijnath and around 50 km from Kangra town towards Mandi. This small village is famous as it is home to a small community of Drukpa Kagyud monks and refugees.

 

Bir Billing: Bir is a small town located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Bir Billing is a popular destination located in Joginder Nagar valley known for paragliding and also as the town for meditation. There is an influence of Tibetan culture due to Tibetan community settlement in this town.

Judge’s Court: Heritage and nature, in perfect co existence can be found in the Judges’ Court. The ancestral property of Sir Jai or Kangra, now converted into a heritage site, with huge rooms and sprawling orchards, of a variety of fruits, blooming in serene youth, sometimes make it hard to believe that the property is about 300 years old.

Mcleodganj: Mcleodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala, popular among trekkers. Located in Kangra district, Mcleodganj’s culture is a beautiful blend of Tibetan with some British influence.

Taragarh Palace: Spread over a 15-acre forested land with surrounding tea gardens in the Kangra Valley, Taragarh Palace falls into the category of the most beautiful yet unexplored areas of Himachal Pradesh. The glorious palace is situated at the height of 1000 meters at the foot of the Dhauladhar Mountains from where one is likely to get a splendid view of the peaks covered in snow. This picturesque residential property snuggled in the Himalayan foothills belongs to the royal family of Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier known as Alhilal meaning the land of the crescent moon, the palace was bought by the royal family of Jammu and Kashmir in 1951. The present royal family runs it like a hotel at present.

Dadasiba: Dadasiba is an idyllic village in the Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh. Tourists often plan a visit to the Dadasiba temple during April, May and June to see the architectural jewel that was built throughout 18 years by Raja Ram Singh. To avoid visiting annual pilgrimage all the way to Mathura as an ardent follower of Krishna, Raja Ram Singh came up with the idea of constructing a Radha Krishna temple in his kingdom of Dadasiba. The mural on the inside of the temple presents the king’s rich taste in beauty and grandeur.

Pong Dam: Built on the Beas River in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh, Pong Dam Lake is an earthfill reservoir constructed for generating hydroelectricity and for irrigation purposes. Constructed in 1975, the dam is based on the foothills of the Shivaliks. Also known as the Beas Dam, Maharana Pratap Sagar and Pong Reservoir, the region boasts of rich wildlife and is a breeding ground of commercially viable fish. The reservoir is home to a large number of birds and hence, has been converted into a Bird Sanctuary. The region has been declared as one of the 27 international wetland sites by Ramsar Conventions owing to its rich wildlife and vegetation cover.

Chinmaya Tapovan: Situated in Sidhbari, known as the abode of the Siddhas, Chinmaya Tapovan at the foot of the Dhauladhar ranges in the Kangra Valley is an ashram established by Swami Chinmayananda that teaches about the Gita. It is located on the banks of Bindu Saras, offering panoramic views of the snow-covered Dhauladhar ranges, a dense pine forest, and small streams. The premises consist of a Ram temple, a 9-meter high image of Hanumana, Satsang halls, a meditation hall, a school, and a health and recreation center. Within the ashram are 100 rooms that can accommodate 300 people and a spiritual bookstore and medical dispensary.

Hamirpur: Hamirpur is the smallest district of Himachal Pradesh. This article provides information about this beautiful place which is well known for its patriots and . It is rich of culture and is famous for its folk music and traditional culture which is still alive at this place.

Famous Places In Hamirpur: Sujanpur Tira, Nadaun, Deotsidh Temple.

Sujanpur Tira:  The capital of the Katoch Dynasty is famous for its various ancient forts, temples and festivities during the major Hindu festivals. The place also offers various adventure sport facilities to its visitors like Paragliding, River Rafting and trekking. The various temples like the Narbadeshwar, Gauri Shankar and Murli Manohar temple are frequented by a huge number of Hindu pilgrims.

Nadaun: Nadaun was established again by the Katoch rulers of Kangra, when they lost the fort to the Mughal emperor Jahangir. The small town is located by the River Beas and is known for its various recreational facilities like Rafting, trout fishing and camping at the river’s shores. The old palace of the Katoch rulers and the Shiva temple are few of the major attractions in this town.

Deotsidh Temple: Also known as the Baba Balak Nath TempleDeotsidh Temple is an old cave temple just 30 kilometers from Hamirpur. The temple is visited by tourists and pilgrims all year round and stay near the temples in the facilities funded by the state government of Himachal Pradesh.

The town served as the temporary capital of the Katoch kings and was developed under their tutelage. The main sources to the towns economy is tourism which is supported by the various trekking, adventure sports and pilgrimage hotspots located around the town. The city of Hamirpur is easily accessible by road and the best way to discover the town is by hiking.

Bilaspur: Bilaspur, also called Kahlur, town, southwestern Himachal Pradesh state, northwestern India. The town lies on the edge of Govind Sagar, an artificial lake northwest of Shimla, the state capital.

The original town of Bilaspur was founded in 1663 on the southeast side of the Sutlej (Satluj) River. Much of it, including the old palace and a famous temple, was submerged in the river in 1782 after a landslide caused a dam to break.

The Lakshmi Narayan and Radheyshyam temples, along with the Vyas Gufa, have survived. Bilaspur was the capital of an independent Punjab Hill State until 1814, when the Gurkhas overran it; the British drove them out the following year. The new town of Bilaspur was rebuilt above the old town in the 1950s on the Govind Sagar, which was created by the Bhakra Dam (completed in 1962) on the Sutlej, one of the highest dams in the world. The dam generates electricity for much of the region.

Famous Places In Bilaspur : Bahadurpur Fort, Shri Naina Devi Temple, Sariun Fort, Tiun Fort, Vyas Cave, Swarghat, Bhakra Dam, Markandeya.

Bahadurpur Fort : On the top of a hill known as Bahadurpur the highest (1980 mt.) point in the district near Tepra Village in Paragana Bahadurpur, distance about 40 km. from Bilaspur. The range is embellished by a beautiful wood of deodar and ban trees. It is just 6 km. above Namhol, from this high place the Ratanpur Fort, Swarghat, the Fatehpur Fort, the Naina Devi hill, plains near Ropar and the mountains of Shimla can be seen. This Fort was built prior to 1835, but is in ruins now.

Shri Naina Devi Temple : A notable place of worship in the district is the temple of Shri Naina Devi Ji, situated on the hill top which rises some 915 mt. above the sacred town of Anandpur Sahib in Ropar, The temple stands on the very summit of the hill above a small bazar and is reached by a long flight of stone steps or by a cable car.

Sariun Fort : To the eastern side of the Tiun range, on the lifty range and peak of Sariun like this stronghold at an elevation of about 1500 mt. above MSL. It is about 58 Km. from Bilaspur. Tradition holds that the fort was originally built by same Raja of the erstwhile Suket State and was subsequently wrested by the ruler of Bilaspur, the local people entertain a superstition according to which the stones once forming part of the Fort are not used in any residential building.

Tiun Fort: Relics of a fort on the top of a hill known as Tiun range, at distance of about 55 Km. from Bilaspur, on the Ali Khad crossing Ghumarwin – Ladraur motorable road and about 10 Km. of Ghumarwin proper still serves to remind of the ancient turbulent times when wars in this area were perhaps a routine feature.

Vyas Cave: The name of sage Vyas is well known in these parts. It is situated at the foot of the new township, the belief is that Vyas Rishi meditated in this cave. The origin of the town, Vyaspur is believed to have been derived from this cave. The Vyas Rishi of Mahabharata fame philosophy of life in meditation in this cave, which lies on the left bank of river Satluj. It is a place of pilgrimage.

Swarghat: Swarghat is ideally situated about 40 km. off Bilaspur on the Bilaspur-Chandigarh road. Perched at an elevation of about 1220 mt. from sea level. Naina Devi temple and Bhakra Dam, are also approachable from here. There is a temple dedicated to Lakshmi Narain. An ideal spot for a quiet overnight’s stay for the tourists. HPTDC, has recently constructed a 8 room Hotel here.

Bhakra Dam: Situated at Bhakra village of Bilaspur, about 13 km upstream from Nangal township, it is one of the highest straight gravity dams in the world. The lake is about 90 km long covering an area of about 168 sq km of which 90 percent is in Bilaspur and 10 percent in Una district. The dam was dedicated to nation by late Pt. Jwahar Lal Nehru on November 20th, 1963. The view of vast dam and green jungles around is fascinating indeed.

Markandeya: This is a famous shrine about 20 km from Bilaspur, in tehsil Sadar named after renowned ‘rishi’ Markandeya who lived and worshiped there. According to a legend a tunnel connected Markand and Vyas cave and the two ‘rishis’, Vyas and Markandeya used to visit each other through this sub-terrain path. In addition to a shrine there is also a water spring of ancient fame where a night fair is held annually on ‘Baisakhi’ day.

Chamba: There are many stunning, intriguing places around the world, but very few are as beautiful and awe-inspiring as Chamba. Located in the bosom of green mountains with flowering meadows, perennial falls and streams, Chamba is one of those places that not only lives up to its image, but far exceeds it. A journey to this hill town evokes many images… fairy-tale snow-capped mountain vistas, rushing torrent of the Ravi River and beautiful temples. One of the most famous hill stations in India that holds a magical allure for travellers. Chamba, a former princely state, is the administrative headquarters of the district by the same name. The best time to visit Chamba is from March to October.

Famous Place in Chamba: Chamera Lake, Manimahesh Lake, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Himachal Emporium, Rang Mahal, Chaugan, Hariraya Temple, Shopping in Chamba, Church of Scotland, Bhuri Singh Museum, Champavati Temple, Akhand Chandi Palace, Vajreshwari Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Sui Mata Temple, Hari Rai Temple, Bharmour, Thala Waterfall, Hadsar Waterfall.

Chamera Lake: Located near Dalhousie in the Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh, the Chamba Lake is the man-made reservoir for the Chamba Dam. It is a popular picnic spot and boating location. One can explore the lake on a speed boat or a rowboat and indulge in activities like kayaking & canoeing. At 763 masl, the perennial carpeting of deodar conifers and the squeaky cleanliness in the air makes the place unforgettable.

Manimahesh Lake: Manimahesh Lake (also known as Dal Lake) is situated in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, in the Bharmour subdivision of Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled at an elevation of 4,080 meters, it is considered only second in significance to the Lake Mansarovar in Tibet. Manimahesh literally means “Shiva’s jewels”. According to a local legend, on a full moon night, one can see the reflection of this jewel in the magnificent lake.

Lakshmi Narayan Temple: The Lakshmi Narayan Temple is the oldest and largest temple in Chamba, and built in the shape of a Shikhara. It houses six of the most stunning idols of Lord Vishnu and Shiva. The central Vishnu idol is carved out of marble and a sight to behold. Architecture enrds, go figure how the temple has been structured such that its always pleasant inside, irrespective of how the weather is, outside.

Himachal Emporium, Rang Mahal: Handicraft lovers, rejoice! The Himachal Emporium, housed in Raja Umed Singh’s Rang Mahal in Surara Mohalla, is the haven of all things handmade. The emporium timings ate 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. For handicraft connoisseurs, this is one place to not miss. Exquisite shawls and handkerchiefs woven on wooden looms are a treasure to get back home. Do buy the famous pickles of Chamba from the Emporium.

Chaugan: Chamba is your type of shopping destination if you are into local handicrafts and everything organic. Central Chaugan is where you can find all sorts of stone and metal artifacts, which make lovely souvenirs, and the famous Chamba and Kangra paintings.

Hariraya Temple: India is known for the beauty it attributes to everything we have ever constructed. One of these aesthetic marvels can be found in the Hariraya Temple in Chamba. The extravagance of the Vishnu idol takes the Centre stage of all awe. It is a bronze idol covered in saffron, adorning all imaginable jewelry, from rings to armlets, kundals (earrings), crown, necklaces and what not. The great Indian deity is seen riding a chariot pulled by six horses. And if this magnificence doesn’t satiate your eyes or senses, the 11th century constructed stone carved shikhara type temple displays more of such deities.

Church of Scotland: Just the spot for you if the words old world, library and architecture appeal to you. The Church of Scotland, built in 1903, is a quiet sanctuary for those in quest of lands that speak of antiquity, class yet still not intimidating visitors from all walks of life. A Protestant Church, it speaks of strong Scottish artistic sensibilities in its arched windows and deep cravings. With absolutely no alterations since its erection, except a boundary wall, the Church, also known as St. Andrews Church is extraordinarily well preserved.

Bhuri Singh Museum: The Bhuri Singh Museum is a set in paradise if you are enthusiastic about Indian epics and texts. Originally written pages from the Mahabharata and the Upanishads are on display here, apart from the rare brass and copper engraved coins and such artifacts.

Champavati Temple: Built by Raja Sahil Varman in the memory of his daughter- the namesake Champavati, Champavati Temple is a revered Hindu pilgrimage site and is thronged by tourist’s day in and day out. Located in the heart of the city near Treasury Building and Police Post, the temple has distinctive Shikara style features inspired by the Nepal architectural designs. It boasts of several rock carvings and has a magnified wheel on the rooftop which makes it unique from the other temples in the region. Large sculptures grace the interiors and the walls have beautiful carvings on stone.

Akhand Chandi Palace: Built in the mid 18th century, Chamba Palace or Akhand Chandi Palace is the stately white building in Chamba. Lording over the tinsel town, the palace overlooks Chaughan, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Sui Mata Temple, Rang Mahal, Hari Rai Temple and Bansi Gopal Temple. An exuberant reflection of the bygone art and architecture, the royal palace was originally constructed during the reign of Raja Umedh Singh as a residential edifice. Over the years, the palace was reconstructed, renovated and modified plenty of times both by the British and the Mughal emperors. They added the Darbar Hall (also called as Marshall Hall), the Zenana Mahal and several specimens of Mughal architecture; the palace therefore, is a wonderful amalgamation of the both their designs and creativity.

Vajreshwari Temple: Situated at the end of Jansali Bazaar in Chamba, Vajreshwari Temple is dedicated to the Goddess of lightning popularly known as Goddess Vajreshwari, and is atleast a thousand years old. Goddess Vajreshwari is believed to be a manifestation of Goddess Parvati and she is worshipped here in her pinid form. Built in the traditional Shikhara style of architecture, the shrine is a flawless amalgamation of spectacular carvings, intricate woodwork and delicate stonework. The interior walls have elaborate carvings of different Hindu deities and idols. Also known as Bajreshwari Temple, the magnanimous temple has eighteen tiny inscriptions on the outer walls, and some on the gigantic pillar guarding the entrance. Also, the entrance has a Nagarkhana or a Drum House and is graced with two huge stone lions (symbol for protecting the temple wealth).

Chamunda Devi Temple: Perched on top of the Shah Madar Range and overlooking a spectacular view of the tiny township of Chamba, Chamunda Devi Temple was built by Raja Umed Singh in the year 1762. the temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, also known as the Goddess of War. Earlier it could only be reached through a flight of around 400 steps cut out of a stone pathway but now it is easily accessible through a 3 kms long concrete road from Chamba.

Sui Mata Temple: Located in the Saho district in Chamba, Sui Mata Temple was built by King Varman in the memory of his wife Queen Sui who sacrificed her life for her people. Situated on top of the Shah Darbar Hill, the shrine provides a spectacular bird’s eye view of the tiny township below. The temple complex has been divided into three parts which includes the main temple, a channel and a memorial dedicated to Rani Sui Mata. Considered as an epitome of sacrifice, Sui Mata Temple can be reached by alighting a flight of stairs paved along a pathway from the bottom of the base. The interiors have been tastefully done in beautiful paintings depicting the life and times of Sui Mata.

Hari Rai Temple: Situated next to the Chaughan Gate in Chamba, Sri Hari Rai Temple is built entirely of woodwork and boasts of Shikhara style architecture with wooden chattris and an elevated platform base. The temple is enshrined by Lord Vishnu, in his three faced avatar- human, lion and boar riding on six horses. Built in the 11th century, the main idol is heavily adorned with rings, amulets, necklaces and kundals.

Bharmour: Known to be a well kept secret of the state of Himachal Pradesh, Bharmour is a quaint little hilltown that boasts of lush green scenery and snow clad peaks. Formerly called Brahmpura, the hill hamlet is situated at a distance of 64 km from Chamba. Aside from the scintillating scenic beauty, the village is also known for its several ancient temples, some of which are believed to date back to the 10th century.

Thala Waterfall: Located at a distance of 9 km from Bharmour near Chamba, Thala Waterfall is a gorgeous perennial waterfall that is a popular tourist spot in the region. The cascading water forms a pool at the base which is a pure visual delight. However, it is advisable not to take a dip at the pond as the water pressure is really high and there are chances that you might get sucked into the bottom.

Hadsar Waterfall: Hadsar is a small town that is known for the base camp of the famous Manimahesh Yatra. Located in Bharmour, near Chamba in Himachal Pradesh, Hadsar is home to the gorgeous Hadsar Waterfalls that is a major highlight of the place and attracts a large tourist influx. Boasting of enchanting natural beauty and sprawling pastures of alpire woods, the waterfall is a popular picnic spot and can be reached through a short trek.