The snow covered mountain peaks all around the beautiful hill resort town of Manali makes it a picturesque destination for tourists hoping to enjoy some respite from the heat of the plains. Natural beauty is breathtaking here no doubt but the attractions of the local food and exciting activities are no less either. This romantic destination is deemed to be a paradise for couples on their honeymoon.
A hill station par excellence serves as a stronghold of Tibetan culture with His Holiness the Dalai Lama taking up residence in Dharamsala nearby. It is also a trekker’s delight with the lush greenery and mountainous paths attracting millions of tourists annually. There are many picnic spots and places of religious significance to visit here but it is the deep spirituality that beckons the young and old alike.
The capital of Himachal Pradesh is the most popular hill station of India that draws people from all over the world. It is well known for its natural beauty and unique spots comprising of temples, treks, valleys and winter sports. A toy train ride from Kalka to Shimla is one of the most coveted journeys as it passes through the magnificent locales en route.
This hill station boasts of a magical beauty with a distinct charm that reminds one of the bygone British era. Likened to Switzerland, this magnificent tourist destination has the visitors excited at finding an eclectic mix of green meadows and pine forests sans the noise and pollution evident elsewhere in India. It is a must visit for nature lovers and photographers along with those seeking quiet and peace.
The intensely cold yet beautiful Spiti Valley is an offbeat location for tourists but well worth the trouble. Surrounded by the Himalayan ranges on all sides, the valley is a destination for the adventure sports enthusiasts who have a wide number of choices when it comes choosing trekking trails. Titled as ‘Middle Land,’ this valley serves as a border between India and Tibet.
Situated amid the lofty Dhauladhar range and within the Kangra Valley, this hill station has come to be known as a place for meditation and spirituality. It serves as the government of Tibet in exile with tourists getting an opportunity to visit Dalai Lama when he is in residence. The natural beauty is amazing with adventure lovers, nature enthusiasts and spiritually inclined people visiting it frequently.
This small village on the banks of River Parvati gives one a glimpse into the magnificence of nature that is at its best here. It is an ideal place to relax away from the cacophony of the urban habitations and is a place for backpackers and trekkers. It also boasts of a sizable Israeli population along with an obscure tribe living in the tiny settlement of Malana.
8. Trithan Valley
This is a unique riverside destination perched at an altitude of 6000 meters. The Tirthan River passes through it bringing the ice cold glacial waters of the Hanskund mountain peak to the valley. This place is relatively new and a favorite haunt for tourists looking for offbeat destinations. Exploring the unknown is a favorite pastime here as is trekking, fishing and visiting the unspoiled villages nearby.