22 Best Places to Visit in Himachal Pradesh

Famously known as the land of snow, Himachal Pradesh houses several fascinating destinations and spots whose beauty is beyond any imagination. Surrounded by western himalayas, this state is the epitome of natural wonders.
People from every part of the world come to the unexplored places in Himachal Pradesh to adore and capture these magical landscapes. You will find umpteen of picture-perfect vistas and alluring backdrops while exploring this enchanting state.

Himachal Pradesh is famous for its natural beauty with spectacular snow-capped peaks and river valleys. Almost all adventurers suitable activity for the mountains can be done here such as trekking, rafting, paragliding, skiing. Are you still worried about your Himachal trip photo album? Come on; let's virtually explore the most photographic locations of Himachal Pradesh to ease your worries.

It's time we gave you a list of all snow places in Himachal Pradesh where you can have snowball fights, see snow fall as well as occasionally slip and fall, irrespective of the time of the year. Why? Because every person should have a snowman that can melt for you. Are you constantly attracted to snowfall?

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Best Places to Visit in Himachal Pradesh Then, explore this well-curated list of the best snowfall areas in Himachal Pradesh to allow you plan a perfect getaway before the beginning of winter season.

1. Barot

Barot is a calm, tranquil and beautiful place comprising of quiet riverside, green meadows, thick untouched forests, and some beautiful terraced fields. It's a small hilly village located in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh (about 66 km from Mandi).

2. Naggar

Follow the lazy roads through the forests and stroll into tiny hamlets around. Must visit Naggar - a dream destination. It is a picture-postcard village with wooded slopes, terraced fields, panoramic views of Himalayan peaks and shaded lofty palms. The Castle and Roerich Art gallery are the places to see.

The art gallery showcases paintings and other works of Nicholas Roerich, a Russian who chose to settle down at Naggar. His works seem to have captured the Himalayas alive in beautiful colors and shades. Art lovers could well make a date out of this place, leaving their sweetheart wonderstruck!

There is a stunning gem, nestled in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, called Naggar. It makes for a wonderful getaway as it is just an overnight journey away from Delhi. Naggar is a postcard village with terraced fields, lush forests and unbeatable views. Located on a wooded hillside, it dominates a magnificent panorama of the valley, with the Rohtang pass to the north and Kullu and Bajaura to the south.

A wooden temple for Tripura Sundari, the deity who presides over the region, is here. The other prominent temples found in Naggar are the Gauri Shankar Temple, the Murlidhar Temple in Thawa and the temple dedicated to Vishnu. Russian painter, poet and philosopher Nicholas Roerich lived here for many years. The small art gallery in his old house offers a vision of his mystical interpretation of the Himalayas.

3. Sarahan

Once you arrive in Shimla, start for Sarahan (2165 meters above sea level). On the way to Sarahan, you will drive through the foothills of the Himalayas visiting some beautiful places like Kufri, Theog, Fagu, Narkanda and Rampur. With spectacular views of the Srikhand range, Sarahan is known for its 800-year-old Bhimakali Temple, which is also one of the 51 Shakti Peethams of India and an exemplary example of the Himalayan architecture of northern India.

Whether it is travelling in the snow, or cozying up next to a fireplace, going to a snowy area is always enjoyable! If the above listing of the best snowfall places in Himachal Pradesh thrills you go for a journey to Himachal Pradesh now and hop in the midst of Himalayan landscapes throughout winter for a fantastic experience.

4. Rampur Bushahr

Rampur in Tibet Hindustan road was once the capital of the principality of Bushahr. The city is located on the banks of the Satluj River. You can visit Dumgir Buddhist temple, Padam Palace, Raghunath temple, and the Ayodhya temple. Narsingh temple is worth visiting. Himachal Tourism carries out an air-conditioned tourist complex and cafe, Satluj. Saharan is the gateway to Kinnaur.

Jubbal has maintained an excellent palace that was designed by a French architect in the 1930s and is remarkable blend of European and indigenous styles.

5. Banjar

Tirthan Valley is one of the many underestimated valleys of Himachal Pradesh. It is located in the Kullu district and is the gateway to several walks in the region. The Tirthan Valley receives its name from the Tirthan River whose banks it is located in. There is plenty of good reason for Tirthan Valley to claim to the anglers' paradise sobriquet. Being neighbours with the Great Himalayan National Park is no small boast.

The next three important places of pilgrimage are located within the park, which is at high altitude and is accessible only during the summer and autumn months. These sacred sites are Raktisar, which is at the head of the Sainj River; Hanskund is located at the headwaters of the Tirthan River and Sirikhand Mahadev, which is a sacred lake in relation to Lord Shiva, located on the southern border of the Great Himalayan National Park.

Then, there is a pagoda style temple of Rishi Manu, and the temples of Gushaini and Galiard with wood carvings in the Tirthan Valley of prime importance.

The Banjar Valley is very narrow and steep, bristling with huge conifers and very rarely visited. The road to Sainj, Bahu, Jibhi and Shoja in fact is very nice! Shangarh is popular as an offbeat village and known for its huge natural ground. The large ground stands at the heart of the village, and the fringes are decorated with the flora and fauna of the Great Himalayan National Park. The Jibhi waterfall is beautiful.

Head to these places if what you are seeking are peace and tranquility! Do not just travel, explore bizarre cultures and people.

Only in India do we have so many UNESCO World Heritage sites and not enough information about them. This National Park in the Kullu district happens to be one. Unlike a traditional flora-fauna escapade in a jeep - this national park is home to deep valleys and mountains, all blanketed in thick vegetation. The ecozone makes for some brilliant treks and getting (figuratively) lost in the woods - not to mention the beyond kind people and delicious local food.

6. Chamba

Dalhousie is a doorway to the old, famous Chamba Hill State. This part of the Himalayas is a warehouse of prehistoric art, culture, temples, and hand works conserved since the 6th century, where Chamba is the nucleus of this human spirit. The old capital of this kingdom named Bharmour is an abode of 84 temples dated back in the 7th-10th century AD and beholds the Gaddi and Gujjar tribes. Bharmour is a village located near the Chamba and is also popular with tourists for its temples and history.

7. Narkanda

360 KM from the national capital of Delhi and around 64 KM from Shimla, this is one area where you can get snow experience during winters. If you are a ski fan who has an interest in discovering the basics of snowboarding, you can participate in the various winter sports carried out by HPTDC here. Together with snowboarding, you can delight in the experience of horse riding and Himalayan Nature Park here.

Not exactly a trendy tourist destination, a trip to Narkanda offers a spectacular view of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. Places to visit in Narkanda is Hatu Peak. To discover the Hatu Peak at night, take a tent along with you and camp. The walk is through a mixed forest that covers the whole range of tall conifers of blue pine, cedar, spruce and spruce interspersed with the broadleaf moru. The Hatu Mata temple is located on the top of a long ridge.

The picturesque villages of Kumarsain, Nirmand and Kotgarh can be seen amidst dense forests, apple orchards and terraced fields. You can even see the picturesque villages of Kotgarh, Nimand and Kumarsain from this point! A one-hour walk south-east beyond the Hatu Mata Temple, and then through the forest dominated by oak trees takes you to the grass patches of Jor Bagh.

There are some camping sites around the place as well as budget hotels/guest houses in the town. Camping sites deep in the forest gives a chance of a close rendezvous with nature. There are grasslands, water streams, tall trees, numerous birds chirping all around. Just check the camps and facilities beforehand to be sure that it matches your taste.

14km ahead there is a place called Kotgarh. Talk to the locals and you will find a lot of historical stories about them and how Apple got introduced to India. Hatu peak visit is also a blissful experience. During winters, there are some ski points as well.

The nearest airport is Jubbarhatti Airport in Shimla.

Average daily expense per couple: 2,000 INR.

Best time to visit: October to March.

8. Nahan

Nahan, located about 80 kilometres from Chandigarh and 40 kilometres ahead of it, Renukaji is a beautiful pilgrimage site. The hills adjacent to Nahan also receive snowfall. If you can travel safely, enjoy a snowfall.

9. Kaza

Kaza is the next small town after Reckong Peo and the very next fuel point too. Fill up your tanks to full here. There is a small market and some decent eateries with Spitian cuisine. You can stay here too if you prefer hotels over homestays. Stay at one of the homestays in the villages and experience the local lifestyle and culture with the natives while being a part of their home.

Also known as "little Tibet", this place has not been touched by man and therefore retains its mystical and fascinating beauty. There really is magic in Spiti's air that will surely make you fall in love with this place. Spiti is one of the best unusual places to visit in monsoon in India.

From the green valley of Kullu, where you can get there with an inexpensive domestic flight, is the nearest starting point to visit Lahaul and Spiti. The secluded Himalayan valleys of Lahaul and Spiti are located on the Indo-Tibetan border in Himachal Pradesh. With an altitude of 3340 metres, these valleys offer many marvellous sights to behold.

The captivating Buddhist art and culture coupled up with stunning mountains and glaciers lure people to visit Lahaul. Fostered by Chandra and Bhaga rivers, Lahaul owns some of the best natural scenarios. If you are in Manali depart towards Khoksar, a traditional caravan pass located at the gates of Lahaul. After a brief stop to visit the town continue the path to cross after the Kunzum La pass.

Head for Batal via Kunzum La. There is a PWD guest house as well as dhabas at Batal. Try if you can get accommodation over there. Dhabas will offer you minimal facilities, please don’t expect any luxury. Else, you can halt at Losar (before Kunzum La) where there are a few guest houses. To cross the valley you have to cross a border crossing, Kunzum Pass (at 4,590 m altitude), closed in winter. This is a zone impregnated with the Tibetan culture. Continue towards the majestic view of the lunar lake, Chandratal.

The adventure begins after crossing Kunzum La. The place is essentially located on the Chandra riverbed after passing the city of Batal. Kanamo Peak is located at an altitude of almost 6000 meters. The Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges remind of the epic beauty of the great Himalayas.

Chandratal is a beautiful lake (14 km detour). The road stays closed except in summer. Else you can trek all the way up. Ask at Batal about road conditions and camping options at Chandratal. However, the camps at Chandratal are quite expensive. If you can stay overnight, it is just another experience altogether and another great chance of stargazing.

The lake offers beautiful reflections of the Himalaya mountains with an array of colours. If not staying at Chandrataal, you must start an early return and reach back to Batal/Losar by sunset.

On the other hand, people regard Spiti as little Tibet due to its close resemblance with Tibet’s landscape, climate and vegetation. It is home to many exciting trekking routes, magnificent monasteries and captivating valleys. These two places are perfect for a laid-back holiday and nature’s photography.

Lahaul and Spiti are unexplored destinations. The mountains and monasteries situated here will make this solo trip really memorable. To experience the full beauty of this place, it is crucial that you take a road trip. Reaching here is easy through road, and you can take a long trip via Manali, Leh and Rohtang Pass or you can visit both the places individually.

Book your tickets between May to October to enjoy these places. You can stay in the monasteries as there are no hotels. Drive from Kaza to Manali through the Kunzum La pass, which is 4590 meters above sea level.

After Kaza, there is a sharp diversion on right which goes to Langza - Hikkim - Komic - Demul. Spend the afternoon trekking with locals who will show you the fossil sites in the village. At the sunset you can click some nice photographs around the village. If you have a good camera, you can try hands at capturing the stars and the Milky Way too. This is one of the best places for stargazing in India as there is no light pollution.

The beautiful band of the stars, nebulae and stardust reveals itself only for a certain period of the year. As winter slowly ebbs away in the northern hemisphere, the galactic core rises higher and higher into the night sky, giving us the perfect opportunity to feast our eyes on this spectacular sight and capture it in all its glory.

The small town of Hikkim is known to be home to the highest post office in the world with a PIN code of 172114, located at 14,567 feet above sea level where you can drop some postcards home. Hikkim is an uphill 40 minute drive from Kaza. There are two options to get to the village from the city of Kaza. You can rent a taxi from Kaza or take the HRTC government bus from the city to Hikkim.

Taxis are available throughout the week and at any time of the day. However, the bus runs twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays and leaves the city at 2 pm, taking 70 to 90 minutes to get to Hikkim before proceeding to Komik. Komic is the highest village connected with a motorable road. You can have lunch here, spend some time in the Home stays in the village. From Komik, one can follow a motor road, circling up Hikkim Town (4,360 m) to reach Langza (4,300 m) through a low ridge.

More exciting and offering magnificent views of Chau Chau Kang Nelda is the highest ridge above Hikkim. It approached the diagonal slopes to the northwest of the monastery, so leaving Hikkim on the left, the route climbs more than 250 meters higher, to reach Langza from the northeast. The fossils are scattered in abundance on the slopes behind Langza. With luck, one can pick up some ammonites in this stretch.

Ideal for: nature lovers, adventurers, culture lovers

Things to do: camping, wildlife viewing

What to visit: Spot exquisite flora and fauna at the Pin Valley national park, and appreciate the calm and tranquil atmosphere of the Lhalung monastery.

Feel the chilled air hitting your face, witness the jaw-dropping and massively amusing beauty, explore every curve and enjoy freedom like you have never before on this biking trip to Spiti Valley. IT IS WORTH IT AND MORE!! Spiti Valley is a high-altitude, trans-Himalayan land which is a dry and cold desert, has snow-capped mountain peaks, ancient monasteries, rough terrains, coloured face-rocks, pristine emerald lakes, narrow passes and frozen glacier.

10. Kibber

Go for a walk through the picturesque country of Kibber. Kibber is the highest town in the world at 4,300 meters of altitude. A visit to the Kii Buddhist Monastery is a must. Key Monastery is located on the left bank of the Spiti River. It is the largest monastery of the Gelupa sect in Spiti. The middle floor houses Dukhang or the assembly hall.

The upper floor has another temple on one side and the Lama rooms on the other side of an open terrace. Another monastery that you could include in your tour if you are interested, would be Tangyud Monastery, at 4,380 meters above sea level next to the town of Komik. It is almost an hour's drive from Kaza. When you get to Kaza you are in the heart of Spiti.

One of the rafting expeditions in the Himachal Pradesh is located on the Spiti and Pin river. The Spiti River originates from the Kunzum Range, located at an altitude of 16,000 feet above sea level and is the main territory of the Sutlej River near Shimla. On the other hand, the Pin River is a tributary of the Spiti River.

The river expedition in the valleys of Spiti and Pin offers the opportunity to explore the majestic beauty of the valley of Kullu, Ladakh and Tibet. Along these, the beams that navigate the rivers can experience the serene environment of the valleys of Leh, Nubra and Zanskar. You can visit some popular monasteries, villages, subtropical forest areas, as well as experience the overnight camping experience in the foothills.

To have a memorable expedition along the river in the valleys of Spiti and Pin, you can consider starting your trip from Manali. This picturesque mountain station in Himachal Pradesh is known for a large number of Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan markets. You can start your trip by visiting religious shrines and buying some exquisite souvenirs from nearby stores.

After sightseeing in Manali, you can continue to Kiato and enjoy rafting to the camp in Rangrik. In addition to rafting in this place, the main adventure awaits you in Pin Valley. The rafting itinerary in this valley will allow you to visit the beautiful Kungri gompa, the town of Giu and other interesting areas until you reach the Spiti river.

Although the Spiti and Pin valley attracts tourists for rafting, but not all places are safe for rafting. To get a better idea about the expedition along the river in Spiti and Pin Valley, you can seek guidance from tour operators in India. Some experienced tour operators may also offer you rafting excursions accompanied by experienced beams. So, save time for the rafting adventure and reward yourself with some moments of wonder!

Well, if you visit Spiti in winter, it gets cooler by many notches, and not just literally. All snowy, white Spiti is nothing less than a dreamland. Add to it the excitement of visiting centuries-old monasteries and frozen lakes. You will be dazzled by the breathtaking beauty of the Spiti Valley, visiting ancient Gompas (Buddhist fortifications), and charming villages perched on the mountainside.

After a quick visit, you can end your day at Tashigang village in a homestay. It is a small village with hardly 6–8 homes. But the people are quite hospitable and welcoming. Enjoy another evening with the local families.

11. Nako

Get your fuel topup in Powari when you descend from Kalpa/Reckong Peo on the highway since this is the last fuel point before Kaza. Duration depends a lot on road conditions. Dedicate a day to an excursion to the town of Tabo, known as the Ajanta of Himalayas. En route, visit the most picturesque village of Kinnaur, Nako and Lake Nako. Nako is a town rich in heritage, built around a small and serene lake, and has an important Buddhist gompa and a small temple.

Here you will find an impression that resembles a footprint, which is considered to be of Guru Padmasambhava, the most revered Buddhist deity in Tibetan Buddhism. Before arriving in Tabo, you have the opportunity to witness the virgin and unspoiled beauty of the Spiti Valley. As Rudyard Kipling once correctly described, Spiti is the place where God lives.

Evenings can get too chilly and windy to bear it if you are accustomed to Delhi weather so reach early. Weather changes within minutes in the Himalayas. Find a decent hotel, check-in and rush to the Nako lake. Most of the hotels (except 1–2) are low budget and you must check the room, washroom and bedding cleanliness before finalizing.

The lake is small, yet very quiet and peaceful, offers changing colours with the sunset and it is a very soothing experience overall.

Important: There is a police check post at Akpa (between Reckong Peo and Pooh) where you need to stop and make an entry in their register. This is a mandatory process, and also helpful to track your entry and exit from the valley just in case there is some mishappening. Foreign tourists need to get an inner line permit either from Shimla District Collector’s office or at Reckong Peo.

At Sumdo, there is an ITBP check post where you have to make another entry. Gue monastery is a detour after Nako and has a mummy enclosed in a room ( Gue Mummy., Kaza - TripAdvisor ). Please note that the room is usually closed and the keys are with ITBP officers. It opens in the early morning and evening (6PM) when the monk comes for prayers. There is nothing else of interest in this village so better skip it and save two hours. Reach Tabo and have a good breakfast. There is a small shop, an ATM (SBI) which usually works, and the oldest monastery here (established 996 AD).

12. Tabo

The ancient Tabo village is located on the left bank of the Spiti River. It is the land of one of the most famous Buddhist monasteries, considered next to Tholong Gompa in Tibet. After reaching the shore of the Spiti River, you may prefer to make a trip to the Tabo Monastery. This popular monastery extends over an area of 6,300 square meters and covers 9 temples, 23 chortens and residences for Buddhist monks. When visiting the monastery, you can see the huge collection of paintings on scrolls, manuscripts, statues, ancient murals, etc.

On the way to Kaza, the current capital of Spiti, visit Dhankar Gompa, the ancient capital of Spiti. The main tourist attractions of Dhankar Gompa include a statue of Vairochana (Dhayan Buddha).

There are also many ancient Thangkas here. The complex of religious buildings in this village contains beautiful murals and stucco sculptures. It is the largest monastery and dependencies of Spiti and one of the oldest, since it is more than 1000 years old. The return trip to Kaza will allow you to enjoy the characteristic landscapes of the region.

You can also stay at the Dhankar monastery guest house (first building when you enter the village), take rest and visit the monastery. The view of the confluence of Pin and Spiti rivers from the roof of the monastery is awesome. The monk can tell you a lot about their culture and Buddhist mythology like the Lungta flag, their horoscope system etc. It’s quite peaceful to sit there and get to observe their culture closely.

Have your lunch in the guest house and by 4 PM start a short trek to the Dhankar lake. Ask any local villagers, they will show you the path. It is one hour walk uphill. The sunset view of the surrounding mountains is just jaw dropping experience and photos can’t do justice to what you can experience by being a part of it.

13. Mandi

Peacefully settled on the banks of Beas River, houses some ancient palaces and striking edifices that are living examples of colonial architecture. This commercial town is the right choice for those who want to revive the colonial era in their photos with a Mandi tint of nature. Thachi Valley is around 23-km from Aut. It is covered with tall deodar trees and offers a spectacular view.

The lush green surroundings covered with thick pine and deodar trees and a zillion of temples bestowed it the title of Varanasi of Hills. So, you can also pose in front of age-old temples having mesmerising backgrounds to get your holiday-perfect shot! This photogenic destination also offers spiritual vibes to the visitors.

Mandi, along the Beas River is famous for its eighty-one stone temples. In fact, it is known as the Varanasi of the hills and it is said that the sage Mandva meditated here. In addition, it was the old capital of the principality of Mandi. It is a charming place that retains much of its original character.

It has remains of ancient palaces and remarkable examples of colonial architecture. The most famous temples are those of Bhutnath, Trilokinath, Panchvaktra and Shyamakali. If you arrive in February, you can participate in the Shivratri Fair, with exhibitions, sports and cultural programs.

Nature enthusiasts can head to Lake Prashar, 45 km north of Mandi. Here is a three-story pagoda, dedicated to the wise Prashar. The lake, of beautiful and deep blue waters, is 2730 meters above sea level and is considered a sacred place since it is believed that the wise man meditated on its shores.

It is an impressive spectacle, with the backdrop of the snow-capped mountains and at the bottom of the valley the river Beas. If you arrive in June, you can participate in the annual Fair held here, and if you want to stay to enjoy a little more, there are several campsites where you can camp.

Another striking lake is the Rewalsar, 25 km from Mandi, famous for its floating islands of reeds that, according to the belief, can be moved by the breeze or by the prayers. Another legend says that in one of them resides the spirit of Guru Rinpoche. The place is considered sacred by Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists, as here the great tantric master Padmasambhava used his enormous power to take flight to Tibet.

Above this lake is the one of Bhayo Kunt, at 1750 meters of altitude, and there are another six lakes of legend, whose stories are associated with the Mahabharata epic. If the idea is to stay, you will find inns, guest houses and rest houses in Rewalsar.

Mandi, the Varanasi of hills, is not only a mystic destination but also a great way to take part in the Mahashivratri celebration. Mandi is best known for the various shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and it held the International Mahashivratri fair, which allures both domestic and international tourists. The fair includes cultural events, fairs, and religious rituals.

14. Kasauli

Road links to other places of tourist interest in these hills also start from the Kalka - Shimla Railway. First of all, it is Kasauli, a small and quiet but picturesque town. Kasauli can be approached by road from the station. Leave all the stress behind, breathe the fresh air with pine aroma. The misty atmosphere, the beautiful walks and the spectacular views make Kasauli a memorable experience.

At 3647 meters, the snow-capped Choor Chandni peaks rise majestically among the lower hills. The highest point in Kasauli, known as Manki Point is home to a Hanuman temple. The views are spectacular from here. In Kasauli too, snow falls fiercely. In addition to Monkey Point, Kasauli Mall Road, dense forests are covered with white sheets of snow.

15. Kalpa

Kinnaur guarantees a much more comfortable trip to Kaza, capital of the Spiti Valley, even if you miss the exciting possibilities offered by the Manali route. The roads are great so don't worry about that. One of the signs in Kinnaur proclaims: You are going through the most dangerous road in the world. The roads have been carved on the slopes of the mountains, and some of the roads are hardly credible. It almost feels like heaven.

Visit the nearby town called Roghi. The most impressive thing is not the villa but the access road to it. It is really not suitable for people with vertigo. The road is excavated in the mountain passes through several places where the fall is vertical to the river.

You can arrive at its point culminating in a place called the suicide point where the fall is 900 vertical meters to the river, immediately rising to the other side, 4,200 meters of rock to the summits of the Kinnaur Kailash massif of about 6,000 meters.

In Roghi visit some temples similar to those of Kalpa and mix a little with the inhabitants. The eagles that you find here have a huge size. All the way you have them circling overhead and occasionally diving down to reach their prey.

Heaps of snow, Kinnaur Kailash standing guard, shooting stars in dozens, Kinnaur's warm smiles, the apple wine of the orchards and the promise of loneliness in its loneliest form. Head to Kalpa, the Kinnaur district headquarters. That and more is Kalpa, as close to the heavens as you can get from Earth. Kalpa is a village of tailors, who sew, among others, traditional hats.

The hill station, formerly known as Chini is located at 2670 meters above sea level and has seen few changes in the last five centuries. A major tourist attraction is a 79-foot-tall rock formation that resembles a Shivlinga that changes color as the day passes. After these places, visit the Buddhist Gompa, Hu Bu Lan Kar.

Find a hotel with good views of the Kinnar Kailash mountains. The sunset and sunrise views of the peaks are great provided the weather is clear. Witness the beautiful sunrise over the Kinnaur-Kailash Peaks. The sunrise is worth skipping your early morning sleep under the blankets. For those living in north India, the arrival of winter is one of the mixed feelings. On one hand, the changing of the seasons is a welcome period of transition, in which people put on sweaters, jackets and watch the landscape turn into fairy white.

On the other hand, people know that ahead of the first magical spell of snow shower looms the unforgiving wrath of winter. Forced indoors by the deep freeze outside, people find themselves confined to a state of seasonal hibernation. Not many people think of Kinnaur as a winter destination.

The first step in finding the best place to stargaze is to get as far away from the cities and human settlements as you can. In remote valleys of the Himalayas, you’d be surprised how much of the stars, planets, and constellation you can recognize with the naked eye. Kinnaur and Spiti valley region of Himachal Pradesh has one of the darkest skies and least affected by light pollution in the country. It’s best to visit this region in early spring and during winters.

16. Reckong Peo

No selfie-obsessed tourists, winter festivals (like Beesh and Phagul), and pleasant weather (depends how you define pleasant) make this season an ideal time to explore the Kinner Desh. From Reckong Peo you can enjoy some incredible views of Kinnaur Kailash. After passing the Bhaba pass, the landscape changes radically, from the lunar and mineral atmosphere of Spiti, to the massive pine forests, composed of sacred cedars.

Winter is the best season for stargazing and astrophotography in the northern hemisphere. During winter, the air above us is colder and drier, which means there are fewer obstacles between the eyes/camera lens and the night sky. Reckong Peo is the last town with a decent market you will come across before Manali so buy any required goodies here itself.

17. Chitkul

Chitkul (3440 m) is a small beautiful hamlet located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. This is also the last inhabited village of India near the border between India and Tibet. Away from civilization this place is best for those want to experience peace and tranquility offered by nature.

This can be ideal place for you if you wish to see snow. Valley gets entirely covered by snow during the winter months of the year. The snow season starts by November End and remains till Starting of March. During this period, because of heavy snowfall sometimes the roads get blocked and a person might get stuck in the village for weeks.

But overall this can be your ideal destination for snow lovers as chances are high that you might also get a chance to experience the snowfall during winters.

Chitkul is accessible by road in the Sangla valley. Continue through the long valley to find a glacier, which offers wonderful views. Chitkul, on the banks of the Baspa River, is the first village of the Baspa Valley.

This city is a remnant of the ancient prosperity of the Indo-Tibet-China trade route, and it turns out to be the last town along the route that still remains. The natural landscape of Chitkul possesses beautiful green orchards, ripe with the seasonal harvest and a bright stream that passes by.

Baspa Valley is said to be the most beautiful valley in Himachal. Chitkul is practically the last point of the famous Kinner Kailash Parikrama. After a crossing over the 5,242 m high Charang Pass, it is a long and steep run through slippery hauls to Chitkul. During the winters the place remains covered with snow and most of these people move to the low areas of Himachal.

Visiting Chitkul village during winters is the best time and season to experience snowfall and see snow-capped mountains of the Baspa valley. But winter comes with hardships and vulnerabilities. The winter charm lies in less to no crowd, snow-laden landscape, no electricity, and no internet.

The July - September monsoon period is good for experiencing the valley in full bloom and greenery. The Baspa valley normally experiences more precipitation than the rest of the Kinnaur. The more rainfall than the rest of the Kinnaur has its effect on topography and landscape. Baspa valley is also known as the green oasis of Kinnaur and its meadows and forests are venerated by locals and travelers alike.

Autumn is best for photography and savoring crisp apples of the Sangla valley. Ageless azure blue skies and marigold-colored landscape offers amazing contrast. You will even find ITBP check post 3km from the village where you can go and meet and greet the soldiers. Photography is not allowed on the check post. Travelling beyond the check post is not allowed.

There is a water stream beside the village where you can spend hours sitting enjoying the calmness. Snow capped mountains are visible all around. You can stay in guest houses, hotels and camps available there. If travelling by bus, please note that there is only one bus per day from Reckong Peo.

18. Sangla

Picture waking up surrounded by rolling green hills, the smell of fresh goat milk and butter, the bright azure skies with clouds so white and fluffy they look like marshmallows. In the distance, snow-packed peaks give you a welcome. Knee-high grass and tittering yellow butterflies greet you on your morning trek. Welcome to the valleys of Shoja and Sangla. A visit to paradise not once, but twice, they’re the two sides of one beautiful Himalayan coin - one for picnics and walks, the other for cosy lay-ins.

One of the most beautiful yet the most under-rated and unexplored places in India, Shojha is simply awesome! You just cannot ever have enough of this place, you are sure to leave some piece of your heart at this scenic place. You can visit the Jalori Pass that lies close to the Shringa Rishi temple and Serolsar Lake or visit the Tirthan Valley, Raghupur Fort, or the Waterfall point.

You can travel to Sangla, which was once the capital of Bushahr, where you should visit the Kamru Fort and Kamru Temple, the ancient capital of the Bashahr Principality and the temple is dedicated to Kamakhya Devi, who was brought from Assam. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Srikhand Mahadev peak from Saharan and then drive to Sangla through Karcham.

The Kagyupa temple has a highly valued ancient image of Shakyamuni Buddha, a mandala life wheel and four directional Kings on either side of the door. The potatoes grown in Chitkul are one of the best in the world and are very expensive. The pin bhaba pass trek ends in Kafnu, from where you can take the road of Shimla, summer residence of the British Raj.

19. Palampur

If you do not like the idea of lazy winters, Palampur is worth a visit. Right next door is the best place for paragliding in Asia.

20. Bir

What could be more adventurous than paragliding in Shimla's sky? Nothing. You can enjoy the beauty of Shimla by trekking, also by cycling or to some extent by rafting river but by air, in the air and through the air is really what you can say is second to none. Imagine yourself flying in the fresh air of Shimla, for a moment consider yourself as a bird as you are enjoying a birds-eye view of the beautiful valley.

You can get amazing panoramic views, cool breeze, the height of hundreds of feet, snow-covered mountains, valleys and so many other things by a single short. It is recommended if you do not have height phobia, you should try paragliding. This is like swallowing the beauty of Shimla at once. There are both parachute and hand gliding available.

It is sprung on light wind and furthermore needs less space to land also. Kangra valley in Shimla is the centre point of all the gliding activities. For the best treat head out to Bir Billing in Kangra valley which will give you the best time of life. Take off high in the sky and fly like a bird while enjoying the beautiful scenic views of Shimla.

Do you know that Bir Billing is Asia's Highest Paragliding place and also offers best sunset at the landing site? Everyday the sunset shows different colors which are treat for the eyes.

Located in the midst of the Dhauladhar ranges in Himachal Pradesh, Bir is world famous for its paragliding experience and its amazing vegetation. Once you have tried a flight, you will always walk the earth with your eyes turned towards the sky, because there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

A world paragliding world cup is organized every year in Bir. Register at any of the paragliding adventure clubs in Bir, who will assume full responsibility, from taking you to Billing, where the flight begins to the landing site. Continue as your teacher instructs you. In addition, it will be recorded in GoPro, so act happy and excited to make your video memorable.

Located in the upper part of the Bir region, there are many cafes serving local Tibetan food. Thukpa, Momos, Thenthuk are what you should have in local Tibetan shops. They also have Laping, a local dish that you can find on the streets of Tibetan Colony. This local delicacy is worth trying if trying a new kitchen interests you.

You can take a direct bus from Delhi to Baijnath that runs during the night. Bir is half an hour from Baijnath. You can also take the route from Delhi to Mandi. There are buses that go from Mandi to Bir with good frequency. You can register in backpacker hostels in Chaugan (lower Bir). The experience in a hostel with a backpack is one of the types in which you can connect with other backpackers.

21. Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

Kullu is one of the most visited tourist places in Himachal Pradesh along with Parvati Valley, Kheerganga and Kasol. The landscapes of Kullu resembles with the most beautiful natural paintings that you ever have seen! The open sky with a hue of light blue and grey colour, the lofty green mountains that partially covers the sky and the rhythmic waves of rivers, all make Kullu the most picturesque destination.

This famous hill station has lots of sightseeing places that will make your tour exciting! People usually buy Manali tour packages that contain a clubbed tour to both Kullu and Manali. Visit the Naggar Castle, the Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery, the Hidimba Devi temple and, to end the day, visit the waterfalls and hot springs of the Vashisht temple.

Visitors usually desire some ideal locations in Himachal in winter months so that they can enjoy some best adventure activities, indulge in things like river rafting, trekking, mountaineering and outdoor camping. Yet Kullu is practically the very best area to experience the marvels of snowfall and also magical aura it creates.

Average daily expense per couple: 5,000 INR.

Best time to visit: November to February.

22. Solan

Solan, is the getaway that you never knew you needed. Nestled over 5000 feet high, beside the small, sleepy town of Barog, this place brings much needed relaxation, warmth, and happiness. Sit back on your hotel deck with a cup of chai on a chilly morning, break a rack of pool with your friends, cook up some delicious barbeque, or simply watch the birds fly by.

Barog is a historical tourist destination. Barog is close to Solan. Here you can enjoy snowfall safely. You can easily come back enjoying the ice balls. Dagshai, located between Dharmapuri and Barog, is also a beautiful and historic city. It was settled by the British. It also snows here.

Average daily expense per couple: 5,500 INR.

Best time to visit: January to March.

Himachal is home to several destinations that are not only worth adoring but, also worth capturing and flaunting. You don't even have to worry about the camera model or quality while taking photographs at any of these locations. Yes, the beauty of these destinations is enough to infuse a distinct charm into your snaps. So, have an awesome trip and super-awesome photographs at the top eye-catching places of Himachal Pradesh.
Kalyan Panja