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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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From thrilling trekking trails to adventure sports like paragliding, river rafting and much more, this hill station is located in the northern part of India and settles at the foothills of the grandeur of the Himalayas. Get started with what are the places, experiences you must indulge on your Himachal honeymoon package. Let us tell us what you must do in this Himalayan town with your sweetheart. Let's get started!

Photographic locations 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. Kullu

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.

2. Naggar

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. Manali

Manali does not top our listing as it's generally jammed with tourists throughout winter season unlike Narkanda where you can have unhindered access to an endless cover of snow where you have acres of snow-clad landscape. If you have little time, you can book a direct flight from New Delhi to Kullu and then take a taxi to the Solang Valley.

4. Bhuntar

Arrive at the Parvati Valley, in the region of Himachal Pradesh, with many illusions. To get there take a public bus from Manali (New Manali Station) to Bhuntar. The journey is about 2-3 hours. Once you get to Bhuntar, take another bus towards Kasol.

5. Kasol

Situated amidst a lush green valley, a majestic white-water river, and picturesque treks, Kasol is a major tourist yet an offbeat destination for backpackers and young travelers. The Israel of India is not just a delight for hippies but also for those seeking peace and tranquility. Here are the things to do in Parvati valley and a list of beautiful places to visit in Kasol to make the most of Himachal.

The most enchanting Himalayan Valley has the power to calm the dismayed soul. The most rejuvenating of all and most popular places to visit in Kasol for a backpacker is the Parvati River. Sit by the river for hours doing nothing and soak into the magical sounds of the water.

Known as the Amsterdam of India, Parvati Valley is truly a mesmerizing spot for relaxation. The hippie paradise is full of Israeli cafes which give it unique touch. One can also enjoy psychedelic vibes and rave parties in Parvati valley with mountains beautiful enough to leave your head spinning.

6. Manikaran

The next day, we left for Manikaran without knowing what we would meet. We only knew that the Israelites were not going (they are the local rules, we do not know the reasons). Legend has it that somewhere in the valley, more precisely in the village of Manikaran, Shiva rested after making love with Parvati.

From there, the special and spiritual nature of the place emerges. Another legend tells that Parvati lost a jewel in the river and that she got back in a hot water stream. Parvati Valley is a green and leafy valley that grows around the Parvati River. Knowing the history, the legends and the reason for the names of the places gives an extra charm.

We arrived in Manikaran Sahib and understood why. It is the most Indian village in the valley, so to speak. Pilgrims from all over the country come to bathe in its thermal waters. Both Hindus and Sikhs. We had the feeling of returning to India deep after a long time.

A holy place located in the middle of a spectacular landscape and River Beas welcomes devotees throughout the year. The major reason why one should pay a visit here is the hot spring that originates from the peak which is believed to wash away the sins of someone who bathes in it. The delicious langar (free food offered at Sikh temples) that they serve is a cherry on the cake.

The most beautiful thing about Manikaran is to climb the mountain that is on the left of the village and go to Gargi and see how the people of the mountain live. In Manikaran there were no amenities for tourists, nor continental food, nor many offers to stay. But it has mysticism.

We feel very comfortable in these environments, although the food sometimes gives us the feeling that our mouths catch fire. From the mysticism of Manikaran, we go to see the rural life of Kalga and Pulga, two peasant villages with some guest houses lost in the forest.

To go to these towns it is as easy as waiting for the public bus opposite Kasol and getting off at the last bus stop, Barsheni. Once there you have to walk, the beauty of these towns is that you can make a route, first visiting Kalga, a mountain town full of pomeros and Mariguana plants, with a restaurant for a drink.

Then follow the path indicated by red arrows towards Pulga, crossing rivers and contemplating beautiful landscapes. Pulga has given us some beautiful views of the valley, which will be in our retinas for a long time. If you want to stay for the night, there is another Tosh town that you can also visit.

Favorite amongst Israelis is the village of Tosh at the far end of Parvati Valley. The architecture of the households leaves no stone unturned in pleasing the eyes of the spectator. Locals of the village live in wooden houses with slate roofs earning their major source of income from cultivating hash and apples.

This village again has an enthralling story to narrate. Because of hash in Kasol, Tosh is becoming popular by backpackers and hippies and is now a hub of psychedelic parties in Parvati valley. Initially narrow, this valley progressively opens up and provides a scenic beauty with every stroll. The beauty here is unreal!

7. Malana

Way up in the hills, in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh is a small village called Malana. It is isolated from rest of the world. Malana is famous for Malana cream, a strain of Cannabis hashish. Malana cream is also the most expensive hashish in the Amsterdam menu. It is also one of the oldest democracies of the world with a well-organized parliamentary system, guided by their devta (deity) Jamlu rishi.

The Malana village is much more than a small town attracting hash lovers but is one of the popular places to visit in Kasol for backpackers. It is a total case study in itself. The Malanese think that they are the descendants of Alexander the Great and have rituals and rules of their own and their local court system even today reflects the ancient Greek system.

The green eyes and sharp features lay the claims that they belong to the Aryan race. Its culture is completely isolated from the rest of India which makes it perfect for explorers to unveil the mysteries of this village. The story of Malana will keep you hooked! Stay in the Waichin valley also known as Magic valley in a warm and cozy room. An additional day in Malana may also be worth learning the customs and unique traditions of the people.

Malana has many interesting stories associated with that. Some people claim that it is the oldest democracy in the world, while others trace the remote village to a wandering group of soldiers of Alexander the Great's army. Drink some unpasteurized milk obtained from Gujjars. Run into an isolated Malana dogri (part-time in the fields) and experienced the wonderful hospitality that simple rural people provide to complete strangers.

Malana has its own code of conduct for outsiders. In the village, strangers are expected to stay on defined paths. Visiting temples or even touching temple walls or stone slabs is prohibited. Violation of the rules results in a fine. In many places, there are tables that show warnings.

The outsiders cannot touch them or their belongings without their permission. Outsiders are told to keep distance and not touch anything in the village. The shopkeepers will ask you to keep the money on the counter and place the goods on the counter, without any physical contact. In case of any contact, they will rush for a bath.

In recent years, the fame of Malana cannabis has also brought unwanted habits and, occasionally, unpleasant visitors. Outside the main village, on the south side, there are some guest houses and a tent settlement where the accommodation and boarding house are located.

8. 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.

9. Dalhousie

The ideal getaway to soak in natural beauty with minimum distraction and maximum comfort. You will find yourself immersed in the rejuvenating power of nature at every turn. Wake with the gentle light of sunrise, energised by the joyful chirping of birds. As evening sets in, sink into the feeling of peace as the stars take over the vast canvas of the sky.

Dalhousie is a village scattered on the mountainsides at 2000 m altitude. The panorama of the Pir Range mountains to the north is remarkable.

The agglomeration is very wooded, the beautiful cedars of the Himalayas (Deodar) and the giant rhododendrons, in bloom in early April, forming a very pleasant setting. The English made Dalhousie a summer resort during the colonial period, in order to take advantage of its mild climate while the plains of Lahore or Amritsar cooked in the sun. Dalhousie keeps track of this past with a number of luxury but dated hotels.

Just like Manali, even Dalhousie is a perfect place to enjoy your quality time without your spouse and family members. It is one of the best places in India to visit during winters for amazing views. You can also visit the National Himalayan winter trekking expedition held between December 1st week till January week one. The famous food that you can enjoy here is Mudra, Dham, Aktori and Luchi Poti.

Dalhousie is a hill station full of colonial charm of the British era. The city is named after the 19th century British Governor General Lord Dalhousie. Different levels of altitude of the city with a great variety of vegetation that includes pines, cedars, oaks and rhododendrons in bloom.

Rich in colonial architecture, the city preserves some beautiful churches such as the St. John's church (the oldest built in 1863), St. Francis' Church (built in 1894), St. Andrew's Church in 1903 and St. Patrick's Church in 1909. There are also magnificent views from the Chamba Valley and the mighty Dhauladhar range with its imposing snow covered peaks fill an entire horizon.

The beauty of Dalhousie can be estimated rightly by its title, The Little Switzerland of India. This charming hill station is settled on five majestic mountains namely Kathalagh, Terah, Potreyn, Bakrota and Bhangora. The beautiful lakes, enticing waterfalls and dense green wildlife sanctuaries are the main elements that make Dalhousie one of the top scenic hill stations of Himachal Pradesh.

If there is any location in the checklist that looks most remarkable throughout the snowfall, it is Dalhousie. The classic atmosphere created by the Scottish as well as Victorian-style will certainly teleport to a different time-zone. Vacationers hoping for the finest places to go to in Himachal in winter months can choose this location.

This hillside station was one of the most preferred summer locations of the Britishers that is reflected in the majestic Victorian style mansions in this area. Among them, one of the most well-known is Panch Pulla, Satdhara Falls as well as the Dainkund Peak.

The serene atmosphere and hustle free ambience of Dalhousie works as an icing on the cake! Pick up your camera and go to places like Panch Pulla, Chamara Lake, Satdhara Falls, Khajjiar and Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary to get the best shots.

10. Chamba

Known as the Gulmarg of Himachal, it is also a starting point for Chamba, Dalhousie, as well as Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary treks.

Trekking is the best way to explore Khajjiar and from there, for example, trekking through Chamba, Dalhousie and Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. With its exotic flora and fauna, the Kalatop wildlife sanctuary is a joy for nature lovers and wildlife photographers. The Khajji Naga temple is the most sacred splendor of Khajjiar. Bharmour is a village located near the Chamba and is also popular with tourists for its temples and history.

11. Shimla

Being the capital and the largest city of Himachal, Shimla holds some of the most appealing scenes that are worth capturing. The beauty of this place not only lured Indians but, also Britishers who declared it as their Summer Capital during the colonial era. The spectacular views of lakes, rich greenery, mountains and British style buildings make Shimla an altogether different place!

The below zero temperature in winters allow you to pose in your fluffy winter apparels in Shimla. Set in the middle of gorgeous hillsides and mystical woods, Shimla has been a very popular hill-station among Indians and honeymooners considering that it's lovely, cozy therefore enchanting. Vacationers likewise go to the well-known Jakhu Temple as well as engage in sightseeing at various points of view during their trip to Shimla.

12. Dharamshala

Capture the images of big monasteries with mountainous backdrops, natural places adorned with colourful prayer flags and curvy paths having big prayer wheels in Dharamshala. Pose with monks dressed in their traditional costume to record the essence of the place! Despite its colonial past, Dharamshala has strong Tibetan influences with a large number of monasteries and temples.

Start your visit through the busy center, Lower Dharamshala, where you will find the Kangra Art Museum, a window to the history of the region. Then climb up to Gangchen Kyishong, seat of the Tibetan government in exile. Higher up in Upper Dharamshala is McLeod Ganj, the residence of the Dalai Lama, founder of the shrine in 1960. About 2 km away is Dharamkot and Bhagsu, two good alternatives to stay and rest away from the city's horns.

The perfect season to explore the nature of Dharamshala and its surroundings is in the summer months.

13. Kangra

One of the top picturesque valleys of Himachal, Kangra is tucked in the lower part of Himalayas. This place is mainly famous for rich art, craft, temples and fort ruins. People who wish to capture natural views along with huge fort minarets and other structures will love this alluring valley.

Explore places like Brajeshwari Temple, Kangra Fort, Kareri Lake, Baijnath Temple, Taragarh Palace and Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake to get varied backdrops for your images. There are the Masrur Temples that are built in a material such as sandstone, used in antiquity.

If you ever plan on visiting Himachal Pradesh, then you must visit the quaint village of Pragpur in the Kangra Valley. As old as the 1500s, it is India's first Heritage Village, and offers an unparalleled look at culture, arts, craft work, and history. From the old well to the fancy tile work, there are many stories here to unravel.

You can even visit the nearby Garli village with its heritage homes, or the Dada Siba shrine to sneak a peek at the Dhauladar range. And, of course, stay at old havelis.

14. Kaza

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.

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 little visited Pin Valley is a wonderful idea for the sheer pleasure of remoteness in the village of Mudh (the final point of the Pin Parvati and Pin Bhabha trek).

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.

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.

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.

We also could not resist making a small march to a 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 we visited some temples similar to those of Kalpa and we mixed a little with their inhabitants. The eagles that we found here have a huge size. All the way we had them circling overhead and occasionally diving down to reach their prey.

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.

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. 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. 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.

15. 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.

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.

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.

16. Nako

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.

17. 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. Go to Tabo Monastery. 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.

18. 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.

19. Barot

Barot Valley is located 66 km away from Mandi.

20. 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.

21. Chail

Accessible from Kandaghat or Shimla, Chail is at an altitude of 2150 meters. Here is the Maharaja Palace, built in the 19th century, together with the houses of its staff that are, today, a beautiful tourist center. Chail is a beautiful hill station located in the Himachal Pradesh region and extends over three mountains of Rajgarh, Pandawa and Sadh Tibba.

It overlooks the Sutlej valley and enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year. Chail boasts of the highest cricket ground in the world, overlooking the Sutlej valley, with a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas.

Chail together with Kufri and Shimla form the golden triangle of Himachal Pradesh and offer breathtaking views of the mountains and a fascinating natural beauty that makes it a great place to visit. Many trekking trails go from Chail to Shimla, Choor Chandni Peak, Kali Ka Tibba and other places. Fishing is a popular activity carried out on the Giri River, a few kilometers from Chail.

The Chail Wildlife Sanctuary attracts a large number of wildlife enthusiasts and wildlife photographers. Inside the park you can admire a great variety of flora and fauna that includes animals such as the black deer of the Himalayas, langur, sambar, goral, wild boar, among others. Numerous hiking trails cross the sanctuary like Kandaghat-Chail, Chail-Shimla via Junga, Chail Rajgarh.

22. Kalpa

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.

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.

23. 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.

24. Chitkul

Chitkul (3440 m) is the last village accessible by road in the Sangla valley, to continue through the long valley to find a glacier, which offers wonderful views. Chitkul is the last inhabited village near the border between India and Tibet, and the road to India ends here. 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.

25. Sangla

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.

26. 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.

27. Bir

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.

28. Pin Valley National Park

The pin bhaba pass trek offers an incredible glimpse of the isolated valleys of Spiti, Pin and Kinnaur in the beautiful and little-known region of Himachal Pradesh. To get to Kafnu, the starting point, fly to Shimla and drive to Kafnu or fly to Kullu and drive to Kafnu through the Jalori Pass.

It is a gradual walk with a gradual climb, and continues to move in the same way along the Bhaba River. Passing through the rich deodar mixed forest, the last part of the ascent opens into a large meadow. The walk from Mulling to Kara takes you through rocks and meadows, and on the little walk between the two, you can see the Kara valley, like a large meadow.

There is a small and beautiful lake in Kara that offers a wonderful reflection of the powerful mountain ranges in front. From Kara, you enter the left valley. As you ascend gradually, the valley narrows, but the landscape will surely win your heart with alpine flowers at the bottom of the valley and waterfalls on the contiguous hills.

Travel to Phaldar by the Bhaba Pass (13,776 feet) also Tari Khango or Tarik la in seven or eight hours. The steep and rocky zig-zag path is home to the snowcocks. You can see them appear suddenly and then disappear so quickly camouflaging the surroundings. By crossing snow fields and rocky moraines, you reach the top where you can see the contrast that nature has created.

On the side of Spiti, you can see the rugged brown and barren mountains in contrast to the lush green valley of Spiti. Once at the top, you start to descend through a few glaciers and then hit the rocky moraines again. After walking for another hour, you enter an open valley with chocolate-colored mountains. You have to go down to the river. In this section, you cross the highest possible point of the walk to 16,000 feet.

After doing many mountain treks up and down, it is possible that this floor on small rocks is a bit boring, but the beautiful landscapes that surround it keep you busy by clicking on the images. As you walk forward, you can see the road that crosses the river that leads from the famous Pin Parvati Pass trek.

As you go through, you see a green patch with many Spitian houses, which is the village of Mudh that falls on the road on the last day of the walk. This day, walk all day through the Pin Valley National Park that is home to the elusive snow leopard. This endangered species are mostly found in the craggy mountains of Central Asia and perfectly adapted to the cold and barren landscape in high altitude zones.

These solitary mammals are mostly active during dusk and dawn. This elusive mammal is frequently sighted in the snow covered Spiti Valley and it's always delightful for the wildlife lovers to see them even in pairs in this region. Spiti is a safe haven for this species where locals are protecting it and also learned to live with it. It really requires lot of patience to get the sight of this beautiful cat.

Snow leopards can grow to the height of 55-65 cm and their main prey are Argali, Urial, Ibex and blue sheep.

After arriving in Mudh, you can also go on a jeep safari to Kullu through the Rohtang Pass to see the beautiful Chandratal Lake.

29. Kalka

Have you seen the images of a beautiful toy train passing through green valleys and mountainous terrain? If yes, then maybe these were the images of the Shimla-Kalka toy train. Many people take a ride of this toy train from Shimla to Kalka to capture the most picturesque train route of the world. This train passes through scores of tunnels before reaching its final destination. Don't miss this unique ride while visiting Himachal Pradesh.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. Narkand

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.

33. Mashobra

There are a lot of spots and sports for people who like adventures. You should visit Shoghi which is 14 KM on the south during your visit to Shimla. Or on the other hand, Mashobra is additionally a decent choice for you which is 14 KM towards the north.

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 Kalyan Panja Author


  1. It is quite interesting to Know that Himachal has all these wonderful places not all cities have such.I wonder what it will really be like to visit such places .... it will be fun

  2. I was in India in February. It was my first time and I really enjoyed it. Your article made me realise that it's a huge country and I really need to go back. I've not been to this area but it's definitely on my list now.

  3. Wow sounds like some amazing places to visit! Thanks for all the awesome information!

  4. These seem like destinations with absolutely breathtaking views! You have done a wonderful job of describing them in great detail.. do you have photos of each location?

  5. Wow what a place so full of history- you made me put it on my travel list!

  6. Kangra is my favorite place to visit. Awesome explanation.

  7. It will be a dream come true to even visit one of these places! Himalayas is one of my top priorities in my bucket list.

  8. these sound like so many great places to visit. thank you for the recommendations

  9. Such a wonderful place in Himachal Pradesh I love the view I would love to visit this place someday :) great photos!

  10. Wow, this is so fascinating. I would love to travel somewhere half as beautiful as this. You make me want to visit!

  11. Each place sounds so unique and attractive! I would so travel and enjoy it. Thanks for the list! (I know it's a banal thing to write but I really am)

  12. So interesting and all the places you listed are all beautiful. Would love to visit some day.

  13. There look like so many amazing different places out there. If I get the chance to visit I will have to bring this with me. So much great information.

  14. I have been to Himachal many times but have not visited kangra, kalka, lahaul and dharamshala. I would love to visit these place.


  15. I enjoyed your beautiful pictures. I have never been to this plcae, it certainly is on my list


  16. Such a wonderful place to take a wonderful vacation. It’s so really nice ambiance to spend with family and loved ones.

  17. These places sound fascinating. I'll have to put them on my bucket list!

  18. I've never been here, but I definitely want to go in the future :) thanks for a comprehensive guide and lots of information x


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