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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 Himachal to adore and capture these magical landscapes. You will find umpteen of picture-perfect vistas and alluring backdrops while exploring this enchanting state.

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.

Photographic Locations in Himachal Pradesh

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.

2. Manali


Located at an amazing height of 6260 feet, Manali is the favourite hill station of couples and travel lovers. People who love the high mountainous vistas and snowfall never miss a chance to buy Manali tour packages, especially during the winter season when it becomes super icy.

If the crowd that squeezes into Manali in winters and summers has put this place off their list, it's time to put it back, right at the top of the list. More so if you love food. Comparatively less crowded, with fascinating and promising views of the Himalayas and overflowing with cafes, Old Manali is where you will fall in love again with Manali.

The most prominent places to visit in Manali include the Manu Temple, Hidimba Devi temple, Gulaba camp, the Malana valley, the Solang valley and the Rahala waterfalls. The best time to visit Manali is from September to December and from February to April. Manali is an ideal destination for summer vacations.

At a distance of 13 km from old Manali is the amazing Solang Valley. The sight of glaciers and snow capped mountains is fascinating. With incredible ski runs, this valley of India is perfect for skiing and other winter sports. In the summers, adventure travel enthusiasts can practice activities like paragliding, parachuting, horse riding and zorbing.

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. Visit Kothi, Gulaba Fall and Marhi on their way to the Rohtang pass. This is one of the highest passes in the Himalayas, located in the eastern Pir Panjal mountain range, about 51 km from Manali. This pass connects the Kullu valley with the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti and was an important part of the Himalayan trade route.

However, the excursion to the Rohtang Pass is always somewhat dependent on weather conditions, mostly snowy. Go to Rohtang Pass in Manali if you wish to portray the beauty of snow in your images. The snow-covered trees, ground and mountains will overwhelm you! One can also visit Solang Valley, Beas River and Van Vihar to capture the natural beauty.

3. Dalhousie


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.

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.

Khajjiar is a popular hill station in India, about 26 km from Dalhousie in the Himachal Pradesh region, situated at a height of 6500 feet with a pleasant climate and geographical appearance very similar to Switzerland. Khajjiar offers visitors meadows and dense forests, as well as views of the majestic summits of the Himalayas that make Khajjiar, with the lake Khajjiar and Lake Chamera, a unique place of its kind.

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.

4. 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.

5. Dharamshala


If you want to depict the harmonious existence of nature and culture in your images then, Dharamshala and Mcleodganj should be your next stop for a hippy holiday. This beautiful destination is covered by 4000 metres high mountains on three sides and a mesmerizing valley on one side. Due to the strong influence of Tibetan culture, this place houses many stunning Tibetan monasteries.

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!

Located in the Kangra Valley, its fresh and clean air, and its quiet environment, provide a respite from the busy hustle and bustle of big cities. In the neighborhoods of Mcleodganj and Forsytheganj, you can still distinguish a certain colonial touch, a romantic addition to this beautiful environment.

You will think you have traveled to the past when you visit St John's, in Wilderness. This small and charming church, with colorful stained glass windows, shelters the remains of the Viceroy of India, Lord Elgin. 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.

Oh, the Bhagsu cake is the closest thing to milk candy. You can easily get used to the peace and tranquility of this mountain town. Going for a walk in nature, hiking up the Triund hill, or just enjoying the view of the mountains and valleys, while savoring a good cup of tea, are some of the things you can do on your vacation. The perfect season to explore the nature of Dharamshala and its surroundings is in the summer months.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Lahaul


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 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.

9. Spiti


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. 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. 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.

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.

Well, if you visit Spiti in winters 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.

The roads are great so don't worry about that. 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.

10. 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.

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. Barot Valley is located 66 km away from Mandi.

11. 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. 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.

12. Kinnaur


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.

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.

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.

From here 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.

13. Bir


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. 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.

14. Parang La Trek


Parang is the most famous trekking route of Spiti since ancient times and connects Spiti with that of Ladakh after crossing the mighty 5,670m pass. This walk has a fantastic view of the mountains and the Pare Chu river. This is a paradise for photographers, as it takes you through the deep gorges and desert surroundings of the Spiti Valley to the vast landscapes of Ladakh to Lake Tso Kar, passing through the beautiful villages of Karzok on the shores of the lake and ends at Lake Tso Moriri.

This lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. This remote trail follows the traditional trade route between the people of Spiti, Changthang and Tibet. It begins in the high-altitude meadows of Khibber, the breeding ground of the famous Spiti horses (Chumur) and also the homeland of the snow leopard.

The trail descends through the Khibber gorge and then climbs Parang La (5600 m), the source of the Pare Chu river, the only one of its kind that originated in India, flows into Tibet and re-enters the country. Spiti. On the other side of the pass, the trail follows a wide valley to the confluence of Pare Chu with Phirtse Phu in Norbu Sumdo.

A river crossing here leads one to an almost incredible change of scenery as we walk towards the Rupshu plains of Changthang, known for the abundance of Kiangs (Tibetan wild asses). As for the nomads of Changpas, they will make you taste their specialty of dried meat and their tea with salted butter!

15. Spiti Left Bank Trek


Take a taxi to Poh. On the first day of hiking to Dhankar, located northwest, well above the left bank of the Spiti River, the first 5 km are along the road to Kaza. Pass by old junipers, protected from the axe by divine intervention (they belong to the gods). The road heads westward to Spiti Valley and moves towards a long leaning bank called Poh Maidan.

Going up gradually, you stay with the motor path to the other end of this terrace. Then walk down the steeper bank, smaller up, to the west. Stumpy junipers, thorny hawthorn, wild roses and dusty ephedra, which grow even on the driest slopes, give life to Poh Maidan.

On the other side of the Spiti valley, numerous silver stripes fed by Lake Sopona descends the steep slopes, breaking the brown monotony with refreshing vegetation. Crossing a low ridge a sudden patch of greenery appears. This is the village of two houses in Londupdin (3,700 m), well above the left bank of the Nipti Nallah.

The two villages of Mane are visible through the Spiti River. The green of its irrigated fields contrasts sharply with the bottom. Immense slabs of sharply sloping gray rock and brown and yellow slopes reach a crest of Manerang Peak. Crossing the small stream of Nipti halfway between a series of small waterfalls, the path, which continues northwest, crosses next to another large terrace.

Then, passing another small plot of land, the track gradually climbs up to meet the Sichling-Dhankar road. A slightly steeper climb through the fields of Dhankar Village (3,700 m) leads one to the new monastery building. Climb to Lake Dhankar, located in the arid pastures north of the village.

Between the Pin and the Spiti, the long and flat triangle of Pindomor, with its profuse green cover, is a refreshing change for the eyes. On the vast plains of Sublingo Maidan, the road turns north into the Lingti Valley. Shortly after, one can find the link road that takes off from the Sumdo Kaza road.

Then, to the left, the Lingti Valley opens. The village of Chabrang can be seen on the right bank. The much larger Rama Village is right below. Beyond Chabrang, huge terraces, stained with young and green trees, mark the entrance to the steep valley that leads to Demul, the easternmost village of the Bhar highlands.

Also, exploring the monastery complex in Lalung (3,680m) should definitely be on the agenda, initially winding westward around the dry slopes facing south with the wide valley of the Spiti River of many channels below. The Pin River, which emerges from a narrow valley on the opposite side, also widens before encountering the Spiti.

Once past the pedestrian bridge and having passed the village of Sanglung, located on a terrace on the left bank of Lingti, the route extends through the narrow valley of the Demul stream. To the left (south), the Demul Link Road crosses the slopes, ending abruptly on steep cliffs that descend to the main valley of Spiti.

Looking back towards the Lingti, Manerang rises in the distance while, closer, Kamelang dominates Lalung. Until the valley of Lingti, the snow-covered peaks mark the division with the Valley of Gue to the east. Immediately to the north, through a deep valley that descends quickly from the pastures, there is a tall, beautiful ridge covered with snow that extends westward to Chau Kang Nelda (6,303 m).

There is soft, mossy grass (nema) near the water. In other places, there is a low and uniform growth of shrubs that survive with the humidity of the snows that melt late. To be up to date with the lark of the residents of Demul can mean a nice, long day meandering over the pastures before reaching Langza for a night stop.

Going around the hill behind the village, you must go back south to join the direct route over Lara. It is a longer path but with a more gradual ascent and a better view. Then, through a small hump, are the soft, moss-covered bushes of the Chame Meadow (4,400 m).

It is possible to run southwest to Kaza from here in less than 3 hours, through the village of a house in Kagti (4,100 m). The westernmost road of Langza climbs gently from Chame, to the upper basin of the Kaza stream. A vast amphitheater of undulations, which gradually submerges to a sudden drop in the extreme south, meets the eye. At the upper end (north) is the village of Komik, on top of which is the new Tangguid Monastery (4,450 m).

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. One can move north from Demul and then turn west through gently sloping grasslands instead of taking the south route on the Chame route. You will enjoy spending time here with the dokpas (shepherds), tending the dairy cattle and preparing butter for the long winter months.

Climbing gradually to the northwest, the trail slides over the ridge separating the Lingti basin from that of Shilla Nallah. Up close, in the shadow of Chau Chau Kang Nelda, the route passes through Komik and Tangguid. Then, heading southwest along the smooth contours of an irrigation channel once over the small ridge, it comes directly to Langza.

Those who do not want to trek somewhat harder the next day can head to the comforts of Kaza for a 10 km link road from Langza (4,300 m). The strongest souls face a steep descent northwest into the gorge of the Shilla Creek and an even longer ascent that continues northwestward to the tiny village of six houses in Tashigong.

A motor road crosses the low ridge on the side of Spiti (south) and gentle slopes through this ridge lead west to Gette Village. From Gette, an option for those wishing to shorten the walk and quickly reach the main valley is a zigzag path that leads directly to the precipice Monastery of Ki 500 m lower. The road runs towards Kibber (4,120 m) about 5 km northwest.

The camp can be reached by Kibber or a little further on the edge of the village fields. From Kibber, to the right (north) is the route to Ladakh on the Parang La. Directly opposite is the village of Chicham (4,150 m), on the other side of the gorilla-shaped valley of the tributary of Spiti river.

The sixth day of Poh requires moving in a semicircle to the north, around the crest behind Chicham, to the justly famous Ladarcha meadows. The route from Kibber leads to the Parilungbi Gorge along a motor road. On the other side of a bridge, it goes northwest towards the valley of a smaller tributary, which descends from the side of Ladarcha (4,150 m).

The road crosses to the right bank of this stream very soon. Then up the valley to the northwest, leaving Chicham on the left. Near the Dumle village, the narrow valley turns into a gentle decline and the pasture-covered grass field follows shortly after. Climbing gradually from Dumle, the road winds westward towards the Spiti River, which makes Ladarcha appear in an hour.

At more than 4,000 m, Ladarcha is a vast expanse of gentle slopes, carpeted with low shrubs and mossy grass from the highland pastures, and you can camp almost anywhere. It's easy 3 hours from Kibber to Ladarcha. Ladarcha was the site of Spiti's annual barter fair in the old days. The whole afternoon is free to go in search of the Tibetan snow cock and the blue sheep,

To the left (southwest) there is a low elevation, barely higher than the meadows. Mark the edge of the cliffs that descend to the river. Descending towards the southwest to the riverside terraces, the road moves towards the northwest by the left margin of the Spiti. Downstream is the small isolated Chikzur village and across the Spiti River, the largest village in Pangmo.

Climbing gradually, past the strange totems sculpted in the sedimentary soil prone to erosion by the melting of melted snow, one approaches the Takling affluent of the Spiti. Once you have negotiated the short and steep descent and then the steep ascent to the north at the other end of the ravine, Kiato is less than an hour (3,950 m). With more than half a day to spare, one can take a bus or truck to Kaza or continue with Spiti.

16. Indrahar Pass Trek


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. Indrahar Pass is the most impressive treks in the Himalayan region. It is located at an altitude of 4,342 m above sea level.

Indrahar Trek Pass is closer to the tourist city of Dharamsala. Many tourists visit this place during the trekking season from April to October. The hike begins at McLeodganj which is the seat of the Dalai Lama and passes over the snow-covered Dhauladhar range and ends at the chamba. Indrahar trek will give you an opportunity to walk the ancient road of Gaddi shepherds.

17. Triund Trek


One of the most attractive walks for beginners, this trek starts from McLeodganj or what is lovingly called Mini Tibet. It is a 4-5 hour walk from Bhagsu Nath, the ancient Shiva temple near German Bakery. Largely unexplored by Indian hikers, you are likely to encounter many foreigners along the way.

This is perfect for those wishing to go to the hills before going to the hut with adventure, since their small restaurants and camping equipment are available all the way. Start trekking early in the morning, as you will be in the shade of the pines before the sun sets.

The mysteriously fascinating and always covered with snow of Dhauladhar closes when arriving at Triund. Climb a camp right there, while the stars hang loose on you, just an arm's length away. And yes, in the morning, you can walk to the snow line. With a little luck, the people around will give you snowballs. You need 2 days for Triund Trek.

18. Chandrakhani Pass Trek


This is an easy 3-day trek with the possibility of varying the duration to adapt to your time. It is exhausting but not impossible to reach Malana (2,652 m) from Naggar in one day, or one can camp for a day near the Chanderkhani pass. 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.

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.

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. The constant ascent of almost 3 km takes approximately one hour to reach Rumsu Village (2,200 m), east of Naggar.

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.

Just pack your trekking gear to conquer this little-explored UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, one can choose the jeep road that leads to Rumsu (5 km), which gradually climbs through the mixed forest. Chanderkhani Pass is located southeast of Rumsu Village. From the village, a broad, clear and defined path, frequently used by the locals, leads southeast through the forest to the pastures of Stelling (2 km) and Ghalkrari (4 km).

After Ghalkrari, bhojpatra (birch) trees replace oak and conifer. The track climbs further through the pastures to reach a place called Shillu Pathar(5 km). You can camp anywhere in these pastures after Rumsu, but it is recommended to travel 5-6 km (1-11/2 h) from Rumsu. Water is available in many places and one can camp in a convenient place near a water source.

From the Shillu Pathar camp, the trail climbs gently up the grassy slopes and heads southeast to reach Paror , a place considered sacred by the villagers of Rumsu and Malana. The idols of the local gods mark the place. From here, one can continue towards Dhalakda Pathar (move stone), a water point. This section is almost on the crest of the Chanderkhani Range. From the top, you can see the range of Bara Bhangal to the west, Pir Panjal to the north and Parvati to the east.

The descent to the Malana village (4 km) is steep compared to the ascent to the pass. The road becomes slippery and risky during the rainy season, from July to August, when the high and humid grass darkens the points of support. Two clearly marked trails, both often used, descend abruptly to the southeast through thick coniferous forests to reach the village.

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.

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.

A steep but well-defined path descends south from Malana to Jari. The path descends for almost half an hour through the fields, to enter a forest where deodorants predominate. Then it descends sharply to the southeast for almost 2 hours, to a small concrete bridge over the Malana Nallah. In a moment, this section had no road. The heart-rending descent through the rocky walls of the Malana gorge added to the mystique of the region.

From the bridge onwards, the grade is smooth, descending to the southwest along the left bank of Malana Creek. A one-hour walk takes you to the site of the Malana Power Project dam. Here, some dhabas provide food and tea. A jeep road to Jari (1,500 m/10 km) connects the site of the dam and, hopefully, you can take a taxi on your way to Malana or to the site of the dam.

Alternatively, one has to walk towards Jari. Follow the road (take shortcuts wherever possible) that descends south to a bridge that crosses the Parvati River near the machine house of the Malana Project. When crossing the bridge, exit the road and follow a path to get to Jari on the Kullu-Manikaran road.

For the more adventurous, this is a good option to cross one more pass before arriving at Kasol Village on the Kullu-Manikaran road. From Kasol, board a bus to Manikaran, the picturesque pilgrimage center just 4 km upstream along the Parvati River from here.

19. Pin Bhaba Pass Trek


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

20. Hampta Pass Trek


One of the most popular multi-day treks in India is the 4 day Hampta pass trek. Travel by bus until you reach Jobra. It takes about 5 hours to reach Balu Ka Gera. Shea Goru is a step used regularly for centuries by the shepherds and traders of the area. It takes between 3 to 4 hours to get from Chatru to Chandratal by van. The lake is 4200 meters above sea level and is located in the middle of Kullu Valley. Return by van to Manali (6 hours journey) and end this adventure.

21. Kalihani Pass Trek


The black glacier pass is an old shepherds' trail in Himachal Pradesh around the remote village of Bara Bhangal. This is a complicated technical crossing through the ice, glacier and moraine, culminating in a pass located at 4,725 meters above sea level. Although the gradient is moderate, prepare for abnormal hail storms, long walks and total isolation. But if that sounds like your idea of ​​heaven, this path is obligatory!

22. Thamsar Pass Trek


Start the trek with a walk in a forest of cedars and pine trees that extend to Manalsu. Ascend through the Khanpari Pass (3600 m). After the pass, descend to the Dohra Nalla camp. Continue with a gentle ascent through the forest and then through the rocks. Ascent to reach the pastures of Sangohar, at the foot of the pass of the Kalihali mountain (4800m).

Cross the Bara Bangla before reaching the Kalihali mountain (4800 m). The descent will be made by rocks, returning to the green of the grass only close to Gaddi Gote. The descent continues through the torrent of Soony. Rest in Devi drip a small temple built by the Gaddis (local shepherds) to protect the goats and rams. Camp in the quiet meadow of Lamba Phad.

Descent in the direction of Bara Bhangal. This town is inhabited only in the winter months by the famous Gaddis, the most famous shepherds of the state of Himachal Pradesh. The landscape becomes more rocky, going through the base of the Thamsar mountain. Ascent to the Thamsar Peak (3800 m), surrounded by two beautiful lakes of height, crossing a rocky terrain. Descent through the forest to the small village of Raj gundha. Visit the village partially inhabited by the Gaddis.

23. Parvati Valley Trek


It is a one hour climb to the southeast to the top of the Rashol Pass (3,250 m) from the campsite. On the other side, the road descends to the southeast through a thick forest of conifers. The descent is difficult with certain sections being very steep. Negotiate Carefully Rhododendrons appear in large numbers near Rashol Village.

There is a cave shelter 1 km from the town. A suitable trail descends south from Rashol Village for approximately 2 hours, to Chalal Village on the right bank of the beautiful Parvati River. From here, the track descends to cross the river by a wooden bridge and then climbs the other side to reach Kasol (1,580 m) on the Kullu-Manikaran road.

24. Bhubhu Pass Trek


Here is a trek that is relatively easy, fast and isolated. Bhubhu Pass Trek is one of the lesser-known routes in Himachal Pradesh. It goes from the Kullu valley to the Kangra valley, following the paths that the locals use in the winter. The road passes through some very remote areas and includes trekking on a series of ridges with pristine views. The pass offers spectacular views of Indrasan (6,221 meters) and Deo Tibba (6,001 meters).

25. Churdhar Trek


Dominating the landscape of fields, forests and ravines is the Churdhar peak, which rises to 3647 meters and is a delight for trekkers hiking through Nahan and Renuka. It can be approached through Dadahu, Sangrah, Bhawal, Gandhuri and Nauhra and is a 50 km hike. From Nauhra it is a 16 km walk. The ascent is difficult, but rewarding.

The peak offers a beautiful view of the Gangetic plains and the Satluj river in the south, and Badrinath to the north. You can also see the hills of Shimla and Chakrata and the upper part. An alternative route to Churdhar is through Rajgarh, an orchard country. One can easily see Monal in the Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary.

To come here in the remote village of Thonta, near the village of Nohradhar, approximately 350 kilometers from Deli in the Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh is to sleep under millions of stars, to see the sunset beyond the horizon, to gather around fires to sing and to mingle with locals, other travelers and friends.

You can climb to the top of the mountains and to the highest peaks and walk the rails of the jungle. A remote destination of the Himalayas, in the middle of nowhere, ideal for meeting ourselves and new friends.

Sirmour district is still to be explored by most travelers and is home to many hidden and unseen treasures. Waterfalls, mountain trails, villages and temples paint the landscape, a unique way to experience the Himalayas. This destination is out of conventional destinations. It still holds the essence of the real lifestyle of an Indian Himalayan village.

26. Borasu Pass Trek


From Kalpa, head to the Thangi village (2896 m), starting point of the hike on the pilgrimage around the sacred Kinnaur Kailash mountain. Reo Purgyil is one of the best peaks or summits near Kinnaur. Reach the village of Chitkul (3450 m) in the valley of Sangla in 4 days of walk with crossing of the Charang pass (5150 m).

After a day of discovery in the valley of the Baspa river, between Sangla and Chitkul, leave on foot (10 days of walk) to reach the Har Ki Doon valley (3550 m) then Yamunotri (3200 m), in the Garhwal Mountains, after crossing the Borasu Pass (5150 m) and Yamunotri Pass (5170 m).

27. Rupin Pass Trek


Uninhabited by man, the Rupin Pass is 15,250 feet above sea level, begins at Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends at Sangla in Himachal Pradesh. The trekking route winds along the Rupin River and takes you through the icy slopes, rocks, glaciers, snow fields, wooden bridges, attractive villages, flowing rivers, expanses of grass and the evergreen Deodar forests. In addition, the view of the Kinner Kailash range is fabulous.

In addition to the different natural wonders, this trekking also offers camping opportunities in the middle of the jungle. Although the level of difficulty is moderate, but depending on the intensity of the snow, the route can become a challenge. Baraadsar lake is very close to prominent hikes such as Har Ki Dun and Rupin and Supin Valley.

28. Lamkhaga Pass Trek


This remote route from Himachal Pradesh ventures on the now classic route from Gangotri to Kinnaur. It is a strenuous, high-altitude trek (5,284 meters high) that is not for the faint-hearted. However, for the intrepid traveler, this is one of the most rewarding experiences in the Himalayas. June to October is the best season for this hike, but temperatures can be brutally cold, and blackouts are known to occur.

If you are embarking on this arduous journey, it is best to do so with an experienced and reputable organization; In addition, you will also need a permit, which is easier to do with professional assistance.

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.
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18 comments:

  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

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  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.

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

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  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?

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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  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)

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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

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  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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