Trip2divine welcome its lovely audience. Today we are present with our new post about a very beautiful state of India. The state whose name comes to the mind of most people whenever they plan a trip in India. A state that is full of infinite gifts of nature.
A state that is born for nature lovers. Yes, my friends ! you are thinking right. I am talking about Himachal Pradesh, one of the most beautiful and adventurous state of India. In this blog, we will tell you about best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. There is no shortage of adventure, scenery, wildlife and lovely climate.
Best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh
- 1 Why Himachal Pradesh is so popular ?
- 2 1 Manali
- 3 2 Mcleodganj
- 4 3 Chamba
- 5 4 Shimla
- 6 5 Dalhousie
- 7 6 Shri Naina Devi Temple
- 8 7. Anandpur Sahib
- 9 8. Baba Balak Nath Temple
- 10 9. Chamunda Devi Temple
- 11 10. Dharamshala
- 12 11. Jwala Devi Temple
- 13 12. Chintpurni Temple
Why Himachal Pradesh is so popular ?
There are countless reasons due to which we can say that Himachal Pradesh is very special. The geographical location of Himachal Pradesh makes it so famous among tourists. The altitude of Himachal Pradesh varies from 465m to 6816m.
So can easily guess, how much diversity will remain in Himachal Pradesh. Some places here are icy cold whereas some are having a pleasant and wooing reason. Apart from its natural beauty and resources, Himachal Pradesh houses railway tracks with steepest slope, 5 natural parks, 1700 educational institutes.
Himachal Pradesh also comes in the list of India’s greenest state with 66.52% of its land covered with greenery of Himachal Pradesh. Religious people also consider Himachal Pradesh as their destination because there are many historical temples which are very popular in Hindu religion. Then tell me why anyone would not want to go to Himachal Pradesh.
So, would you like to go there ?
If you are convinced to go there, then you should know which places you should make a part of your trip.
This is a list of best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh to make your journey unforgettable.
Manali in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most visiting hill stations in India. For those who have visited Manali, the name ‘Manali’ makes them the visuals of snow-covered mountains, deodar trees and apple orchalds.
The diverse nature offers variety of pleasures to all type of tourists having various state. Manali has its fame from the honeymooners who like to visit here which makes its lover’s paradise. On the basis of all there facts we can say lucky are those who opted Manali as their holiday destination.
Best places to visit in Manali
- Mall Road
- Nehru Kund
- Rohtang Pass
- Hidimba Temple
- Manu Temple
- Jogini Falls
- Old Manali
Best time to visit Manali
Summer stays here from March- June with temperature range 100c to 250c. So day time is comfortably warm and nights are chilly. This time is considered as the best for visiting Manali. Avoid visiting in monsoon season from July- September due to the risks of land slides. If you love snow, then you visit in winter from October-February when temperature drops down below zero and Manali recieves snow fall.
While packing don’t forget to pack warm clothes. make sure to be done mufflers, gloves to keep yourself warm with all sightseeing and outdoor activities before the sun-set. The best way to reach Manali is by bus. You can take bus from Chandigarh to Manali which is 310km and comes under your budget easily. If you want to travel by train then take a train from New Delhi.
Things to do in Manali
Activities like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, mountain biking are popular in Manali.
Mcleodganj is located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful place attracts numerous tourists throughout the year. Its scenic views are very popular among entire Himachal Pradesh. Mcledoganj is mainly famous for trekking and picnic.
Most of the college groups, couples and families make their trip to Mcleodganj due to its pleasant environment and lovely climate. Unlike other hill stations, Mcleodganj is not so steepy. Even children can easily trek here.
Best places to visit in Mcleodganj
- Triund Hill
- Bhagsu Waterfall
- Bhagsunag Temple
- Dharamkot Village
- St John’s Chruch
- Tibetan Museum
- Tibetan Institute
- Tsug La Khang
- Namgyal Monastery
Best time to visit Mcleodganj
The best time to visit Mcleodganj is between October-February (winter) and between March-June (summer).
Don’t forget to carry your warm clothes. Never visit without booking a hotel during season. Prefer street markets to get good bargains. Commonly used transport by people to reach Mcleodganj is by bus. You Cannot miss the scenic views of mountains on road side. Taking a bus from Delhi or Amritsar will be budget friendly.
Things to do in Mcleodganj
People love to do trekking, hiking, camping, shopping in Mcleodganj.
Chamba valley is one of the most lovely valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is at the crossroads of Dhauladhar and Zanskar ranges. Chamba also shares a border with Jammu & Kashmir. Dense alpine forests, meadows, sparkling streams, heart capturing lakes and rich wildlife are specifications of this beautiful town. The local people are evdowed with a thousand years old culture. They are very polite and their heartwarming hospitality makes chamba favourite among tourists. So it can become part of your travel list. What do you think ?
Best places to visit in Chamba
- Khajjiar Lake
- Manimahesh Lake
- Chamera Lake
- Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
- Laxmi Narayan Temple
- Rang Mahal
- Bhuri Singh Museum
Best time to visit Chamba
The months from March to June is a highly recommanded time to visit Chamba. Avoid visiting during monsoon season in July and August.
Despite the local people of Chamba are very nice, it is suggested not to take any unnecessary risk. Change your money only at authorized foreign exchange. Keep your fine grip shoes with yourself which will prove very careful for you while roaming in valleys. You can easily get a bus to Chamba from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. For a journey by train, take a train till Pathankot which is 120km from Chamba.
Things to do in Chamba
Boating, trekking, wildlife exploration, picnic, mountaineering, camping are some popular activities among tourists in Chamba.
Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is blessed with mountain, valleys, natural springs and fresh water rivers. Apart from its natural beauty Shimla is famous for its beautiful colonial architecture, pedestrian-friendly mall road, and beautiful churches. Because of all these Shimla has become a one-stop destination for all types of tourists. Shimla would give you different satisfaction than other tourist places. Wouldn’t you like to visit it at least once.
Best places to visit in Shimla
- Mall Road
- The Ridge
- Chadwick Falls
- Jakhroo Hill
- Green Valley
- Summer Hill
- Kamna Devi Temple
- Tara Devi Temple
- Kalka-Shimla Railway
Best time to visit in Shimla
Although Shimla is such a destination that can be visited throughout the year. But most of the tourists flock here during March to June to enjoy pleasant weather. Snow lovers can visit from November to February.
Do not eat raw and cut fruits from outside and drink only bottled water. Take all necessary medicines in case of any emergency. Be careful from over-friendly strangers. Do not take illegal stuff from anyone. Warm clothes, gloves, shoes are always necessary on hill-stations. Travelling by bus is more convenient than by train. You can take a bus from Chandigarh, Kullu, Manali, Delhi till Shimla. All these cities are under 400 km distance.
Things to do in Shimla
Paragliding, trekking, picnic, camping, hiking, horse riding are some popular activities here.
Dalhousie is another very famous hill station at a distance of just 51.2 km from Chamba In Himachal Pradesh. It is located at the western end of the Dhauldhar range of mountains. The journey to Dalhousie is largely about sightseeing. Dalhousie offers you a calm environment in the lap of nature. Dalhousie has a pleasant season in spring and autumn. The snowfall makes Dalhousie a delightful picnic spot for friends and family. Dalhousie is also famous for shopping Himachali shawls, traditional jewelery, and tibetan handicrafts. Could this be your favourite place to visit ?
Best places to visit in Dalhousie
- Ganji Pahari
- Chamera Lake
- Dainkund Peak
- Satdhara Waterfall
- Gandhi Chowk
- Sach Pass
Best time to visit Dalhousie
To enjoy pleasant weather, plan a trip to Dalhousie between April and May. To enjoy snow-fall plan trip between October and March.
Even in summer light woolens may be required early morning and late evening. If you need to hire a porter, do it either through your hotel reference or the department of tourism. If you want complete solitude then book your stay at Khajjiar. Again travelling by bus or taxi to Dalhousie prove out be more comfortable and budget friendly. You can take a bus or taxi from Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh and Pathankot easily.
Things to do in Dalhousie
Mountain climbing, sightseeing, water activities like boating and fishing at lake, trekking, photography are frequent activities in Dalhousie.
6 Shri Naina Devi Temple
Shri Naina Devi Temple is located in the district of Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India. In the Naina Devi Temple complex there is huge peeple tree that is acclaimed to be present from the past many centuries within the inner sanctum the figures of three deities are sculptured : left one is Mata Kali, center one is Mata Naina Devi and the right one is Lord Ganesha. Every year large no. of pilgrims worship Goddess Naina Devi especially during Shravan Ashtami and in the Navratras of Chaitra and Ashwin. It is believed that Goddess Naina Devi is very powerful in fulfilling the wishes of pilgrims.
During Normal Days 4:00 Am to 10:00 Pm
During Navratras 2:00 Am to 12:00 Pm
Festival celebrations here
- Nanda Ashtami
- Maha Shivratri
- Ram Novami
- Krishan Janamashtami
These are the events when it is best to visit Naina Devi Temple. You can also consider this as the best time to visit Naina Devi Temple.
Depending on your time of visit, you should carry the right attire with you. Specially during winter, carry gloves, scarves, woollens to keep yourself warm. A comfortable shawls is always necessary because of pick-pockets.
You can go easily by train at the nearest railway station. Anandpur Sahib is just 30 km away from the temple. Although bus service are easily available from Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh and other cities.
Things to do in Naina Devi Temple
Shopping of sweels, coconuts, pooja items (chunri, sindoor) religious books, Darshan of Naina Devi, Ropeway etc are the things people do here.
7. Anandpur Sahib
Anandpur Sahib is popularly known as the holy city of bliss. The city is located in the Rupnagar district. The tenth Guru of sikhs, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji spent about 25 years of his life in Anandpur Sahib. Anandpur Sahib is surrounded with shivalik mountain. The festival of Holi is celebrated with great joy in Anandpur Sahib which is termed as ‘Hola Mohalla’ here. This is sacred place of sikh religion, so thousands of devotees come here to pray and seek blessings from ‘Waheguru’.
Worth visiting in Gurdwara
- Takht Shir Kesgarh Sahib
- Langar Hall
- Virasat-e-Khalsa or Azooba
Best time to visit Anandpur Sahib
To enjoy the pleasant weather, visit Anandpur Sahib from February to April. Avoid the months of May to July which is very hot here.
This place consists of 10 Gurudwaras. Each one has its own history. If you want to visit each try to not spend much time at any. Anandpur Sahib is crowded throughout the year so plan your visit according to that. If you are visiting during ‘Hola Mohalla’ not travel with your own vehicles. Because the hours-long jams will become an headache for you. There are many free of cost services provided by devotees such free transport till Anandpur Sahib from various places. You can join them. Although, you can travel by bus or taxi from cities like Delhi, Punjab, Haryana.
Things to do in Anandpur Sahib
Spiritual visit, langar, sightseeing, nearby and also visits Bhakra-Nangal Dam.
8. Baba Balak Nath Temple
Baba Balak Nath Temple is located at an altitude of 1000m in Una, Himachal Pradesh. The temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Baba Balak Nath Ji. The temple attracts a lot of tourists because of its beauty and divine history. The Dhaulagiri mountain range in the back drop makes this place a picturesque destination. Thousands of tourists flock to this place during the faith to show their faith and recieve blessings og Baba Balak Nath Ji. You can’t ignore the beauty of the temple. There is also another way to the temple which passes through the forest on the hills. You will find this path quite adventurous.
5:00 Am to 8:00 Pm
Best time to visit Baba Balak Nath Temple
If you don’t mind visiting along with huge rush of devotees come to visit in the month of April and May. But if you wish for easy and peaceful visit then come to temple every other remaining months of the year.
There are two paths to the temple side by side of which one for men and other for women. The path for women is not very crowded because, they are not allowed to go inside the main temple. So if young children are with then try them to be with the ladies of your house. The accessories like belt and purse made of leather are not allowed inside the temple.
If you are travelling off-season, then try to visit on your own vehicle for your convenience. Because the transport services are available time to time only.
Things to do here
Spiritual visit, langar, sightseeing, trekking, photography are some activities people do here.
9. Chamunda Devi Temple
Another one out of 51 shakti peethas, Chamunda Devi Temple is located 25 km from Kangra. The 16th century and is a major worship spot in Hindu religion. This temple is dedicated to Maa Chamundeshwari Devi. Every year thousands of people visit this temple to seek the blessings because Maa Chamundeshwari fulfills all wishes.
You can see the Dhauladhar mountain ranges from the people. The picturesque views and lush green forests add charm to the beauty of this place. That’s the reason that not only religious but nature lovers also like to come here. Mostly backpackers visit the temple in short time and enjoy picnic in the nearby areas.
During summer : 5:00 Am to 12:00 Pm and 1:00 Pm to 10:00 Pm
During winter : 6:00 Am to 12:00 Pm and 1:00 Pm to 9:00 Pm
Best time to visit here
Major of the devotees visit Chamunda Devi temple from May to September. Although you can make a plan to Chamunda Devi temple throughout the year.
Take your warm clothes like woollens, jackets, gloves, and mufflers. If you plan a picnic then take your picnic or camping stuff with you. If you want to enjoy the beauty of the hills then trekking is the best idea. The accommodation services are available by the temple. But do not depend on that may be it is full. Book accommodation in the nearby hotels if you want. Transport services are easily available. Buses and taxis prove more convenient.
Things to do here
Religious visit, picnic, trekking, photography in the beautiful location nearby places.
Dharamshala has become an important highlight in every trip of Himachal Pradesh. The city has two parts- one of which is called upper Dharamshala which houses Mcleodganj also. The other part is called lower Dharamshala which houses courts, markets etc. Dharamshala attracts many people from all corners of the earth who come to study, meditate and for using purpose. People also visit Dharamshala for Kunal Pathri Temple. The reason for the fame of Dharamshala in recent times is the International Cricket Stadium here. It is constructed in the year 2003. It is named in the most beautiful Cricket Stadiums in the world. Dharamshala is such a hill station that synbolizes peace and integrity.
Best places to visit
- Tsug La Khang Complex
- Kareri Dal Lake
- Gyuto Monastery
- Musroor Rock Temple
- Naddi Village
- Dharamshala Cricket Stadium
- Kangra Fort
- War Memorial
- Indrahar Pass
Best time to visit here
During spring season from February to June is considered the most suitable time to visit Dharamshala. The temperature remains maximum of 250c. Snow lovers can visit in winter from October to February.
Carry warm clothes no matter what time of year you are travelling. The weather here are changes instantly. Visitors are advised to stay indoors as it rains during the rainy season. Stay cautions to the over-friendly strangers. Book accommodation in hotels not in a remote area. Don’t take any risk, behave responsibly and stay safe. Take on eye on the children as they are unfamiliar with this terrain. Bus services are easily available from Pathankot, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Delhi. You can also take a train till Pathankot.
Things to do here
Picnic, sightseeing, visit to temples, shopping, photography are famous activities here.
11. Jwala Devi Temple
Jwala Devi Temple is also in the list of 51 shakti peethas in India. Jwala Devi Temple is located in Una district, Himachal Pradesh. It is situated in the lap of Shivalik range of kangra valley called ‘Kalidhar’. It is a historical temple and great heritage center where people from near and far come to seek the blessings of Jwala Devi. Many fairs are held here during Navratras.
During summer : 5:00 Am to 10:00 Pm
During winter : 6:00 Am to 9:00 Pm
Best time to visit here
You can make a plan to visit Jwala Ji temple throughout the year because the weather here is quite pleasant. However, people like to visit during Navratras during the months of March to April and September to October.
Facilities like bathrooms, parking, lodging, drinking water, dispensary everything is available here. But during Navratras when large no. of visitors flocks here, the benefits of these facilities are not available properly. Try to not take any precious jewelery or thing with yourself. Specially you should take care of young children in this crowd. Leather items are not allowed inside the temple. Don’t take a camera inside the temple which is strictly prohibited.
Take a bus from Delhi, Hoshiarpur and Chandigarh for easy and convenient journey till Jwala Ji temple. You can take a train till Ranital which is 20 km from Jwala Devi temple.
Things to do here
Exploring temple, read mysterious tales, sightseeing at Doon valley and Yamuna river, photography except restricted zones, boating at Mussoorie lake.
12. Chintpurni Temple
Another one of 51 shakti peethas, Chintpurni Temple is an ancient temple in Una district, Himachal Pradesh. The Chintpurni Temple is also known as Chhinnamastika Dham. Chintpurni Devi is regarded as the Goddess who takes all the worries of her devotees.
In the center of this temple, there is the temple of Garbha Griha. At every corner of the temple, there is a temple of Lord Shiva. In the temple, the image of Maa Chintpurni is placed in the form of Pindi (round stone).
Wanna go to the temple to end your sorrows ?
During summer : 4:00 Am to 10:00 Pm
During winter : 5:30 Am to 9:30 Pm
Best time to visit the temple
During summer season from April to September when temperature remains 15 to 220c, is advised the best time for visit to the tempe.
Keep your warm clothes with you. Beware of pick pockets and over-friendly strangers. Do not eat anything from a stranger outside the temple. Inside the temple, eat only offerings from a pandit. For travel, take a bus from Hoshiarpur bus stand for Chintpurni Temple. You can also take a bus from different cities nearby. For travel by train, take a train till Amb Andaura.
Things to do here
Visit various temple, shopping of pooja items (prashad, sweets, cosmetics), read holy books, photography except prohibited area.
FAQ’s about Places to visit in Himachal Pradesh
Q: What are the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh?
A: Shimla, Manali, Chamba, Dalhousie, Mcleodganj, Kullu, Jawala Devi Temple, Chintpurni Temple, Naina Devi Temple, Chamba valley are some best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.
Q: Why Himachal Pradesh is so popular?
A: Himachal Pradesh is popular due to its diversity. It is famous for Mountains, Icy places, Greenery, camping and many more countless reasons
Q: Can I get a direct flight to Himachal Pradesh?
A: Yes, you can get a direct flight to Himachal Pradesh as there are three domestic airports in the state. Gaggal Airport(Kangra), Bhuntar Airport (Kullu-Manali) and Jubbarhatti Airport (Shimla). These airports are not in the best of the state of Himachal so Here people prefer to fly to Delhi and chandigarh and plans their tour accordingly.
So, these are the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. If you like this blog the give your appreciation by commenting down below.