One of the most popular hill stations in Himachal, Manali offers the most magnificent views of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges covered with snow for most parts of the year. With the Covid-19 pandemic going on, Manali has evolved to be a place loved by young people looking for longer stays for workation. With ambient cafes, good wifi availability, small eateries and convenient shops, Old Manali is among the favorite neighbourhood for such people. There are many homestays and hostels offering dorm beds for cheap for longer durations.
Dalhousie, a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh is situated at a height of 1,970 metres above sea level. Boasting views of the snow-capped peaks of Dhauladhar ranges, Dalhousie is famous for its meadows, dense jungles and waterfalls. Established in 1854, it was named after Lord Dalhousie and this hill station was one of the favourite summer destinations of the Britishers during the colonial era.
Bir is a small town located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Bir Billing is a popular destination located in Joginder Nagar valley known for paragliding and also as the town for meditation. There is an influence of Tibetan culture due to Tibetan community settlement in this town. There are two parts of the Bir town: The Tibetan Colony of Bir, located downhill from the village of Chowgan and the other part is Upper Bir which is much greener.
Located on the road from Chandigarh to Shimla, Kasauli is a hilly cantonment town that makes for an ideal peaceful holiday location, especially for a weekend getaway.
Mainly known for its accessibility from Chandigarh and Delhi (located just 65 km away from Chandigarh), Kasauli is not about particular attractions or activities but the beautiful villas and the serene environment.
Situated at an elevation of 2500 meters, Fagu is a serene snow-clad hamlet, located around 45 minutes’ drive from Shimla. It is known for its apple plantations, sowing fields and the snow-covered Himalayas in the backdrop. Since it is secluded, Fagu is a honeymooner’s heaven. It also popular amongst trekkers and naturalists.
It is believed that Fagu has derived its name from the word ‘fog’. It remains covered in fog for almost 9 months a year. The whole place is enveloped by lush green pine and cedar trees and has a dreamy landscape. A number of apple trees are also located here which are adorned with rich red apples. Potato Fields are also common to spot. You can also sight animals such as snow leopards, yaks and ponies that are inhabitants of Fagu.
Kasol is a quaint little village in Himachal situated along the banks of the river Parvati. Commonly known as the ‘Amsterdam of India’, Kasol is a tourist attraction that is rapidly gaining fame as a popular hub for trekkers, backpackers, and nature lovers. Kasol is situated 23 kms from Bhuntar and next to the religious town of Manikaran and is one of the best places in the country just to sit back and chill in the panorama of snow-clad mountains, pine trees and gurgling river.
Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and a popular hill-station among Indian families and honeymooners. Situated at the height of 2200m, Shimla was the summer capital of British India. Shimla still retains its old-world charm with beautiful colonial architecture, pedestrian-friendly Mall Road and the ridge lined up with multiple shops, cafes and restaurants.
Often referred to as a mesmerising “hamlet” situated amidst the lush green forests and surrounded by variegated mountain, Jibhi is just the right place to relax and spend some peaceful moments with your loved ones. An offbeat place in Himachal Pradesh, Jibhi is untouched by industrialization and surrounded by nature. The dense pine forests, tranquil freshwater lakes and pristine temples make this place worth visiting. You will be spellbound after visiting this place and would not want to leave it. The cozy Victorian style cottages in which you can stay are an added bonus that makes you feel as if you are living in the Victorian Period. So, enjoy a cup of chai breathing in fresh air and listening to the sweet chirpings of the birds in the lap of nature.
Mcleodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala, popular among trekkers. Located in Kangra district, Mcleodganj’s culture is a beautiful blend of Tibetan with some British influence.
Long winding roads and valleys that present unforgettable glimpses of cold desert and snow-crowned mountains welcome you when you set foot into Spiti Valley. Bordered on all sides by the Himalayas, Spiti Valley, located in Himachal Pradesh, has an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level, and gets just around 250 days of sunshine in the year, making it one of the coldest places in the country. With the thick Himalayan snow cutting Spiti off from the rest of the country for around 6 months a year, the summer months are the only time Spiti is directly accessible via motorway.