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19 September 2022 7 mins read

5 Must-visit hill stations in Himachal Pradesh

19 September 2022 7 mins read
5 Must-visit hill stations in Himachal Pradesh

Travelers Exclusive guide on top 5 hill stations in Himachal Pradesh

Planning a trip to Himachal? Wondering which are the top places to visit in Himachal Pradesh?

Anchit Sood
Anchit Sood


Indeed first on the list of top hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. Kullu is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh is Kullu. Kullu, along with another well-known tourist destination, Manali, is located on the banks of the Beas River. It was previously known as Kulanthpitha, which means “the end of the habitable world.” Isn’t it amazing? The ‘Valley of Gods’ is another name for Kullu Valley. Here are some of the most popular destinations in the enchanted land.

Top Notch Attractions 
Temple of Basheshwar Mahadev
Palace of Sultanpur
Great Himalayan National Park
Parvati Valley
Shangarh Valley
Bijli Mahadev Temple
Bhrigu Lake

There are more attractions in Kullu. Some of the adventurous sports available here include trekking, mountaineering, angling, skiing, white water rafting, and paragliding.

Tirthan Valley is located at an elevation of 1600 meters above sea level in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu District.. Tirthan Valley, named after the Tirthan River that runs through it, is located about 3 kilometers from the Great Himalayan National Park’s entrance. This location is brimming with exciting activities…

Kullu is also home to the Bhuntar airport and bus station, and it serves as the starting point for trips to Manikaran, Kasol, Malana, and Naggar. Kullu also has a few significant temples, including the Raghunath Temple and the Jagannath Devi Temple. Many treks originate in this area, including the Bijli Mahadev Temple Trek and the Parvati Valley Trek.

Kullu is a nature lover’s paradise, with panoramic views and majestic hills covered in Deodar and Pine trees. Kullu, located at an elevation of 1230 meters between the Pir Pranjal, Lower Himalayan, and Great Himalayan Ranges, is densely forested. Kullu, as the district headquarters, is a bustling town. Rafting is a popular activity that begins in Pirni, about 4 kilometers from Kullu.



Manali is on the most popular hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. Manali, located at an elevation of 6726 feet, provides spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains. The land is not only a visual feast for your eyes; it also allows you to test your fitness level with the sporting facilities available. The following are some of the best places to visit in Manali to satisfy your sense of adventure.

Solang Valley
Rohtang Pass
Temple of Hadimba Devi
Hot Springs of Vashist
Monasteries in Tibet
Gulaba Kothi
Manu Temple
Beas River

Manali is surrounded by numerous trekking opportunities, making it an ideal starting point for exploring this side of the Himalayas. The nearby town of Kullu has excellent rafting opportunities on the River Beas. The Parvati Valley, which includes Kasol, Manikaran, Tosh, and other small villages along the Parvati River, attracts visitors for longer stays.

The months of January and February see the most snowfall, followed by December and March. You might get lucky and find some snow in April.

Tourists visit Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley for a variety of adventure activities such as skiing, paragliding, horseback riding, and zorbing. The Rohtang Pass is almost always covered in snow, and it is frequently overcrowded, resulting in traffic jams.

Manali is best visited between September and December, and again between February and April. Manali is an excellent summer vacation destination, and adventure sports such as river rafting and paragliding are available nearby in Bir Billing. Honeymooners visit Rohtang Pass to participate in snow sports activities.


Shimla’s allure convinced the British to make it their summer capital. The city’s colonial influence can still be seen. The snow-capped Himalayan ranges can be seen from the hill station. Shimla, with its lakes and lush greenery, welcomes visitors all year, assuming you don’t mind the ‘below zero’ temperatures in winter. Here are the top places to visit in Shimla.

The Ridge
Jakhoo Hill
Mall Road
Kalka–Shimla Railway
Christ Church
Indian Institute Of Advanced Study
Summer Hill
The Shimla State Museum
Daranghati Sanctuary
Naldehra And Shaily Peak
Arki Fort

Shimla is well connected to many cities and is only four hours away from the nearby city of Chandigarh. The city also has an airport, but there aren’t many daily flights from here. The railway station connects Shimla to the plans and is well-known for the Kalka-Shimla train route, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Most of the year, the weather is pleasant, and tourists flock, particularly during the summer months. Winters are cold, with some snowfall from mid-December to the end of February.

Shimla is frequently covered, as are the nearby towns of Kufri, a snow-covered hill station, and Chail, famous for a massive palace and the highest cricket ground in the world. During their trip to Shimla, tourists also visit the famous Jakhu Temple and go sightseeing at various viewpoints.

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Dharamshala, known as “the Scotland of India,” is surrounded by snow-capped mountains on three sides and a valley on one. Because the mountains are over 4000 meters high, you can see them from every vantage point. The combination of pine trees and tree gardens, as well as snow-covered mountains, creates a magical atmosphere in the air. Here are some of the best things to do in Dharamshala.

Places to visit
Tsuglagkhang Complex
Namgyal Monastery
Attractions in Mcleodganj
Kareri Lake
Gyuto Monastery
Kangra Museum
Kangra Fort
Dal Lake in Dharamshala
Naddi Village

Mcleodganj is a popular trekking destination near Dharamshala. Mcleodganj, located in Kangra district, has a beautiful blend of Tibetan and British culture.

Mcleod Ganj, also known as Little Lhasa, is a beautiful town near upper Dharamsala that is famous around the world for being the home of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. This town, nestled among majestic hills and lush greenery, is culturally blessed by a prominent Tibetan influence due to the large Tibetan settlement here. Mcleodganj has one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the entire state of Himachal Pradesh, attracting a large number of tourists all year. The towns of Dharamsala, Mcleodganj, Bhagsu Nag, and Kangra are all very close to each other, and tourists should visit all of them while in the area. The Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang, where the spiritual leader Dalai Lama resides, are two of India’s most eminent and religiously significant monasteries. Tourists should also pay a visit to the picturesque Dal Lake and Triund, which are ideal for quiet picnics.

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Dalhousie, which retains not only the colonial appearance but also the name, was named after Lord Dalhousie, the British governor in the nineteenth century. This hill station is made up of five hills. The land’s varying altitudes support a diverse range of vegetation, including pine, oak, and deodar. The following are the top attractions in Dalhousie.

Places to visit

Kalatop Wildlife Reserve
Dainkund Peak
Ganji Pahari
St. Francis Church
Chamera Lake
Garam Sadak
Subhash Baoli
Sach Pass

Dalhousie, one of India’s oldest hill stations, is full of charm and enjoyment. Lord Dalhousie, a famous British governor, inspired the name of the hill station. The buildings of this tiny Indian hill station show the influence of colonial architecture.

It is tucked between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal mountain ranges. Dalhousie, as a tourist destination, welcomes visitors from all over the world all year. Take a walk through Satdhara and Panchpula to experience nature’s beauty up close.

Other popular Dalhousie attractions include the Kala Tope, Khajjiar Sanctuary, Chamera Lake, Jhandrighat, and Lower Bakrota Hill. Over 50 Tibetan families live on the well-known Lower Bakrota Hill. If you are planning a trip to this hill station, the best month to visit is May. Winter is a popular time for honeymooners because there is a lot of snow and seclusion.

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