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30 Must Visit Tourist Places and Attractions in Himachal Pradesh

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How well you can describe nature at its best? Sometimes words fall short and our eyes are the only witness penning the essence of ethereal beauty of nature alike the extraterrestrial bodies. This is why your holiday in Himachal Pradesh lives up to eternal moments of your life. Beyond the emerald green meadows and evergreen forests, Himachal Pradesh holds a destiny where the horizon is said to be celestial. Moored in between the lofty mountains, Himachal Pradesh at one breathe, is one such destinations in India where your vacation finds the supernal definition of nature at its best. Here, in this article, let’s go through some of the popular hill stations, remote villages, lakes, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of Himachal Pradesh… hope you will find it easy to plan your trip to Himachal Pradesh.

Popular Places

Shimla

Shimla
Whether you are visiting Shimla during the summer, monsoon, autumn, or winter… as one of the popular hill stations in India and placed at an elevation of 2,205 meters, it has got its own charm which keeps shining throughout the year. The ideal vacation time for the Indian leisurescapers as well as international travellers to mesmerize the pleasant climate is during the summer. Whereas the monsoon, when the hill station is at its best of displaying lush green scenic beauty, welcomes the crazy travellers seeking for an adventure in the leisurescape. The autumn turns out to be mild and luxurious, pulling once again travellers from all over the world to explore the rich collaboration of nature and colonial heritage. During the peak winter season the hill station is carpeted with a thick layer of snow simply captivating the domestic travellers and pulling in thousands of skiers from all over the world. Shimla, throughout the decades, housing several colonial buildings such as the Christ Church, George Castle, and Wildflower Hall that is now a heritage hotel in Shimla; temples like the Jakhoo Temple and Tara Devi Temple; and museums, is valued as an important cultural hub in Himachal Pradesh. The Mall Road arraying with several shops of traditional crafts and dresses, hotels and restaurants… is one of the busiest places in Shimla throughout the day. From the bucket list of exploring the best of nature… one must visit the Chadwick Waterfalls and Daranghati Sanctuary. If you are planning for skiing in Shimla during the winter, the ideal places are the slopes of Kufri, which is an hour drive from the hill station. On the other hand, travellers seeking for bit of peace from the tourist crowd may drive to Chail that is approximately 45 kilometers from Shimla.

At a Glance

Tourist AttractionsTypeInteresting FactsBest Time to visit
Christ ChurchReligious- A neo-gothic style of architecturebuilt in 1857

– Pipe-Organ of Christ Church is the biggest in the Indian subcontinent

All throughout the year
Jakhoo TempleReligious- Situated on the Jakhoo Hill that is also Shimla’s highest peakAll throughout the year
Tara Devi TempleReligious- The first idol of goddess Tara Devi was made of wood which was installed in accordance with Vaishnav traditions.All throughout the year
Sankat Mochan TempleReligious- It is the second most popular tourist spot after Jakhoo TempleAll throughout the year
The MallRecreational- Scandal Point is one of the prominent tourist attractions- It is the center to a large number of shops, restaurants, a heritage theaterAll throughout the year
Shimla State MuseumHistory & Culture- Houses several galleries including the Pre-historic gallery, wood-carving gallery, archaeological gallery, wall painting gallery and numismatic galleryAll throughout the year
The RidgeNature- The Ridge is the connecting point of Mall Road, Lakkar Bazaar, Scandal Point, US Club and Jakhu.- During the Summer Festival- During the Winter
NaldheraNature- It has India’s oldest nine hole golf course- Summer
ChailNature- It has the highest cricket pitch in the world- Summer
KufriNature- One of the best skiing destinations in India- Winter

Manali

manali
Yet another liaison with nature throughout the year takes place in Manali, which lies at an altitude of 2,050 meters in Kullu district. The nature here is a turf of spanning and scenic meadows and widely dispersed forest of alpine trees including deodar and pine AND apple, plum, and pear orchards in the lap of snow crested horizon. Manali, on the other hand, is the gateway to several remote places in Himachal Pradesh and also wide opens countless adventure activities like trekking, river rafting, paragliding, hiking, mountain biking, skiing and mountaineering. The Beas Kund Trek, Bhrigu Lake Trek, Malana Trek and Chandra Tal Trek are some of the popular trekking options from Manali that can be recommended both for amateur and experienced trekkers. The major tourist attractions in and around Manali are Hidimba Devi Temple, Pandoh Dam, Bijli Mahadev, Manali Sanctuary, and the Mall. Rohtang Pass at an altitude of approximately 4,000 meters, which is the highest point in the region, is undoubtedly a must visit place from Manali. The lush greenscape of Solang Valley that turns out to be one of the best skiing slopes in India… is another nearby attraction from Manali. If you are holidaying in Manali for a longer period then a trail through the Great Himalayan National Park is a must leading you to explore the spine-chilling wilderness.

At a Glance

Tourist AttractionsTypeInteresting FactsBest Time to visit
Shri Mani Karan SahibReligious- Guru Nanak came to this place in 15 Asu 1574 Bikrami with his disciple Bhai MardanaAll throughout the year
Hidimba Devi TempleReligious- An ancient temple that dilates various scenes from the Hindu epic Mahabharata- All throughout the year
Bijli Mahadev TempleReligious- From Chansari village has to trek 3 kilometers uphill- All throughout the year
Arjun GufaReligious- It is said that Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers, meditated in this place to get the possession of the powerful ‘Pashupati Astra’ ( weapon ) from Indra.- All throughout the year
Jagatsukh Shiva TempleReligious- One of the ancient temples that was built in the 8th century- All throughout the year
Manu TempleReligious- Believed to be the only Manu temple dedicated to the creator of human race on the earth- All throughout the year
Solang ValleyNature- Adventure activities like zorbing, paragliding- Summer
Rohtang PassNature- Highest point in the region (appx.4,000 meters) and the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti district from Manali.- Summer
Beas KundNature- Source of River Beas- 2 days trek- Summer
Bhrigu LakeNature- 2 days trek from Gulaba Village- Summer
Chandrakhani PassNature- Gateway to Malana Village- 4-5 days of trek- Summer
Manali Wildlife SanctuaryNature- Wildlife attractions- Summer
Great Himalayan National ParkNature- Wildlife Attractions- Summer

Vashisht

Vashisht-Village
Approximately 3 kilometers from Manali… Vashisht, which is a small hamlet with sandstone temples and hot sulphur springs, is the hub of travel hippies from all over the world. It houses some of the cheapest hotels in the region and hence you will find mostly a crowd of international travellers out there. Vashisht is also renowned as a Hindu pilgrimage site and is dotted with several ancient temples dedicated to various Hindu deities such as Vishnu, Rama, Lakshman, and Sita. It is one of the must visit places in Himachal Pradesh on your trip to Manali.

At a Glance

Tourist AttractionsTypeInteresting FactsBest Time to visit
Natural hot springsNature- Medicinal valueAll throughout the year
TemplesReligious- Dedicated to Kala Guru and the 7th incarnation of Hindu deity Vishnu, Rama, Goddess Sita and Lakshman.All throughout the year

Dalhousie

dalhousie
The name itself represents the colonial colours. Dalhousie at an elevation of 1,970 meters is another popular hill station in India in Himachal Pradesh which is well known for housing several heritage buildings that dates back from the early 19th century. The St. Andrew’s Church and St. Patrick’s Church at Balun, St. Francis’ Church at Subash Chowk and St. John’s Church at Gandhi Chowk are some of the prominent churches in Dalhousie that reflects the typical European architectural style. Other attractions in Dalhousie are Rang Mahal, Chamunda Devi Temple, Jhandri Ghat, Shivkul ashram, and Bhuri Singh Museum. Set in the midst of thick forest of oak, pine and deodar in the Dhauladar range, Dalhousie is haven for wildlife enthusiast and landscape photographers. The Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, which is approximately 5 kilometers from Dalhousie, marks a pleasant gateway. It provides shelter to various species of flora and fauna AND also offers several forest trails including the Kalatop-Khajjiar trek.

At a Glance

Tourist AttractionsTypeInteresting FactsBest Time to visit
St. John’s ChurchReligious- Built in 1863, this Church was the first to be built after the town of Dalhousie was founded.- All throughout the year
St. Francis ChurchReligious- It is believed to have been built on the lines of a certain church in England.- All throughout the year
St. Patrick’s ChurchReligious- It has a seating capacity of 300 persons- All throughout the year
St. Andrew’s ChurchReligious- Also known as Church of Scotland- All throughout the year
Lakshmi Narayan TempleReligious- It was built more than 150 years ago and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu- All throughout the year
ShivkulReligious- It is an ashram of Vimala Thakur- All throughout the year
Subhash BaoliNature- Netaji Subhash Chander Bose during his 7 months sojourn in Dalhousie in 1937 is believed to have spent most of his days by the side of this water body- All throughout the year
Satdhara SpringsNature- Medicinal value- All throughout the year
KalatopNature- Wildlife attractions- Summer
LakkarmandiCulture- Home to Dhogri families- All throughout the year

Khajjiar

khajjiar
Located in Chamba district and just 24 kilometers away from Dalhousie, Khajjiar is another popular hill station that is tucked at an altitude of 2,000 meters. Khajjiar is long-familiar for hosting a picturesque ecosystem with lakes, pastures and forest. If you are looking for camping in Himachal Pradesh then this is it… where you can pitch your tent in the midst of wilderness.

At a Glance

Tourist AttractionsTypeInteresting FactsBest Time to visit
Khajjiar LakeNature- It is a perennial lake and is fed by a number of tiny water streams- Summer
Khajji Nag TempleReligious- An ancient temple that dates back to 12th century- All throughout the year
Panch Pandav TreeNature- Shooting spot- All throughout the year
Golden Devi TempleReligious- The temple’s golden spire is the major attraction- All throughout the year
Khajjiar villagesCulture- Villages like Roda and Ladi are notable for apple orchards- Winter

Dharamshala

dharamshala
What could be more fascinating than taking in the view of the mighty snow capped peaks of Dhauladar range from a stone throw distance? Dharamshala at an elevation of approximately 1,500 meters and surrounded by dense pine and deodar forests is a perfect getaway for both leisure and adventurous travellers. The hill station is dotted with several architectural and cultural attractions that include the ruins of Kangra Fort and Nurpur Fort, which is approximately 66 kilometers away from Dharamshala; War Memorial that is dedicated to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in Indo China war of 1962, Indo-Pak wars of 1947, 1965 and 1971 and UN peace operations; Chamunda Devi Temple; Kangra Art Museum; and Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. Moreover… the international cricket stadium in the lap of the Dhauladar range is another major tourist attraction in Dharamshala. Close to Dharamshala and at the Upper Valley, Mcleodganj, the seat of Dalai Lama, is a must visit place from Dharamshala. Mcleodganj houses the typical Indo-Tibetan culture and the major attraction is the impressive Namgyal Monastery that was built in the mid 16th century. Nonetheless, travellers looking for some leisure activities have the option of going for angling for Masheer at the River Beas in the 20 kilometer stretch between Nadaun and Pong Dam. Encircling the hill station there are several other attractions like the Bajreshwari temple, Kumar Pathri, Gyuto Monastery, Triund, and Jawalamukhi Temple. Travellers seeking to explore the best of Dhauladar Range… have the option of picking from treks such as Dhauladhar Round Trek, Indrahara Pass Trek, Moon Peak Trek, Nag Dal Trek, Kareri Lake Trek, and Lam Dal trek.

Kasol

kasol
Perched at an altitude of 1,650 meters and set beautifully in the Parvati Valley, Kasol is a small but another hill station in Himachal Pradesh that over the years has gained its popularity for housing a picturesque environment. It serves as a base camp for some of the moderate treks in Himachal Pradeshthat include the Sar Pass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parvati Pass and Khiri Ganga.

Kasauli

kasauli
Another colonial landmark in Himachal Pradesh that sits at an altitude of 1,927 meters, Kasauli in Solan district is popular for housing many tourist attractions that include the Baptist Church, Central Research Institute, Christ Church, Kasauli Brewery, Kasauli Club and Monkey Point.

Manikaran

manikaran
A popular pilgrimage site in Himachal Pradesh for both the Hindu and Sikh pilgrims, Manikaran at 1,760 meters is dotted with several temples –dedicated to various Hindu deities, and a gurdwara. There are also many hot water springs where devotees can take a sacred bath.

Remote Villages

Sangla

sangla
Perched at an altitude of 2,700 meters in the remote Kinnaur district, Sangla, overlooking the eye-popping Baspa Valley, is one of the must visit places in Himachal Pradesh that host numerous scenic attractions, trekking options, and nature walks. This remote town is set in the lap of the hulking mountains with a sparse settlement of Kinnauris, who are largely depended on agriculture. Thus the valley surrounding Sangla town is dotted with several apple orchards and cattle farms, which represents the valley’s serene environment. Further… to add to your things to do in Sangla and pack some traditional colours back home, go on a shopping spree for Kinnauri shawls, woolen socks, tweeds and silver jewelry studded with Tibetan pearls. To catch the best of the local culture you have the option of staying within them in the Dogris. Sangla, on the other hand, is a gateway to numerous treks and hikes. The Kinnaur-Kailash Circuit, Rupin Pass trek and Sangla-Kanda trek are some of the well known treks in Himachal Pradesh that marks a significant place in the toeing travellers’ diary. A short hike of 6 kilometers to Batseri Village is a must for the leisurescapers. Some other nearby attractions in and around Sangla are Kamru Fort, Trout Fish Firm, and Rakcham village.

At a Glance

TreksRouteTypeMax Alt.
Sangla-Kanda TrekShimla-Sarahan-Sangla-Sangla Kanda-Dambar Kanda-Sangla-ShimlaModerate3,568 meters
Rupin Pass TrekDhaula Base Camp-Dhaula-Gosangu-Jhaka-Saruwas-Dhanderas-Rati Pheri Camp-Rupin Pass-Ronti Gad-Sangla-ShimlaModerate4,650 meters

Chitkul

chitkul
The last inhabited village close to the Indo-Tibet Border on the old India-Tibet road, Chitkul in Kinnaur district at an elevation of 3,450 meters boasts off a rich traditional atmosphere. Dotted with approximately 150 slate and wooden plank rooftop houses in the lap of the jaw-breaking mountainscape, the village is mostly inhabited by various tribal settlements. On your trip to Chitkul you can visit the 500 years old Mathi Devi Temple, which is a typical example of the Himachali architecture built in wood and stone with intricate carvings; Chitkul Fort, which is a three storied architecture with a combination of wood and stone; and the nearby Buddhist temple. Some other villages that you can visit from Chitkul are Nichar , Wangtu , Karcham , Rakcham, Reckong-Peo , Puh , and Kibber. The Jalori Pass trek from Narkanda is one of the popular treks in Himachal Pradesh that passes through Chitkul and thus making the remote village one of the popular stopovers for trekkers.

At a Glance

TreksRouteTypeMax Alt.
Jalori Pass TrekShimla-Kalpa-Chitkul-Sarahan-Jalori Pass-Shoja-Sereolesar lake-Goshani-KulluEasy3,212 meters

Kalpa

kalpa
Another remote village in Himachal Pradesh in the Kinnaur district that is tucked in the midst of several apple orchards and dense pine and deodar forests, Kalpa at an elevation of 2,960 meters is a natural gallery of many ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples. Surrounding the village there are several other attractions for tourists that include some architectural excellence like Kamru Fort, Naga Temple, and Sapni Fort. The Chini village with rich heritage and tradition makes for a pleasant hike from Kalpa. Some other walks for pleasure from Kalpa can be to villages like Batseri, Kothi, and Roghi. The panoramic view of the Kinner Kailash Peak that looms at an altitude of 6,500 meters is a must to capture on a spotless sunny sky from Kalpa.

Dhankar

dhankar
Located in between the towns of Kaza and Tabo in the district of Lahaul-Spiti, Dhankar at an elevation of 3,894 meters is home to the ancient Dhankar Gompa, which belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism. In the midst of the barren landscape, the gompa that was built as a fort monastery is the residence of several Buddhist monks and houses a statue of Vairochana (Dhayan Buddha) consisting of 4 figures seated back to back in addition to various crumbling thangkas. The gompa is also crafted with a small museum displaying a wide range of ancient artifacts.

Kaza

kaza
Set at an altitude of 3,231 meters, Kaza is one of the remote villages in the Lahaul-Spiti district that houses several tourist attractions including the ancient Sakya Tangyud Monastery. Close to Kaza, the Ki monastery is also a must visit place. Some other remote villages like Kibber, Gette, Langza and Losar can also be explored on your trip to Kaza.

At a Glance

TreksRouteTypeMax. Alt.
Bhaba valley TrekKaza-Sangam-Mud-Laptse-Devachan-Got-Bhabha-ShimlaEasy4,890 meters

Tabo

tabo
One of the holiest places in the remote and barren landscape of Lahaul and Spiti district, Tabo is the home to the ancient Tabo Monastery that was built in the 10th century. It houses a rich collection of thankas, frescoes, manuscripts, well-preserved statues, murals and paintings. The complex also includes 9 temples, 4 Stupas, 23 chortens and monks quarters. Tabo village must be visited during the Kalachakra Festival, which is one of the popular festivals in the Indian Himalayan region breaking the complex teachings, philosophies and practices in Tibetan Buddhism. This festival is usually held in the month of July.

Malana

malana
It is an isolated and ancient village in Kullu valley that is located at an elevation of 3,029 meters and can only be accessed on foot. The Malana trek, which is a 4-5 days of trek from Manali, passes through the Chandrakhani Pass at 3660 meters, which is accessible from Chiklani at 2370 meters after crossing Rumsu via Naggar. Malana preserves a rich indigenous culture and is dotted with a small cluster of around two hundred stone roof houses.

At a Glance

TreksRouteTypeMax. Alt.
Malana Village trekManali-Ganachalani-Chanderkhani Pass-Dadru-Malana-Jari-KulluModerate3,650 meters

Lakes

Nako Lake

nako-lake
Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh is one of the least explored places in the Indian Himalayan region… and Nako Lake at an elevation of 3,662 meters in the village of Nako is one such place in Himachal Pradesh that remains unfold to general tourists. It is a small lake that is surrounded by Willow and Poplar trees. Close to the Nako Lake there are four Buddhist temples and the Nako Monastery is one of the major attractions for travellers’ exploring the site. The Tashigang village, which is few miles from Nako village, is yet another least explored place in the Indian Himalayan region and houses several caves where it is believed that Guru Padmasambhava meditated and gave discourse to followers.

Beas Kund

beas-kund
The source of the Beas River that cuts and runs through one of the beautiful hill stations in India, Manali, the Beas Kund at an elevation of 3,690 meters is a pristine lake in the midst of the stunning mountainscape. The journey to Beas Kund starts from Solang and is one of the easy treks in Himachal Pradesh that can be completed in couple of days. Thus the Beas Kund Trek is recommended for both experienced trekkers and escapers on a leisure holiday in Himachal Pradesh.

Bhrigu Lake

bhrigu-lake
Named after the great saint Brighu, the Bhrigu Lake at an elevation of 4,235 meters is a sacred lake that is approximately 6 kilometers from Gulaba village. The lake is easily accessible on foot via Rohtang Pass and thus it makes for a perfect trail for both amateur and experienced trekkers. The Bhrigu Lake Trek, which is one of the easy treks from Manali, is also recommended for leisure travellers’ who seek to capture the sweeping view of the Himachal Himalayan scree and discover the breathtaking beauty of the Beas Valley. Further… one can even explore the surrounding landscape and get a distant view of the Deo Tibba glacier and Sethan village.

Chandra Taal

Chandra-Taal
A crescent shaped lake that is situated at an altitude of 4,300 meters on the barren landscape of the Samudra Tapu plateau, the Chandra Taal or Moon Lake is a sweet water lake that can be accessed via Kunzum Pass. It is a popular hub for trekkers and campers and one can sight during the spring time a wide range of wildflowers carpeted over the surrounding meadows. It is believed that the source of this lake lies underground as there is no visible inlet but having a visible outlet.

Suraj Tal

suraj-tal
Another sacred body of water that lies in the lap of the Bara-lacha-la Pass on the Manali-Leh Highway, the Suraj Tal at an altitude of 4,883 meters is one of the beautiful high altitude lakes in the Indian Himalayan regionIt is the source of the Bhaga River that joins the Chandrabhaga River in Himachal Pradesh and thereafter meets the Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir. It is the 5th highest lake in India that pulls in travellers’ from all over the world. Located approximately 65 kilometers from Keylong in the district of Lahaul-Spiti, Suraj Tal makes for a refreshing stopover for travellers’ like mountain bikers and trekkers. Close to Suraj Tal, the small Deepak Lake is yet another important stopover.

Dashir Lake

Close to Rohtang Pass, the Dashir Lake at an altitude of 4,270 meters is a good option for hikers looking for a day’s escape from Manali. Glistering with its crystal clear cobalt water, the lake is considered as one of the pious lakes in Himachal Pradesh as it is believed to be curative in nature. In the midst of the rugged terrain and remote Himachali settlements… the vicinity of the Dashir Lake offers a scenic and spanning backdrop of snowcapped mountains.

Kareri Lake

kareri-lake
One of the shallow fresh water lakes in the Kangra district, the Kareri Lake is yet another high altitude lake in Himachal Pradesh that is fed by the snow melting from the Dhauladhar Range. It is enfolded by mountains at an elevation of 2,930 meters and can be accessed by foot from Kareri village, which is one of the tribal villages in Himachal Pradesh. The Kareri village is approximately 13 kilometers from Macleodganj and the trek passes through the pine forests and crosses several other small villages. Kareri Lake also serves as the gateway for trekking deep into the Dhauladhar and towards Chamba and Bharmour via the Minkiani Pass at 4,250 meters and Baleni Pass at 3,710 meters. Some other nearby attractions from Kareri Lake are Rawa village, Una Devi Temple and Triund.

Prashar Lake

prashar-lake
Located at an altitude of 2,730 meters in Mandi district, the Prashar Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Himachal Pradesh… not just because of the glittering blue water during the summer that turns to frozen disc like shape during the winter, but because of the pleasant surrounding that it holds. Stunning meadows and the breathtaking view of the farfetched snowcapped mountains enlivening the travellers’ mindscape simply speaks of an unmatched natural beauty. Close to the lake, the three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage Prashar, which almost remains buried under snow during the winter, is one of the major attractions. Some other nearby attractions are the little hamlet of Chindi, ancient temple of Shikhra Devi, and Kamru Nag Lake. The Prashar Lake trek, which is one of the easy treks in Himachal Pradesh, starts from Baggi village (approximately 200 kilometers from Kullu and 40 kilometers from Mandi) and is only a one day trek. For travellers on their trip to Himachal Pradesh looking for little bit of adventure and camping to seek the pleasure of an unparalleled nature, the Prashar Lake trek is undoubtedly an ingenious pick.

Manimahesh Lake

manimahesh-lake
The sparkling holy water of the Mani Mahesh Lake at 4,080 meters is located in the foot of the Kailash Peak that looms at an altitude of 5,656 meters in the Pir Panjal Range. The Mani Mahesh Lake is considered as one of the pilgrimage sites in the Indian Himalayan region having religious importance next to that of the Manasarovar Lake in Tibet. Many pilgrims, during the auspicious day of Radha-asthmi and Janamashtmi every year, pay their sacred visit to wash away their sins. Nonetheless… the Manimahesh Lake trek that commences from Dharamshala and passes through the rich biosphere via Dancho into the Budhil Valley is a popular trek in Himalachal Pradesh, which stretches for approximately 4-5 days. One can even hire ponies to reach the vicinity of the Manimahesh Lake.

Lama Dal

lama-dal
Located at an altitude of 3,990 meters, the Lama Dal or Lamba Dal is one of the seven tarns that and is located close to the Balaini Pass. It can be only accessible on foot via Minkiyani Pass at 4,268 meters from Chamba, which is approximately 45 kilometers away. The Lama Dal is considered as a sacred lake by the locals and one can also visit a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This strenuous trek in Himachal Pradesh originates from Bhatog in Chamba district and continues to Macleodganj in Kangra district. One can get stunning views of the Dhauladhar Range from the vicinity of the Lama Dal.

At a Glance

NameHow to reach
FromViaAppx. Distance (kms. )
Nako LakeShimlaKalpa-Moorang-Spello316
Beas KundManaliBurwa27
Bhrigu LakeManaliGulaba14
Chandra TalManaliBatal123
Suraj TalManaliKeylong190
Dashir LakeManaliRohtang Pass7
Kareri LakeDharamshalaKareri village24
Prashar LakeMandiBaggi49
Manimahesh LakeChambaHadsar52
Lama DalChambaMinkiyani Pass45

National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries

Great Himalayan National Park

great-himalayan-national-pa
Covering an area of around 1,171 sq kms and sprawling over the Kullu region, the Great Himalayan National Park includes a vast Ecozone with remote inhabitations. This national park in Himachal Pradesh with exceptional natural beauty and conservation of biological diversity varies from an elevation of 1,500 meters to 6,000 meters. It has been added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2010 and represents exotic natural features with dense coniferous forests, emerald meadows strewn with variety of flora, soaring snowy peaks and pristine glaciers. It’s no doubt… makes for a wonderful Himachal Himalayan retreat for travellers from all over the world. To explore the best of the Great Himalayan National Park and sight some of the rare species of Himalayan birds and animals you have several trekking options. The Sainj Valley trek, Sainj-Tirthan valleys trek, and Jiwa Nala to Parvati River Valley are some of the best treks in Himachal Pradesh that may offer you to seek the wilderness. The Great Himalayan National Park is a home to animals such as blue sheep, snow leopard, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan Tahr, and musk deer and several rare Himalayan bird species.

Pin Valley National Park

pin-valley-national-park
Spreading across the Pin River, the Pin Valley National Park is one of the high altitude national parks in India that covers an area of 1,150 sq. kms. as buffer zone and 675 sq. kms. as core zone. It is a crisp ally of nature at its wilderness in the Cold Desert Biosphere Reserve in the Himachal Himalayan region with sparsely populated alpine trees including plants having significant medicinal properties. The Pin Valley National Park stretches from an elevation of 3,500 meters to 6,000 meters and is home to the endangered Snow-Leopard. Other mammals and bird species found here are Red Fox, Marten, Weasel, Pika, Himalayan Snow Cock, Chukor, Golden Eagle, Griffon, Chough and Raven. This high altitude national park in Himachal Pradesh with distinctive geographical features is a perfect zone for wildlife enthusiasts, trekkers and hikers… and to count every layer in Pin Valley National Park makes it a fruitful photography haven.

Chail Wildlife Sanctaury

chail-wildlife-sanctuary
Apart from housing many endangered bird species and large mammals, the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is known for being a snug hideaway from Shimla for the honeymooners. The thick forest of pine and oak trees and wide-sweeping view of the Himachal Himalayan-scape truly makes it a haven for travellers. The Chail Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over an area of 110 sq. kms. and is home to mammals like rhesus macaque, leopards, Indian muntjac, Himalayan black bear, wild boar, common langur, sambar, Black naped Hare and many more.

Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary

kalatop-khajjiar-sanctuary
An ideal escape on your visit to Dalhousie, the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary is a pristine mountain wildlife sanctuary in the Indian Himalayan region that is bedded with charming meadows and thick deodar, oak and fir forest covering an approximate area of 31 sq. kms. The forest, housing the Eurasian Jay, Whitewinged Black Bird, Black Headed Jay, Chestnut Billed Rock Thrush, Grey Headed Cannery Flycatcher and more makes an eye catching getaway for the bird lovers’. Further, some of the mammals that can be spotted are the Himalayn Black Marten, Deer, Goral, Squirrel, Serow, Jackal, and Langur. The Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary is also popular for hosting several forest trails and one of the noted ones is the Dalhousie – Kalatop – Khajiar – Chamba Winter Trek, which is a three days trail… and thus making it perfect for hikers too.

At a Glance

NameArea in Sq.kms.Major attractionsBest time to visit
Great Himalayan National Park1,171blue sheep, snow leopard, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan Tahr, and musk deerSummer
Pin Valley National Park1,150Snow Leopard and Red FoxSummer
Chail Wildlife Sanctuary110Himalayan Black BearSummer
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary31BirdingSummer
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Brought up from the cultural capital of India, Kolkata, Swairik Das is a passionate traveller who seeks to travel and explore the length and breadth of the country. He is also a dedicated travel writer, blogger and photographer who by heart is also an adventure freak. His focus is mostly into exploring and writing on trekking, jungle safaris and several adventure activities; religion, festival, heritage, people and cuisine.


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