Blessed with a varied topography of snow-capped peaks, stunning locales, lush green meadows, deep valleys, pristine rivers and thick forests, the gorgeous state of Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful destination with no dearth of hill stations which will leave you mesmerized. A favourite summer retreat of British who not only chose it as an escape from the scorching heat but also felt enough connected to build their churches, houses, and golf courses as well, Himachal, even today, is a destination where a nature lover finds his soul.
The British chose some and ignored some hill destinations in Himachal Pradesh. At places like Shimla, Kasauli, and Dharamshala, one can see the prominent evidences of them spending more time, whereas in the upper regions of Lahaul & Spiti and Kinnaur, you can't find any traces of their existence but that of the Tibetans who associated the regions with their own home. It is evident, Himachal is home to many popular hill stations and several lesser-known places.
Amongst the top hill stations in Himachal is Shimla, the capital city and the most popular place in the state. Popularly known as the "Queen of Hills", Shimla is home to many colonial era buildings, beautifully designed avenues and temples among others. Located at a short distance from Shimla, Kufri is another popular hill attraction in Himachal Pradesh boasting the Himalayan Wildlife Zoo, skiing opportunity, and trekking trails. Flaunting a number of delightful walking trails amidst some spectacular scenery and rich flora and fauna, Kasauli is another must-see place in Himachal Pradesh.
The Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh is also home to a plethora of beautiful getaways in Himachal that are adorned with pretty orchards, enchanting waterfalls and rivers. The most popular hill station here is Manali where one can soak in the panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas and the rich splendour of the Beas River along with its secluded temples. The picturesque quaint town of Kasol and the therapeutic hot springs destination of Manikaran also make for some must-visit places in the district.
The picturesque Kangra district takes one on an enthralling journey of spiritual enlightenment in its destinations like Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. The paragliding hub of Bir Billing and the religious place of Baijnath along with other lesser-known place make Kangra a go-to destination in Himachal.
In the upper region of Himachal the beauty of nature is best preserved in the stunning Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti Valleys. The secluded villages like Kalpa and Chitkul in Kinnaur district welcome with their unparalleled raw beauty and tranquil environment. Feast on the famous juicy apples of this region and have an unforgettable experience in the last inhabited village of India. Travel to the cold deserts of the Spiti Valley and treat your eyes to the jaw-dropping sights of its barren lands and surreal destinations like Kaza, Hikkim, Tabo, and more.