Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas. It's home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas.
On the banks of the Parvati River lies the photogenic village of Kasol, also known as the 'little Israel of India'. Laidback and serene, Kasol is very popular among backpackers and hippies, and for good reason. The spectacular scenery of snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys, spectacular waterfalls and uninterrupted hiking trails makes it a paradise for nature lovers and hikers, while plenty of scenic cafes, budget-friendly seating options and a relaxed vibe make it an amazing backpack.
While in the region, it is worth exploring small nearby villages, such as Chalal, known for its dormitories and psychedelic parties; Malana, known for its Malana Cream (marijuana); Rasol and Tosh, full of sweet greenery and peace.
Also known as the Queen of the Hills, Shimla is a beautiful station in the colonial hills, where beautiful vistas will greet you at every nook. A perfect place to roam, Shimla showcases some of the most beautiful colonial-era buildings, including Viceregal Lodge, City Hall, Gaiety Theater and Christ Church. The city center at the foot of the Himalayas between the lush green landscapes and the snowcapped mountains makes it an ideal place for hiking and other outdoor recreation. The Queen's Hills appeal grows frequently as winter approaches - the whole city is covered with snow, something you have to remember!
At an altitude of 6,000 feet [1,900 m], there is the small village of Kasauli. The city has a few attractions. However, that’s exactly where its beauty and appeal lies – its unadulterated air, serene and peaceful vibe, and an abundance of nature is what attracts travellers. The places you can visit include the Baptish Church, Christ Church, Kasauli Brewery, Monkey Point, Nahri temple and Kasauli Club.
In the highlands of the Kangra Valley, Dharamshala enjoys one of the most beautiful scenery in Himachal. Surrounded by the snowcapped peaks of the Dhauladhar mountains and lush greenery and demonic forests, the city is full of cultural attractions and architecture, as well as numerous restaurants, cafes, and shops that cater to its many cultural and Indian communities. Its pastures, such as McLeod Ganj (India's Mini Tibet), Dharamkot, Sindhbari, Ramnagar and Naddi are worth exploring. Also, with numerous hiking trails, waterfalls, and beautiful valleys, the city attracts travelers from all over the world.
Situated at an altitude of 7,000 feet [2,050 m] in the valley of the Beas River, Manali is a beautiful hiking destination that attracts many visitors every year. The majestic pine forests and deodars, snow-capped mountains, majestic meadows, waterfalls, and valleys attract newcomers and nature lovers alike. Alternatively, ancient temples and monasteries in Tibet appealed to spiritual lovers.