Himachal Pradesh is India’s outdoor adventure playground. From river rafting to trekking everything you imagine can be done here. Himachal which means “ The land of snow” is perfect destination for any bag packer around the world. Shimla and Manali are among the two most captivating hill stations to visit in Himachal. But with time and exposure in tourism Industry these two places have lost the charm and peace so today I am going to bring you the list of 10 hidden places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.
A trek of mere 3.5 km from vashisht village leads to this exotic waterfall which is a true delight to the eyes. One can reach the village by a vehicle from the main Manali road in about 15 to 20 minutes. On your way say Hi to the fellow villagers and travelers and take a break at the falls from your daily regime. Whilst your journey through the beautiful apple orchards and pine trees, push through your fear of heights and have a breathtaking view of the mighty falls hidden behind the tall trees. A perfect place for a short trek and picnic, the rainbows and calmness of the place are sure to catch your hearts!
Shoja is a Himalayan hamlet 8500 m also 5 km short of Jalori pass. Jalori pass lies on alternative route that connects Shimla with Kullu valley. From bird watching to wooded walks and trekking, you can find the Monal, Indian blue robin, white throated tit, nutcracker, and many more exotic species. A perfect place for offbeat travelers, just as its name! Blessed with exceptional Himalayan beauty, if you are looking for a chilled weekend with your pals or family, this is the exact place you would want to visit and is among the top hidden places in Himachal Pradesh
A serene, calm and epitome of beauty lies near Shimla, waiting to be discovered. Shoghi, a small hill station just 13 Kms. from Shimla is abundant in adventure activities and a large variety of flora and fauna. A treat to the snow seekers, it is a picturesque place. This small town offers from attractive old temples to adrenaline-teasing activities. Amazing weather throughout the year, ready to rejuvenate your mind with perfect accommodation facilities, all contribute to make your vacation to this stunning place a dream come true… For adventure seekers, Shoghi offers rappelling, rock climbing, valley crossing, commando rope walking, forest hikes, night treks, and camping hence I would recommend that if you are visiting Himachal Pradesh then this place should lie on the top of list of places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.
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A scenic beauty, Kufri 13 km away from Shimla, on national highway 22 is an exotic place to visit for hill station lovers who like less of crowd. Among the places to visit, popular names are the Chini bungalow, Indira Tourist Park, and Kufri Fun World. Explore the art and architecture, fun and adventure games and the beauty of flora and fauna in this beautiful hill station. Planning an adventurous weekend? Grab your bag packs and get ready to be enthralled by this happening hill station!
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The place of your choice for rest of time. Every visit is unique. Go there and spend 6 to 10 days at least. Try your hand fishing in the river. Great Himalayan park makes it very intriguing for the sports enthusiast and non commercial side of lodges makes it best place to be in for solo travelers or people who really want some time to sort their head out. Long walks amongst the mountain forests, fishing by the Tirthan River, gang of bikers measuring the stretch or shaking a leg with a tourist playing some serious trance are a common sight at Tirthan valley… The ideal place away from the maddening crowd. Great views, trekking routes, trout fishing, nature walks or just relax!! A great place for peace and being alone. Discover more by going there!
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One of the biggest villages of Kinnaur district, Kalpa is best known for its plush green pine nut forests and the spectacular landscape. The breathtaking color palette of the nature is full of apple orchards. An exotic sight of the Kailash shivling that is known for changing its color at different times of the day can be beheaded from here. At a distance of 11 km from Kalpa a temple devoted mainly to goddess Chandika is situated. The finery of the architecture of the temple makes it a must visit spot. This place has long been remained scleuded from the hustle and bustle of town and is among the top hidden destination in Himachal Pradesh. Kalpa is sure to give you the much needed break from the monotony of life and bring you closer to the nature and yourself.
Jalori jot is bestowed with nature’s best trekking trail. One can stay up at Shoja and drive down to Jalori Jot to continue on hike to the popular Sareyol Lake adjacent to the Jalori Jot temple on the left from the main street or can take the right towards an ancient fort. One must wear good pair of trekking shoes for this trail to ensure better gripping and higher safety since the trail often tends to get slippery especially in the monsoons. The hiking trail is good 4 km long before one reaches the lake. Carry your food along!
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Thanedar gives boundless joy to the nature lovers. There are many resorts overlooking the plush orchards that give one the experience of staying close to the nature. The nearby places that you must visit are the Nag Devta temple, standing along the Tani-Jubbar Lake, St. Mary’s church which also happens to be one of the oldest churches in India and Hathu Peak that provides enthralling view of the snow clad peaks of the Himalayas.
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Barot apart from its natural mesmerizing beauty also provides one with ample opportunities of outdoor activities. The river Uhl that bears it on its shoulders to sustain the life of the inhabitants and wildlife of the region also serves as the breeding centre for the fishes, primarily trout and has several fishing farms which popularize for angling as well. Across from the river is located Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary which is the home a variety of unique Himalayan beasts. The valley has evergreen forests with Deodar trees in abundance. With many trekking trails, with one that cuts through the sanctuary to Kullu, makes it very popular among the tourists for hiking and trekking. The temple of the local deity of rain, Dev Pashakot that makes for a fine place to visit, is situated across the river Uhl.
A small town between reckong peo and Kaza on the banks of river Spiti, the place is a peaceful settlement comprising of a renowned monastery, Tabo Gompa. It is 48 km south east of Kaza. There are a couple of hotels in Tabo. Adding to its uniqueness, the temples inside the monastery are a plethora of art and ancient paintings. If you are looking for a perfect adventure through the Lahaul and Kaza valleys, Tabo is the apt destination.