Himachal Pradesh is a great destination to visit any time of the year. There’s adventure for all ages, and the locals are always warm towards their guests.
If you’re planning a trip, here’s a list of things to do in Himachal.
Trek into the Unknown
Himachal Pradesh is the gold standard for trekking in the western Himalayas. From easy to challenging trails, there is something for trekkers of all levels. You can hike through rhododendron forests, ancient trade routes, and also partake in cultural treks to places of religious significance.
Best trek/trails: Pin Parvati Pass, Hampta Pass, Triund-Indrahar Peak, Beas Kund, Malana-Kheerganga, Chandratal Lake, Churdhar Peak, Prashar Lake, Manimahesh Yatra, Kinner Kailash Yatra, Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra
Watch Valleys like a Bird
Glide like a bird and witness the expansive valleys. Himachal Pradesh also hosted the first Paragliding World Cup in India from October 24 to October 31 in 2015.
Where to glide: Bir-billing and Solang Valley
Take a Road Trip
Himachal is every biker’s dream! Its gives you a true sense of what it is like to be on a clear, open road. The beautiful roads, spectacular landscapes, and expansive sky beckon you!
Rejuvenate in Natural Hot Springs
Step into these natural hot baths to relax and rejuvenate. It’s also a great trip to make when it’s winter. You will find it to be an inexplicably pleasing experience.
Hot Springs in Himachal: Manikaran Sahib, Kheerganga, Tattapani,
Visit an Alpine Lake
There is no dearth of pristine high-altitude lake options in Himachal Pradesh. Choose one and follow its trail on on a map. Sure there is solitude and beauty unimaginable!
Popular High-altitude Lakes: Prashar Lake, Nako Lake, Chandra Tal, Dhankar Lake, Brighu Lake, Manimahesh Lake, Chander Nahan Lake, Kamrunag Lake
Credit: Karun Pandey
Immerse into Buddhist Culture
The natives of upper regions of Lahual & Spiti, and Kinnaur predominantly practice Buddhism. A visit here is soul-stirring, and immerses you into the Buddhist way of life.
Seek Blessings of His Holiness Dalai Lama
Dharamshala is the home of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Pay a visit and you will feel the mystic connection.
Track a Snow Leopard
Spiti valley is home to the elusive Snow Leopard. You can spot this endangered species, although it may turn out to be a game of patience. Snow leopard is also the state animal of Himachal Pradesh.
Take a Temple Tour
The state is also referred to as “Dev Bhumi” (which translates to Abode of Gods), due to its mention in ancient holy texts, and the presence of many places of great religious significance.
Famous temples: Jwalaji temple, Prashar Rishi temple, Bhimakali temple, Hatkoti temple, Laxmi Narayan temple, Baijnath temple, Brajeshwari temple, Chaurasi temples, Renuka temple, Baba Balak Nath temple
Ride UNESCO World Heritage Kalka-Shimla Railway
When you are travelling to Shimla from the northern plains of India, better get yourself on the Kalka Shimla Railway. It is a ride through breathtaking landscapes of majestic Himalayas, lush green valleys, and zigzag meanders. It is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.