If you’re one of those who fancy anything and everything about snow, you’d really appreciate the meaning behind the word ‘Himachal’. For the uninitiated, the word Himachal translates to land of the snow. And that’s supposed to give you a fair idea of what to expect when visiting Himachal.
Located amongst the western Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is an epitome of beauty and was one of the most potent catalysts for the promotion of foreign tourism in the country.
With its undulated meadows, murmuring rivers, majestic peaks, and boundless verdure, Himachal is blessed with a diverse topography.
There is no dearth of surprises welcoming you to step into some of the greatest vistas in the world. Each and every speck of this gorgeous land holds a never ending reservoir of passion and incitement.
Given below are some of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh:
1. Kullu: Also referred to as the Valley of Gods, Kullu is a broad valley tucked between the soaring Himalayan peaks. Gushing through its heart is the mighty Beas River spreading out its charms on either of its banks.
Kullu got its first motorable road after India’s independence in 1947. This centuries-long seclusion from the ruinous humans and their toxic remnants allowed Kullu to retain its stimulating charm.
2. Manali: About 40 kilometers ahead of Kullu on the highway to Ladakh, Kashmir lies Manali, one of the most popular hill stations in India. From antiquities to temples to exhausting trekking destinations to breathtaking vistas, Manali is an ideal hill station near Delhi for everyday tourists, laid-back travelers, and ardent adventure seekers. It’s also believed to be the best hill station for honeymoons too.
3. Dharamshala: Surrounded by snow-clad peaks on 3 sides and a verdant valley stretching in front, Dharamshala rose to fame in the 1960s when His Holiness Dalai Lama took a refuge in McLeodganj. Since then, it’s been known by the name of Little Lhasa in India.
With a soul soothing ambiance and sacred chants of Buddhist echoing through the town, it’s one of the best destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
4. Nahan: Blessed by the saints, Nahan is Himachal’s one of the best-kept secrets. Tucked away from the worldly chaos, Nahan is located on an isolated ridge in the lower reaches of Shivalik Hills. Overlooking a verdant valley, Nahan is known for its impeccable cleanliness and well-laid road structure.
With numerous temples around, it’s a spiritually captivating retreat for the people of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. When in Nahan, make sure you book a stay at Sirmour Retreat, the finest luxury resort in the alluring hamlet of Nahan.