Himachal Tourism is undoubtedly one of the best in the country. Apart from the number of treks in this beautiful state, there are many other things to see and several places to visit in Himachal Pradesh which people can enjoy and have a memory of a lifetime. The more you explore, the more you find this state as a hub to tourism. Here is a list of some fun things you can do here:
1.Spiti Valley bike trip
Many dreams of it but only a few are lucky to live this dream. The route starts from Narkanda to Chitkul covering 180 km. , then Chitkul to Sangla to Kalpa to Kaza to Hikkim to Komik to Langzato Kunzum La to Chandra Tal to Manali and then back to Chandigarh. The ride is a memory of a lifetime with the lunch at ‘Hindustan ka Akhri Dhaba’. The route goes through ancient monarchies, some bridges at heights you have never experienced before adding to the richness of Himachal Tourism.
You also get to see the World’s highest altitude Post office. Decreased oxygen levels could be a botheration for some people so make sure to have an oxygen cylinder. The sudden rain can lead to temperature dropped to very low levels. But with the unimagined scenic beauties9 and most warm welcoming people of the valley, this sure is one of the places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.
Bir village is situated on the western side of Joginder Nagar Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The village is famous for paragliding, ecotourism, and spiritual activities here. Take-off location for paragliding in Bir and landing location is Billing, so collectively called as Bir Billing.
Some of the places to visit here are Palpung Sherabling Monastery, Chokling Monastery, Bir market, Dharmalaya Institute, Gunehar Waterfall. What adds to something unexplored in Himachal tourism by you would be the joyful ride in Joginder Nagar- Pathankot Narrow Gauge Train. Tibetans can be seen in Bir easily. The best time for visiting here is March to May, and September to November.
Several beautiful locations are there in the state for nature camping including Beas Kund, Triund, Tosh, Chalal, Rasol, Malana, Buddhaban, Grahan, Kuala Glacier, Rudranag, kheerganga. Most of the camps are not very difficult and beginners can also enjoy them. Snow-capped mountains, beautiful sceneries, rejuvenating atmosphere, peaceful forest covers are the things that grab your attention throughout the camping.
You will get the option of staying in camps, guest houses, and tents. At some campsites like Tosh, Government buses and private taxis are available all the time for people who don’t want to do walking to the campsite. In Grahan, you can also choose to stay at wooden guest houses and homestays that are run by local people of the village adding to the beauty of Himachal tourism.
4.Kasol Parvati Valley
In the beautiful Parvati Valley, Kasol is the Hill station also popularly called Mini Israel. Located at 1640m. height, it is a dream destination for many trekkers and nature enthusiasts. Many restaurants and cafes serve several Israeli dishes also. For white water rafting, the Parvati river is undoubtedly the best. The weather remains pleasant throughout the year here.
The best time however to visit Kasol is March to May. Manikaran is a nearby location that many people wish to visit. The water of the Parvati river is considered to be the holiest. Another famous thing there is the trek to Chalal which is popular as the little Amsterdam.
It is an adventure activity in which you descend a certain height using a fixed rope that is tied around your body. It is popularly practiced in Jibhi in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh. This also adds up to Himachal Tourism as it is less physically demanding than rock climbing but still you would find it as an effort-oriented activity to complete. The best spots for rappelling are Barot Valley, Dharamshala, Tirthan valley, Shimla.
The ideal time to go for rappelling is April to June and September to October end. Also in Gharnala located in Bir, this is practiced popularly. In Jibhi, rappelling on the waterfall is done which has gained popularity recently. Various attractive packages are available where you can this experience in your budget.
6.Kalka to Shimla Toy Train
It is on the list of UNESCO world heritage and an asset to Shimla as people from all over the world come to experience this ride. It was started in 1903 and is searched out more in the summers. There majorly are five trains namely Rail Motor, Shimla Express, Shivalik Deluxe, Himalayan Queen, Shimla Kalka Passenger. The main stops include Dharampur, Barog, Solan, Kandaghat. The maximum fare is 500 rupees.
Himachal Tourism flowers here in summers due to increased demands, there are two holiday special trains also. Lord Curzon enjoyed the very first ride of this train and through this only, the idea of making Shimla the summers capital in old times was realized. The train was built on a narrow gauge. Hence, this always stands as a major attraction to the tourists coming to Himachal Pradesh every year.
It is a beautiful town in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. The temperature throughout the year is not very high and remains up to only 2 degrees Celsius in winters. The town Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh has some very famous landmarks marking their importance in the history and present. The Central Research Institute founded in 1904 is well known for virological researches and immunology.
The Baptist Church and the Christ Church are of great ancient importance and the old glory to Himachal Tourism, the Clock tower in Christ Church is included in the Limca Book of Records for the oldest Clock tower. Gurudwara Shri Nanak Ji, Kasauli Club, Nahi temple, Hanuman Temple, all of these are well known in Kasauli. The city is also famous for its high literacy rate which is about 91%.
8.Rock Climbing at Vashisht
In Manali, Himachal Pradesh, there is a village called Vashisht in which natural rocks, sites for climbing, and artificial climbing rocks or walls are found and popular for rock climbing. Good thing is that climbers with no experience also can climb here at selected locations. You get climbing supports and guides here and a climbing period of 1 week to 3 weeks is considered sufficient for beginners and professionals.
Lunch packed with nutritious food items is also available with some of the climbing packages. It is a well-known part of the Himachal tourism to everyone but one fact to know is that the main rock in the vashisht village is suitable for 15m.to 20m. of climbing.
9.Club House Manali
Managed under the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, the Clubhouse is located at a distance of 2 kilometers from Manali town. The entry fee is only 10 rupees. Skating, Carom, Go-Karting Billiards, Table Tennis are the games you can play here and enjoy. For those who like outdoor games, they can try zip lining in which you have to cross a river by a ropeway.
A video game center, library, and auditorium are also a part of the clubhouse and a major attraction to the tourists.