The north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh brings in millions of tourists from across the world every year, owing to its captivating scenery. Characterized by snow-clad mountains and serene natural beauty, this ‘Abode of Snow’ is home to hundreds of villages, all beautiful in their own right. Read on to discover a few of the highlights on These Stunning Villages in Himachal Pradesh, India...
Himachal Pradesh as the name suggests is the land of hills and mountains. It is one of the most beautiful states to visit in India. It has many well-known tourist destinations like Kulu, Manali, McLeodganj, and more.
But, we also know that with these throngs of tourists the delight of the place can become a little less. A few of us long to go to places a little far away from civilization and less inhabited. Where we can truly go and relax and have the time of our lives.
For such instances, we are here to your rescue. The list below is the top 10 places to visit in Himachal which are lesser-known but as much pretty as the others.
1. Rupin Pass
When we think of Himachal, we imagine snow-capped peaks and long, arduous treks. Well, this place has it all covered. Located in the Sangla valley, Rupin pass is a trekker’s paradise.
It is one of the more difficult treks but whats a little difficulty if the reward is so satisfying! The view from the hilltop is very amazing as you see all the luscious green trees and pretty, dainty blue skies around you.
Get immersed in some beautiful relics carved into mountains naturally at this place. The Shikharas or peaks here are very similar to one of the most famous temples in Cambodia- The Angkor Wat. A little damaged and in rubbles, it still has a very authentic feel to it.
3. Dhankar Gompa
A Gompa refers to a Buddhist Monastery. This ancient monastery is a 1000 years old and is among the world’s 100 most endangered monuments. It is built at a huge height and has the breathtaking scenery from the top of the confluence of Pin and Spiti rivers.
Visit this place for spending some time reconnecting to yourself. With elegant Buddhist art and cultural relics filled inside the structure, spend some time gazing and appreciating its beauty.
A quaint little hamlet near Manali, it is a beautiful spot for a night off. With quiet treks in the snow-covered ways, Gulaba is the perfect spot to have some time off before you go hustling again.
5. Pabbar valley
Welcome to the land where the British used to have tea and camp. Yes, you read that right, the Pabbar valley was a major hotspot for the British Raj to have some fun time and relax with their families.
This can thus give you an idea about the beauty and innocence of this hidden gem of Himachal. There are forset filled roads having a variety of beautiful and magnificent trees like the Cedars, Oaks, and Deodars.
Rafting is one of the most enjoyable activities that you should carry out here. Other fun activities you can enjoy here are paragliding, trekking, and camping.
Best visited during the winter, it is a haven for Skiiers. The mountains get filled with thick sheets and snow and you can fun swooping over them as you race downhill.
With a breezy atmosphere and wonderful scenery around, Narkhnada is surely a place that will stay in your heart forever. There are also bountiful fruit orchards located here where you can taste some juicy, red apples.
Enjoy a quiet retreat into nature here. Shielded and well hidden away from prying eyes, it is a must-visit spot for some peace and quiet. With silent streams and green meadows, this is a hidden gem in its own right.
Located on the extreme borders, it is touted to be the last inhabited village in India. A little hamlet on the Indo-Chinese border, it is a hidden gem in the true sense. You can stay at one of the beautiful tourist cottages or enjoy some camping in the hills.
9. Bhabha Valley
Located in the district of Kinnaur, it is famous for the pristine lake Kara present here. It has beautiful landscapes and makes for a picture-perfect tourist spot.
You can also enjoy some easy treks in these mountains with the local guides. The Wangpa community are the main residents of this area and are one of the few remaining traditional communities in Himachal. So, you can visit as an eco-tourist to get a true Himachali feel.
This pretty little town is located on the banks of the River Uhl. A must visit place if you are planning a family vacation, its a great and fun place to visit with kids.
The Nargu wildlife sanctuary is located here. It boasts of many endemic and rare species of animals like the Goral ( a Himalayan descendant of the goat family) and Black bears. You can also have a fun fishing activity in the river which is plentiful and abundant with trouts. Do we smell some freshly caught fish being cooked over a bonfire? Sounds fun and we promise it sure is!