Tourist Places in Himachal Pradesh | Tourism

Himachal Pradesh one of the most beautiful states in Northern India, endowed with natural beauty. Located in the foothills of the great Himalayas, it is a favorite tourist destination in the country, which is visited by millions of travelers across the globe. With several valleys, daunting snow-capped mountains as its background, streams and brooks meandering through the state; apple, pine and oak orchards; cascading waterfalls, glittering lake and Mountain Rivers; this enchanting land is a paradise for travelers. Covering an area of 55, 670 sq km, it is bounded by the states of Punjab on south-west and west, Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Tibet Autonomous region on the east and Haryana along with Uttarakhand on south-east. It lies between the latitudes 30°22’40” North to 33°12’40” North and longitudes 75°45' 55" East to 79°04' 20" East. It is one of the fastest growing economies in India and the tourism industry has contributed remarkably to it. 

Himachal is often referred to as Devbhumi, “Land of Gods” and features a diversified topography, which comprises mesmerizing mountain tracts of high-altitude Trans-Himalayan desert, apple orchards, dense green alpine forests, etc. Located at an altitude that ranges between 350 m and 6975 m, it is the best destination to quench your thirst for adventure as well as nature. There are several tourist places in the state and here is a list of some of the must-visit places.


Shimla

Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh is one of the most coveted tourist destinations in India. Often referred to as the “Queen of Hills”, it was once the summer capital of India. It is located at an altitude of 2,205 m above sea level and covers an area of 18 sq km. The place where the echoes of British Rule still lingers with the presence of Victorian style castles and bungalows attracts a huge crowd of tourists from all over the globe. It lies at an altitude of 2397.59 meters (7866.10 ft) above mean sea level at 31.61°N 77.10°E. Some of the most popular tourist places in the city are listed below:

1. The Mall Road : The Mall road is one of the most popular tourist spots in Shimla. It is the shopping centre of the capital city, which stretches from Scandal Point to Oberoi Clark Hotel and has place for enjoyment like restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, post offices and tourist centers. Visitors can take a stroll along this popular street. It is also the centre of cultural and social events and one of the highlights of this road is its historic confectionery shops and restaurants. Lower Bazaar below the Mall Road has hotels, restaurants, retail stores and a wholesale vegetable market. Being well-heeled than the Mall, the Lower Bazaar still holds on to its ancient charm of specialty foodstuffs.

2. Shimla State Museum : Shimla State Museum is a famous tourist place in the city, which is visited by thousands of tourists every day. It is also known as Himachal State Museum and Library, which is located atop Mount Pleasant. Displaying Victorian architecture, it was built in 1974 to conserve and preserve the rich culture and heritage. It is surrounded by manicured garden, which adds to its charm and beauty. The museum exhibits a spectacular classic collection of sculptures, coins, handicrafts, and paintings. It also puts on display an assortment of items related to archeology, cultural anthropology, and art.

3. Jakhoo Hill : The Jakhoo Hills is the famous tourist destination in the city. It is about 2 km from the Ridge and is situated at an altitude of 8,000ft. It is famous for its picturesque beauty and the astounding view it offers of the beautiful city as well as of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalaya. It houses an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Hunuman and as per the legends, the existence of this temple dates back to the time of Ramayana. The temple is a century old spiritual edifice, attracting the devotees as well as trekkers and mountaineers. It is an abode of numerous monkeys and is surrounded by alpine forest.

4. Summer Hill: Another popular tourist stop in the city is Summer Hill, which lies on Shimla-Kalka railway line. It is located at an altitude of 1283 m about 5 km from the Ridge Road. This is the best place in the city for leisure walk and is surrounded by breathtaking landscape, which attracts the tourists. It is the place where Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation used to stay while on his visit to this hill town.

5. Ridge : An important and most frequented tourist host spot in the city is Ridge. It is located at the centre of the town near the Mall. It is a large open space, which offers a panoramic and breathtaking view of the entire town with snow-clad mountains as its backdrop. It is one of the most popular hangouts in the city for both locals as well as tourists.

Kullu Manali

One of the most famous tourist places in the state is Kullu Manali, which attracts an enormous crowd of tourists across the globe. It is popular as a honeymoon destination owing to its beautiful landscape. Enclosed by soaring mountains, covered with stunning flowers and lush greenery, it is also popular among nature lovers as well as adventure enthusiasts owing to the presence of trekking trails. It has the capability to capture the hearts of the visitors at the very first sight. Some of the must-visit places in the region are:

1. Rohtang Pass: Located in Manali Keylong Highway at an altitude of 13,400 ft, Rohtang Pass is the most frequented and popular tourist place in the region. It is situated at a distance of about 51 km from Manali and is a haven for adventure lovers. It is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the great Himalayas. It lies on the watershed between Beas basin and Chenab. The pass remains open from March to November and during extreme winters; it remains closed owing to heavy snowfall. It is a paradise for adventure lovers as it offers ample opportunities for adventure sports.

2. Rahla Falls : Among the most famous places for sightseeing in Kullu Manali is Rahla Falls, which is located about 25 km from the main city of Manali. Formed by the Beas River gushing down from a height of 50 mts, this waterfall is a breathtaking spot for visitors. Also there is another falls called, Palani Falls, located near the Bijli Mahadev Temple which falls down from a height of 150 m. Both these waterfalls are quite popular among tourists and are worth visiting to get a mesmerizing view of the nature.

3. Hidimba Temple: One of the popular tourist hot spot and a must-visit attraction is the Hidimba Temple. It is located in Manali and is dedicated to Hidimba, who was wife of Bhima, one of the five Pandavas. It was built in the year 1553 on the summit of a hillock, surrounded by dense deodar forest. It resembles that of a Buddhist Monastery made of wood and is built around a cave where Hidimba performed meditation.

4. Solang Valley: Also known as “Snow Point”, Solang Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the region, which is worth visiting. It is a popular skiing destination in the state as well as provides opportunities for parachuting and paragliding. Located at an altitude of 2,560 m, it is also a favorite destination of trekkers as there are a few trekking trails. It lies between the Beas River and Solang Village offering a glimpse of the snow-capped mountains and glaciers, which mesmerizes the visitors, compelling them to visit over and over again. During the summers, visitors can enjoy zorbing, paragliding and horse riding. The trip to Kullu Manali seems incomplete without a visit to this enchanting valley.

5. Vashistha Hot Water Springs : There are a number of hot water springs in and around the Kullu Manali and are known for their curative power. Vashistha Hot Water Springs are quite famous and are visited by hundreds of people every day. It is about 3.2 km above the Manali-Keylong road, located at an altitude of 1,982 m. It is renowned for the temple dedicated to Vashistha Muni and natural hot water springs that are known to have healing power. People from near and far visit this village to bathe in these springs to get rid of any skin diseases, as well as others.

6. Manu Temple : Manu Temple is one of the prominent tourist places in Kullu district, located about 3 km from the main market of Manali. It is stands on the littoral of River Beas, attracting numerous visitors every day. This temple is dedicated to Indian sage Manu, who authored Manusmriti. The city is said to have been created by Manu, who lived here and was named after him. It is located in Old Manali and is made using stone and wood, which gives it a distinct look. The beautiful location with snow-capped mountains on it background adds to its charm, attracting a huge number of travelers.

7. Malana : An ancient and secluded village that lies to the north-east of Kullu Valley, Malana is worth-visiting. Fondly called Mini Greece, it is believed as one of the oldest democracy in the World. According to the locals, they are the decedents of Aryans, some believe that Malana was founded by remnants of Alexander the Great's Army and some traces their existence rooted deep in Hindu mythology. Isolated from the outside World for several years, this ancient village has their own sets of rule and regulations and is administered by the own by a village council with an upper house and a lower house like the bicameral assemblies of our parliament. Endowed with abundance of natural beauty, this ancient village is worth visiting.

8. Manikaran : One of the most famous and most frequented pilgrimage destinations in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh is Manikaran. It is sacred for both Hindu and Sikh pilgrims owing to the presence of several ancient Hindu temples as well as for Manikaran Sahib, a Gurudwara. It is located at an altitude of 1760 m in the Parvati Valley and attracts a huge crowd of tourists from all over the country. Besides the temples and Gurudwara, it is also renowned for hot water spring that is known to have curative power. There are legends associated with this hill town that relates to its existence. Surrounded by scenic beauty, it is a small ancient town and a major attraction in Kullu Valley.

Dharamshala

Dharamshala is a town in the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh, set against the backdrop of the Dhauladhar range on the foothills of the Great Himalayan Mountain. It is a bustling hill town perched at an altitude of 1457 m, which is an ideal retreat for nature lovers. The city succumbed to a massive earthquake in the year 1905 and was reconstructed to become a health resort and a popular tourist destination. Covered with groves of pine and Himalayan oak, the town is often referred to as “Scotland of India”. It is also the headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration and is popular for being the home to His Holiness Dalai Lama. There are several places to visit in and around the city and some of them include:

1. McLeod Ganj : A village located at an altitude of 2,082 m, McLeod Ganj is a popular destination in the city. It was named after Lord David McLeod, who was the lieutenant governor of Punjab and founded the village in the year 1848. This enchanting and picturesque village serves as the residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama, which adds to its popularity. . It is about 9 km from Dharamshala, covered by pine and oak forests below the Dhauladhar Range. Tsug la Khang Temple, Dal Lake, Bhagsu Nag Temple, Bhagsu Waterfall, Shiva Café, St. John Church, etc. are some of the places to visit.

2. Triund : One of the best places in the city for trekking is Triund, which is at an altitude of about 2975 m on the Dhauladhar hills above Macleodganj, which attracts numerous trekkers across the globe. The place offers an enchanting as well as captivating experience while trekking along the ways covered with dense oak forest, rhododendron and deodar. The snow line starts at Ilaqa, which is 5 km ahead of Triund and accommodation facility is provided rest house under the Forest Department. The trek starts from McLeod Ganj and passes through Dharamkot and Rakkar villages. It is said to be one of the most beautiful treks in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

3. Jwalamukhi Temple: Jwalamukhi is a famous temple that lies at a distance of about 56 km from Dharamshala. Dedicated to the Goddess of Light, the temple is one of the most revered Hindu temples in the entire region of North India. The shrine has no idol of the Goddess and a flame can be seen, which is considered as a manifestation of the goddess. An eternally burning and shining blue flame radiates from the rock chamber and is offered with various the offerings by devotees. There is a golden dome on the temple, which is said to have been gifted by Emperor Akbar. Two important fairs are held here during the Navratras in earlier April and mid-October, which attracts the devotees from near and far.

4. Dharamshala War Memorial: Another must-visit place in the city is the Dharamshala War Memorial, which was built to commemorate the brave heores of the country, who lost their lives while protecting the honor of their motherland. Surrounded by lush greenery, it is visited by the tourists to the place owing to its tranquil surroundings.

5. Namgyalma Stupa: Built to commemorate the sacrifice made by the people during the freedom struggle for Tibet. The beautiful structure surrounded by prayer wheels and is said resemble the stupa built during the 3rd century by great emperor Ashoka. It depicts an image of Sakyamuni Buddha in a small chamber. It is a popular attraction in the city, which is visited by several visitors.

Dalhousie

One of the most beautiful places in the state is Dalhousie, which is perched at an altitude of 2036 m above the sea level. Every brick speaks aloud the intervention of British East India Company. It is spread over the five hills (Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun) and was named after the British Governor General Lord Dalhousie. Rich in colonial architecture, the town houses some of the most beautiful churches, which stands as an evidence of the British Rule. Some of the prominent attractions of this hill station include:

1. Bakrota Hills: About 4.8 km from the main town, Bakrota Hills is a must-visit place in the enchanting hill town. Perched at an altitude of 2085 m above the sea level, it is one of the most beautiful places in the town. It offers breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains while walking up the hill, which makes the visitors fall in love with the astounding beauty of this place. It is the ideal place for nature lovers as well as for solitary travelers.

2. Panchpula : Panchpula is a major tourist attraction in this quaint hill town. It is about 3 km from Dalhousie and is renowned for its scenic beauty. There are five bridges built over a gushing stream of water and hence got its name Panchpula. It is a popular picnic spot in the region. It also houses a monument of Sardar Ajit Singh, a great revolutionary of the country, to commemorate his contribution towards India’s freedom struggle.

3. Satdhara Falls : Satdhara Falls lies on the way to Panchpula and is a prominent tourist attraction in the city. Located at an altitude of 2036 m above sea level and the waterfalls have derived its name from the seven streams that cascades down from a great height into a deep gorge. These seven springs are believed to have curative property as the water contains mica, which is known to have medicinal properties. Visitors can enjoy nature walk in the beautiful trails.

4. St. Andrew's Church : Often referred to as the Church of Scotland, St. Andrew’s Church was built in the year 1903 Baloon by Protestant Christians. It is a must-visit place in the town, which attracts a huge crowd of tourists across the globe. It stands amid picturesque surrounding and owing to it; it attracts a lot of nature lovers. The tranquil environment adds to its popularity.

5. St. John's Church : The oldest church in the town, St. John's Church has great historical significance. Constructed during the British rule, this church was founded by the protestant missionaries. It is situated amidst stunning natural surroundings and is one of the most visited churches of Dalhousie. In addition, this church conducts services every Sunday, which is attended by the people residing there. The place is not only popular among the devotees and religiously inclined people, but also among history lovers, enthusiastic readers and tourists. In addition, a library is also situated adjacent to this church. Besides, tourists can also see several rare photographs that date back to the time, when the country was ruled by the British.

6. Kalatop : A paradise for adventure lovers, Kalatop is a popular attraction in this hill town. Perched at a height of 80000 m above G.P.O, it remains covered by snow all throughout the year. Surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, it also houses a wildlife sanctuary, rich in flora and fauna. It is home to a variety of migratory birds and even the frozen part of the sanctuary plays host to a variety of bird species, including migratory birds. It also serves as the trekking base for adventure enthusiasts.

Kangra Valley

One of the most picturesque valleys in the state of Himachal Pradesh is Kangra Valley. It is a popular tourist destination in the state, which attracts an enormous crowd of tourist. The valley is famous for art and culture and finds mention in the epic Mahabharata. This enchanting valley houses numerous attractions that are worth visiting. Some of the most popular and must-visit places in the valley are:

1. Kangra Fort: Kangra Fort is about 20 km from the main town of Dharamshala and attracts a huge crowd of visitors, especially the heritage lovers and history buffs. It is an ancient fort that finds its mention in the war records of Alexander the Great during the 4th century BC. The fort was constructed by the royal Rajput family of Kangra that traces its origin back to the ancient Trigarta Kingdom, which finds its mention in the Indian Epic Mahabharata. It is one of the largest and the oldest fort in the country that has been witness to various rules and was invaded by Muhammad of Ghaznavi, Muhammad Bin Tughlak and Mughal Emperor Jahangir. The prime attraction of this fort is a gushing stream of Manjhi and Banganga Rivers from the Fort.

2. Brajeshwari Devi Temple: Located in the old Kangra Township, Brajeshwari Devi Temple is one of the most frequented tourist attraction. This temple was built over the charred breasts of Sati. It is an ancient temple, which has been invaded and looted several times; however, the first of the plunderers was Mahmud of Ghazni, who looted it in the year 1009. In the site a mosque was built and after 35 years, the local king repaired the temple and embellished it with precious gems, but again in 1360, Firoz Tughlaq invaded the temple and later it was restored by Emperor Akbar. Again in the year 1905, the temple was destroyed but it was again restored in the same year by Kangra Restoration Committee. This is a must-visit place in the city.

3. Chamunda Devi Temple : Situated on the right bank of River Baner, Chamunda Devi Temple is one of the most sacred places in the valley, which is believed to be an abode of Shiva Shakti since the time of Puranas. There is a legend associated with the temple and houses the idol of Goddess Chamunda, an incarnation of Adi Shakti. This is an ancient temple and is frequented by a huge crowd of devotees from near and far. It is a must-visit place in the region.

4. Masroor Rock-cut Temples: Masroor Rock Cut Temples is a popular attraction in the valley, which attracts a massive crowd of tourist. These temples resemble the caves at Ajanta and Ellora, which makes it a famous tourist place in the city. It is on the highway from Nagrotta Surian, Lunj, Kangra Road and dates back to 8th century. The temples here display detailed carvings on its walls, which add to its beauty. These are unique monolithic structures which are among the most unexplored temples of the state. Counted as the magnificent rock-cut temples of the country, there are 15 temples built in the Indo-Aryan style of architecture. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita, and houses their idols. The entire complex is located on a hill with a large pond within its premises. It is believed that these temples were built by the Pandavas while in exile.

Kasauli

Kasauli is one of the most fascinating and beautiful hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. Perched at an altitude of 1927 m, it is a cantonment town, often referred to as a hiker’s paradise. This quaint town finds its mention in the great Indian Epic Ramayana, according to which Lord Hanuman had placed his foot atop this town while looking for the herbs to heal injured Lakshamana. Surrounded by lush greenery with mountains as its backdrop, this hill town is a popular getaway for people leaving in and around the town. Some of the must-visit places in the town are:

1. Monkey Point: One of the most popular attractions in Kasauli is Monkey Point, which is the highest peak in the town. It has a legend behind it, according to which the foot of Lord Hanuman touched the hill while returning from the Himalayas after obtaining the magical herb, Sanjivani Booti. It is believed that owing to it the hill took the shape of a foot. It is one of the most captivating places in the town that offers breathtaking view of the snow covered peak of 'Choor Chandni', the highest peak of the Lower Himalayan belt. It has a small temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, which attracts a horde of devotees around the town.

2. Krishna Bhavan Mandir : Krishna Bhavan Mandir is a popular attraction in the town, which is visited by thousands of devotees. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and with its unique architecture that resembles a church it attracts the tourists. Built in the year 1926, the temple is a famous pilgrim, located in the centre of this enchanting hill town.

3. Christ Church: Christ Church was built in the year 1853 by the British amid pine and deodar trees, offering a breathtaking view. It is one of the most frequented tourist attraction in the town having neo-gothic architecture. It is one of the oldest churches in the town and owing to its picturesque location as well as tranquil ambience; it has gained popularity among the tourists.

4. Kasauli Brewery : Kasauli Brewery is another must-visit place in this cantonment town. It was established in 1820 by Edward Dyer. He brought brewing and distilling equipment from England and Scotland because of the availability of pure in the region and the climatic condition was similar to Scotland. His intention behind establishing it was to produce a malt whisky as fine as Scotch whisky. It is the oldest operating distillery in Asia and one of the oldest whisky making distilleries in continuous operation anywhere in the world.

Kinnaur

The citadel of natural beauty, Kinnaur is a must-visit place in the state. It is bounded by Tibet on the east and is perched at an altitude that ranges between 2,320 to 6,816 m. About 235 km from Shimla, this hill station boasts of three mountain ranges, namely Greater Himalayas, Zanskar and Dhauladhar. The land is also has several valleys that adds to its astounding and breathtaking beauty and serves as a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Enclosed by soaring mountain ranges, thick Alpine forests and apple orchards adds beauty to the place. It is famous across the globe for apples, dry fruits and chilgoza, which are grown in abundance. The old Hindustan-Tibet road passes through Kinnaur, which lies on the bank of River Sutlej. Every bit of this enchanting hill station has something or the other to offer to its visitors. Some of the popular attractions of this enchanting hill station are:

1. Kalpa : Perched at an altitude of 2758 m above the sea level, Kalpa is one of the most spectacular towns in Kinnaur. It lies on the Sutlej river valley at the base of Kinnaur Kailash mountain range. It is an ancient town nestled between chilgoza forests. It is one of the most famous hamlets among the tourists, which was once a sleepy town. There are several Hindu and Buddhist temples in the hamlet, which are worth visiting. Travelers can get a glimpse of the stunning view of snow-capped mountains of Kinnaur Kailash, which leaves the visitors spellbound.

2. Reckong Peo : The headquarters of Kinnaur district, Reckong Peo is located at an altitude of 2670 m. It is an ancient town, inhabited by a group of people known as Reckong Peo after which the town has been named. Popularly known as Land of Gods, exemplifies the beauty and splendor of the Great Himalayas. The town was not known to the World until few years back and even today, it is one of the least visited places in the region. It as well offers captivating view of the snow-capped mountains of Kailash Kinnaur that changes its color as the day passes. The hamlet houses a Buddhist Monastery, which attracts devotees from different parts of the globe.

3. Sangla Valley: A picturesque hill town in Baspa Valley of Kinnaur district, often referred to as Sangla valley, is a popular tourist place in the region. Situated at an altitude of 2621 m above the sea level, it is surrounded by forested slopes with soaring mountains as its backdrop. The apple orchards, cedar, wall-nut and apricot trees add beauty to the valley along with gushing glacial streams that meander through it. The Baspa River that flows below this hill town offers a breathtaking view, which is capable of mesmerizing the visitors.

4. Chhitkul: Chhitkul is located at an elevation of 3450m and is the last as well as the highest village in Baspa valley. It is situated on the right bank of the Baspa river and houses three ancient temples of which the main temple dates back to 500 years. These temples are dedicated to local goddess Mathi. It is also surrounded by splendid natural beauty, making it a worth-visiting place in the state.

5. Kothi: Also known as Koshtampi, Kothi is an ancient village in the district, famous for the Hindu temple, named Shuwang Chandika, which is dedicated to goddess Chandika, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. It is one of the most revered goddesses, who is believed to be extremely powerful. The presence of the temple has made it famous across the state and it attracts a huge crowd of devotees from all over the state. Shadowed by the Kinnaur Kailash mountain range, this village attracts the travelers with its picturesque landscape.

Solan

Labeled as the “Mushroom City of India”, Solan is a popular tourist place in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It serves as the district headquarters of Solan district and is located at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level. It lies on the Kalka-Shimla highway and serves as the gateway to several other hill stations in the state. It is also known by the name of “The City of Red Gold” owing to the extensive cultivation of tomatoes. This is an ancient city, which finds its mention in the great Indian Epic Mahabharata. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and splendid landscape, this hill town is a paradise for those who love peace and solitude. Some of the major attractions of this city are:

1. Mohan Shakti National Heritage Park: About 11 km from the main city of Solan, Mohan Shakti National Heritage Park is a prime attraction in hill town. It is a popular picnic spot in the region with verdant greenery. Surrounded by oak trees as well as terraced gardens, this park houses several temples of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. It is located on the foothills of the Himalayas, offering a captivating and spellbinding view of the snow capped mountains. This park was established by Padmashree Kapil Mohan, a retired Brigadier of Indian Army. It is a visited by number of tourists as well as local people, making it a popular tourist place in the city.

2. Shoolini Mata Temple : Shoolini Mata Temple is the most prominent attraction in the town, which attracts a huge crowd of devotees from near and far. This hill town with breathtaking beauty has been named after the temple and is dedicated to Shoolini Mata Temple. It is said that this temple existed long before this hill town was found. A fair named Shoolini fair is held every year in the last week of June and during this fair, a huge crowd of tourists visit the temple during this time.

3. Karol Tibba & Meteol Tibba : Both Karol Tibba & Meteol Tibba are two adjoining hill tops in Solan, ideal for trekkers. These are the most popular attraction in the district, magnetizing trekkers across the globe. It is about 6600 ft high, which can be easily reached by two hours trek from the Solan City. Both are nestled in the Shivalik ranges of the Great Himalayas and have mythological significance. It is said that during the time of exile, the Pandavas resided in the cave of Karol Tibba. Covered by dense forest, it is also home to a number of wild animals. These are must-visit places in the city.

Lahaul-Spiti Valley
The most spectacular valley in the state, Lahaul-Spiti Valley is a must visit place in Himachal Pradesh. Earlier, Lahaul and Spiti were two separate districts in the state, which were later merged together. It is home to some of the ancient monasteries, which attracts a huge crowd of tourists across the globe. There are several tourist places in the valley that are worth visiting. Some of these are:

1. Kunzum Pass: The Kunzum Pass or Kunzum La is one of the major attractions in this district. Located at an altitude of 4,551 m, it is the gateway to Spiti Valley from Lahaul. It is a high mountain pass on the eastern Kunzum Range of the Himalayas. It is one of the highest motorable mountain pass in the country. It offers stunning views of Bara-Sigri glacier, which is the second longest glacier in the world. Kunzum Devi Temple is the major attraction of this place, which is frequented by several devotees from near and far. This pass is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts, especially trekkers, as it offers ample opportunity for trekking in the mountain ranges of the Himalayas.

2. Spiti Valley : Situated in Indo-Tibet border, Spiti Valley is a desert mountain land in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Also known as “the Middle Country”, the valley engulfs the treasure as well as secret of ancient civilization. It is home to a huge number of monasteries, this city is frequented by Buddhist pilgrimages across the globe. It is perhaps the oldest Buddhist enclave in the country. Boasting of rich cultural heritage and spirituality, it is a haven for explorers, wanderers and adventure enthusiasts. The high altitude, surrounded by soaring snow-capped mountains and lush green forest make this valley worth visiting.

3. Key Gompa : A Tibetan Monastery perched at an altitude of 4,166 m, Key Gompa or Key Monastery is over 1000 years old. It is a major attraction in the district, which was founded by Dromton, a famous disciple of teacher Atisha during the 11th century. It was once home to about 350 Lamas, but it has decreased to a great extent. It is one of the most famous Gompas among many that are speckled all over the district. The monastery boasts of its architecture, which exemplifies Pasada style of architecture. However, the monastery was destroyed by invaders several times and was rebuilt. The present monastery is no longer the same but even today, the murals in the walls of the rooms are worth seeing.

4. Pin Valley National Park : Pin Valley National Park is a must see tourist place in the district, which is the only cold desert national park in the country. It is home to some of the endangered and rare species of animals, which include Snow Leopard and Siberian Ibex. It is also popular for various medicinal herbs that grow naturally in the park. It is also home to some of the endangered plant species besides its fauna. The ideal time to visit the park is between the months of July and October.

5. Kibber Village: Perched at an altitude of 14,200 ft atop limestone rock, Kiber Village is a must visit place in the region. It is one of the highest inhabited villages in the World, which lies in Spiti Valley. The village has a number of Buddhist monasteries as well as temples, which attracts the devotees from nearby places. Kiber Monastery is a major attraction in the village, which attracts the tourists across the globe.

6. Kaza : Kaza is a popular tourist place in the Lahaul-Spiti Valley, which is serves as subdivisional headquarters of the remote Spiti Valley. It lies on the bank of Spiti River and is about 210 km from Kalpa. The hill town is famous for its temples and Buddhist Monasteries, which attracts the tourists and in addition, it serves as the base for travelers to Ki Moneastery, Kibber and Komic village, Nako, Pin valley, Kunzum Pass, etc. This town was formerly the capital of Nono, the Chief of Spiti.

7. Dhankar: Dhankar is a village resting on one of the mountain tops in Spiti. The village is famous for the Gompa, which is a Buddhist temple. The Gompa is located between the rocky hills on top of the village. It houses the murals of Sakyamuni, Tsongkhapa and Lama Chodrag and has the idol of Vajradhara. Perched at an altitude of 3870 m, the village is famous for its picturesque landscape besides the Gompa. Dhankar Lake is also a major attraction in the village, which lies above the monastery and attracts a huge crowd of tourists across the globe.

The citadel of natural beauty, Himachal Pradesh has a lot in its treasure trove to offer to its visitors. It is one of the most beautiful states in the country and is one of the most frequented tourist destinations in India. The state serves as a haven for adventure enthusiasts. These are just a few of the must-visit tourist places in the state. However, there are many places in the state that are worth visiting and the list seems to be never ending and
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