When you are planning to enjoy a vacation somewhere cold, the first Indian state that will come to mind is Himachal Pradesh. And why shouldn’t it come to mind, when it offers you stunning cities like Dharamshala, Shimla, and Manali. While it is true that these are the most popular tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh, this state has a lot more on offer for you. There are numerous secret hideaways in Himachal Pradesh that still haven’t been discovered by tourists. You can make Shimla or Manali your base, and go exploring these offbeat destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
#1 Gada Gushaini
Gada Gushaini is not a popular tourist destination, which is why it offers you virginal beauty of nature. Located in the Mandi district, the lush green forests and the beautiful surroundings of this valley are worth visiting. Head to the Gada Gushaini village to hear the clear waters of the Tirthan River hit the pebbles on the banks. The sound that they produce is truly soothing.
Distance from Manali: 100km
The moisture content in the Prini air smells just like petrichor – which means you can enjoy the refreshing mud scent throughout the day. Paddy fields are everywhere in most of the parts of the Prini village. Another attraction that you must visit is the waterfall near the Manali-Jagatsukh road in this village.
Distance from Manali: 4km
#3 Renuka Ji
While the architecture of this temple is beautiful, however, the delicate carvings will be the ones to capture your attention. This temple is located at the base of the largest (natural) lake in the state – the Renuka Lake. The curious thing about this mirror lake is that its shape is like that of a reclining woman. This is truly a picture-perfect place, with its backdrop of the Himalayas and the lake reflecting everything in its surroundings.
Distance from Shimla: 160km
Janjehli is the perfect base for going on treks to places like Shoja, Shikari Devi, Karsog, and Chindi. Pandav Shila, located around 3km away from the Janjehli village, is a rock that can be traced back to the Mahabharata era. If the pebble you throw on this rock manages to stay on, it is believed that all your wishes will be fulfilled.
Distance from Shimla: 139km
The architecture of this temple is a fusion of the Indian and Tibetan style and is approximately 800 years old. Numerous layers of timber and stones were used in the construction of this temple, so as to make it able to withstand earthquakes. This village is also known as the ‘gateway of Kinnaur’ because of its location near the ancient Indo-Tibetan Road.
Distance from Shimla: 162km
#6 Karsog Valley
Along with its scenic beauty, this valley is also well-known for its temples like those of the Mahunag, Mamleshwar Mahadev, and Kamksha Devi. Head to Tattapani near the Karsog Valley to enjoy the hot springs in this region. You can also enjoy adventurous activities such as mountain biking, trekking, and river rafting at Tattapani.
Distance from Shimla: 109km
Location: Shimla is a hill station in the middle ranges of the Himalayas and lies approximately 2073m above sea level.
How to Reach: Shimla Airport connects this city to the other major cities in India. The cities in north India are well-connected to Shimla due to the National Highway 22.
Official Language: Hindi, English
Currency: INR (Indian Rupees)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Climate: Subtropical highland climate
Food & Drink: Dham is one of the signature Himachal Pradesh dish that must be tried. Some of the other Himachali dishes to look forward to include Chha Gosht, Mittha, Aktori, and Tudkiya Bhath.
You will feel like an explorer who has just discovered something new, when you visit these secret hideaways on your Himachal Pradesh vacation. Interested to holiday in Himachal Pradesh?
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