Rightly labelled as the Land of Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is located in north India amidst the lower Himalayan ranges. The summer capital of this state is Shimla and the winter capital is Dharmshala. A treat for adventure lovers, families, honeymooners and solo travellers, Himachal hold several places that have plenty to offer to tourists.
If you are thinking to visit Himachal then make sure to plan according to the best time for a fantastic experience. The summer season here starts in April and ends in June. The weather is quite soothing and is perfect for sightseeing, shopping and for adventure activities like trekking and camping. The best places to visit in Himachal during this season are - Bir Billing, Dalhousie, Spiti Valley, Kasol, Khajjiar, Kullu Manali, Shimla, Kasauli, and Palampur, Kinnaur.
While the winter season starts here in November month and continues until March. The best places to visit during this season are Dalhousie, Narkanda, Kasauli, Kullu Manali, and Shimla. It is also the perfect time to explore monasteries and temples and to take part in annual festivals like Lohri, Halda festival, Himachal Winter Carnival, Sazo, Ice Skating carnival, and the International Himalayan Festival. Most groups arrange trekking expeditions along the Rohtang Pass, Solang valley Kunzum Pass, Hampta Pass, and Bhrighu Lake. From December to February on bright days, the weather is suitable for Paragliding, skiing, and sledge rides.
Avoid visiting during the monsoon season which starts in July and ends in September. It is highly recommended that tourists visit Himachal Pradesh at the beginning of the rainy season preferably in June as the place receives heavy rainfall from July to mid-September.
If you love shopping then you will not be disappointed shopping in Himachal. Explore the famous markets that sell, Pashmina shawls, Himachali caps, Chambarumaals, jewellery, and metalwork.
Any vacation is incomplete without tasting the famous delicacies. So on your Himachal trip go for the famous cuisines here for a scrumptious experience- Dhaam, Madra, Chha gosht, and Tibetan dishes.
Have a look at some topmost attractions in Himachal and plan a trip to the below-listed places for a surreal vacation- Manali, Kasol, Shimla, Mcleodganj, Spiti valley, Dalhousie, Bir Billing, Kasauli, Fagu, Kaza, Tirthan Valley, Sethan Valley, Khajjiar, Kufri, Tosh, Dharmshala, Chail, Chamba, Kinnaur, Nahan, Kangra, Kullu, Solan. There are other places too that truly need to be explored.
Apart from visiting places enjoy river rafting in the Beas river, Manali, Spiti River, Spiti valley, Sutlej near Shimla, river Ravi near Chamba and Chandra in Lahaul. Enjoy still water sports in Gobind Sagar Lake near Bilaspur, Chamera lake, Dalhousie, and Pandoh Lake on the Mandi-Manali Highway. Go for ice skating in Shimla, Experience Paragliding in Bir Billing in Kangra, Solang valley near Manali, and Bundla Dhar near Bilaspur. Enjoy Heli Skiing at Hanuman Tibba, Rohtang Pass, Deo Tibba and Chandrakhani Pass, Manali. Set your camp and enjoy camping in Dalhousie, Kullu-Manali, Solan, Chail and Dharamshala and enjoy mountaineering and rock climbing at ReoPurgyil, Jorkanden, Rangrik Rang, Shilla.
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