It is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas. It’s home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence.

This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. Here we present to you the top  5 places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

5 places to visit in Himachal Pradesh

1. The Ridge, Shimla

The Ridge

It is a large open space, located in the heart of Shimla. The Ridge is the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. It is situated along the Mall Road, which is the famous shopping center of Shimla. Most major places of Shimla like Snowdon, Mall, Jakhoo hill, etc. are connected through the Ridge.

2. Chintpurni, Una

CHINTPURNI MATA MANDIR

It is a major pilgrimage center and one of the Shakti Peethas in India. When Lord Vishnu severed the burning body of Maa Sati into 51 pieces so that Lord Shiva would calm down and stop his Tandava, the pieces were scattered over various places in the Indian subcontinent.

It is believed that Sati’s feet fell at this place and is thus considered one of the most important of the 51 Shakti Peethas.

3. Pin Valley National Park

Pin Valley National Park

It is a National park of India located within the Lahaul and Spiti district. With its snow-laden unexplored higher reaches and slopes, the Park forms a natural habitat for a number of endangered animals including the snow leopard and Siberian ibex.

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4. Kali Ka Tibba, Chail

Kali Ka Tibba

It has Kali Devi as the main deity. An ancient temple Kali ka Tibba attracts many including locals and also people far off from Chail. The beautiful scenery of the Shivalik Range and the Choor Chandni peak are breathtaking from Kali ka Tibba.

5. Parwanoo

Parwanoo is known for ropeway, orchids, and viewpoints. It’s a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh. The town surrounded by lush vegetation and is present on the border of Haryana. Its major attractions include Timber Trail and Fruit Orchards. You can pay your visit to places like Kalka, Pinjore, Mughal Gardens, Gurudwara Nana Sahib, and Cactus Garden.

6. Hamirpur

Situated at a lower height, Hamirpur is warmer. The height level differs from nearly flat-lands to higher levels of land. The higher cliffs offer a great opportunity for trekking. The place is known to be the most literate district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Its major attractions include Deotsidh Temple. The place is famous for Baba Balak Nath Cave Temple, situated here. You can visit Sujanpur Tihra, Awah Devi Temple, and Bilkeshwar Temple.

7. Solan

Solan is popularly known as the ‘Mushroom City Of India’ and ‘The City Of Red Gold’ due to its abundant production in mushrooms and tomatoes; the city finds itself amid snow-covered mountains and lush forests.

The place is popular for so many things, right from its scenery to its cuisines, Solan is a must-see place in Himachal Pradesh. The place is heaven for nature lovers and trekkers. Its major attractions include Shoolini Devi temple and Dolanji Bon Monastery. The place you can visit here includes Mohan Shakti National Park, Karol Tibba, The Mall Road, Shoolini Mata Temple, and Motilal Nehru Central State Library.

8. Pragpur 

Pragpur is known to be the first heritage village in India, situated at a height of 2,000 feet; it offers amazing views of Kangra Valley. Pragpur is loaded with everything like rich culture, history, natural beauty, friendly climate, easy access. The major attraction here is the Jwalamukhi Temple. 

You can also visit places like Chamba Pattan, The Taal, andThe Judge’s Court. Apart from visiting these places, one can also have the pleasure of witnessing bird chirping, trekking, and fishing.

9. Sirmaur

Sirmaur is located on the Southeastern side of Himachal Pradesh. The beautiful district is popular for its peach, which is from Rajgarh region, popularly known as the Peach Bowl. Fossils that were 85 million years old have been found here.

The major attractions include Chintpurni and Jwalaji Mata. Other tourist attractions include Shivalik Fossil Park, Churdhar Peak, Renukaji, Haripur, andHabban Valley.