Himachal Pradesh, located in the northern India, is a tourist hotspot that draws visitors from across the globe.
The 12 tourist places of the state has numerous attractions with a wide range of locations for sightseeing, worship, trekking, mountaineering, fishing, river rafting, skiing, paragliding and ice skating which makes Himachal Pradesh a must visit place for everyone.
This monsoon, head here to escape from the rains and go sightseeing around the tourist spots in this picturesque place. There are many famous temples here that one can visit and pay homage to.
Barog is a popular tourist spot located in the Solan District of Himachal Pradesh. Choor Chandni Peak is a must-visit tourist spot of the area. Other prominent sightseeing places in Barog are Dagshai, the Vishal Shiva Temple, Dolanji Bon Monastery and Renuka Lake. Tourists coming here also frequent the Sholoni Devi Temple, Children's Park, and Jawahar Park.
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Chail is a beautiful hill station located on Sadh Tiba Hill in Himachal Pradesh. The Chail Palace is a must-visit attraction here. Another popular tourist spot is the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary that offers a rare opportunity to observe the indigenous flora and fauna of the region. Species found in the sanctuary include the Indian Muntjac, leopard, Crested Porcupine, panther, wild boar, Goral, Sambar, and European Red Deer.
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Kasauli is a famous hill station located in the district of Solan in Himachal Pradesh. The town which is situated amidst nature, is known for it's sightseeing spots that include the Christ Church, Monkey Point, Kasauli Brewery, Baba Balak Nath Temple, and the Gurkha Fort.
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Kinnaur also known as ‘The Land of Fairy Tales' is a beautiful district situated in Himachal Pradesh. The scenic beauty of the place is admirable with snow covered mountains, lush green valleys, ripe orchards and beautiful vineyards. The Sangla Valley and the Hangrang Valley are two of the main valleys located in the region of Kinnaur. Travellers can go sightseeing the gigantic Kinner Kailash Mountain, which is the most prominent tourist spot of the region.
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Kullu is a beautiful district in Himachal Pradesh and is often referred to as the 'Valley of Gods'. One of the popular tourist spot here is the Sultanpur Palace, also known as the Rupi Palace. The Raghunath Temple, dedicated to the Hindu deity Rama, is another major attraction of Kullu. The building of the temple displays a perfect blend of Pyramidal and Pahari style of architecture.
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Mandi, also known as 'Varanasi of Hills', is a top tourist place located in Himachal Pradesh. Famous for its stone temples, the destination has more than 300 shrines devoted to the Hindu deities Shiva and Kali. Some of the popular and ancient temples include the Panchvaktra Temple, the Ardhanarisvara Temple and the Triloknath Temple.
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Lahaul lies in the Indo-Tibetan border in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This major tourist spot includes the village of Kibber, which is famous for its monastery and the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. Other sightseeing attractions here include the Pin Valley National Park, the Key Monastery and the Kunzum Pass.
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Kufri is a small town located at a distance of around 13 km from Shimla. Mahasu Peak, Great Himalayan Nature Park, and Fagu are some of the prominent tourist spots in Kufri. Great Himalayan Nature Park houses over 180 species of birds and animals. Fagu, situated 6 km away from Kufri, is a must visit tourist spot among peace lovers.
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Keylong, famously known as the ‘Land of Monasteries', is a beautiful tourist place in Himachal Pradesh. It offers visitors with the opportunity to see several Buddhist pilgrimage centres, which are famous for their unique architectural designs and have historical relevance. The Kardang Monastery and the Shasur Monastery are two of the famous monasteries situated in the region. It is also a popular tourist spot for various adventure sports such as trekking, fishing, jeep safari, paragliding, skiing and camping.
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Dalhousie is a prominent tourist spot located in the Dhauladhar range of Himachal Pradesh. Some of the noted tourist sightseeing spots include St. Andrew's Church, St. Patrick's Church, St. Francis' Church and St. John's Church.
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Bir is another must-visit tourist town in Himachal Pradesh and is popular for its various spiritual study centres such as the Deer Park Institute and the Dharmalaya Institute. Apart from these, it is an adventure sports destination too. The town is popular as the ‘Paragliding Capital of India'.The paragliding competition draws a large number of visitors from around the world every year.
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Arki is located in the Sloan district of Himachal Pradesh and is the smallest town of the district. It provides travellers an opportunity to visit some of the most exotic tourist destinations in the region. There are many temples in Arki that attract tourists from all parts of the country. Arki Fort and Arki Palace are the favoured tourist spots here.
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