Himachal Pradesh is enriched with nature's best, which is why it has become a place of interest for many travel enthusiasts from around the world. Today many couples visit this natural haven to seek an ideal romantic getaway, whereas the adventure lovers are often seen here with a purpose to conquer the mountains. Some take it as a test; for others, it is a fantasy destination! So, no matter what you are seeking and what your interests are; our list of the top winter destinations in Himachal Pradesh, can assist you in learning about your alternatives better.
Located at a loftiness of 2,050 m, Manali is a picture-perfect visual retreat. Situated on the River Beas valley, it draws in tens of thousands of vacationists every year. The scenic landscape comprising dense pine and deodar forests, snow-clad mountains, picturesque meadows, cascades and plains attracts explorers and nature lovers alike. Also, the antique temples and Tibetan monasteries welcome spiritual adherents.
Chitkul is a scanty yet charming hamlet and is reasonably the last occupied village near the Indo-China border. Though it doesn't offer any cafes or shops like other tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh, however, its beautiful landscape enveloping verdant vegetation, snow-covered mountains and apple farms, and quiet vibe make it a perfect place for those looking to be at one with nature - in harmony and silence. Of particular interest is its colonial houses, complete with slate or wooden roofs, and a temple that houses a 400-year-old deity of the local village.
3. Bir Billing
Bir Billing is well-known to be the destination for paragliding in India. Therefore it is far-famed as the 'Paragliding Capital of India'. Despite its tiny size, Bir Billing boasts spectacular landscape and wholesome weather year-round, attracting millions of backpackers and thrillseekers from across the globe, every year. Bir Billing offers scenic sights of the surging beauty of the Himalayan mountain ranges.
Though Dalhousie is a year-round vacation destination; however, it seems all the more stunning during winter, as the entire hill town is enveloped in a white sheet. Home to many remarkable peaks, cascading cascades, pools and tall pine and oak trees, adventure fanatics love to come to Dalhousie to indulge in some thrilling outdoor activities, like trekking, canoeing, river rafting, camping and kayaking. Also, the tranquil atmosphere lure honeymooners and peace-seekers alike.
Khajjiar is a tiny paradise located amidst the verdant meadows, dense deodar woodlands, and the snow-clad mountains. Far-famed as 'Mini Switzerland of India', sightseers can witness its impressive scenery, get up-close with the fascinating wildlife at the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, and partake in stimulating outdoor activities, such as zorbing, forest trekking, paragliding and horse riding by the Khajjiar Lake. Also, a must-visit attraction here is the 13th-century Khaji Nag temple; dedicated to Lord of Serpents (Khaji Nag), this age-old temple survives out with its exquisite architecture, which is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles.
Kasol is a rustic hamlet located on the banks of Parvati River, and it is often referred to as the 'Israel of India'. Quaint and laidback, Kasol is one of the most visited destinations in India. The striking landscape of verdant valleys, snow-capped mountains, scenic cascades and untrailed trekking routes makes it a Valhalla for nature lovers. While the excess of roomy cafes, budget-friendly accommodations and carefree vibe make it an excellent spot for backpackers and hippies.
Shimla a.k.a Queen of Hills is a splendid colonial hill station, where scenic views will greet you at every nook. Shimla is an excellent place to explore, as it is home to some of the best colonial-era structures, including the Town Hall, Viceregal Lodge, and Gaiety Theatre, to name a few. The city's position at the foothills of the Himalayas amidst the luxuriant greenery and snow-clad ranges makes it an ideal place for trekking and other open-air activities. The glamour of Shimla grows manifold when the cold season sets in - the entire city gets wrapped in the snow; a sight to treasure!
Located at an altitude of 1,900 m, Kasauli is a small colonial town. The city has little in terms of urban dwellings, trade and people. However, that's precisely where its merit and appeal lies - its pure air, calm and serene vibe and a wealth of natural bounty is what draws travellers. The places you can visit include the Christ Church, Baptist Church, Monkey Point, Kasauli Brewery, Kasauli Club and Nahri temple.
Nestled amid Kangra Valley, Dharamshala fancies one of the best weather in Himachal Pradesh. Encircled by snow-clad peaks of Dhauladhar mountains and rich pine and deodar woodlands, the town is packed with artistic and architectural displays, along with a significant number of eateries, cafes and shops provisioning to its large Tibetan and multicultural Indian communities. Its neighbourhoods, such as Mcleod Ganj, Sindhbari, Dharamkot, Ramnagar and Naddi, are worth traversing. Also, with plenty of trekking trails, cascades and picturesque valleys, the town attracts adventurers from across the world.
10. Spiti Valley
Nestled up in the cold desert mountains, at an elevation of 3,810 m above sea level, Spiti Valley is a massive stretch of barren rustic land. Despite the fact it is relatively secluded, many spiritual and adventure travellers are increasingly making their way to Spiti to traverse its many Buddhist sanctuaries spread across the area, and indulge in exciting activities, respectively. Some of the popular outdoor activities are mountain biking, whitewater rafting, trekking, and wildlife spotting. Also, it is environed by numerous high-altitude hamlets, like Kaza, Tabo, Kibber, Dhankar, Langza and Komic, which can also be traversed on your trip to Spiti.