Dotted with magnificent mountains, pristine valleys, enchanting lakes and stunning sceneries, Himachal Pradesh is a haven for those stung by wanderlust. Every year thousands of bikers, trekkers, adventurers and travelers visit Himachal to explore the beautiful landscapes of the state.
While destinations like Shimla and Manali have become a hub for tourists, a number of people prefer to take the road less travelled. We bring you a list of off-beat destinations in Himachal Pradesh you simply cannot miss.
Located at an altitude of 4300 metres in Spiti valley, Chandratal is a picturesque destination for campers and trekkers. The road trip from Manali to Spiti is an adventurous drive in the challenging terrain and takes around 5-6 hours.
The last inhabited village near the Indo-China border at an elevation of 3450m, Chitkul is nestled in a beautiful valley along the Bapsa River in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
Situated at the height of 4136 meters, Dhankar is one of the most captivating and curious landmarks of Spiti Valley. The lake is a 3-4 hour trek from the village of Dhankar located between the towns of Tabo and Kaza in Himachal Pradesh.
A small town nestled in the Sutlej river valley, Kalpa in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. One can enjoy spectacular views of the Kinnaur Kailash peak from Kalpa especially during the sunrise.
The subdivisional headquarters of the remote Spiti Valley, Kaza has striking resemblance to Leh-Ladakh and Tibet in terms of terrain, climate and the Buddhist culture. The town is overlooked by high mountain ridges on all sides offering stunning views.
A high altitude lake in the Pooh sub-division of the Kinnaur district at an altitude of 3,662 metres, Nako Lake is surrounded by willow and poplar trees. One of the chief attractions of this lake is the large number of birds that flock the lake during twilight hours.
From the confluence of the Parvati river with the river Beas in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, Parvati Valley offers spectacular views and beautiful lush green landscapes. The valley is characterised by abundant alpine flowers and rocky outcrops glittering with Mica.
One of the most beautiful lakes in Himachal Pradesh, Prashar is located around 50 km from Mandi. The lake is characterized by a floating island that changes its position frequently. A three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to sage Prashar is located along the lake.
An enchanting valley along the Baspa River in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, Sangla valley is surrounded by forested slopes and views of high mountains. Besides the beautiful landscape, the valley is also known for world’s best quality apples.
One of the toughest pilgrimages in India, the Shrikhand Mahadev peak in the Kullu district is located at an altitude of 5227 metres. The legends say that Lord Shiva meditated here and the Pandavas used to visit this peak. Though only a few dare to go for this an adventurous trek, the stunning views make the effort worth it.
Situated in the laps of Dhauladhar mountains, Triund offers the perfect view of the Dhauladhar mountains on one side and kangra valley on the other. Triund trek is often preferred by travelers visiting Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.
Key Monastery, Spiti
The biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and a religious training centre for Lamas, Key Monastery is located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 metres (13,668 ft) above sea level. The Monastery has a collection of ancient murals and books, including images of Buddha. The wilderness and the unusual landscape along the Spiti River makes it one of the best off-beat destinations in Himachal.
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