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Best Tourist Spots in Himachal Pradesh

Situated within the western Himalayas at elevations ranging above 1,148-feet, the economy of this mountainous state largely depends on hydro-electric power, tourism and agriculture. With over 66 percent of the state areas falling under the legally defined forest cover, the pristine natural beauty of this state is an open invitation for tourism. Offering a whole lot of adventure tourism activities including angling, ice-skating, paragliding, golf, trekking, rock-climbing, and white-water river-sports, this landlocked state of Himachal Pradesh is a prime Indian tourism attraction along the Himalayan belt.

Top Tourist Attractions in Himachal Pradesh


Heritage Sites: The popular mountainous Kalka-Shimla Railway tour is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site at Shimla. Dharamshala is home to several heritage monuments including the ancient Buddhist monasteries.

Eco Tourism: The valley regions of Spiti, Lahaul, Kinnaur and other nature trails are drawn into the eco-tourism chart of the state of Himachal Pradesh. A major component in this chain is the efforts put by regional tribal communities to enable the preserving of these areas.

Wildlife Attractions: An integral part of the state culture, Himachal Pradesh is home to an exquisite wildlife within its parks including the Simbalbara, Chail, Churdhar, Kanawar and Maharana Pratap Sagar sanctuaries and the Pin Valley and the Great Himalayan National Park.

Hill Stations: Picturesque hill-stations of Himachal Pradesh within the foothills of Himalayas include Dalhousie, Shimla, Hamirpur, Chamba, Manali, Kullu, Solan, Paonta Sahib, Spiti Valley, Lahaul Valley, Kinnaur, Palampur, Dharamshala, Kangra and many more.

Pilgrimage Centers: Dominated by the Hindu culture and temples, some of the prominent pilgrim sites include the Baijnath Temple, Jwalamukhi and Laxminarayan Temples, the Paonta Sahib Gurudwara, and the Tabo and Kye monasteries.

Top Cities in Himachal Pradesh


Shimla – This state capital is a famous hill station within the Himalayan belt. With pleasant summers, cold and snowy winters, it is tranquil and naturally beautiful at an elevation of 7,234-feet above mean sea level.

Manali – Located near the northern end of the Kullu valley, Manali is a popular adventure sporting destination and an important hill-station opening an ancient trade route to Ladakh.

Chamba – It is an ancient town situated on the banks of Ravi River, and is home to a large number of temples and palaces. Noted for arts, crafts and textiles, it hosts two popular religious fairs.

Dharamshala – Formerly known as ‘Bhagsu’, this headquarters of the Kangra District is now home to Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, and several other Buddhist monasteries.

Travel & Lodging:


Very well connected through air, rail and roadways, the cities and hill-stations of Himachal Pradesh are approachable from all directions. It maintains a highly developed tourism related network, inclusive of facilities and accommodations around all popular hill-stations. Kangra, Kullu-Manali, Dharamshala and Shimla boast of airports with regional flights.