With its snow-capped peaks and deep river valleys, the ever-enchanting Himachal Pradesh is India’s outdoor playground. This adventure sports haven boasts of a picturesque topography of stunning mountain ranges that’s worth exploring either by bus, car, bike or even foot.
Every few hundred kilometres introduces you to a different world that has its own culture, language and deities. Centuries-old Buddhist monasteries and settlements will make you wonder whether you might have wandered into Tibet. McLeod Ganj in Dharamshala, Dalai Lama’s home away from Tibet, is also located in here.
Himachal Pradesh is dotted with countless hill stations and serves as an ideal location for travellers who simply want to unwind or rediscover themselves.
The best time to visit: April – June
Must visit places: Spiti Valley, Kinnaur, Shimla, Kullu Valley, Dalhousie, Dharamshala, Manali, Chamba Valley
Top things to do: river rafting in Manali, Heli-skiing at Hanuman Tibba, a toy train ride from Kalka to Shimla.