The hill stations of Himachal with colonial architecture. cultural foot print and nature’s bounty are ideal for spending time with friends and family. The most popular hill stations region wise are listed below for you to choose from and explore.
Shimla, Solan, Kasauli, Nahan, Rampur, Mashobra, kufri, Chail, Naldhera
Kullu, Manali, Kasol, Naggar, Kaza, Mandi
Dharamsala, MacLeod Ganj, Palampur, Bhagsu, Bilaspur, Sarahan,
Chamba, Dalhousie, Khajjiar, Kangra, Kinnur, Kalpa, Sangla, Chitkul
National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries
Experience wildlife in Himachal that has ideal setting for nature holidays with lush and diversified environment giving an energy rush.
The best Parks and Sanctuaries are listed below
1.Great Himalayan National Park
This national park in Himachal with stunning natural beauty and conservation of biological diversity. The park has been added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2010 and represents exotic natural features with dense coniferous forests, lush green meadows strewn with variety of wild flowers carpeting the area, snow clad peaks and pristine glaciers. It is a must visit for nature lovers.
Major Attractions – Blue sheep, Snow Leopard, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan Tahr, and Musk deer
Best time to visit – Summer
2. Pin Valley National Park
The Pin Valley National Park is one of the high altitude national parks in covering an area of 1,150 sq. kms. The Pin Valley National Park stretches from an elevation of 3,500 meters to 6,000 meters and is home to the endangered Snow-Leopard.
Major Attractions : Snow Leopard, Red Fox, Marten, Weasel, Pika, Himalayan Snow Cock, Chukor, Golden Eagle, Griffon, Chough and Raven.
Best time to visit : Summer
3. Chail Wildlife Sanctaury
The Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is known for the thick forest of pine, oak trees and spectacular view of the Himachal Himalayan-scapes The Chail Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over an area of 110 sq. kms.
Major Attractions: Rhesus Macaque, Leopards, Indian Muntjac, Himalayan black bear, Wild boar, common Langur, Sambar, Black naped Hare and many more.
Best time to visit: Summer
4. Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary
This Himachal Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary is a picturesque mountain wildlife sanctuary in the Indian Himalayan region studded with charming meadows and thick deodar, oak and fir forest covering an approximate area of 31 sq. kms. It is an eye catching getaway for bird lovers.
Major Attractions: Eurasian Jay, Whitewinged Black Bird, Black Headed Jay, Chestnut Billed Rock Thrush, Grey Headed Cannery Flycatcher ,Himalayn Black Marten, Deer, Goral, Squirrel, Serow, Jackal, and Langur.
Best time to visit: Summer
Lakes of Himachal
Himachal has some of the best high altitude lakes, each lake is like jewel set amidst pristine Himalayan setting.
This sweet water lake is situated at an altitude of 4,300 meters on a barren Samudra Tapu plateau and is accessable via Kunzum pass. During the spring time a wide range of wildflowers carpet the surrounding meadows.
This is the fifth highest lake in India that is situated at an altitude of 4,883 and lies in the lap of the Bara-lacha-la Pass on the Manali-Leh Highway. The lake is source of the Bhaga River that joins the Chandrabhaga River in Himachal Pradesh and thereafter meets the Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir.
This picturesque lake is situated at an altitude of 3,690 meters and is source of the Beas River that runs through Manali. The lake can be accessed through a trek for Solang valley and the trek is considered trekkers delight due to its stunning vistas and easy gradient.
The Bhrigu Lake is situated at an elevation of 4,235 meters and is approximately 6 kilometers from Gulaba village and accessable through an easy trek. The lake is easily accessible on foot via Rohtang Pass and thus it makes for a perfect trail for both amateur and experienced trekkers. Apart from stunning landscape one gets a distant view of the Deo Tibba glacier and Sethan village.
This lake is close to Rohtang Pass, situated at an altitude of 4,270 meters. The crystal clear shimmering cobalt water is situated on the rugged and remote terrain, the lake is considered pious with curative properties. An ideal place to spend the day.
This is the most beautiful lake situated at an altitude of 2730 meters. The lake is popular because of its spectacular settings. Perched amongst stunning meadows with view of snow clad peaks it’s an absolute delight to spend night camping close to lake. The area is known for its astounding nature vistas, Shikari Devi temple, hamlet of Chindi and Kamru Nag lake.
This holy water lake is situated at an altitude of 4,080 meters in the foot of the Kailash Peak that looms at an altitude of 5,656 meters in the Pir Panjal Range. This is most popular pilgrimage sites in the Indian Himalayan region having religious importance next to that of the Manasarovar Lake in Tibet. The Manimahesh lake is accessable through trek commensing from Hadsar in Chamba region.