Kufri Valley is located in the Himalayan range, around 20 kilometers from Shimla, the state capital. The name Kufr comes from the Arabic word kufr, which means lake. Kufri is particularly popular among trekkers because it serves as the beginning point for various routes. The pleasant and cool climates, stunning natural beauty make Kufri a perfect summer place to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Every year in February, the Himachal Pradesh Travel and Tourism Department hosts winter sports. It is a well-known tourist destination. The skiing competition is the festival's main attraction. The best time to visit Kufri is from March to November.
The renowned Green Valley of Kufri is laced with charming pine trees and deodar. Treat your eyes to the lush green blanket of several plantations and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Find yaks grazing the field. Charming Himachal Pradesh packages have Kufri as an inclusion along with Fagu Valley and Mahasu Peak. These Peaks are accessible via a pony ride. It also has the highest go-karting track in the world.
Jakhoo Hill and Temple
Jakhu Hill is one of the highest Peaks of Shimla. It is famous for the Jakhu Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. You will notice the 33-meter high statue staring at you if you peep through the treeline near the Christ Church. As per the legends, Lord Hanuman had taken a halt here while he was on his way to search the sanjeevani root for Lord Lakshman. Jakhu Hill Temple in Himachal Pradesh retains its old-world charm and is situated away from the city. The Jakhu Temple ropeway, which takes you to the top of the mountain, can be used to get to the temple. You can also choose to hike to this temple. Be cautious of the monkeys here. There are hundreds of monkeys surrounding the temple. They usually snatch away your belongings and Prasad. Jakhu Hill should be on your list of places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh tour packages include the Viceregal Lodge as one of the historical places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. This lodge was home to the Viceroy’s from 1888 till 1946. This house was designed by Henry Irwin. It was renamed the Rashtrapati Niwas after India's independence. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, India's second president, only used it a few times a year, so it was given to the Ministry of Education. The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies was founded in this house in 1964. This Viceregal Lodge and botanical garden are built on one of the highest points in Shimla, Observatory Hill. The Britishers applied their latest technology while building this lodge. It had complex piping systems, an indoor tennis court, a room dedicated to empty suitcases, and a wine cellar. Woodwork and Burma teak embellish the interior of the residence. It follows an English Renaissance architecture style. The location of this house provides enthralling views of the region. Tourists can take a paid tour inside the house and are allowed to visit only a few rooms inside. Watch an exhibition of some rare photographs while getting briefed about the history of this place.
Rohtang Pass is at an elevation of 13, 054 feet. It is the gateway to the Spiti and Lahaul valleys in Himachal Pradesh. Rohtang valley is 53 km away from Manali and connects Spiti and Lahaul with Kullu, thus providing access to Leh. The meaning of Rohtang is a land of corpses, as several people lost their lives trying to cross this pass. It is on the Pir Panjal Mountain range. It is renowned for its scenic beauty, with views of the Lahaul valley, Peaks, glaciers, and the Chandra River. From April to October, tourists can use the pass. To travel on this highway, one must first obtain permission. The Rohtang Pass Permit online can be availed of by the Indian Army. Rohtang pass is high on the list of places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. You will also be able to enjoy sled rides, ski, etc at the Rohtang Pass – while exploring the state with your Himachal Pradesh tour package.
Hot Water Spring and best River rafting experience at Tattapani
Tattapani is a lovely area located 29 kilometers from Naldehra and 50 kilometers from Shimla. It is located on the banks of the Sutlej River at a height of 2230 feet above sea level. In the native tongue, the word means hot water. It is so named because the area is known for its hot springs. Tattapani hot water spring covers around a square km of the region. The hot water springs have high sulphur content, thus believed to be having magical curative powers for several skin diseases. It is a general belief that taking a dip in this spring water can cure fatigue and joint pain as well. To experience these hot water springs, plan your Himachal Pradesh tour packages during November and December. Pilgrims from all over India consider it; as auspicious and come to take a dip during January each year.
Apart from the therapeutic and religious importance of hot water springs, Tattapani is also renowned for its adventure activities. One can also enjoy Tattapani River rafting in the Sutlej River. The river has the apt water current to enjoy a thrilling rafting experience. Apart from Tattapani rafting, one can also enjoy a picnic or a bonfire on the riverbank. The best months to visit are September-November and March-June.
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary has it all; snowcapped mountains, myriad wildlife, deodar foliage, freshwater stream, and lush greenery. It is also known as the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary and is located in the picturesque Chamba district.
During British rule, this area was popular amongst the Chamba rulers for hunting. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1970. There are no enclosures inside it, and animals are free to move in the area.
The deep black forest cover on the hills in this sanctuary is known as Kalatop, which means black cap. Chamera reservoir and Chamba dam are only a few kilometers distant. It is a popular place to visit in Himachal Pradesh because of its unique flora and fauna. This place is a paradise for ornithologists, as it has several different aviary species like Chestnut billed thrush, Himalayan Monal, Eurasian Jay, etc. It has animals like Himalayan Black Marten, Wild cats, Serow, Barking goral, black bear, leopards, etc. It has well-laid out hiking and trekking trails that offer a nature walk with a view of the beautiful Pir Panjal Range. Plan your Himachal Pradesh Tour package from September to May to enjoy Kalatop Sanctuary.
Aptly known as mini-Switzerland of India, Khajjiar is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh. The dense cedar and deodar forests, snow-laden mountains, green grasslands dotted with quaint cottages lend them a scene similar to the Swiss countryside. Khajjiar is around 20 km from Dalhousie. It is at an altitude of 6500 feet, offering picture-perfect views. It is also known for the nine-hole golf course located amidst a beautiful landscape. Though Khajjiar town is a small hilly town, it has nature, adventure, culture, and wildlife. It is a place equally loved by nature lovers and adventurers; hence it is a must to have in your Himachal – Maharaj Tour Packages. There is a small saucer-shaped lake amidst the dense forest and meadows, known as the Khajjiar Lake. It is one of the most popular lakes in Himachal Pradesh amongst both tourists and locals. There are numerous recreational activities such as zorbing, paragliding, horseback riding. Nature lovers can soak in the surroundings and relax at the lakefront.
Gandhi Chowk Market - Tibetan Market
Gandhi Chowk Market is the vibrant and bustling street of Dalhousie. Unlike other hill stations, this town has a Gandhi Chowk instead of Mall road. Gandhi Chowk is best for shopping in Dalhousie and one of the top sights in Dalhousie. You can shop for woolen clothes, local souvenirs, and other local treasures. This Tibetan Market in Gandhi Chowk sells traditional embroidery, Kashmiri shawls, carpets, bags, and several other handicrafts. Shop for local and Tibetan items in the Tibetan Market in Himachal Pradesh.
The Thandi Sarak or the Himachal Handloom Industry is popular for the Kashmiri shawls that reflect the unique and intricate craftsmanship of the local people. The price of the products starts from INR 300 onwards. Note that the market gets crowded after 5 in the evening, so ensure that you reach early to buy all the things on the to-buy list in your Himachal Pradesh tour packages.