A little away from the capital Shimla, Chail is a beautiful hill-station in the state. A lot calmer than the capital, the place is a panorama to the Himalayan Range, Satjuj Valley, Kasauli and Shilma. The pretty city wrapped in the arms of soaring trees of deodar is home to world’s highest cricket ground at an elevation of 2,444 meters. One can indulge in adventurous activities like flying fox, rock-rappelling, tyre bridge and rope walk among others. The major attractions here are Chail Sanctuary, the cricket ground and the Chail gurudwara.
The summer capital of the state, Shimla has been a famous honeymoon destination for decades. The place is fenced by the oak trees, pines and the rhododendron trees. It is the most popular hill-station of north Indiafor its mall road, the ridge, toy train etc. The city is well-planned and has a colonial architecture. To enjoy the journey one should take a toy-train from Kalka. The scenic view during the toy-train journey is “unexplainable“. One can enjoy the snow in the region as well. This place is definitely full of romance.
Set between five hills of Potreyn, Kathalagh, Bakrota, Bhangora and Terah, Dalhousie is the land for couples. Encompassing the beauty of the nature and heavy influence of colonial architecture makes it a complete package for the newly-weds. High mountains in the backdrop and romantic restaurants by the hill side complete the setting. The famous tourist spots of the area are Kajjar Lake, Bakorta Hills, Dainkund peak and Kalatop Sanctuary. Activities have not yet got into the city and hence giving some quiet time to the love birds.
Lying in the laps of Mother Nature, Kasauli is another beautiful hill-station in the state. With trails of the British Empire and the beauty that it has, the hill town is famous among the young couples. Kasauli also holds religious significance as it is believed that Lord Hanuman touched the hill top while on his way to get the Sanjeevani booti in the epic Ramayana. The Kasuali brewery is the world’s highest brewry and distillery. The monkey point, nahari temple and Christ church are some famous tourist attraction of the town. Trekking and paragliding are also carried out here.
By the river Beas is this beautiful hill-station of Manali. Situated at high altitudes it gives you both snow and the greens in the same town. The breath taking views of the Himalayas, the roads by the river and the fairly populated town is even rich in its hospitality. The most famous destination here is the Rohtang pass which is the snow covered region of the area. The Naggar castle and the Rahala Falls also offer a fascinating view. The Hadimba temple and the Tibetan monasteries are worth a visit. A careless stroll in the mountains with your lover is magical.
‘The land of Gods’, Kinnaur is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Famous for mythical reasons and also for its enchanting beauty Kinnaur is surrounded by Zanskar, Greater Himalayas and Dhauladhar ranges and share its order with Tibet. The cold deserted slopes of the mountains and snow-clad sky-touching peaks make the place mystical and magical. The treks to the Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama leave the people mesmerised. Also an influence of both Indian and Tibetan culture is found here. An ample of Buddhist monasteries and temples give the place a divine touch.
Famous for multiple reasons Solan is another picturesque destination of Himachal. Also known as the Land of Mushrooms for growing mushrooms in large quantities it is also known as the ‘City of Red Gold’ for producing tomatoes in bulk. The snow covered peak in the background and the lush green land beneath will make you instantly fall in love with the place. Solan valley also offers activities like paragliding and during the entire session you would not even want to blink your eyes for a second, such is the charm of this place.
Chamba is an ancient town set up on the banks of River Ravi. The beautiful town is based on the successive flat terraces on the southern side of inner Himalayas, Zanskar and Dhauladar Range. Dotted with temples and monuments for the British era the place shows a variety of cityscape. Handicrafts of the Region are also famous. The Church of Scotland, Banni Mata Temple and Champavati Temple are of prime importance.
The place is popular for its heavily influenced Tibetian Culture and Buddhist Monasteries is close to Dharamshala. The place is also one of the homes for the spiritual leader Dalai Lama which makes the entire city more holistic. Mcleodganj is also a famous trekking destination in the region. The breath-taking views of the Himalayas add to the serenity of the place.
10. Lahaul and Spiti
The valleys of Lahaul and Spiti though different in character they show a beautiful face of Himachal. Reflecing Buddhist culture it is home to a number of monasteries and is trekker’s paradise. Skiing is also a popular sport in the region. Yak Safari and the fauna of the Spiti Valley are enchanting and spell binding.