The North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is blessed with Nature’s bounties and an
abundance of picturesque hill stations. The beauty of this hill state has always drawn travel
enthusiasts from around the country and globe. From emerald vales to snowy peaks, from
captivating colonial architecture to the spirituality of mountain monks; from gushing streams to
Alpine forests, Himachal Pradesh has plenty to offer to tourists…If you are planning for a trip to
Himachal Pradesh this 2020, this Himachal Pradesh Travel Guide 2020 may come handy.
How to reach
● By Rail
Traveling by rail is one of the most preferred ways to travel to the state. The Kalka railway
station and the Pathankot Railway station are the two most important railheads in the state.
Narrow gauge rail lines connect Kalka to Shimla and Pathankot to Kangra. So, after traveling by
train to Kalka or Pathankot from any major railway station of the country, you can again board a
train to reach Shimla or Kangra.
● By Air
Flights to Himachal Pradesh are available from major Indian cities such as Delhi, Chandigarh,
Mumbai etc. The state has three domestic airports; i.e. the Kullu-Manali Airport, the Kangra
Airport and Shimla Airport. If you wish to travel to Himachal Pradesh by Air, you need to
check with the airport authorities for the flight schedule as there may not be regular flights to
● By Road
The well-developed road network connects Himachal Pradesh to other states. Himachal
Pradesh can be reached by buses or taxis from other important cities of North India such as
Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh, and Srinagar. Even the different hill stations within the state are
connected through road transport services.
Best time to visit
Summers (March-June) is the best time to travel to Himachal Pradesh. In the summer months,
the average daytime temperature is around 24-degree centigrade while the nighttime
temperature is around 15-degree centigrade. The weather during the summer is pleasant and
just ideal for sightseeing. Monsoons (July-August) need to be avoided as many parts of the
state become inaccessible due to landslides. If you wish to experience the surreal, snowy
beauty of the state, you may even plan to visit the state during the winter (October-March).
This travel guide of Himachal Pradesh needs to be taken into account before setting out for
your sightseeing trips. The must-visit tourist attractions of the state are:
Shimla, the state capital and one of the most crowded hill towns of the state portrays a curious
admixture of the old and the new. Colonial-era architectural relics impart the hill station with an
old-world charm. Shimla boasts of housing Asia's largest ice skating rink. The major tourist
attractions of Shimla are The Mall, Christ Church, Jakhoo Temple, Gaiety Theatre, Naldehra
Golf Course, Kali Bari Temple, and Kufri
Kullu is a sleepy hill town laid out along the banks of River Beas. Kullu is a hotspot for
passionate rafters. The hill station is captivating and rejuvenating for travelers who wish to
spend a quiet vacation far away from the maddening crowds of the city. The top attractions of
Kullu are The Great Himalayan National Park, Raghunath Temple, and Bijli Mahadev Temple.
The hilly retreat of Manali offers the perfect escapade to people who wish to unwind themselves
in the lap of Mother Nature. Adventure seekers make a beeline to Manali every year to
experience the real rush of adrenaline. The best places to visit in Manali are Hadimba Temple,
Manu Temple, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Vashist Hot Springs, Beas Kund, Jogini Falls.
Remnants of the British era are still visible in this charming hill town dotted with many significant
colonial edifices. The serenity of the place seeps deep down into your being and awakens a
sense of inner solace. The best sightseeing places in Dalhousie are Khajjiar, Panchpula,
Satdhara Falls, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Subhash Baoli, Chamunda Devi temple, Rock
This is a Buddhist spiritual paradise in the state and is home to His Highness; Dalai Lama. The
hill station is dotted with monasteries, colorful flags and traditional artworks related to
Buddhism. Some of the best attractions of Dharamshala are Namgyal Monastery, Library of
Tibetan Works and Archives, Gyuto monastery, Jwala Devi Temple, Tsuglagkhang Complex,
Dalai Lama Temple.
This dreamy hamlet evokes a sense of peace in you as you spend time communicating with the
beauteous nature. Gabled houses from the colonial era. Strolling down the Gilbert Nature Trail
will let you catch a glimpse of the scenic countryside and leave you spellbound.
7. Spiti & Lahaul
This barren cold desert cradled at an elevation of 3810 meters above the sea level is dotted with
numerous monasteries. The panoramic views it offers can calm down your inner tempest.
Putting up at a homestay is the best option to explore the local culture of Spiti.
The state offers you with plenty of accommodation options as per your budget and preferences.
From luxury resorts to budget hotels, from local homestays to backpacker's hostels, from
Dharamshala to camping sites, the state can offer you multiple choices when it comes to putting
up during your Himachal Pradesh holidays. Some of the best luxury resorts/hotels in the state
are GenX Great Himalayan Resort (Mcleodganj), Wildflower Hall (Shimla), Aamod (Dalhousie).
Some of the good budget hotels in the state are Hotel Baljees Residency (Shimla), The Tranquil
Inn (Manali), Hotel Holiday Inn (Mcleodganj). Some of the best backpacker’s hostels in the state
are Zostel (Old Manali), The Culture Nation Hostel (Kullu), Nomads Hostel (Kasol).
Himachali cuisine is well defined by the phrase ‘Pahari Khana’. It is highly nutritious, tasty and a
tad bit spicy too. During your vacation in the state of Himachal Pradesh, don’t forget to sample
some of the most authentic dishes of the state such as Madhya (a specialty of Kangra region),
Dham, Babru, Chha Gosht. If you have visited the state during the festive season, you shouldn’t
forget to sample the freshly baked, aromatic Akrotiri… Some of the most famed eateries in the
state are Fascination (Shimla), Café Shimla Times (Shimla), Dylan’s Toasted and Roasted (Old
Manali), The Chocolate Log (Mcleodganj), Nick’s Italian Kitchen (Mcleodganj).
Information about shopping in Himachal should find a place in any Himachal Pradesh Tourist
Guide because tourists love to pick souvenirs from new places they travel too. The state is
enriched by an intriguing craft culture. Some of the best items to shop at Himachal Pradesh are
traditional woolens, shawls, caps, woodwork, metalwork, painting, traditional Pahari jewelry,
Tibetan carpets, Rumals, locally made jams and pickles.
Best places to shop in Himachal Pradesh are Lower Bazaar (Shimla), Sultanpur Market (Kullu),
Tibetan Bazaar (Kullu), Mall Road Bazaar (Manali), Bhagsu Roadway bazaar (Mcleodganj).
Besides, there are numerous government emporiums where you could shop a wide range of
artifacts and traditional products at an affordable price.
Costs of Traveling
The average cost of daytime traveling in Himachal Pradesh ranges between Rs 500 and Rs
2000…for tourists who are looking for a luxurious vacation, per day expense could be as much
as Rs 15, 000. For mid-budget tourists, the average per-day expense could range between Rs
2500 and Rs 5000. For tight budget tourists, the average per-day expense could range between
Rs 300 and Rs 1000. In other words, the cost of traveling in Himachal Pradesh very much
depends on your budget and your preferences.
Before embarking on a Himachal Pradesh tour, go through this Travel Guide for Himachal
Pradesh to get a fair idea of what to expect during your vacation at Himachal Pradesh.
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