Himachal Pradesh – Your Quick Holiday Travel Guide

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Snow resides in the Himalayas, which means abode of snow, while the Himalayas themselves reside in Himachal Pradesh, which means state of snow. With Kashmir above and Uttarakhand below, the state offers the best of the mighty Himalayas. Personally, I think the Himalayas were the most beautiful accident to ever happen. We’re lucky to be so close to the Himalayas. Are you planning for a trip to the mighty snow abode? If so, we have a guide for you, comprising the main cities in Himachal Pradesh, the things to do there and the places to stay at. Enjoy!


Things to do:
The state capital attracts plenty of tourists thanks to its charming colonial architecture, pedestrian-friendly Mall Road and beautiful churches. One can also shop at Lakkar Bazaar or visit the ridge of Shimla. Right outside Shimla is Kufri, which has the highest go-kart track in the world. Embrace the beauty of Green Valley and capture a panoramic view of the majestic nature from Kiala forest.

Places to stay:
When you stay at The Corner House, we must warn you – you should be prepared to welcome another guest – the clouds, which float into this home and make for delightful companions during your stay. This luxurious villa is set amidst a pine forest, and is designed with windows such that the view never quite leaves you. If you’re looking for a quaint heritage cottage, Northwood Cottage will take you back in time. Built in 1916, the retreat is set amidst deodar trees, and consists of vintage furnishings, artifacts and décor. The stone exteriors and lattice windows, coupled with a homely inside and a cozy attic, make Northwood the setting for an Enid Blyton adventure.


Things to do:
The only problem with Manali is that it has gotten too crowded over the years. Even then, since it is such an expansive area, you are likely to find peaceful spots around. Rafting in the Beas river is amazing, while trekking to Bhrigu Lake is another worthy experience. Apart from trekking, you can also try out more hardcore adventure activities like paragliding, skiing and mountain biking.

Places to stay:
Nestled among apple orchards with stunning views of the Himalayas, The Kathguni House overlooks the Beas River. It is a homage to the traditional architectural style of the region, with the interiors housing every modern comfort. Another one amongst the orchards is Exotica Manali, which is something of a paradise. Its architecture is old school, as is its charm. Made of wood and stone, the quaint home boasts of 9 bedrooms. Then there’s Jodhpur House which is picturesquely nestled 1000 meters above the colourful streets of Manali. It boasts a vantage point overlooking the snow-capped Pir Panjal mountains in the front and the towering lush green Dolhadhars as its backyard.


Things to do:
Apart from Manali, Naggar is the best place to experience the beautiful Beas river. Famously known for Naggar castle, this quaint place offers many activities to indulge in, including trekking, fishing and shopping. Places like the Uruswati Himalayan Folk Art Museum and Dagpo Shedrupling Monastery are also worth a visit.

Places to stay:
The homely homestay of Lily Dale is as peaceful as it gets, thanks to its perfect location. With abundant views of mountains on offer, there is a good variety of trails for you to explore nearby. Enjoy the music system while playing games like carrom, cards and Tabula. Discover the true sense of vintage royalty at Kang Estate. It offers a hilly retreat with a massive outdoor deck, a beautiful facade, views that overlook the Deodar forest and much more! Start every morning with a picture perfect view of the valley and the gushing Jana fall which makes for a calming background score. As the sun starts to set and the winds get chilly, gather around the bonfire or fireplace and enjoy a hearty barbecue spread of Himachali cuisine!


Things to do:
Not too far from Shimla, Kasauli is a great alternative to the same. Even as a small, quiet town, there are enough things to do in Kasauli. Monkey Point tops not just every Kasauli list, but also the town itself – the Hanuman Temple there sits right at the top, making it the highest point of the town. The town offers lovely walks in and around itself, and one such trail is Gilbert Trail. It may be a short walk, but it takes you through the best views of the valley, and if it’s not enough, you can visit Sunrise Point and Sunset Point which are nearby. Aged at nearly two centuries, the Kasauli Brewery is the oldest distillery in Asia, let alone India. It has played an important role in the production of malt whisky, becoming a competitor not only nationally but also globally.

Places to stay:
If you like the idea of being tucked away in a peaceful spot with a view of a lush pine forest while still being well connected to a city, Vaanya Villa is perfect for you. All its bedrooms offer the luxury of ample natural light, while the balcony and terrace are the best spots to savour the mountain views from. The location of Misty Mountains Cottage allows one to have stunning views of the mountains and valleys. The cosy home has a library, pool table, wood-fired oven, fireplace, heaters and board games so you have enough to do indoors in case it’s too cold for you to step out. Located amidst nature, Shanti Aalayam offers scenic views through its French-style windows and balconies. No home in the hills feels like one without being able to rejoice in a bonfire and barbecue. The living room, equipped with a heater, makes for the perfect spot for family time.


Things to do:
After Manali and Kasol got too popular, Chail makes for a good, off-beat option in the state. Not too far from Shimla and home to the highest cricket field on the planet, Chail also offers great treks for beginners. If you’re in the mood for camping, Chail makes for an ideal spot.

Places to stay:
A magnificent house in the hills, surrounded by pine and deodar trees, Eden House resonates peaceful luxury. The organic, farm fresh, gourmet food here will give you a unique culinary experience. Walk around the fruit plantation, vegetable and herb garden, feed the cows, enjoy picturesque sunsets from your room, meditate in a man-made cave, relish the tasteful, luxurious interiors, and bask in the lap of nature while being pampered with pure peace.

Make sure you check out the room listings for the properties above, in case you’re looking to travel in smaller groups. Himachal Pradesh offers something for everyone, which is why it’s great for families, couples, and even solo travellers. Please check the office tourism website as you plan your trip. If you wish to head there this month or so, you should check the weather forecast, since roads are often shut if winter gets too rough. Stay smart, stay safe!

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