What does peace and happiness mean to you? If it’s traveling through the serpentine roads of the Himalayas, seeing the snow-laden mountains, velvety green hills, muddy trails, and quaint villages, then all you need right now is a list of best hill stations in Himachal. A list that includes popular tourist places in Himachal as well as offbeat and absolutely serene hills that are far from crowded till now.
Both these kinds of places have their own charm and set of visitors. While families prefer livelier places with enough attractions to plan sightseeing tours, honeymooners look for less crowded spots with decent resorts and interesting activities. Solo and group travelers often look for adventure activities and thus more adventurous places.
Go through the list to take your pick!
Lively & Popular Hill Stations In Himachal
1. Kullu – A cluster of gorgeous valleys for peace seekers
Formed by River Beas—Kullu is one of the most photogenic valleys and famous tourist places in Himachal bestowed with plush green meadows, orchards, and sparkling streams. Kullu is also adorned by many age old temples, hence rightly called the ‘valley of Gods’. This picturesque destination is famous for trekking, river rafting, and paragliding.
Major tourist attractions in Kullu: Kheer Ganga, Hot springs at Manikaran, Himalayan National Park and Temples of Raghunath and Bijli Mahadev
Best time to visit Kullu: March to June to relish the stunning luxuriant beauty and December to February to enjoy snow
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2. Kufri – An adventurous spot to get your blood pumping
Kufri is amongst the most popular tourist places in Himachal known for its romantic snowfall season. The little hill station is also a destination for adventurous snow sports like skiing. Witness the beauty of the snow-covered Himalayan Peaks and capture the most beautiful vistas through your lens.
Major tourist attractions in Kufri: Skiing and snowboarding during winter; Himalayan Wildlife Zoo; Kufri Fun World offering thrilling sports like flying fox and go karting; and Annual Winter Sports Festival organised by HPTDC.
Best time to visit Kufri: April to June and November to March
3. Barog – Home to the mysterious tunnel no 33
Barog is one of the prettiest hill stations of Himachal Pradesh located near Kasauli on the Shimla-Kalka highway. More than its scenic charm, Barog is known for its haunted tunnel no 33, built by a British engineer who died an unnatural death while constructing the railway tunnel. Due to its slightly cool and pleasant weather round the year, this place has emerged as a popular hill station of Himachal quite fast.
Major tourist attractions in Barog: Dolanji Bon Monastery and Choor Chandni Peak
Best time to visit in Barog: Round the year
4. Palampur – A town of heavenly tea gardens and tall pine trees
About 5 years ago nobody knew where Palampur was, but gradually this small hill station became quite popular amongst tourists and travelers. Palampur is a quaint and pristine hill retreat located at the foothills of Dhauladhar Ranges. The aromatic tea gardens, glittering and cascading streams, super comfortable weather, lush green pine forests and birds chirping in rhythms assure a super exotic and romantic holiday.
Major tourist attractions in Palampur: Trekking up to Kangra Fort, Dhauladhar National Park and Chamunda Devi Temple.
Best time to visit in Palampur: March to June and Mid-September to November
5. Lahaul – Mecca for mountain bikers
Lahaul is becoming increasingly popular amongst bikers and backpackers, and every backpacker should take a Lahaul-Spiti trip at least once in life. The stunningly beautiful and serene monasteries and gompas of the valley reflect a strong Tibetan culture, and the small hamlets, winding rivers and surrounding snow ranges contribute to form a rich and attractive topography. During winter months the roads to Lahaul remain completely frozen and blocked making it difficult to travel.
Major tourist attractions in Lahaul: Ki Gompa, Kunzum Pass, Dhankar Gompa and Pin Valley National Park
Best time to visit in Lahaul: May to September
Quiet & Offbeat Hill Stations In Himachal
6. Kalpa – For snow-laden mountains and apple orchards
Surrounded by lofty Kinnaur-Kailash Range, Kalpa is one of the best hill stations in Himachal. As a favourite destination for bikers, it boasts of its jaw dropping vista and stunning greenery all around. It is located 9711 feet above sea level and offers the best and most charismatic view of Kinnaur-Kailash Peak.
Major tourist attractions in Kalpa: Roghi Village, Kamru Fort, Suicide Point, Sapni Fort and Basteri
Best time to visit in Kalpa: June to September. Although these are summer months but it gets a bit chilly during evenings and nights, so don’t forget to carry light woolens.
7. Parwanoo – Yet another little town known for its surreal orchards
More than its scenic charm, Parwanoo is known for a thrilling cable car ride through the Shivalik Ranges overlooking the luxuriant valley. This exciting cable car takes you to the other side of the mountain where few luxury resorts are located.
Major tourist attractions in Parwanoo: A thrilling cable car ride, Kali Mata Temple, Fruit Orchards, Mansa Devi Temple and Gurkha Fort
Best time to visit in Parwanoo: Round the year
8. Mashobra – A town of mist covered scenic hills
Wake up to the intoxicating aura of mist in Mashobra—one of the offbeat hill stations in Himachal. Located very close to Shimla, this place is far away from crowd offering ultimate peace. This stunning hill retreat is a favourite hangout place for adventure freaks to enjoy paragliding, mountain biking, quad biking, river rafting, and camping.
Major tourist attractions in Mashobra: Mahasu Peak, Craignano, and Reserve Forest Sanctuary
Best time to visit in Mashobra: March to May. Those who are looking for snowfall can plan in January or February
9. Nahan – A picturesque town of great religious importance
Nahan, one of the lesser known but best hill stations in Himachal is a visual treat for all. The lush green meadows of Nahan are surrounded by mountains and dotted with vintage temples, gorgeous streams, lakes, and winding trails that’ll recharge your mind and body. If you’re looking for a quick trip from Delhi, then Renukaji Lake is a perfect weekend getaway in the little hill station of Nahan.
Major tourist attractions in Nahan: Renukaji Lake, Rani Tal, Paonta Sahib, Suketi Fossil Park, Churdhar Peak and Jaitak Fort
Best time to visit in Nahan: Round the year
10. Hamirpur – A mix of adventure and religion
Hamirpur is a religious little town in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh. The little town is dotted with numerous old temples that allure explorers from far and wide. It’s also a perfect place for fun-filled adventure activities like angling, rafting, and trekking.
Major tourist attractions: Sujanpura Tila, Gauri Shankar temple and Narvadeshwar temple
Best time to visit: Round the year
11. Shoja – A trekker’s delight
Close to Jalori Pass, mid-way between Kullu and Shimla, Shoja or Sojha is an absolutely splendid and striking hill station of Himachal. Famous for bird watching, overnight camping, nature trails, and trekking—Shoja offers the most spectacular views of the encircling Himalayan Ranges.
Major tourist attractions: Trekking up to Jalori Pass and Bashleo Pass, Waterfall Point, Serolsar Lake, and Raghupur Fort.
Best time to visit: July to October
12. Pabbar Valley – Your chance to trek through the untouched
Pabbar Valley is one of the most mesmerizing unexplored hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. Snuggled on the bank of Pabbar River and with a view to die for, this place is popular for trout fishing and hardcore trekking. Among many treks, Kuper Valley Trekking and Chanshal Trekking are quite famous here.
Major tourist attractions: Jubbal Palace and Hatkoti temples
Best time to visit: May to October
13. Sangla – A town known for the divine Baspa River
Sangla is a destination that charms each and every traveller and tourist. It isn’t just about the divine monasteries and magical views, it’s also an ideal hill station for activities like river crossing, fishing in Baspa River, rappelling, and camping by the river side. One of the most quiet and best places in Himachal, Sangla is also a famous yoga retreat.
Major tourist attractions: Kamru Fort, Bring Nag Temple, Baspa dam, Chitkul and apple orchards
Best time to visit: March to October
14. Shoghi – A city of temples and natural beauty
Known as ‘temple town’ of Himachal Pradesh—Shoghi boasts of innumerable heritage temples and lush green mountains. This is one of the best places in Himachal for ideal family vacations and picnics.
Major tourist attractions: Kali temple, Jakhoo Hill, Hanuman Temple and Kandaghat
Best time to visit: March to June and September to November
15. Dharamkot – Paradise for solo travelers and peace seekers
Dharamkot is an attractive and charming Hippie village perched amid Himalayan Ranges. Close to Dharmashala and Mcleodganj, it’s a relatively unexplored hill station. If you are a solo traveller seeking peace and breathtaking views, Dharamkot is your place.
It is a virgin hill station with no hotels and commercial shops. Few homestays and small cafes are the only respite.
Major tourist attractions: Galu Devi Temple, Kangra Fort and Masroor Rock Temple
Best time to visit: March to June
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16. Narkanda – Trek through the treacherous mountains
On the Hindustan Tibet road—Narkanda is one of the best places in Himachal for skiing and snowboarding. The serene ambience overwhelms travellers while the expansive meadow covered with snow becomes a perfect spot for winter sports.
Major tourist attractions: Hatu peak, Jubbar Lake and Mahamaya Temple
Best time to visit: To enjoy the pleasant weather, summer months (April to September). For ultimate winter sports, visit during winter months (December to February).
17. Tabo – An old Buddhist pilgrimage centre with untouched natural beauty
Snuggled on the bank of River Spiti, Tabo is a small town that speaks about strong imprints of Tibetan and Buddhist culture. The vintage monasteries still echo of Buddhism chants and prayers. Tabo is best covered with Spiti.
Major tourist attractions: Tabo monastery, Chogskhor monastery, Mahakala Vajra Bhairav temple and Dromton temple
Best time to visit: June to September
18. Pooh – Soothing silence and snow-covered mountains
Tucked in the beautiful landscapes of Kinnaur—Poo is one of the least heard hill stations in Himachal range. Also known as Spuwa, this place boasts of its unspoilt beauty and enchanting serenity. Anyone who’s seeking the true peace and unspoiled nature should be heading to Poo.
Major tourist attractions: Apricots, almonds and grape orchards
Best time to visit: April to October
Suggested Read: Top 8 Resorts In Himachal For A Truly Spoiling Holiday
19. Karsog – A town of heritage temples
With verdant hilly meadows, Karsog valley is one of the best hill stations in Himachal Pradesh for a visual relaxation. With no hotels, shops, commercial places and crowd—Karsog is still a quaint and one of the secret places in Himachal’s lap. Chindi is the nearest town and one can book at HPTDC resort for stay.
Major tourist attractions: Kamaksha temple, Mamleshwwar Mahadev temple and apple orchards,
Best time to visit: May to September
20. Naldehra – A little heaven for skiers
About an hour’s drive from Shimla is Naldehra—a small and glamorous hill station of Himachal amidst lush green cedar forests, expansive meadows, and breathtaking mountains. The spellbinding views and the pleasant weather make Naldehra one of the best honeymoon destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
Major tourist attractions: Naldehra Golf Course and Tattapani
Best time to visit: May to September
That’s all we have for now. We’re pretty sure that your mind has already started wandering in one of these gorgeous hill stations and you can book a tour package to Himachal anytime.
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