Situated in the northern part of India, Himachal Pradesh is home to snow-clad mountains and pristine valleys. The name itself means “Abode of Snow”. A perfect retreat from the hustle bustle of city life, Himachal Pradesh is a favourite tourist destination. Let us take a look at five of the quietest, most pristine hill stations of Himachal Pradesh:
- Kasol - Located 42 kms away from Bhuntar airport, Kasol is a small village stretched along the banks of River Parvati. Far from the madding crowd, Kasol is hemmed in by snow-capped mountains and speckled with gurgling brooks. For hikers, it is a must-visit destination as they can go trekking to Yanker Pass, Sar Pass, Kheerganga, and Pin Parbati Pass.
- Shoja - Located just before Bhuntar, Shoja is one of the most tranquil hamlets in the state. Reach Shoja by buses and cabs that operate from Delhi to Bhuntar. Once you reach Shoja, take a long, rambling walk under the canopy of deodars. Still undiscovered by many, it is an offbeat place that is perfect for romantic getaways.
- Solan - Easily accessible from Shimla & Chandigarh, Solan is well-connected by road and railways. Surrounded by enchanting sceneries & breath-taking waterfalls, Solan serves as an ideal destination for quiet vacations. Book a stay at the newly launched Fortune Select Forest Hill to explore the hidden gems of Solan. Discover the epic love story at the Scandal Point and then head towards Sadhu Paul to look at the mesmerising waterfalls on your way.
- Chail - Located 44 kms from Shimla & 45 kms from Solan, Chail is home to the world’s highest cricket ground. Apart from this, Chail Sanctuary is a must-visit place. The wildlife of Chail is fairly diverse and includes species such as 'red jungle fowl' and 'cheer' pheasants.
- Kufri - Located just 13 kms from Shimla, this quaint hill station turns into a skiing ground during winters. Kufri is also an ideal summer destination for tourists who throng the area to escape the scorching heat of the plains and seek comfort in its cooler climes. You can go trekking in Kufri and stop by at a tea shack for an invigorating cup of mountain herb-infused tea.
- Palampur - Well-connected to important cities of Himachal Pradesh, Palampur is easily accessible by rail and road. Palampur, the tea garden of North India, is enveloped by the magnificent Dhauladhar range on all sides. The Dhauladhar Wildlife sanctuary, an important habitat of Himalayan wildlife, is one of the best places to visit. Also, make sure to seek the blessings of Goddess Durga at the revered ‘Chamunda Devi Temple’ before you depart.
- Chamba - A quintessential valley township, Chamba is a sleepy hill station with an aura of spirituality about it. Well-connected to Pathankot railway station, Chamba can be reached from cities like Delhi, Amritsar, Jammu, Mumbai, & Kolkata. Experience spiritual bliss amidst nature at the famous ‘Laxmi Narayan Temple’ here.
These hill-stations serve as an idyllic getaway for nature-lovers who wish to break away from the rush of cities. Whether it’s trekking or skiing or a family holiday, these hill-stations are sure to meet all your vacation needs. Plan a trip to Himachal Pradesh and unwind amidst the Himalayas.