State of Himachal Pradesh Off The Beaten Path

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State of Himachal Pradesh Off The Beaten Path

  • Masrur Rock-cut temples (Kangra,...

    The rock-cut temple at Masrur, Kangra is a temple complex with 15 monolithic rock-cut temples. It is a little known place situated on a hillock and is a heritage site. The unique structure of these temples dates back to 8th century and there's a peculiar aura of mystery surrounding it. The exact story behind their formation is still unknown but...

  • Jalori Pass

    The drive upto the pass is quite an uphill and tedious one,yet the pass itself is superb to view.The mountains all over, the cool temperature, and a 2km walk to a lake -- are all truly enjoyable.You have to go via Shoja village.

  • Goshaini---If this is not Bliss -- what...

    We went to a small village called Goshaini.We stayed at the Raju's Guesthouse that is situated on the banks of the river Theerthan.The river is fed by glacier water.The whole place is so scenic and unspoilt by modernisation.To this day,I have not seen a better place.The best part is ofcourse Raju's guesthouse,which truly makes your stay so...

  • Khajjiar

    Khajjir is Stutted 25 Kms from Dalhouise and 23 Kms from Chamba 1900 mts Above to Sea Lavel.Known as mini Switzerland surrounded by Devdar trees.A small picturesque saucer-shaped plateau surrounded by dense pine and deodar forests.Khajjiar is famous for the popular Khajji Naga shrine dedicated to the serpent god from which the name is believed to...

  • Bask urself in the best nature has to...

    Himachal pradesh comprises of 12 districts Bilaspur, Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kinnaur, Kullu, Lahaul & Spiti, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan and Una..and each one is better than the kangara..u can go and trek at dharamshala,take a walk around the kangara fort,visit the bhagsunag temple,the chamunda devi temple. U can have a look at the...

  • Himalayan National Park

    Situated in the Kullu valley, the Great Himalayan National Park makes a good visit. Situated in the vast area of 620 sq km, the park is full of coniferous forests, with alpine pastures and glaciers forming a beautiful background. Some of the rare species found in here are the Musk deer, Brown bear, Goral, Snow Leopard, Monal and many more. The...

  • Narkhanda

    An excellent trekking/ skiing base, Narkhanda is 65 kms from Shimla on the India Tibet road. Narkhanda is famous for its commanding view of the fertile potato and apple growing area and the dense forests. Narkhanda is a vista of hill stretching peak after peak, with snow covered Himalayas in the vicinity this small place is slightly higher than...

  • Fagu Shimla

    22 kms from Shimla is another delightful village of Fagu. Fagu offers an extensive view of the valleys around and one can experience wonderful natural warmth. The Pabbar valley nearby is the place one can visit to explore the ancient temples and the orchards of fruits and trees laden with flowers.

  • State Museum Shimla

    Overlooking the Institute of Advanced Studies and housed in a beautiful building on high ground, the Shimla State Museum was opened in 1974 and has a wonderful collection and display of around 2,000 objects. The collection includes the Kangra paintings, Pahari Paintings and sculptures in bronze and wood.

  • Kangra Art Museum

    One of the must visit site in the itinerary to Dharamshala other than the residence of the Dalai Lama is this museum. It is treasure trove of the artifacts dating back to the 5th century A.D. On display are the objects like the famous miniature paintings of Kangra, its rich craft and many other valuable items. Sculptures and pottery of the Kangra...

  • Bharmaur

    Bharmaur, 65 kms from the main town of Chamba is the home to the semi nomadic Gaddis, the shepherds of this area, and once was the capital of the rulers of this place. It remained the capital of the rulers for nearly 400 years. Today apart from the abundant natural beauty that it is surrounded with, Bharmaur is famous for its ancient temples. It is...

  • Bhuri singh Museum Chamba

    This is the fine art Museum in the State.A major attraction of the area is the Bhuri Singh museum, which is a rich store house of Chamba''s cultural heritage and an excellent and interesting collection of this region particularly the miniature paintings of Kangra and Bashali schools. Some of the murals and paintings from the Rang Mahal are seen...

  • Kasauli

    This small hill station seems to live in time warp that belongs to the 19th century. The narrow roads of Kasauli (1951m) slither up and down the hillside and offer some magnificent vistas.The upper and lower malls run through Kasauli's length and one can enjoy longs walks on it. A mixed forest of pine, oak and huge horse-chestnut encircles the...

  • Manikaran

    Manikaran is Suitied 55 Kms from Kullu and 90 Kms from Manali At 1737 m above the sea leavel, on the right bank of river Parvati. this place is famous for hot sulphur springs revered by both Hindus and Sikhs pilgrimages. Thousand, of pilgrimages have their dip in hot water. The water of the spring is also said to be radio-active which cures many...

  • Baijnath Temple

    Baijnath is situated on the main road Dharmsala/Kangra to Mandi. Baijnath is in reality the appellation of the chief temple dedicated to Siva Vaidyanatha (?Lord of Physicians?) by which the town itself has become known. The original name of the town was Kiragrama. This we learn from the two extensive Sarada inscriptions incised on stone slabs,...

  • The reason for the feast

    Once a year, people invite a God to their house to bless them and their house. In the God's honour they hold a feast. The God is bought with a lot of music and is dressed up very colourfully. They take the God to bless every room in the house and sprinkle rice and flour behind the path He takes. The cowshed is also blessed.

  • A feast in Shoja

    The women spent all day making 'roti' (Indian bread) for the 300+ people invited for the feast. The women were divided into two sections - those who made the rotis and those who cooked it. The women making the rotis would just pat them round making them bigger and put it on the big pan. It was like a factory churning out rotis...they worked non...

  • A feast for the village

    The months of August and September are usually filled with "melas" or fairs that take place in the various villages in Himachal. The house next to the hotel we stayed at prepared a feast for over 300 people - locals and relatives. The men cooked the vegetables. The celeberation went on all night and well into next morning.

  • Meadows in Shoja

    We did a hike to an old fort that lies on one of the nearby mountains. Although we spent most of our time in the clouds with very poor visibility, occasionally the clouds would scatter and give us a glimpse in to the beautiful landscape. There are trees and meadows with cows and horses grazing on them.

  • Shoja

    Shoja is a small village in Himachal Pradesh. It is somewhere between Shimla and Kullu. It is a tiny village with a very small population. It is on the hill and fabulous views of the valley below and the mountains are full of coniferous trees.

  • Blue sky

    The sky in this part is the bluest blue one sees. The height and the pollution free atmosphere makes it completely free of any haze. The blue left me constantly looking up in the sky and wishing I could take it with me everywhere

  • Apples apples every where

    If you go during the apple season, one will see many orchards of apples. They do take time to ripen and as you go higher up the mountains, the later they are picked from the trees.

  • Kinnauri topis (hats from Kinnaur)

    These are hats worn by the local people of the Kinnaur region. They are distinctive in that they have a flap that is green. It is widely available in the major towns

  • A broken bridge

    The bridge that takes you to Batseri village had obviously broken at some point in time. In typical Indian ingenuity, the bridge was left slanting and somehow connected. So you climb the bridge at an angle and it does look scary with the water swirling under you.

  • Farms in the Himalayas

    Because of the height, there is a very brief period for farming in this region. There is a local grain that looks beautiful when the flowers are in bloom. They crush the seeds, grind them and then use it to make dough and bread.

  • Hiking from Batseri to Rakcham

    A good way to see the surrounding area is to take a hike from Batseri village to Rakcham village. Please take a local guide along as there are wild bears and leopards in the mountains. The hike is through the mountain and is 9 km. Make sure you rest at least a day before you on this hike as you climb up a 1000 feet. The hike is in parts going...

  • Rakcham

    Close to Sangla and in the Kinnaur valley this stands between Sangla and Chitkul. It is possible to do some hiking around the mountains but make sure you take a guide along.

  • Last village on the Indo-Tibetan border

    Chitkul is the last village tourists are allowed to go to near the Indo-Tibetan border. One can hike for another 3 km from this village upto a check post but beyond that no one is allowed. In fact the roads end at this village so if you go any further it has to be on foot. This village was opened to tourists just over a decade ago and is still...

  • Batseri village

    This is a picturesque village in Kinnaur valley. It is quite close to the Indo-Tibetan border. The nearest town is Sangla which is about 7 km away. The village is at 9000 feet above sea level and is in a valley with the Baspa river flowing by. The village seems to be covered by mountains on three sides. One stretch of mountain is rocky and look...

  • Hit the Road Jack...

    Many Tourists have over the years created a sub-culture, reminescant of a cult. They are the few who ride around India on their trusted Enfield Bullet. Enfield is Royal Enfield the british company famous for its firearms and militray motorcycles. The Enfield Bullet (as the bike is known, cool eh?) is still till date manufactured in India and has a...


State of Himachal Pradesh Hotels

  • Johnson's Lodge

    We would not have considered this place as it is out of our budget. However, after talking to the...

  • Bella Heights

    Temple Road, McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh, India

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Shingar

    Good Hotel but little expensive for me, located very near to the mall road. The rooms were well...

  • Kasauli Regency Hotel

    Village Garkhal, Kimmughat, Kasauli, 173201

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Tokyo House

    Jogiwara Road, 176219

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Apple Country Resort Manali, India

    There is this small wine shop in mall road, just at the start-point of the road to old manali, on...

  • Chonor House

    The Chonor House is perhaps the best hotel in McLeod Gang. The hotel is located very close to the...

  • Manali Inn

    The Shoponwers/keepers in Manali are shrewd crooks of the worst kind. One of them (I can't remember...

  • Udechee Huts

    Naddi PO Dal Lake, McLeod Ganj, 176216, India

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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