Himachal Pradesh offers some of the most splendid vacations in India. There are a plethora of things to do in Himachal Pradesh that includes exploring hill stations, stay at quaint villages, trekking, mountaineering, paragliding, skiing to river rafting. A joyride on the Toy Train from Kalka to Shimla, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is definitely not to be missed.
Whether you plan your holiday in Himachal with family friends or for honeymoon, check out the list of things you can partake in to make your vacations memorable!
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Enjoy Trekking to your heart’s content
A splendid vacation in Himachal Pradesh begins by trying something adventurous. Trekking is Himachal Pradesh is the best way to explore the bliss of the Himalayas. Test your lungs, limbs, will-power, and just start walking! Explore beautiful trails through the deep dark woods, beautiful hamlets and picturesque valleys. Every step you move, takes to you a different world altogether.
Best Places for Trekking in Himachal Pradesh
Great Himalayan National Park
Pir Panjal Ranges
Beas Kund Trek
Best Time for Trekking in Himachal Pradesh
Summer starts from May and ends in June whereas winter starts from November and end till February. Thus, both Summer and winter time is the best for trekking in HP.
Come across incredible Waterfalls
The mighty mountains are blessed with pretty secrets, the breathtaking waterfalls in Himachal Pradesh being one of them. The whimsical sound of falling water sounds pleasing to ears. One of the best things to do in Himachal Pradesh is exploring these wonderful waterfalls that provide tranquility to soul and mind. Though truly stunning, incredible and spectacular, beauty is not only the factor, some of the waterfalls hold religious importance as well.
Best Waterfalls in Himachal Pradesh
The Jana Falls
Best Time to visit waterfalls in Himachal Pradesh
July to October is the monsoon season in Himachal and best time to visit the waterfalls. Water level increases during this time and gives a new life to the cascades.
Contemplate by the Lakes
Lakes in Himachal Pradesh must not be missed on your holiday. Tucked up amidst charming environment with clouds flying over and enfolded by mountains, the lakes offer a visual retreat, one of the best places to visit in Himachal. Spending some time in solace or camping in close proximity is a good idea. Soak-in the beauty and charisma of these lakes and don’t forget to get photo zoned. Besides having the crystal clear water, the lakes are considered pious as the water in them possess healing properties.
Popular Lakes in Himachal Pradesh
Maharana Pratap Sagar
Best time to visit the Lakes in Himachal Pradesh
May to October is the best time to visit the Lakes in Himachal Pradesh.
Try your hands at Adventure Sports
Himachal is a hub of adventure sports in India. Think of thrill and you have options of mountaineering, ice skating, paragliding, rafting, climbing, skiing etc. to choose from. An exciting confluence of glaciers, gushing rivers, and interlocking mountain chains lure adventure aficionados from every nook and corner. Thrill seekers find immense pleasure here. Just select an activity and be bold to delight in it to the fullest. Dare to try any of the adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh?
Popular adventure sports to try in Himachal Pradesh
River rafting in Chamba, Kullu, Shimla, Spiti and Lahaul
Water sports at Maharana Pratap Sagar, Gobind Sagar, Dalhousie
Mountain Cycling at Una, Kangra, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Lahaul, Kinnaur,Spiti
Para Gliding in Bir-Billing, Bilaspur, Kullu, Manali
Ice Skating in Shimla
Skiing in Shimla
Heli Skiing at Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, Rohtang Pass and Chandrakhani
Zorbing at Solang
Best time to enjoy adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh
March to June is the best time to go for adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh.
Enjoy a Wildlife safari
The Land of Snow is a treasure trove of wildlife. The 2 national parks and 32 wildlife sanctuaries proffer endless options to wildlife enthusiasts for wildlife safari in Himachal Pradesh. The astounding eco system cater nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Experience the saga of wilderness and walk around the popular wildlife destinations in Himachal Pradesh exploring the rare animals in their natural habitat, gushing streams and gentle slopes.
Best places to enjoy Wildlife Safari in Himachal Pradesh
The Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Pin Valley National Park
Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary
Maharana Pratap Wildlife Sanctuary
Best Time to go for Wildlife Safari in Himachal Pradesh
March to October is the best time to go for wildlife safari in Himachal Pradesh.
Witness a Tibetan opera in Dharamshala
What could be better than being a part of the Tibetan celebration while sitting in India? The Tibetan Opera or the Lhamo casts a spell on spectators by efficiently showcasing the ancient Buddhist folklores and historical events. The six hours drama takes you on a virtual tour to sneak peek into the lives of prominent personalities. Attending the colorful gala is surely one of the best things do in Himachal Pradesh. Novice and experienced dancers of The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts overwhelm with beautiful performances. Earlier, the new Opera Company employed them and entertained the Tibetan Refugee Camps. The performances were reminder of home for refugees.
Where to see the Tibetan Opera?
The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamshala is the place to be at for witnessing the Tibetan Opera.
Best Time to witness Tibetan Opera in Dharamshala
The Tibetan Opera Festivals is held usually in the month of March.
Soar high in the skies at Bir Billing
Let your flying dreams come true! Revel in paragliding and navigate through striking sites from Bir Billing. The quaint village hosted the first ever World Cup of the paragliding in 2005. Since then it is one of the best places to visit in Himachal. Spread your wings and soar high in the sky. The fun of having a bird’s eye view of the world is next to none. Feel the adrenalin rush through your veins and start flying in the air.
Best destinations for Paragliding in Himachal Pradesh
Best Time for Paragliding in Bir Billing
Due to better thermals, March to June and October – November is the best time for Paragliding in Bir Billing.
Battle the rapids at Kullu Valley
Come summer and Kullu greets tourists by providing excellent rafting opportunities. Battling the rapids of Himalayan Rivers is the superb way of escaping the heat. Raft down a pristine river and bask in the scenic views of the Himachal. The staircase rapids challenge the spirit and body of the river runner in you. The exhilarating activity is open for all from beginners to professionals. Buck up for a thrilling experience while routing your raft, as this is one voyage which is all about teamwork. The amazing feeling of achievement of successfully completing the rafting expedition speak volumes about the wonderful journey. This is what makes it one of the best things to do in Manali.
Best Places to Visit in Kullu Valley for river rafting
Best Time for River Rafting in Kullu Valley
Pleasant and sunny weather, azure sky, emerald green valley and orchards in the months of April to June team up to make a favorable scenario for river rafting in Kullu Valley.
Seek blessings at religious places
Introspect your enigmatic and spiritual side by seeking blessings at the most visited pilgrimage sites in Himachal Pradesh. The aura at celestial land makes you believe in the Dharma, Karma and forgiveness to be the three main maxims of life. Further, the state is renowned for its serene monasteries and enchanting temples. Right from Christian churches to Hindu shrines, from Buddhist monasteries to Gurudwaras in Himachal Pradesh, all delineate the religious aspect. The rendezvous with the almighty leads to utter peace of mind and mental strength.
Most visited pilgrimage sites in Himachal Pradesh
Chamunda Devi Temple
Kangra Devi Temple
Jwala Ji Temple
Naina Devi Temple
Kalika Devi Temple
Mansa Devi Temple
Baba Balak Nath Temple
Bijli Mahadev Temple
Rewalsar Sahib Gurudwara
Gurudwara Paonta Sahib
Best Time for visiting pilgrimage sites in Himachal Pradesh
October to June is the best time to visit Himachal Pradesh. However, the pleasant weather during March to June is apt for a pilgrimage tour.
Set up a “snow-camp” at Mashobra
If merely imagining about setting up a ‘snow-camp’ at Mashobra can run chills down your spine, then what about experiencing it? Cherish the best memories cuddled up in the blanket and sipping the hot tea. The thought of dancing along with your friends or loved one around the campfire with snow all around will surely excite you. Rugged mountainous terrain, idyllic setting, pleasant weather and charming snowfall pave the path for the trekking lovers and voyagers to practice Camping in Mashobra.
Best places for camping at Himachal Pradesh
Best Time for Camping at Mashobra
Best time for camping in Mashobra is from April to middle of June and from the middle of September to the first half of October.
Bike past the landscape of Spiti Valley
Boost your stamina and show extreme levels of fitness as you are about to bike-past the breathtaking landscapes of the Spiti Valley. Travel through the strenuous bike routes and let the sojourn leave an imprint on your soul. The rich cultural heritage, isolated location and spiritual prosperity attracts hardcore travelers who seek for some adventure while travelling. The charisma and buildup of the area is better experienced than said in words. Riding through the Kunzum Pass is an achievement in itself.
Best Places for Biking in Spiti Valley
Best Time for Biking in Spiti Valley
Mid-May to Mid-October is the best time to visit Spiti Valley for a biking tour as the roads are not blocked with heavy snow during this time.
Best time to visit Himachal Pradesh
October to June is the best time to visit Himachal Pradesh.
How to reach Himachal Pradesh?
By Air – Kullu Airport (23 km)
By Train – Kalka (90 km)
By Road – Himachal Pradesh is connected to all major states and cities via cities. However, Chandigarh is the nearby city (117 km).
The tickets are booked, the bags are packed and you're raring to go. You're thinking, nothing can come between you and your travels. Except may be not knowing how to behave like a local in the places you're visiting. Behaving like a local doesn't mean you end up looking like them but it does entail brushing up on a little etiquette before you head out. The things you consider to be most banal in your hometown could be really offensive on the other side of the world. So, here's a little guide straight from locals across the globe that will help you chart your journey better.
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Here's a little guide straight from locals across the globe that will help you chart your journey better.
You've been warned.
Don't wish someone a 'happy birthday' before it's their birthday because according to local superstition, something bad can likely happen (like dying). Also the Nazi salute here is a big no.
It's okay if you ingest some of the residue from your cup of tea if you're in India. But in Turkey it's usually frowned upon and apparently something of a joke among waiters serving at more touristy places there.
Kissing in public is possibly the worst thing you could do in Dubai, probably not as bad as having sex before marriage anywhere in UAE though. Also electronic cigarettes are banned in the UAE, so no point pretending they're better once you're there.
This much you may have gauged from movies based on the country but they usually like to keep the outside, outside (read: shoes). Meaning, the next time you're invited to a local's home, leave the shoes outside. Also because you're sort of expected to. Don't be lazy either - make sure you have a clean pair of socks on.
You could be jailed for clapping in the public in Belarus. It was in 2011 that not clapping became one of the ways in which citizens there protested against the president.
Don't make the 'O.K.' hand gesture in Brazil because turns out, it's not as universal a hand sign as you may have thought. In Brazil it has a more offensive meaning. So, not okay.
Like with India, China's society instills a sense of respect for the elderly. When here, don't be in a rush and don't exit a room before a person older than you. In fact, you're expected to hold the door for them. Also, don't bring up Tibet. And speaking of how Indians love their tea, don't ask for milk for your cuppa here - it's insulting.
I know right. Jamaican music is already playing in your head as you relax and think a giant doobie will be perfect right about now. Not in Jamaica it isn't. In fact, it's illegal.
Given the political stickiness in the region, joking about a bomb on the plane or just security in general could land you in thick, hot soup.
Here, when giving someone a bouquet make sure the flowers are even in number. Bouquets with an odd number of flowers is meant for the dead. So unless you're sending someone a message, don't do it. Additionally, that original Russian vodka, it's meant to be finished in one gulp otherwise it's just plain rude.
The Irish are so jovial and friendly, they may take offence if you keep refusing to have a cup of coffee or tea. It's best to say yes to at least one because things can get touchy. Also, here, the Isle is not part of the British Islands. At least not until your tea is finished.
The 'rock on' hand gesture here is insulting. It's like you telling someone their wife is cheating on them. Also Italians may be as loud as Indians and all about family etc., but eating with hands here is considered rude.
If there’s one thing that all Indians love to do, it has to be travelling and if it’s for cheap, even better. The weather to vacay will be back in a few months and it’s time you start planning your next getaway. If you are looking for places outside India to visit this summer vacation, you came to the right place at the right time. Before it’s too late, and all bookings are full, check out these 11 International places you can travel to this year. We are happy to help.
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A List Of 11 International Places Trips From India.
Nepal, India’s neighbouring country, is cheaper than any other international place on the map and believe us, it’s worth it. It has visa on arrival and is perfect for a short getaway during summer. With multiple adventure sports, tons of mountain views and some amazing heritage sites, Nepal is one place you should definitely not miss.
This Southeastern country in Asia is a beautiful blend of pop culture and traditional charm. If you love beaches, Malaysia is where you need to be. It’s the city of rainforests too. With a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences, this country has a variety of options for you to explore. Of course, you need to visit Malaysia for the famous Petronas Twin Towers too.
If you’re a party person, Thailand is the place for you. Cities like Phuket and Bangkok have a lot to offer in terms of clubbing and food. The country also has tropical beaches, temples, and palaces for you to explore. Thailand is also known for its amazing spas. The shops, houses and markets call out to shopaholics and if you are one, you know exactly where to pack your bags for.
The Maldives is an island country rich in spectacular beaches, sea views and coral islands. From picturesque landscapes to a tempting variety of international cuisines, you gotta head to the Maldives for all things awesome. After all, we all need some vitamin sea every now and then, right?
Another country in Southeast Asia, the best time to visit Cambodia is April - June. Unlike the beaches in Thailand, buzzing with life, the beaches at Cambodia are quiet and untouched. If you are someone who likes to spend time in peace, Cambodia is where you need to be. Cambodia is also the home to the largest monument ever built – Angkor Wat – and it’s a must visit.!
Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise; however, there’s a lot more that this country has to offer. It’sthe perfect place for a family tripwith museums, temples, parks and even natural reserves for you to explore. Hong Kong is also home to Disneyland, which needs no introduction. If you are all about Disney fandom, you have to visit this country.
Egypt is best known for its pyramids. It has movie-like, larger than life, locations and damn, it’s one of the cheapest international destinations from India. You will find Egyptian cuisine, quite similar to what we eat in India, Egypt has some great kebabs, koftas, and even shawarmas. So don’t wait and get your bookings done, now.
Vietnam has a fascinating history and it’s one place that has to be on your travel list. The breathtaking landscape, the beautiful islands and the oh-so-amazing food, will make you fall in love with this country. The city is quite affordable and they have the best coffee in this world. So if you are a coffee lover, you have to pack your bags for Vietnam.
A city that’ll fit your budget and is worth every buck you’ll spend has to be Myanmar. This country has beautiful Buddhist monasteries, hot air balloon rides and some amazing beaches. The locals are extremely friendly and you’ll have a fun time exploring the country on-foot for short distances.
If you’re a foodie, you have to visit Turkey. With Middle Eastern, European and Asian influences, the shawarmas, soup, kebabs, pizza, stews and breads are to die for. Turkey’s cultural heritage will leave you spellbound. The great bazaars of Turkey are extravagant, and a perfect place to shop. If you visit Turkey, we can guarantee you, it’ll be value for money. So, get ready to book your tickets now.
Mauritius has some of the best water sports and you can witness marine life like nowhere else. A few parts of Mauritius are known for dolphin spotting and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you shouldn’t miss. The beaches in Mauritius are to die for
Love traveling and hate packing! Or maybe you’re a spontaneous traveler, ready to leave at a moment’s notice but you end up leaving something important behind? We have here a list of things to make your travel fuss free.
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We have here a list of things to make your travel fuss free:
1. Scarf it safe!
The scarf purse comes with a discreet pocket that enables you to enjoy your vacation hands-free without having to compromise on carrying essentials. It’s finally time to bid adieu to fanny packs. This scarf purse is a must for all those adventurers; keep your passport, cell phone and money safe without having to carry a sling bag. The scarf is the least likely item to get stolen and it’ll also protect you from harsh weather. If the options available online don't suit your taste or if you find them expensive, go ahead and make your own scarves with the help of a trusted tailor!
2. Roll with it!
Rolling clothes instead of folding them is a better packing trick because it enables you to add more to your bag/suitcase and is comparatively lesser prone to wrinkles than folded clothes. Rolling your clothes in tissue paper also reduces creases. But whether you’re rolling or folding, the mantra is to NOT pack more than you need. Try reducing on carrying a number of footwear by packing comfortable walking shoes/flats in a neutral block colour that might go with all your outfits.
3. Nothing but the bag on your back!
Invest in a good backpack rather than a suitcase because it’ll give you the ease of carrying around everything you need on your back! Wheeled luggage is always an option, but not if you need to lug your bags up or downstairs or on gravel roads. Backpacks also take your adventure quotient up a notch and makes you less of a tourist and more of a traveler! Any adventure store will be able to guide you on backpacks suitable for the body built and type.
4. Map your way!
Always carry a hard copy of a map of the city you're going to, save your phone charge and internet costs for when you really need it! Besides, finding your way with the help of a map helps you immerse yourself in a new place, rather than blindly following the GPS on your phone. Carry a pen and paper to write down important contact numbers or addresses for times when technology fails you. (And we assure you, sometimes it does!)
5. Shampoo bars
Can never remember what amount of liquid is allowed on airplanes? Try looking for shampoo bars and soap bars online. Leaky bottles and ruined clothes will no longer dampen your trip. Or better yet, try purchasing small bottles when you’ve reached your destination!
6. Chapstick to get you out of a sticky situation!
Nothing ruins a trip more than losing your items or having them stolen. (And more often than not, Murphy’s law will take care of your wallet or phone.)Keep some emergency cash in an emptied-out chapstick container or plastic or metal chewing gum containers.
7. No need to miss your junk
Can’t do without your junk jewellery while traveling?Well here’s just the trick for you! String your necklaces through a straw to avoid getting them tangled and use pill boxes to keep your earrings organized.
8. Blog Buddies
Join a travel forum or follow a travel blogger to get real time updates, tips and reviews on the places you’re visiting. There really is no better way to plan your trip than asking someone who’s recently been there; and more importantly, they’ll be able to connect you with people who can help you scout the best places for local food and events; only makes your trip that much better!
9. Stuck in the dark?
Use a plastic container such as an empty water bottle or jerry can to instantly brighten up your surroundings. Place your phone flashlight or any other small flashlight in a dry plastic container to make it brighter. Perfect for those dark dingy restrooms while on a road trip or for when you’re camping.
10. Be aware of local laws
Be respectful of the places you’re visiting and ensure you're not violating any social norms or laws, which is a sure way to ruin your trip. Also try and learn few phrases in the local language to help navigate your experience.
11. Instant Phone speakers
Think you’ve found the perfect sunset or sunrise to enjoy your favourite song with your friends but you’re phone speakers aren’t loud enough? We have just the trick! Place your phone in a glass to amplify the sound. Instant speakers on the go!