Himachal Pradesh, the land of natural beauty, adventure and serenity is the perfect place to be in during the summer. A breath of fresh air, this state is home to some of the most popular hill stations as well as hidden gems tucked away from the tourist spots that only a few explore. From temples to towns steeped in folklore, from tribal villages to beautiful lakes, Himachal has it all. We list top five destinations in Himachal that are perfect for a summer holiday.
This popular hill station was founded by the British Governor-General Lord Dalhousie. Victorian-style mansions, scenic vistas, natural springs and a pleasant climate greet you here in the summer. If you are a nature-lover, it has trekking trails that offer some of the best of this hill station’s beauty. And if you are looking for a relaxing vacation, Dalhousie is perfect for that too. The best time to visit Dalhousie is between March and July.
Known for its British architecture, snow-clad peaks and thick forests, Kasauli is a small hill station in Himachal. The town has beautiful churches, apple orchards and birds that are in their natural habitat during summers. This place is apt for people looking for a do-nothing vacation, away from the hubbub of the city life. The best time to visit Kasauli is from April to November.
Perhaps the most popular destination in Himachal, Shimla is a favorite escape for families, honeymooners and solo travelers alike. This hill station may have become quite crowded and commercialised over the years but it still holds its charm and attracts thousands of tourists every summer. Shimla has a host of adventure activities, temples, places to shop and eat and sightseeing places to keep you busy. The best time to visit Shimla is between March and June.
Known as the Mini Switzerland, Khajjiar is a beautiful lush green hill station. Completely covered by green forests, it seems nature has bestowed all its bounties on Khajjiar. The Khajjiar Lake and Chamera Lake accentuate the towns charm, making it a perfect spot for picnics. The architecture in Khajjiar represents a blend of Mughal as well as Hindu architectural styles. Khajjiar tourist attractions include the Khajji Naga temple popular with the locals. It is popular for its trekking trails and for zorbing. The best time to visit Khajjiar is between the months of March and October.
Another favorite among newly-weds, the beauty of Manali is breathtaking. But this popular destination is also known for its adventure activities like trekking, river rafting, skiing and more. From Rohtang Pass to Solang Valley, Manali is a playground for adventure lovers. The quaint homestays, to its hippie culture, Manali has enthralled all kinds of tourists. Summers are the best time to explore this destination. The best time to visit Manali is between May to October.
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