When talking about popular destinations in Himachal Pradesh, everyone will mention Manali, Dharamsala, Kullu, and Shimla for sure. They are so popular that today they have become very crowded. Thankfully there are plenty of hidden gems in Himachal that are more enchanting but less crowded than the popular destinations. So if you are looking for some a new destination in Himachal Pradesh, you must go through this list containing 10 unexplored destinations in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh.
Kalpa is a small and beautiful village that is located in the picturesque Kinnaur District. It is known for its amazing views of the pine forests and the majestic Kailash ranges in the background. As you enter the village the sight and smell of apple orchards will grip your senses. The sight of the blooming apple trees is much like the cherry blossoms in Japan. Another thing unique about this village is the Kinnaur Kailash Shivling, which is located at an altitude of 4800 m and is clearly visible from Kalpa. River Sutlej flows through the village, thus making it even more enchanting. The best time to visit Kalpa is during the summer months- June to September.
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Thanedar is definitely one of the best-hidden gems of Himachal Pradesh. It is a small village located just 80 KM from the capital of Shimla. Miles and miles of its apple, cherry, and strawberry farms will leave you spellbound with their blossoms and fragrance. Whether you are looking to connect with nature or just trying to get away from the stressful city life, Thanedar is the perfect destination. It has plenty of short treks that will help you connect with nature. The tranquility of this place and lush green surroundings will make you want to camp here forever. The best time to visit would be in the month of April, May, June, and October.
Located on the banks of River Baspa, Sangla Valley is one of the most serene valleys in Himachal Pradesh. Sangla is different from the regular tourist hubs often advertised by Shimla tour packages or Himachal tour packages in that it is a sparsely populated area and plus it is not crowded by visitors. It is a picture-perfect postcard place that is dotted with apple and cherry trees, surrounded by snowcapped mountains, carpeted by lush green meadows, and covered by evergreen forests. The Bering Nag Temple, Chitkul, and Kamru Fort are some of the major attractions of this enchanting valley. From March to June and July to September offer the ideal time to plan your visit to Sangla.
This quiet little village is located in the charming Solan District. Numerous Shimla tour packages bill Barog as a stopover destination for those heading to Shimla. However, those who have visited this scenic village, advise people to stay here for a couple of days to really soak in the beauty of this place.
The village is surrounded by
Churdhar Peak and pine and oak tree forests. With very little tourist crowd, a stay in Barog will give you a feel of a lost world that everyone craves for. A trek in the forest or walk in the village is highly recommended for those who are fed up with the crowded city life. Plan your Barog visit between the month of April and September, because that is the time when the weather is perfect and nature is in its full glory.
It is an idyllic village that finds mention in the Mahabharata. Home to many ancient temples, apple orchards, and green farm terraces, Karsog will enthrall you with its pristine green beauty. The sound of the gurgling streams as they make their way down through the green meadows, the sight of the majestic Himalayan peaks, the wilderness of the forest, and easy way of life in the village, make Karsog a place that has to be experienced once in a lifetime. Those who love adventure and nature must trek to Kamru Naag, Shikari Devi, Dhamoon Naag, or Mahu Naag. March to June and September to November are ideal for a trip to Karsog.
Just 28 km from Sangla, you will come across a hidden gem called Chitkul. With a population of around 600, Chitkul offers everything that a traveler is looking for- breathtakingly beautiful landscape, miles and miles of green meadows, River Baspa embracing the hilly terrain, miles, and miles of forest cover, and serenity that rejuvenates you. It is a great place for trekking and camping. Or you can simply take a walk and enjoy the natural beauty of this place. The best time to visit Chitkul is from May to October.
If you look at Shimla tour packages, you might find Malana, a small village in the Kullu District, mentioned as one of the most unexplored places in Himachal Pradesh. Malana is famous for its inhabitants, who claim themselves to be descendants of Greeks. They do not like mingling with outsiders and clicking pictures or touching them is a big no, no. The place is also known for its Hashish cultivation. It is a beautiful village surrounded by Deotibba and Chandrakhani peaks. It is a great place for trekking and a walk through the village will leave you in awe of this place. You can visit it during the winter months if you like snow or you can choose to visit it during the summer.
8. Tirthan Valley
Tirthan Valley, located in the Kullu District, is a paradise that we have all read about in fairytale books. Snuggled amidst greenery and with Tirthan River cutting across jagged terrain, Tirthan Valley is a perfect holiday destination for those looking for adventure or solitude. It has great trekking routes and is famous for Trout fishing. There are two waterfalls, located in close proximity, that must be explored by every visitor to this picture-perfect valley. The place has perfect weather year-round and is a natural wonder full of unexplored corners.
It is located in the picturesque Banjar Valley and is surrounded by the majestic Himalayan ranges. The sight of the snow-covered mountains, pine forests, green meadows, waterfall cascading down jagged cliffs, and river making its way through the mountains, is fascinating. Serolsar Lake, Jalori Pass, Raghupur Fort, and Waterfall Point are some of the sites that you must visit during your vacation in Shoja. It is a great place for trekking and camping. Spring, summer, and autumn seasons are the best time to visit and marvel at the natural beauty of Shoja.
Have you ever visited a place that is mystical, breathtakingly beautiful, and rejuvenating all at the same time? Located at the far end of the Parvati Valley, the landscape of Kheerganga is stunningly beautiful.
Pine forests, cattle grazing on the hills, the river rushing through rugged terrain, the sound of air breezing through the forest, snowcapped mountains, and the wilderness all come together to make Kheerganga a unique experience for travelers. Trekking is one of the most popular activities of adventure seekers here. It is also known for its Lord Shiva Temple and hot spring. The best time to visit Kheerganga is during the months of May, June, September, and October.
These are just ten unexplored places in Himachal Pradesh, but the list is long. However, you can begin by including them in your next travel itinerary of Himachal Pradesh.