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11 Offbeat Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh

Traveling to the same tourist places is so boring, isn’t it? The crowd, the chaos and the pollution from tourism has spoiled the natural beauty of the most beautiful places on earth. Thankfully there are still some places left where the vision is, and Himachal Pradesh has got quite a lot of them.

Himachal is said to be the state with exotic flora and fauna. From the snow covered mountain peaks to the lush green forests, Himachal has it all. Enjoy these 11 offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh to experience a beauty never seen before.

11 Offbeat Places In Himachal Pradesh

  1. Chitku
  2. Khajjiar
  3. Rakcham
  4. Kalpa
  5. Barot
  6. Langza
  7. Thanedar
  8. Naggar
  9. Gushaini
  10. Pabbar Valley
  11. Shoja

Chitkul

If you want complete isolation from the modern luxuries, then Chitkul, located near Indo-China border, is the place for you. It is the ‘last village of India’ since the Indian roads end here. Those who are looking for tranquillity can book a stay of 2-3 days in Chitkul to soak in the atmosphere. Baspa river flows along the steep roads and makes this place picturesque.

Reach: To reach Chitkul, you can take a local bus from Shimla. But if you prefer a comfortable ride then book a cab since the journey takes 8 hours approximately. If you want, then you can take a stay-break at Ramgarh to cut the trip into two parts.

Khajjiar

Khajjiar is said to be the mini Switzerland of India. Located 24 km from Dalhousie, Khajjiar is in Chamba district. This small town is situated at the height of 6500 ft. The greenery of Khajjiar which is surrounded by the majestic snow-covered Himalayan peaks makes it look straight out of a fairytale. Flora and fauna of Khajjiar are magnificent, and trekking would be the best way to explore this little town. The Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary in Dalhousie is a spot for trekking, nature walk and picnics.

Reach: Khajjiar is easily accessible from Shimla. You can take a train from Pathankot to Dalhousie and then take a taxi to Khajjiar. Instead of the train, you can take a bus to Chamba and then a cab to Khajjiar.

Kalpa

Kalpa is located in the magical district of Kinnaur, at the height of 2800 meters. Its pristine beauty and peaceful environment make it a place to relax. During winters this place is covered in the beauty of white snow. There are several Buddhist and Hindu temples in Kalpa which offer a fantastic view of the Kinnaur Kailash. You can also go for a short trek to Chakka, a mountain near Kalpa. The trek takes about 2-4 hours uphill and 1-2 hours downhill.

Reach: Kalpa is approximately 250 km from Shimla via NH 22. You can take a local bus from Shimla which runs daily, or you can take your private car.

Rakcham

Rakcham, located on the way to Chitkul, is famous for the serene beauty and the apple orchards. The Baspa river flows through Rakcham as it is connected to Chitkul via Sangla. This village is small and peaceful. You pass the Karcham dam on your way which is yet another beautiful spot. Though there are limited places to stay at in Rakcham the views are unbeatable.

Reach: Car, taxi or bus is suitable for travelling to  Rakcham. The road from Sangla is not very good so choose the vehicle as per your comfort. A car would be the most comfortable among the few options.

Barot

Barot was built for Shanan Hydel Project and was difficult to access until 1975. This village is now a tourist attraction for its mesmerising beauty. River Uhl flows through Barot, and hills surround the place. You will find small hotels just at the bank of river Uhl, and the view from the balcony will leave you flabbergasted. Located in the Mandi district of Himachal, Barot is a long drive but worth the time. Its beauty will make you feel like you are staying in nature’s lap.

Reach: The distance from Shimla is 208 km, and you will need 6 hours to reach. Travel to Barot by road and enjoy the scenic beauty along the way. A stay of 2-3 days is suitable for this place.

Langza

Langza, nestled in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh is the highest village at 14,500 ft above sea level. The majority of the population here is Buddhist due to its closeness to Tibet. As you enter the town, you find a huge golden statue of Lord Buddha which is said to be 1000 years old. There is no proper accommodation at Langza yet, but the home stays are a unique experience. Langza is famous for its fossils, and you can collect them as souvenirs.

Reach: The road to Langza is not well built. You can take the front wheel drive cars or drive to Langza yourself.

Naggar

This ancient town was found by the Russian Painter and explorer Nicholas Roerich in the 20th century. Naggar used to be the capital of the Kullu kingdom. It is situated on the left bank of the Beas river at the height of 2047 meters. The meaning of the place is ‘the learned man’ and the tourists have a lot of activities to have fun. There are Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery and many temples that the tourists can visit.

Reach: You can drive to Naggar which would take 7 hours. Or take a local bus from Shimla to Manali or Kullu which is 230 km in the distance. After reaching Manali or Kullu take a cab to Naggar which is 20 km approximately.

Shoja

Shoja is a Himalayan hamlet located in Seraj Valley which links Shimla and Manali. It is excellent for nature walks and offers amazing views of the snow covered peaks. It is located a few kilometers away from Jalori Pass and can turn into an adventurous trek. Set at 8500 ft above sea level, Shoja is only 115 km away from Manali. This place is famous for bird watching as well.

Reach: It takes 5 hours (150 km) from Shimla to reach Shoja by road.

Gushaini

Gushaini, located in the Tirthan Valley in Kullu, is famous for the water sports and adventures like trekking. Gushaini has the Great Himalayan National Park where you can take short treks to explore the park. You can camp on the riverside and enjoy the bliss. Visit the Tirthan Valley, Jalori Pass, Chhoie Waterfall and the adventure sports centre.

Reach: Travel in your car or book a car. You can take a small car as well.

Pabbar Valley

Pabbar is located in the non-touristy mountains ahead of Shimla. The valley has plenty of apple orchards, the forest of deodar and oak. Pabbar is an excellent location for trout fishing, trekking and nature spotting. It is a haven for offbeat travellers and adventure seekers. The valley is surrounded by splashing streams and majestic mountains with bright flowers laid across a vast land. Trekking to nearby Chanshal pass is another adventure you can take up.

Reach: It takes 20 minutes to reach Pabbar Valley from Shimla. You can take a taxi or your private car.

Thanedar

Thanedar is said to be the fruit bowl of Himachal Pradesh because of the abundant apple orchards. The apples are used to make quality wines, jams and pickles. It is located in the Shimla district. A social worker from Philadelphia planted the first apple seed in 1916, and it is still present here. You can visit Barobag which is the highest point in Thanedar. Here you can view the snow-covered peaks at the top and the Sutlej river flowing deep down below.

Reach: Thanedar is only 2 hours (80 km) from Shimla so you can drive up to this place. You can also catch a local bus that runs on the same route.

Himachal Pradesh is a state with hidden beauty and to explore the best; you have to choose the road less taken. If these places are not enough for you then here are some more: Malana, Jalori Pass, Andretta, Beral, Jibhi, Hamta, Mane, Pragpur, Chanshal Pass, Chindi, Choordhar, Kharapathar, etc.

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