Sheltering some of the top hill stations in India, the state of Himachal is a heavyweight when it comes to tourism. The state sees visitors all throughout the year and has places where people can visit regardless of age and purpose of visit.
Himachal Pradesh, home to some of the most pristine getaways and located in close vicinity to the national capital of New Delhi is one of the top tourist favorites to go during during any time of the year. Here are a list of some of the best hill stations in the state.
One of the main tourist attraction to Himachal Pradesh, Manali is a name familiar with every travel enthusiasts, especially the adventure seekers. It is comparative further from Delhi as compared to Shimla, however if you take a Shimla to Manali cab, there is just a mere distance of 250 km between the two. From landmark trekking sites like the Rohtang pass and the Solang valley offering a plethora of adrenaline pumping outdoor activities, Manali truly is the whole package for an adventurous trip.
This hill station was named after Lord Dalhousie, the British Governor-General who discovered this place. The hill station was one of the favorite summer destinations for the British officers and remains one to this day. The scenic vistas, the natural beauty and landscape and the Victorian style houses and cottages built and left by the Britishers all add up to the charm and beauty of this place. As most hill stations, Dalhousie also makes for a perfect trekking terrain.
Heard of the Mini Switzerland? Well look no further. Covered by a blanket of green through and through, the beautiful lush hill station of Khajjiar reminds us how beautiful raw untapped natural beauty is. There are lakes, trekking terrains for an incredible variety of outdoor activities (including zorbing), nice open space perfect for a picnic and to add the cherry to the cake, a display of beautiful architectures built during the time of the Mughals.
Another prominent hill station which makes into the mentions in the talks of some of the most beautiful places to visit in India. Kasauli is a small hill station in Himachal where you can witness beautiful apple orchards and fine british architecture. It makes for a relaxing getaway as you can simply lie back and enjoy the scenic view of the whole hill station laid out infront of you.
Last but not least, the main one — Shimla. Shimla is hands down the most popular and most sought after tourist destination in Himachal. Anyone from solo travellers, honeymooners to even families can have a blast at this amazing hill station. The hill station offers so much to do and so much to see that anyone venturing to this place has an unbelievable amount of fun.
Given the choices laid out, if you could choose only two destinations, then choosing Manali and Shimla will probably be the best options. You can start off at Manali and try your hand at multiple outdoor activities. Cover the short Shimla and Manali distance by a taxi and make your way to Shimla for a more mellow time. Enjoy the beauty of the landscapes and go for long walks.