Things to do in Himachal Pradesh

Christ Church, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Christ Church
  • Location : Christ Church, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001.
  • How to reach : Nearest Airport is Shimla Airport.
    Nearest railway station is Shimla Railway Station
  • Timing : 6 AM to 8 PM.
  • Visit duration : 15 to 60 minutes.
  • Best time to visit : It is open all year round.
  • Accomodations : Budget & Luxury Hotels available.
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Christ church in Shimla, is one of the oldest and the most recognizable churches in the country. The architecture of the church is in neo-gothic style and the most astounding part of the church is the illumination. The lights of the church are set up so that the church is well lit at the night with several colours and it is s pleasing sight for the spectators and photographers alike.

It is one of the oldest churches in India which has been built by the Britishers, and so it happens to be a legacy of their time. The church consists of five aesthetically placed fine glass windows, one of each representing the five virtues of Christianity i.e. faith, charity, hope, fortitude, and humility.

The church was designed by the famous British architect Colonel J. T. Boileau and was built by the motive of spreading the religion amongst the Anglican-Britishers residing there. Thereafter it has turned out to be one of the most glorious landmarks to visit whilst in Shimla.

The clock that is embedded right in the midst of the tower happens to be the gem that attracts tourists from afar. The amazing views in the surrounding areas adds an extra effect to the beauty of the church.

There is not actually an ideal time to visit the church, as any day can be sacred to visit this glorious marvel, besides the beauty is astounding above everything else. However, Christmas and New year happen to be the time of the year in which the decorations and the lighting add an extra effect to the usual beauty. The religious vibes in and around the church are so stunning that it would even evoke an atheist to visit the church.

The timings of the church are standard from 6 AM in the morning to 8 PM in the night. The Christ Church is a favorite destination for tourists, photographers, and pilgrims alike.

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Christ Church in itself is a famous tourist attraction of Shimla and attracts visitors from all around the world. No trip to Shimla is complete without a picture of the church in the background. Apart from the church, there are several other tourist attractions present nearby, such as: -

  • The Mall Road
  • Lakkad Bazaar
  • The Ridge
  • Jakhoo Temple
  • Rashtrapati Niwas and much more
EventEvents/Festivals
  • Christmas eve celebrations
  • Thanksgiving celebrations
  • Sunday Mass (Every week)
  • Good Friday celebrations

Jakhu Temple, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Jakhu Temple
  • Location : Jakhu Temple, Jakhu Hill, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.
  • How to reach : Nearest Airport is Shimla airport and nearest railway station is Shimla Railway Station.
  • Timing : 7 am - 1 pm & 3pm - 6pm. On Saturdays and Sundays 7am - 1pm.
  • Visit duration : 1-1.5 hours to pay obeisance to the deity and explore the nearby surrounding.
  • Best time to visit : Travellers can visit the temple all year round.
  • Accomodations : Budget & Luxury Hotels available.

Note: There is also a rope way from the Ridge to the temple. And Be very careful when you carry your belongings with you, there are monkeys around the temple that can snatch food and bags from the hands of the tourists.

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The Jakhu Temple is located in the city of Shimla, right near the middle of the hotspot of the Shimla, the Ridge. The temple is well known because of the 108 ft tall statue of Lord Hanuman, the statue is visible from many parts of Shimla and the vibrant colour of the statue adds on to its visibility. It is known as one of the tallest statues of a religious figure.

The temple has a legend attached to it. In Ramayana, when Ram’s army was fighting and Lakshman got injured, Hanuman went on to find the medicines that were needed to heal Lakshman. Hanuman could find the mountain from where he had to get the medicine, but he didn’t know exactly which medicine to carry, this resulted in him carrying the whole mountain and taking it to where Lakshman was.

After the Sanjeevani Booti was used, it was time to keep the mountain back in its place, Hanuman again carried the mountain on his shoulder and went to put the mountain back. On his way back it is believed that Hanuman took a stop at this hill which has resulted the top of the hill to flatten and it is believed that there is an imprint of hanuman’s feet, which is why the temple was built in this area.

The temple is visited by many families and hanuman devotees. Since the statue was built in the year 2010, the place has become one of the top tourist sites in Shimla. The tall statue of Hanuman makes it feel like Hanuman resides here.

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The legend of Hanuman having sat on this hill for rest has influenced many people to believe the hill to be a blessed region. Many religious Hindus come here to feel the presence of Lord Hanuman and get his blessings. The place is a hotspot for Hanuman believers, the larger than life statue of Lord Hanuman, makes it seem like Lord Hanuman still dwells in the area.

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The Jakhu Temple in itself is a famous tourist destination in Shimla that attracts various visitors from around the world. Travellers can soak in the peace and calm around the temple and marvel at the natural beauty. There are some other tourist attractions also near Jakhu Temple, such as: -

  • Mall Road
  • Lakkad Bazaar
  • Christ Church
  • The Ridge
  • Tara Devi Temple
FestivalsFestivals
  • Dussehra Festival in the month of October.
  • Hanuman Jayanti in the month of April.
  • Diwali is celebrated very grandly here.

Mall Road, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Mall Road
  • Location : Mall Road, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
  • How to reach : Nearest airport - Shimla airport, 22 km. and Nearest Railway station - Shimla, 2 km.
  • Timing : From 9 am to 9 pm.
  • Visit duration : Travellers can spend 4-5 hours easily around the mall road area.
  • Best time to visit : January to March, & If you want to avoid the cold temperature, the best time would be months of April and May.
  • Accomodations : Budget & Luxury Hotels available.

Note: There are plenty of amazing shopping options available around the Mall Road, so travellers can buy souvenirs and other items at good prices. Bargaining is a must.

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The concept of a mall road took over Indian hill stations in the British Era. A mall was referred to as a long walk in a sheltered area. Mall road eventually became a central place in the city where most shops and restaurants are located. It ended up becoming the hub of the hill stations, like how a mall is the shopping and eating hub in the urban cities.

Mall road has a lot going on. The long stretch of road is lined with shops selling shawls and handicrafts made out of wood, toys, clothes, and a lot of restaurants serving food items like momos and naans with multiple gravies.

This is also where most of the offices are located. Most government serving offices are also located on the sides of the road including the police department, the municipal corporation and the fire fighter service. There are several tourist attractions in and around mall road.

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There are several tourist attractions in and around mall road. Since it is the main street of the city, many of the tourist spots are in this area. The Christ Church, The Ridge, The Jakhu Temple, The Scandal point, the Gaiety Theater, Town Hall and the Kali Bari temple are in a really close proximity of the road. There are a bunch of other things to see in Shimla which are pretty close to mall road. The Sankat Mochan Museum, the bird sanctuary, Prospect hill, Wax Museum, Chadwick falls, Army heritage museum all are really close to mall road and pretty cool places to visit.

FestivalsEvents/Fests
  • Pathar ka Khel
  • Summer Festival in Shimla
  • Rhyali Festival in Shimla
  • Music Performance by the Dezire band
  • LifePlugIn Summit

Rashtrapati Niwas, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Rashtrapati Niwas
  • Location : Rashtrapati Niwas, Chaura Maidan Road, Near, Observatory Hill, Boileauganj, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171005.
  • How to reach : Nearest Domestic Airport is Shimla Airport and Nearest International Airport is Chandigarh.
  • Timing : 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM on normal days. Monday Closed.
  • Visit duration : 1.5 to 2 hours are required to explore the place fully.
  • Best time to visit : Throughout the year
  • Accomodations : Budget & Luxury Hotels available.

Note: Travelers should maintain silence while observing the amazing architecture and do not try to touch anything without permission.

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Rashtrapati Niwas, located in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, is also known as the Viceregal Lodge was the former residence of the British Viceroy of India. The residence nurtures the very old pictures and verses of ancient India. The architecture of the residence follows the Jacobethan style of architecture and was constructed in the late 1880s.

After the rule of British, in modern India, the location was of very little use, considering which it was named as the ‘Indian Institute of Advanced Studies’, by the president Dr S Radhkrishnan. After being named as an institute, Humanities, Arts, Literature, Social Science, Natural Science, and Life Sciences are the subjects offered there.

One would not want to miss the chance to look at this marvel architecture of the ancient British empire. As mesmerising as the architecture is, the view in the surroundings, the mountain peaks and the gigantic blue skies add up to the beauty. The architecture resembles the royal palaces and the castles in England and Scotland.

The architecture is spread over a large area, most of which is covered with a variety of grasses and rare flowers. The colourful and vivid flowers are a delight to the scenic beauty that the surroundings possess already, also, their fragrance tops up the peak of the pyramid. Since it is a quite considerable distance from the sea level, a walk through the garden indeed turns out to be a walk through the highest gardens in the world.

The interiors of the building are mostly crafted out of wood, and not just any wood, but Teak wood. Right from the panels to the pillars, all of it is a result of fine woodwork. There also is a wall that is put to display which features the weapons of ancient India

The institute, or better said, the Lodge, features a rich Library. It has more than 1.5 lac titles spread across the two levels of the library.

All in all, the structure is not just a building, it is a charming sight of historical significance that one might want to see whilst in Himachal Pradesh.

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There are many amazing tourist attractions in Shimla that attract travelers from all over. Apart from Rashtrapati Bhavan, following are the major tourist attractions in the city: -

  • Mall Road
  • Jakhu Temple
  • Lakkad Bazaar
  • Ridge
FestivalsEvents
  • Presidential Retreat
  • Rashtrapati Niwas Walking Tours
  • Art and Artifacts Collection

The Ridge, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

The Ridge
  • Location : The Ridge, Mall Road, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
  • How to reach : Nearest airport - Shimla airport, 22 km. & Nearest Railway station - Shimla, 2 km.
  • Timing : 8 AM to 6 PM.
  • Visit duration : Travellers can explore the beauty of the location in around 2 hours
  • Best time to visit : You can visit the Ridge throughout the year.
  • Accomodations : Budget & Luxury Hotels available.

Note: Travellers should have some woollen clothes handy as the temperature here tends to fall quite sharply in the evening.

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The Ridge is the large open space on Mall road which allows you to see the beautiful view of all the mountains and hills surrounding Shimla. It acts as a connecting link for many roads in Shimla and is well connected places like Mall Road, Snowdon and Jakhu Hill.

The Ridge is a hub for shopping and eating, with hundreds of shops and restaurants located around it. The Ridge is a cultural and social hub. It is also the most well-known place in Shimla, whenever one searches about Shimla, they get to see photos of the Ridge or the view from the Ridge.

The Ridge also plays a very important role as the area below it is where the city’s water supply comes from. Constructed in the year 1800, there are large water tanks located just below the Ridge which provide water to the whole city of Shimla. These tanks can carry upto 1000000 gallons of water.

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The Ridge is surrounded by various tourist destinations. The mall road, where it is located is one of the biggest tourist attractions near the Ridge. The Ridge gets a lot of attraction from the tourists because through media it has become the face of Shimla. In papers, on the internet and even in movies, the Ridge is shown whenever anything related to Shimla comes up. The Christ Church, The Jakhu Temple, The Scandal point, the Gaiety Theatre, Town Hall and the Kali Bari temple are in a really close proximity of the road. There are a bunch of other things to see in Shimla which are pretty close to mall road. The Sankat Mochan Museum, the bird sanctuary, Prospect hill, Wax Museum, Chadwick falls, Army heritage museum all are really close to mall road and pretty cool places to visit.

FestivalsEvents
  • Pathar ka Khel
  • Rhyali Festival
  • The summer festival
  • LifePlugIn Summit
  • There are gigs every now and then.
  • Music Performance by the Dezire band and many other concerts keep on happening here.
  • Any festive celebration to celebrate any of the festivals like Holi, Christmas, Independence day, the Ridge is used as the place for all these events.

Bhrigu Lake, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.

Bhrigu Lake
  • Location : Bhrigu Lake is located to the east of the Rohtang Pass, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.
  • How to reach : You can reach Bhrigu Lake by a taxi to Gulaba village, You need to trek to get to the Lake from Gulaba village.
  • Timing : The trek to Bhrigu Lake takes 2-3 days from the base camp which is at Gulaba village.
  • Best time to visit : October to February is the perfect time to visit Bhrigu Lake.
  • Accomodations : Tents near Bhrigu lake. &Hotels, hostels and lodges in Kullu and Manali.

Note: Carry proper gear with you for a 2-3 days long trek. Try to go with a group and a trek guide, it is a little risky route for solo treks.

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Bhrigu Lake, located in the Himalayas at 4,300 m above the sea level, the lake is a lesser known region of the country. The lake is named after a saint named Maharishi Bhrigu. The lake has a legend attached to it. People believe that the areas don’t entirely freeze because Maharishi Bhrigu used to meditate in this area. The lake is situated in a beautiful area, since the way to the lake is very similar to the alpine meadows of Switzerland. The scenic beauty of the region makes the 3-day trek worthwhile.

The lake is believed to be a holy place where many gods have dipped themselves. The lake has made the area popular and attracts many trekking enthusiasts as it is one of the easy treks in the Himalayas. The trek is simple and not too complicated, you can put your tents and enjoy the scenic night sky along with a bonfire. The lake makes you experience one unique phenomenon where in only a part of the lake freezes in winters.

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There are multiple things to do in and around Bhrigu Lake. In order to reach the lake, you will have to take up the task of trekking. The treks usually start from Manali and go on for three days.

The phenomenon that attracts most tourists to Bhrigu Lake is the fact that it doesn't freeze entirely. The Bhrigu Lake meadows are also an attraction for the tourists because of its beauty. The meadows are plush green lands stretched over multiple mountains which makes you feel like you’re in the alpine meadows of Switzerland. While you trek to Bhrigu lake, you will have to go to the towns of Kullu and Manali, both of these towns have multiple places to visit, you can go sightseeing on mall road or experience river rafting or see the multiple beautiful temples in Manali.

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FestivalsEvents
  • Indian Youth Club organised treks to Bhrigu Lake.
  • Parvati Valley Music Festival, Kasol
  • Magica Festival
  • Calm se Kaam, Meditation in Manali
  • India Hikes organized treks.

Hidimba Temple, Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

Hidimba Temple
  • Location : 2 km from the city center of Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
  • How to reach : Can take a taxi or a bus from Manali. Nearest airport Kullu Manali Airport, nearest railway station: - Jogindernagar
  • Timing : 8 AM to 6 PM, Everyday
  • Visit duration : 1-2 Hours
  • Accomodations : Tents near Bhrigu lake. &Hotels, hostels and lodges in Kullu and Manali.
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The people in Manali worship Hidimba Devi as deity. While people all over the country during Navratri worship the nine goddesses the people in Manali focus more on Hidimba Devi. Built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in 1553 AD around a giant rock that came out of the ground, Hidimba Devi Temple is considered sacred and visited by many.

Hidimba Devi Temple is locally known as Dhungiri Temple and is situated in Dhungiri Van Vihar. The temple has large wooden doors carved with the images of Devi Durga. It has a 24 m long tower with square roofs topped by a conical roof. Also depicted around in the woodwork are various animals, local dancers, foliate designs, etc. The imprint of the foot of the goddess on a black stone is worshipped and believed to be the most reassuring thing by the believers. 70 meters from the temple there Is a shrine dedicated to Ghatotkach (child of Devi Hidimba).

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The temple is built around a cave which is believed to be the place where Devi Hidimba used to worship. Devi Hidimba lived with her brother with nothing much known about her parentage she had vowed to marry any man who kills her Brother. While the Pandavas were on their exile Bheema, one of the five Pandavas, killed Hidimb (Brother of Hidimba) and married Hidimba. Bheema and Hidimba had a child Ghatotkach. While Bheema went on to fight his war Devi Hidimba remained there and meditated in the cave.

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  • Navratri Celebrations are held twice every year
  • “Ghor Pooja” during Dussehra, wherein the idol of the goddess is brought to Dhalpur Maidan to bless the ceremonial horses.

Manu Temple, Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

Manu Temple
  • Location : Manu temple, Old Manali, Manali 175131.
  • How to reach : The temple is at a distance if 3 km from the Manali bus station. The nearest railway station is Jogindernagar Railway Station. The nearest domestic airport is Kullu Manali.
  • Timing : 5.00 AM to 9.00 PM. Everyday
  • Visit duration : 2 Hours
  • Best time to visit : Travelers can visit the Manu Temple throughout the year.
  • Accomodations : Tents near Bhrigu lake. &Hotels, hostels and lodges in Kullu and Manali.

Note: Travelers must carry a bottle of eater and some warm clothes with them as the temperature here plummets during the night

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Manu temple, located in Manali is amongst the prime locations of the region, with a mesmerizing view and a profound and a mysterious story to its name, it surely is one spot that arises inquisitiveness and is a delight to spectate. The temple is an epitome of religious vibes and it sure does have a delightful view in the surrounding, with several mountain ranges overwhelming the temple like a gem amongst them.

The temple is situated in the older part of Manali, and the river Beas that flows adjoining it adds to the beauty of this scared marvel. The temple just falls three kilometers apart from the main market of the area. The temple is surrounded by the lush green peaks and the snowy mountains alike.

A visit to this spiritual temple is a part of most of the tours of Himachal Pradesh, and even if it is not, considering the famous name that it carries, it is quite easy to get there. While travelling, one can even get mesmerized and lost in the tranquility of these mysterious yet enticing peaks.

Many scripts from the ‘Manusmriti’ are a vital part of Hinduism and the local people seem to value the culture a lot. Many of the traditions in the Himachal are indeed inspired by this transcript. Lastly, whatever is said for this mystical land seems less, so get a view for yourself and delve into the depths of tranquility.

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The temple is named after the sage Manu, who according to the legend is said to be the creator of the universe and also the writer of Manusmriti. According to a mythological belief, the sage Manu is said to have meditated there right after stepping on Earth. The background, history, and the virtue of the temple are such that it allures many to its steps.

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Apart from Manu Temple, there are plenty of other tourist attractions as well in Manali. As a matter of fact, Manali is amongst the most popular tourist destination in northers India. Travelers come here to explore the amazing natural beauty that this town has been bequeathed upon. Some of the major tourist attractions near Manu Temple are: -

  • Hidimba Temple
  • Old Manali
  • Solang valley
  • Rohtang Pass
  • Mall Road
FestivalsFestivals/Events:
  • Dhungri Mela
  • Dussehra Festival
  • Basantotsav (Spring Festival)

Rohtang Pass, Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

Rohtang Pass
  • Location : It is Located in the Pir Pranjal Mountain Range in Himachal Pradesh on the Leh-Manali Highway
  • How to reach : 51 km from Manali via road transport. No other mode of transport allowed.
  • Timing : Stays Open All Day
  • Visit duration : 4-5 Hours
  • Accomodations : Budget and Luxury hotels available in Manali.

Note: Travelers must carry a bottle of eater and some warm clothes with them as the temperature here plummets during the night

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The Rohtang Pass is situated in the Pir Pranjal Range in Himachal Pradesh. Being at a considerable height above the sea level the place is covered in a lot of snow for almost half of the year. It opens from May to November. The beautiful mountains don’t usually offer much high and difficult slopes, but the unexpected snowstorms and blizzards are a couple of reasons this place has a reputation for being a bit dangerous.

The Rohtang Pass offers the ancient trade route cutting between the Pir Pranjal range. The pass connects two important cities of Leh and Manali on either side of the range. It is the connecting unit and a pretty important transport route for the local people.

The importance in daily lives does not match the beauty of the place. This beautiful place provides one of the best hill stations of the country. With tourists coming from all across the country this place is amazing with all the natural scenery and the heart touching views. Makes the threats of blizzards fade in the snow. The place is open after summers, when the ice is all settled and gives a mesmerizing view of the mountains covered in white sheets of ice.

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The Rohtang pass provides multiple places for you to enjoy. The long pass consists of various beautiful waterfalls of the river Beas. The long route gives you look at the way of life of the local citizens of that place. The heart satisfying sceneries all lead you up to the top of the pass where you finally see mountains all across you all of them white. Although it might be a bit exhausting to climb all the way up and down, the government and the local authorities are in the construction of a Rohtang Tunnel which would lead all the way down. While it may take 4-6 hours to ascend to the top, with the tunnel it would just take 30 minutes to come back down.

FestivalsEvents:
  • Trekking and Hiking trips to Rohtang Pass
  • Road trips from all around the northern part of the country.
  • Skiing on the mountains
  • Adventure Sports like Para Gliding, River Rafting, Zorbing and many more

Solang Valley, Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

Solang Valley
  • Location : 14 km North-West of Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
  • How to reach : Nearest Airport (Kullu-Manali) 63 km and Nearest Railway Station (Joginder Nagar) 175 km. Buses and Taxis are available from Manali readily.
  • Timing : 10 AM to 6 PM, Everyday
  • Visit duration : 3-4 Hours
  • Accomodations : Hotels and Resorts available.
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The Solang Valley lies between the Solang Village in Manali and The Beas Kund. The original name for the place is Solang Nallah. The word Nallah meaning a stream of water. The Solang valley consists of a beautiful view of Glaciers and Ice caped mountains. The best time to visit the place is between December to February as the weather is cold enough for a good snowfall. Children of all ages enjoy the place. It is famous for soft slopes best suitable for skiing.

In the summer once the snow melts, the skiing part is replaced by many more for summer games including parachuting, Zorbing, Paragliding, Horse Riding and much more. The giant soft slopes provide an amazing environment for the ski resorts with various ski agencies offering ski courses in the valley.

The valley’s enormous never-ending grass blankets and the ice caped mountains mix up perfectly to make you feel like you’re in heaven. The place has lovely artistic sceneries and the local people are also soft spoken and very king to the tourists. The management of the place helps you a lot for you to just keep enjoying without worrying much about anything else.

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The valley entails of various artistic sceneries for you to enjoy. The guest house of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports provides a place for skiing and various mountain sports. The Canadian gifts store offers goods for daily use imported all the way ranging from Adventure – Camping to Trekking. The various ski agencies also help you enjoy the valley to the full extent. Other tourist attractions also include the Jogind Waterfalls, banks of the beautiful Beas river and Hampta pass which you could give a look if you are at the Solang Valley.

FestivalsEvents
  • Paragliding during October and December
  • Skiing events during winters.
  • Adventure sports like parachuting, Horse Riding, Fancy Photography, etc.
  • Zorbing down the hill slope.

Vashistha Temple, Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

Vashistha Temple
  • Location : 6 km from Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
  • How to reach : Can take a taxi or a bus from Manali. Nearest Airport is Kullu-Manali Airport while the nearest Railway Station is Jogindernagar.
  • Timing : 8 AM to 9 PM, Everyday.
  • Visit duration : 2-3 Hours
  • Accomodations : Budget and Luxury Hotels available.
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The Vashistha Temple not only offers you a place to worship and meditate but also provides a range of baths of hot water springs and baths. The water from there baths are believed to be consisting of various medicinal properties and considered good for skin. It is also believed to cure a variety of skin problems and infections. The government has made arrangements for men and women to take baths separately.

Situated 6 km from Manali, the temples of sandstone and the baths combined provide a nice place to rest and shed the load off your head. The beautiful sandstone temples which once belonged to the Vashistha clan was taken over by them under the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The Vashistha clan was the group of people believed to be the true ancestors of guru Vashistha. Ruler Ram Chandra Vashistha, the resident of the Temple at that time was sent to Punjab by Akbar. His son Shri Chandra Vashistha, was one of the prominent Hindu gurus in Akbar’s court. He died in 1572 serving in the court in Delhi. The Mughal rulers gave pensions to the clans and later large chunks of lands in unknown villages of Haryana and Punjab.

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The sage Vashistha was believed to be the teacher of Lord Rama and his brother Laxman. For centuries the set of temples and baths are owned by the Vashistha clan but open to everybody who wishes to take the experience offered by the exotic baths.

FestivalsFestivals
  • Dussehra Celebrations
  • Losar Festival
  • Navratri Celebrations (twice a year)

Chandra Taal, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

Chandra Taal
  • Location : Chandra Taal Lake is located near Spiti region in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
  • How to reach : Nearest domestic airport is Bhuntar Airport. & Joginder Nagar Railway station is the nearest local railway station. & You can also trek from Losar to Chandra Taal.
  • Timing : Chandra Taal is open only from June till September
  • Best Time To visit : The roadway is open only in the months of June to September
  • Accomodations : Tents near Chandra Taal, PWD Guest House at Batal & Lodges, and luxury hotels in Manali.

Travel Tips: It is advised to go in groups if you are going to trek it up in the months when the roadway is blocked.

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Chandra Taal in Hindi means “The moon lake”, the lake was given this name because of the crescent shape of the lake, which resembles that of the moon. There are several fairy tales and legends attached to the lake. It is believed by many that this lake is from where Indra took Yudhistir (the eldest Paandav) to heaven. This makes the lake very sacred for Hindus who believe in this legend.

The lake is a beautiful blue miracle of nature in the middle of a dull and plain land. It is located at a height of 4,300 m and is the perfect place to sit down and relax after you have trekked to reach the place. The view you see makes everything worthwhile. Most people who visit this lake are trekkers since the road way is blocked for three fourth of the year. The trek to the lake is a hard one but the way towards the lake is scenic. The lake shines in the sun and the moon, both in the day and the night, the lake shines. It reflected the shine of the sun and the moon, illuminating the area around it. It is truly a spectacle to behold.

You can also see the constellations in the night sky. Camping is the best option to stay since there are fewer accommodations nearby. Multiple trekkers and campers come here throughout the year.

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The lake in itself is one of the best tourist attractions in the region, the serenity of the lake has made thousands of people fall for its beauty. It lives up to its name of being the moon lake. The trek to the lake is an interesting experience for the tourists. Living in camps by the lake is another thing looked forward to by the tourists. Many star gazers love this location because as the sun goes down and the night settles in, there are numerous stars in the sky and this place lets you experience them at the best, grab your telescopes and watch the beautiful milky way right above you. There are several other tourist attractions nearby like The Spiti Valley, Kibber Village, Beas River, Key Monastery, Pin Valley National Park, Dhankar Monastery, Kunzum Pass, Tabo monastery.

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  • Organised Treks
  • Star Gazing activities.
  • Spiti Valley Winter Expedition
  • Ladarcha Fair, Spiti
  • Gochi Festival, Spiti
  • Tshenu Festival
  • Ladarcha Fair

Key Monastery, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

Key Monastery
  • Location : Key Gompa is a Buddhist monastery situated on the top of hill at 4,166 meters, near Spiti river, in Lahaul and Spiti district.
  • How to reach : The nearest town Kaza. The closest airport and railway station Shimla.
  • Timing : 6 am to 6 pm for all seven days.
  • Visit Duration : 2 hours appreciating the majesticity of the monastery.
  • Best Time To visit : May - October.
  • Accomodations : Key monastery is located in the districts of Spiti and Lahaul and there are some of the hotels and lodges available for making the tourists stay.

NOTE: Do keep a check on Rohtang pass as it remains closed for about 7-8 months in a year due to heavy snowfall.

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Key Monastery is one of the biggest Tibetan monastery of Spiti district and it holds a religious significance for the Tibet people as it is training institute of Lamas and it resides about 100 monks in the monastery since 1855. The monastery was found by Dromton who was a sharp student of Atisha dating back to the 11th century.

But the monastery was attacked by the mongols in the 17th century and caused a lot of destruction. Then the monastery was rebuilt and the walls of monastery are covered with ancient tibet paintings and murals which shows the 14th century art and architecture. This kind of art was developed under the influence of Chinese people.

Not only the paintings and murals but the monastery is compilation of ancient and antique books which are relating to Budhism and have images of buddha. The monastery consists of three floors, the first floor is used for storage purposes and is built underground. One room is called Tangyur which is painted with murals and the ground floor has the Assembly Hall which has magnificient decorations and private cells for residing monks. Lately, a celebration was conducted in 2000 in the monastery in the presence of the respected Dalai Lama wherein a new Prayer Hall was inaugrated by the 14th Dalai Lama.

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Key Monastery is the largest monastery of Spiti district and has got Chinese influence but the travelers can visit other places too which are near the Key monastery such as the Tabo monastery and Lhalung Monastery. These monasteries are also in the Spiti valley. Other than visiting the monasteries there is some of the breath taking lakes in the Spiti and Lahaul districts like Suraj Tal and Chandra Tal Lake. Tourists even visit Kaza which was the ancient capital of Spiti district. One of the most beautiful lakes of Himachal is Dhankar Lake which should be surely visited by tourists.

FestivalsEvents/Fests
  • Celebration of Gustar festival in Key monastery is for the victory of good over evil.
  • Cham dance is conducted in the monastery in the time of Guru Padmasambhava.
  • Ladarchi Fair is the biggest fair of Spiti people which is celebrated in Kaza in the month of July.
  • Pauri Fair is the festival of Darshan of Lord Shiva and is celebrated in the third week of August.
  • Gochi Fair is the fair of Bhaga valley near to Spiti and Lahaul districts is celebrated in the month of February.

Pin valley national park, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

Pin valley national park
  • Location : Pin valley National Park is situated in between the Lahaul and Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh.
  • How to reach : The nearest airport - Bhuntar in Kullu and There are two routes to reach Pin Valley, one from Rohtang pass and other from Shimla- Kaza route.
  • Timing : 6 am to 6 pm for all seven days.
  • Visit Duration : A two-day trip is ideal for travelers to explore the beauty of this national park to its fullest.
  • Best Time To visit : May to October.
  • Accomodations : There are ample numbers of hotels and resorts available.

NOTE: Travelers need to ensure that they do not spread litter in the area and do not try to go close to the animals unsupervised.

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The Kullu Valley is one of the most majestic palces of Himachal Pradesh, one can wintess the verdant nature and towering snowy mountains all over. The Pin Valley National Park is one such place which is not so famous but has great scenic beauty to offer. It is located in the middle of Lahaul and Spiti districts of Himachal and has been well preserved by the Government of India.

The national park is a stunning place to visit and offers variety of flora and fauna of the himalayan region which can not be found or seen in some other National Parks. The whole National Park covers the total area of 1150 sq kms and the core zone of the National Park is about 675 sq km. Pin Valley is majorly the home of many endangered species which are found only in the foothills of Himalayas.

Pin Valley owns its name from the Pin river which is flowing beside in the valley, and the National Park is close to the river, thus is housing plenty flora and fauna genuses. The National Park has got many animal species like red fox, golden eagle, snow cock etc, the main attraction of the National Park is Snow Leopard. The national park region is mainly dry region and consists limited vegetation due to the cold temperature and high altitude.

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There aren’t too many attractions around the Pin Valley National Park. But some of the common attractions which visitors can go for are Dhankar Gompa, a monastry which was built about 1000 years ago and was once ago was the capital of Spiti. There are certain herbs found in this area which are helpful in curing lung and heart diseases. There is one more monastery which is known as the largest monastery complex of Buddhism namely, Tabo Gompa. The place has got some ancient temples dating back to 10th -16th century which has got similar paintings, sculptures to Ajanta Ellora paintings. Kyil Khor or Mystic mandala temple is also near these monasteries which is quite popular tourist attraction.

FestivalsEvents/Fests
  • Ladarcha Fair in Lahaul and Spiti districts in the summer months.
  • Tribal Festival is a trade fair celebrated around the months of August during Independence Day.
  • Pauri Fair is one of the popular fairs of Spiti and Lahaul.
  • Other festival and fairs of Spiti and Lahaul are Tsheshu Fair, Fagli festival and Gochi festival which are experienced annually.

Spiti Valley, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

Spiti Valley
  • Location : Spiti/Kaza, Himachal Pradesh.
  • How to reach : Nearest Airport is Kullu-Manali Airport and the Nearest Railway Station is Joginder Nagar Railway Station. Buses and Taxis are available readily for Spiti Valley.
  • Timing : Open All Day
  • Visit Duration : 5-6 Hours
  • Best Time To visit : Throughout the year
  • Accomodations : Budget and Luxury Hotels available
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The Spiti Valley consists of a large chunk of mountains and artistic scenery that gives a relief to the eye. The name Spiti means middle land as it lies between India and Tibet. The only way to reach the valley is via road. Though it is beautiful to be a part of the journey leading there but the Manali-Kaza highway can never be trusted. It is cut off for the most parts of the winters. Which is why the winters not being a good time to visit these valleys.

In the summers the temperatures in these valleys range from 0-15 degrees Celsius which starts from March till June. In the Summer the Valley gives a much more beautiful look of the natural landscape, from distant Mountain Peaks to Spiti River and grass covered lands. It is the perfect place if you’re thinking to shed some load off your head and relax for a little bit. The monsoons also don’t make a good time to travel to this place because of the dangers of landslides and road blockages.

The Spiti River also is a relief to the eye. The fresh water stream flowing in the silent lands is a treat to the eyes and the ears.

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If you’re going to the valley during summers you can take part in various outdoor activities like Trekking, Camping, Hiking, Mountain Biking, etc. And once you are there, check out Pin Valley National Park, Kunzum Valley, Chandralal Lake, and many places worth a visit. In case you are planning to take a bit risk and go in the winters you might take the journey to a next level of adventure. And, during the winters you can also take part in the rare Snow Leopard Expedition taking place.

FestivalsEvents/Fests
  • Buddhist Festivals at the Monasteries
  • Hiking, Trekking and Camping Events
  • Bike Trips from Delhi/Chandigarh

Dharamkot, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

Dharamkot
  • Location : Dharamkot is a hill station located in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh. The place is located at the hill top of McLeod Ganj.
  • How to reach : The nearest railway station is Kangra Railway Station. Nearest airport is Gaggal airport.
  • Timing : It is open all day long.
  • Visit duration : Ideally a two-night trip offers ample opportunities to appreciate the beauty of the town.
  • Best time to visit : September to June.
  • Accomodations : Guesthouses, lodges and cottages and village homes available in McLeod Ganj.

NOTE: Tourists should be wearing proper footwear for trekking around Dharamkot and they should have bottle of drinking water with other necessary items for camping.

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Dharamkot is a breath taking hill station located in the crest of Macleodganj in Kangra district. The hilltop is gorgeous place and surrounded by lush green hills. Tourists come to dharamkot to experience the serenity of Himachal Pradesh. The whole place is covered by deodar trees and beautiful landscapes which is the cherry on the top for Dharamkot.

It is considered to be the most visited spot for picnics by tourists as well as local people. From the top of dharamkot, one can witness the whole of Kangra valley and even the Dhauladhar ranges. The place is known for conducting treks and some of the common treks starting from Dharamkot to Naddi and Triund which is about only 3 km and 7 km away are quite famous treks among the holiday makers. The climb of Triund is a steady one through the dhauladhar ranges.

Dharamkot is a must visit place of Kangra district especially for those travelers who are interested in trekknig and wandering around the nature. Dharamkot has got many things to do other than trekking, such as there is Vipassana Meditation Centre and Tushita Mediatation Centre, which is visted by tourists for studying the Tibetian traditions and prectising Buddhism.

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There are many tourist attractions nearby Dharamkot where travelers often go after visiting Dharamkot. Some of the known places to visit which are closer to Dharamkot are Dalai Lama temple Complex in Dharamshala which is only 1 km away. Then visitors can go trek to Triund hill which is about 3.5 km away. There is Bhagsu waterfall located in McLeod Ganj and is only 1.5 km away from Dharamkot. The other attractions which can be visited by tourists are Norbulingka Institute in Dharamshala and even the HPCA Stadium at Dharamshala which are around 4-5 km away from Dharamkot. People can also go to Kangra valley near Dharamshala.

FestivalsEvents
  • Lohri festival of Pragpur in Kangra district in the month of January.
  • Celebration of Shivratri in Baijnath in Kangra in the months of February or March.
  • Celebration of Navratri in the months of September or October in Jwalamukhi and Bajreshwari in Kangra.
  • Summer festival in Dharamshala in the month of May.

kareri Lake, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

Dharamkot
  • Location : The Lake is situated in Dhauladhar ranges which are approx. 9 km North West of Dharamshala in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh.
  • How to reach : The nearest railway station is Pathankot station. Nearest Airport is Kangra Airport.
  • Timing : It is open all day long.
  • Visit duration : A half-day trip is ideal to enjoy the natural beauty of the lake to its fullest. If willing, visitors can camp overnight also.
  • Best time to visit : May - July & September - November.
  • Accomodations : there is also temple complex which can be opted for stay.

NOTE: There are some of the camps around the lake for staying the nights. Tourists can carry their own tents or camps if they wish to stay beside Kareri Lake, Trekkers should be carrying potable water along with them and wear comfortable clothes and good trekking shoes.

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Kareri Lake is a place where tourists often flock around to take the striking view of beautiful blue waters and people also visit the place for usual treks. The lake is also known by the name Kumarwah Lake as it is shallow freshwater lake which is located in the ranges o Dhauladhar. The lake is at very high altitude about 2934 m above the sea level.

The lake owns its name from nearby village called Gaddi village of Kareri which is about 9 km south east of the lake. The major source of lake is the glaciers melting down from the Dhauladhar ranges and then there is Nyund stream which is flowing at a proximity to the lake works as the outflow of the Lake. The water in the lake is fresh and not as deep, as it is continuously in motion, thus the lake bed is visible due to its clean waters.

The local people living around the Kareri Lake mostly belong to the Gujjar and Gaddis community. The lake is between verdant grasslands and it is surrounded by solid and thick coniferous forests and is full of pretty colorful flowers. Tourists who are fond of nature and love to go to treks must visit the place.

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The major attractions near Kareri Lake are some nearby places which tourists can visit. There is an old temple of Lord Shiva and Shakti which is located in the top of hill and one can get an aerial view of the lake. Close to the lake there is gaddi kothis which are used by the local people as grazing lands for their cattle. Other than these places, the lake is known for conducting exploratory treks. The lake is mainly popular for treks starting from Dhauladhar range to Chamba then moving towards Minikani Pass and ending the trek at Belani Pass.

FestivalsEvents
  • Go for adventurous and fun filled treks around the Dhauladhar range.
  • Camp beside the Lake.
  • Know the living style, occupation and culture of gujjars and gaddis and eat local food of Dhauladhar.
  • Best place to experiment your photography skills.

Triund, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

Triund
  • Location : Triund, Dharamkot, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.
  • How to reach : Nearest railway station is Kangra Valley and the nearest domestic airport is Kangra Airport while the nearest international airport is Chandigarh.
  • Visit duration : The trek duration is for two days including one-night stay in Triund at the camps.
  • Best time to visit : March to December. (The mountains are inaccessible January and February.)
  • Accomodations : A number of basic and luxury hotels as well as Tent stays are available for travelers in Triund as well as Dharamshala.

NOTE: Travelers must take warm clothes as well as good shoes and trekking gear along with.

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Triund in Kangra is yet another marvel and is also a definition of what a glimpse of paradise might look like. It is indeed a small hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the state that is known to be a state that nurtures magnificent grace within itself. Triund is a huge patch of land, full of fresh green grass, that has become a hill-station.

The stately Dhauladhar range is visible from the hill-station. There are a number of trekkers and explorers that come here at almost any time of the year to experience the silence of nature and to consume the beauty of the verdant green mountains.

Getting to the hill-station is not a tough job as it has well-connected roadways from many parts of Himachal Pradesh that guide one on their way this marvellous destination. The cliff is a combination of blue skies, uneven rocks, lush green patches, snowy peaks, and delighting weather.

The spot is quite famous amongst the avid trekkers and is also known as the tranquil trek and is accessible by almost all the age groups. The treks also vary, if you are looking for a snow trek or you are looking for a trek amidst the lush green ranges.

This place might just be the ideal spot for you if you are tired from the mundane everyday life and need a break. The beauty of nature around it will not just uplift you, but will also give you a glimpse of paradise and being lost in the silence, you might just explore a door anew, a door that opens up the elixir of peace.

There are a number of treks that are hosted by various trekkers all around the year at nominal rates and money is just a matter of numbers in front of this epitome of beauty.

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Triund is an amazing place to be. The scenic views and pristine nature offer you an relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Some of the major tourist attractions near Triund are: -

  • Bhagsu Falls
  • Namgyal Monastery
  • Bhagsunath Temple
  • Church of St. Johns
FestivalsEvents
  • Trek to Triund
  • Backpacking and camping in Triund
  • Christmas at triund

Kinnaur Kailash, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh.

Kinnaur Kailash
  • Location : Kinnaur Kailash is located on a hill in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • How to reach : The nearest airport is Shimla airport and nearest station is Kalka Railway Station.
  • Timing : Kinnaur is open throughout the year except for some days of heavy snowfall.
  • Visit duration : 11 days which involves six days of travelling and five days of trekking.
  • Best time to visit : April to October are best time to visit Kinnaur.
  • Accomodations : Hotels and resorts to its visitors and people can also go for camps and tents in case they are trekking upto Kinnaur Mountains.

NOTE: Travelers must bring with them appropriate shoes and gear for trekking and camping. Completing the hike in groups is recommended.

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Kinnaur Kailash is one of striking places of Himachal Pradesh and is positioned at a height of 6050 meters and has holy value for both hindus and buddhists kinnauris. Kinnaur is the example of perfect mixture of magnificient beauty and preservation of old customs and traditions. The Kinnaur Kailash is a range of mountains which acts like a boundary to the districts of Kinnaur in the southern part and shares its borders with Tibet due to which there is maor influence of Tibetian cutlture in the people of Kinnaur.

The highest peak of Kinnaur Kailash ranges is jorkanden from where one can get the whole view of Himachal at one go. Kinnaur Kailash is sometimes confused with the mountain Kailash of Tibet and are considered the same ranges but are different.

The ranges of Kinnaur are safe guarded by three huge mountain ranges that is Himalaya, Dhauladhar and Zanskar ranges. Tourists who are willing to go for mountain climbing in the snowy mountains of Kinnaur will experience one of the best views and appealing splendor of Kinnaur and Himachal. Kinnaur is not too far from Shimla, it is aobut 235 km away which can be traveled by buses or taxis to reach Kinnaur. It is a must visit place of Himachal Pradesh.

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Kinnaur offers a unique combination of Hindu culture and Buddhist traditions in one frame. There are also similarities with Tibetan culture which the tourist might get to see. People can try something adventurous in the ranges of Kinnaur and can visit the Nako Lake and Baspa River to explore the nearby regions of kinnaur. Kinnaur is hoem of many valleys too! Some of the known valleys are Hangrang valley and Sangla Valley which is full of adventure sports like paragliding, rafting and many more things which should be surely visited by the tourists. There are three administrative zones of Kinnaur Kalpa, Nichar and Pooh which looks after these ranges.

FestivalsEvents
  • Ukhayang and Phulech are some of the common festivals of Kinnaur.
  • Sazo is another festival observed by Kinnauris in the month of January
  • February or March experiences the festival of Phagul or Suskar wherein Kanda is worshipped.
  • Dakhrini is the festival of feast and fun for Kinnauris in the month of July.
  • Baisakhi or Beesh is celebrated in the month of April wherein Santang fair is organized and sweet delicacies are prepared.

Parashar Lake, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.

Parashar Lake
  • Location : Parashar lake, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.
  • How to reach : The nearest railway station is Chandigarh and the nearest Airport is also Chandigarh
  • Timing : Anytime during the day as per convenience of travelers.
  • Visit duration : Travelers should plan at least a half-day trip to the lake and enjoy the natural beauty.
  • Best time to visit : April to July and November to March are the best times to visit this epitome of beauty.
  • Accomodations : Many budget and luxury hotels are available.

NOTE: As the nearest big town of Mandi is around 49 kms from Parashar Lake, travelers must carry warm clothes and some medicines along with as well as some light snacks.

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Parashar lake, situated in Mandi, lies in the marvelously charming peaks of Himachal Pradesh. The deep blue water of the lake adds to the existing beauty of the lush green mountains in the surroundings, creating a colourful contrast that replicates a glimpse of paradise. The lake is located at a height of 2730 meters above sea level.

The peaks around the lake turn white, as a blanket of snow clads them giving the spectators a flabbergasting sight to witness. The river Beas also flows near the lake, thereby making it an even noteworthily pleasing to the eyes.

There is a portion of land, like an island in the lake, this piece of land is afloat and moves throughout the lake.

There is not an ideal time to visit the lake, as its beauty is such that it charms the viewers almost all the time. If you are looking to attain peace of mind, or want to take a few pretty shots of paradise, or you just want to get lost in the tranquility of nature, then this is the perfect spot for you.

The lake just lies 49km north of Mandi. you can opt for a local mode of transport of any other mode of transport to get there. If you are going to Himachal Pradesh, out of everything else you would not want to miss visiting this lake for sure.

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The name of the lake is derived from the famous Indian sage named ‘Prashar’, who is said to have meditated there. According to a mythological belief, the lake is said to be built by one of the Pandava brothers, Bheema after returning from Kurukshetra. There is also a three-storied temple on the boundaries of the lake of the sage Prashar and is considered sacred by the visitors. The temple is believed to build by a child from a single tree.

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Prashar Lake is the biggest tourist attraction in the town. It attracts travelers from all around the world with its natural beauty and majestic sights. Apart from Prashar Lake, there are some other tourist attractions also present nearby, such as: -

  • Ramachandra temple,
  • Kulant pith, and Triyugi Narayan temple
FestivalsEvents
  • New Year White Night by Yo Buddyz
  • Prashar Lake Trek, Camping and Bonfire by WanderOn
  • Prashar Lake Trip by Adotrip

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