5 Must Visit Off-beat Places in Himachal Pradesh

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When I suggest travel plans for my loved ones including family and friends I do ask them lots of question to get to know what they are looking or expecting from their vacation or travel. It helps make a memorable trip of their lifetime. Some of these queries definitely include –

“Are you tired of being visiting the same old commercialized, tourist flocked, complete hustle-bustle like Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie, Dharamshala etc? Do you feel like going to some quite, secluded and peaceful place where you can spend quality time with your family, friends and nature? Do you believe in off the beaten track travel and love to explore new places? “

Well, many a times I get a positive reply for most of such queries and every other person (who travel frequently) now a days is looking out for some quiet, peaceful, less commercialized and non-touristy place to spend their valuable vacation.

Himachal Pradesh itself offers variety of such off-beat places but many of them take at least two days to reach from Delhi/NCR. However, I would try to enlist below my top 5 favorite off-beat places in Himachal Pradesh that can be reached in a day’s time from Delhi/NCR, if you are OK with traveling about 12-14 Hrs a day (usual time for Manali / Dharamshala / Dalhousie). You can go through them below and I hope you can give them space in your next travel plans –

1. Tirthan Valley

If you haven;t been to Tirthan Valley then I am sure that you have not experienced nature in its purest form. Surrounded by Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), this beautiful valley situated besides Tirthan River is an awesome place to relax in the lap of mother nature. It tops my list of some off – beat places in Himachal Pradesh and I love this valley most in the whole Himachal region. If you haven’t got a chance to visit it, then the best time to do so will be in coming Spring season next year. Though the Tirthan Valley is open all round the year but its beauty magnifies to greater magnitude with blooming flowers all round the valley in Spring season. If interested, for more details you can always check the complete Travel Guide for Tirthan Valley

Tirthan River at Night, Tirthan Valley
Tirthan River at Night, Tirthan Valley
2. Pabbar Valley

Pabbar is one of the most enchanting valley in Himachal Pradesh yet isolated from the tourist rush as of now. It offers some awesome panoramic views along with tones of nature walks/hikes in the dense orchards and forests all along the valley. You can also experience a wide range of activities like camping, trekking, fishing, and other adventure activities are also gaining attention including rafting and paragliding. You may have heard about the names of Rohru, Shelapani, Karapather or Chansal Pass and they all come under Pabbar Valley region. So, in all honesty before this “becoming popular” destination gets polluted by the maddening tourist rush, high end commercialization and goes off the off – beat travel places list, do give it a place in your next travel plans to Himachal Pradesh. I am sure you will love every bit of it. You can read about the route details and directions at the link: Trip to Chansal Pass – Rohru – Chakrata | Itinerary & Road Conditions

Lucky to Spot this Rainbow in Pabbar Valley while coming down from Chansal Pass
Lucky to Spot this Rainbow in Pabbar Valley while coming down from Chansal Pass
3. Chindi, Karsog Valley

Chindi is yet another off–beat place in Himachal Pradesh that offers an inspiring set of beauty, peace and calmness. Once, you reach Chindi you have all the time in the world to rejuvenate, relax and spend some quality quite moments with your loved ones. You have ample of hikes around in the dense orchards and there are several temples than can be explored around Chindi. You can also visit Karsog Valley situated just below Chindi which also offers some really lush green wide views of the mountainscapes. If lately, you had some “not so good” time with your better half or you had great time with him/her but still want to make it better by listening to each other or you yourself want to introspect few things about yourself then Chindi is an ideal place for you. For more details on an itinerary, you can check Itinerary for Shimla, Chindi, Karsog and Kullu Valley. Also, you can read about my experience to Chindi at the link: Chindi – Abode of Calmness in Himachal | Family Trip

A Golden Sunset at Chindi, Himachal
A Golden Sunset at Chindi, Himachal
4. Daranghati

Daranghati near to Sarahan, is one of the remotest and unexplored passes in Himachal Pradesh situated just above Daran Village. It is famous for Daranghati Wildlife Sanctuary but nothing can be taken from the jaw-dropping beauty it offers you. Since, Daranghati is near to Sarahan (which itself offers nice beauty and peace) and lacks too many accommodation options (just two as of now), it can always be covered as a day trip from Sarahan. However, one day camping at Daranghati is highly recommended to feel the nature in its best form. The general route to Daranghati goes through Mashnoo (alternate routes are also there) and for cars it is almost an off-road type of experience. If you plan to visit in hatchback or sedan then I guess you need to have some really good driving skills, caution and very careful driving to run on this adventurous plus narrow road. If you are especially a rider or driver who loves to enjoy some adventurous roads to reach a secluded place for ultimate relaxation then you should definitely plan a trip to Daranghati very soon. You will not be disappointed at all. Even, if you drop Daranghati then Sarahan (entrance to Kinnaur Valley) itself offering some picturesque beauty and peace, is worth a place to visit.But, going to Sarahan will just give you peace nothing much exotic. (For just Sarahan, read more in comments by doodlings though via email)

A view enroute Daranghati

A view enroute Daranghati
Photo Credits:Vikas Shokeen
5. Barot

Barot has been on my to-travel list for a long time and yet I haven’t been able to include in any of my travel plans. Barot is another off the beaten track destination in Himachal Pradesh that is yet to gain attention of the general tourist. It has some wonderful terraced fields, thick cedar forests and range of outdoor activities on offer for the tourist. The Uhl river flowing next to Barot Village mostly on both sides adds every bit of its unique beauty. So, if you love serenity, some nature walks, or you are a backpacker or love to do some angling then do not hesitate by any means to place Barot village in your upcoming travel plan. You can read all about Barot in the comprehensive travel guide: Delhi to Barot Village, Himachal – Travel Guide

Silky Waters of Uhl River near Barot Village
Silky Waters of Uhl River near Barot Village, Himachal

Conclusion

All these off-beat places can be visited from Delhi/NCR in a day’s time and you can enjoy a complete vacation of 3 to 4 days at any of these places. You can check with me for an itinerary and other details for these lovely off the beaten track travel places in Himachal Pradesh.

So, after going through the complete list which one will you place in your next travel plan? Please share your thoughts, reviews, suggestions and experiences as comments. I would be looking for to them… till then Happy Traveling.

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  1. Hi dheeraj,

    I am planning to travel in October to some untapped location in Himachal from delhi
    Heard many times about chanshal, and barot, and tirthan valley, but I have only 3-4 days to travel and don’t want to drive this time.
    Can you suggest some place and how to travel to that place as I don’t want to drive.

    Thanks

  2. kanchan Thakur on

    Great information and amazing places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh is one of the greatest place in India which is famous for its nature and tourists visiting this place to spend some quality time.

  3. Dear Dheeraj,

    I am 41 yo and I am planning a bike ride with one of my friends (on 2 different bikes) from Amritsar to Barot in early October. Please, let me know if there are any offbeat places to visit within 50-60 km area around Barot. Buddhist monasteries are also on our minds and I have heard that the areas nearby has many of those. Please suggest.

  4. Dear Dheeraj,
    Much appreciate your valued infos on Off-beat destinations in Himachal.
    I am 64, just did the Tirthan Valley last April with my wife (just two of us) self- driving from Gurgaon. Stayed at the Raju Bharti GH for 3 days. With one night in Kasol and two in Manali, the whole trip was excellent, perhaps could not have been better !
    Please can you suggest me a destination (preferably around this distance) where we can enjoy the beauty of fruit bearing orchards of Apples and Pears (plucking time) with serene and tranquillity at it’s best ? Is it too rainy in Aug/Sep ? Would anyway prefer driving myself (a sedan).
    Thank you for your time Dheeraj.

    Regds……… Abhay

    • That is wonderful to know sir. I will recommend you to either for with Barot – Prashar lake this time in September OR you should plan for a trip to Kinnaur Valley (Sangla, Chitkul, Kalpa) in September for apples.

      • Abhay Mittra on

        Dear Dheeraj Ji,
        Thank you so very much for your kind response with those couple suggestions. Heard of Barot whilst in Palampur two years back, but missed out for a serious thought. Let me sit down and look for some viable option for such trips.
        Would also like to know your suggestion, if a Rail journey up to Joginder Nagar and then taking a Taxi to Barot is a better option than driving myself to Barot. Don’t have any idea if one can leave his car at Joginder N at an authorised safe parking place for 2/3 days !

        Regds….. Abhay

  5. Tripti Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Planning to go somewhere quite for the coming long weekend this week. Could you suggest which one should we opt for? A lil bit of adventure spot should be okay but our plan is to spend some quiet time.

    Request you to please share some options and in case you know any good property where we can chill for a few days, please share that too.

    I know its too short a notice but hoping to get a reply from you. Your itineraries have always helped in planning a trip better.

    Thanks,
    Tripti

    • Hello Tripti,

      The roads in Pabbar Valley are a bit bad otherwise you can plan a stay in Pabbar Valley which will be less touristy. Then another option will be to visit Chindi or Karsog to spend quiet time. Then, if you have not been to Tirthan Valley or Barot, you can go with that too.

  6. Ahmad Adeel Khan on

    Hi Dheeraj!
    I am planning to visit Barot along with my friends in August. What would you recommend about visiting the place during monsoon?
    If not Barot, which place would you recommend to visit during the mentioned period?

  7. Pallavi Ajay D on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Very nice info.
    We are planning to visit Himachal in october2017 with our 3years old kid for 7to 8days from pune.
    Can you suggest places among above mentioned by you in article which we can stay in with kid safely and share a itinerary.
    Thanks

    • Pallavi, you can surely plan a trip to Tirthan Valley and Barot together in 7-8 days in hand. Book Raju Bharti Guest House in advance in Tirthan Valley.

  8. Varsha morolia on

    Hello Dheeraj , I m from Delhi n want to know about any such place where I can stay for atleast 7-10 days starting from 16 June 2017, n the place is not over crowded n lacks the mobile connectivity n is in the lap of Mother Earth.

    • Varsha, in such a case you should plan a trip to Kinnaur Valley and Spiti Valley. Either you can go from Manali side to just stay quietly in peace in Spiti Valley or you can do the complete circuit from Shimla – Kinnaur – Spiti – Manali which involves more travel. You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Spiti Valley followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 10-11 days: Most Common Itinerary for Spiti Valley.

      • Varsha morolia on

        Hello Dheeraj ,
        Thanku for the info.
        Do you arrange whole trip for spiti valley for solo travellers ?
        If yes than pls provide me the complete details including the stay n other charges ?

        • PLEASE note Devil On Wheels is a Travel Platform to share information with fellow like minded travellers for FREE. We neither organize any tours nor offer any travel packages. There are some people who do sell tours and run commercial things with same or similar names like ours with few spelling changes. Please BEWARE of such copy cats using our name to disguise fellow travelers, as they use our name or similar name to fool people for their own commercial purpose and in the past we have heard tons of complaints about them from the people who got confused in entities and ended up trips with them.

          We at Devil On Wheels Travel Platform offer sufficient information we possibly can from road conditions to routes to maps to hotel details to day by day plans and other advises that one need to make a successful Himalayan trip including Ladakh, Himachal, Uttarakhand or North-East thoroughly. This will save you a lot of money and hassles too which you can use to buy something good for you or to help the ones in need in Himalayas 🙂 🙂

  9. Hi Dheeraj,
    Im Ignatius Fernandes and am planning a family trip to himachal and Amritsar in mid Oct 2017.
    I want to plan an itinerary which is not the commercialised one but one where my family can appreciate how beautiful nature is and also would love to do adventure sports while at it. We are looking at a 7-10 days trip. Hope you can guide us here in terms of stay , travel and costs etc. Thanks

    • Hello Ignatius,

      You can pretty much follow the below plan:

      Day 1 – Leave from Delhi by overnight Volvo for Manali. Get down at Aut/Bhunter near Kullu next morning (Day 2) where you can get to reach Tirthan Valley (about 40-45 KMs from there)
      Day 2 – Tirthan Valley – Relaxing day besides Tirthan River
      — Stay at Raju Bharti Guest House (you will need booking well in advance, so finalize it ASAP) other you need to stay at some other property. Raju is a pioneer in that region, so will say do not miss the stay there as it is quite an experience in itself.
      Day 3 – Tirthan Valley
      — Enjoy the walks in the GHNP. There are two Waterfalls nearby Raju GH in the woods.
      Day 4 – Tirthan Valley – Naggar Castle (about 50 KMs)
      — Stay at Naggar Castle and enjoy the place. Very romantic with great views and food. Visit Roerich Musueum, Art Gallery and do not miss the hike to ancient Krishna Temple at the top
      — It is one of the most romantic places in Himachal
      Day 5 – Naggar Castle – Manali (about 30 KMs)
      — Manali Local sightseeing including Manu Temple, Hadimba Temple, Local Monastery, Shopping at Mall road etc etc
      Day 6 – Manali – Rohtang Pass – Solang Valley – Manali
      Day 7 | Manali – Amritsar
      Day 8 | Amritsar
      Day 9 | Amritsar and return

  10. Hi Dheeraj,

    I’ve come across your post for the first time and found it very useful. My name is Namita and am looking for a remote place with moderate weather for a 6 month solitude excursion. Ideally it should be remote but with access to a market for supplies. Would you be aware of a place like that where in i could rent a simple room for a long stay. All your inputs are highly appreciated.

    Many Thanks!
    Namita

  11. nivedhitha ramesh on

    Hi I read your articles and we are three sisters travelling from chennai and we are planning s a weeks trip . Can u suggest the best places we can cover himachal .
    Looking forward to hear from you .

  12. Hi Dheeraj

    Hope you are doing well.

    We are a group of 5 people, planning to visit Himachal / Uttrakhand in May-June, for 7 days. We will be coming from Mumbai

    Please help on the following: –
    1. Can we cover both states in 7 days. We all would want to cover the maximum places, of course with limited hassle.
    2. If not, then please let me know the places which can be covered during May-June

    Thanks in advance!

  13. we are planning for 2n3days trip in mid January.
    please sugest some place near to delhi where we can enjoy snowfall or snow games

  14. Nidhi Thakur on

    Great post!

    You covered very good places! I hope one day I will visit these places.
    I like Triund, Dharamshala a lot.

    Thanks for sharing a very informative post.

    • Thank you Nidhi, glad you liked them. There is another post that covers 7 more offbeat places of Himachal Pradesh worth taking a look and adding to your bucket list 🙂

  15. Sonam Raina on

    Hello Dheeraj. What are some good offbeat places to go to in HP in November last week? It is going to be very cold. What would you recommend keeping the weather in mind?

  16. Anil kumar on

    Himachal Pradesh is such a Beautiful hilly place where we get whole experience of up and downs….Greenary gives different awesome look to it and different vallies of Himachal gives us this chance.

  17. Hi Dheeraj,
    Want to plan 3 day trip in Oct to offbeat location Barot..
    Can u guide me what all activities is available? Where to stay? How long it takes from Delhi.. Mode of transportation by car or volvo.. Recommendation on hotel.. Near by must visit..
    Thanks

  18. NARESH JAKHAR on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Nice to see all your comments & suggestions to travelers. Please help me to finalize any destination to enjoy holidays. I am planning to travel somewhere in Himachal Pardesh with my family on 22nd to 25th September, 2016. I am looking for a riverside hill station with naturally beautiful scenes and less crowded. We will travel in my own car. Please suggest.
    Thanks

  19. Hi dheeraj ,

    Planning a trip with family for appx 5 days in the month of october ( 10th to 15th )
    Priorities
    1. Decent travelling conditions by road,
    2. Off beat less explored locations with some activities nearby.
    3. group Tour would also be fine

    Could you suggest an itenary

  20. Hey Dheeraj, by any chance do you have any idea of how are the roads to Daranghati and Sarahan at this time.

    • Atul, there have been landslides all around Himachal in the lower hill. Near Solan there was a landslide which blocked NH-22. So, at this time conditions of roads are not so well anywhere due to excessive rains.

  21. Hello, Excellent blog. Please help me frame my itinerary. I have 4 – 5 days in Himachal and want to visit Dharamshala. Will be starting from Gurgaon on fri night. I planned for Paragliding but all sports are closed now due to the monsoon 🙁

    My tentative itinerary

    Saturday – Reach Amritsar Sat morn by train. Visit Golden temple and Wagah border and start to Dharamshala the same evening and reach by midnight.

    Sunday – Sight seeing around Dharamshala

    Monday – Triud trek. How are places to stay at the top? Can I check out Dharamshala room and stay at Triund top? Or do I need to come back down and stay at Dharamshala?

    Tues – Dalhousie / Khajjar???? How are these places? Are they worth going the extra 100 kms? If not pls suggest some place for Tuesday. I m planning to get a flight by Wed late morning !

    Wed noon – Flight back home from Dharamshala.

    • Chendur, the plan seems fine but I will advice you to drop the dalhousie and spend time at Triund with easy trek up, stay overnight and come down the trek next day.There are couple of dhabhas and a room to stay.

  22. Hi dheeraj
    Hope u r doing great
    We r a couple and planning a trip to Tirthan, starting from delhi on 3rd August and be back by 7th August night.
    We have already covered Shimla.
    This time want to visit Tirthan and nearby places
    Kindly suggest if narkanda Wil b a gud option or pabbar valley can be covered in this time period.
    Else if not above two then what could be added to our trip
    Please suggest and we r planning to stay at Raju Bharti guest house.

    Thanks in advance

    • Please check with raju about the river water level during this time and is right time to visit or not. He will be able to guide you. You should plan Narkanda – shoja – Jalori pass along with Tirthan valley

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