Top 12 MUST VISIT Offbeat Places in Himachal Pradesh

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Nowadays many people look out for offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh as most of the tourist places are mostly turning to concrete jungles. There is so much demand for these less known places in Himachal that many of them are turning into the tourist spots now.

When I suggest travel plans to my loved ones including family and friends, I do ask them lots of question to get to know what they are expecting from their offbeat vacation in Himachal. It helps me suggest them a memorable trip of their lifetime. Some of these questions 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 quiet, 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 times I get a positive reply for most of these questions. Every other person, who travel frequently nowadays, is looking out for some quiet, peaceful, less commercialized and non-touristy place in Himachal to spend their valuable vacation time.

So, in case if the answer to any of these questions is YES for you too, then this article is for you only. 

Offbeat Places in Himachal near Delhi

Here is the preview of top 12 offbeat destinations in Himachal Pradesh near Delhi. We will look at them in this article in more detail.

Name of the Offbeat Place in Himachal
1. Tirthan Valley – Gushaini, Nagini
2. Pabbar Valley – Rohru, Shelapani, Kharapathar, Chansal Pass
3. Chindi – Karsog Valley
4. Daranghati – Daran Village
5. Barot
6. Prashar Lake
7. Bir – Biling
8. Parvati Valley – Kasol, Tosh, Kheerganga, Malana
9. Naggar Castle – Jagatsukh
10. Jibhi – Shringipur – Shoja – Jalori Pass
11. Rajgarh – Nohradhar – Haripurdhar
12. Chamba – Bharmour – Hadsar – Bairagarh
13. Other places – More than a day drive from Delhi

Himachal Pradesh offers a variety of hidden tourist places but many of them take at least two days to reach from Delhi/NCR. However, in this article, I am going to share with you my favorite offbeat places in Himachal.

These undiscovered places in Himachal Pradesh can be reached in a day from Delhi/NCR. You should be OK with traveling about 12-14 Hrs a day (the usual time for Manali / Dharamshala / Dalhousie).

You can go through these peaceful places in Himachal below. I am sure you will add many of them in your next travel plans for a trip to Himachal Pradesh.

1. Tirthan Valley

If you have not been to Tirthan Valley yet, then I am sure that you have not experienced nature in its purest form. Surrounded by the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), this beautiful valley situated beside the Tirthan River is one of the hidden tourist places in Himachal.

Tirthan Valley is an awesome place to relax in the lap of mother nature. It tops my list of offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh any day if you have never been to it. I love this place most in the whole Himachal region for my family outings.

If you haven’t got a chance to visit it, then the best time to visit Tirthan Valley will be coming Spring season and early summers. Though the Tirthan Valley is open all around the year, its beauty magnifies to greater magnitude with blooming flowers in the valley in Spring season and early summers. Also, the water in the Tirthan river is soothing to sit beside and get lost in peaceful nature.

There is a nearby waterfall in Gushaini, Tirthan Valley and you have Great Himalayan National Park that offers one of the best hikes around the world. You can go for day hikes in GHNP or stroll in the village or woods around it. Perfect place to spend some quality time with your family.

Tirthan tops among the offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh
Tirthan River at Night, Tirthan Valley

2. Pabbar Valley

Pabbar is one of the most enchanting places in Himachal Pradesh, isolated from the tourist rush as of now. It offers some awesome panoramic views, especially from Chansal pass, along with numerous nature walks/hikes in the dense orchards and forests all along the valley.

So, there is no surprise it makes in my list of less known places in Himachal.

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 these undiscovered places in Himachal like Rohru, Shelapani, Karapather or Chansal Pass. All these lesser known villages 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 away from the list of offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh, you should travel to Pabbar Valley soon in your upcoming trip to Himachal Pradesh. I am sure you will love every bit of it.

You can read about the route details and directions in my article on my trip to Chansal Pass – Rohru – Chakrata 

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 offbeat place in Himachal Pradesh that offers an inspiring set of beauty, peace, and calmness. Once, you reach Chindi or Karsog Valley, you have all the time in the world to rejuvenate, relax and spend some quality quiet moments with your loved ones.

You have ample hikes around in the dense orchards and there are several temples those can be explored around Chindi. You can visit Karsog Valley situated just below Chindi which also offers some really lush green wide views of the mountainscapes in Spring and Summers.

If lately, you had some “not so good” time with your better half or you had a 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.

IF required, you can discuss with me an itinerary for Shimla, Chindi, Karsog, and Kullu Valley and visit these offbeat places in Himachal near Delhi.

A Golden Sunset at Chindi, Himachal
A Golden Sunset at Chindi, Himachal

4. Daranghati – Daran Village

Daranghati near to Sarahan is one of the remotest and unexplored places 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 drive 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 in Himachal 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 in Himachal Pradesh. 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, thanks to Vikas Shokeen for picture

5. Barot – Luhardi Villages

Barot was used to be on my travel bucket list of offbeat places in Himachal for a long time. However, finally, in 2013, I got a chance to travel to this secluded place in Himachal besides the Uhl river.

Barot is another off the beaten track destination in Himachal Pradesh that is yet to gain an attention of the general tourists. It has some wonderful terraced fields, thick cedar forests, and a range of outdoor activities on offer for the tourist.

The Uhl river flowing next to the Barot village mostly on both sides adds every bit of its unique beauty. So, if you love serenity, nature walks, or you are a backpacker or one who loves to do some angling then do not hesitate by any means to visit Barot village in your upcoming travel plan for Himachal.

You can read my comprehensive travel guide of Barot to know everything about this offbeat place in Himachal Pradesh near Delhi.

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

6. Prashar Lake

Prashar Lake, which is located about 49 odd KMs north of Mandi at an altitude of 2730 Mtrs, is one of the popular offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh. The lake has a depth unknown to anyone so far. People who know about this place just can’t stop going there again and again due to the extreme solitude and peace it offers to you.

However, I only like Prashar Lake in two states, one, when it is surrounded by green colors topped with a varied variety of flowers in the monsoon months of July – August. And, the other state is when the white carpet of snow surrounds this surreal lake and give it a feeling like a jewel-studded & shining midst white gold around it, in the month of January – March.

You can take Delhi to Manali overnight Volvo and reach Mandi. There are buses running from Mandi to Prashar lake / Baggi village, the base of Prashar. Spend a day at Prashar either in FRH or PWD Guest House or camping near the lake. Finally, on Day 3 you can return back home. So, a trip to Prashar can easily be done over an extended weekend.

As I said, it looks beautifully green in monsoon time, Prashar lake is also one of the top offbeat places in Himachal to visit in August. Of course, with rains, there is always a risk.

You can read my snow trek to Prashar which I did in the month of January and it was pure bliss.

Prashar Lake, offbeat places in Himachal near Delhi
Prashar Lake, frozen in time

7. Bir – Billing

I have already mentioned Barot above in this article but let’s deviate a bit now. Just about 70 odd KMs from Barot, there lies India’s favorite destination for Paragliding by the name of Bir Billing.

While Bir is more of a conventional Buddhist/Tibetan town having quite nice monasteries and a stupa, 14 KMs north of Bir lies Billing which is the hotspot of paragliding in India. These two places also come pretty high in the list of my favorite offbeat places in Himachal near Delhi.

You can club the trip to Bir Biling along with Barot village trip or Prashar Lake trip. Otherwise, you can also make a dedicated trip to this secluded place in Himachal.

The stay options are available at Chowgan village. The best time to visit Bir – Billing is from April – May or September to mid of November. You may not be aware but it is true that Bir – Billing hosted the Paragliding World Cup by the Paragliding World Cup Association, France in 2015 🙂 🙂 …

So, being popular only amongst a niche of travelers, Bir Biling in Himachal makes the ideal offbeat destination in Himachal for all peace and paragliding lovers.

Bir - Billing, an aerial view...
Bir – Billing, an aerial view (Tarun Goel – Picture Credit)

8. Kasol – Malana – Tosh – Kheerganga

Now, let’s talk about a couple of beautiful unknown places of Himachal Pradesh, Kasol – Malana – Tosh – Kheerganga.

Kasol, 75 km away from Manali and about 34 km from Bhunter, lies in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is nestled between Pin Parvati ranges on one side and the mighty Beas river on the other.

Parvati river, a tributary to Beas, also passes through Kasol town. For years we have heard that Kasol is a mini Israel for its cannabis production and foreigner settlement.

But that is not what Kasol is all about.

A calm little Himalayan town, Kasol gets its unique selling point from towering hills covering this town, the ferocious yet forgiving Parvati river and an abundance of multi-cuisine restaurants. On an average day in Kasol, you will find numerous German bakery and cafes serving multi cuisines, shops selling innovative caps, jewellery and tshirts, firangs and hippies strolling about around the streets and much much more.

Apart from Kasol, there are numerous hikes or treks or walks one can undertake from Kasol to reach various tranquil places in around Parvati Valley.

Tosh – Kalga – Pulga – Kheerganga

You can go up to Tosh village, where a bumpy yet motorable road goes. Tosh offers some really majestic views in Parvati Valley. Then there is a 3-4 Hrs trek to Kheerganga running through quaint villages of Kalga – Pulga having a hot spring up there. It is one of the most favorite spots for most people traveling to Kasol.

Malana

Finally, there is a tabooed village of Malana which is quite an unusual yet very picturesque hamlet having its one unique culture, laws/rules which amuses many people to visit this place. All these places are nearby Kasol only and you can club a 3-4 day trip to visit these places or make these villages as a base to explore the rest of them around.

Once, these used to be the most undiscovered places in Himachal but as of 2018 Insta age and budding travellers searching for trance things has kind of killed it a bit. However, still, you can visit these quaint towns Himachal for peace not just a different trance and hippie culture.

Kasol - Parvati Valley, an amazing view
Kasol – Parvati Valley, an amazing view

9. Naggar Castle – Jagatsukh

Naggar Village, about 22 KMs away from Manali, is a quiet little village to enjoy peace and calmness of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh I have always believed that staying at Naggar Palace, a premium heritage hotel, run by HPTDC is one of the most romantic offbeat experiences of Himachal.

Naggar castle offers some amazingly beautiful views from its front row rooms and balcony based restaurant.

Best will be that you book rooms in the first row offering valley view. On a relaxing day, you can hike to Old Krishna Temple, visit Shiv Temple or Roerich Art Gallery and Museum at Naggar.

As soon as you reach bus stand (I feel it was a bust stand :)) of Naggar just lift your eyes upwards and you can get the glimpse of a castle-like structure made of wood and rocks at a cliff point. It’s approx. 800 Mtrs from the bus stand. 

Jagatsukh

On the way to Naggar from Manali, there comes another quiet, calm and small village by the name Jagatsukh. There is a well-known temple there as “Gayatri Temple” which is known to be one of the oldest temples of all time with relevance to “Mahabharata“.

Nowadays Jagatsukh is also gaining popularity in terms of staying away from the hustle bustle of the Manali town at a peaceful location. So, surely needs a special mention in this list of offbeat places in Himachal.

The valley view from Naggar Castle
The valley view from Naggar Castle
Gayatri temple at Jagatsukh
Gayatri temple at Jagatsukh

10. Jibhi – Shringipur – Shoja – Jalori Pass

We have already talked much about Tirthan Valley (Tirthan Valley family vacation guide ) in this list of offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh.

However, if you move from Tirthan Valley or Gushaini towards Banjar and takes the road to Jalori Pass, you will come across some more peaceful yet not so known hidden tourist places in Himachal. These are popular by the names Jibhi, Ghiyaji / Shringipur / Shringi Vatika, Shoja and Jalori Pass.

In order to beat the crowd and have a tranquil time with your loved ones, staying at any of these villages will not disappoint you a bit. All these places now have small guest houses or home stays run by mostly local families where you can enjoy besides the flowing waters of tributary to Tirthan river especially at Shringi Vatika and enjoy local cuisines while living in complete calmness.

Shringi Vatika is basically a homestay/guest house run by an old couple which now they call it Shringipur. HPTDC have put up camps right at Jalori Pass in complete solitude with no one to be spotted around apart from majestic valley views and that makes it a perfect place to live away from civilization yet very close to it 🙂 🙂 

Shringi Vatika
Shringi Vatika
On top of clouds at Jalori Pass
On top of clouds at Jalori Pass

11. Rajgarh – Nohradhar – Haripurdhar

Located in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, Rajgarh – Nohradhar – Haripurdhar villages are one of the most less known offbeat places in Himachal where you can really enjoy complete peace and calmness away from any kind of hustle bustle.

Only a handful of people know about it and one can enjoy the drive of about 9-10 hrs from Delhi. Rajgarh lies ahead of Solan and you can witness pure serenity around the place once you reach.

These places lie on one of the well-known treks by the name Churdhar Trek. In winter month, these hidden villages becomes one of those not so popular places to find snowfall near Delhi in Himachal

You can read the entire travel tale in the DoW Community about a family trip to Rajgarh (Sirmour)

12. Chamba – Bharmour – Hadsar – Bairagarh

Many tourists visit Dalhousie – Khajjiar every year and some of them make a day trip to Chamba as well. However, the entire region ahead of Dalhousie – Banikhet is very untouched and quite less explored apart from the days of Manimahesh Yatra.

There are plenty of options of peaceful places in entire Bharmour Valley ranging from Chamba to Bairagarh, the base of Sach Pass or an entrance to Pangi Valley. The places around Bharmour which only remain rushed during the days of Manimahesh yatra but rest of the season mostly have fewer tourist footfalls.

However, you can always visit these places to enjoy a quiet holiday with your loved ones or family without much outside disturbance and rather make a day trip to tourist places of Dalhousie – Khajjiar from these places in order to have a balance of touristy plus offbeat experience.

No doubt, these places needed a special mention in this list of offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh near Delhi.

A beautiful view in Bharmour
A beautiful view in Bharmour
A rainy day on the way to Banikhet
A rainy day on the way to Banikhet

Other Offbeat places in Himachal & FAQ

Q1. Does Kinnaur Valley comes in the offbeat places of Himachal Pradesh?

Well, indeed Kinnaur Valley including Sangla, Chitkul, and Kalpa is one of the offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh. However, in order to visit these places you need at least 5 days to make some sense of the trip. I have detailed about it in my most recommended itinerary of Kinnaur Valley, in case you have that many days in hand.
Planing for a trip to Kinnaur Valley in Winters?

Q2. Are there other offbeat places in Himachal apart from this list?

Well, there are other offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh too. If you have not been to places like Bharmour, Spiti Valley, Lahaul Valley or Pangi Valley, they all come under the offbeat tribal belt of Himachal. However, you need more than a weekend to visit these beautiful unknown destinations in Himachal.Barren beauty of Spiti Valley

Conclusion

All these offbeat places in Himachal can be visited from Delhi/NCR in a day’s time and you can enjoy a complete offbeat vacation of 3 to 4 days at any of these places near Delhi. 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 of a bit undiscovered places in Himachal which one will you put on your bucket list?

In the upcoming articles on this similar series of offbeat places near Delhi, I will cover some offbeat places in Uttarakhand along with offbeat resorts in Himachal to stay. So, stay tuned and subscribe to my email list of travelers to get such tips delivered to your inbox.

Please share your thoughts, reviews, suggestions, and experiences as comments. I would be looking forward to them… till then Happy Traveling.

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  1. Comments section gets closed in 90 days. You can follow me on Instagram and ask your travel questions in a direct message on Instagram too. I also conduct a weekly Q&A session every Saturday evening on Instagram, so see you there !!

  2. Hi Dheeraj,

    Need your guidance. We are a family of four, me, hubby, 2 daughters( 7 and 3). We are planning a 2 week trip to Himachal in May. We are interested in being close to nature and exploring various organic farms and farm stays in Himachal. Would you have any suggestions for shortlisting the places that we should cover.

    Thanks a lot.

    • Hey Srishti,

      As you will be visiting for couple of weeks, I will highly recommend that you include Kinnaur Valley with Kalpa, Sangla Valley. Spend time there relaxing, then come over and go to Tirthan Valley over Jalori pass and spend time there at Raju Bharti Guest House besides the river. If you haven’t booked it, first check the booking and work around your dates around those days.

      Rest of the places can just be stop overs to enjoy Kinnaur Valley and Tirthan Valley at ease. In case, it seems too monotonous, you can include Manali – Solang Valley as tourist places ahead of Tirthan Valley just to feel the touristy place as well.

  3. Hi Dheeraj,
    We are 4 adults and a 2 yrs old kid wanting to travel to offbeat but beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh between 10th to 15th Feb 2018. Please suggest best options. We will be driving from either Chandigarh or Gurdaspur.

    • Hey Gunjan,

      I will recommend going over to stay at Pabbar Valley OR Barot during this time of the year. You can also plan for Tirthan Valley with Shoja which will give you access to play in snow as well at Jalor Pass.

  4. Ayush Chauhan on

    Hey Dheeraj, I’ve been reading your posts about Spiti and my first solo ever was Spiti itself in June mid.
    I always plan two trips atleast in a year so i had a clue where to go in winters but not the information that i needed which included cheap cost travelling as i was traveling solo again. Then i read one of your posts about Kinnaur in Winters and now I’m done with Kinnaur as well.
    All thanks to you for the most relevant information.
    Looking forward for more from you.
    Wish i was a part of your team 🙂

    • Hey Ayush,

      Thank you and I am glad the info on the website has helped you plan your trip. Being part of the team, if you intend to contribute the articles on DoW Website, I can get you the account created and you can publish them in case you are interested to contribute 🙂

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  5. Jatin Doshi on

    HI Dheeraj,

    Planning a trip to the HImalayas for the end of this month and I am a bit confused. And you and your website have helped me a lot for my Ladakh and Kinnaur trips in the past. I hope you will act as a saviour now also! I have around 7-8 days in hand from Delhi to Delhi. And I want to go to some offbeat place with as many less people as possible, have some good walking trails etc and lots of snow. I read another post of yours on Barot and have been wanting to visit it since a long time. Would it be the right choice. or should I plan for Spiti..I have already done Kinnaur but i think 7 days would be too less for Spiti given that it takes a lot of time to / fro delhi – Kaza – Delhi. I am also thinking of Tirthan Valley. I’ll be a solo traveler and all my transport will be via public transport.

    P.S. Reading your articles, I am most biased towards Barot. But will the 3 things – good walking trails, availability of vegetarian food and snow be possible?!

    • Hey Jatin,

      Wonderful to see you back here again !!

      Well, yes, I will suggest you plan the trip for Barot clubbed with either Tirthan Valley OR Bir – Billing – Prashar. Choose the latter only when you can trek for about 7-8 KMs in snow to reach Prashar Lake. Otherwise for eased out trip you can plan for Barot clubbed with Tirthan Valley, Shoja, Jalori PAss visit till the point snow allows.

  6. hey Dheeraj,
    My train will reach chandigarh on 15th Jan,2018 and I am in himachal till 27th Jan,2018 after that I will go to Amritsar.Can you please suggest me offbeat places to visit and the route and where to stay.I will be obliged if you can help as soon as possible

    • Hey Harsh,

      How are you traveling buddy? Are you self driving or will be using public transport. With winters in North India, most of the places in the mountains will be quiet and kinda offbeat only 😉 … But, with so many days at hand, I will suggest 6-7 days in Kinnaur Valley, then come down and take the route from Karsog – Chindi – Rohanda to Tirthan Valley and spend some time there. You can also visit Jalori Pass from Tirthan as well and either club Prashar Lake or just spend those days in around Tirthan Valley

  7. Chaitali Arora on

    Hello dheeraj,
    Thank you for sharing off beat places, i was looking for exactly same places but in the month of december. I am planning a trip on 22nd dec with my friends to HP. It would be really helpful of you if you could suggsst a place where we can experience serene beauty and snowfall if possible with a 3 days time frame in hand.
    Thank you

  8. Ayush Kumar on

    Hello Dheeraj and thanks for a very informative post.
    I’m planning a trip to Himachal in January with my girlfriend for 5-6 days. So kindly suggest me must to go places. I really want to visit the Spiti Valley.

    • Hey Ayush,

      If you have some buffer days then may be plan a trip up to Kinnaur Valley at max. Otherwise, stick to Pabbar Valley or Shimla or Manali / Solang Valley.

      Spiti valley is kind of harsh in winters and may not give you in return what you expect.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  9. Fritz Swaner on

    Just seen this great article if you are ready to plan your holidays for next year. Have a look, its good to know.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

    • I do not travel in lower hills in monsoon time myself, so personally will not suggest going to a place near the river in monsoon time.

  16. 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.

  17. 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 ?

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  18. 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

      • Hi Dheeraj
        Thanks a lot for the information
        Just wanted to check how do I go about organising this trip? in terms of costs, logistics etc, Do you know of some one who could get this organised for us? thanks

  19. Superb information and amazing places to visit in himachal pradesh.

  20. 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

    • Namita, Gushaini in Tirthan Valley is such a place and so as I will say any villages like Ani – Khanag towards Jalori Pass. Then, Barot, Luhardi will also not disappoint you.

  21. 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 .

  22. 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!

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

  24. 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 🙂

  25. 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?

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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

    • It is more or less a simple hike than a trek, The whole route is paved mostly. Just a matter of body stamina and how much you walk in general.

  29. 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

  30. Ratheesh R Nath on

    Great information about Himachal Pradesh, everyone should visit Himachal….

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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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