7 Places You Must Visit in the Indian Himalayas

1. Pabbar Valley

Welcome to the land where the British used to have tea and camp. Yes, you read that right, the Pabbar valley was a major hotspot for the British Raj to have some fun time and relax with their families.

This can thus give you an idea about the beauty and innocence of this hidden gem of Himachal. There are forset filled roads having a variety of beautiful and magnificent trees like the Cedars, Oaks, and Deodars.

Rafting is one of the most enjoyable activities that you should carry out here. Other fun activities you can enjoy here are paragliding, trekking, and camping.

2. Leh-Ladakh

When making a list of best places in the hilly terrains, we can surely not leave Leh Ladakh aside, can we? One of the most popular and hyped tourist destinations of all time, it deserves all the attention it gets.

From mountaineering to trekking to even spiritual cleansing, this place offers it all. It has many snow-capped mountains where you can enjoy skiing and trekking.

The lavish blue lakes and canopies around us help us relax and feel calm. There are many typical Buddhist monasteries as well where you can retreat for some true bliss and happiness.

3. Kinnaur

Kinnaur is one of the most scenic cities in the whole of Himachal Pradesh. Unlike its very touristy counterparts, its less crowded and more fun. It makes for some of the best tourist destinations for your wanderlust soul.

It has many different places to visit and offers all kinds of activities. There are beautiful villages of Sangla and Chitkul with scenic views and beautiful landscapes.

The Kalpa village has a wonderful and mesmerizing lake as well. You can do fishing and boating in its pristine blue waters. There is camping also available on its banks.

4. Dehradun

Welcome to the winter capital of Uttarakhand- Dehradun. This beautiful city is located at the foothills of the Himalayas in the majestic Doon valley. It is a great place and is the best gateway to a variety of places like Mussorie, Auli, Rishikesh, and Haridwar.

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There are beautiful waterfalls having sulfur at Sahastradhara. This is also a great place for nature-loving people and also for adventure enthusiasts. It has unparalleled beauty with lush green trees and a great atmosphere. You can enjoy bird watching, boating as well as trekking and hiking.

The Robber’s Cave is a majestic gorge carved into the beautiful rocks is a great structure and natural wonder. It is a marvel to look at along with the scenic beauty around it.

5. Darjeeling

Another beautiful city located in the hilly regions is the city of Darjeeling. If you love greenery and trees then this place is a must-visit. It has sprawling tea gardens spread across its entire town which is really beautiful.

It is a UNESCO world heritage site and located in the state of West Bengal. The best part about this place is it remains cool throughout the year. So, you can visit it any time and yet get to experience some cool and breezy atmosphere.

This is also famous for its local culture and food. The piping hot momos with spicy chutney is a must-try when you visit Darjeeling. Also, don’t forget to have a hot cup of chai with some steaming hot Maggi at a local shack for a great winter experience.

6. Jammu

It is the largest city of J&K and called the winter capital of the state. With the mighty Himalayas on one side and lush-green valleys on the other, it makes for a wonderful tourist spot.

Leh, Jammu, and Kashmir
Leh, Jammu, and Kashmir

Though mainly known as a hill station and cold city, its surprising to note that the region also experiences extreme summers. It is therefore advisable to visit during the months of January and February when it is cool. You can enjoy extreme winters and beautiful snow.

7. McLeodganj

McLeodganj is an extremely famous and popular hill station. Though not as popular as Shimla or Manali, this is the perfect city to visit to experience all the greatness of Himachal without the usual Tourist populations.

Have a quiet peaceful vacation among the Buddhist monks. It has a beautiful structure and majestic environment around. You will feel peace and calm when you meditate here.

A little hamlet near to McLeodganj is Dharamkot. This is pristine and untouched by typical touristy vibes and is thus a perfect place to relax. Enjoy some mesmerizing beauty of mother nature here.

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