Top 5 Fabulous Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful states in India that lies in the Himalayan Range. It is one of the most visited places due to the ample snow-covered mountain peaks, the sunlit terrains and the apple orchards that give a respite to the eyes of every traveller. As almost everyone has heard of or has already visited some of the most popular hill stations in Himachal Pradesh like Shimla and Manali, it is better to exclude these places from the list in order to let the readers and enthusiasts know what the true beauty of this mountainous state is.

1. Chandra Taal

Photo by Sayantan Bhattacharya, CC BY 2.0

Though not much discussed about, this place is one of the most eye-dazzling places in the world. As per its name, “Chandra Taal” means the Lake of the Moon (‘Chandra’=Moon and ‘Taal’=Lake). It is surrounded by mountain peaks on all sides and, thus, offers a majestic reflection of the lofty peaks of the Himalayan Range on its clear surface. When this place is illuminated by the rays of the sun at twilight, the entire water body glistens as if the base of the lake was made of pure gold. At night, especially during the Full Moon, the moonlight turns the lake to a cascading silvery hue. In the clear and pleasant presence of the moonlight, the stars in the night sky trace a picturesque view on the water surface. An astronomer, or, anyone who is interested in astronomy, would definitely get two see the reflection of a few constellations on a clear night, and, if the traveler is lucky enough, the, he or she may get to see the reflection of the entire Milky Way galaxy on the face of Chandra Taal.

2. Cliffhanger

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Do you believe that you can drive a car on any terrain? Or, are you brilliant at maneuvering your bike? If riding or driving on the rugged terrain is your passion, then, Cliffhanger is the right place for you to visit. The name itself suggests that this place does not give you a second chance of survival. If you skid down the edges of the so-called road, which is not even wide enough to be called a street, even once, you can be assured to breathe your last. Yet, if you are really good at your driving and riding skills, then you will get the adventure of a lifetime and become a totally transformed person planning to take the trip again and again because no other road in the world would throw up as many challenges to you as the road to the Cliffhanger will.

3. Charang Ghati Pass

Kalpa(Kinnaur), Photo by Nick Irvine-Fortescue, CC BY-ND 2.0

This is a spectacular trek route in the Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh. This trek offers the adventurous tourists a panoramic view of the snow-covered mountain peaks. It also gives them the opportunity of getting their toes frozen while treading through the snow almost all the year round. The mountain peaks look so near to you that you will feel like grabbing the snow off the peaks and having an ice-lolly right there on the spot! Overall, the religious aspect of this zone due to the practice of ‘parikrama‘- a practice to satisfy the Hindu lord, Shiva, this trek attracts many devotees throughout the year.

4. Gada Gushaini

River Tirthan , Photo by Ankitwadhwa10, CC BY-SA 4.0

This unheard-of village is a diamond amidst a heap of coal. Surrounded by the dense deciduous forest and the lush green vegetation, this tiny village makes every traveler visualize how beautiful Himachal Pradesh used to look like before commercialization set in. With the River Tirthan flowing down through the rocky terrain, the river banks, which are strewn with pebbles and boulders of various shapes and sizes, make you feel like you’re are an actor of one of those Karan Johar films shooting a romantic scene. If you wish to spend some quality time with your partner or some lone time introspecting about life, this place is the perfect destination for you to visit.

5. Renuka Ji Lake

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The Renuka Ji Lake is the largest lake in Himachal Pradesh. It is connected to the Parshuram Taal and is surrounded by the lush green vegetation of the Shiwaliks. This is a religious place for the locals as they believe that the joining of the Renuka Ji Lake and the Parshuram Taal at this region signifies the meeting of Lord Parshuram with his mother, Renuka Ji, according to mythology. There is an interesting fact associated with this lake too. If this lake is viewed from at an elevation, then, the shape of the lake looks like as if a lady is lying down there. Hence, based on this astonishing structure, the locals have passed down the legend that after Renuka Ji had a quarrel with her husband and had fallen down, this region had turned into a lake. Apart from the religious significance, this place cam also be visited a tinge of adventure in the heart as a traveler can indulge in trekking around the region and boating on the lake.

Thus, these less visited places hidden in the bounty of nature in the state of Himachal Pradesh offers a true, enchanting experience of the breath-taking nature. These places are a respite from the commercialized, over-populated Himalayan hill stations that have started losing their natural bounty due to the tourism business being practiced there. Thus, in order to enjoy the paradise, Himachal Pradesh, it is advisable that the tourists go a little off-track and dare to visit these almost unheard of beautiful places.

Author’s Bio:

Rohit is an off-route traveler who dares to explore new regions. He loves to be a part of nature and experience it in its utmost form. While travelling, he also tries to learn about the culture of the people residing there and shares his experiences at Trans India Travels so that the other tourists too may enjoy in the same way that he does.

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