Every time someone asks me my reasons to visit Himachal, so often, I don’t know where to begin. There are so many reasons I love visiting this beautiful state.
I have been visiting Himachal on and off for 2 years and every time I visit, I fall in love with the state for a new reason altogether.
This blog is for all those who are looking for reasons to visit Himachal and can’t decide why. I am sure by the end of this blog, you will start packing your bags for your Himalayan adventure.
My Top 31 Reasons to Visit Himachal
The North Indian State of Himachal Pradesh attracts thousands of visitors every year to witness its beauty. But its natural beauty is not the only thing that makes the state so amazing.
Give below is a collection of all my top reasons to visit Himachal, based on my annual visits to the state.
1. Witness the Beauty of 4 Distinct Seasons in Himachal
This is one of my favorite reasons to visit Himachal. Each of the four seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winters are so distinct and beautiful.
Every season has its hue and character in Himachal. While in spring you will find rhododendrons blooming in the upper Himalaya region, summers are mild with clear blue skies. Autumn in Himachal is has a golden hue and winters are covered in a blanket of pure white snow.
2. Visit Himachal for the Old World Charm
When I first visited Himachal, it was like I was transported to an old world. While the towns and cities in Himachal have moved ahead in time, the villages and remote places seem to be part of a different world altogether.
The tiny hamlets in Kullu with wooden houses and old way of living is fascinating to someone who has lived all their lives in bustling cities. The feeling is
3. Himachal is Splendid, because of its Weather
This is one of the most cited reasons to visit Himachal. Himachal is blessed with beautiful weather. However, not all Himachal has the same weather conditions.
While some parts of Himachal have scorching summers and cold winters like other North Indian states, districts such as Kullu, parts of Kangra, Shimla, Chamba, Lahaul Spiti, etc have wonderful weather. Even the winters in these parts are quite pleasant.
This first time I witnessed snow in Himachal, I remember being quite comfortable. In fact, I felt I was way colder in Delhi than in Kullu at that time.
4. The People & Hospitality of Himachal is Unparalleled
The hospitality of the people in Himachal is unparalleled and nothing like I have seen in any other part of India. If I start writing about all the instances of kindness and hospitality shown to my Himachalis, the length of the blog would not suffice.
One particular instance I remember is the time I was in Lahaul. There were festivities near my Guest House. On inquiring, I found that it was a marriage ceremony. Seeing that I was interested in knowing about it, they graciously invited me to be a part of the ceremony and treated with such respect and love.
5. Enjoy the Beauty of the Serene Lakes in Himachal
Himachal has some of the most splendid lakes in the country. Right from Chandratal in Lahaul to Parashar lake in Mandi. Each of these lakes is more beautiful than the others.
Some of the most beautiful lakes in Himachal are – Suraj Tal in Lahaul Spiti, Rewalsar lake in Mandi, Renuka lake in Sirmaur. You get a strange sense of tranquility when you visit these lakes, not to forget, the picture is just amazing.
6. Himachal Provides Excellent Opportunities for Photography
If you are an avid photographer, Himachal is your paradise. There is no dearth of subjects you can click here. So, whether you are a photographer capturing the sun go behind the hill, a photographer capturing the temple architecture, or someone capturing the daily lives of rural Himachali people, the end results of all those images are going to be fantastic.
I love to click the nature and its beauty when I am in Himachal. You can see some of my Himachal pictures on my Instagram handle.
7. Himachal is One of the Most Pocket-Friendly Destinations in India
One of the many reasons, why Himachal is the most preferred destination among backpackers is that it is a pocket-friendly destination. Whether it is public transport or backpacking hostels, all these are easily available.
Therefore, if you are looking for a pocket friendly, adventure in the most pristine environment, Himachal is the place to go.
8. Get an Adrenaline Rush & Try Some Adventure Sports
Want to indulge in some adventure sports, head to Himachal. There are many types of adventure sports that you can try on your trip to Himachal.
Given below is a list of some of the major adventure sports in Himachal and when and where you can try them:
Location: Kullu, Mandi, Chamba,
Best Months: March- June
Location: Kangra, Kullu
Best Months: February- June
Best Months: March June
Location: Kullu, Chamba
Best Months: March- June
Location: All Over Himachal
Best Months: All year Long
Location: Shimla, Kinnaur
Best Months: December – February
Location: Kullu – Solang Valley
Months: March- June
Location: Shimla, Kullu, Kinnaur
Best Months: December – February
9. Himachal has some of the Most Beautiful Temples
Himachal is popularly referred to as, “devbhoomi,” which literally translated to the land of Gods and Goddesses. Many important temples and pilgrimage sites of Hinduism are located in Himachal Pradesh, most notable ones are – Naina Devi Temple, Chintpurni, Chamunda Devi Temple, Baijnath Temple, Bhimakali Temple, Bijli Mahadev, etc.
Believe me, even in the most remote corner of Himachal, you will find a beautiful temple with immense importance and history.
10. Looking for Your Next Trek/ Hike, Head to Himachal
One of the most important reasons to visit Himachal, especially for me are the treks. Anywhere you in Himachal, you will find a beautiful Hiking or trekking trail.
On my visits to Himachal, I try to cover a few of these treks. Each trek I take is more life-changing than the other and in the end, I am left satisfied and overwhelmed.
11. Enjoy Local & International Cuisines in Your Himachal Visit
Himachal is the best place to visit if you are a foodie. Not only do you get a chance to taste the “not-so-popular” Himachai food, but in Himachal, you can also taste cuisines from around the World.
Popular places like Manali, Mcleodganj, Kasol have a lot of bakeries and cafes in these cafes you can taste food from around the World. Lebanese, Italian, Tibetan are some of the popular cuisines that you will find across major tourist places in Himachal.
12. If Safety’s Your Main Concern, Himachal is the Place To Be
Another reason Himachal is a favourite among solo backpackers is that it is one of the safest places. On my visits to Himachal, I met several solo travellers including women.
So, if it’s your first time exploring and going solo, I strongly suggest that you consider Himachal as your first choice.
13. Experience the Slow & Simple Life in Himachal
While the world at large is moving ahead at a lightning pace, Himachal is still quite laid back. While the life in the main towns and cities in Himachal is faster when compared to the tiny hamlets and villages, they are still far less slow than major Indian cities
People in Himachal live a simple life and are far from the hustle-bustle of big cities. Which for someone like me, (I am from Mumbai) is a blessing in disguise. I really enjoy the simple and slow life in the hills.
14. Find Glimpses of the Colonial Past in Himachal
A trip to Himachal will remind you of the colonial past of Himachal Pradesh. The capital of Himachal was once also the capital of the British empire and is filled with remnants from the Colonial history.
All over Himachal, you can find traces from the British era. This impression is especially noticeable in Dalhousie and Shimla where you can find British colonial architecture, old boarding schools from the British Era, coffee shops, etc.
15. Seek the Beauty of Wildlife & Nature Reserves on Your Visit to Himachal
Himachal is blessed with immense natural beauty and an integral part of this beauty is the wildlife. Himachal is home to some of the more unique animal and bird species. Some of the most notable ones include snow leopards, monal, western tragopan, musk deer, etc.
There are also many sanctuaries and national parks in Himachal Pradesh, where you can experience the animals and birds in their natural habitat. Great Himalayan National Park is a World Heritage site, which every traveller visiting the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh must visit
16. Experience Different Forms of Art & Architecture in Himachal
Himachal is not only blessed with natural beauty but is also known for its art and architecture. When it comes to art, Himachal stands out with its carpets, leather works, shawls, metalware, woodwork and paintings.
Architecture-wise, you can witness different styles of architecture in different parts of the state. Right from the Gothic style of the Churches in Shimla and Dalhousie to Shikhar style temples and monasteries across the state, you will witness many architectural styles across Himachal.
17. Relax & Unwind in Himachal
Himachal is the best place to visit if you are looking for someplace to just relax and unwind. The pristine environment, the simple life and the people make it the perfect destination to take a break from the monotonous city life.
You can just visit Himachal and do nothing and that can be the best form of relaxation.
18. Visit Himachal For Therapeutic Reasons
Another amazing reason to visit Himachal is for its therapeutic treatments. Not many people are aware of the wellness centres and therapeutic centres in Himachal Pradesh.
Apart from these centres another relaxing activity you can undertake in Himachal is soaking in natural hot springs, which are present all over the state – Kullu, Kinnaur, Mandi and Kangra. A dip in these waters is a great way to relax and can naturally detox your skin.
19. Pick up Some Unique Souvenirs While Shopping in Himachal
It might come as a surprise, but yes, shopping in Himachal can be extremely interesting. If you are someone who loves to pick up souvenirs from their travels, you can get some amazing stuff in different parts of Himachal.
Below I have given some of the best souvenirs that you can pick up from different regions in Himachal
|Shimla – Woodwork sculptures, Woollens|
|Manali – Pine nuts, Dry Fruits, Local Wines, Kullu Shawls|
|Dharamshala – Authentic Tibetan Jewellery, Buddhist Paintings, Kangra Style Paintings|
|Dalhousie – Chamba Rumal, Woven Carpets|
20. Pristine Environment & Natural Beauty Is One of the Most Popular Reasons to Visit Himachal
The natural beauty you witness in Himachal is unparalleled..No matter what season you visit, you will find the state beautiful. Every season has its own colour and every district has a distinct character.
So, whether you are taking a stroll through the pine forests or sitting by the side of one of its majestic rivers, it will be a treat to the eyes.
21. Behold the Beauty of Himachal Rivers
Five major rivers flow through Himachal- Ravi, Beas, Staluj, Chenab and Yamuna. These rivers are not only beautiful but also have a character of their own.
These rivers might look quaint but you must take extreme caution in approaching them. Every year many tourists lose their life because of carelessness. The best way to enjoy the view is to stay at a safe distance. If you are planning to go rafting, go with an experienced and certified provider.
22. Witness the Himalayas Up Close In Himachal
One of the obvious reasons to visit Himachal is to witness the majestic Himalayas up close. Seeing the Himalayas the very first time can be very overwhelming.
The beauty of the Himalayas is unparalleled to anything you have witnessed before. Looking at the Himalayas up and close reminds me how small we are in comparison to the earth.
23. Explore the Most Offbeat Destinations In Himachal
While everyone knows about Manali, Shimla, Dharamshala, Kasol, etc. not everyone is aware of places such as Kangojodi , Gulaba, Chindi, Brot, etc.
For a traveller who likes to experience the unexplored, Himachal is the perfect place. There are so many tiny hamlets and beautiful locales that you won’t find on the internet easily.
24. Himachal is the Best Place to Learn About Buddhism
McLeodganj, also sometimes referred to as mini Tibet, is home to Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalai Lama. It is one of the major centers for Buddhism and Buddhist learning. Mcleodganj also houses the Tibetan Government in exile.
If you are someone who would like to know more about Buddhism, its teachings, and history, there is no better place than Mcleodganj.
25. Himachal Offers Some of the Most Romantic Getaways For Couples
If you are looking for a romantic getaway to go away with your partner, look no further than Himachal. Nature and weather make it an ideal spot for spending quality time with your loved ones.
There are plenty of activities and places you can explore with your significant other on your trip to Himachal.
26. Test Your Skills on Road Trips & Biking Adventures In Himachal
Want to test your driving or riding skills? Well, Himachal will give you a number of opportunities to do so. Driving on the zig-zag unpaved roads with blind curves will give you the ultimate adrenaline rush.
However, driving in these terrains requires skill. If you are an amateur I would advise against it.
27. One of the Best Reasons to Visit Himachal is to Be a Part of Local Festivals
This is one of my favourite reasons to visit Himachal. Himachal is the land of Gods, so fairs and festivals are a common sight. There are many small and major local festivals around the year.
One of the most popular festivals of Himachal Pradesh is Kullu Dussehra. This International Mega Dussehra festival is attended by thousands of people from around the world.
28. Visit Himachal For its Distinctive Culture & Customs
Himachal has a multi-regional, multi-cultural and multilingual state. Every region in Himachal has a distinct culture, customs, dance forms, different deities, cuisines, and so on.
On your visit to Himachal, you should definitely witness the local culture and customs. Observing the culture up close is truly fascinating and is one of my best experiences while travelling through Himachal.
29. See Different Farming Types in Himachal
Visiting Himachal also gives you a rare opportunity to witness farming of different types. In Kullu, Shimla and Kinnaur you can see apple farming, while in Kangra you can take a look at tea gardens and estates.
I was really fascinated by this on my visit when I saw the apple orchards and learned a little about it. Apart from that, you can witness the cultivation of some other stone fruits like pears, peaches, etc.
30. Experience Snowfall When in Himachal
One of the prime reasons to visit Himachal for most people is witnessing snowfall. I also experienced my first snowfall on my trip to Parvati valley.
Snowfall in Himachal is truly magical, especially if you are witnessing it for the very first time. I especially like the day after a snowfall, when the sun shines on the freshly snow-covered ground.
31. Witness Varied Terrains On Your Himachal Visit
Himachal is full of diversities, especially when it comes to terrain. From cold deserts to pine trees and glaciers, you will find a stark contrast in the terrain across different districts of Himachal.
So, if you are looking to experience it all, make sure you plan a long trip to the state.
I hope you found these reasons enough to get your bags packing to Himachal. One last thing I wish to urge all my readers to do is to be responsible travellers. Remember, we all love Himachal for its beauty, so let’s not do anything that can hamper its environment.