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Beat the heat and Travel to Hills

Shakti Singh

Here are top destinations for summers in Himachal one should must add into his/her bucket list

“Summers in some part of India is in its extreme Avatar, you have many options to get rid of this summer outburst. However spending few days in hills has always been the best options.”

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Himachal Pradesh has always remain in the top preference in traveller’s list, whether its winter or summer. Himachal always fascinates travellers with its beauty, it has snow covered mountains and grounds in winters and in summers one would certainly love to spend some time out there in hills with their dear ones. Here are few Top destinations of Himachal you must visit during summers.

1. Manali -

Manali is situated at an altitude of 2050m from sea level, temperature here in summers remain between 10 - 24 degree celsius.

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Days to spend: 

4-5 days

Best time to visit Manali-

May-July. November-January for snowfall.

Best way to go Manali-

If you are opting for flight nearest airport is chandigarh and if you are travelling via train than also chandigarh will be the nearest rail head. From delhi it takes 575 KMS to reach Manali via road.

Best Things to do and places to visit in Manali-
  • Solang valley for adventure sports
  • manali bird sanctuary
  • For trekking, camping and rafting visit kullu.
  • Rohtang Pass, Hadimba Devi Temple. Beas river, Jogini waterfall, Manikaran gurudwara, Vashistha Kund, Museum of himachal culture and folk art, Manu Temple
Nearby places in Manali to visit-

Solang, Rohtang, Manikaran, Malana, Khirganga

Hotels in Manali- 

Summer is the peak season for every hill station in India. A decent budget hotel would cost you 2,300-2,700 INR per room per night

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2. Shimla 

No doubt Shimla is amongst most famous hill station in India situated at the elevation of 2276 meters from sea level. Shimla is a perfect blend of Indian and British culture which you might encounter in its few architectures. Average temperature remains between 10 - 28 degree celsius in summers.

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Days to spend: 
3-4 days
Best time to visit:
 May – July and November-January for snow fall.
Best way to reach Shimla: 

Travelling via road would be best, distance from Chandigarh is 113 kms and from Delhi you will have to drive for 346 kms.

Best Things to do and places to visit -
  • Kalka - Shimla toy train ride ( UNESCO world heritage )
  • Mall Road, shopping at Lakkar Bazar
  • Enjoy rafting at Tattapani
  • Chadwick waterfall, trekking to the top of Jakhu temple
  • Viceregal Lodge, Indian institute of advanced studies
  • Sunset view at scandal point.
  • Nearby places you can also travel : Tattapani, Solan, Mashobra
Hotels in Shimla - 

2,300 - 2,800 for a decent budget hotel.

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3. Dharamshala/Mcleodganj - 

Dharamshala is the residence of Dalai Lama famous Guru of Tibetan Buddhist community. Situated at the elevation of 1457 meters from sea level apart from scenic views, serenity and cold climate you will explore Indo - Tibetan culture there. Do not forget to visit Monasteries as you will find many there and Mcleodganj. Mcleodganj is just 9 kms away from Dharamshala, temperature here in summer remain in between

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Days to spend:

2-3 days

Best time to visit: 

May –July and November-January for snowfall

Best way to reach Dharamshala/Mcleodganj: 

The nearest major railway station is at Pathankot, 85 kilometres away. Dharamshala is well-connected to Delhi The journey is almost 520 kilometres from Delhi. The drive from Delhi via Chandigarh, is about 12 hours.

Best things to do and places to visit:

Namgyal Monastery, St. John in the Wilderness, Bhagsunag Waterfall, and Tsuglagkhang Complex Dalai Lama Temple

Dharamshala is famous for its vibrant cafe culture where you can taste Tibetan and international cuisine and beverages. Here are few we have shortlisted for you - lliterati, Shiva Cafe, Namgyal Cafe, and Joyful Café

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If you are looking for camping and treks there are some options for you - Triund, Kareri Lake, and Indrahar Pass

Nearby places you can also travel: 

Khajjiar, Bir Billing, Palampur

Hotels in Dharamshala/Mcleodganj - 

2,500 -3,000 INR ( For a decent budget hotel )

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4. Spiti Valley ( Spiti + Tabo + Kaza )- 

The Spiti Valley, a cold desert located in the Himalayan Mountains in the northern east part of Indian state of Himachal, elevation from sea level is 3,800 meters. Locals follows Buddhism there, Spiti means the middle land. Spiti valley is situated between Tibet and India, temperature here in winters goes extreme low however in summer it remains between 10 - 15 degree celsius. Days are warm however nights gets nippy.

Days to spend:

  2-3 days

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Best way to reach Spiti Valley:

Nearest airport is Kullu, from Kullu you will have to cover distance via road ( 248 kms ). Other than this we would recommend travel through road if you are starting your journey from Delhi or nearby areas. Few train options are available but last rail head would be Shimla then again you will have to travel via road.

Best things to do and places to visit:
  • Walk around Nako Village and visit a mummified monk in village Gue
  • Stay and meditate in the monastery of Tabo, Dhankar, Komik and Key, also enjoy stargazing there.
  • Take selfies in Komik village this is one of the highest place in the world ( 15,027 ft )
  • Visit highest situated post office in the world Hikkim, 14,400 ft
  • Look around for fossil in Langza and Hikkim, fossil make a good souvenir from the place.
  • Experience the home stay on your journey to spiti valley to feel their culture and traditions.
  • Dhankar lake, Pin valley, Chandratal lake, Spiti river
  • Hike to Angla and Phela
Nearby places you can also travel - 

Kinnaur, Pin Valley National Park.

Hotels in Spiti Valley - 

Summer is a peak season there, you will get a decent hotel in 3,000-3,500 INR price range.

5. Kasol -

Kasol is the most famous tourist place in youths. It is also known as a mini Israel because youth from Israel love this place and you can find many of have been turned into resident from tourist. Kasol is situated at the altitude of 1580 meters, rumours are that you can find world’s best hash here.

Days to spend: 

3 Days

Best time to visit: 

May and June

Best way to reach Kasol: 

Kasol is the most famous tourist place in youths. It is also known as a mini Israel because youth from Israel love this place and you can find many of have been turned into resident from tourist. Kasol is situated at the altitude of 1580 meters, rumours are that you can find world’s best hash here.

Best things to do and places to visit:
  • Try israeli food there as you have many few must visit cafes in Kasol. They have amazing atmosphere there make you feel like you are in a Hippy world.
  • Take a trek to Kheerganga
  • Take a walk to Malana and Tosh village. People of Malana believe that they are descendants of Alexander The Great ( Aryans ).
  • Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara is just 4-5 kms away from Kasol must visit place.
  • Parwati River
Nearby places you can also travel: 

Malana, Tosh, Kheerganga, Manali, Pulga - Tulga

Hotels in Kasol - 

If you are low on budget you can try for hostels, it will cost you 800-1,100 INR. For a decent hotel you will have to spend 2,200-2,600 INR          

6. Dalhousie/ Khajjiar -

Dalhousie is named after the British Governor General Lord Dalhousie who established this town in 1854. Dalhousie is situated at the elevation of 1970 meters and a must visit place in Himachal. Khajjiar also known as mini Switzerland of India is just 21 Kms away from Dalhousie and situated at the elevation of 1920 meters. These both destinations make a perfect pack of your next holiday destinatinations.

Days to spend:

 3 Days

Best time to visit: 

May to June

How to reach Dalhousie/Khajjiar:

Nearest airport is Pathankot, there are number of flights operational in between Delhi and Pathankot. From Pathankot you can take a taxi to reach Dalhousie which is just 71 Kms away. Nearest rail head is also Pathankot, Khajjiar is 21 Kms away from dalhousie and is easily accessible from Dalhousie.

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Best Things to do and places to visit 

  • Panchpulla - means “Five - Bridge” is located 2-3 Kms from the city centre gives you a beautiful panoramic view of hills, forest and waterfalls. Do not forget to visit the Samadhi of Freedom Fighter Sardar Ajith Singh.
  • Sathdhara Falls and Chamera Lake.
  • Khajjiar
  • Kalatop wildlife sanctury
  • Dalhousie highest peak - Dainkund peak
  • Chamunda Devi Temple and St. John’s Church
  • Take a pleasant stroll through The Garam Sadak
  • Feel the Chamba Dynasty at The Rang Mahal.
Nearby places you can also travel:

 Chamba, Kalatop, Dalhousie

Hotels in Dalhousie/Khajjiar - 

You can find a decent budget hotel in 3,800 - 4,400 INR

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