(Last Updated on : 24/03/2015)
Hill stations in Himachal Pradesh
are dealing with the many hill stations which are having tourist hotspots. The hill stations of Himachal Pradesh emerged from the late medieval period to the British settlers. Some of the hill stations in Himachal Pradesh are Barog
, Baijnath, Bir-Billing Paragliding Site, Chamba, Chail
, Chitkul, Churdhar Sanctuary, Dalhousie
, Dharamkot, Dharamsala
, Haripurdhar, Jogindernagar, Kalpa and many other hill stations, which are praiseworthy for its scenic beauty.
Barog is a small hill station in Solan
district in Himachal Pradesh. Barog is located at 30 degree 53 minutes 24 seconds North to 77 degree 4 minutes 55 seconds East at a distance of 60 km from Chandigarh
. Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh is another 65 km from Barog. Barog is located at a height of 1560 metres above the mean sea level. Due to its height, temperatures here range between 23 to 10 degree Celsius during summers and between 15 to 5 degree Celsius during winters. The summers last from April to July. Winters set in during December and typically last up to February.
is a hilly town in Kangra district
of Himachal Pradesh. Baijnatth is about 50 kilometres from Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh which is the district headquarters. The very famous ancient temple of Lord Shiva or Mahadeva
or Baijnath is situated here which is believed to be one of twelve Jyotirlingas according to popular mythological legends also giving the town its name.
Chamba is an ancient town in the Chamba district
in Himachal Pradesh, in northern part of India. According to the population Census in the year 2001, Chamba has a population of 20,312 people. Chamba is located at an altitude of 996 metres (3,268 ft) above mean sea level, the town is situated on the banks of the Ravi River, at its confluence with the Sal River. This hilly town has numerous temples and palaces, and hosts two popular jatras (fairs), the "Suhi Mata Mela" and the "Minjar Mela", which last for several days and involve music and dancing.
Bir is a hilly terrain village comprising of scenic beauty, located in the west of the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Bir is a noted centre for ecotourism, spiritual studies and meditation.
Bir is also home to a Tibetan refugee settlement with several Buddhist monasteries and a large stupa.
Chail is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh, which is 44 km from Shimla. The Chail Palace is well known for its medieval architecture and now the major tourist attraction. The palace was built as summer retreat by the Maharaja of Patiala during the rule of British Government of India, on the land allotted to him by the British for former's assistance in the Anglo-Nepalese War. The cricket ground and a polo ground which is there at an altitude of 2,444 metres was owned by erstwhile royal family of Patiala
. It is the world's highest cricket ground. Chail is also considered as the hiker's paradise. The area is away from the bustling life of the state capital Shimla
Chitkul (Chittkul) is a village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. It is the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. The Indian road ends here. During winters, the place mostly remains covered with the snow and the inhabitants move to lower regions of Himachal. Potatoes grown at Chittkul are one of the best in the world and are very costly.
Dalhousie is a famous and widely accepted hill station among the Indian and the foreigners in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on 5 hills. Dalhousie is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh, established in the year 1854 by the British Empire in India, as a summer retreat for its troops and bureaucrats. Dalhousie is built on and around five hills, Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora. Dalhousie is located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar
mountain range of the Himalayas. It is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie is situated between 6,000 feet and 9,000 feet (2,700 m) above sea level. The best time to visit Dalhousie is in the summer season, and the peak tourist season is from May to September. Scottish and Victorian architecture is prevalent in the bungalows and churches in the town of Dalhousie.
Dharamkot is a small hill station in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh. On the crest of a hill above McLeodGanj, which is one of the main attractions in this region, Dharamkot is an attractive spot that presents a wide view of the Kangra Valley and the Dhauladhar ranges. There are a couple of small eateries around. Several foreigners have taken residence in the area; all live in village homes and tiny guest houses.
Dharamshala is a city and a municipal council in Kangra district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is the district headquarters of Himachal Pradesh. It was formerly known as Bhagsu. The Dalai Lama's residence in McLeodGanj and the headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration (the Tibetan government in exile) are in Dharamshala. Dharamshala is 18 kilometres from Kangra.
Haripurdhar is a small town in Sirmour in Himachal Pradesh. The town is situated on a high ridge overlooking a deep valley. The town is at an altitude of 2500 metres above sea level. This town was earlier known as 'Dungbhangayani'. Earlier this was the summer capital of the Sirmour. Haripurdhar is also famous for one of the historical Maa Bhangayani Temple.
Joginder Nagar is a hill station and a nagar panchayat in Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. Jogindernagar is named after Raja Joginder Sen. Joginder Nagar is terminal point of 163 km long Kangra Valley Narrow gauge railhead. Joginder Nagar is the only town in Asia to have 3 hydro-electric power stations, and hence it is popularly known as The City of Powerhouses. The town packs good options for sightseeing, picnicking, angling and adventure sports like paragliding and trekking. The town is known for three T's namely Trolley, Trout and Train.
Kalpa is a small town in the Sutlej river valley, above Recong Peo in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, Northern India, in the Indian Himalaya. Kalpa is inhabited by Kinnauri people and famous for its apple orchards. The apples are a major cash-crop for the region. The local inhabitants follow a syncretism of Hinduism and Buddhism, and many temples in Kalpa are dedicated to both Hindu and Buddhist gods and goddesses.
Kangra is a city and a municipal council in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh. Historically, Kangra was known as Nagarkot. Kangra is located at 32.1 degree North 76.27 degree East. It has an average elevation of 733 metres (2404 ft). The district of Kangra extends from the Jalandhar Doab far into the southern ranges of the Himalayan Mountain Range. It is a town at the confluence of the Bener River and Majhi River, and Beas River is an important river here.
Kasauli is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in Himachal Pradesh. The cantonment was established by the British East India Company in the year 1842 as a Colonial hill station, 77 km from Shimla, 65 km from Chandigarh and 94 km from Ambala Cantt (Haryana), an important Railway Junction of North India and lies at a height of 1,927 metres (6,322 ft).
Keylong is the administrative centre of the Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh, 126 km (78 mi) north of Manali and 120 km (75 mi) from the Indo-Tibetan border. It is located along the Manali-Leh Highway, about 7 km (4.3 mi) north-east of intersection of the Chandra Valley, the Bhaga Valley, and the Chenab Valley; on the banks of Bhaga River.
is a hill station in Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. It is located approximately 24 km from Dalhousie. Khajjiar sits on a small plateau with a small stream-fed lake in the middle that has been covered over with weeds. The hill station of Khajjar is also known as Switzerland of India. This region is surrounded by green meadows and dense forests. It is about 6,500 feet (2,000 m) above sea level in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas and snowy peaks can be seen in the distance.
It is part of the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary
Kiarighat is a small hill station situated at Kalka-Shimla National Highway, where tourists can stay for a while or stay overnight. The JP University is located at about 8 km from here.
Kufri is a small hill station in Shimla. Kufri is located 13 km from the state capital Shimla on the National Highway No.22. The name "Kufri" is derived from the word "Kufr" meaning a lake in the local language. The highest point in the surrounding region, Kufri has a Himalayan Wild Life Zoo which hosts rare Antelopes, Felines and Birds including Himalayan Monal, the state bird of Himachal Pradesh. During the winter a meandering path through the potato plantations turns into a popular Ski track.
Kullu, or Kulu, is the capital town of the Kullu District in Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley about ten kilometres north of the airport at Bhuntar. Kullu is a broad open valley formed by the Beas River between Manali and Largi. Kullu valley is famous for its temples, beauty and its majestic hills covered with Pine and Deodar Forest and sprawling Apple Orchards. The course of the Beas river presents a succession of magnificent, clad with forests of Deodar, towering above trees of Pine on the lower rocky ridges. Kullu valley is sandwiched between the Pir Panjal, Lower Himalayan and Great Himalayan range.
McLeod Ganj is a suburb of Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is known as "Little Lhasa" or "Dhasa" because of its large population of Tibetans. The Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered in McLeod Ganj.
is a hill station nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley, at an altitude of 2,050 m in the Beas River Valley. It is located in the Kullu district, about 270 km north of the state capital, Shimla. The small town, with a population of 8,096, is the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and from there over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. It has become a tourist attraction in recent years.
Mashobra is a town in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. It is connected to the state capital Shimla (earlier Simla) through the historic Hindustan-Tibet Road built in 1850 by Lord Dalhousie
Nahan is a town in Himachal Pradesh in India and is the headquarters of the Sirmaur District. It is also the location of Indian Special Forces Training School. Nahan is located at 30.55 degree North to 77.3 degree East. It has an average elevation of 932 metre.
Palampur is a green hill station, favourite to the India for the "Cadbury" Brand. It is a municipal council in the Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Palampur is surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests before they merge with the Dhauladhar ranges. Palampur is the tea capital of northwest India but tea is just one aspect that makes Palampur
a special interest place. The abundance of water and proximity to the mountains has endowed it with mild climate.
Reckong Peo is also spelled Rekong Peo and simply known as Peo by the local inhabitants, is headquarters of Kinnaur district. It is a one of the twelve administrative districts of Himachal Pradesh. Recknong Peo is located a at a height of 2,290 metres (7,513 ft), Reckong Peo is 260 kilometres (162 miles) from Shimla and seven kilometres (4? miles) from Powari. Earlier, Kalpa was the headquarters later changed to Reckong Peo, named after group of people who used to own this place in ancient times.
Rewalsar is a town and a nagar panchayat in Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. The local name for Rewalsar
is Trisangam. Rewalsar is located at an altitude of 1360 m above sea level. It is connected to Mandi
by a motorable road and is about 25 km from Mandi. Lying in the Southern Himalayan belt, winters in Rewalsar can be freezing, while summers are generally pleasant.
Sarahan is small town in Himachal Pradesh of India. It is the site of famous Bhimakali temple that is dedicated to the mother goddess Bhimakali, presiding deity of the rulers of the former Bushahr State. The temple is situated about 180 kilometres from Shimla
and is one of 51 Shakti Peethas. The town is known as the gateway of Kinnaur District
Sangla is a town in the Baspa Valley, also referred to as the Sangla valley, in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh, India, close to the Tibetan border. Sangla Valley or the Baspa Valley starts at Karcham and ends at Chitkul.
Sunder Nagar is a hill city and a municipal council in Mandi district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Formerly it was a princely state, known as Suket.
Shimla is the capital city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located in northern India. Shimla is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, the state of Uttarakhand
in the south-east, and Solan and Sirmaur to the south. Shimla acts as a hub for India's tourism sector. It is among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in India.
Solan is the district headquarters of Solan in Himachal Pradesh. Solan is located 46 kilometres (29 mi) south of the state capital, Shimla. Solan is named after the Hindu goddess Shoolini devi.
Every year in the month of June, a fair celebrating the goddess is held, featuring a 3-day mela at the central Thoudo grounds. Solan was the capital of the erstwhile princely state, Bhagat. It is known as the "Mushroom city of India" because of the vast mushroom farming in the area as well as the Directorate of Mushroom Research (DMR) situated at Chambaghat. Solan is crowned as the "City of Red Gold", in reference to the bulk production of tomatoes in the area.
Thaneek Pura is a hill station village in Chintpurni in the Una district
of Himachal Pradesh in India. It is situated near the Chintpurni Shakti Peeth Temple, which is a place of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Sikhs. Thaneek Pura is surrounded by the western Himalaya in the north and east in the smaller Shiwalik (or Shivalik) range bordering the state of Punjab.