Himachal Pradesh, the land of the valleys, is a God’s gift to humankind. The valleys in Himachal Pradesh are known for their breathtaking beauty, adventurous treks, snowcapped mountains, fresh air, wildflowers, pine forests, and so much more. The beautiful valleys of Himachal should be on the list of every travel enthusiast, adventure lover, and solace seeker. Here is a list of 10 famous valleys according to Himachal tourism.
- Solang Valley
Whether you plan to visit in the winter or summer months, the Solang Valley getaway will leave you mesmerized with its out of this world picturesque landscape. Everywhere you look, there is beauty to behold- lush green meadows, snowcapped mountains, serene villages, and flower covered land.
If you are visiting during the summer months, you can indulge in trekking, paragliding, zorbing, rock climbing, quad biking, camping, and wildlife sightseeing. Solang Valley is a perfect destination for skiing, snowmobiling, and gondola ropeway ride. Those who come to Solang Valley to beat the treacherous city life, can stay at the Kothi Village, a picturesque and serene village few miles from Solang Valley.
- Tirthan Valley
Tirthan Valley is the hidden treasure of Himachal Pradesh. This out of this world destination is located in the Kullu district. The Tirthan River makes its way through the valley and leaves people mesmerized with its gushing and crystal clear icy cold water. It is a place that is a paradise for nature lovers because here you can trek through the Great Himalayan National Park. During the spring months, the valley comes alive with its green forest cover and the gurgling rapids take a life of their own. Spring is the time when you can enjoy long walks in the wood or camp under the clear sky. This hidden gem is also home to Parashar Lake and Serolsar Lake. When you are in Tirthan Valley, you can relax in a riverside retreat or stay at a rustic riverside home. Village hopping is a favorite pastime of those looking to get away from city life.
- Parvati Valley
The ever growing confluence of tourists to this charming valley has not robbed this place of its beauty, serenity, and mystic character. There is so much to do, see, and enjoy in Parvati Valley, also known as the Amsterdam of India, that one visit is simply not enough. Kasol, a pleasant village located just 30 KMs from Bhuntar, is the most touted destination by Himachal tourism. And rightly so. Kasol has excellent cafes, guest houses, restaurants, and not to forget- amazingly beautiful landscape.
Those who are looking for a little spiritual and healing experience, must make it a point to Manikaran Sahib. It is just 4 KM from Kasol and is home to Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib. The place is also known for its three hot springs, one of which is located right inside the gurudwara. The Sulphur rich water of these springs have great healing properties. For adventure lovers, the Kheerganga Trek offers an experience like no other. The music festival which is held every year in Kasol attract a lot of hippies and music lovers.
- Barot Valley
Barot Valley, which is a part of the picturesque Uhl River Valley, is located in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Barot Valley is actually a small village that is an ideal vacation destination for those who are looking for adventure and body and soul rejuvenation. The lush green valley is surrounded by majestic snowcapped mountains and has perfect weather year around. However, it is not advisable to visit it during the heavy monsoon months. When you are here, you can indulge in trekking, fishing in the Uhl River, nature camping at the Thandi Golai camping site, and paragliding. The Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary is a major attraction for wildlife enthusiasts.
- Kinnaur Valley
Kinnaur Valley welcomes you with its magnificent mountains, apple orchards, and gushing rivers. It is a place where people get to witness Hinduism and Buddhism living side by side in a very peaceful manner. The place is dotted with temples (Bhimakali Temple, Chandika Devi Temple, and Gue Mummy Temple), monasteries, and forts (Kamru Fort and Kalpa Fort). Spiti, Baspa, and Satluj rivers pass through the region, thus making for an amazing landscape.