Offbeat Destinations of Himachal Pradesh That Every Nature Lover Should Explore

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Majestic snow-capped hills, lush green surroundings, pleasant climate, and fresh breeze define the scenic state of Himachal Pradesh. Most of the Himachal tour packages include the popular hill stations of Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala. However, the picturesque state of Himachal Pradesh has a plethora of hidden gems blazing with pristine beauty.Here are some of the untouched and less-explored places of Himachal Pradesh—

Kalpa

Best known for its scenic landscape and lush green pine nut forests, Kalpa is one of the biggest villages of Kinnaur District. With beautiful backdrop snow-capped peaks of Kinnaur Kailash, Kalpa sits at around 2800 meters. Apple is the main cash crop of the region that adds beautiful colour to the surroundings. Kinnaur Kailash, Suicide Point, Chaakka, Roghi Village, Narayan-Nagini Temple, Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar Monastery, Sapni Fort, Kothi, Kamru Fort, Basteri are some of the important places to visit in Kalpa.

Barot

Located in the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, Barot is nearly 40 km. north from the nearest town Jogindernagar and 296 km. north of Chandigarh. Situated at an altitude of 1700 meters, the river Uhl bears it on its shoulders. Across the river, lies the Nagru Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to Himalayan Black Bears, Himalayan Gorals, and a wide variety of fauna. Apart from this, the place offers a bunch of adventurous activities such as trekking, paragliding, mountain biking, angling etc.

Chitkul

Located in the Kinnaur District, Chitkul is the last inhabited village near the Indo-China border. Lying on the banks of Baspa River, Chitkul is the last point in India where one can travel without a permit. The valley offers some striking views of the mustard fields and fruit-laden orchards. The valley is famous for its potatoes and peas. You can also stay at Sangla and plan a one-day trip to Chitkul.

Shoja

Located 150 km. from Shimla in the Seraj Valley, Shoja is an area blessed with an outstanding Himalayan beauty.  The main attraction is Serloskar Lake, a place famous for its enchanting vista at the sunset. Do not forget to visit Jalori Pass, which is at a distance of 5 km. away from Shoja. Unspoiled by tourism, Shoja offers one of the best places to relax and rejuvenate in the fresh mountain breeze.

Pabbar Valley

Located amidst the Himalayas, apple orchards, and dense forests of deodar and oak, the valley of the Pabbar River is a haven for offbeat travellers. The route for the valley branches offthe old Hindustan-Tibet Road (NH22) from Theog and head towards the Pabbar Valley. Lying in the lap of stunningly beautiful Chanshal Mountain Range, the region is famous for sightseeing, trout fishing, and trekking. Chanshal Pass, Jubbal, and the temples of Hatkoti are the major attractions of the valley.

Browse through the Himachal tour packages and head to these offbeat and unspoiled places in the soothing realm of Himalayas.