Looking for off beat places to visit in Himachal Pradesh in summers? Look no further. Here are 17 off beat places in Himachal Pradesh that you must visit once in your lifetime.
Spring is almost here and spring break is right around the corner. And if you are looking for the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh in 2021, We have got you covered.
Trekking and exploring in Himachal Pradesh makes for a perfect holiday. Either you are going with family, kids or on a romantic holiday with your partner, there is something for everyone.
And while the regular places like Shimla and Kufri are a big hit among the crowds, we are looking at some off beat places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.
Off best places are great because of course they are more beautiful and also you will be able to avoid the crowds and truly enjoy the beauty of these places.
So, here are the best offbeat places to visit in Himachal in 2021.
Off Beat places to visit in Himachal Pradesh in 2021:
Just about 44 kms from shimla, Chail is a perfect destination to visit from Delhi. It is idyllic, peaceful and just perfect for people who love their peace. There are also a lot of trails and hikes that you can do while in chail. And if you are a cricket enthusiast, you could also visit the highest cricet ground in the world, that is located in chail.
Famous for it’s awe-inspiring views that never fail to impress the travellers, Mashobra is another great option if you want to avoid the crowded Shimla. It is just about 10 kms from Shimla, but has a totally different relaxed vibe to it. There aren’t a lot of hotels and resorts in Mashobra, so make sure you book in advance.
Malana is a beautiful quaint little village located in the Parvati valley. It is especially famous for it’s natural beauty and how less commercialised it is. It is a perfect place to just relax, disconnect from the outside world and spend a week strolling around and taking a few hikes in the area and taking in all the beauty.
Located about 65 kms from shimla, Narkanda makes for a perfect place to spend some time with nature. Surrounded by apple orchards, fir forests and cute hamlets, Narkanda makes for a perfect place to visit. And especially in the winters, because it turns into a winter wonderland. If you want to try out skiing, Narkanda is the perfect place for you.
Tosh is again a small village that’s located near Kasol in Parvati valley. Tosh is famous for its hippie culture and is perfect for solo or group trips. Tosh is located at a height of about 2400 m above sea level and is a perfect place to visit in summers. Despite being famous among backpackers, tosh has managed to maintain its charm, mainly because the roads are not that good and pretty much non existential. You have to trek to get to tosh and that makes it a perfect place to visit in summer months of April-june.
Imagine being surrounded by nature, snow caped peaks while dipping in hot water springs. Does that sound perfect to you? Then head to kheerganga. It is quite a bit of trek and isn’t for everyone, which makes it perfect for people seeking solitude.
Do not expect to find a lot of luxury accommodations though. The accommodations are basic or you can pitch your own tent, but the views make up for all the discomforts that’s for sure.
#7: Tirthan Valley:
If you want to experience nature in it’s purest form, Tirthan valley is the place to be. There is a reason Tirthan Valley is famous among trekkers, but that doesn’t mean it’s main stream, not yet anyway.
A little hamlet near Mcleodganj and Bhagsu, Dharamkot is the perfect place to be if you want to experience the slow life and practise yoga too. it is in fact one of our favourite places to go for an escape.
Jibhi is a small himalayan village situated on the banks of Tirthan, which is a tributary of the Beas river. Most of the houses here are made of stone and wood with look very picturesque against the beautiful backdrop of the Himalayas. Jibhi is one of the closest villages from the famous Jalori pass and the great himalayan national park. So Jibhi makes for a perfect base to explore the nearby places.
Chitkul is another hamlet in the Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh. Chitkul is the last inhabited village in India near the indo-tibetan border. It is covered in snowfall during the winters months and you will not find a lot of accommodation options. But summers months are perfect to visit this offbeat destination in the himalayas. Chitkul was recognised as a place with cleanest air in India.
Barot is about 65 kms from Mandi and one of the best off beat destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Barot was closed off until 1975 when a road was opened. It is famous for its various treks in the nearby regions and lush forests covered in deodar and oak trees. There aren’t a lot of hotels there, but there are a couples of guesthouses and homestays that often come with stunning views and delicious home cooked food straight from the stove.
Shoja or Sohja is a hamlet located in the Seraj valley which is located between the districts of Shimla and Kullu. It is still a relatively unkown and off beat location in the himalayas because tourists often go to Shimla or kullu. Shoja is the perfect little hamlet to spend time with your loved ones and explore and get lost in the beauty of the nature.
#13: Parvati valley:
Parvati valley, also known as the remnant of the Hippie trail that was famous among Israeli travelers. Parvati valley is spread from Manikaran to kasol and is famous for Malana. And even though a lot of people it is famous for narcotics and hashish, there is a lot more to Parvati valley than drugs. There are some extremely beautiful treks in the area including the Pin-parvati pass and Chandrakani Pass. This makes parvati valley ideal for adventurers and explorers alike.
#14:great himalayan national park:
Great Himalayan National Park or GHNP is located in the scenic banjaar district of Himachal Pradesh. Great Himalayan National park is the best place to witness a wide variety of exotic flora and fauna. There are various treks in the region for all difficulty levels.
Gushaini is another little himalayn hamlet that’s tucked away in the Banjaar tehsil in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. And because the tourists generally flock to Shimla and Manali, this is still off beat gem. Located on the banks of Tirthan river, Gushaini makes a perfect place for a relaxing holiday with your family or friends.
Naggar is located on the banks of Beas river and is a small ancient village in Kullu District. Naggar was once the capital of the Kullu kingdom and still attracts a lot of tourists to Naggar palace. But a lot of the tourists often come for a day trip to see the touristy places only. However, there is more to it and of you chose to stay you can explore this quaint ancient town at your own pace.
Langza is a beautiful village located in the mystical region of Kaza district in Spiti valley. Langza is known for its picturesque landscapes and ancient monasteries. Because of the location, it is often closed off in winters and is thus a perfect place to visit in summer months of April-June.
That’s it for this post. Do let us know which of these off beat places in the Himalayas in your favorite location and which ones you are yet to visit. Also, which ones should we add to the list.