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Paradise on Earth: The Famous Valleys in Himachal Pradesh

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Himachal Pradesh is always that state that can never get you stop talking about its beauty. The ideal summer respite and the favourite spot for trekkers, Himachal always has something new in store every time when someone visits. The state also houses several beautiful valleys that will truly trick you into believing that you have stepped on paradise. No! We are not exaggerating. Located in the Western Himalayas, surrounded by majestic mountains, Himalayas offer you some of the finest valleys that you will never forget. Here are some of them you should definitely put on your wish list.

10 Famous Valleys in Himachal Pradesh:

Here are some of the top 10 valleys in Himachal pradesh you should visit at least once.

1. Solang Valley:

Solang valley is a beautiful valley that is located between the Beas Kund and Solang village. If you are looking to watch the beautiful snow-capped mountains coupled with the beautiful view of the glaciers, Solang is definitely for you. The valley also has some fine slopes for skiing and it literally becomes the spot for skiing, for all ages. As the time passes and snow melts, you can enjoy paragliding, zorbing and parachuting.

Best Time to Visit: If you love to get a bite of the chill, October to February is the ideal time. The temperatures drop below zero degree. If you are looking for some mountain sports, summer would be the season, from March to June.

Reaching Solang valley: If you are planning to travel by air, Bhuntar is the nearest airport to Manali, which houses the Solang. By rail, Jogindernagar is the rail road that connects to Manali and by bus you will find plenty of buses that ply from Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Amabala etc. to this region. There are Himachal Road Transport buses at cheaper rates.

2. Pandoh Dam:

The Pandoh Dam is located around 88 kilometres from Manali. The place has been the preferred spot for British officials. Located amidst the pine forest, the Pandoh lake is also a beautiful destination to chill out and relax. It is an embankment that is constructed on the Beas river and the very purpose is to provide hydroelectric power supply. The place is a good picnic spot and the tourists are seen to enjoy the rafting here.

Best Time to Visit: May and June are the good time to visit the Dam.

Reaching Pandoh Dam: Since it is located in the NH 21, taking a public transport would be a good idea, like a taxi or bus. Bus service is a cost effective way. You can also reach Bhuntar by air and then travel to the dam.

3. Green Valley:

When you travel from Kufri to Shimla, you will see a small and beautiful mountain range. That is the Green Valley. The Green Valley is truly green in every sense of the word and the calmness will bring out the best positive vibes out of you. While this may place may not have much to offer, it sure is a good place to relax and enjoy the serenity. Walk around the pine forests and explore the woods and don’t forget to take a ride on the Yak. The Jaku temple and Tatta Pani springs are also other attractions of this place.

Best Time to Visit: March to June is a good to visit the Green Valley.

Reaching Green valley: The place is accessible by roads, while travelling from Shimla to Kufri. Chandigarh and Pathankot are the nearest railway stations to reach Green Valley and the nearest airport is Bhuntar or Chandigarh.

4. Tirthan Valley:

The land of mystifying beauty has umpteen surprises to offer you. It lies at about 3kms from the entrance of the Great Himalayan National Park, it has a plethora of delights, surprises, adventure sports etc. Trekking the Himalayan National Park is a common adventure sport here. The place is also known for trout fishing and don’t take forget walks along the land. Tirthan Valley is a wonderful spot for some time off the city life and for those of you who have adventure on your card. The place is also chosen as an ideal honeymoon spot.

Best Time to Visit: April to June is the best time to visit the valley, which offers a comfortable temperature to escape the city heat. November to February marks extreme winter here and as such can be tuff, especially for those who can’t put up with the snow. Nevertheless, the valley will put up the best magnificent view you will ever see during the winters.

Reaching Tirthan Valley:You can reach by air to Bhuntar and then rely on taxi or bus to take you to the location. You can also travel by road from Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab or Haryana. Take a bus till Aut, which is 26kms from the location. Ambala and Kiratpur are the nearest railway station to Tirthan valley. Take a bus or taxi from the station to reach the destination.

5. Parvati Valley:

Like we told you, Himachal has a lot to offer. The immortal beauty will just refuse to vanish your memory and will stay alive. The mountain air, delicious food, the burning woods to keep you warm and the water flowing in eternal calmness is an ideal place for you if you are looking to calm the agitated and disturbed mind. Don’t forget to eat and chill at the Israeli cafes. Calm by the side of the Paravti river that flows to Kasol, a true paradise for all the backpackers and if you are too keen about hiking, there is no place better than the Kheerganga, located in the Parvati Valley. Don’t forget to dip your feet into the hot springs at Manikaran.

Best Time to Visit: October to June is the best time to visit the place. If you are looking for some hiking and wilderness, March to May is ideal.

Reaching the Parvati Valley: Catch a local Manali bound bus and get down at Bhuntar. Bhuntar airport is the nearest airport to Parvati Valley and Ahuj railway station is the nearest one to Parvati Valley.

6. Barot Valley:

Part of the Uhl river valley, Barot valley is situated in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It was initially meant to serve as the hydel project over the Ulh, but today it is more of a tourist spot. Camping and fishing are the popular activities done here. Remember to just immerse in the goodness of the valley, whilst enjoying the simpler joys of exploring the woods.

Best Time to Visit:you can visit Barot at any point of the year, except the monsoon and the temperatures are more or less moderate.

Reaching Barot Valley: You can reach Barot by road from Chandigarh, Delhi or Punjab by taking the local buses. Kullu airport is the nearest airport and Jogindernagar Nagar is the nearest railway station that connects to the valley.

7. Kinnaur Valley:

this is one of the smallest district in India in terms of population. The Kinner Kailash is the famous abode of Lord Shiva and thus has a religious significance. It is close to the Tibetan border. It has huge scope for quality trekking and the valley has beautiful meadows, lakes and view points that are worth enjoying.

Best Time to Visit: April to October is the ideal time to visit Kinnaur.

How to reach: There are buses from Delhi and Chandigarh that run daily and this is probably the best way to reach Kinnaur Valley. Shimla is the nearest railway station to the valley, from where you can take a taxi to reach the destination. Shimla airport is the nearest airport.

8. Spiti Valley:

the most famous valley that is known for its lush green hills, breath taking mountain view and the waterfalls, Spiti valley has a lot to offers its tourists. It is a land between Tibet and India and looks barren and sometimes like a cold desert, just like Ladakh. Thus the land also supports the infuse of Buddhism and Hinduism and is also reflected in their culture. The valley attracts a whole crowd of tourists every year and sends them back memories to cherish for a long time. The postcard villages and the beautiful roads that leads to the amazing view of the mountains on either side, will make you believe in heaven.

Best Time to Visit: May to late September is the ideal time to visit Spiti, because during the winters, the place is prey to thick snow and that keeps them away from about 6 months.

How to reach: The first road route is from Shimla, passing through the Kinnaur valley. This will take about 2 days and you can halt for the night at Kalpa or Reckong Peo. It however depends on the road condition that will depend how long or short you take to reach.

9. Kangra Valley:

This is one popular valley in the lower Himalayas and is located in the South end of Dhauladhar range. The lush green landscape and the beautiful calmness of the valley makes this a popular destination among many tourists. You can visit the many temples like Chamundi valley, Jwala Devi, Bajreshwari Devi. Don’t forget to buy an authentic shawl from here and the miniature paintings are another thing you can shop.

Best Time to Visit: You can visit the valley at any pint of the year.

How to reach: you can choose the airport at Gaggal in Kangra and there are many flights from Delhi to here. There are also buses from Dalhouise, Delhi, Manali, Pathankot and Shimla. The nearest railway station is Pathankot, that is 70kms away from Kangra.

10. Hamirpur Valley:

Hamirpur is known for trekking and the Deotsidh temple. The Baba Balka Nath is another popularly visited place. Its location in the lower elevation of the Himalayas, makes the place always warm and is a comfortable whether throughout. The scenic valley is a good place to chill and do nothing at all.

Best Time to Visit: Anytime time of the year is a good time to visit this beautiful valley.

How to reach: Kangra airport is the nearest airport. You can take a cab from here to Hamirpur. It will take about two and a half hours to reach. Kiratpur Sahib Railway station is the nearest rail route and it will take about 3 hours to reach Hamirpur from here. You will also find ample buses from Delhi, Chandigarh and Pathankot.

Here are somethings you need to know when travelling to these valleys.

  1. Remember to carry warm clothes and jackets if you are travelling in cold season. If you are going in the peak winter, carry fleece, woollen socks and other essentials.
  2. Make sure to carry the right trekking shoes and wear only comfortable clothes if you are intending to trek.
  3. Do not stand in way of the rules. It is always smart to follow the norms of the culture and of the valley.
  4. Unless you are experienced, do not plan on trekking solo. Always put safety first.

Himachal is sure in all out wish list. The only way to work it out is to plan it well. Take your Himalayan dream a step ahead and bring home tonnes of memories. Don’t just feel the Himalayan pleasure, live it, breathe it and cherish it. We promise you will come back lot more energized and with adequate positive vibes.