Himachal Pradesh is home to the largest Glacier in Asia. Being located in the lower Himalayas range, it is a cultural cocktail, a haven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. If you love snow and want to have a chilly adventure this place is a must to go. Being tourist attractive all the time, still, there are places to be visited that you most surely have not thought of.
At an elevation of 2800m above sea level and 265 km beyond Shimla on NH-5 in Kinnaur district, Kalpa is a small village in the Sutlej river valley. Across the river faces the majestic mountains of Kinnaur Kailash range. Primary places of interest isReckongPeo (headquarters of district Kinnaur), Kothi Temple (Temple of Chandika Devi, with the unusual architectural style and fine sculpture), The chakaMeadows (Easy hike of 3-4 Km, trail start from Kalpa-Roghi Road).
In Tibetan Sangla means “Pass of light” which refers the valley receiving sunlight during the day. At an elevation of 2600m above sea level and 225 Km away from Shimla via NH-5 in Kinnaur District, SanglaVally known for its magnificent sight of snow-clad mountains and Kinnaur Kailash Peak. Famous for camping, rappelling, rock climbing, river crossing, trek and for those who love angling, the Baspa river is renowned its trout.
Barog tunnel is the longest route of UNESCO heritage Kalka-Shimla railway around 1144m long. Barog station is immediately after the tunnel is one of the most attractive stations in the Scottish style on the Kalka-Shimla route. Surrounded by pine and oak forests, Barog makes a conveniently accessible destination and a travel stopover to or from Shimla. The closest airport is at Jubbar-Hatti, 65 Km away. By road, Chandigarh is 62 Km and Shimla is 55 Km.
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Churdhar (elevation of 3647m) commonly known as Churichandni (Bangle of Snow) is the highest peak in the Sirmour district and is also the highest peak in the outer Himalayas. At the top of Churdhar peak, Churdhar Sanctuary is the dream place to have an encounter with the wild side of Himachal Pradesh. Being habitat of herbal medicine trees and plants wild Himalayan cherry, Aloe Vera, and Amaranthus spinosus are some of the best aromatic plants which can be found here.
At a height of 2650m above sea level and 223 Km from Shimla via NH154, Malana is an ancient village with its own lifestyle and social structure isolated from the rest of the world. Known as one of the oldest democracies in the world, villagers believe that they are pure Aryan genes and are descendants of Alexander the Great’s soldiers. Famous for its “Malana Cream” regarded as high purity hash, made from the live cannabis flower.
“A lush green carpet which is spread across the place and it is difficult to find the find end of it” Shoja Valley is pollution-free and one of the most offbeat places to go in Himachal Pradesh. Apart from popular attractions like Raghupur Fort, Jalori Pass, and Waterfall point in its reserve, shoja also seres perfect destination for admiring the raw beauty of hills, waterfalls, and forts.