Since vacations are around the corner you might have been planning to book your trips to various parts of the country to relax and enjoy. We all are aware of Shimla, Mussoorie, Kufri, Kasauli and more places in the heart of Himachal Pradesh which are frequently visited and celebrated. But, today we have carefully curated a list of hidden gems we want you to know which lay undiscovered in the heart of the state.
- Distance from Ludhiana: 161kms
- How to reach: Taxi, Buses or Train.
- Best season to travel: March-November
Located just 15kms from Shimla, Shoghi is a quaint place which does not get much of the attention of tourists. Extensively covered with deodar and pine vegetation, the place has a very rusty feel. It falls in the way of famous tourist spot Chail and has recently attracted visitors. Shoghi is chosen by tourists for bird watching and night gazing in the clear night skies. It is also fit for camping and trekking considering snow capped mountains and hills. It is also called the temple town as it has several temples worshipping several deities. When it comes to food, you can have authentic Pahari style food, fruits and dishes made out of fruits.
- Distance from Ludhiana: 304kms
- How to reach: Bus, Taxi, Train
- Best season to travel: Between April and June, Between November and February
Located in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, this place remains uncrowded most of the year with the local population of just 2000 people. There is a trout breeding center and the tourists can enjoy a picnic, trekking, hiking. There is also Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary which branches off from Barot and can spend a night or two. You can also go to Bir Billing which is famous for its Paragliding activities. What is interesting is that there are no hotels as such in Barot but you can lodge and locals will greet you with open arms.
- Distance from Ludhiana: 400kms
- How to reach: Trains, Bus, Car.
- Best season to travel: May-June and September-November
Sitting on the bank of Bhagirathi river, this places defines spirituality. It is located in the hilly regions of Uttrakhand and is the most important and revered pilgrimage sites for Hindus. It gives the tourists a complete spiritual experience along with a number of lakes and temples and is also appropriate for trekking. It is also home to a number of ashrams and dharamshalas where you can book your stay. Must visit places are Vishwanath temple, Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.
4) SPITI VALLEY
- Distance from Ludhiana: 303kms
- How to reach: Trains, Bus, Car
- Best season to travel: April-July
Spiti valley is located high in Himachal and is one of the coldest regions in the world. It gives you options for trekking, river rafting and camping and you wouldn’t get enough of the scenic view and tranquility you’d witness. Spiti is also home to a number of monasteries which are a must for you to visit. Do try the Spitian bread which is a staple here.
- Distance from Ludhiana: 260kms
- How to reach: Train, Bus, Car
- Best season to travel: May-October
Khajjiar is a small town in Himachal, also known as “Mini Switzerland Of India.” It is famous for its mesmerizing lakes, forests and tourists can also trek and hike which makes it a perfect place for adventure seekers. There are restaurants serving North Indian food and food stalls on the road which serve noodles, omelettes and sandwiches.
- Distance from Ludhiana: 240kms
- How to reach: Bus, Car, Train
- Best season to travel: April-June, September-December
Mashobra falls in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. It is a part of Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary so is home to a variety of fauna like langurs, barking deer, monkeys, jackals and leopard. The highlights of this place are the Wallflower hall, Criagnano. Mashobra has a lot of street food to offer to the tourists like Boor Ki Kari, Chicken Anardana, Sepu Vadi, Gucchi Mattar, Kaddu Ka Khatta etc. There also luxurious hotels and restaurants in the region. You can also trek and enjoy camping in the Mashobra hills around scenic beauty.
- Distance from Ludhiana: 180kms
- How to reach: Bus, Train and Car
- Best season to travel: March-June
Kangra is a beautiful small town 18kms from Dharamshala. It is also called Dev Bhumi which means “Abode Of Gods”. The most famous spots in Kangra that you should definitely visit are Baglamukhi Temple, Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Kareri Lake, Brajeshwari Temple, Kangra Art Gallery and Sujanpur Fort. Tourists can also trek to explore Kangra’s landscapes. Mcleodganj and Bir Billing are tourist destinations which are just kilometers away from Kangra.
- Distance from Ludhiana: 280kms
- How to reach: Car, Bus, Train
- Best season to travel: March-November
Chakrata lies in the Dehradun district of Uttrakhand and is 90kms from the hustle and bustle of the city and serves a perfect destination for a weekend gateway. It is home to the famous Tiger falls and in winters you can experience skiing in the famous tourist spot of Chakrata known a Mundali. For the adventurous souls out there, Chakrata has gigantic caves and temples which you can explore with trekking and hiking experiences.