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Backpacking across Himachal Pradesh:7 Must-Visit Destinations for Adventure Travelers

Must-Visit Destinations for Adventure Travelers

Itching for a backpacking adventure for the summers? Whether you’re travelling with your friends, partner or solo, Himachal Pradesh is the perfect state to be in for your next nomad adventure. Here are seven must-visit destinations in Himachal Pradesh for your next backpacking trip.

1) Manali: (Like Goa... but in hills)

Since Manali is a popular tourist destination, it might seem a little crowded. However just like Goa, you can never get enough of Manali. Besides activities like trekking, camping, paragliding and exploring the ancient temples and hot springs, Manali is the best place to rent a bike and ride along the scenic valleys. Preferably stay in Manali for at least 4 days to cover maximum landmarks and destinations.

Pro tip: Explore the nature of Manali during daytime and the cafes & nightlife of Old Manali for a day well spent.

Manali: (Like Goa... but in hills), Hadimba Devi Temple, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

2) Kasol: (Where the mountains are HIGH)

If you're a nature lover looking for a chill vibe (if you know, you know), Kasol is the place to be. Surrounded by towering mountains and located on the banks of the Parvati River, Kasol is ideal for travelers looking for a serene escape. Trek through the lush green forests to stunning waterfalls or relax in one of Kasol's many peaceful and welcoming cafes. Preferably stay in Kasol for at least 6 days to cover most of the beautiful trekking experiences without exhausting yourself.

Pro tip: Renting a Scooty/Activa is cheaper and it also rides surprisingly well on the steep mountain roads. However taxi/carpooling would be better in case of overnight stays in multiple locations.

Kasol: (Where the mountains are HIGH), Kheerganga trek and hotsprings, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

3) Naggar: (Where movies are made)

Naggar is a small yet fascinating town located in the Kullu district. Known for its stunning architecture, Naggar offers travelers a chance to explore ancient temples and historical landmarks like the famous Naggar castle. Just 2 days in Naggar would be enough to explore this place that has starred in so many Bollywood movies. You can reach Naggar on a rental bike from Manali or via taxi/carpooling.

Pro tip: Visit Jana waterfall to enjoy simple Himachali lunch thali while sitting in the water. Post lunch, head to Bijli Mahadev trek with an aim to catch the sunset from top.

Naggar: (Where movies are made), Naggar Castle, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

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4) Jibhi: (An offbeat retreat)

Jibhi is a scenic village located in the Tirthan Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Known for its natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere, Jibhi is perfect for travelers looking for an offbeat valley-living experience. While you can make the most of this place in just 2 days, many travelers end up extending their stay in Jibhi due to it's mesmerizing beauty and peaceful vibes. Best mode of transport in Jibhi would be a taxi/carpooling.

Pro tip: When in Jibhi, ask the locals and look around for the rare Indian Truffle called Gucchi (Sponge mushroom) that retails for upwards of INR 40,000/KG.

Jibhi: (An offbeat retreat), Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

5) Bir/Billing: (Where sky is the limit)

Bir Billing is a popular destination for adventure lovers in Himachal Pradesh. Located in the Kangra district, Bir Billing is known for its world-famous paragliding site and stunning natural beauty. Trek through the lush green forests or explore the tea gardens and monasteries of Bir. The most convenient way to reach Bir would be by your own car, taxi, carpooling or state transport busses and 3 days would be a perfect stay duration.

Pro Tip: You may also extend your stay and sign up for a Paragliding Pilot training course. Wouldn't that be a skill to flex about?

Bir/Billing: (Where sky is the limit), Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

6) Dharamshala: (Gateway to paradise)

Dharamshala is a hill station located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It's a must visit place for travelers seeking to explore a more spiritual aspect of Himachal Pradesh. Known for its Tibetan culture, Dharamshala is the residence of the Dalai Lama and the headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile. 2 days would be enough to make the most of your Dharamshala experience.

Pro tip: Don't forget to visit Shiva Cafe located on top of the Bagsu Naag waterfall. You will thank us later.

Dharamkot, Bagsu naag waterfall, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala: (Gateway to paradise)

7) Spiti Valley: (An enlightening journey)

Spiti Valley is a remote region located in the northernmost part of Himachal Pradesh. Known for its out of the world beauty and unique landscape, Spiti Valley is perfect for travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure. Explore the ancient monasteries (including a 600 year old mummy at Gue) or trek through the stunning Pin Valley National Park for a glimpse into local culture and nature. While some people suggest 7 days would be sufficient to enjoy Spiti, you'll soon realize that this valley deserves at least 10-11 days of your life. Best for road trips and bike rides.

Pro Tip: Pre-book your stay at Chandratal as the tents get sold out and there are limited stay options. The road from Chandratal Lake to Manali is basically a dried out riverbed full of rocks and water crossings. No matter the distance on google maps, you'll need at least 10-12 hours to reach Manali.

 Spiti Valley: (An enlightening journey) Langza, Buddha Statue Spiti

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In summary, whether you're looking for a month-long adventure or a short weekend trip, these seven destinations are sure to satisfy your wanderlust. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore the stunning landscapes of Himachal Pradesh. Let us know where you're heading off to first!
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