There is no dearth of pleasant surprises that welcome you when you step into Himachal. Himachal meaning ‘Land of Snow’ is one of the most beautiful places in the earth with abundant scenic beauty that will make you want to get lost here forever. In fact, each hamlet hidden in the remotest nook and corner of this land of natural abundance holds a great reservoir of excitement and fun.
Besides Shimla, Manali, Kufri, Dalhousie, Kasauli etc there are a vast number of remote areas which many tourists don’t have any idea about.
Here I bring you some of such lesser known places to visit the next time you are planning to visit Himachal Pradesh.
Narkanda is a town and a nagar panchayat in Shimla district. Situated at an attitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan Tibet road (NH – 22), Narkanda offers a spectacular view of snow ranges. This is an ideal retreat for the tourists who seek seclusion in mountains. It commands an unique view of the eternal snow line, the inviting apple orchards and dense forests. Narkanda is famous for Skiing & Winter sports. During these days the slopes come alive with skiers. The skiing at Narkanda was started in 1980 and since then HPTDC is conducting skiing courses every year. Narkanda is a gateway to apple country of Himachal Pradesh. .
Solang Nala (Valley) derives its name from combination of words Solang (Nearby village) and Nullah (water stream). It is a side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India 14 km northwest of the resort town Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass, and is known for its summer and winter sport conditions. The sports most commonly offered are parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing. For those who love the rush of adrenaline; there is no place better than Solang in Kullu Valley
Giant slopes of lawn comprise Solang Valley and provide its reputation as a popular ski resort. A few ski agencies offering courses and equipment reside here and operate only during winters.
Sadhupul is a small village in Himachal Pradesh between Solan and Chail, located at the site of a small bridge constructed over the hill river “Ashwini”. Sadhupul is a good and peaceful place. The best thing about Sadhupul is that you can enjoy a meal sitting with family and friends over the river with water below your tables. And you dont have to worry about the water level as it is not at all a concern.
Rewalsar Lake in Mandi District
Rewalsar Lake is a mid altitude lake located in the Mandi district, 24 km from Mandi. Its elevation is about 1,360 m above sea level.
The lake is shaped like a square with the shoreline of about 735 m. It is held as a sacred spot for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists alike. Legend has it that the great teacher Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) used his enormous power to take flight to Tibet from Rewalsar. In Rewalsar, his spirit is said to reside in the tiny island of floating reed that drifts over the water. There are three Buddhist monasteries at Rewalsar. Rewalsar has three Hindu temples which are dedicated to Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and to the sage Lomas.