Bestowed with enchanting rivers, gigantic Himalayan peaks, elegant hot springs, sacred temples, and scenic hill stations, Himachal Pradesh is one of the most vouched tourist places in India for pristine natural beauty. This magical state also boasts some endearing valleys that attract tourists from all over the world. Created by great mountain ranges and rivers, these stunning valleys are immensely beautiful that embark travellers on an unblemished journey of paradise. The valleys also serve as one of the most popular destinations for trekking and other adventure activities as part of India tour packages. If you want to explore these surreal valleys of Himachal and don’t know where to begin, here’s the list of some breathtaking valleys in Himachal Pradesh that you must visit on your next vacation to Himachal Pradesh.
Drained by the mighty Beas River, the astonishing Kangra Valley is the largest valley in India and among the must include places in Dharamshala Tour Packages. This valley is filled with a beautiful thick cover of pine forests, orchards, and turbulent streams flowing from the perennial snowy mountains. The best time to visit the valley is during the summer months of March and April when the sun begins to shine displaying the beautiful scenery of the Kangra Valley. Rock cut Kangra temples, Kangra Fort, Palampur, and Dharamsala, the abode of Dalai Lama are located in this Himalayan valley. Also, Kangra Valley is regarded as one of the best places to try mountain biking in India.
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With a spectacular backdrop of glaciers and snowcapped mountains, Solang Valley is one of the scenic valleys in Himachal Pradesh, and among the most popular tourist places in Manali. The valley is situated between Solang village and Beas Kund at an altitude of about 8500 ft. The valley derives its name from a village called Solang and Nullah means water streams from mountains. Solang Valley is one of the renowned tourist places in Himachal for skiing, mountaineering, and trekking activities. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy camping at Solang Valley. Slopped lawns spread over acres, the splendid Himalayas in the background, and uncountable adventure activities that will pump up your adrenaline make Solang Valley one of the most famous valleys in Himachal Pradesh.
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A broad open valley formed by the great river Beas, Kullu lies at an altitude of 1230 meters between the towns of Manali and Largi. Kullu Valley is one of the prettiest valleys in Himachal, and among the must-include places in honeymoon tour packages in India. Also known as ‘Valley of Gods’, this valley is famous for its temples, stunning landscape, dreamy Beas River, majestic hills covered with pine and deodar forest, and sprawling apple orchards. The Pir Panjal Range, the Great Himalayan Range, and the Lower Himalayan Range border the Kullu Valley adding to its stunning landscape. Some of the famous tourist places in Kullu are Manikaran, Manali, Malana, Bijli Mahadev, Bhekhli, Bajaura, Kasol, Kheer Ganga, Kulant Pith, Katrain, Kangra, and Great Himalayan National Park. The valley is also very biodiverse and is home to some very uncommon species like the Himalayan tahr, western tragopan, monal, Himalayan brown bear, etc. Also, it is a hotspot for adventure sports including trekking, river rafting, mountaineering, paragliding, and hiking over the Himalayan glaciers.
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Spiti is a picturesque valley located at an altitude of 3000m high in the Himalayas, in between the most mysterious and beautiful regions of Ladakh and Tibet. Known as the middle land, Spiti valley is rough, barren, and rugged but yet astoundingly beautiful with snow-capped mountains, crystal clear rivers, picturesque hamlets, ancient monasteries, and splendid lakes. Monastery tour is one of the popular to do things in Spiti, including the famous Tabo Monastery, Key Monastery, Lhalung Monastery, and Gandhola Monastery. Besides, travelers can witness the beauty of enchanting Chandratal and Suraj Tal, visit Dhankar Lake for a photography session, drive across high mountain passes, including Kunzum Pass, Baralacha Pass and explore the villages of Kibber, Losar, Udaipur, and Komik while in Spiti as part of Himachal Tour Packages.
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Also known as Tosh Valley, Parvati Valley is another beautiful valley in Himachal. Stretching from Bhuntar to Spiti, this mesmerizing valley is formed by the confluence of rivers Parvati and Beas. The picturesque meadows and sprawling beauty offer a gorgeous landscape that creates an aura of its own. Flanked by glaciers on one side and pine forests on the other, the valley is famous for its wild and cultivated crops of charas, a pure form of cannabis. Parvati Valley is home to Kasol and Manikaran, which are loved by foreign travellers, backpackers, and hippies alike. Also, it is home to innumerable scenic trekking trails into the higher Himalayas. The other activities include in Parvati valley are hiking to the Malana village over the Chandrakhani Pass to Naggar, splashing in the healing waters of the hot springs of Khir Ganga, trekking to the Pandu pul, and visiting the Rudra-Nag waterfall. The Pin Valley National Park is another tourist attraction and is known for its resident wildlife population including the snow leopard.
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A perfect amalgamation of the Indian and Tibetian beauty, Kinnaur Valley is another enchanting valley in Himachal Pradesh. The valley is the entry point of Tibet and lies on the Hindustan-Tibet Road built during the British Raj. Known as the land of gods, the valley flaunts three mountain ranges namely Zanskar, Greater Himalayas, and Dhauladhar. This valley is divided into two parts- the lower portion comprises the areas like Sangla, Chitkul, ReckongPeo, and Kalpa whereas, the upper part refers to the area covering Nako village. Kinnaur Valley is well-known for its apple orchards, beautiful meadows surrounded by thick forests, small hamlets, and ever-adventurous road trips. It is one of the must-visit places to experience Himachal Tourism. This place is amongst a must-visit tourist spot during winters, accounting for the breathtaking view of Kinner Kailash that is home to natural Shivaling, and is a point of sanity and faith for the locals. The monasteries dating back to 1000 years mark the significance of Buddhism in the valley.
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The snowy Dauladhar on one side and the might Ravi River on the other, Chamba Valley is a splendidly isolated valley in Himachal Pradesh. Also known as Ravi Valley, the scenic Chamba Valley is cut off from the Kangra Valley by the Dhauladhar Range and from Lahaul and Kashmir by the Pir Panjal. Chamba valley houses a large number of temples, museums, and lakes that not only pack an itinerary but also reflect the history of this valley that dates back to 920 AD. Visitors get a good picture of small villages and hamlets with terraced fields extending over the landscape. The important towns located in this valley are Chamba, Bharmaur, Dalhousie, and Khajjiar.
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Sutlej Valley is a long valley formed by the Satluj River from Shipki to Bilaspur. The river enters into Indian territory near Shipki and cut across the Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal, main Himalaya, and Zanskar ranges. This valley is bestowed with ample water from the river as well as the melting snow of the Himalayas making it super fertile. The towns Bilaspur, Rampur, and Bhaba are located along the Satluj River in this valley. The rocky hills, splashing icy-cold waters, snowy peaks, emerald green grasslands, and mesmerizing views making the Sutlej Valley one of the most stunning valleys of Himachal Pradesh that you should certainly plan a trip to. Besides, this pristine valley of Himachal Pradesh also houses the Harike Bird Sanctuary and the Rupi-Bhabha Wildlife Sanctuary making it a perfect place for wildlife lovers. It can be visited along with Chandigarh tour packages.
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One of the most charming and unexplored places in Himachal Pradesh, Habban Valley is located in a village of the same name just 70 km away from Solan, among the best places to visit near Chandigarh. Surrounded by Deodar trees, the valley is famous amongst bird watchers as the dense forests of Fir and Baan trees provide a habitat to local and migrant birds. Also, the valley is home to fauna like peacocks, deer, tiger, kastura and ghol. Nature trails, hiking, bird and wildlife watching and trekking to Banalidhar and Churdar are some of the top things to do in Habban Valley. The apple and peach orchards of the valley add to the allure and visitors can literally pluck a fresh fruit and gallop it down as you walk through its forests.
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