Shimla has been blessed with all the natural bounties which one can think of. It has got a scenic location, it is surrounded by green hills with snow capped peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era creates an aura which is very different from other hill. Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley.
best places to visit in Shimla-Manali
Jakhoo Hill is the highest peak in the entire hill station offers scenic view of the city and snow capped Himalayan Mountains. The 8000 feet Jakhoo Hill is a famous tourist attraction that is visited by nature lovers and pilgrims as well.It is almost ashort trek for adventure seekers.
One of the best places to visit in Shimla is the Summer hill – a picturesque township is located 5 km from the famous ridge of Shimla. This hill is carpeted by rich greenery that offers breathtaking views from the top.
Kufri is located 19 kms away from Shimla. At an altitude of 2510 meters and in the Himalayan foothills, the hill station delights nature lovers and adventurers alike. Kufri along with some places around Shimla once belonged to the Nepal kingdom.
Naldehra and Shaily Peak
Naldehra is one of the best places to visit near Shimla as it offers the most picturesque sunrise and sunset views. With dense deodar trees and naturally rich flora and fauna, this place has amazing forest cover to be enjoyed on a horse ride.
Hidimbi Devi Temple, also known as Hadimba temple is one of the main tourist places in Manali for the visitors. It is around 1.5 kms from the Mall Road. It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi, sister of Hidimb, who was a character in Indian epic Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas.
Rohtang Pass is one of the most popular tourist place in Kullu Manali. It is located at an altitude of 3.989m or 13050 ft and is about 51 kms from Manali. It is connected with the Kullu valley and Lahaul Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Distance from Kullu to Rohtang is about 90 kms and Distance from Manali to Rohtang is about 52 kms.
The best part about Solang Valley is that it is an all season place. Visiting Solang, hence depends on your purpose. If you want to enjoy winter sports, visiting Solang from November to February is recommended as the valley is covered with snow during that time of the year. Winters are also preferred for the lovely weather. The valley when covered in snow looks magnificent. During summers, the valley experiences mildly hot afternoons while it continues to be cold in the mornings and evenings.
Beas River is often described as the Heart of Kullu valley and is known for its various camping spots and water sports. The river also marks the eastern border of Alexander the Great’s empire in 326 BC. The flow of the river is very fast and is not fit for swimming, but is the perfect for Rafting. The shores of the Beas are famous picnic spots and the best place to relax during the evenings.