Himachal Pradesh, situated in North India, is a beautiful place to explore. The rich mountains give this place a very unique feel. Himachal Pradesh is full of surprises when it comes to travel.There are a lot of offbeat and unexplored places here in the Himachal Pradesh. People from all cultures and lifestyles , come here to enjoy the simpleness and the warmth of the ‘pahadi’ culture.
Setting aside the most visited destinations, Himachal has many places which aren’t even heard of by many. Here is a list of offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh :
- Pabbar Valley
- Kalga Village
- Tosh Village
- The Mysterious Kutla
- Jalori Pass
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Offbeat Destinations around Shimla
Pabbar Valley is an offbeat destination around Shimla, and it is a virgin land waiting to be explored. This place is around 131 km from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. The location of this valley is such that it does not attract many family tourists and is considered as an offbeat place around Shimla. That’s what makes it precious for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts!
The serene atmosphere, mind-blowing landscape view the Chanshal Mountain Range, makes it very addictive for travellers. There are a lot of different treks which pass through Pabbar Valley. Other activities include paragliding, rafting etc.
Best Time to Visit: May-Oct
Fagu is yet another offbeat destination around Shimla. It is located at 22 km from Shimla and the way for it is good. It is a beautiful place for trekkers and adventure seekers. Not many people come here often and that is why Fagu is an offbeat place around Shimla .The beautiful valley views, surrounded by apple orchards, this places looks like it has been taken out of a fairy tale. This tiny hamlet is very picturesque and steep cliffs make it an amazing location for photography.
Best time to Visit: May – Nov
Another offbeat place around Shimla, Kasauli is a small cantonment and a town located at around 75 km from Shimla. The myth related to this place is that Lord Hanuman had placed his feet here in order to advance towards the Sanjeevini Hill. This makes it an offbeat place near Shimla. This small town has a very homely feel to it and it is very cosy. Kasauli would be a perfect place for an evening of quietness and solitude.
Best time to Visit: May-Oct
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Other offbeat destinations in Himachal Pradesh
Kalga is a small village and an offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh. It is located off Barshaini after Kasol. Kalga is a small quaint village with a few numbers of cafes, restaurants and homestays. This is one of the most visited offbeat destination in the Himalayas. This village is a haven for travellers. The prices for the homestays are not very expensive. This place has a heavy “hippie” feel to it and it is usually known as the Shambhala of the Himalayas among travellers. There are a few numbers of treks starting from here, one of them leading to Kheerganga.
Best Time to Visit: Jun-Oct
Further up from Barshaini, located is Tosh. Tosh is the last “big” village/town per se, in this path. This village has offbeat written all over it.That makes it one of the top offbeat destinations in the Himachal . The population of this town maybe around 200-350 people max. The only mode of transport Tosh onwards is by walk. Tosh is a discreet place and one of the most preferred offbeat destination in Himachal Pradesh as well as in the Himalayas.
The folk here are very warm and friendly. There are a few good restaurants here such as “Third Eye” which has the best pizzas here. The places to stay here are not very expensive. There are a lot of treks from Tosh such as Kutla. There is also a way to Kheerganaga from here. The serene and calm atmosphere here makes it a happy place. Now you know why travellers opt for this place. This place has a completely different feel to it. Spiritual and warm are the two words used by travellers to describe this place.
Best time to Visit: May – Aug
The Mysterious Kutla
Kutla is a small village further up from Tosh and another top offbeat places in Himachal. There are hardly few people here. But there is a lot of plot here to camp and chill. There are a few numbers of cafes here. The menu is not anything great, normal Indian food. This place is always been an offbeat place in the Himalayas. The trek to Kulta starts off easy, but it gets steep as we move forward. It takes around 2 hours to trek to Kulta from Tosh.
Few things that can be done in Kutla is visiting waterfalls, go on scenic treks, stay at rustic wooden cafes. Budaban Trek is a common trek from Kutla. The trek is about 90 mins from Kutla and the path takes you through a lot of beautiful view of the mountain. At the end of the trek, you can see the huge snow capped Budaban Glacier. All in all, Kutla is one of the top offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh and it is often preferred by travellers.
Best time to Visit: May-Aug
Jalori Pass is a well known offbeat place in Himachal, as it is very close to Delhi. This high mountain pass is located at a height of 10,800 ft. The sights along this motorable road is beautiful and will stay in our memories eternally. The path is a single lane road and it is advisable for travellers to be safe while travelling on this road. There are a few cafes and restaurants also along the path for refreshments.
Jalori Pass which is one of the offbeat places in the Himalayas crowds during peak season and are less crowded during the other days . Some of the things to do here are :
Visit Serolsar Lake – this beautiful lake is situated at the centre of Jalori Pass and is one of the most visited places. The beautiful mountains around the lake make it a very peaceful place to visit.
Visit Chehni Kothi which is a bunch of towering temples originally built for defence purposes and also used as a granary.
Other places to visit here include Tirthan Valley – lush green alpine valley formed by the Tirthan River. A place called Gushaini is on the banks of this river.
Finally, the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (GHNPCA) which is a UNESCO heritage site is another must visit offbeat place in Himachal Pradesh. All these factors and places make Jalori Pass one of the top offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh.
Best Time to Visit : Jun – Oct
It is a small himalayan pearl, located deep within the Banjaar Tehsil, on the banks of the Tirthan River(Kullu District). Gushaini being a shore village, makes it one of the most visited offbeat places in Himachal as well as in the himalayas. Gushaini in Himachal Pradesh is around 10 km away from the entry point to GHNCA. The atmosphere here is very calm and the localities are very warm and always smiling. The surrounding are lush green and has a very nice ambiance to it. Since Gushaini is a bit off track and is not so popular and hence explored by a lot of travel enthusiasts.This makes it an offbeat and unexplored place in Himachal Pradesh.
There are cafes and restaurants available here. There are also many tents and camps here to stay for the travellers. The homestays are building made from deodhar wood and labour cut rocks. Gushaini is one of the preferred offbeat destination in Himachal Pradesh due to its location and warm atmosphere. The things to do here in Gushaini and Jalori Pass are the same. They are not very far from each other. This makes Gushaini an offbeat place in Himachal as well as in the Himalayas.
A cold dip in the Tirthan River, exploring the Great Himalayan National Park are among the few things that can be done here.
Best Time to Visit : Jun – Oct
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