Top 10 offbeat destinations to explore in Himachal

Are you tired of traveling to the same old tourist flocked places? Do you need to go to a peaceful place to get relieved from the stress? Do you trust in off the beaten track travel and love to explore the unique places?

Himachal Pradesh is the best destination for every type of trips whether you are going with your family, or friends, or partners. There are several unknown places which are more in demand nowadays and is being changed into tourist spots. Here is the list of the top offbeat destinations: -

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Tirthan Valley

Tirthan Valley is the hidden gem of the Himachal Pradesh which is being explored now to have a rejuvenating experience in the silence of the hills with the river sound. It is a peaceful place at the banks of the most pristine river - Tirthan river and is a scenic spot in Pekhri, 60 km from Kullu. The Great Himalayan National Park is the center of attraction with the drive or rides to Jalori pass and Serolsar lake, which is the most thrilling experience. The lake looks quite pretty when frozen in winters. Another adventurous trek is the Bashleo pass that connects the Tirthan valley to the Kullu Sarahan. Last but not least is the waterfall in Gushaini, is the most common hike in the valley.

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Pabbar Valley

Pabbar Valley, in Rohru, is another unexplored gem as of now and away from the tourist rush as well. This destination is equal to the paradise on earth as said by the rare visitors to this place. This place is the best breath-taking site, especially in the spring. There are several treks which are unknown until now. Some of the hidden passes are - Rohru to Buran Ghati Pass, Kharapathar to Giri Ganga, Rupin Pass, Janglik to Chandernahan Lake, Gadsari Village to Saru Lake. Another amazing offbeat place is Giri Ganga Temple. Chandernahan Lake is covered with the snow throughout the year. The routes aren’t accessible during the monsoons.

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Andretta

Andretta is the village of the artists’ established in the 1920s after the Norah Richards, the famous Irish theatre artiste and environmentalist, settled here from Lahore. Situated near Palampur in Kangra District. Over the years, the region has attracted the many theater practitioners, noted artists, painters, and potters. Another nearby destination is the Bir Billing – the hub for paragliding. There are very few homestays entertaining the tourists but regular accommodations are available in Palampur. The major places of attraction in the Andretta are - Andretta Pottery and Craft Society, Norah Richard's House, Norah Richard's Centre for the Arts, and Sir Sobha Singh Art Gallery.

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Chitkul

Chitkul is the first village of Baspa valley and on the banks of Baspa river. It is located near the Indo-China border and here the Indian lands end. The place is famous for the houses made of either slate or wooden plank roofs. The Buddhist temple and small tower are the visitor’s attraction destinations. Other places to visit are – Kagyupa temple. Chitkul is the initial point for the Borasu Pass and Lamkhaga Pass Trek. The village is covered with the snow during the winters. The world’s best potatoes are grown here and are very expensive. The air in this area is the cleanest in India, according to the study by the Centre of Atmospheric Sciences at IIT Delhi.

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Beral

Beral is an unexplored village in Rohru, Shimla district. There are 188 villages in the block and the Beral is one of them having few families. It is located 62 km away in the east direction from the state capital Shimla. The total population is 376 and the number of houses is 89. This place is known for the unique traditional architecture of the homes – the ground floor is for domestic animals and the first floor is for the living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens. The villagers are only dependent on the cultivation.

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Chindi – Karsog Valley

Karsog is the mysterious treasure of the Himachal lying in the Pir Panjal range of Himalayas. It is ancient town and is famous for the Someshwar Mahadev, Mamleshwar Mahadev, MahunNag, Kamaksha Devi temples, Shikari Devi temple, and Tattapani. Chindi is located in the Karsog valley and is famous for the uncrowded tourist place. Chindi is the ideal destination to get an amazing break from daily life and stress. The best thing is to walk around the village through the pine forests to have fresh breath.

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Jibhi

Jibhi is another unidentified gem of the Himachal Pradesh in Banjar Valley. Banjar is surrounded by the alpine meadows. Jibhi is the home to the various visitors across the world, before moving to other destinations. The place of attraction is the Chaini Fort and Sharingi Bagi Temple trek, Jalori pass and Sarehul lake, Raghupur Garh fort, Dak Runner’s trail, Chaini Fort. For adventure, you can go ahead with the fishing, birdwatching, and hiking through the wilderness.

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Pragpur

Pragpur is the first heritage village which is unique in architecture as it includes Rajput, Portuguese, Kangra, Italian and British styles. It was founded in the late 16th or early 17th century. The village is situated in Kangra district and has several places as the centre of attraction such as Sidh Chanu Temple, Jwala Ji Mata, Chhinmastika Dham. The villagers are mostly painters, tailors, musicians, basket makers, weavers, and silversmiths. You can shop for hand-woven shawls, blankets, and hand-printed clothes.

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Kasol - Kheerganga

Kasol has located 3.5 km from Manikaran and is the best spot for the backpackers and is the starting point for the Malana and Kheerganga. Because of the foundation of Jewish history and heritage here, its other name is “Mini Israel of India”. It is also known with the name of “Little Amsterdam” as it is flanked by hippies all around. This place is famous for the Kasol Music Festival organized on the new year eve. The places to visit here are - Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, Grahan Village, Kheerganga trek, Tosh, Kalga, Pulga, Rashol, Chalal, Malana, Jari. Kheerganga is the crown jewel and is the most popular trek. The trek to Kheerganga starts from the Barshani. In monsoons, it is difficult to reach the region. Otherwise, it’s accessible throughout the year. The overnight camping is offered at Rurdranag instead of Kheerganga.

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Barot

Barot is a tourist place 66 km away from the Mandi and was originated in the 1920s for the Shanan Hydel Project. This village is on the banks of the Uhl River. The region is accessible by the road, air, and railway. The serene surroundings attract the tourist and the accommodation is comparatively cheap. The region is now being developing into the angling site. There are artificial lakes and reservoir that enhances the beauty of this unexplored gem. There is an old fountain channelling the Uhl river water at fixed intervals. The two temples opposite to the fountain increases the beauty.