What are the best travel destinations in Himachal

The best bohemian destinations in Himachal, India

Himachal Pradesh should be on every traveler's wish list. When it comes to exploring this "blanket of snow", many flock to the famous hotspots like Kullu-Manali, Shimla, Dalhousie, McLeod Ganj and Dharamshala. But if you want to take the road less traveled, there are hidden gems tucked away in this north Indian state that will amaze you with their pristine natural beauty, scenic landscapes, and serenity. Here's a round-up of some of the best funky travel spots in Himachal.

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Barot

Adventure, wildlife, nature, tranquility and spectacular views of the Himalayas - what more do you need for a vacation? Surrounded by lush deodar forests and the majestic Himalayas, Barot is located on the banks of the Uhl River and offers numerous outdoor activities, especially trout fishing. Another popular activity is trekking through the scenic forest trails into the mountains, which are home to a variety of flowers and herbs with healing properties, and enjoy a bird's eye view. The Dev Pashakot Temple is located above the Uhl River and is home to the local deity of rain. Visitors can spot a wide variety of Himalayan wildlife at the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary - including the Himalayan black bear, Kasturi deer, ghoral, leopards, pheasants, and more.

Barot, Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh

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Chitkul

Snow-capped mountains, lush green vegetation, mustard fields and apple orchards are the highlights of Chitkul, the last inhabited village on the border with China. The potatoes and peas grown here are among the best in the world - and expensive too. The temple is home to the 500 year old deity Chitkul, and this village is the last point of the popular Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama (the residence of Lord Shiva), so pilgrims stop at the temple and worship the goddess of Chitkul. The city experiences cold, harsh winters so pack accordingly.

Chitkul, Kinnaur District, Himachal Pradesh

Baspa river through Chitkul | © Sukanya Ray / Wikimedia Commons

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Shoja

This little hamlet in the Seraj Valley is untouched by commercialization. Visitors can take in the beautiful sight of the snow-capped mountains or take a stroll to Waterfall Point just a kilometer from Shoja and soak under cold water. Serolsar Lake is a must-see for a mesmerizing sunset. The walk there is also scenic and crosses the Jalori Pass, which is overgrown with lush oak trees.

Shoja, Himachal Pradesh

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