Are you bored of hearing the same hill station names when you think of a trip to Himachal? Not any more. We are travel lovers and will acquaint you with the best-kept secrets of the Himalayan state. Here are the top 6 offbeat places in Himachal that you should consider instead of the usual Himalayan town route.
Offbeat Places in Himachal
Drive 2 hours north of Mandi district and you are in Barot, a tiny hamlet nestled in the Barot valley. When you start from Mandi towards Barot, you will cross other places like Jogindernagar and Ghatasani on the way. As the bus meanders its way through the mountains, you will find yourself reaching higher and higher as you reach Barot. Get ready to be mesmerized as the village looks straight out of a travel magazine. The village lies on the banks of Uhl river. Barot is pretty small and can be explored on foot entirely. Take the visible foot trails and just set out to take in all that this beautiful valley has to offer. Across the river lies Pashakot temple which is believed to be the abode of the deity of rain. Majestic Himalayas surround Barot on all sides and the pleasant smell of freshness and vegetation will transport you to another land altogether.
2. Chitkul, Kinnaur
Have you heard of the last ‘dhaba’ on the Indo-China border? If you haven’t, you definitely must visit it once. Located in Kinnaur district Himachal Pradesh, Chitkul is literally the place if you want to visit something on the edge. Chitkul lies almost 250 km from Shimla and is easily accessible from all major cities. Take a bus or hire a taxi from Shimla to reach Chitkul, a village by the Baspa river. The village is mostly snow-covered except in summer. It is famous for apple orchards, Buddhist inhabitants, and some attractions like remnants of old forts. Enjoy your lunch at ‘Hindustan Ka Aakhri Dhaba’ located right on the border and a major attraction now. The original population of the place is hardly 300 to 400 and they love travellers and visitors.
The tiny village of Shoja lies in Seraj valley, 70 km south of Kullu district. Untouched and unspoiled by civilization, Shoja will astound you with its evergreen vegetation, blooming flora, and serenity. This is ideally one such offbeat place in Himachal Pradesh, which we imagine when we think of a surreal life in the mountains, away from the hustle. You can walk down the village or go on a small hike to visit nearby places like the Jalori pass, Waterfall Point, Serolsar lake, and more which are located at just 4 to 5 km walk from the village.
Rakchham lies between Chitkul and Sangla, at an altitude of 3048 meters, and surrounded by lush forests and snow-capped mountains. Although there isn’t much to see in this tiny hamlet when you think of attractions, if it is the authentic Himalayan life you want to experience, then this is the place. You can visit with your friends for a break or come on a solo trip to reflect on your inner self, Rakchham will never disappoint. You can also spot plenty of mountain animals here, like the Himalayan black bear, musk deer, blue sheep, goral, and brown trout.