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 Bored of visiting all those old school destinations? These days wanderers are exploring destinations which are not explored by many people. They are finding all those offbeat, undisturbed and unexplored destinations. Himachal is not only home to majestic destinations like Manali, Dharamshala, Rohtang Pass, but also many other destinations which we will be exploring here.

  • Rakcham

Located between Sangla and Chitkul and is also the second-last village before the Tibet border. Pronounced as “Rakshyam” by the locals. Popularly known as Nomadic village. A very unique trait of the village is its remoteness. The village is not as populated as many other villages in the region and is disconnected from the rest of the world.

The valley is also famous for recreational and adventure activities.

  • Tirthan Valley

The most talked-about place among youngsters or trekkers these days is Tirthan Valley. The Great Himalayan National Park Trek is a blessing for nature lovers. It is an incredible place to relax and enjoy nature at its most.

  • Chitkul

Last inhabited village near the Indo-Tibet border, also the last location in India one can travel to without a permit. It is a village in Kinnaur District of Himachal. In the middle of the village lies the Mohatmin Mandir, a temple dedicated to local god Mathi, with some excellent carvings in wood and stone.

  • Jibhi

Located in the Banjar Valley, it is a place for photography lovers. Take a walk in numerous Nature Trails and enjoy the serene beauty. The village is still not too commercialized and only accommodation options you would find are Jibhi homestays run by locals. 

  • Barot

Known as “Trekker’s Paradise”

Located about 67km from Manali, it is a backpacker’s destination. The location is famous for its numerous trekking trails passing through the village and hence is a preferred trekking destination too.

Uhl river is the only natural water body of the valley which originates at the Thamsar Glacier in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. It is the main attraction of the region.

  • Kheerganga

Located in Parvati Valley of Kullu District

Kheerganga is the most popular of Kasol treks. It’s a 7-8 hour hike to the hot springs located at a height of 2950 m. or 13,000 ft. After dealing with the gritty terrain, you will reach the hot spring of Kheerganga. Take a dip in the warm water and all your worries and ailments will be washed away!

Lord Shiva meditated in this region for thousands of years.

  • Pabbar Valley

Located 110km from Shimla, it is a trekker’s destination during the Springtime. Located in the non-touristy mountains amongst the most prosperous apple orchard belt of India, with deep forests of deodar and oak. The valley is called Pabbar as the river Pabbar flows through it.

Treks in Pabbar Valley

  • Gadsari – Saru Trek
  • Janglik – Chandarnahan Trek
  • Rupin Pass
  • Rohru- Buran Ghati Pass
  • Kharapathar – Giri Ganga  
  • Jagatsukh

Located at a distance of 13Km from Manali, it is a perfect honeymoon destination. It is also one of the largest villages in Kullu Valley. It is famous for two ancient temples – the Gaurishankar shrine and the temple of Goddess Sandhya Devi. The village is famous as a Trekking base.

Jagatsukh is famous for the annual Chacholi Jatra festival and till date various operations of paddy cultivations are celebrated from here.

  • Bir-Billing

Bir is a village located in the west of Joginder Nagar Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Mostly referred to as “Paragliding Capital of India”.

Bir, being the popular tourist destination that it is, offers a number of choices to its visitors, with delicacies from across cuisines. You can find both Indian and Continental food here, at a price which is light on your pockets. Being an ideal ground of paragliding, the months from March to November are replete with thousands of tourists, especially bold adventurers visiting Bir and the adjacent town of Billing, 14 km.

  • Prashar Lake

Prashar Lake, which is located about 49 km north of Mandi at an altitude of 2730 Mtrs, is one of the popular offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh. The lake is a perfect holiday destination, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Parashar Lake is nestled between the tall cedar trees. From the edge of the lake, tourists can see the glimpse of snow-capped mountains and water streams of the Sutlej River flowing towards the south.

 

 

 

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By Abhishek Saraswat

Abhishek (@himalayan_gypsy) is a travel photographer and blogger known as Himalayan Gypsy over the internet. Academically from an engineering background and born the Himalayan valley of Dehradun, he found himself in love with nature and ever since he has been on a journey to travel India and showcase the beauty of the country through his pictures, motivating and encouraging people on the go to feel the same and also take responsibilities to conserve our rich heritage, culture and environment. He is a Certified Digital Marketer and a Travel Influencer who is efficient to create visually appealing content for Travel Brands, Property Owners, Cafes and other Product Shoots. He also specializes in running Facebook & Instagram Ad Campaigns for Brand Awareness, Brand Promotion and Online Reputation Management.

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