Best Holiday Destinations in Himachal Pradesh | Orchid Hotel Shimla

Best Holiday Destinations in Himachal Pradesh

Lush valleys of Himachal

Himachal Pradesh is a picturesque North Indian state nestled amidst the lofty emerald valleys of the Himalayan range. Popularly known as the “Land of Snow”, it is enriched with scenic valleys, breathtaking mountains, sparkling rivers, and mesmerising trails. It shares borders with Jammu, Kashmir, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Tibet, making it one of the most geographically and culturally diverse states. Himachal is not only known for its idyllic landscape but also for its tourist-friendly culture.

In this blog, we have compiled a list of the best Himachal tourist places that you must visit. So, pack your bags and set out for an enthralling journey across Himachal Pradesh.


Perched at an altitude of 2200 m, Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. The city is adorned with British colonial architecture, the vivacious Mall Road, hip cafes and restaurants and iconic UNESCO World Heritage - the toy train connecting Kalka and Shimla. The pleasant weather and the alluring views are the cherries on top. At the heart of the city, we have Orchid Hotel Shimla. Decked with opulent rooms and unrivalled services, it is one of the best stays in Shimla.

Aerial view of Shimla covered by mist
Ice-capped mountains of Manali


Nestled in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is a hotspot for adventure sports. The ice-capped hills and the glistening stream of rivers running through the city add a mystical charm to this paradise as well as create opportunities for river rafting. Manali is filled with quaint cafes, all-inclusive stores, delectable restaurants as well as iconic landmarks like Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Arts, The Great Himalayan National Park and Hadimba Devi Temple. If you are looking for a comfortable abode, stay at one of the best luxury hotels, Orchid Manali. It is located near River Beas, which is known for its scenic visuals and is also an ideal place for water sports.


The “Amsterdam of India”, Kasol is situated along the banks of the Parvati River. Famous among backpackers and trekkers, it has trekking trails in Sar Pass, Yanker Pass, Kheerganga and Pin Parbati Pass. For a relaxing time embracing solitude, go for a religious retreat in the neighbouring town, Manikaran. Some of the other exotic locations include Nature Park Kasol, Kheer Ganga Peak, Tirthan Valley and Manikaran Hot Springs. Due to being populated by a dense Israeli population, Kasol is known for its scrumptious Israeli delicacies. The mesmerising woodlands and the azure blue sky of Kasol is ideal to sit back and have a splendid time.

Glistening river at Kasol
Snow-covered mountains in Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley literally translates to “The Middle Land”. It is a gorgeous valley tucked between India and Tibet. A paradoxical land of barrenness and divinity, it is definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. It has a very prominent Buddhist influence. Encompassed by sacred monasteries, your heart and soul will be at ease in the pure air of Spiti. The sparsely populated area is a haven for travellers looking for a break from their hectic life. Go for a revitalising trek along the beautiful trails of Spiti or visit the incredible tourist spots that accessorise this hill town - Chandratal Lake, Pin Valley National Park, Dhankar Lake and Kunzum Pass.