15 crazy cool things to do in Himachal Pradesh

This one’s not for the faint of heart. Hanuman Tibba in Manali is the highest peak in the Dhauladhar range and offers powder snow which serves as a perfect gliding bed for heli-skiing. You’ll get awe-inspiring views from the chopper, and a rush of adrenalin as you make the leap and slide down the slope.


There’s drama, dance and song—all the key elements of Tibetan celebration. The Lhamo, or the Tibetan opera, typically tells stories of lives of important people, historical events and ancient Buddhist folk tales and can last up to six hours. You can catch a performance by a team of amateur and professional actors at The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), which was one of the first institutes set up by the Dalai Lama in 1959.


Care for some Old Monk or Golden Eagle beer? Try some at the Mohan Meakin Brewery, Asia’s oldest. Opened in 1855 (it was called Dyer Breweries then) the brewery was popular for its Lion Beer, Asia’s first beer brand. The bottling plant has now been installed in Solan but the distillery is still in operation in Kasauli.


The quaint town of Naggar near Kullu is favourite for cyclists since the route from Manali to this artist’s paradise is mostly downhill and scenic. Stop by the 500-year-old Naggar castle en route as to take a break before the fairly tough 22 km uphill return. You can also choose to take a 12 km uphill route from here to visit the popular Jana falls.


Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site, the GHNP is located in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. Apart from offering stunning views of four breathtaking valleys—Sainj, Parvati, Tirthan and Jiwa Nal—the national park protects 1,000 plant species, 31 mammal species and 209 bird species, as well as amphibians, reptiles and insects. Look out for the western-horned tragopan, Himalayan tahr, Himalayan brown bear and the elusive snow leopard. The park offers moderate to strenuous treks and the best way to see it is on foot.


You can live that flying dream and soar across some of the most scenic locales, from this little village that played host to the first ever world cup of paragliding in 2015. A session of 15-30 min of tandem flying at Bir-Billing could give you a thrilling experience.


Brave level 1 to 4 rapids of the Beas river and set off on a white water rafting adventure. You can choose from a bunch of private operators at Pirdi, where the trip usually begins, and rumble 14km downriver to Jhiri. The activity is usually closed during rains and at the peak of winter. A 40-minute experience could give you a memorable adventure.


Malana village near Parvati Valley is shrouded in mystery. The villagers believe that they are descendants of Alexander the Great’s soldiers. Of course, it is more famous for the legendary Malana Cream, but you knew that already. You can start the trek from a place called Jari in Kasol, 21km from the village.


Experience the snow and spend your time cuddled up in a blanket, with a warm cup of tea and a book while you stare at the majestic mountains or sing the night away around a campfire. Barely 12km from Shimla, Mashobra offers various campsites that can give you this out-in-the-wild experience.


This is only for the fit and the brave. While you clamber up and down crags, you are treated to views of ancient temples, monasteries, traditional Himachali wooden houses and massive Himalayan peaks.


The arid desert plateaus of Spiti Valley make for interesting biking route. The picture perfect surroundings and a chance to ride through the Kunzum Pass (4,590 mtrs) is an opportunity no biker will want to miss. Needless to say, this require extreme levels of fitness and stamina.


Hotel Woodville Palace in Shimla was the former summer residence of the Raja Rana of Jubbal, a pre-independence kingdom of the Shimla Hill States. Each room at this heritage hotel is inspired by Shimla’s days as the summer capital of British Raj.


The clear waters of Pabber River in Rohru, around 120km away from Shimla is one of the most popular spots for trout fishing in Himachal Pradesh. There is also a trout hatchery in Chirgaon, four hours away from Shimla where one can go fishing for Brown and Rainbow Trout fishes.


About 38km from Una, the town of Pragpur is home to the 200-year-old Chaujjad Haveli and the 175-year-old Butail Niwas and the 150-year-old Banta Dwar in the Kuthiala complex. The cobbled-stone roads also take you to the vintage Rehrumal’s garden with arched gateways and stunning woodwork signature to the region.


This British-era course located about 22km from Shimla is easily among the most beautiful courses in the country. The tall cedar trees and the crisp, clear air instantly put you at ease, but the terrain at the 18-hole course is challenging enough to keep golfers from drifting into a stupor.

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