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HolidayTravel.co presents Best of the Best - lesser Known, Yest Exceptionally beautiful Indian Destinations. Those, who have gone on these trips, come back convinced and agree that these places are much more beautiful than other much hyped circuits and still completely unexplored.

These places offer complete peace of mind and no husble-bustle.

 

Explore Kaza - Himchal - India ( Roof of the World - 3650 meters - Indo - Tibet Border)

 

Unique Attractions :- Visit the Land of the Ibex and Snow leaopard, Experience Moon Like Landscape on Earth, Experience Nirvana in Ancient Buddhist Monasteries, Highest Motorable Village on Earth, Highest Inhabitied village on Earth.

 

When to Visit :- June till October.

 

What to See :- Kibber Village ( Highest Motorable Village), Gue Mummy, Key Monastery, Pin Valley national park, Shakya tangund Monastery)

 

How to Reach :- Nearest airports - Kullu (Bhuntar) at 250 km. By Road Kaza is reachable from Delhi/Chndigarh via Shimla (May to October) and from Manali 200 km. via Kuzam Pass (June to October).

 

How is the Route :- Extremly Scenic from  Shimla & Manali ( 8 Hours Drive from Shimla)

 

Average Costs ( 4 nights/5 Days) :- $ 50 Per Day including Site seeing

 

Recommended Hotels ( Tourist Friendly) :- The Spiti ( Govt State Run Hotel), Hotel Deyzor,Sakya Abode,Snow Lion Hotel

 

Guideline for Foreign Nationals :- Foreign nationals require an inner line permit easily available at SDM office in Rampur & Recongpeo. The permit is free of cost and holds good for seven days. To get a permit, one must have a letter of introduction from a recognised travel agency, three passport size photos, and a photocopy of the front pages of the passport. Making several copies of the permit is suggested, as one may have to submit them at checkpoints on the way. Foreign nationals can travel with permits in a group of four or more persons. Foreign nationals cannot stay overnight between Jangi and Kaza.

 

Speciality about Landscape :- In Kaza, mountains are devoid of any vegetation and erosion by wind, sun and snow over thousands of years have given unique look to the entire landscape. The rugged and rocky mountain slopes sweep down to the riverbeds giving the landscape a moon-like appearance.

Kaza is the capital of the picturesque Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh - India. Geologically and archaeologically, Spiti is a living museum. Kaza  is a high altitude cold desert, yet exceptionally beautiful and home to rare Buddhist Monasteries.

Kaza is greatly Inspired by Tibet and Ladakh Buddhist culture. Kaza is situated along the Spiti River river at an elevation of 3,650 metres (11,980 ft) above mean sea level, is the largest township and commercial center of the Spiti valley .

 

More About Kaza Attractions

 

TABO Village (3050 m) : 47 km from Kaza is the ancient village of Tabo, has one of the most important Buddhist monasteries regarded by many as only next to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet. It is also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas. Tabo is the largest monastic complex of Spiti which has since been declared a protected monument of India.

 

KEY GOMPA (4116m) : 7 km from Kaza. The largest monastery in Spiti Valley. Established in the 11th century has ancient Buddhist scrolls and paintings. It also houses large number of Buddhist monks and nuns.

 

KIBBER Village (4205m) : 18 km from Kaza. The highest village in the world which is connected by motorable road and is the highest habitated village in the world which has its own polling station during elections.

 

PIN VALLEY : The Pin valley lies below the Kungri Glacier and has several beautiful and important monasteries. iT is called the land of Ibex and snow leopards.

 

KUNZAM PASS (4551m) : 76 km. One of the highest motorable pass. Goddess Kunjum keeps guard over this pass and wards off evil.  

 

CHANDER TAL LAKE (4270m) : 7 km from Kunzam Pass, is one of the most beautiful lakes in the entire Himalayan region. Surrounded by snow, this deep blue water lake has a circumferences of 2.5 km. River Chandra flows very close to the lake.

 

Explore Sangla Valley - Himchal - India ( Indo - Tibet Border)

 

Sangla Valley or the Baspa Valley starts at Sangla and ends at Chitkul. The valley is surrounded by forested slopes and offers view of the high mountains.

It's location in the Greater Himalayan range gives it a milder climate than the plains. 

Sangla Valley is a part of Kinnaur and inhabited by Kinnauris. The main livelihood is agriculture while apples are a major cash crop here. A part of the population also depends on tourism. The valley remains closed for six months during winter (from December till may) when the snowfall is heavy. The old Indo-Tibet road connects Sangla to The National Highway 22 at Karcham.

 

Unique Attractions :

 

Trekking in sangla valley 

Walk to himalyan glacier 

Rock climibing 

Trout fishing 

Valley crossing in sangla    

Walk to a sangla village, overlooking himalyan peaks and baspa rivers     

 

When to Visit :- 

Between months of april and may or in september or october 

 

What to See :- 

While your trip to sangle you can see chitkul,Kamru Fort, Tibetan Wood Carving Centre, Baspa River, Sangla Meadow .one can also visit the other places like Bering Nag Temple and Buddhist Monastery.

 

How to Reach :- 

Nearest domestic airport is Jubbarhatti airport, Shimla - aprox 190 kms from sangla. you can also reach by train to sangla . last major station to start sangla journey will be Shimla rly station. 8 - 10 hours drive from shimla, For first time drivers it may take 10 hours 

 

How is the Route :- 

Adventures, scenic, road condition is pathetic but will be fun to move. 

 

Average Costs ( 4 nights/5 Days) :- 

 $ 50 Per Day including Site seeing

 

Recommended Hotels ( Tourist Friendly) :- 

Apple orchard farm

Hotel royal castle

Kinner camps

Madhu hotel

Hotel prakash regency

 

Guideline for Foreign Nationals :- 

Until 1989 outsiders could not enter the valley without a special permit from the Government of India, due to its strategic position on the Indo-Tibet/China border.Now in case you are going from Shimla to kinnaur then you will need a inner line permit from DM office (District Megistrate) Shimla or you can also get it from Reckong Peo .

 

More About Sangla Attractions 

Chitkul - 20 kms from sangla and last inhabited village  at indo-tibet border. You can visit the temple "Mata Devi" in chitkul which is the attraction of this village. Entire kinnaur comes to worship at mata devi temple . During winters you can see heavy snow fall at this village.   

The Baspa River

The Baspa River starts and orginates from baspa hills and passes through valley. Most scenic in its way huge oak and pine forests gives it a beauty which attracts visitors. Baspa river is a big attraction for the campers and trekkers. Tourist cross the river in a basket or river crossing ropes which is kind of adventure activity.

Lots of variety of fishes which you can find here and trout fish is the most famous. Best time for fishing is october for brown and rainbow trouts. 

 

 

Explore Kalpa - 

 

Unique Attractions :-

Kinner kailash mountain

Satluj river

Scenic landscape beauty

 

When to Visit :  

summer months of june , july and august.

 

What to See : 

Kinner kailash mountain Rekong peo Kothi Sangla valley

 

How to Reach : 

7-8 Hours drive from Shimla and nearest airport is juberhatti airport Shimla. 

 

How is the Route :- 

Shimla - kalpa, Road condtion is average. 40-50 km maximum speed or may be at much reduced speed. 

 

Average Costs ( 4 nights/5 Days) :- 

$ 40 per day including sightseeing . 

 

Recommended Hotels ( Tourist Friendly) :- 

The monk kalpa 

Hotel kinner kailash

hotel apple pie 

The grand samba- la

 

Guideline for Foreign Nationals :- 

Kalpa is a secret Himalayan Destination ( lesser known but most beautiful Himalayan Hide-away) situated in the lap of the mighty Kinner Kailash Mountain, It is around 240kms from Shimla & situated at an altitude of 9711 feet from sea level.Kalpa is surrounded by snowy peak for almost the whole year. From Kapla,you get a clear view of the sacred Kinner Kailash peak as well as its sister peaks.

 

 

Explore Karsog

 

Unique Attractions 

Trekking  Acient temples View green meadows in valley Scenic beauty  Green forest 

 

When to Visit :- 

 

September to April

 

What to See :

Mamleshwar mahadev Kamksha devi Mahunag temple Scenic beauty that lies in a lap of hills

 

How to Reach :-

4 hours from Mandi, Nearest airport is Shimla about 60 km and Nearest railway station - Shimla is 50 km away.

 

Karsog distance from Mandi, Kullu, Manali, Shimla, Dharamshala, Chandigarh

Mandi-125KM Kullu-195KM Manali-230KM Shimla-50KM Dharmshala-255KM Chandigarh-175KM

 

How is the Route :- 

Road is average and full of scenic beauty.

 

Average Costs ( 4 nights/5 Days) :- 

$ 40 per day including sightseeing.

 

Recommended Hotels ( Tourist Friendly) :- 

Hotel Mamleshwar (HPTDC) Munish Resort - Mandi  Visco Resort - Mandi

 

 

Guideline for Foreign Nationals :- 

 

Karsog is a Sub-Divisional head quarter of Mandi district at the height of 350 meters.Karsog Valley is famous for Mamleshwar Mahadev, Kamksha Devi and Mahunag temples. It is also famous for its Apple orchards and Green beautiful hills.Pangna-Karsog is an open valley near Mandi and is popular for its ethereal beauty. The main attraction here is the historical Pangana Fort, which is famous for its architecture and wooden carvings. This is a seven storied high which was made entirely from wood and stone and still retains its old charm. There is also a Mahmaya temple inside the fort, which received pilgrims from the nearby areas.Karsog is Situated at a distance of about 117 KMs from Mandi-known for apple orchards and cash crops.

 

Explore Gushaini

 

Unique Attractions :-

Trout Fishing Rope crossing at river Isolated location within kullu valley Most suitable for people who dont like crowded tourist place Peaceful and away destination to spend time in a wonderful own way.  Renowned for beautiful landscape  View of himalyan peaks Overnight camping at gaushani Trekking at gaushani Adventure activities at gaushani Gaushani is an nice place to relax in lap of nature.

 

When to Visit :- 

Summer months from march to September.

 

What to See :- 

River Tirthan great himalyan national park Shoja

 

How to Reach :-

 Nearest airport is Kullu (Bhuntar Airport) about 50kms, and 6-6 hours drive from Chandigarh.

 

How is the Route :- 

Route is average and full of scenic beauty.

 

Average Costs ( 4 nights/5 Days) :

$ 30 per day including sightseeing .

 

 

Recommended Hotels ( Tourist Friendly) :- 

Raju bharti guest House

 

 

Guideline for Foreign Nationals :- 

 

Gushaini is located deep in the Tirthan Valley in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh and is a scenic and pristine village nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. There are many small waterfalls and streams that a traveler can find along the way. This makes the drive worth the effort. There are many outdoor activities that one can do at Gushaini. For adventurous travelers there is the option of trekking, rock climbing, fishing, white water rafting and many others. The Himalayan National Park is a vast expanse of forest which is a good place for trekking and rock climbing. Tourists also have the option of having picnics in the wilderness. 

 

 

 

Explore Sirmaur Nahan - Renuka Lake

 

Unique Attractions :-

Boating in renuka lake Trekking A nature closet to have wild life experience Lion safari Aecient temples Aangling for mahaseer - river camp

 

When to Visit :- 

Best time will be summer time to beat the Heat

 

What to See :- 

Renuka Lake Parashurma tal and renuka temple Mini zoo  Renuka sanctuary Gayatri temple Jamu peak Jataun dam - Giri hydel Project Paonta sahib

 

How to Reach :-

Nearest airport is chandigarh and dehradun for renuka lake and is 315 km from Delhi. Nearest railway station to Renuka Lake is ambala haryana about 95 kms. 

 

How is the Route :- 

It is all way connected from Chandigarh, Ambala, Dehradun. 

 

Average Costs ( 4 nights/5 Days) :- 

$ 55 per day including sightseeing 

 

Recommended Hotels ( Tourist Friendly) :- 

The Renuka(HPTDC) Grand view resort - nahan

 

Guideline for Foreign Nationals :- 

 

Renuka lake is in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh in India and it is 672 m above the sea level. It is the largest lake in Himachal Pradesh, with a circumference of about 3214 m. This lake was named after the goddess Renuka. It is well connected by the road. Boating is available on the lake. A lion safari and a zoo are there at Renuka. It is the site of an annual fair held in November.