1. Renuka Ji

Nestled amidst the Shivalik range of the Himalayas, Renuka Ji lies in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Abounding in scenic landscapes, this locale is renowned for Renuka Lake, considered the embodiment of the goddess Renuka. She is revered as the mother of the sage Parashurama, believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

2. Shangarh

Situated in the tranquil Sainj Valley of the Kullu district, this destination remains relatively undiscovered by tourists, making it an ideal spot for a serene holiday. It boasts many ancient temples and historical sites, such as the Shangchul Mahadev Temple, offering glimpses into the region’s rich cultural heritage.

3. Kalpa

Kalpa, nestled in the scenic Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, presents awe-inspiring views of the Kinnaur Kailash mountain range, guaranteed to leave you spellbound. Moreover, you can indulge in the delight of high-quality apples sourced from the orchards that adorn this picturesque locale.

4. Chitkul

Nestled along the Indo-Tibetan border, the picturesque hamlet of Chitkul holds the distinction of being the last place where you can venture permit-free. In Kalpa, you’ll discover a wealth of ancient temples and monasteries — such as the Narayan Nagini Temple and the Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar Monastery — which are absolute must-visits.

5. Gada Gushaini

Gada Gushaini, a quaint village nestled in the Tirthan Valley of Kullu district, offers a serene escape from the bustle of city life. You can explore the surrounding areas, go on the famous Siraj Valley trek, and relish the pristine, pollution-free air. And be sure to include a visit to the nearby Great Himalayan National Park, just a short drive from the village.

6. Saho

A stunning village located in the Kullu district, Saho is a perfect place if you are looking to relax. Soak in the beautiful landscapes and explore the sights of distinctive wooden houses and sloping roofs. The main attraction of the place is the 1,100-year-old temple of Chander Shekhar Maharaj, perched on a scenic plateau.

7. Janjheli Valley

Located in the Mandi district of Himachal, the valley will give you a chance to reconnect with nature. Don’t forget to go on the Shikari Devi Trek, which leads to the Shikari Devi Temple atop a hill, offering mesmerising views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

8. Narkanda

Only a two-hour drive from Shimla, Narkanda makes for a perfect getaway from the crowds of Shimla. Hatu Peak is one of the most popular destinations where tourists can trek or drive to the top and enjoy the majestic views of the Himalayas.