Central Himachal Pradesh attractions

Top Choice Fort in Tirthan Valley

Chehni Kothi

Unspoilt Chehni village is one of the most magical villages imaginable. Surveying a wide sweep of valley and ridgetops from 2110m, its antique core features the astounding 350-year-old Chehni Kothi fort-towers, betw…
Top Choice Museum in Naggar

International Roerich Memorial Trust

This fascinating complex, set in lovely hillside gardens 1km above the castle, is centred on the former home of Russian painter, writer and Inner Asian explorer Nicholas Roerich and his wife Elena Roerich, a philoso…
Top Choice Village in Tirthan Valley

Bahu

On a clear November day, it's hard to imagine a more perfectly framed view than that of Bahu's remarkably preserved village core, perched on a ridgetop and backed by dreamy views across the valley to a backdrop of s…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Kullu

Bijli Mahadev Temple

A popular day trip from Kullu starts with a 20km uphill drive southeast to Chansari followed by a 2.5km uphill hike to the Bijli Mahadev. The temple itself is fairly modest but it commands spectacular panoramas over…
Top Choice Monument in Rewalsar

Statue of Padmasambhava

Dominating Rewalsar's western flank is an enormous, 12m-high statue of Padmasambhava. He's dressed in brown with a gold face setting off his trademark fiercely staring eyes and wisps of moustache and beard. The righ…
Hindu Temple in Manali

Hadimba Mandir

This much-revered wood-and-stone temple, constructed in 1553, has a three-tier pagoda-style roof plus conical top. The wooden doorway is richly carved with figures of gods, animals and dancers, and the outside walls…
Fort in Naggar

Naggar Castle

Built by the rajas of Kullu around 1500, this fort-cum-mansion is a splendid example of the earthquake-resistant, Kathkuni (alternating stone-and-timber) style of Himachali architecture. Sold to the British assistan…
Viewpoint in Tirthan Valley

Jalori Pass

At the top of the Banjar Valley, Hwy 305 climbs over the panoramic 3223m Jalori Pass, marked by a couple of dhabas and a Mahakali temple. In calm weather this is a great spot for observing Himalayan griffon vultures…
Hindu Temple in Bhuntar

Bishweshwar Mahadev Temple

Sitting amid young orchards beside a holy peepul tree, this 9th-century stone sikhara is a small but ornately carved national monument. Niches on the outside contain superb relief carvings of Vishnu (west side), Gan…
Viewpoint in Kasol

Chojh Bridge

Pine-framed vistas up the racing Parvati River towards razor-sharp, snow-speckled peaks are at their light-suffused best around two hours before sunset. Views from Kasol bridge are great but 1.5km further east they'…