Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Naggar

International Roerich Memorial Trust

This fascinating memorial and museum complex 1km above the castle focuses on the former home of Russian painter, writer and Inner Asian explorer Nicholas Roerich and his wife Elena Roerich, a philosopher, writer and…
Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Manali

Hadimba Temple

This much-revered wood-and-stone mandir, constructed in 1553, stands in a clearing in the cedar forest about 2km west of central Manali. Pilgrims come from across India to honour Hadimba, the demon wife of the Panda…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Kullu

Bijli Mahadev Temple

There are several important temples in Kullu's surrounding hills. The Shaivite Bijli Mahadev, a 20km uphill drive southeast to Chansari followed by a 2.5km uphill hike, commands spectacular panoramas over the Kullu …
Top Choice Monument in Rewalsar Lake

Statue of Padmasambhava

This enormous, 12m-high statue of Padmasambhava, with his trademark fiercely staring eyes, wisps of moustache and beard and right hand in the warding-off-evil mudra (gesture), is now Rewalsar's signature landmark. I…
Hindu Temple in Bhuntar

Bisheshwar Mahadev Temple

In Bajaura village, 5km south of Bhuntar, Bisheshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Shiva as Lord of the Universe. Probably built in the 9th century AD and covered all over with ornate carving, it's a rare – and unu…
Hindu Temple in Naggar

Gauri Shankar Temple

The lovely little 11th-century sikhara-style Gauri Shankar Temple is unusual in lacking a protective wooden roof, which allows unimpeded views of its delicate form from the road above. Gauri and Shankar, whose joyfu…
Sikh Temple in Manikaran

Sri Guru Nanak Ji Gurdwara

The Sri Guru Nanak Ji Gurdwara, built in 1940, looms over the north bank of the Parvati River. It's entered either by a dark, semi-underground passage from the street or by footbridge from a parking area across the …
Fort in Tirthan Valley

Chehni Kothi

The 350-year-old Chehni Kothi is one of the tallest fort-towers in Himachal (between six and 11 storeys high, depending how you count them). Chehni is a walk of about 1km up a path from the approach road to Shringa …
Hindu Temple in Kullu

Raghunath Temple

Kullu's pre-eminent temple enshrines the Kullu Valley's major deity, a tiny bronze idol of Raghunath Ji (Rama) that lords it over the Dussehra celebrations. The 17th-century temple is in the Sultanpur area on the hi…