Top things to do in Central Himachal Pradesh

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 International in Manali

Johnson’s Cafe

The relaxed yet stylish garden-fronted restaurant at Johnson's Hotel frames a mountain view through foldaway windows, with the wood-fired pizza oven cleverly positioned to warm the bar area in winter. Excellent Euro…
Top Choice International in Kullu


Easily missed opposite the petrol station, around 2km south of central Kullu, Maitre is the most appealing Western-centric restaurant for miles around, with great cakes and coffees supplementing a wide-ranging (non-…
Top Choice Religious in Kullu


Kullu hosts one of the most unusual and colourful Dussehra festivals in India. Unlike the one-day celebrations common elsewhere, Kullu Dussehra goes on for a week. The opening day is the most exciting, with 200 or m…
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


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 Multicuisine in Kasol


Low-lit and atmospheric, this perennial favourite is reliable for a whole range of traveller munchies, and often serenaded by a Santana soundtrack.
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…
Italian in Manali

Cafe 1947

This mood-lit bar-restaurant with a willow-shaded riverside terrace is popular for smoking shisha pipes (₹460) to an insistently upbeat soundtrack. But it also serves good lasagne, thin-crust pizza and superb fresh …