Top things to do in Himachal Pradesh

Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Tabo

Tabo Gompa

Founded in AD 996, and retaining five sub-temples dating back over 900 years, Tabo Gompa is reckoned to be the oldest continuously functioning Buddhist monastery in India. Don't expect the towering, colourful struct…
Top Choice Lake in Kaza to Gramphu

Chandratal

This gloriously calm glacial lake presents mirror-perfect reflections of the surrounding white-top peaks and geological colour-swirls. At 4270m, the 20-minute walk from the car park gets most visitors breathless eno…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Mcleod Ganj

Tsuglagkhang Complex

McLeod's main focus for visiting pilgrims, monks and most tourists is the Tsuglagkhang complex, a custard-coloured concrete monastic village that's home to the Dalai Lama (behind a guarded gateway) along with two co…
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 Hindu Temple in Sarahan

Bhimakali Temple

What makes Sarahan so instantly distinctive are the 'twin towers' of its fabulous Bhimakali Temple, best photographed from behind with a backdrop of distant soaring peaks. Like the three surrounding courtyard buildi…
Top Choice Cultural Centre in Dharamsala

Norbulingka Institute

Soothingly set amid bamboo, trees and flowing water, the delightful Norbulingka Institute, 6km southeast of Dharamsala, was established in 1988 to teach and preserve traditional Tibetan art forms. It's a beautiful a…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Palampur

Baijnath Temple

Between Palampur and Bir, don't miss a stop in Baijnath, whose uninteresting main-street buildings hide one of Himachal's most exquisite ancient temples. Though small, the 1204 stone structure retains superb carving…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Dhankar

Dhankar Gompa

Like a series of whitewashed limpets, the 1200-year-old Dhankar Gompa clings precariously to an eroded cliff-edge rock pinnacle, high above the beautiful Spiti Valley. The result is one of Himachal's most spectacula…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Chamba

Lakshmi Narayan Temple Complex

Far and away Chamba's top historical attraction, this temple compound crowning Dogra Bazaar contains a line of six beautifully sculpted stone sikharas (10th–19th centuries), festooned with detailed carvings. Enter f…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Jawalamukhi

Jawal-Ji Temple Complex

Meaning 'honoured flame', Jawal-Ji is Jawalmukhi's main temple and raison d'être, enshrining natural eternal flames that are said to mark the legendary site at which Sati's tongue fell to earth.