Himachal Pradesh is a dream destination for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, road trip enthusiasts, and people who want to see nature at its best and purest.
There is no better way to explore the ethereal beauty of the Himalayas through road trips.
Roads in Himachal are as splendid and enjoyable as the surrounding, making it one of the most scenic road trip destinations in India.
Here is a list of 9 best road trips to Himachal Pradesh.
Manali-Leh Road Trip
This is one of the most exciting road trips in Himachal Pradesh. Manali to Leh is also voted as one of the best road trips in India. Manali to Leh road passes through Rohtang Pass for which you need a permit to cross. Without a permit, you will not be allowed to cross the pass. This road is open from May to November. This trip is a perfect adventure trip to do with friends. The sights are just spectacular and the experience is peerless.
If you are starting your journey from Delhi, it will take you up to 13 hours (534.3 km) to reach Manali. After taking a short break in Manali, you can continue your journey towards Rohtang Pass. Rohtang is a good place to take a refreshment break.
On the way, you can make an overnight stay in Keylong. Gata Loops, Pangong Tso, Baralacha La, Tanglang La, and More Plains are some of the highlights of the Manali-Leh road trip.
Shimla to Spiti Road Trip
Almost everyone wants to visit Spiti once in a lifetime. Spiti is the gateway to the higher northern reaches of the country. There are two routes to reach Spiti; one is the Shimla-Kinnaur route and the second is the Manali-Kaza route.
The Shimla -Kinnaur route is the best to choose as it is accessible throughout the year while the Manali-Kaza route is closed during winters. The journey is full of stunning detours like Hatu Peak, Chitkul, Kalpa.
June to October is the best time to visit the valley. Even if you want to escape the crowd, early summers are the best time for you. If you are an adventure, the winter season is perfect for you.
Kullu to Rohtang Pass
The river flows along the route and offers a spectacular view that you cannot resist to catch. Rohtang Pass is about a 100 km drive from Kullu. The time taken to reach Rohtang Pass from Kullu is 4 hours.
The main attraction of this route is the snow that you get a lot at any time of the year, the beautiful landscape and the Vistara make it an attractive and unforgettable drive.
It is an ideal place for some stunning captures. Rohtang Pass will introduce you to its raw and natural beauty and you can enjoy snow activities, riding on snow scooters, paragliding, and skiing along with the activities happening here. It is a paradise for young adventure lovers.
Chandigarh to Dalhousie
Dalhousie from Chandigarh makes an excellent trip with spectacular and exceptionally beautiful scenery. It is safe to drive on the road.
It takes about 9 hours to reach Dalhousie from Chandigarh. The distance from Chandigarh to Dalhousie is 310 km by car or cab. Visiting Dalhousie is a lifetime experience. Dalhousie is a hill station with a colonial touch. Rich in colonial architecture and beautiful churches.
Chandigarh to Chail
It is a lovely place to spend some quiet and quiet time in the lap of Mother Nature with her friends. There are many interesting places here, such as Sadhupul Lake, Kali Ka Doon, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, etc.
The distance from Chandigarh to Chail is 107 km and takes about 4 hours by road. Roads are smooth and easy to drive; Nevertheless, you must be cautious while driving in mountainous areas. On the way, there are many rest places, hotels, and dhabas where you can stop for refreshments.
Shimla to Manali
To reach Manali from Shimla one has to go by road from Mandi. Shimla to Manali road is quite beautiful and picturesque on the banks of river Beas.
It makes the perfect backdrop for your memorable pictures. Enchanted mountains, deep valleys, and tall trees offer stunning views, making the journey more enjoyable. The distance from Shimla to Manali is 265 km and will take about 9 hours.
Delhi to Kasol
Kasol has beautiful villages and various trekking routes and is located 31.2 km from Bhuntar and 5 km from Manikaran. You can trek from Kasol to Kheerganga, the scenery is stunning and the trekking experience will definitely thrill you. The distance between Delhi and Kasol is 535 km. The road journey from Delhi to Kasol will be about 12 hours.
Shimla to Bir Billing
The road trip from Shimla to Bir Billing is undoubtedly one of the best fun trips in Himachal Pradesh. You can enjoy this six-hour journey with your friends, family, or partner. During the journey, you will witness beautiful snow-covered mountains and the massive Dhauladhar Range. What makes this trip even more exciting is sporting activities that you can enjoy after reaching Bir Billing. You can experience paragliding here. Apart from that, you can enjoy camping, trekking, and mountain biking as well.
Delhi to Dharamshala
Another exciting trip you can enjoy in Himachal is the Delhi to Dharamshala road trip. It takes about 10 hours to reach Dharamshala and the journey makes you feel as if you’re in a completely different era. The mighty Dhauladhar Ranges en-route are just breathtaking.
The beauty, the calmness of this place will definitely make you fall in love with Dharamshala. You can explore places like Mcleadganj, Bhagsu Falls, Dalai Lama Temple, and HPCA Stadium. For nature lovers and photographers, this is kind of an extra treat.
The biggest reward of the journey is to take strong steps in self-development. Taking a trip away, whether it is on your own adventure or road tripping with your best friend, lets you recharge your batteries on your own time. One of the most unexpected elements of head-diving in your dream road trip is the discovery of a new path or purpose.