Lesser Known Places in Himalayas Captured Through the Lens

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Gone are those days of crowded hill stations and bustling mall roads. What more to expect other than a peaceful vacation after hectic days at work or juggling with city traffic? Definitely, a peaceful vacation can be experienced in popular crowded retreats so easily. So, walk off the beaten path! Remember, be it summer or winter, mountains are always calling! To take you for a peaceful vacation in a scenic hill retreat unknown to many, we have listed some mesmerizing destinations around the Himalayas. I am sure that their photos will surely speak beyond words.

Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli, Uttarakhand | Photo Credit: Rakesh Ghosh

Adventurous, scenic and peaceful, Auli at around 3050 meters above sea level in Chamoli district of Uttrakhand steals your heart away with the magnificent views of snow capped Himalayan mountains and all-pervading tranquility. A paradise for trekkers!

Where to Stay: GMVN guest house, Clifftop hotel

Nearest Station/Airport: Rishikesh railway station/Jollygrant Airport, Dehradun

Chopta, Uttarakhand

A waterfall at Chopta, Uttarakhand | Photo Credit: Disharee Saha

One of the untouched locales in the Himalayan mountains, the tiny village of Chopta is where you can ‘walk through heaven’. Green meadows, rippling landscape, red and pink rhododendron flowers, snowy mountain ranges define Chopta- a base for Tungnath trek too. Photograph as many as 41 Himalayan ranges from here!

Where to Stay: Adventure camps and budget hotels

Nearest Station/Airport: Rishikesh railway station/Jollygrant airport, Dehradun

Chakrata, Uttarakhand

Snow covered Himalayan peaks at Chakrata | Photo Credit: Disharee Saha

Nestled at an elevation of nearly 2270 metres, the cantonment area of Chakrata in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, is ideal for a budget holiday amid panoramic vistas of Himalayan ranges. Colourful valleys, white mountains and varied flora and fauna create a magical mesh of man and nature. Small treks and the famous Tiger falls add to the charm of Chakrata.

Where to Stay: GMVN Hanol – Tourist Bungalow, Hotel Snow View, Himalayan Paradise

Nearest Station/Airport: Dehradun railway station/Jollygrant airport, Dehradun

Chaukori, Uttarakhand

Chaukori, Uttarakhand | Photo Credit: Sayan Nath

Lofty western Himalayan peaks border Chaukori, a tiny hill station in Pithoragarh, Kumaon. Green stretch of tea gardens and panoramic vistas of Panchachulli, Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nanda Kot peaks lend an unforgettable experience. The mysterious caves of Patal Bhuvaneshwar is around 38 km far from here.

Where to Stay: Ojaswi Resort is an excellent stay option. Budget hotels are also available.

Nearest Station/Airport: Kathgodam railway station/ Naini Saini airport or Jollygrant airport.

Rohru, Himachal

Rohru, Himachal | Photo Credit: Sahil Badhan

Road less travelled, apple orchards kissed hamlet, bordering soaring mountains and placid Pabbar river, Rohru casts a bewitching spell upon travellers. Trout fishing, rafting, canoeing, paragliding, camping and trekking, all can be enjoyed in this picturesque elevated land.

Where to Stay: HPTDC hotels and resorts, Tethys Ski Resort Narkanda, Hotel Hatu

Nearest Station/Airport: Shimla railway station/Ahimla airport

Parashar Lake, Himachal

Parashar Lake | Photo Credit: Sayan Nath

Looking for a weekend trek? Parashar Lake, a well-kept secret at a height of 2730 metre in Mandi district make your dream come true. Trail through forests and rivulets or wake up to the incredible views of Dhauladhar, Pir Pinjal and Kinnaur ranges at Parashar.

Where to Stay: Forest Rest House and PWD Rest House.

Nearest Station/Airport: Ahju railway station/Kullu Airport

Tirthan Valley, Himachal

Himalayan mountains
The majestic Tirthan Valley | Photo Credit: Sayan Nath

Encapsulated by solitude in the wild and untouched by chaotic mob, Tirthan Valley is one of the most scenic places for a placid holiday in Himachal. Stony paths, thick forests, nature walks and Trout Fishing lead to a heaven of wilderness. It is the gateway to Great Himalayan National Park.

Where to Stay: Eco camps, cottages, guest house and riverside resort.

Nearest Station/Airport: Chandigarh railway station/Bhunter airport.

Kalatop, Himachal

Himalayan Mountains
Forest enclosed road to Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary | Photo Credit: Ujjal Deb Roy

With Himalayas at the backdrop, thick deodar and fir enclosed forests of Kalatop in Dalhouisie make way for an encounter with the wild. Rare species like Himalayan black marten and Himalayan serow can be spotted here.

Where to Stay: Rest houses inside the sanctuary or hotels in Dalhousie.

Nearest Station/Airport: Pathankot railway station/Pathankot airport

Sangam Point, Leh

Sangam of Indus and Zanskar | Photo Credit: Treena Dey

The spectacular sight of the confluence of two rivers, Indus and Zanskar, can’t go unnoticed. While Zanskar tends to freeze down, Indus retains it warm blue-green hue. The confluence reaches an elevation to turn more captivating. Give it a visit!

Where to Stay: Hotels in Leh, which are around 40km away from Sangam.

Nearest Station/Airport: Jammu Tawi railway station/Leh airport

Lake Tsongo, Sikkim

Tsongo Lake | Photo Credit: Manasij Kanjilal

A high altitude lake perched at around 12,310 feet between Gangtok-Nathula highway is a dream destination for adventure lovers. Tucked with pristine natural beauty and secluded from maddening mob, the lake is a utter delight for loners and photo enthusiasts.

Where to Stay: Good budget and luxury hotels are available in Gangtok

Nearest Station/Airport: New Jalpaiguri railway station/Bagdogra airport in Siliguri

Zero Point, Sikkim

Himalayan Mountains
Snow-clad Zero Point at Sikkim | Photo Credit: Soumyadeep Paul

Be ready to be welcomed by foggy sky, floating clouds, brisk air and definitely snow-clad mountains. Play with snow, skate around and cherish the blissfulness of nature. Do take some selfies with dollops of snow at the backdrop.

Where to Stay: Budget hotels and home stays in Lachung.

Nearest Station/Airport: New Jalpaiguri railway station/Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri

Yumthang Valley, Sikkim

Himalayan Mountains
The panoramic Yumthum Valley, Sikkim | Photo Credit: Rakesh Ghosh

An otherwise green grazing pasture surrounded by Himalayan mountains turns white with dip in temperature. Sip your favourite hot tea at an elevation of around 11800 feet as a colourful landscape bathed with rhododendrons mould you with serenity and tranquility.

Where to Stay: Budget hotels and home stays in Lachung.

Nearest Station/Airport: New Jalpaiguri railway station/Bagdogra airport in Siliguri

Get your cameras ready and start off for soaring Himalayas!


3 thoughts on “Lesser Known Places in Himalayas Captured Through the Lens

    Pakhee said:
    February 11, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Noticed this article too! And there is a great way to travel to these. Biking and riding especially during the summer season to these places would be such a good idea. And there are so many places that one can get a bike, but not many have one. Renting is one option. Just google a few like wheelstreet, royal brother etc and there are so many solutions on there.


    Ajay Somani said:
    February 16, 2016 at 5:08 am

    I need help for planning my tour to Himachal including Dharamshala, Manali, Simla etc


    Abhishek said:
    February 16, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Auli is best during winters especially ride on open cable car steals heart.


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