Himachal Pradesh, a holy place for bikers. I will say after Ladakh, this is the place where you will be able to connect to your soul. It’s like a small Mecca for bikers. And a very unique thing is whenever you visit this place, you will feel like why you could not come here earlier or why you dropped this place from your bucket list. Mountains covered with snow in winters or lushy green valleys during monsoon whatever will be the season, it’s like heaven when you are riding in Himachal. But I want to put very important thing into your notice, as tourism is increasing it is spoiling the beauty because of unnecessary development and waste thrown by tourists.
I would say if you are visiting any place just keep in mind that you want to deliver the same beauty and same freshness to your next generations, think about riding and experiencing the same moments with your kids. If we all remember, Shimla and Manali were top honeymoon destinations earlier. Hardly 10 years later now people want to explore less commercial places. But now it’s like a weekend plan moreover people are polluting the place regardless of keeping it pure and clean. So my dear rider friends just think about next generations whenever you are riding across mountains.
There are so many places to ride in Himachal that even we cannot explain in 10 blogs about the whole state but I will keep it short and simple. It depends on your timeline but always plan for at least a week to visit. I always like to travel off beat and as a biker I expect that a lot of Riders now feel the same. Plan for adventure, peace and freedom. Here are the most adventurous places I would like to show you around to ride.
Barot: A very small place but far from tourists. Specially made by God for riders only. If you got bored of highways in Shimla and Manali and want to get real bliss of riding in mountains then this is the place. Narrow paths with one mountains on one side and river on other side. Beautiful trees all around, what else any biker can expect. You can consider it to dead end as well. There is no connectivity for any place from this. But I am sure you will thank me after visiting it.
Dharamshala: Dalai Lama’s place. If you are interested in Tibetan culture and Buddhism, it’s a must visit place. You will get a chance to visit monasteries, their schools and kids who are very cute. You can also get a chance to volunteer in monasteries.
Khajjar (Mini Switzerland of India): A small town near Dalhousie but a must visit. A perfect getaway from busy cities and more near to nature or I would say heaven. Lushy green patches everywhere with beautiful landscapes. And the place also offers adventure sports like trekking, paragliding etc.
Reckong Peo (Called as Peo also): The land of Gods and mesmerizing beauty of Himalayas. You can witness two greatest wonders of Himalayas i.e. Kailash mountain and Shivalik rock from here. I would recommend to visit temple here and talk to people as well about their rituals. They have some unique rituals about God that you have to offer whatever Pujaris will remand for better health of your family otherwise they will be punished by God.
Manikaran Sahib: Perfect place for pilgrimages. Witness hot springs here. There are three hot springs here out of which one is used for bathing purpose. It is said that the water in these springs can cure many diseases and many spiritual beliefs are connected to this place.
Palampur: A place with full of pine forests and it is very famous for its tea plantations across the world. You can even discover your own treks here and go for it for sure. It’s very near to Bir, a place famous for paragliding. You can even experience paragliding in Bir also don’t forget to bargain for the prices.
Spiti Valley: Well about this place we have a lot to say so you can find details here(link to Spiti blog) in separate blog for it.
Chamba: Listen to Mohit Chauhan’s song for Chamba and you will definitely reach there. The beauty and the booty both are explained in song. The place famous for its kingdoms, hills and flora and fauna. Ride across this place and you will feel as if you were in Heaven.
Season to travel: Every season is best to visit Himachal just take care in Monsoon only for landslides only.
Experience snow preferably November to January
Experience greenery preferably July to September
Experience moderate weather from April to June
Take some time to explore with local people, their culture and food.
Stay: Camping is allowed anywhere apart from any personal property. So go for that. People are so humble that they will help you in anything. Ask for Homestays and we could help with those too.
Food: Try local food in homes and if you could find there is will always be a small Dhabha named “Thakur Da Dhabha”, with a local person cooking very delicious food (veg and nonveg both) at a very reasonable price.
In the end I would like to say explore unexplored villages and unvisited places, travel off the track and you will have different stories to share. Till then ride Hard and Ride safe.
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