Top Historical Places in Himachal Pradesh

Here is the list of 17 Top Historical Places in Himachal Pradesh

1. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - The Hill-Station with Rich Colonial History

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Known For : The Ridge Kufri Chail

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Probably the most popular hill station in northern India, Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh famous for its Mall road, the Ridge, toy train etc. among honeymooners and families alike.

Best Time: October to June

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2. Hadimba Temple, Manali

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Hadimba temple, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, is a peaceful place surrounded by towering deodar trees. The temple is dedicated to Hidimba, the wife of Bhima, one of the five Pandava prince from the great Indian epic Mahabharata. The main attraction of the temple is the three day Hidimba Devi Festival, which attracts devotees from all over the world and features colourful folk dance performances.

3. Kangra Fort

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Kangra, the land of ancient Trigarta, occupying the lower valley of the Beas and its tributaries, was in ancient times, one of the leading hill stations of Punjab and Himachal. With numerous names who've said to have held the ownership of the Fort, it has got quite some history in its account. With many years of Mughal ownership and at the last being ruled by an Indian emperor, this place is a must-visit for any history enthusiast.

4. Key Monastery, Spiti Valley

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It is one of the biggest and oldest Monasteries in Spiti and hence is the most important tourist destination in this region. It enshrines idols of Buddha in Dhyana position and also has a collection of ancient books and murals.

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5. Kalka Shimla Railway

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An enjoyable train ride through much of Kalka and Shimla and a little of what the British left behind, this is a must try experience, while here. This route is one of the most picturesque train routes in the world and it passes through more than a hundred tunnels It is a narrow gauge train route and it connects Kalka to Shimla.

6. Jaitak Fort, Nahan

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Built by Gurkha leader Ranjor Singh Thapa in 1810, this fort is situated on the top of Jaitak Hills. Constructed using the material recovered from the Nahan fort after it was ransacked and destroyed. It is situated at a distance of 25 km from Nahan.

7. Baijnath Temple

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Himachal is a place where nature and human architecture amalgamate perfectly to treat the human eye and stimulate the human mind. The Baijnath is one such spot that easily bags the first position in the list of must visits in Kangra.

8. Chokling Monastery, Bir

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This is one of the most popular monasteries in Bir and houses a grand and huge stupa as well as an enthralling statue of Padmasambhava. This monastery is located in the Bir Tibetan colony.

9. Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

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Known For : Prashar Lake Trek Bhutnath temple Pandoh Dam

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Packed with a thick green cover of pine and deodar trees, and with sprawling tea plantations, the town of Mandi is situated at the junction of Kulu and Dharamshala. It is often referred to as 'Varanasi of Hills', or 'Choti Kashi'. The town also has as many as 81 temples spread across its area.

Best Time: April to October

10. Chamunda Devi Temple, Kangra

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One of the most visited shrines of the Holy Goddess, is the Chamunda Devi Temple, about 15 km from the Kangra Valley. The temple is home to the shrine of the raging form of the goddess, wherein she is flanked by the male Hindu deities, Hanuman and Bhairava.

11. Jwala Devi Temple, Kangra

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The Jwala Devi Temple is of utmost religious importance to the followers of Hinduism, and worshipped as one of the 51 shaktipeeths (incarnations of the Holy Goddess).

12. Palace Hotel, Chail

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Chail came into existence when Maharaja of Patiala, Maharaja Bhupender Singh was banished from Shimla over a dalliance with the daughter of British Commander-in Chief. So, he went ahead and created his own summer capital, higher in altitude than Shimla.

13. Naggar Castle

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The castle in Naggar is the prime tourist attraction in the town, almost offering it a visual definition. This castle was built around 1460 A.D in a unique blend of western and Himalayan styles by Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu.

14. Bhimakal Temple, Sarahan

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Sarahan has countless views, sceneries and landscapes and no matter for how long you stay at this place, a walk through its endless forests and valleys will let you leave behind all you want to and let go

15. Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh

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Known For : Kinnaur Kailash Trekking to Chakka Suicide Point

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Kalpa, the main village of Kinnaur, in the Sutlej River Valley is a place to remember and cherish. Known for its many beautiful temples and monasteries, this town is also famed for its apple orchards. The majestic Kinnaur-Kailash range peeking from across the Sutlej River makes for a blissful break.

Best Time: March to September

16. Kuthar Fort, Solan

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Claimed to be around 800 years old, this is the oldest historical monument around this region. The fort is spread over a large area and has a number fresh-water springs. Walk around this ancient structure to find a few more monuments such as the Gurkha For and more.

17. Nalagarh, Himachal Pradesh

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Known For : Nalagarh Fort Ramgarh fort Gobind Sagar Lake

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Far away from the chaos of cities, Nalagarh is known for its abundant greenery, serenity and the amazing view of the Shivalik hills past the Sirsa river. If a relaxing break is what you seek, Nalagarh is the place to go

Best Time: October to March

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