Summer in India has kicked off and if you’re looking for the best places in North India to take a break from the heat and hustle-bustle of Mumbai, then the cool, serene hills of Himachal Pradesh are calling your name! Explore the beautiful landscapes, culture, food, and tourist attractions while also staying at some of the most unique stays to discover the best of Himachal Pradesh with your family or friends.
Fly down to Chandigarh to start your northern adventure in Kasauli, Chail, and Shimla which are waiting to be explored.
Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Kasauli, a 2-hour drive from the Chandigarh airport, is a quaint little town known for its stunning views, serene atmosphere, and refreshing climate.
One of the must-visit attractions is the Kasauli Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to a variety of animals and birds, including leopards, barking deer, and Himalayan black bears. You can also go trekking in the nearby hills, explore the local markets, or simply relax and soak in the beauty of the place at authentic Himachal homestays like SaffronStays’ homes like SaffronStays Chalet Vie.
Located just a short distance from Kasauli is Chail, nestled amidst the serene pine and deodar forests,a charming town known for its scenic beauty, colonial architecture, and adventure activities. The best time to visit Chail is April to June. Among the things to do in Chail, you can discover the rich history of Chail with a visit to the Chail Palace, a must-visit attraction in the town. Built-in the 19th century, this palace was once the summer retreat of the Maharaja of Patiala. The Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh also established the Chail Cricket Ground in 1893, which is the world’s highest cricket ground located 2,444 meters above sea level. Additionally, with adventure activities like trekking, hiking, rope walking, and rock climbing, Chail is the perfect destination for thrill-seekers. Looking to spoil your loved ones, then head over to SaffronStays Ekam.
No trip to Himachal Pradesh is complete without a visit to Shimla, which is a 2-hour drive from Chail. Known as the “Queen of Hill Stations,” Shimla is known for its colonial architecture, picturesque views and pleasant climate. One of the most popular places to visit in Shimla is Mall Road which is a bustling street with shops, restaurants, and cafes and hence the perfect place to soak in the local culture. You can also visit the Christ Church, the Chadwick Falls, the Jakhu Temple, and the Shimla State Museum. After spending the day taking in the vibrant culture in Shimla, you can wind down and relax at SaffronStays’villas with home-cooked meals and plentiful board games at Jujurana House.
So, pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready to explore the beauty of Himachal Pradesh with SaffronStays!