Hard to reach, harder to leave… in this travel info post India expert Harsh, from Tripzuki, takes a look at the Himalayan region of Himachal Pradesh with advice on when to visit and where to stay.
The light, the sun, filtered by clouds sliding over the looming mountains, is my simplest and most enduring memory of Himachal Pradesh.
Then there’s the food. From roadside dhabas serving up steaming hot tea and fresh parathas, to quaint B&Bs serving homecooked north Indian dishes (as authentic as it gets), to the fancy restaurants in Manali and their inauthentic but delicious four-cheese pizzas!
Add the mountains, the long scenic drives and the people – probably the friendliest in India – and you have an outstanding, magical destination, my favourite in the whole of India and one I have covered twice now for Tripzuki, unearthing gems like Sunnymead in lovely Shimla and 7 Pines in Kasauli.
Himachal is particularly popular with Indian tourists, wisely looking to escape the scorching Delhi summer. Europeans are also increasingly attracted to the area, arriving bewildered, tired and hungry but relishing this unique experience of the Himalaya region. There are no reliable flights here any more, and the drive from Delhi can take upwards of 6 hours; otherwise it’s hard to think of any conceivable reason not to visit!