The state of Himachal Pradesh can be found in the north of India, and is one of the few states in India where the quality of life is similar to more Westernised countries. With high levels of hygiene, public health, and transport links, the region is mostly rural, with only a small percent of the area urbanised. This gives it a blissful, warm feel, and many tourists come here for its holiday like ambience.
Backpackers flock to Himachal Pradesh, as it is popular for its natural beauty, found in the frosty peaks of the surrounding Himalayas. As such, the region is filled with hostels and cheaper group accommodation. Hill stations like Shimla, Manali and Dharamsala, to name just a few, are particularly popular with both national and international visitors.
These hostels are safe havens for any traveller seeking relaxing places to stay that keep the traditions of the region in mind. In particular, coworking and unity is a strong theme throughout these hostels, making them safe and trustworthy places.
Himachal Pradesh has strong transport links to Delhi and Chandigarh, which makes it an easily accessible haven. The railway is also a quaint but efficient way to travel through the valleys and hills. The Dalai Lama is a regular visitor, but this is not just for the beauty or friendliness of the mountainous region. There is also an abundance of temples and villages with ancient Buddhist traditions still deeply ingrained in society.
This is why hostels are such an effective way to stay in this region. Many take pilgrimages to Himachal Pradesh. It is often referred to as “abode of the gods”, as it is mentioned in many religious texts, and this explains the huge amount of holy buildings placed on higher parts of the mountains, like the Jakhoo Temple, which can be found at the top of Shimla, a fantastic 8,000 feet above sea level.
The best time to visit is between March and June, in the summer; make sure you are careful to avoid the monsoon season. Even if temples are not your style, you will be sure to have an amazing adventure in Himachal Pradesh. Staying with like minded backpackers in hostels that bring you together, you can do anything from paragliding in Bir-billing to skiing in Manali. The many villages of the region are sure to offer something to tempt you, as well as somewhere comfortable to stay.
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