If you are someone who just cannot bear the sight of tourists flocking to popular tourist destinations and always prefer off-beaten destinations then this list of hidden gems of the Himalayas for bikers will not disappoint you. These places are in their natural beauty and stillness and solitude that will calm your mind and soul.
Pin Valley – It is a National Park, located in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
It is a site that offers a plethora of landscape variances – a view of the lush green Kullu valley, an awesome vista of bare and brown mountains, and snow-clad glaciers that gleam in the sunlight. Weather conditions here are generally cold and dry, as the region has always been a cold desert. It receives heavy snowfall in winter and scanty rains. The best time to visit the park is from May to October.
Pin Valley National Park is approachable from two routes, i.e via Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzum La( opened from July to October) and the other via Shimla – Tapri – Kaza(March to December)
Offbeat Places in the Himalayas
- Sangla valley
Named after a beautiful village, Sangla valley is one of the most enchanting valleys in the whole Kinnaur District. Baspa river adorns the beauty of the valley, with Raldang peaks towering in the backdrop. The valley looks exquisite and heavenly because of its relatively flat terrain and low slopes, sprawling with red apples and cherry orchards. Lush green forests all around, snow-covered mountains, and constantly gurgling Baspa river make it a must-visit place for nature lovers. Even the road to Sangla will keep you entertained with beautiful scenic landscapes and promise to make your journey more remarkable. The place is dotted with several attractions from the temple and fort to nearby villages, contributing to make it a wonderful holiday destination.
- Pangi Valley
The Pangi valley of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh is situated at an altitude of 7000 ft to 11000 ft above sea level. It is a very serene and remote area. With recent improvements to the roads, it has become a little more approachable. In Spite of being a bounty in natural beauty, this place is less developed and is a hidden gem for adventure and nature lovers. The valley is surrounded by pure white snow-covered peaks and rugged roads, which make it an ideal destination for those seeking good treks and adventure. The beauty of this valley is postcard-perfect and visually appealing. This place fills your heart and soul with peace and quiet that can truly rejuvenate and refresh you with its stillness Since it’s a little quiet valley, there are no hotels or guest houses erected.
- Dhankar lake and valley in Spiti
Dhankar Village is a large village, which was once the capital of Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It is at an altitude of 3,894 meters above sea level and is situated between the towns of Tabo and Kaza. When in Dhankar, you are mesmerized by its beauty spread everywhere. The Spiti river makes its way from this heavenly place, adding to its postcard beauty. There is so much to do here, as a trek to Dhankar fort. The fort is in its ruins but offers spectacular views of the village and Spiti river. Dhankar lake and Dhankar Gompa are two other amazing options. The hike to Dhankar lake starts near the car park of the new Dhankar Gompa. The only way one can reach the lake is by hiking for an hour. The lake is so serene and picturesque that every ounce of your effort to get here will pay off.