1 The toy train

A rattly ride through stunning mountain scenery to the Raj-era hill station of Shimla.

2 Sarahan

A short detour en route to Kinnaur will be rewarded with fine views of the Sutlej Valley and a visit to the atmospheric Bhimakali temple.

3 Rewalsar

Buddhist pilgrimage site based around a sacred lake, with monasteries, temples, caves and hermitages.

4 Dharamsala

This relaxing hill station, home of the Dalai Lama, is an ever-popular place for rest, meditation retreats and trekking.

5 Dhauladhar trek

A fantastic five-day trek leading through Dhauladhar forest to the Indrahar Pass, visiting traditional villages.

6 Naggar

This quiet spot high up on the side of the Kullu Valley is a great place to relax and enjoy sweeping views.

7 Spiti Valley

Tiny Tibetan villages and beautiful white gompas dot Spiti’s astonishing, weathered landscape.

8 Manali–Leh Highway

The second highest road in the world, passing through a vast wilderness between Himachal’s honeymoon capital and Ladakh.

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