The long-ended era of the sixties has left its mark on some places of the world in the form of hippie culture. Hippie was a huge cult in the sixties that used to live in the most free-spirited manner. You can see the impact of the hippie legacy even in some parts of India.
The beautiful Himalayas have umpteen destinations with strong bohemian influence where the people still celebrate all forms of life with free spirit! If you want to lose yourself in the breath-taking mountainous landscapes then, you should add these places into your travel bucket.
The endless pathways, shining lakes, lofty mountains and green meadows of the Himalayas will take away your worries and let you enjoy the vacation like a free bird! We have prepared a list of top 5 hippie destinations of Himalayas for you.
The capital of historic Ladakh kingdom, Leh is a high elevation desert which is blessed with fascinating panoramas and pleasant weather. Tucked at 3,500 metres above sea level, Leh is a favourite weekend getaway of families, couples and friend groups. People who wish to witness heavy snowfall visit Lehin winter months while tourists who want to witness the pleasant weather visit it in summers. With a blend of Indian, Tibetan and Buddhist culture, Leh is a multicultural hub that is worth paying a visit.
How to Reach?
You can reach Leh by road from Manali or Srinagar. You can either take a bus or go via private vehicle. Take flights from your hometown to reach till Srinagar. Buy Leh tour packages for a hassle-free journey.
Top Attractions inLeh:
While a quaint small town, Leh houses plenty of historical, cultural, and natural attractions that can keep the tourists entertained. People buy Leh tour packages to enjoy some of the most thrilling activities and savour the rare vistas of nature in this beautiful land.
You can visit the places like Zanskar Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Nubra Valley, Magnetic Hill, SpitukGompa, Hemis National Park, Shanti Stupa and Royal Leh Palace. Located on high mountains, Leh is also famous for enthralling adventurous activities like camping, trekking, mountain biking and rafting.
Located next to Parvati River, Kasol is a serene natural destination that is now transformed into a youth party hub. If you want to take a break from scorching heat then, visit this Himalayan destination. The best thing for youngsters is that families usually don’t visit Kasol. So, you can enjoy freely here!
Kasol attracts youths mainly because of the large availability of pure magical herbs. Yes, Kasol is known as India’s Hashish capital! Even without these herbs, the enchanting scenery of Kasol is enough to make you high.
How to Reach?
You can take the bus to Manali from Paharganj / ISBT / MajnuKaTila in Delhi. Get off at Bhuntar (2 hours before Manali) and reach Bhuntar bus station to take a direct bus to Kasol.
Top Attractions inKasol:
Kasol has lots of places where you can enjoy natural beauty without any disturbance. The simplicity of life in Kasol will surely steal your heart! Visit the places like The Grand Indrahaar pass, Manikaran Sahib, River Parvati, Kheer Ganga Peak and Tosh Village in Kasol.
Malana is a mystery as it kept itself hidden from the rest of the world for a long time. This beautiful village has opened its doors for visitors in recent years. According to legends, the army of Alexander the great took shelter in this village and since then; the decadents of Alexander reside here! Don’t offend the locals by touching them as they consider outsiders “untouchables”. Explore the village and talk to locals to enjoy the trip.
How to Reach?
You can reach Bhuntar by the above-given way and then, reach Jari Village which is 15 KMs ahead of Bhuntar. The trek to Malana starts from the centre of this village. It is a 4-hour trek so, keep the necessary eating and drinking stuff with you.
Situated in the Eastern Himalayas, the capital city of Sikkim – Gangtok is famous for its hippie culture and party vibes. People from all around the world come here to enjoy the nightlife and natural charms.
How to Reach?
You can take the train from anywhere to Siliguri and from there, hire a taxi or take a bus till Gangtok. You can also take the flight to Bagdogra, West Bengal and hire a taxi from there. Otherwise, drive from Siliguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong to Gangtok.
Top Attractions in Gangtok:
There are lots of hotspots to keep you busy in Gangtok. The views of Khangchendzongafrom Gangtok are just awesome. Explore the attractions like Tsomgo Lake, Nathu La Pass, TashiViewpointSeven Sister Water Falls, Phodong Monastery and famous party clubs.
Set on the banks of Beas River, Manali is the top tourist hill station located in the Himalayas that regularly receives tourists. Manali has two parts – Old Manali and New Manali. The former is situated on the original hippie trail of the 1960s while the latter one is highly commercialised tourist area. The village area known as Old Manali has an exotic charm which is perfect for getting an “out of the world” feel. Backpackers usually visit this area for trekking, climbing and other fun activities.
How to Reach?
You can easily get a bus from Delhi/Chandigarh to reach the famous New Manali. From here, you can take a tuk-tuk or walk to reach Old Manali if you want to explore both the parts.
Top Attractions in Manali:
You will find scores of tourist destinations, hotels and resorts in Manali. Ranging from temples and monasteries to waterfalls and rivers, Manali as everything that a tourist can ever wish for! Top attractions of Manali are Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Tibetan Monasteries, Club House, Nehru Kund, Solang Valley, Jogini Falls and many more.
So, give a treat to your bohemian soul by visiting these top hippie destinations of Himalaya.