When you think of Himachal tour packages, the first thought is Shimla and Manali. However, Himachal is more than just these two hill stations.  It is, in fact, the perfect destination for a long weekend gateway with many treasures to be explored.

So, if you are contemplating a weekend trip to the Himachal, but still indecisive, choose Himachal tour packages comprising of some of the following recommended destinations:

#1: Chail

Breathtaking views, lush green woods, and snow-capped mountains make Chail a perfect weekend holiday destination. Located at a height of about 2250m above Shimla overlooking the captivating Sutlej Valley, Chail is beautiful owing to its majestic Deodars and Chir Pinewoods. As dusk sets in, the lights of Shimla and Kasauli shimmer below.

When you are in Chail, do not expect to do too many things. It is a perfect place to take a break and relax in the lap of nature. Enjoy the vast woods and visit the local Sidh Baba Ka Mandir. The Maharaja’s Palace is one of the best places to stay in Chail and enjoy royal treatment.

#2: Barog

In the Solan district, en route Shimla is the calm and petite hilly town, Barog. Its lush greenery, panoramic views, and mesmerizing environs provide a relaxing environment for a weekend.  On the path of Kalka-Shimla toy train is the quaint hilly Barog surrounded by Choor Chandini Mountains and bound by pine trees. There are several picnic spots like Habban and Nacchna around this town. If you drive down a little, just out of the town, you can visit Dagshai, which was once the British Army Cantonment.

#3: Nahan

Nahan is yet another beautiful hill station of Himachal Pradesh situated on the edge of the Shivalik Hills, overlooking green fields and a beautiful Golf course. Walk down the banks of the Renuka Lake, visit the Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary and the Jagannath Temple, and enjoy visiting the Suketi Fossil Park. Other places to visit include Paonta Sahib Gurudwara, Dhaula Kuan, Balasundari Temple, and Giri Nagar.

You can find many options to stay in Nahan, including Black Mango Resort, Grand View Resort, Writers Hill etc.

#4: Bir & Billing

Located in the foothills of the enigmatic Himalayas in the Kangra Valley, Bir and Billing is a beautiful hilly town. This place is famous for eco-tourism, meditation and aero sports. If you want some adventure during your weekend tour, Bir and Billing is the perfect destination.  Billing is 2290m above sea level while Bir is 1400m above sea level. Both the locations are ideal for paragliding. Start from Billing and land at Bir.

A few guesthouses and home stays in this region serve exotic Tibetian food and salads.