14 Major Valleys in Himachal Pradesh

Baspa Valley
Baspa Valley
A Valley is a lowland area between mountains or hills. Typically, a river stream flows through it. Himachal Pradesh, being a hilly state, is home to several picturesque river valleys. Some of them are

Baspa Valley
Baspa Valley is a river valley that is named after Baspa river, a tributary of Sutlej river. It lies in the Kinnaur District and Sangla is a major town in this valley. Henceforth, it is also known by the name of Sangla Valley. This Valley is also home to Kamru, the capital city of princely state Rampur Bushahr. Other major villages in this valley include Chitkul, Karchham and Batseri. Baspa Valley is connected to Har Ki Doon Valley (Uttarakhand) through the Borasu Pass.

Chamba ValleyChamba Valley is one of picturesque valley in Himachal Pradesh. The Ravi River flows through it. Henceforth, it is also known as Ravi River Valley.  The Valley region is famous for its wild olive, pomegranate and fig trees. Therefore, it is also known as the Valley of Honey and Milk. Some of the important towns in this valley excluding Chamba are Bharmaur, Dalhausie and Khajjiar. The Chamba Valley is connected to the Pangi Valley through Saach Pass.

Kangra Valley
Kangra Valley lies in the Western Himalayas. It is blessed with numerous perennial streams, which irrigate the valley. The highest peak on the Dhauladhar Range, The White Mountain, act as the natural boundary between Kangra and Chamba Valleys. The Valley is home to one of the hidden gems of Indian Rock-cut Temples, Masur Temple. This valley is also important from historical point of view because of discovery of paleolithic tools. Some of the major towns in this valley are Baijnath, Palampur, Kangra and Dharamshala.

Kinnaur Valley
Kinnaur Valley can be divided in two parts: Lower Kinnaur and Upper Kinnaur. The Lower Kinnaur is filled with orchards of apple, apricot and chestnut trees whereas Upper Kinnaur can be identified with the alpine vegetation. Some of the major towns in Kinnaur Valley are Reckong Kalpa, Peo, Poo and Sangla. The area is mostly inhabitated by the Kinnaura people, one of the 10 indigenous tribes of Himachal Pradesh.

Kullu Valley
Kullu Valley is a broad open valley formed by the works of Beas River between Manali and Larg in Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for its temples, pine and deodar trees and apple orchards. The Kullu Valley is sandwiched between the Pir Panjal, Lower Himalayan and Great Himalayan Ranges. Due to number of mythological stories associated with the valley, it is also known as the Valley of Gods. The Kullu Valley is connected to Lahaul-Spiti via Rohtang Pass.

Lahaul Valley
Lahaul Valley lies in the south of Ladakh. The Chandra and Bhaga rivers, headwater rivers of Chenab river, run through it and connected to the Spiti Valley through Kunzum Pass. The major town in the Lahaul Valley are Keylong and Kardang.

Malana Nalla Valley
Malana Nalla Valley is a side valley to the Parvati Valley and lies on the north-east of Kullu Valley. It gets name from Malana river.

Pangi Valley
Pangi Valley is one of the remote and poorly developed tribal area in Himachal Pradesh. The area can divided into three subregions: Saichu, Hudan Bhatori and Sural Bhatori valleys. The Pangi valley is accessible through Saach Pass, which connects the valley to the rest of Himachal Pradesh (Chamba Valley) in a season between June to October. At other times, Saach pass is closed due to heavy rainfall. The region is inhabitated by Pangwala and Bhoti people.

Parvati Valley
Parvati Valley lies entirely in the Kullu district. It run eastward from the confluence of Parvati and Beas rivers from Bhuntur. The valley is home to some of most visited sites in Himachal Pradesh such as Kasol, Manikaran, Kheerganga and Rudra-nag. Parvati Valley is connected to the Lahaul and Spiti through Pin Parvati Pass.

Pin Valley
Pin Valley is a cold desert valley in Lahaul-Spiti district. It gets its name from Pin river which pass through this valley. The region comprising valley is now declared as the National Park by Government of India in 1987.

Solang Valley
Also known as Solang Nala Valley, it gets its name from Solang (a nearby village) and Nallah (a heavy water stream). It is a side valley at the top of Kullu Valles and lies 14 km northwest of Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass. The Valley is popular among adventure sports lover.

Spiti Valley
Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley on the north-eastern side of Himachal Pradesh. It forms the part of Lahaul-Spiti district along with Lahaul valley. The name Spiti in Tibetan means "the Middle Land", a land between Tibet and India. This valley is home to one of the oldest Buddhist monastery Tabo Monastery. The major towns and villages in Spiti valley are Kaza, Hikim village, Komic village, Langza village and Dhankar Gompa.

Churah Valley
Churah Valley is a hidden valley in Himachal Pradesh. The name Churah literally means the four paths. The central town in Churah Valley, Tissa, is connected from all four sides to rest of the world. The valley is famous for its picturesque beauty and lakes.

Pabbar Valley
Also known as Rohru Valley, Pabbar Valley extends from Hatkoti upto Tikri at the base of Chansal. It gets its name from Pabbar river. The river is famous for fishing trout (rohru) fish. Henceforth, it is known by the name of Rohru valley. The fish was introduced by a British forest conservator Mr. Glover in 1938-39.