Himachal Pradesh is one of the most popular, most visited and easily accessible Hill State of India. The splendid Himachal Pradesh is a state nestled between the snow topped Himalayan ranges in North India. Tourist from various part of India as well as from many countries of the world visit this beautiful State to enjoy its natural picturesque beauty and made it a perfect “Destination for All Seasons and All Reasons”. Being known for its panoramic landscapes, this paradise is blessed with beautiful lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, verdant valleys, thundering rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower carpeted meadows, ancient temples, and magnificent monasteries steeped in time.
Few of the famous destinations to attract the tourists from all over the world:
- Shimla: Once the summer capital of India for the British Official during the Colonial Period, Shimla is one of the favourite tourist destinations in India. Being a small hill village named after the goddess “Shamla Devi, a manifestation of Kali”. Discovered by the British in 1819, it became a popular refuge from the heat of the plains of North India. By 1830, it has become established as a favourite hill-station. In 1903, a railway line was laid, connecting it to the plains, and thus making it easily accessible. Shimla’s salubrious climate helps make it a year-round destination.
Some of the famous tourist attractions to visit in Shimla are Jakhu Temple, The Ridge, The State Mesuem, Gaity Theatre, Viceregal Lodge, The Mall Road, Kufri.
- Manali: Once known as “the end of the habitable world,” Manali is one of the important hill station of northern India and is the destination of thousands of tourists every year from various parts of the world. Having a cool atmosphere, it provides a perfect heaven for the ones afflicted by the hot Indian summers. Apart from offering some awesome places for sightseeing, Manali is also famous for it’s adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, paragliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking. In brief, Manalithe veritable “Valley of the Gods”- is an ideal place for the ones in search of both adventure and comfort.
Some of the famous tourist attractions to visit in Manali are Old Manali, Vaishisht, Hadimba Devi Temple, Buddhist Temple, Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Manikaran, The Great Himalayan National Park.
- Dharamshala: It’s a beautiful journey crossing the mountain where His Holiness Dalai Lama lives in exile. On arrival check-in at the hotel. As located in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh at an average altitude of 1,475 meters above sea level, it is surrounded by a thick cover of deodar cedar trees and is one of the major strong holds for the Tibetan refugees and the seat of the 14th Dalai Lama of the Tibetan sect of Buddhism. This town has been a popular tourist destination due to its picturesque surroundings and the presence of the Dalai Lama, both for the Indians and the foreign tourists.
Some of the famous tourist attractions to visit in Dharamshala are Dalai Lama Temple Complex, Bhagsunag Fall & Temple, Church of St. John, War Memorial, Tibet Museum, Kangra Art Museum, Cricket Stadium and Norburlinka Institute.
- Dalhousie: Being situated at 2039 mts in the outer slopes of the Dhaula Dhar range with its natural beauty and natural surroundings. It still has a influence of the British Raj and its colonial style building and houses bring back the flavours of an earlier era. Often called as “India‘s Switzerland” Khajjiar is nearby town of sheer beauty.
Delicacy: Similar to it’s natural beauty, lush green valleys and snow- clad mountains, Himachal Pradesh is also rich in it’s culinary. Some of the famous local dishes are Aktori, Kullu Trout Fish, Thupka, Chha Gosht, Madra and Tudkiya Bhath.
How to Reach: Himachal can be reach by Air, Train and Road. Shimla and Dharamshala are the two major Airports having connectivity from Delhi. Shimla is well connected through rail and have daily trains operating from Delhi. And various cities of the state are well connected by roads from Delhi, Chandigarh and Amritsar.