Himachal Pradesh is a home to world-famous hill stations, valleys, ski resorts and religious sites. The cool weather and with snow clad mountain peaks, Himachal state in North India has long been the most sought after destination for the rest of India to escape from scorching summer heat. Foreign tourists found Himachal tours full of natural expeditions, adventure and heritage structures ranging from ancient temples to colonial bungalows. Newlywed couples, adventure seekers, pilgrims and family tourists visit various parts of the Himachal in huge flocks. In short, Himachal Pradesh is one cool destination that welcomes one and all.
Shimla - The Capital of Himachal Pradesh : The state capital, has been serving as the amazing summer resort from the times of British rule. Picturesque landscapes dotted with dense forests, meadows and fruit orchards are enough to spellbind anyone. Equally fascinating are the colonial structures that include English bungalows and churches. Other frequently visited hill stations in the state include:
Chail : Around 48 km from Shimla, Chail has world’s highest cricket pitch, a royal palace and many other attractions. Many important hill resorts in the region include Kufri, Naldehra and Kasauli.
Kullu - Manali : Mesmerizing valleys, gorges and hot springs, along with an array of historic temples are the highlights of this place. Manali also offers lots of adventure activities, like skiing, trekking, mountaineering.
Dalhousie : A quite hill station with pleasant weather, Dalhousie is perfect for anyone seeking peace and relaxation. The nearby attraction called Khajjiar (20 km away) enjoys the designation of Mini Switzerland. Chamba with stunning natural glory is beyond one’s imagination.
Skiing : Shimla and Manali turn into an enticing ski resort during the winter months when the region receives heavy snowfall.
Trekking : More than 250 trekking trails in the regions like Lahaul, Spiti, Kullu and Kinnaur attract trekkers.
Water Sports : Sangla Valley of Kinnaur and Pabbar Valley of Rohru are ideal for fishing. River rafting is another wonderful opportunity at river Ravi in Chamba and River Beas in Kullu.
Mountaineering : Dharamsala, Manali and Dhauladhar and PirPanjal ranges are admired for mountaineering adventure.
Hindu Temples: Himachal Pradesh has many abodes of Shakti, worshipped as great divine mother in Hinduism. Kangra, Jwalamukhi, Chamunda Devi and Brajeshwari Devi temple are visited by hundreds of pilgrims every year.
Buddhist Monasteries : Dharamsala and Mcleodganj have many beautiful Buddhist monasteries and temples. Dharamsala is also the home to Dalai Lama.
Toy Train – Listed in World Heritage Site Toy Train runs on a narrow gauge from Kalka to Shimla covering 96 kms. The journey is covered in about 5 hours. Toy Train journey is major attractions in Shimla as its thrilling rides passes through many meadows, pastures and green valley giving an un-extended view of snow clad Himalayas at the back drop.
Shopping : Himachal Pradesh handicrafts are interesting ensembles of attractive shawls, woolens, embroidered fabrics, wooden showpieces, Paintings and more. The state boasts of fruit orchards of apples, pear, plum, strawberry, litchi, apricot and others. Fruit and fruit based products like jams, chutneys, fruit drinks and pickles can be purchased at local markets.
Festivals : Chamba’sSul Festival, Kangra’s Tea Festival, Shimla’s Summer Festival, Kullu’sDussehra and Renuka Fair are the grand celebrations worth participating in.
Himachal Pradesh can be accessed round the year. During summer months, you can enjoy pleasant weather and amazing sightseeing. Snowfall and Christmas and New Year celebrations (especially at Shimla and Manali) are the highlights of the winter months. Plan your holiday in any part of the year and this beautiful state won’t disappoint you.
Himachal Pradesh Tourism Offices:
Himachal Pradesh Tourist Information Counter - The Mall, Shimla- 171001, Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh Tourist Information Counter - The Mall, Manali - 175131, Himachal Pradesh.
Department of Tourism & Civil Aviation - Daizy Bank Estate, Shimla- 171001 Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Tourism Office - Chandralok Building, 36, Janpath, New Delhi - 110 001