Himachal Pradesh is only province of India with completely hilly terrain. Carved from one of the largest provinces of British India– Punjab, in 1966, the state earned complete statehood in 1971 with its capital at Shimla. Himachal Pradesh offers a variety of tourism activities to the tourists. From fields to forests, meadows to pasture lands, lakes to glaciers, remote villages to largely inhabited settlements and from National parks to water dams, Himachal Pradesh has abundant opportunities to explore.
For history lovers, there are historic towns like Shimla, Dharamsala, Dalhousies and Chamba where as a pilgrim has innumerable chances to visit the ancient old temples of Gods and Goddesses across the state. The Adventure enthusiast can try their hand in treks, camping, paragliding, white water rafting and many other adventure sports and those who are passionate about architecture are welcome to travel across the state to have various designs from the ancient to the hill architecture and Victorian and post Victorian at Shimla and Dalhousie.
Himachal Pradesh is also known for its fairs and festival. The hidden valleys are well protected by the local deities who play a vital role in the growth and of the community and administer through their traditional ethics. Himachalis – the diaspora has a strong belief in their traditions and culture. In the remote regions the lifestyle is completely under the influence of the rules set by the deities. A large number of fairs are held across the state, on different parts of the years in different regions and they hold a great attractions for the visitors.
To enjoy the state at its full swing one has to plan to visit the different areas in the different parts of the year. Depending upon the time one plan the visits.
A town where the British architecture remains scattered and a town where the gentry is still under the influence of the British lifestyle. Shimla, set up in the Himalayan foothills is the
former Summer Capital of British India. Known for its Gothic villas, forested roads, snow bound winters and boarding schools Shimla is well connected with road rail and air with most parts of the Northern plains Shimla offers impressive opportunities to a visitor.
Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in the country. With jaw-dropping views, lush green forests, sprawling meadows carpeted with flowers, gushing blue streams, a perpetual fairy-tale like mist lingering in the air, and a persistent fragrance of pines – Manali has been blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty. The valley is the base for many adventure sports and a number of high altitude treks. With its own airport at Bhuntar and it is well connectivity with Delhi and Punjab. Manali offers a variety of accommodation, food and activities including White Water Rating, Paragliding, Trekking, Skiing and Camping.
As the Tibetan Government based here in exile, Dharamsala is known for Dalai Lama, the Tibetan – Religious and Political leader. Shadowed by Dhauladhar range of mountains, Dharamsala is known for its forested slopes, rolling meadows, roaming shepherds, tea estates in its lower belts and gargling rivulets. The town is well connected by roads to the plains of Punjab and to the interiors of the state such as Manali, Shimla and Mandi.
Dalhousie is the cultural and scenic heartbeat of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. Perched at an elevation of 6463 feet, it is a precious bit of heaven on earth. Dalhousie is one of those unique hill-stations that have three majestic mountain ranges in its line of sight. You can see the Dhauladhar, Kailash and Pir Panjal peaks from Diankund, Khajjiar and the Dalhousie Mall. It is one of those tourist places that are open all year round despite a stark difference in topography and weather conditions. Come here for the snow-trek in winter or go meadow-zorbing in the summer, Dalhousie Tourism will dazzle you at all times.
The Bir-Billing area is a popular site for paraglider pilots, both Indians and visitors from all over the world. The flying season is from September to October, with some flying also done in November. The village continues to host periodic international competitions and events.
The paragliding launch site is in the meadow at Billing (14 km north of Bir), at an elevation of 2400 metres, while the landing site and most tourist accommodations are in the village of Chowgan (also spelled Chaugan), on the southern edge of Bir.
Tirthan Valley perched at an altitude of 1600 metres above sea level is the perfect getaway destination blessed with a wealth of nature’s treasures. It is the perfect placed to be if you are tired from the hustle & bustle of the everyday metro life full of noise and pollution. Named after the pristine Tirthan River, the valley offers opens the doors to the newly recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site – The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), spread over an area of 1100 sq kilometres. It is a paradise for trekkers, offering one of the finest trekking opportunities in the world. Not to forget for bird lovers as well who spend days camping in the heart of this park. For not only an escape from the overcrowded city life, but also an escape from the more-crowded Himachali getaways, it doesn’t get much better than Tirthan. Read on to explore more about this place left untouched, until now.
Kasol is a little hamlet in kullu Himachal situated along the banks of the river Parvati.Kasol is a tourist attraction that is rapidly increasing as a popular hub for trekkers, backpackers, and nature lovers. Kasol is situated 30kms from Bhuntar and next to the religious town of Manikaran and is one of the best places in the country just to sit back and chill in the panorama of snow-clad mountains, pine trees and gurgling river.
Kasol is famous for its trekking trails, which include treks to Kheerganga, Yanker Pass, Sar Pass, and Pin Parbati Pass. To get a real feel of the culture in this region, go on a visit to the village of Malana. Located a few kilometres away from Kasol, Malana is a tiny hamlet inhabited by people living in self-imposed isolation. The people of Malana claim themselves to be Aryan descendants, as a result of which they avoid interaction with outsiders.
Kasol has quite a few streetside cafes which serve delicious food, and the experience of sitting and enjoying a meal amidst the dark green forests and the awe-inspiring mountains make the meal even more enjoyable.
The nature at its fullest is at Kinnaur. Kalpa, as it’s former headquarter and Baspa valley as its main area, Kinnaur is popular for its tribal lifestyle, Kinnauri apple and pine nuts. Located nearly 250 kilometres to the north of Shimla Kinnaur is a strikingly beautiful region of the state. As per the mythology the locals are known as Kinners – half way between human and God and so they are known for their honesty and hospitality.
This valley is located in the high regions of the state. Famous as a Cold Desert, the valley had a full dominance of Buddhism with its more than 1000 years old Monastery at Tabo. The region is surrounded by high peaks and has many remote villages where the traditions are still the spice of life. Spiti is approachable from two sides, Shimla and Manali. Mainly remains cut off from
the rest of the world for most part of the year due to snow and cold weather. This was the sea-bed of ocean Tethys from which the Himalaya aroused, the valley holds a Moonlike landscape.