Himachal Pradesh

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Introduction

Himachal Pradesh is located in northern India and better known as the ‘State of Hills’, ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ or ‘Home of Snow’ etc. It is bordered by Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarkhand and Punjab. Tourism and agriculture is the main income source for Himachal Pradesh. The serenity and the amazing beauty of Himachal Pradesh are priceless. In India this hill state is one of the most beautiful ones, especially for Himalayan mountain ranges covered with snow, green forests, beautiful streams, hill slopes and valleys that are gloriously green, rivers, lakes, prehistoric monuments and rich flora and fauna. Before India got independence, the summer capital of the state was Shimla which is filled with many hotels, forest ranges, hills and of course, a major skiing attraction, Kufri.

Right from the time civilization began, people of several clans inhabited Himachal Pradesh. In the 2nd and 3rd millennium, people from the Indus Valley civilization inhabited the region after which it was occupied by Mongolians, Aryans, Mughals, Gorkhas and British after which India became free and Himachal Pradesh was formed in the year 1948.

 

Best Time To Visit

To explore the lush green valley, the lofty beautiful mountain ranges covered with snow and the natural beauty, travel and tour enthusiasts can explore Himachal Pradesh almost every month. This region is so enticing that tourists feel like coming again and again without caring much about the conditions of weather. To experience the beautiful falling snow, the best time to visit Himachal Pradesh is November to February. Pleasant weather during day time can be enjoyed from March to June and for exploring the lush green forest ranges, July to September is the best time.

 

How To Reach

By Road

The road network in Himachal Pradesh is very good. All major north Indian cities and popular destinations of Himachal Pradesh are well connected by road. Due to landslides, some of the roads remain closed during monsoons. From all the prime destinations in northern India to this state, luxury coaches and deluxe buses also operate. Dalhousie, Shimla, Mcleodganj and Manali have good road network. The transport corporation also runs buses all through the state. To visit popular tourist spots, taxis and private buses can be taken.

By Rail

In Himachal Pradesh, a very important railway station is Kalka which is connected to Shimla, the capital city via a railway track in a narrow gauge. From Pathankot in Punjab up to Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh is the longest railway line. Tourists can also use the other railway tracks that pass through important locations in Himachal Pradesh.

By Air

At Jubbarhatti, Bhuntar and Gaggal are located three airports of Himachal Pradesh which connect it to Chandigarh and Delhi via regular domestic flights.

 

Availability Of Hotels And Restaurants

Thousands of diverse tourists visit Himachal Pradesh. Accordingly the hotels ensure that every tourist enjoys an easy, enjoyable and comfortable stay in Himachal Pradesh. The lodges are extremely stylish and lavish. The hotels are well known for hospitable staff, cordiality, timely services, great food, amenities and facilities. The décor is extraordinarily beautiful and hotel staff is friendly. Rooms are nice, cozy, clean and spacious. Most of the rooms have balconies that allow views of the magical natural beauty of the surroundings and the magnificent views of the snow capped Himalayas. The restaurants offer rich local, Indian and international cuisine.

Amenities and facilities like safe deposit, car parking, restaurant, fitness centre, elevator facility, recreation, doctor on call, cable television, laundry, room service, running cold and hot water, telephone, help desk, tour agents and lot more are provided at the Himachal Pradesh hotels. Welcome drink and free breakfast is provided at some of the hotels. Depending upon the budget, tourists can book budget hotels, deluxe and semi deluxe, luxury and classic hotels, bed and breakfast arrangements, five star, four star, three star and two star hotels. In certain localities, monkeys too are seen in abundance. Advance bookings at the hotels are recommended especially during the festival season as the place tends to get crowded with thousands of tourists.

 

Best Places, Locations, Monuments Etc

For enthusiasts of adventure tours, couples and honeymooners, this state has been a paradise. To explore this beautiful state, tourists throng here from different parts of the globe. For many devotees and pilgrims this is a paradise due to the presence of many pilgrimages and shrines present in the state. Natural prosperity of Himachal Pradesh has been boosted by rivers like Spiti, Chenab, Sutlej, Beas, Yamuna and Ravi.

There are a number of destinations to visit in Himachal Pradesh, which include Parwanoo, Shimla, Chindi, Naldehra, Fagu, Dalarghat, Rajgarh, Kasauli, Kiarighat, Barog, Kullu, Rohroo, Kharapathar, Sarahan, Rampur, Narkanda, Chail, Paonta Sahib, Renuka ji, Chintpurni, Manali, Jawalamukhi, Keylong, Bilaspur, Swarghat, Rewalsar, Mandi, Naggar, Manikaran, Dalhousie, Dharamshala, Chamba and many more. This is indeed a paradise on earth where people are friendly and the climate extremely attractive.

The highway of Keylong, that is the Rohtang Pass located around 51 kms from Manali is certainly worth visiting. It is located at a 4111 meters altitude. It can make any tourist feel on top of the world, literally.

A major attraction is Chamba, an enchanting and scenic town in the Himalayas and located at a distance of 50 kms from Dalhousie. Here tourists can get to see temples with fine carvings and unparalleled landscapes.

For tourists who are inclined towards religion, the best place to visit is Kangra where one gets to see ancient temples and natural beauty. For sports freaks, adventure lovers and nature lovers, Kangra is a haven for sure.

Shimla is a popular hill station and capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Right from the British period it was popular as a hill station. Architectural excellence of the British is reflected in the numerous old buildings in Shimla.

Kullu, is the finest enchanting two kilometer wide valley present in the Great Himalayas and spreads its wings on the two sides of the Beas River. Kullu is situated at a 1230 meter altitude in Himachal Pradesh.

Dalhousie located at a 6000-9000 feet altitude reflect the Himalayan indigenous beauty. With the prominence of Victorian and Scottish architectures, the hill station spreads over 5 hills.

The picturesque natural beauty of Dharamshala, another prime attraction is quite inviting. Another hill station filled with exotic natural beauty to visit is Palampur, situated in the Kangra Valley. Manali is another beautiful snow-covered hill station that is bound to please everyone.