Himachal Pradesh Tourism

Himachal Pradesh Tourism


About Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh

Situated in North India, Himachal Pradesh (Abode of Snow) is surrounded by Jammu & Kashmir on the north; Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh to the south; Uttaranchal to the south east and the Chinese territory of Tibet to the east. The state is mostly covered by the low Shivalik hill range towards the south and the dramatically high trans-Himalayan ranges as you go north. Thus you can proceed from hill-town Dharamsala in the south, at 1700m, to Lahaul-and-Spiti, the northernmost district, at 6500m. This geography and the resultant cool-to-snowy climate, define Himachal's tourist attractions as well; in fact, tourism and apple-growing run the economy of the state. Sutlej, Beas, Ravi, and Parbati are the main rivers.

 

Given its mountainous nature, Himachal can best be understood in terms of its valleys. In the southern Kangra valley, Dharamsala and sister town McLeodganj are the focus of the Dalai Lama's Tibetan government-in-exile. In western Himachal lies Chamba Valley, with Dalhousie, a British-time hill station. Towards the east, all the way to Tibet lies the Kinnaur region, which was off limits for tourists till 1992 and contains villages and lifestyles that are still untouched by modernity. In the centre, the Kullu valley is famous for its apples, producing about 9000 truckloads of them every year. Here, Manali town is a good base for adventure sports such as paragliding, skiing, river rafting and trekking. December-March are good months for winter sports or to see the snow. The northernmost Lahaul-Spiti district is isolated, snow-bound terrain accessible only between July-October, with some well-preserved 1000-year old Buddhist monasteries and culture.

 

Himachal's capital Shimla, developed by the British in the mid-19th century as a hill station that helped them escape hot summers, is full of colonial architecture and churches. Shimla makes a good base for less-crowded hill destinations such as Chail, Kufri, Narkanda, or Kasauli, all located at comfortable altitudes of 2000-2750 metres.

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Dilip kumar bhui

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  • Dilip kumar bhui
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
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"A perfect charming place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
We went through Bharat Tirtha Darshan, travelling agency, Kolkata. ( Though we belong Rourkela, Odisha, Prabasi Bangali ). The tour was perfect and enjoyable due to the effort taken by the agency. The hotels were excellent, Journey was comfortable. Food that they served was tasty. We played on the Solang valley glacier. Everybody enjoyed a lot.

One who visits Himachal Pradesh, need not go to Switzerland. Himachal Pradesh is the blending of Mythological places, Historical places, Picturesque natural beauty, Snow capped mountains, valleys, beautiful cities and hotels at all the places in the state. I enjoyed a lot. I thank Bharat Tirtha Darshan, Kolkata for our pleasant trip.
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Elim Panda

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  • Elim Panda
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"A wonderful getaway" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
A wonderful getaway for everyone who loves mountains! Kasol is a small village in Himanchal. If you are looking for activities apart from trekking, this is not the place for you. If not, you can continue reading. You don't necessarily have to plan ahead for it. If you do, stay at the alpine. But irrespective of the place you stay at wake up to the river and the mountains, venture into the nearby villages, plan a trek to the snow capped mountain. Best time to go: May end-early June) or if you want to freeze and see the snow, the place turns magical in Dec.
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Swati

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  • Swati
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Nature at its best" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Firstly this place is only for nature lovers & particularly for those who plans to visit unexplored places and loves natural adventure. Now with natural adventure I mean to say that anything unplanned changes or may be hurdles coming in your trip. It may be blocked roads, route change and much more. I have no urge to scare you but unexplored places generally face such issues.

Top 10 highlights of this trip:

1. June 2015- It was cold and sunny too. Also there was heavy rainfall in many places. We were 7 and we took a tempo traveler. Quite comfortable for long route. Per head cost was 9000 includes everything.

2. Kinnaur is around 600 KM from Delhi. So hardcore travelers can halt at various places for an hour or so and keep travelling like we did. Else just halt for a night & day in Shimla or Narkanda.

3. Keep jackets and light woolens. One who likes to trek should keep sports shoes for comfortable track.

4. There are different camps where you can chill, relax and enjoy the place. We stayed in Kinner camp which was quite good and naturally maintained. Food was good and place was awesome. Note they provide hot water in bathroom only till 9 in the morning. There are other camps also available. You can find them on Google. Choice may vary as per budget.

5. Also at few km distance say half n hour travel there is CHITKUL (Last village of Himachal). The view there is amazing. Sit there eat there. 3 to 4 hours is enough. It's just a small village. The view is eye-catching and the lanes of village is interesting giving you local view and touch.

6. The best thing is the route which starts from Narkanda and its unending. Few images are attached.

7. To plan a relaxing trip- leave from Delhi early morning and reach Narkanda in the evening. It will be 10 to 11 Hrs drive including breaks. Have a pleasant stay here as it's a beautiful place. Go for sightseeing to nearby and local places. Next Morning leave after breakfast for Kinnaur. Enjoy the adventurous route and amazing view. Reach by evening and relax in the camp. Next day start to track for glacier if you want. You can visit nearby places like Chitkul and other small villages which gives you natural views and amazing local life experience. A day or two max is enough here. Enjoy camp fire and riverside time. Leave from Kinnaur, come down to Shimla. Shop there and halt there and leave for Delhi.

8. You can see Apple, plum and various other fruit tress on the way. Which will give you feel of Himachal.

9. Do not try to find population, Shopping areas or tourist attractions. Whatever you find amazing is the attraction here.

10. Height, deadly roads, raw lanes, small villages, nature at its best.
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Mudit Singhal

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  • Mudit Singhal
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"A famous destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Naddi is one of the famous destination in Himachal, you must visit himgiri hotel one of the finest resort. And also go for shiva cafe. Dalai lama temple and mcleodganj market and one of the most famous Dharamshala. Go for thukpa, one tastiest noodle I had.
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Karan Tiwari

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  • Karan Tiwari
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Himachal - Land of Gods"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Its really beautiful and make sure you explore all these places : Kullu- Manali ( Best time to visit -Nov-Feb)

Take a overnight bus from Delhi it takes around 12-13 hours to reach Kullu. Manali is one hour far from Kullu. In Manali do visit Hadimba mandir and plan to Solang valley to experience ride on snow scooters. Options like Paragliding and skiing are available.
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Rakesh Singh

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  • Rakesh Singh
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"Perfect vacation"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Perfect holiday with the clear sky, no noise, pollution. Sherabling Monastery where a monk gave us a personalised tour of the place. After the monastery tour, we headed for Barot. Barot is famous for its trout farms and is a famous angling destination. It is about 35 km from Baijnath on the Baijnath Mandi road.
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Sushil Kumar

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  • Sushil Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
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"An excellent place to go for trekking"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2015
I trekked to Prashar Lake, Mandi in 1st week of Feb 2015 with my three friends. This was an amazing experience. Trek was around 8 km and covered with fresh and clean snow. It took around 5 hours to reach at the forest rest house near lake and there were very very limited options to survive like one double bed and 4 people and water was available only for drinking. We had to use snow for all other things like for all morning stuff. Lake was frozen at that time and scenic beauty was amazing there.

This is a must visit place in winters for every adventurer.

Food options are very limited only Dal Chawal or Rajma Chawal

Accommodation is also very limited. Only two rest houses are there, one of PWD and one is of Forest It would be better if you pre-book the forest rest house from Mandi.

Take a guide if you are trekking at the time of snow. Avoid any short cuts because it may lead you in some other direction. Just follow the main path way, though it is lengthy but safe.

Advice to travellers : Heavy woollens are required at this time. It would be better if you have any water proof jackets. Torch and Swiss knife must be with you and good trekking show would be life saver for you. Just put your feet in 2 layers of socks and then wrap your feet in a good quality poly bag and then again put one pair socks over it. This combination will protect your feet to be wet during trekking. No leather trekking shoes. Keep water and chocolates with you. Water will save you to be dehydrated and chocolates will give you energy.
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Hemang Oza

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  • Hemang Oza
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"Glimpse of himalayas make every journey breath taking"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Mar 17, 2015
The great experience of lifetime for who have never been to explore India before. Beautiful landscape, great view of green mountains and glimpse of Himalayas make every journey breath taking. Really had good experience of river rafting, river bungee and skiing.
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Ritesh Sharma

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  • Ritesh Sharma
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"An awesome place for picnic"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Feb 1, 2015
Himachal Pradesh is a awesome place for a family picnic or honeymoon. There are so many place for visiting. Himachal Pradesh Apple is so famous. It's a hillside area. So there are so many mountains for camping and climbing. Its really awesome place. In Himachal Pradesh we saw nature and the himalayas mountains.
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  • Suraj Parkash
  • Lives in Ludhiana
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"Greatest place to enjoy your holidays"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Dec 20, 2014
Heaven on earth baba balak nath ji, peer nigaha, main a devi, sri anandpur sahib. Greatest place to enjoy your holidays. You will forget your all stresses. Great fun on bhakra dam in boat, a long ride on boat. Kills maharaja Ranjit singh is also ancient and great sight.
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