Himachal Pradesh Tourism

Himachal Pradesh Tourism

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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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Komalr

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  • 1 Review
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"Awesome place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Awesome place to visit. Peaceful place, mountains, hills, awesome weather.

Wonderful place for trekking. Best place for adventure lovers and for those who want peace.

Want to go there once again.
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Akshaya Patil

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"Vista and panaromas to die for"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I have visited lot of himalayan destination like kashmir, Jammu, Gangtok but Michal has an all together different aura. There are lot of places in Michal which has not yet included in the tourist circle. There are lot of places which are unexplored and has some amazing potential to be a great tourist destination. One such experience was visiting kinnaur and spiti valley in Michal pradesh.
In the whole trip from spiti valley to kinnaur valley we had a river running on one side and tall mountain peak surrounding us through out. We watched the mountains for almost 9 days but each mountain has a different aura and they were continuously changing through out the trip in terms of colour, textures, rock formation and looks. I was not atall bored looking at this vast landscape and still wish to go back and get lost among the beautiful valleys.
People of this place are so nice and kindhearted that they make you feel like you are one of them. Their houses are always open to the visitor. They love sharing different stories about their place to visitors. Food here has lot of tibetian influence. Thukpa and momo are something you should try in spiti but please make sure which hotel you choose. Please try this delicacies at some better hotels. In kaza town you should surely try the himalayan cafe, it serve some amazing food. You will find lot of local markets but the place to buy is Shimla mall road. You can even do some shopping in Manali mall road. But best variety we saw at the Shimla mall road. You can also try your luck shopping at reckong peo market, you could get some cheap good there. I found kaza markets to be bit expensive and but try exploring that as well.
If you are going to visit Chandal please make sure to carry heavy woollen since this place is quite cold. Especially during september as the sun goes down the temperature goes in minus degree, all the water outside tents were frozen in the morning so now you can imagine what would be temp here. Please carry a windcheater it will help you withstand the cold because the winds are quite chilled. And if you doing this circuit, Chandal is a must visit place.
Trekking is a best way to explore this place. Please be informed that the roads to this place are very dangerous and the road are really not in very good condition. But if plan to visit this place it will be a experience of a lifetime. The only option to do visit this place are by road. Nearest airport will be the bhuntar airport in Kullu. If you are visiting spiti then I will suggest that you do it vis Shimla because it will help you to get acclimatize to high altitude and save you from AMS(acute mountain sickness). Please carry Diamox as it will be beneficial if you suffer AMS. I hope this is helpful guys. Please do visit himachal, it is a hoidden gem.
Alert: please make sure you don't travel is driver Raju Rao. He is very annoying person and doesnot respect guest atall. He has been fighting with us throughout the tour. In middle of tour he even threatened us to get the driver change but since it was not possible then. We got the driver change once we reached Manali. Travel agent who sent the driver was Dimple Goswami and he is local operator in Manali. I am sharing the driver photos please have a look at so that he should not spoil someone else vacation.
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Jagamohan Mohapatra

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  • Lives in Pune
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"Excellent place for trekkers"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 3, 2016
Tosh is around 3 km from Barshani and HP public transport is reachable till.

People like to trek would love this place and if you are planning for Khir Ganga trek then its better to start from Barshani not from Tosh. On the way from Barshani to Tosh there is no shops or any villagers house so, make sure you have sufficient amount of water.

Visited Tosh on the month of July 2015 and would love to go again as I missed the most beautiful trek (Khir ganga) but I did trek from Malana to Nagar via Chandrakhani viewpoint. Tosh is a kind of place, you just seat back and enjoy the view. Its a small village and there is a river at the entrance. Lots of greenery and snow covered mountains, do check the photo. Full screen view recommended.

Undoubtedly this is my best trip till date, first of all it was my first solo trip and that to in Himalayan. Enjoyed live music with other travellers, Saw full of stars in the night and when I woke in the morning I got the reason why i'm here. To my left and right there is mountains covered with lush green forest and in my front there are snow covered mountains with the first sun light. It was my best morning, sat with a cup of tea and bread omelet that's all and started Reading my novel.

People in Tosh are helpful and very supportive, there are good amount of place to stay. So happy travelling.
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Kirti Jain

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"Great time spend here got some unforgettable memories of Himachal"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2016
Himachal is the best place in India for young couples. Climate here is awesome through the year, even 15 days are less if you have to enjoy the whole of Himachal. Dalhousie, Dharmshala, Shimla are the best place to be in. Don't forget to visit Khajjiar which is called mini Switzerland.
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Mudassir Wani

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"Shimla is nice hill city!"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted Feb 23, 2016
Shimla is really such a good place at Himachal Pradesh in India and I enjoyed every moment spent in the whole tour of Himachal Pradesh firstly I am went from Kangra to Shimla and I spend three days in Shimla then the second visiting place is Manali and in Manali I spend two days in Manali then or tour is finished.
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Bhavin Fariya

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"Best holiday getaway!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 7, 2016
Its best place to visit. Best place for adventurers. Best time to visit is between March to June. Its has all kinds of adventures. From paragliding to mountaineering. One should must do the bike travel from Manali to Leh. Best experience ever.
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Neha Verma

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"Bir a paragliding site in india"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 31, 2016
It is very beautiful place in India. It is also a sports creating, adventures and facinating place. I love this place so much. I think everyone should visit that place once. I am dam sure all will love that place and will come much more times. It is also an international paragliding site. First time in Oct 2015 there was world paragliding championship over there. People were there from so many different countries. They enjoyed a lot there. There is also snow fall in winters which is so marvellous.
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Dheeraj Solanki

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"A paradise for the stoners"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jan 30, 2016
Himachal, the land of Himalayas and mountains. The destination is full of exciting trekking paths and snowy mountains. This place is must for newly married couples and group of friends. For teens it has its own gifts to reveal such places like Kasol and tosh which are not as famous as Shimla which is good for couples and family spots.

While going to Himachal you should pack all your warm cloths because its very cool there. When we went there we desperately dying for sunlight, because of high altitude mountains and cloudy whether its almost miserable to get sunlight. Telling that situation further we were wearing up-to 4 pair of socks and still our legs were numb. In short its very cold and peaceful place to visit in northern India.
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Prarthana Ghosh

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"Beautiful & an amazing place to go"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
It's just an excellent place. Chitkul is must visiting place. The clear sky is so attractive. Kailash is similarly beautiful. Changing color of Kailash is amazing. And one thing the most beautiful, spell bound, just fab is moon rise from the mountain Kailash.
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Ritwika Mutsuddi

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"A beautiful destination for all seasons"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
In December 2015, me and my family went to Himachal Pradesh, Manali and Shimla to be more specific, from Mumbai via road journey. Since my husband knows Himachal very well, we didn't have difficulty in navigating roads or finding places. Himachal Pradesh, as everyone knows, is Devbhoomi, land of Gods, famous for its exquisite beauty. We went to Shimla first and stayed in an HPTDC hotel, Holiday Homes, which was in a fantastic location near the Mall Road. Shimla because of tourist influx has become a tad polluted and dirty, yet it has its own charm. We visited Mall Road in the night around 9 in the chilly weather, had a walk, went to an HPTDC restaurant, had softies, and came back through the steep roads. We also visited Kufri, Chail Palace, which are beauties on their own. The best part about Himachal is that you will find beauty at each and every step. We went to Manali later and stayed in the HPTDC property, Nagar Castle, Kullu, with the most breathtaking view from our room. Naggar Castle has the Roerich Art Gallary in its vicinity which is a museum worth visiting. We went to Hadimba Devi Temple which has a large tourist influx. The Mall Road, Manali again is a wonderful experience with softies stores everywhere, shops selling Kesar Milk, Jalebis, Kachoris, which we relished in the cold weather.

Himachal Pradesh obviously has no other means of travelling but roads and trust me its a beautiful journey with the mountains, rivers, and the greenery everywhere.
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