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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Manikaran Gurudwara, Manali

Manikaran Gurudwara
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Mudh Village, Lahaul and Spiti

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Kothi, Manali

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Parag kaushal

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  • Parag kaushal
  • 2 Reviews
  •  28 readers

"Good hotel well connected and good staff. Parking facility and other amenities are good here. Food I"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 3, 2018
Good hotel well connected and good staff. Parking facility and other amenities are good here. Food is also good. Best part direct connectivity with mall road which helps you to save time to go to mall raod. Would suggest all to visit once to get the feel
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Jitesh Jariwala

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  • Jitesh Jariwala
  • Lives in Surat
  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  33 readers

"Himalayan Nature Holidays is a cheater & froud ."

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2018
I just have done a trip of himachal pradesh through Himalayan Nature Holidays travel agent company from Shimla, but I face very bad experience at the last day of the tour . At the end time they change my hotel booking & don't comunicate properly with me & than next day they told me to pay extra charge of 32OO Rs. For hotel where I was stayed, I told them that its urs problem that they don't told me clearly but they don't listen to me and force me to pay that amount & at the end I have to take help of delhousie police & police catch their froud . So my advice to all of you is that if you got any calls from Himalayan Nature Holidays for trip than don't deal with that cheater & froud agency .
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  • 4 votes

Vasishta Sampara

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  • Vasishta Sampara
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"Well planned Tours always present you with best memories"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 30, 2017
On day 4 night we started to kulumanali in a mini bus non AC which coasted 140rs ticket and an overnight journey. The auto fares were quiet a bit costly in Chandigarh. We donno how the journey was as we dozed off due to the effect of the morning conference. By morning 4am on day 5 we reached Manali the scenic beauty of India. We were shivering badly due to the weather and we were desperately in search of a room. But we were told that the rooms are offered on package ( room +car+ tour). We got it for 4000 for a day. (12 hrz). Everyone slept for a 2hrs and me and my senior slept only for an hour and came out for walk around 5:30am on day 5. We had a cup of tea from a kettle where fumes disappeared in seconds and huge amount of fog and we could see the snow fall at the hill top. We rushed to the rooms to wake up other buddies and got ready and we got a scorpio vehicle along with a driver in the package so he drove us to solang valley where we first experienced the snow in our life time. The snow fall was very fresh as we were early there we played there for some time. Before climbing up we took the snow wear for rent fully protecting us from top to toe. We felt like mountaineers after reaching the hill tops and the drivers are having excellent skills over there and cars are modified to that terrain. We had some north Indian breakfast as well and also we visited hadimba devi temple in the evening which is worth seeing and hot water springs and also some local monasteries and went for local shopping and boarded the return bus which turned and twisted on the way due to road curves which resulted in vomitings for me and the bus was troubled on the way in spite of all these we reached Chandigarh on day 6 around 7 AM.
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Rohan halankar

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  • Rohan halankar
  • 1 Review
  •  54 readers

"I visited The Ridge In Shimla and I felt love with that place. It's the top most point of Shimla AC"

  • Posted Oct 25, 2017
It was my first ever Visit to Himachal Pradesh. I visited places like Dalhousie in the Chamba district and Shimla. The experience was breathtaking and something that I have never experienced. The culture of North Indians are very different from that of South . Whatever the work might be People here always had a smile on their face . When visiting Himachal Pradesh during winter one must carry warm clothers. Himachal Pradesh have very cold and chilled winters and the temperature can go below 0 Celsius.
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Gumpy ganesh

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  • Gumpy ganesh
  • 1 Review
  •  54 readers

"A 8 night road trip across Himachal from Dalhousie, Dharamshala, Manali and Shimla."

  • Posted Oct 24, 2017
Two stand out locations of the trip: one was Dalhousie not crowded, beautiful hill town allowing one to view and spend time leisurely. Second ... Trek to Gulaba Snow Point ... Fun, at times breathless but amazing to touch snow in mid May. While snow jackets and pants are, one can skip the boots esp in mid May.
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Pritam jamsandekar

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  • Pritam jamsandekar
  • 1 Review
  •  54 readers

"Discovered Hidden Himachal"

  • Posted Oct 23, 2017
We belongs to Mumbai and always want every tourist place has to be like the way those used to be a decade before. Seeing commecial growth which causes the nature hurts . . Himachal is beautiful and for us it means mountains . You go as close as to mountains and you still see them faar and giant . Never ending . And that is how we relate to life.
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Shanawaz nk

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  • Shanawaz nk
  • 1 Review
  •  54 readers

"Himachal, get ready to change your life."

  • Posted Oct 23, 2017
I have always wanted to go to the mountains, the thing with mountians is it's not you who chooses to go there, it's the mountians who calls you. After almost a decade of planning to go to the mountians, finally this year I decided to go there. My girl friend and I planned a budget trip and set out to travel the mighty mountians. We don't like to completely plan out the trip, we do basic panning like booking the travel tickets. Only when we reach the destination we look for hotels, you can get lucky with the prices, we like o visit designations post the peak season, it's cheaper and less crowded. We visited vashisht, Manali, tosh, kalga, old Manali, bunbuni hills etc. I would say the main tip for the travellers here is please do not throw plastics, carry your own trash bag and try to clean up the place while you are trekking, avoid drinking and leaving the empty bottles behind, carry cahs as there are literally no atms in most of the places unless you want to pay extra 10 percent for swiping your card, repect the local people, not all locals are into marjuana trade, try not to by bottled water or chios packet as these products are polluting the forest, if you are planning to trek please hire a guide or go in groups, never venture out alone into the forest. We had a great time up there and we are looking forward to visit the mountians soon again
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Er. rahul

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  • Er. rahul
  • Lives in Jaipur
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  • 171 Reviews
  •  38 helpful votes
  •  14217 readers

"Himachal state museum"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 20, 2017
The Himachal State Museum is located on the Mall Road and has unique collectibles like ancient coins, paintings and other handicraft items, the aesthetics of which are influenced by the Pahari form of art The museum also has a doll gallery which has several bride and groom dolls among many others which are admired by all visitors. Some archeological artifacts are also found here which include stone images from the 8th century
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Amit .

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  • Amit .
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  96 readers

"My loveble moment when I was saw snow around everywher I loved it. Then I was not forgeteen my full"

  • Posted Oct 13, 2017
My loveble moment when I was saw snow around everywher I loved it. Then I was not forgeteen my full enjoy experience with river rafting with my family in Kullu. & Ya I love ed it shopping there.
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Trishita bhattacharya

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  • Trishita bhattacharya
  • 1 Review
  •  49 readers

"I went trekking for the first time to Himachal."

  • Posted Oct 11, 2017
My advice to travellers would be to not be limited to only touristy stuff. As a photographer, I love exploring the "unseen" places and show it to the world through my Instagram (overrated_outcast)
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