TOURISM IN HIMACHAL PRADESH

Himachal Pradesh, the land of unparalleled beauty and a haven for tourists who love mountains or clear air at high altitudes. Himachal Pradesh means “the abode snow”. Himachal Pradesh is known for its snowfall, and it is so popular with winter sports enthusiasts. The state boasts lush green landscapes with deep valleys that lead to high mountains. Himachal Pradesh is an area of great geo-topographical diversity and will definitely win your heart.

Since the beginning of the last millennium, the region has had historical connections with Buddhism. The Central Tibetan Administration is also located in the state. It is sometimes called the Tibetan Government Exile. Numerous Buddhist monasteries are located in the state. Himachal Pradesh, also known as Dev Bhumi (Land of Gods), is home to many temples and pilgrimage centres that are revered and worshipped by the large Hindu community.

Himachal Pradesh is a state that boasts a wealth of ethnic and geographical diversity. 
It is also one of the most well-endowed in the Republic of India. You will be captivated by its dense green forests, magnificent shimmering mountain lakes, historical heritages and enthusiastic people. Also, these were just some of the things that you should look on Himachal Tour Packages.

POPULAR HIMACHAL PRADESH
1. SHIMLA
Shimla is popularly known as ” Queen of Hill Stations” and its beautiful scenery, including snowcapped peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, charming lakes, and a pleasant climate. It is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and is often called the Land of Gods. Winters and summer are the best seasons to visit Shimla. Shimla is a famous destination for newlywed couples. There are many attractions in Shimla to be admired. These include Jakhu hills, State Museum, Chadwick Falls and Vice regal Lodge. Numerous regal bungalows dot the Shimla landscape as a tribute to its rich history.

2. KULLU
Kullu is found on the banks Beas River, which is beautiful and very pleasant. Kullu was once known as ‘Kulantapitha,’ according to the great Hindu epics, The Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is home to beautiful temples like the Jagannath Temple, Bajeshwar Mahadev Temple, or Bijli Mahadev Temple. The Kullu Valley is also known as the “Valley of Gods”. Kullu is famous for its Dussehra celebrations. They last for several days. The Kullu Valley is vibrant and colourful during Dussehra. People dress in vibrant colours, eat amazing food and live life to the fullest in this city.

3. MANALI
Manali is a beautiful hill station located in Himachal Pradesh’s Himalayan mountains. Kullu is the official name of the hill station. Because it was once home to the Saptarishi (or seven sages), the Hindu community holds it high in regard. Manali was named for Manu Rishi (a sage who once lived in this area and inscribed India’s first constitution, “Manu Smriti”). It is also the most popular location for Bollywood filmmakers. Manali is a place that offers adventure, scenic beauty and a warm climate. It’s a place worth visiting at least once in a lifetime.

4. DHARAMSHALA
Dharamshala is considered the most beautiful area in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra Valley. Dharamshala has beautiful pine-clad hills, streams and rivers, high peaks and ancient temples, as well as pagoda-shaped monasteries and old temples. It is the Tibetan Buddhist centre and home to Dalai Lama. Dharamshala lies on the Kangra Valley’s high slopes. The town is divided into two sections: the Upper Dharamshala and the Lower Dharamshala. McLeod Ganj refers to the Upper Dharamshala. However, the Lower Dharamshala houses the commercial centre.

The city is also a cultural centre and hosts an annual film festival called “Dharamshala International Film Festival” (DIFF). Festival attendees will see a wide range of documentaries, fiction, feature and documentary films from around the globe.

5. KASAULI
Kasauli, which is delimited by a majestic influence, is a charming small town that the Britishers urbanized before independence. Kasauli has a similar natural beauty to other Himachal Pradesh hill stations. The scenic beauty of Kasauli is easily accessed by wandering along its narrow roads. This place is known as “The land of spectacular vistas”. Kasauli’s incredible attractions include the many churches and bungalows constructed here under British rule. Kasauli also has the junction of Upper & Lower Malls. It is lined with shops selling amazing Himachali and Tibetan handicrafts. Kasauli holds a high religious significance in Hindu culture, as it is believed Lord Hanuman once rested his feet there.

6. PALAMPUR
Palampur is located in the Kangra valley near Himachal Pradesh’s Dhauladhar mountains. This place is well-known as North India’s tea capital. Palampur’s beautiful temples and regal architecture have been a key part of its popularity. Palampur is home to many tea gardens, paddy fields, and other natural beauty attractions that make it a pleasant and relaxing destination. You should also visit Sujanpur Tira near Palampur. This place is famous for its old temples and forts. It was once part of the Sikh Kingdom. Later, it came under British rule. Summer is the best time to visit Palampur.

7. DALHOUSIE
Most tourists visiting Himachal Pradesh choose Dalhousie as their favourite hill station. It is famous for its beautiful natural beauty and its old-world charm. For vacationers, the miniature town of Himachal Pradesh offers a slice of paradise. It is a place of beauty and charm that boasts a picturesque natural landscape, pine-clad hills, flower-bedecked meadows with flowers, swift-flowing rivers, spectacular misty mountains, as well as old-world charm.

According to legend, Dalhousie was the favourite summer destination of Britishers. This is evident in the beautiful Victorian-style homes of the town. The picturesque town, located far away from major cities, offers its visitors a tranquil environment. Dalhousie is a beautiful place with many mountains and rivers that tourists must-see. Panch Pulla (and Satdhara falls) are some of the most popular. Dalhousie enjoys a perfect climate that allows it to be enjoyed all year. But, March-June is the best month to visit Dalhousie. You will be completely captivated by the beauty of this hill station.

POINTS OFF INTEREST

1.PLACES OF RELIGIOUS WORTH
Temples: Chaurasi Temple, Renuka Temple, Trilokpur Temple, Baijnath Temple, Brajeshwari Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Trilokinath Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Chattari Temple, Chintpurni Temple, Dhoongri Temple, Hanogi Maa Koyla Maa Temple, Hatkoti Durga Temple, Jahku and Sankat Mochan, Jwala Devi Temples, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Mandi Temple, Naina Devi Temple, Prashar Temple, Raghunathji Temple, Baba Balak Nath Temple, Shikari Devi Temple, Rock Cut Temple Masroor and Rewalsar Temple.

Monasteries: Guru Ghantal Monastery, Key Gompa (Key Monastery), Shashur Monastery, Bir Monastery, Dhankar Monastery, Tabo Monastery (or Tabo Chos-Khor Monastery), Lhalung Monastery, Nako Monastery, Tangyud Monastery, Namgyal Monastery, Kalachakra Temple, Bon Monastery, Jonang Takten Phuntsok Choeling monastery, Thungyur Lhakhang Temple, Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar Monastery and Kungri Monastery.
Churches: St. Mark’s Church. Seventh Day Church. Baptist Church. St. Crispin’s Church. Evangelical Church of India. St. John Church. Dagshai Church. Christ Church. Fgnt Church.

2. WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES, RESERVES, and NATIONAL PARKS
You can visit Himachal Pradesh’s most famous wildlife sites, such as Simbalbara Sanctuary or Great Himalayan National Park.

3. MOUNTAIN PASSES
Himachal Pradesh, a Himalayan State, offers 17 mountain passes for adventurers or travel enthusiasts. Himachal Pradesh’s mountain passes include Rohtang Pass (Jalori Pass), Kunzum Pass. Parang La, Takling La, Takling La, Parana Pass.

4. LAKES
Popular lakes in Himachal Pradesh include Nako Lake, Rewalsar Lake, Bhrigu Lake, Chamera Lake, Chandratal Lake, Dal Lake, Dashir Lake, Gobind Sagar Lake, Khajjiar Lake, Maharana Pratap Lake, Mani Mahesh Lake, Prashar Lake, Renuka Lake, Suraj Tal Lake and Serolsar Lake.

5. FORTS
Popular forts in Himachal Pradesh include Kuthar Fort, Malaun Fort, Nauni Fort, Bahadurpur Fort, Satgarh Fort, Ratanpur Fort, Fort Mundkhar, Tiun and Sriun Forts, Gurkha Fort, Jaitak Fort, Kamlah Fort, Pangna Fort, Gondhla Fort, Naggar Castle, Sapni Fort, Morang Fort, Labrang Fort, Kamru Fort, Nurpur Fort, Kotla Fort, Haripur Fort, Kangra Fort, Sujanpur Tihra Fort, Chamba Fort, and Taragarh and Lodhargarh Forts.

BEST TIME FOR PLANNING A TRIP
You are planning a trip to Himachal Pradesh. The best time to visit this land of unrivalled beauty is now. This state’s climate is semi-arctic to semi-tropical. Himachal is known for its cold, icy winters and cool, soothing Summers. It also has misty monsoons. The state is a popular destination for tourists and adventurers all year.

The region is a hot spot for summer between March and June. Himachal’s temperatures range from 22 to 37 degrees Celsius in these months, which is much more pleasant than other regions of North India. This is the best time to visit Himachal and see its stunning hill stations.

The months July through September are the monsoon seasons. The temperature ranges between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius in this season. It is the season when many adventurers travel to Himachal Pradesh to enjoy the excitement and chills of its highways. If you’re travelling with your family, this season is risky. Heavy rainfall and fog make it difficult to drive vehicles over treacherous terrains, leading to traffic jams on the roads.
Himachal’s winter season is very cold. Temperatures range from 0 to 25 degrees Celsius. This makes Himachal a perfect destination for those who want to enjoy snowfall and winter sports.

HIMACHAL PRADESH

1. ADVENTURE AND SPORTS
Himachal Pradesh is the ideal place for adventure-seekers. The Himalayan state offers everything, from the majestic, icy Rohtang Pass, to the challenging trekking in Chanderkhani Pass. There is no shortage of adventure in this beautiful region. There are many choices when it comes to adventure sports and activities in Himachal. Himachal Pradesh’s most popular adventure sports include trekking, ski, camping, hanging gliding (hang gliding), mountaineering, rock climbing, paragliding and water rafting that you can review during your trip. Shimla has the largest natural ice skating arena in Asia.

2. FESTIVALS, CARNIVALS, AND FAIRS
Himachal Pradesh’s diversity in ethnicity is evident in its celebrations and festivals. Himachal Pradesh’s main festivals, fairs and carnivals include Halda Festival, Himachal Winter Carnival and Kullu Dussehra.

3. FLORA AND FAUNA
Himachal Pradesh is blessed by a wealth of fauna and flora, making it an ideal destination for birders, wildlife enthusiasts, and nature lovers. Ghoral Deer and other rare birds can be found here, including Himalayan Tahr, Musk Deer and Wild Yak. Himachal Pradesh’s vegetation is rich in ferns, wildflowers and medicinal herbs. The most commonly found trees in the area are fir and juniper, bamboos, chil, oaks, and rhododendrons, deodars, kail, birch, and deodar. Gulabi Buransh (Pink Rhododendron) is the state flower and must be seen.

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By Amber