Himachal Pradesh

With magnificent snow clad peaks, plunging river valleys, snow dusted slopes and gushing mountain rivers- Himachal is India’s adventure playground! From rock climbing, hiking & trekking to paragliding, skiing & river-rafting; Himachal is the place to let the adrenalin flow. Nevertheless its charm lies in its colonial cobbled streets, Buddhist monasteries, melodic dialects and rustic villages and its warm & simple people.

Major Destinations of Himachal Pradesh

Shimla- The Capital

Often known as the “Queen of the Hills” Shimla’s soul lies in its lively Mall Road, quaint  colonial architecture, heritage toy-train and beautiful churches; all set amidst breathtaking landscapes.

Attractions in Shimla

  • Scandal Point
  • Jakhoo Hill & Temple
  • Mall Road
  • Kalka- Shimla Toy Train- UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Christ Church
  • Gaiety Theatre
  • Paragliding, mountain biking, trekking, ice skating, rock climbing & golfing.

Kasauli- Quaint & Colonial

Kasauli, with its charming cobbled streets & old markets, transports you to another era. Scenic, snug and quiet; Kasauli is picture-perfect for a tranquil holiday in the hills.

Major Attractions in Kasauli

  • Upper & Lower Mall Road
  • Gilbert’s Trail
  • Toy Train- From Dharampur to Barog
  • Kasauli Club
  • Manki Point

Kullu-Manali- Valley of the Gods

The duo, often termed as a single destination, lie in the picturesque Kullu Valley. A perfect blend of Himalayan tranquility and adrenalin pumping activities, Kullu- Manali sit pretty high on the global travel map!

Major Attractions in Kullu-Manali

  • Rohtang Pass
  • Solang Valley
  • Hadimba Temple
  • Bijli Mahadev Temple
  • Great Himalayan National Park
  • Manikaran
  • Rafting, trekking, paragliding, skiing, zorbing, jeep safari, kayaking and angling.

Dharamshala & McLoedganj- Soul of Tibet

Often known as Little Lhasa, the twin towns of Dharamshala & McLoedganj are home to His Holiness Dalai Lama and a large Tibetan population. McLeod attracts thousands of international travelers; many of them taking courses in Buddhism, meditation or yoga; trekking up the Dhauladhar range or just enjoying the quiet spiritual vibe of the place.

Major Attractions

  • Tsuglagkhang Complex
  • Kalachakra Temple
  • Namgyal Monastery
  • Norbulingka Institute

Dalhousie- Picture Perfect

A pleasant combination of pristine landscapes and quaint colonial charm, Dalhousie is a sleepy hill retreat for those looking for a cozy escape to the hills.

Major Attractions in Dalhousie

  • St. Patrick’s Church
  • Panchpula
  • Dainkund Peak
  • Khajjiar
  • Kalatop

Other Destinations in Himachal Pradesh

  • Lahaul & Spiti Valleys
  • Solan
  • Nahan
  • Kufri
  • Kinnaur
  • Palampur
  • Narkanda

Fairs & Festivals in Himachal Pradesh

  • Losar Festival- Lahaul & Spiti valley
  • Festival of Sair- Shimla
  • Minjar Fair- Chamba
  • Solan Fair
  • Kullu Dussehra

Food in Himachal Pradesh

Himachali cuisine is a flavorful blend of Tibetan fare like Momos, Thupka & Thenku and traditional Himachal dishes like Madra (thick chickpea gravy) and Palda, a yogurt based dish. Fresh fruits, especially apples from Himachal are delicious.

Shopping in Himachal Pradesh

Local jams & wines, handlooms, woolens, Tibetan memorabilia and wooden artifacts are some of the things to shop for while in Himachal Pradesh.

Best time to Visit Himachal Pradesh

April- June in summers and October to March in winters is the best time to visit.

How to Reach Himachal Pradesh

By Air- Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla connects Shimla with Delhi Airport.
By Rail- Kalka, around 90 kilometers from Shimla, is the last railhead to connect with the rest of the Himachal.
By Road- All destinations in Himachal are connected through a well built & well serviced network of roads & highways.

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