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7 BEST TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT IN HIMACHAL PRADESH

7 BEST TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT IN HIMACHAL PRADESH

1 ) Shimla

t a distance of 348 Kms from New Delhi & 112 Kms from Chandigarh, Shimla is a mesmerizig hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Often called as the ‘Queen of Hills’, Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and is one of the popular Himachal Pradesh tourism destinations. Shimla is also one of the top tourist places in India and among the best hill stations near Delhi.

The beautiful Shimla derives its name from ‘Goddess Shyamala’, an incarnation of Goddess Kali. It was developed by the British and declaring Shimla as their summer capital. Covering the area of 18 sq km at a height of 7,238 ft. Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar and oak forests. It’s well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of prime attractions of Himachal

Internet Availability: Very Good

STD Code: 0177

Languages Spoken: Hindi, English, Pahari, Punjabi, Kangri, Kinnauri

Major Festivals: Shimla Summer Festival (Apr/May),
Shimla Winter Festival (Feb), Ice Skating Carnival (Dec/Jan), Rhyali Festival (Jul), Baisakhi (Apr), Bhoj Fair (Nov), Rohru Fair, Christmas, Diwali, Lavi Fair (Nov), Navaratri, Sipi Fair (May) and Sair Festival (Sep)

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2) Manali 

At a distance of 40 km from Kullu, 255 km from Shimla, 545 km from Delhi and 295 km from Chandigarh, Manali is a breathtakingly beautiful hill station nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. It is located at an altitude of 2050 m and is spread along the banks of the river Beas. Kullu Manali is one of the top hill stations in India and among the top tourist places to experince Himachal Pradesh tourism.

Naggar Castle, Hidimbi Devi Temple and Rohtang Pass are among the must include places in your Manali Tour Packages. Manali is renowned for its snow-covered mountains, scenic beauty, history and culture.Often referred to as the ‘Valley of the Gods’, Manali is one of the popular 2 day trip from Delhi. Manali is named after the Hindu lawgiver Manu. The word Manali is derived from Manavalaya meaning the abode of Manu or ‘Home of Manu’. According to the legend, sage Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had overwhelmed the world. The Old Manali village has an ancient temple dedicated to sage Manu.

Manali is famous as a Honeymoon destination among Indian tourists. Manali is also famous for adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, Paragliding, rafting, kayaking, and mountain biking. Paragliding in Manali is an unforgettable experience.

Some of the famous tourist places in Manali are Solang valley, Rohtang Pass, Hidimba Temple, Bhrigu Lake, Vashist Temple, Manu temple and Great Himalayan National Park. Manali also has many Buddhist monasteries that are worth visiting. Enfield point, Manali Gompa, Manu Temple, Naggar Castle, Nehru Kund and Zana Waterfalls are the other attractions in Manali. Most of the adventure sports are conducted during June to September period. September to March is the best time to visit Manali.

Internet Availability: Good

STD Code: 0177

Languages Spoken: Hindi, Pahari, Punjabi, Kangri, English and Dogri

Major Festivals: Dussehra (Sep/Oct), Hidimba Devi Festival (May), Doongri Forest Festival (May/June), Winter Carnival (Jan/Feb), Spring Festival (Apr), Lohri Festival (mid Jan)

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3 )Kullu

Country: India | State: Himachal
#3 of 7 Places to visit in Himachal | #65 of 100 Places to visit in India
Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days
Nearest City to Kullu: Shimla (215 Kms), Chandigarh (258 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Kullu: April to June & October to December
Peak Season: December to January & May to June

At a distance of 40 km from Manali, 500 km from Delhi, 215 km from Shimla and 258 km from Chandigarh, Kullu is the capital town of Kullu district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the Beas River in Kullu Valley at an altitude of 1230 meters. Kullu Manali is one of the top summer resorts to visit as part of Himachal tour packages and among the wellknown honeymoon destination in India.

Kullu is a broad open valley formed by the Beas River between Manali and Larji. This valley is famous for its temples, beauty and its majestic hills covered with Pine and Deodar Forest and sprawling Apple Orchards.

Kullu was earlier known as Kulant pith meaning ‘the ending point of inhabitable world’. The beautiful valley is also mentioned in epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and Vishnu Purana. Chinese traveler Huien Tsang visited Kullu in 634 or 635 AD and described it as a region completely surrounded by mountains. The place had a stupa built by Asoka. In ancient days Kullu had several Buddhist monasteries. There were Hindu temples too and people of both faiths lived peacefully together.

Kullu valley is the largest valley in Kullu district. The Beas River runs through the middle of the valley. It is also called the ‘Valley of the Gods’ or ‘Dev Bhumi’. It connects with the Lahaul and Spiti valleys via Rohtang Pass. Kullu was an ancient kingdom of hill states and it was ceded to the British in 1846 along with other trans-Sutlej states. The first motorable road was built here only after independence. Due to long years of isolation, this area was able to retain its traditional charm and beauty.

Kullu is also famous as a hotspot for adventure sports. Trekking, river rafting, mountaineering, paragliding and hiking over the Himalayan glaciers are some of the activities that Kullu offers. Angling is another activity enjoyed a lot by locals as well as tourists. Some of the famous tourist places in Kullu are Manikaran, Manali, Malana, Bijli Mahadev, Bhekhli, Bajaura, Kasol, Kheer Ganga, Kulant Pith, Katrain, Kangra and Great Himalayan National Park. Chandrakhani pass, Jalori Pass and Tirthan Valley are the other attractions in Kullu.

Kullu Manali Airport at Bhuntar in the nearest airport at a distance of 12 km from Kullu. Joginder Nagar is the nearest narrow gauge station at a distance of 105 km from Kullu. Chandigarh is the nearest major broad gauge station at a distance of 258 km. Kullu has a major bus station which has direct buses to Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, Manali and Mandi.

Kullu Valley is well known for the seven day festival of Kullu Dussehra, a celebration of Avatar Lord Rama’s victory over the evil king Ravana. The festival takes place in the months of October / November. The State government has accorded the status of International festival to the Kullu Dussehra, which attracts tourists in large numbers.

Internet Availability: Good

STD Code: 01902

Languages Spoken: Hindi, Pahari, Punjabi, Kangri, English and Dogri

Major Festivals: Kullu Dussehra (Oct/Nov)

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4 ) Dalhousie

At a distance of 51 km from Chamba, 86 km from Pathankot, 167 km from Jammu, 319 km from Chandigarh, 323 km from Shimla and 564 km from Delhi, Dalhousie is a scenic hill station in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. It lies at an elevation of 1,970 m and is a popular summer getaway in Himachal Pradesh and among the must include places in your Himachal tour packages.

Dalhousie is surrounded by snow peaked mountains and is located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas. It was named after Lord Dalhousie, the then Viceroy of India, who established this town as a summer retreat in 1854.The beautiful and picturesque Dalhousie is spread around five hills, known as Katalagh, Potreyn, Bakrota, Terah and Bhangora. Scottish and Victorian architecture are prevalent in the bungalows and churches in the town.

Ganji Pahadi, Dainkund Peak, Khajjiar, Noorwood Paramdham, Rang Mahal, Bara Pathar temple, Hariraya Temple, St. Patrick Church, Bakrota Hills, Satdhara Falls, Village Lohali, Kalatop and Kalatop Forest, Panchpula, Subhash Baoli and Salooni are the top places to visit in Dalhousie. Dalhousie also offers a lot of activities for nature lovers and adventurers. Garam Sadak, Jhandri ghat, Moti tibba and Sach pass are the ideal places for the trekking enthusiasts in Dalhousie. Minjar fair and summer festival are the two important festivals celebrated in Dalhousie.

There are numerous hotels available to suit every budget. Guesthouses, resorts and homestays are also available. Most of the good hotels in Dalhousie are along the Mall Road and near the bus stand.

Gaggal Airport is the nearest airport to Dalhousie which is located near Dharamshala and is approximately 105 km. It has direct flights from Delhi. The nearest railway station is Pathankot Railway Station which is 86 km from Dalhousie. It has trains from Ahmedabad, Vaishno Devi Katra, Jammu Tawi, Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar, Tata Nagar, Rourkela, Haridwar, Jalandhar and Chandigarh. Dalhousie is well connected by road with Delhi and Chamba.

The best time to visit Dalhousie is from March to June and October to December.

5 ) Mcleod Ganj

At a distance of 9 km from Dharamshala, 20 km from Kangra, 92 km from Pathankot, 122 km from Dalhousie, 198 km from Kullu, 238 km from Manali, 240 km from Shimla, and 490 km from Delhi, McLeod Ganj, also spelt McLeodGanj, is a town situated in the Upper Dharamshala region of Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by the Dhauladhar ranges, McLeodGanj lies at an average altitude of 2082 m. Considered as a twin city of Dharamshala, McLeodGanj is one of the popular Places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, McLeodGanj was inhabited by the indigenous Gaddi tribes and dominated by one of the world’s earliest royal clans; the Katoch Dynasty. Later, it came under the rule of the British after Second Anglo-Sikh War in 1849 AD and was named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, a Lieutenant Governor of Punjab. Initially it was a summer resort of the British during the 1840s and became a garrison town in the 1850s.It was transformed to a prominent commercial and political center, by the 1900s. McLeod Ganj is another popular attraction not to miss in a Manali tour package.

McLeodganj was destroyed by the devastating Kangra earthquake in 1905. The earthquake destroyed most buildings in Kangra, Dharamshala, and McLeod Ganj which were rebuilt in following decades. After Independence, McLeodganj served as a flourishing health resort till the 1950s. In the early 1960s, it became the official residence of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. It also became the headquarters to Tibetan Government in Exile. Today, it is known as Little Lhasa or Dhasa, because of its large Tibetan population.

McLeodganj is famous for its Tibetan institutions, Buddhist monasteries, culture, art and crafts. McLeodganj offers sightseeing attractions like Dharamkot, Bhagsu, Triund, Dal Lake, Gaggal, Lower Dharamshala, etc. along with Buddhist monasteries like Namgyal Monastery, Tsuglagkhang, and Tsechokling Gompa. It is also a major shopping center famous for souvenirs like Tibetan handicrafts, carpets, garments, wooden masks, paper drawings, beads, baubles, etc. McLeodganj also serves as a base camp for various trekking expeditions that cover Kangra and Chamba Valleys and Dhauladhar ranges.

Gaggal Airport at Dharamshala is the nearest airport, which is about 20 km from McLeod Ganj. It is well connected by flights with Delhi. The nearest major railway station is at Pathankot, 90 km away. It has trains from Ahmedabad, Vaishno Devi Katra, Jammu Tawi, Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar, Tata Nagar, Rourkela, Haridwar, Jalandhar and Chandigarh. There is also a smaller railway station, Kangra Mandir, just 37 km from McLeod Ganj but none of the important trains halt here. This station has train connectivity with Pathankot, Baijnath and Joginder Nagar. McLeod Ganj is well connected by bus with Delhi, Pathankot, Kangra, Dalhousie, Chamba, Manali, Kullu and Shimla.

McLeod Ganj has many accommodation options in the form of private hotels and tourist lodges. McLeod Ganj can be visited throughout the year, though it is best to avoid winter between December and January.

Internet Availability: Good

STD Code: 08192

Languages Spoken: Hindi, Tibetan, Pahari and English

Major Festivals: Details Not Available

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6 ) Dharamshala

At a distance of 9 km from McLeod Ganj, 16 km from Kangra, 84 km from Pathankot, 115 km from Dalhousie, 194 km from Kullu, 234 km from Manali, 237 km from Shimla, and 486 km from Delhi, Dharamshala is a hill station in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. At an average altitude of 1,475 m above sea level, it is one of the best places to visit in Himachal state and among the most famous hill stations near Delhi.

Often called as the gateway to the Kangra valley, Dharamshala is the headquarters of Kangra district and among the popular places to visit in Himachal as part of honeymoon tour. The city was destroyed by a massive earthquake in the year 1905 and was reconstructed to become a health resort and a popular tourist destination. In the year 1960, Dharamshala became a temporary headquarters to His Holiness Dalai Lama. Today, it is known as Little Lhasa or Dhasa, because of its large population of Tibetans and Buddhist Monasteries. Dharamshala is among the must include places in your Manali tour packages.

Dharamshala consists of two distinct parts – Lower Dharamsala and Upper Dharamshala. Lower Dharamsala is a bustling civil and commercial center whereas Upper Dharamshala, known more commonly as McLeod Ganj, is the seat of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Dalai Lama’s residence and the headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration are located here.

The hill station of Dharamshala is covered by thick woods of oak and coniferous trees and it is enfolded on its three sides by the Dhauladhar ranges. It has a lot to offer ranging from ancient temples, churches and monasteries to museums and beautiful trekking trails. The ancient Chamunda Temple, Dalailama Temple, Namgyalma Stupa, Bhagsunath Temple, Norbulingka Institute, Gyuto Monastery and Indru Nag are some of the prime tourist attractions. Dharamshala is a starting point to a number of trekking trails. Bhagsu Falls, Dharamkot, Triund, Ilaqa, Toral Pass, Bhimghasutri Pass, Dunali and Kareri Lake are the important trekking trails here.

Internet Availability: Good

STD Code: 08192

Languages Spoken: Hindi, Tibetan, Pahari and English

Major Festivals: Details Not Available

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7 ) Kasauli

At a distance of 25 km from Solan, 68 km from Shimla, 55 km from Chandigarh, 181 km from Dehradun, and 306 km from Delhi, Kasauli is a picturesque hill station in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. The town is a cantonment town of the Indian Army, having an elevation of 1,900 m above sea level. It is one of the top 2 day trip near Delhi and also one of the best Himachal tourist places.

The history of Kasauli goes back to 17th century, when Rajput families came to take refuge in Kasauli situated in the foothills of the Dhauladhar Ranges of the lower Himalayas and later settled here. Later, it was established by the British in 1842 as a Cantonment town. Kasauli became a major garrison town of the British Army and many locals joined the British Army. During the First Battle of Indian Independence, also known as the Sepoy Mutiny, which took place in 1857, Kasauli witnessed an upsurge among its soldiers. Kasauli is among the must include places in your Shimla tour packages.

The name Kasauli came from Kausalya, a mountain stream which flows between Kasauli and Jabli. The serene place of Kasauli has been mentioned in the epic Ramayana. The town is famous for its lush green and picturesque surroundings of the mountains and its quiet and tourist friendly locals. Kasauli also has a Pasteur Institute founded in 1900 to produce rabies vaccine and at the same time it also treats Hydrophobia disease. The town is also home to Kasauli Brewery, which is the highest brewery and distillery in the world. Christ Church and Baptist Church are amazing examples of classical Gothic style of architecture. The churches have beautiful stained glass windows, a common feature of churches built in the British colonial era.

Kasauli is set in the backdrop of the Dhauladhar Ranges with natural trails for long walks. Monkey Point, Lower and Upper Mall, Sanawar, Baba Balak Nath Tempe, Sabathu Fort are some of the major attractions in Kasauli. The hill station offers activities like trekking, paragliding, and camping for adventurous travellers. Surrounded by dense forests, Kasauli is home to several species of Himalayan flora and fauna including endangered ones.

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