Travel Guide – Himachal

  • solang valley manali
  • kalka shimla railway
  • rohtang pass
  • christ church shimla
  • summer hill shimla

Introduction

Welcome to the land of mysteries, temples and snow-covered mountain peaks. There is so much to see and explore in Himachal Pradesh that you will need more than one trip to see it all. Himachal Pradesh is simply irresistible and is often counted among one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. Be it the snowcapped Himalayas, serene cities or the famous temples, this state is an ideal destination for spending some memorable vacations.

Himachal Pradesh is a perfect travel destination for both honeymooners and adventure lovers. From trekking, climbing, rafting to paragliding and skiing, you can definitely bring out the adventurer in you while visiting this state. Let’s begin our tour of this beautiful state to see what all Himachal Pradesh has to offer to its travelers.

Best Time to Visit

Himachal Pradesh is a year-around destination. If you love snowfall then you can come here during the winter season. If you are more of a spring person, then spring season is the best time to come here. Though coming here during the monsoon season can be risky (due to heavy rainfall and land sliding incidents).

Summers - March to June (pleasant weather and the temperature is moderate)
Winters - October to February (heavy snowfall, ideal time for winter sports)
Rainy Season - July to September

How to Reach

By Air - Himachal Pradesh is well-connected to all major Indian states/cities. You can catch direct flights from these cities to Himachal Pradesh to reach here via airways.
By Train - Himachal Pradesh is connected to all major Indian cities with a strong railway network. Kalka-Shimla toy train is also an easy way to reach here.
By Road - Major National Highways (NH No. 20 and 21) connect Himachal Pradesh to other important cities.

What to See

If you like anything and everything about lush green valleys and snow covered peaks, then Himachal Pradesh will surely keep you captivated. Located in Western Himalayas, this state is one of the most beautiful and popular travel destinations in India. Come here if you want to spend your vacations in the lap of nature.

  1. Shimla - Located at a height of 2,205 m above the sea level, Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Call it the ‘Queen of Hills’, this city is one of the most visited hill stations in India. The old Christ Church in Shimla is one of the most prominent tourist attractions of this city.
  2. Manali - Bestowed with immense natural beauty, Manali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Located at a height of 2,050 m above the sea level, this hill station is quite popular among the honeymooners, adventurers and family vacationers.
  3. Rohtang Pass - This beautiful mountain pathway is the highest motorable road in the world. Set at an elevation of 4,111m, Rohtang Pass offers a spectacular view of snow covered peaks. Come here during the month of June to October when Rohtang Pass opens, as rest of the year it is closed due to heavy snowfall.
  4. McLeod Ganj - Located at an altitude of 2,082 m above the sea level, McLeod Ganj is also known as ‘Little Lhasa’. It’s one of the most popular hill stations in India and also the official residence of Dalai Lama.

Along with domestic travelers, McLeod Ganj also attracts many famous international celebrities like Richard Gere, Demi Moore, Harrison Ford, Allen Ginsberg, and Tina Turner.

Other Must See Attractions

  • Una
  • Kasol
  • Chail
  • Tabo
  • Kullu
  • Chamba
  • Kangra
  • Kasauli
  • Khajjiar
  • Solan
  • Dharamshala
  • Dalhousie
  • Chandra Taal

What to Do

Trek to Saru Tal – Saru Lake located at a height of 3600 m above the sea level is an ideal place to see the mesmerizing view of the Himalayas. June and October is the best time to go for trekking.
River rafting in Manali – If you wish to conquer the gushing water and rising waves, then you must opt for river rafting in Manali.
Heli skiing at Hanuman Tibba – Bring out the adventurer in you with heli skiing at Hanuman Tibba and get ready to see some amazingly breathtaking natural views.
Enjoy the sunset at Pir Panjal Range – Now this is one thing that you will remember for a lifetime. Don’t forget to capture this awe-inspiring view in your camera.
Skiing in Solang Valley – This is one destination that attracts adventurers from different parts of the world. Come here during the winters to enjoy the best of this hill station.

Interesting Facts

  • Kalka-Shimla Railway, also known as the Toy train is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Kalka-Shimla express passes through a massive stretch of 806 bridges, 103 tunnels and 18 stations.
  • There are 33 Sanctuaries and 2 National Parks in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Himachal Pradesh is the second least corrupt state of India.
  • Himachal Pradesh is the land of deities where every village has its own Gods and Goddesses.
  • The temples in Dodra and Kwar are decorated with the heads of animals which many are now a rarity.
  • The ice skating rink in Shimla is the only natural rink on whole of Asia.
  • Malana (a small village in Himachal) is considered as one of the oldest democracies in the world.
  • Shimla is named after a Hindu Goddess ‘Shyamala Devi’ and there is a Chotta Shimla and New Shimla both in Shimla.
  • Himachal Pradesh is known as the ‘Apple State’ of India.
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