Renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, spectacular and panoramic landscapes ,verdant valleys, thundering rivers, enthralling mountain lakes, flower carpeted meadows, ancient temples, and magnificent monasteries, Himachal Pradesh is nestled between the snow topped Himalayan ranges in North India. The most part of 18th state of India lies on the foothills of the Dhauladhar Range and Reo Purgyil is the highest mountain peak at 6,816 m.
The HP has also been dotted with numerous hill stations which have been proven to be a wonderful location for the tourists who want to relax and simply feel invigorated. The state also offers amazing opportunities for trekking, mountaineering, para gliding, skiing, golf , river rafting and ice skating.
With the salubrious climate, the state has twelve districts with 6,856509 populations who are multi-religional, multicultural as well as multilingual. It is also said to be the fruit bowl of the country, with orchards being widespread. Meadows and pastures are also seen clinging to steep slopes. After the winter season, the hillsides and orchards bloom with wild flowers, while gladiolas, carnations, marigolds, roses, chrysanthemums, tulips and lilies are carefully cultivated. The below are five hill station where you never feel bore:
“Valley of God” : Manali
Sited at the 6730 feet above sea level, the lush green valley has subtropical flat terrain weather. The chilly weather thought out the year lure many tourists over the place. Here you can stroll towards the Hadimba temple (much- revered wood-and- stone shrine, built in 1553, situated in a defrayal of the cedar forest and was about 2km from west of central Manali), then you can visit to Museum of Himachal Culture &amp; Folk Art (opposite to Hadimba Temple, where all religious relics, household objects, instruments, artillery, architectural wood-carvings and scale sculpt of Himachal temples can be found). The hot sulphur springs of Vashisht Village, old Manali andManali Sanctuary is also some good places to trip around to hill parish.
Dalhousie is in the core heart of Chamba
Known for its pleasant climate and natural beauty, Dalhousie is one of the most famous hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. Dalhousie is located in the district of Chamba at an elevation of around 2,000 meters. The hill station is situated at the Western end of the Dhauladhar range of mountains. Surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains, Dalhousie is named after its founder Lord Dalhousie, the British Governor-General in India. With several Victorian-style mansions, Scottish architecture and other charming colonial buildings, this hill station will take you back in time. The place also has few quaint churches. Dalhousie is spread over an area of 14 sq km of area and it includes five hills, namely Balun, Bakrota, Tehra, Patreyn and Kathlog. The fragrant pines, oaks, rhododendron and oaks along with several other types of tress cover the slops of the mountains. This scenic hill station is framed by the river Ravi flowing at the base of the town. It offers you the spectacular view of the majestic snow-capped Pir Panjal mountain range located in Jammu and Kashmir, Sach Pass and Chamba’s Pangi Valley. This enchanting hill station has several tourist spots like Lohali village, Kalatop, Dainkund peak, Bakrota hills and Tibetan market. The beautiful valley of Khajiar is also quite popular among the visitors. Tourists also like visiting the region near Alla. The region offers a spectacular view of the beautiful. Here the natural spring located in Karelanu and it has an interesting history. Karelanu is known for its natural spring, which has healing or medicinal properties. Subhash Chandra Bose, one of the greatest freedom fighters of India, was suffering from tuberculosis. He visited Karelanu and drank the precious water from the natural spring regularly. The water healed him. Rabindranath Tagore, the famous Indian polymath, visited Dalhousie in 1873 and Rudyar Kipling, the author of the famous book ‘The Jungle Book’, visited the place in 1884.
Shimla a location for film shooting
No suspicion that Shimla which derives its name from goddess Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of Kali is rambler bliss. Every trail here leads to some history, every fence conceals a story behind it, and even each house here has any other striking tale to tell. In the land of goddess kali, you can observe that maximum trails are engraved through the woodlands of the lofty cedars, clattering oaks, blossoming rhododendrons and murmuring pines. There are more Y-junctions than X-ings. For heritage lovers, Shimla has a lot to do as here one can take pleasure of fascinating and eye-catching walks from tudorbethan to neo – gothic architectures dating from colonial era. The stroll will include the Christ Church, the Gaiety Theatre, and the Bandstand, some heritage hotels, old banks and government offices. Here you can also glimpse some British architecture which divulges some history of the glorious past.
Here one can stroll through Shimla’s Heritage Zone. Under this the walk will begin from the Christ Church, located at the western shoulder of Jakhu Hill – the highest hill of Shimla, and expands towards the east where Viceregal Lodge, now Indian Institute of Advanced Study is located.
Chamba replete with rich and ancient values
Vale of Milk and Honey, chamba the land of antiquity, art and scenic beauty lie at the height of 996 m on banks of the Ravi River. The town was name sahil verma daughter Champavati in 920 A.D. The valley is fringe of the Shivaliks and having three well-defined snowy ranges, the Dauladhar, constituting the outer Himalayas, the Pir Panjal or the mid Himalayas, and the Zanskar range or the inner Himalayas.
The land of mystic serenity, enchanting vistas, refreshing air, lofty mountain passes and slopes, provides ample opportunities to nature lovers. The place and adjoining areas have immense scope of leisure pursuits. The waters, hills, plateaus and the snowline, which can be sighted from any of the buildings and the main square, make a spectacle that can become an inspiration for many painters and poets
Surrounded by deodar trees with a beautiful mystic view of mountain ranges and place of Dalai Lama, Dharamshala is a popular place among north Indians and foreigners alike. Don’t forget to visit McLeod Ganj, Masrur, Kangra Museum, Kangra fort, Dal lake, Namgyal Monastery, which are some of the most popular attractions here.