Himachal Pradesh, a perfect tourist destination to refresh your mind and enjoy your holidays. This beautiful hill station is blessed with so many beautiful places to visit. There are number of tourist places in Himachal Pradesh that must be visited by tourists on their trip to Himachal Pradesh. Some of the major tourist places in Himachal Pradesh are mentioned below. Himachal Pradesh tourism promises the green grassland, fruit laden groves, wide crystal clear lakes, flowing rivers, snow clad mountains and spurting streams. I am sure that you will be mystified by the beauty of places to visit in Himachal and every destination you travel will be an unforgettable experience for you.
Tourist places in Himachal Pradesh:
Chail: Offers a magnificent and splendid view of the valley. It is an out-of-this-world experience to look down and see the River Sutlej winding its way between the mountains, overlooking at the same time both Kasauli and Shimla (45 km) further via Kufri. It is an even more splendid view in the night, with the distant lights of the surroundings creating its own magic pattern on the horizon.
One has to see to believe what poets and writers have been describing the Himalayas as since time immemorial. One is awestruck to see the massive Himalayan ranges, their snow-capped peaks spectacularly gleaming in the sun. It is definitely an out-of-this-world sight and one can spend hours and hours together, admiring the magic it creates in the mind. The snow remains there until the beginning of the spring when the flowers come out in full bloom. This is the time when the meadows are filled with hyacinth and celandine, while the carmine and rhododendron trees are surrounded by solemn forests of deodar and towering pine trees.
Chamba: The land of tranquility art and scenic beauty is a wonder in itself for every visitor. Situated at the height of 996 m. above sea level on the south bank of the Ravi River, the ancient Pahari capital was founded in 920 A.D. by Raja Sahil Verma, who named it after his favorite daughter Champavati. Chamba valley is noted for the magnificence of it's scenery-touching the 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.
Chamba's serene beauty makes it the ideal holiday retreat. 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.
The accommodations in Chamba provide a taste of the village life in the traditional mud and wood building among rolling hills and terraced fields. The slightly shabby Hotel Chamunda, Jimmy's Inn, is situated opposite the bus stand. Chamba's best hotel is HTPDC Hotel Iravati on the northwest edge of the Chowgan.
Dalhousie: A picturesque and popular hill station, Dalhousie was set up in 1854, as a retreat for the British soldiers and bureaucrats. Located atop the five hills of Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora, it was named after the British Viceroy Lord Dalhousie. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and situated on the western side of the mountainous ranges of Dhauladhar, it is known not only for its captivating beauty, but also for the ancient temples, the valleys of Chamba and Pangi which are great trekking grounds. Visit the beautiful churches of St. Andrew's and St. Patrick's at Balun, the St. Francis' Church at Subash Chowk, and St. John's Church at Gandhi Chowk. Barapathar (4 km away) is a small temple in the midst of dense forests. You could also visit the Chamba Ruler's summer palace of Jandrighat, which has some interesting period architecture. You could pay homage to freedom fighters, by visiting Panchpula, 3km ahead, to see the monument of Ajit Singh, and then head to Subhash Baoli, named after famous freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, who was said to have frequented this place.
Bakrota Hills: The fascinating and bewitching Bakrota Hills offer to the tourists the brisk walk round the hills besides a grand view of snow-clad peaks. It is one of the finest and soul refreshing places in Dalhousie. The matchless beauty of Bakrota Hills haunts you in a different way and leaves you speechless. Thick 'Deodar' forests seem like a beautiful green carpet covering the surrounding hills. Soul refreshing pure mountain air refreshes you at every turn and you just begin to mix your inner heart with the beauty of nature. Dalhousie experiences heavy snowfall during winter and then majestic Bakrota Hills start the white magic of snow and enjoy. St. Andrew's Church commonly known as the Church of Scotland was built in the year 1903 at Baloon by Protestant Christians. The Church is approximately one and half km. From Dalhousie's bus stand. The Church building is in good condition, recently a brick boundary wall has been erected around it to save the building from mischief mongers.
Khajjiar: A little out of Dalhousie is a beautiful, charming retreat that makes an ideal day excursion or even an overnight visit. Far from any major town, this tranquil spot has a small lake in the centre, on which is a floating island. The local people hold the lake for in legend, it is associated with Khajjinag, the deity that is enshrined in the temple here. The temple here has a golden dome.
Panchphulla: Sardar Ajit Singh, a great freedom fighter, breathed his last on the day India gained independence, 15th August, 1947. His 'Samadhi' is located at Dalhousie's Panjphulla, a picturesque spot with a natural tank and water flowing under small bridges from which the place takes its name. Sardar Ajit Singh was the uncle of martyr Bhagat Singh. At Panjphulla, there is a 'Samarak' in the memory of Sardar Ajit Singh. On the way to Panchpula is Satdhara springs gurgling with refreshing water, believed to contain some medicinal properties. Panchpula stream is the main source of water supply to Dalhousie and Bahloon. The stream springs from the north side of DayanKund and runs down a picturesque ravine to the waterworks of Panchpula.
Dharamshala: Dharamshala stands at the foot of Dhauladhar and has a magnificent view of snowy peaks, deodar and pine forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills. The snow line is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamshala than any other hill station in India. Dharamshala now really has become international, with a number of Tibetan settlements and the residence of Noble leader the 'Dalai Lama'. Dharamshala is divided into two distinct parts : lower Dharamshala the civil and business area with Courts and Kotwali bazar and upper Dharamshala composed of places like Mcleod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj.
Mcleod Ganj: The arrival of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, along with thousands of refugees to Dharamshala in 1959 made the life here more active. A number of tibetan settlements with religious education and other rehabilitation centers mushroomed all over the Mcleadganj. As Dharamshala became the headquarter of the Tibetan Government in exile, headed by Dalai Lama, it gained prominence all over the world and prominent personalities started arriving here. Mcleadganj emerged as a major Buddhist centre
Dharamkot: It is situated on the crest of a hill, this favorite picnic spot affords a panoramic view of the kangra valley and the Dhauladhar ranges. One can reach Dharamkot by a simple trek from Bhagsu. Various small restaurant type of shops are situated in the path for a quick relaxation and beverages. The scenery from Dharamkot is simply breathtaking and you also meet the Gaddi folks
War Memorial: Situated in Dharamshala town. The memorial is situated near the entry point to Dharamshala commemorates the memory of those who fought valiantly for the honor and defense of the mother land. The place is ideally located in the pine forest and offers a very enjoyable walk through pine forest. Near War Memorial is the beautiful GPG College Dharamshala made during the British Era. There is also a cafe just close to War Memorial serving fast food and beverages.
Kunal Pathari: Three km. from Dharamshala ( Kotwali Bazar ). A level walk from Kotwali Bazar leads upto the rock temple of the local goddess. Temple is related to a legend dating back to centuries. Located near the beautiful tea gardens, Kunal Pathari Temple offers good view of the Dhauladhar Range. Because of high altitude, Kunal Pathari area greets the visitors with refreshing winds. It is a very ideal place for having a memorable walk and the blessings of the mother goddess.
Kasauli: Unlike other popular hill stations such as Shimla and kullu, is a quiet town. It is ideal for people who want to spend a holiday in the midst of green hills and untouched natural beauty. If you are a solitude lover or an artist, it has everything you could want, scenic beauty, serenity and warm, friendly people. If you wish to take a tour to this enchanting hill station then you can inquire more about the hill station and the cost of traveling to Kasauli, from Hill Resorts in India, which is a major Tour Operator in the country.
It is about 20 km from Barog and 60 km from Chandigarh. Kasauli was also developed by the British, just as Shimla was. It is at a height of 6500 feet, making it a very delightful hill station for summers. In the 17th century, many Rajput families from Rewari (present day Haryana) took refuge in the lower Himalayas after fleeing their homes. They finally settled down in a village, named Kasul. Now, we know this small village as Kasauli, and it is no longer just a tiny village but rather one of the popular hill stations in India. Though now we know present day Kasauli as a quiet little hill station, things were different before. This region fell under the Gorkha expansion plans. But later, the Gurkha surrendered the Sabathu Fort (one can take a tour to Sabathu and still see this fort), after which it was turned into a recovering or nursing home for British Nationals.
Kinnaur: Kinnaur is the south eastern district of Himachal Pradesh and lies at an altitude ranging between 2320 - 6816 m. It is situated on the National Highway No - 22 which is popularly known as the Hindustan Tibet Road. Shimla, the state capital is around 250 km away. The district is basically a mountainous region with a temperate climate. Vegetation in areas on higher elevation is sparse while at lower elevation temperate trees like oak, chestnut, maple, birch, alder, magnolia, apple and apricot can be spotted.
Tourists coming to Kinnaur have a lot to see and do. There are beautiful natural surroundings to relax and refresh. Nearly every village of the district has a gompa or a temple. Moreover, since Kinnaur is located on the Indo - Tibet border, their culture and lifestyle is a considerable mix of both.
Kinnaur is not accessible throughout the year. In the winter season, heavy snowfall covers the area and blocks the passage to Kinnaur. The best time to visit Kinnaur is in summers, between the months of April to October.
Sangla Valley: This is one of the prettiest valleys of Kinnaur district. It is also known by the name of Baspa valley because the river Baspa flows through it. Natural attraction here includes the magnificent views of the Kinner Kailash peak, wonderful saffron fields and relaxing alpine meadows. Other attraction in the valley includes the Kamru Fort and the Kamakshi Temple. The former is the erstwhile bastion of the rajas of the Rampur and Bushehr State while the latter is the place where the coronation ceremony of these rajas were usually conducted. The idol in this temple was brought all the way from the Kamakhya Temple of Guwahati.
Sangla valley is also quiet perfect for those interested in adventure sports. Options for angling, river crossing, paragliding, trekking, bird watching and forest trails are available to enthuse you. Shopping in Sangla Valley is yet another attraction for you. Items ranging from colorful Kinnauri shawls, local tweed, woolen socks, silver jewelleries to Kinnaur's specialty, Golden Delicious' apples and chilgozhas are available. You can also pick up walnut, saffron and almonds which are comparatively cheaper here.
Chitkul: At an altitude of 3450 m is the last and highest village of the Sangla Valley, Chitkul. Beyond Chitkul is the difficult and unwelcoming mountain terrain. Still further is Tibet. Actually, Chitkul lies in an area that, earlier, was the trade route between India and Tibet. One look at the people of Chitkul will conform this connection with Tibet. The looks of these people as well as the jewelleries they wear reminds of the Tibetan influence.
A drive from Sangal village to Chitkul is full of variety scenes. You will come across winding and cutting streams, pretty countryside, densely forested hillside, alpine meadows and lastly barren mountains. Within Chitkul itself, there are three temples of local goddess Mathi. The main temples here are believed to be built around 500 years ago
Sarahan: Around ninety five km from Sangla is the village of Sarahan. The village is dominated by the imposing Shrikhand peak in the background. Within the village itself, the highlight is the exotic Bhimakali Temple. The magnificence of the five storeyed temples is exemplary. Nichar - This is a small village with fascinating views of the surroundings. Ghoral, Antelopes, Black & Red Bears are occasionally encountered in higher ranges. Kothi - Also known as Koshtampi, this village is dominated by the peaks of the Kinner Kailash. The main attraction of the village is the Shuwang Chandika' temple. The natural beauty of the village is worth seeing. Pooh - This place is also known by the name of Spuwa and is located around 58 km from Powari. The attraction here is the vineyards, apricot, almond and grapes orchard. Rakchham - At an altitude of 2900 m, Rakchham is attractive because of its beautiful location at the banks of river Baspa. Rakchham itself means stone (Rak) bridge (Chham). Lippa - Lippa, at an altitude of 2745 m, is famous for three Buddhist monasteries. These are dedicated to Galdang, Chhoiker Dunguir and Kangyar. Moreover, the nearby forest is also said to house the Ibex.
Kufri: In order to explore the fascinating hill resort of Himachal Pradesh . Kufri travel promises to be the best of vacations by the means of its Adventure Sports and skiing offerings to the visitors. One can hike through thick forest around Kufri to the Mahasu Peak- the highest peak in Kufri and make you trip to Kufri an experience to cherish forever!
Discover a fascinating hill station of Himachal Pradesh - Kufri, attracting tourists from all over the world. Located 13 km from Shimla on the National Highway No.22, Kufri is a scenic destination to explore. The origin of the town can be attributed to a pond or 'kufer', to which the town also owes its name. Today, the town of Kufri, one of the most popular tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh, is centered around the 'kufer', which forms one of the most important tourist attractions of Kufri and a definite must visit while on a tour to Kufri. Beautified naturally with locales so beautiful that they make you wish you could have stayed there forever, a tour to Kufri is definitely an experience of a lifetime. Visit the most heavenly lake filled with the clearest blue water, Kufri is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh.
Kufri consists a number of picnic spots, hiking and trekking trails in and around Kufri. Travelers can explore Kufri and its surrounding areas also on horseback. They can hike through thick forest around Kufri to the Mahasu Peak. The other places to visit in Kufri are the Himalayan Nature Park, which has a collection of animals and birds found only in Himachal Pradesh, and the Indira Tourist Park with HPTDC's Cafe Lalit, which is near the Himalayan Nature Park and provides some great views of the nearby places. Discover Kufri on your travel and make your tour a worth while experience.
Kullu: Welcome to the hill resort of Kullu. The Kullu valley is also known as the valley of Gods in India. Kullu, the town is one of the most preferred summer destinations. The sun-scorched souls of the plains take refuge in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The temples, apple orchards and the Dussehra festivals are what have attracted thousands of tourists time and again to Kullu. The local handicrafts top the list of must buys from Kullu. Check out the hill resort of Kullu with the majestic mountains and the beautiful Beas River.
The hill resort of Kullu is located in the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. The height of Kullu is 1230 M above sea level. Kullu lies in the lower reaches of the Himalayan range The Kullu valley was earlier referred to as Kulanthapitha. Kulanthapitha literally meant the "end of the habitable world". The earliest recorded information of this area goes back to 1st century ad, when this valley began to be inhabited. In the medieval period, Kullu and the area around it was ruled by a number of local rulers. The capital was at Jagatsukh, 5 km to the south of Manali. In the 17th century, the capital was shifted to Kullu and the boundaries of the kingdom extended up to Lahaul and Spiti and the river Sutlej in the east. Though the valley was strategically located on important trade routes from north India to Ladakh and beyond, it was isolated from other parts of the country for many centuries till it came under British rule. The British governed the Kullu valley from Dharamshala.
Then there is the Jagannathi Devi Temple or the Bekhli Temple. The temple is at a distance of 3 km from Kullu in the village of Bekhli. You must check out the panoramic view of the valley from the temple. You need to climb a 1½ hour climb to reach this temple. The 16th-17th-century AD copper mask of the Goddess inside the temple has local Gaddi tribal features while another shows Rajasthani influence.
There are ample gift items offered at Kullu. The local handicrafts of Himachal Pradesh top the list of must buys from Kullu. You can take your pick from the woodcarvings, bambooandwickerwork, Chamba rumals and chappals, Himachali dolls, and woolen shawls.
The gudmas are the soft but heavy woolen blankets, generally with red and black trimmings, thobis or the floor coverings and kharchas or the mattresses are the other items you must check out at Kullu in Himachal. The colorful caps from Kullu are the other items that make excellent souvenirs.
The hill resort of Kullu is easily accessible. For the air transport there is the Bhuntar Airportat a distance of 10 km from Kullu. Bhuntar links Kullu with other places like Delhi and Shimla The Railhead nearest to Kullu is at Jogindernagar, at a distance of 95 km. It caters to the rail traffic to Kullu. The excellent road network links Kullu with other important places like Shimla, Delhi, Chandigarh, Mandi, Manali, Manikaran, Naggar, Bajura, and Dharamshala. Buses and taxis cater to the needs of the road transport in and around Kullu. Frequent bus services link Kullu with Mandi, Shimla and Manali.
The hill resort of Kullu remains pleasant, all through the year. The mild summers last from April to June. The cold winters last from November to February. Kullu experiences monsoons from July to September. This makes the summer months between April and June the best time to visit Kullu. The Dussehra festival in October is another favored time to visit Kullu.
Accommodation with basic amenities is easily available in Kullu. There are several private hotels, private cottages, tourist bungalows and log huts that cater to the needs of the tourists. The HPTDC or the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Council runs many of these. The stay at the hill resort is easily affordable. There are several budget accommodations too that are available for the economical tourists.
Manali: Is having mythological importance as it is the home of sage Manu. Manu is the mythological deity who is supposed to have survived when the world was drowned in flood. He then came to Manali and recreated human life. Thus, the area of Manali is sacred and Hindus treat the temples over here as pilgrimage
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