Tourist Attractions of Himachal Prades
Himachal Pradesh is an enchanting part of the Indian Himalayas and is sure to charm all the visitors to the land. Snow clad peaks of the mighty Western Himalayas welcome you to a land which has just about everything to offer to the tourists to the land often referred to as the magical showcase of nature in India. For the newly weds it is the most common place to visit in north India.
The tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh include some of the most popular hill stations of India, led by Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Except Shimla, there are various pilgrimage places in Himachal Pradesh, which includes some of the most revered temples of India, as well as a number of respected places of worship belonging to the other communities in India.
It is well written on transports of Himachal that Dev Bhumi which means that it is a place of God and not for other. "Surely the Gods live here; this is no place for men", wrote Rudyard Kipling of Kullu, India's valley of the gods. Kullu is famous for its charming valley, apple orchards and the Dusshehra festival is famous in all over the world. Kullu is also known for its handicrafts.
Another most popular hill station famous across the globe is Manali which is basically a small town in the Kullu valley. It is extremely popular with tourists for its lavish display of unspoilt natural beauty. Rich in its scenic splendour, Manali draws a good number of tourists from within the country and abroad every year. The Rohtang Pass, in the northern part of India, is a site where one can view the most drastic of landscape variances. On one side, the lush green head of the Kullu Valley; to the other, an awesome vista of bare, brown mountains, hanging glaciers and snowfields that dazzle in the crisp daylight. It is in the district of Lahaul and Spiti-a place untouched by the onslaughts of time. The tough terrain means that not too many tourists venture into this region thus helping the virginal landscapes and simple lifestyles retain their native charm.
Another sight seeing location is small town of Chamba which is located in a picturesque valley, amidst the Shivalik ranges and is famous for its medieval temples. The small town of Kangra was the capital of the erstwhile rulers of the Chand dynasty. It is set amongst the picturesque settings of the Kangra valley at the foothills of the majestic Dhauladhar range. The area around Kangra is known for its ancient temples and picturesque surroundings, which attract tourists. Lulled by the sweet folk songs of the Kinneri women, the valley of Kinnaur provides a calm sojourn to all tourists, young and old. While the youthful and the daring try to conquer the hilltops with their trekking expeditions, the more laid-back traveller can savour the delights of the tranquil mountains amidst the bounties of nature. This land of fairytales and fantasies has a breathtaking terrain of lush green valleys, orchards, vineyards, snow-clad peaks and cold desert mountains.
Compared to other hill stations, Dalhousie, 80 winding kilo meters from Pathankot, is markedly different and as yet unexplored. Attractive cottages and villas cling to the deodar and pine mantled hills of Dalhousie while pink and red rhododendrons bloom and trees dress in different shades of green. Khajjiar is a small grassy meadow located in the picturesque Chamba valley and is at a small distance from Dalhousie. It is a popular picnic spot whose quiet environs beckon the tourists travelling between Dalhousie and Chamba. The stopover at Khajjiar is a welcome break for the weary tourists.
Shimla is a perfect heaven for those in search of tranquillity. Nature has blessed this capital city with innumerable gifts and man has used them to make Shimla one of India's best destinations. Kufri is a tiny hill station located near Shimla. It is famous for its trekking and hiking trails. Kufri is also famous for its natural parks and picnic spots. Kufri's proximity to the hill station of Shimla makes it an important place on the tourist circuit of the state.
Situated in the north-west Himalayas, Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Spread across 12 kms along a ridge that overlooks terraced hillsides and cultivations, Shimla is magnificently robed in dense forests of oak and pine, fur and rhododendron, and it is best to travel here on the slow train from Kalka. Shimla also is a convenient base for variety of adventure sports such as Skiing, Trekking, Fishing and Golfing etc.
Set against the magnificent backdrop of the towering Dhauladhar ranges, which rise up to more than 4,000 meters, Dharamshala, which literally means 'the Holy Refuge', lies perched up on the high slopes in the upper reaches of the Kangra valley. Founded in 1855, it is one of the 80 hill resorts developed in the seventeenth century by the British to beat the heat and dust of the sweltering plains. Today, it is famous as the abode of the Dalai Lama and is known throughout the world as the Little Lhasa, because of the large number of Tibetans and their 'Government in Exile', which is headquartered here.
Located in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, the small hamlet called Chail is a place where time stands still. Nature is at her exuberant best and words like pollution and deforestation have never entered the dictionary of a person living in Chail. It is place worth a visit if one wants to enjoy fresh, crisp dawns and soft, quiet dusks in the lap of nature.