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Himachal Pradesh - Land of Gods
Towns & Cities

Dalhousie Himachal PradeshThe mesmerizing land of Himachal Pradesh is perfectly known as "Devabhoomi", literally meaning 'the abode of the Gods'. The state offers some of the most beautiful cities of India that are abound in natural beauty, attracting tourist from all over the world. Some of the cities are also major centers of pilgrimages for Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs as well as the Christians. The beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh lies between 3022'40" to 3312'40" North Latitude and 7545'55" to 7904'20" East Longitude. Located at an altitude that ranges from 350 to 6975 meters, the state languishes in the lap of nature covering an area of 55,673 sq. km.

The cities of Himachal Pradesh are bestowed with a varied landscape of lush green valleys, stunning mountain peaks, picturesque valleys, the shimmering streams and the winter snow. The cities of Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Dalhousie, Dharamsala and numerous others are jewels of Himachal Pradesh in their distinct way. Thousands of tourists flock these cities for their gorgeous beauty and the grandiose of the green mountains. Even small cities like McLeodganj, Khajiar, Chail, Solan, Mandi, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Palampur, Rampur, Reckong Peo and Nahan allure the lovers of nature in its pristine beauty. The grandeur of the cities of Himachal Pradesh entices visitors with the magnificent Himalayas, cozy temples and the best of all is the Himachali people with hearts of gold. The cities are all very well-connected between each other by extensive road network. The best time to visit these cities is from April to October after which the snowfall prevails. This again attract hordes of tourists who flock these enchanting cities for ski-ing and ice- skating. With it the silvery white landscape of Himachal Pradesh, at once, turn into a fair of colorful people against the pure white backdrop.

Experience HP

Dalhousie Himachal PradeshRajgarh valley : Popularly known as the Peach valley, Rajgarh is a lush green valley in Sirmaur district. Rajgarh has two sub-divisions namely, Rajgarh and Sarahan, which is also a beautiful valley of Sirmaur. Rajgarh is a place of great natural beauty and is about 40 km from Solan. One can camp and trek in the valley. At Rajgarh, rest house of PWD and Forest Department are available for staying, besides private hotels and guest houses. The people of this valley are dynamic and hardworking. They are religious and worshippers of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. The local Shaya temple of Lord Shirgul has a mammoth following. According to a legend, Lord Shirgul had first come to Shaya village and later settled in Churdhar Mountain at height of 12,000 feet.

Bilaspur : Blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes anywhere, it is a travellers paradise -lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, fast flowing rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower bedecked meadows, beautiful temples and monasteries steeped in time. May it be for relaxing, sightseeing, trekking, mountaineering, fishing, para-gliding, skiing, ice skating and golf, Himachal has it all...Come Explore Himachal with himachaltourist...

Chail : The palace of the maharajas, built in the late 19th century and the pretty cottages of the complex - that once accommodated the ADCs and guests of the royal party - are now part of a charming holiday resort. Chail has lobely walks and trails that meander through the dense pine forests - the home of barking deer, wild boar, pheasant and a variety of birds. Forest rest houses make overnight halts possible. For those interested in sports, Chail has fine tennis and squash courts and a putting green.

Taragarh and Nalagarh Himachal PradeshTaragarh & Nalagarh : Situated on a 15 acre forested estate surrounded by tea gardens of the Kangra valley, this is one of the most scenic and unexplored areas of Himachal Pradesh. It is at the foot of the Dhauladhar mountains with splendid views of surrounding snow-capped peaks. While at Taragarh, one can visit the Tashijong Monastery which has a commanding view of the Kangra valley, the nearby Andretta Pottery village - specializing in ethnic clay pottery and for the adventurous there are treks of varying intensities and Hang Gliding at Billing which is one of the finest in the world and hosts annual international para gliding, hang gliding competitions.

Maharana Pratap Sagar : Named in the honour of the great patriot Maharana Pratap (1572-97 AD) the Maharana Pratap Sagar (Pong Lake) is situated at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level, 32 degree north and 76 degrees east, in district Kangra. It is 170 km from Chandigarh, 110 km from Amritsar and 55 km from Dharamshala. The closest railway stations are at Mukerian 30 km, and Pathankot at 32 km. The settlements of Nagrota Surian and Jawali-which are located on the sagar's periphery-are connected by the charming narrow gauge Kangra railway line that connects Pathankot to Jogindernagar. The closest airport is Gaggal 40 km. The lake is well served by a network of roads. Maharana Pratap struggled valiantly for freedom of Mewar-as for the principle of independence.

Solan and Narah Himachal PradeshSolan & Nahan : The district of Sirmour in the south eastern corner of the state, is noted for its places of pilgrimage and for the legends that surround them. Nahan (932 m), a historic town pleasantly located on a ridge of the Shivalik Hills, has an outlook over green forests and valleys with the Churdhar Peak (3,647m) dominating the scene.A little town with a salubrious climate, Nahan has gardens, temples and three popular walking circuits - the Villa Round, Military Round and the Hospital Round.

Kullu : Kullu (1220m) was once known as "Kulanthpitha" ; ' The end of the habitable world'. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled 'Silver Valley'. Kullu got its first motorable access only after Independence. The long centuries of seclusion has however allowed the area to retain a considerable measure of its traditional charm. Here is the core of an intricate web of numerous valleys - each of which is a visual delight and seems more beautiful than the other. The 'Silver Valley' has nature's treasures that lie carelessly scattered as flowers on the high meadows. There is pleasure in every step you take in these enchanted valleys and in every gurgle you hear in the clear mountain streams.

Palampur Himachal PradeshPalampur : Palampur is a fascinating spot in the Kangra Valley, surrounded on all sides by tea gardens and pine forests. The place enjoys a healthy climate and the pine scented air is said to have curative properties. The scenery presents a sublime and beautiful contrast- the plain presents a picture of rural loveliness and repose, while the hills are majestic. Behind this town stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains, whose tops remain covered for most part of the year. This place is being developed as large tourist centre. A ropeway and an amusement park is also on the to be established here.

People & Life Style

Himachal Pradesh has a very distinct population that is composed of ethnolinguistic groups of tribals and socials. Scores of ethnic groups have their home in Himachal Pradesh. Most of the natives belong to the Aryan origin while the people of Lahaul and Spiti district are essentially descendants of Mongols. Among all the natives hat reside in the various regions of Himachal Pradesh, you should see the people pf Kinnaur region, who are supposed to be very beautiful and have an extraordinary collection of ornaments. Himachal Pradesh has an intricately woven number of races, sects and communities. Come to Himachal to experience the real culture of Himachal Pradesh that has been fostered by these discrete people who live harmoniously on the same land.

Adventure Thrills

Gliding : Kangra valley is the at the centre of gliding activities in Himachal Pradesh. Bir and Billing in Kangra are considered extremely happening place for enjoying both paragliding and hang gliding. The Billing peak has played host to five national and three international hang-gliding rallies since 1984. Paragliding is also possible at Bundla Dhar near Bilaspur, in the Kullu valley and at Intkali in the Pabbar valley near Rohru.

Golfing Himachal PradeshGolfing : The most important sites for golfing in Himachal Pradesh are in the various parts of the state. Travel to Shimla to have a look at one of the oldest golf course in the world. Then there is Naldehra at a distance of 23 kms from Shimla that is also idyllic for golfing. Naldehra Golf Ground, is a nine-hole course with par 68 and is known to be one of the most challenging golf course in India. It was this golf course that enchanted Lord Curzon to name one of his daughter after it. Set at an altitude of 2,044 mts, you should see the scenic landscape that envelopes this golf course. The best place to stay while golfing in Naldehra is at Hotel Golf Glade, which belongs to the tourism department of Himachal Pradesh.

Rafting Himachal PradeshRafting : There are four rivers in Himachal that offer opportunities to enjoy white water rafting. These rivers flow in the north westerly direction and are almost parallel to one another. The first of these, Beas has its genesis in the Rohtang Pass and flows through the Kullu valley. Rising from the Raigarh glacier, river Ravi makes its way down Chamba valley. The third river, Chenab originates from the tributaries, Chandra and Bhagha and passes swiftly through the Chenab or Pangi valley. It finally enters the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Lastly, there is Satluj river that originates beyond Indian borders and enters the country near Shipkila and is later joined by the Spiti river at Khab. This river flows through Kinnaur and Shimla.

Camping Himachal PradeshCamping in Himachal Pradesh : Take a tour of Chail which is supposed to be the most happening destination for camping in Himachal Pradesh. Located at a distance of 45 kms from Shimla, Chail has the capacity to make you forget the fast track of the busy city life. The main attractions of camping in Chail includes the plenty of apple orchards that seem to hover the nature lovers. While camping in Chail you should also see the world's highest cricket pitch. Sangla Valley is the place where you cannot miss camping. Just 30 kms from Tibetan border, this is the ideal destination for those who want to wake up by the chirping of the birds. Quiet untouched by civilization this valley which is also known as Bapsa valley is the most favored camping site in Himachal Pradesh. While in this valley you should take a walk to the nearby villages of Batseri and Rakcham. Exploring the rural life of the inhabitants is perhaps the best part of camping in Sangla valley.

Mountain Touring Himachal PradeshMountain Touring : Mountain sports in Himachal Pradesh is one adventure option, that most people will kill for! The celebrity of mountain biking and vehicle safari in Himachal Pradesh is the maximum in the country. The various passes that seems to be unattainable are the proud host of these sports. You should enjoy these sports in Himachal Pradesh that are not quiet possible anywhere else in the country. Get your cycle ready as this is the best way to explore the unnerving beauty of the mountains.

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