The picturesque state of Himachal Pradesh is nestled between the snow topped Himalayan ranges in North India. Known for its spectacular and panoramic landscapes, this traveler's paradise is blessed with lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, verdant valleys, thundering rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower carpeted meadows, ancient temples, and magnificent monasteries steeped in time. Dotted with numerous hill stations, Himachal Pradesh proves to be a wonderful location for the tourists who want to relax and simply feel rejuvenated. The state also offers amazing opportunities for trekking, mountaineering, para gliding, skiing, golf , river rafting and ice skating.
Retaining their age-old customs and traditions, the people of Himachal Pradesh are proud of their rich cultural heritage. But at the same time they have embraced new influences keeping in pace with the changing times. Their passion for life clearly reflects in their colourful dresses and amazing celebrations. Reflecting unity in diversity, Himachal Pradesh is a land where different religions are followed and different languages are spoken. The beauty of the culture of Himachal Pradesh lies in its simplicity. The most commonly spoken languages in Himachal Pradesh are Hindi, Punjabi, Pahari, Dogri, Kangri and Kinnauri. A majority of the people of the state are Hindus. Other inhabitants include Buddhists. There are several Hindu communities in the state such as Brahmins, Rajputs, Kannets, Rathis and Kolis. Some of the tribes inhabiting the state are Gaddis, Kinnars, Gujjars, Pangawals and Lahaulis. Although rearing of goats, sheep and other cattle is an important occupation of the people of Himachal Pradesh, most of the population is dependent on agriculture for survival.
How to Reach
By Air :
Himachal Pradesh has three airports at Gaggal, Bhuntar and Jubbarhatti, which connect the state to Delhi and Chandigarh via regular flights by Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Red, MDLR Airlines, and Jagson Airlines.
By Rail :
Kalka is the most important railway station in Himachal Pradesh. A narrow-gauge railway track connects Kalka with the capital city, Shimla. The longest railway line is from Pathankot in Punjab to Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh. There are a few other railway tracks also passing through important destinations in the state.
By Road :
Himachal Pradesh has a very good road network, which connect all popular destinations of the state to the major cities of North India. During monsoons, a few roads are closed in fear of landslides. Himachal Pradesh operates deluxe buses and luxury coaches from all prime cities of North India.
PLACES TO VISIT
Rohtang Pass :
Rohtang Pass, is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km from Manali. It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India.
Solang Valley :
Solang Nala (Valley) derives its name from combination of words Solang (Nearby village) and Nullah (water stream). It is a side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India 14 km northwest of the resort town Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass, and is known for its summer and winter sport conditions. The sports most commonly offered are parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing.
Hidimbi Devi Temple :
Hidimbi Devi Temple, also known variously as the Hadimba Temple, is located in Manāli, a hill station in the State of Himāchal Pradesh in north India. It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, wife of Bhima, a figure in the Indian epic Mahābhārata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in 1553.
The Ridge, Shimla :
The Ridge road is a large open space, located in the heart of Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, India. The Ridge is the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. It is situated along the Mall Road, which is the famous shopping center of Shimla. Most major places of Shimla like Snowdon, Mall, Jakhoo hill, etc. are connected through the Ridge.
It runs east to west alongside the Mall Road, and joins it at the Scandal Point on the west side. On the east side, The Ridge road leads to Lakkar Bazaar, a wooden crafts market. It's the major landmark and the most easily recognized face of the hill station. When winter sets in and when the country had its first major snowfall of the year, most news papers printed photos of the ridge submerged in clumps of fresh snow.
The Spiti Valley
The Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalaya mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name "Spiti" means "The Middle Land", i.e. the land between Tibet and India.
Local population follow Vajrayana Buddhism similar to that found in the nearby Tibet Autonomous Region and the Ladakh region of India. The valley and surrounding region is one of the least populated regions in India and is the gateway to the northernmost reaches of the nation. Along the northern route from Manali, Himachal Pradesh or Keylong via the Rohtang Pass or Kunzum Pass respectively, the valley lies in the North East of the Indian hill state of Himachal Pradesh, and forms part of the Lahaul and Spiti district. The sub-divisional headquarters (capital) is Kaza, Himachal Pradesh which is situated along the Spiti River at an elevation of about 12,500 feet (3,800 m) above mean sea level.
Prashar Lake lies 49 km north of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India, with a three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage Prashar. The lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level. With deep blue waters, the lake is held sacred to the sage Prashar and he is regarded to have meditated there. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and looking down on the fast flowing river Beas, the lake can be approached via Drang.
The Kangra Fort is located 20 kilometers from the town of Dharamsala on the outskirts of the town of Kangra, India.
Kareri Lake is a high altitude, shallow, fresh water lake south of the Dhauladhar range approximately 9 km North West of Dharamsala in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh. Its surface is 2934 metres above the sea level. Snow melting from the Dhauladhar range serves as the source of the lake and a stream, Nyund is the outflow. Since the source is fresh melting snow and the lake is shallow, water visibility is very high and in most places, the lake bed can be seen.
HIMACHAL PRADESH (HPTDC) (AC & Non AC Rooms) :
Winter Season Discount up to 30%
|Chandigarh||:||2300 – 3400|
|Chamba||:||1200 – 2600|
|Dalhousie||:||1000 – 4300|
|Dharamsala / McLeodganj||:||1200 - 4500|
|Bharmour||:||1200 - 1800|
|Fagu||:||2000 – 3500|
|Jwalamukhi||:||1500 – 4100|
|Kalpa||:||1600 – 6000|
|Khajjiar||:||2000 - 3000|
|Kullu||:||1700 – 2800|
|Manali||:||1030 – 4750|
|Naggar||:||1600 - 4500|
|Naldehra||:||1800 – 8500|
|Narkanda||:||1500 – 3000|
|Palampur||:||1600 – 2700|
|Parwanoo||:||1000 – 2500|
|Rampur||:||1300 – 2500|
|Rewalsar||:||600 – 1800|
|Sarahan||:||1600 – 3000|
|Shimla||:||2500 - 6000|