India Travel Notes presents: By webristha
Popularly known as the Devbhumi – “Land of the Gods”, Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill station situated in northern India nestled in western Himalayas. Naturally blessed with mountains, hills, snow, flora & fauna and exotic fruits, Himachal Pradesh is an ideal tourist destination in India.
Being blessed with some of the most spectacular landscapes, Himachal Pradesh receives a huge tourist influx every year. Travelers from all over the world embark on Tours to Himachal Pradesh in order to explore the spectacular beauty and charm of India’s favorite Himalayan destination.
Any tour to Himachal Pradesh offers the visitors with plenty of opportunities to explore breathtaking locales and enjoy wonderful sightseeing. Visit the numerous hill resorts, wildlife destinations and pilgrim sites on your tour to Himachal Pradesh. You can even indulge in a host of adventure activities like trekking, mountaineering, fishing, river rafting, skiing, para-gliding, ice skating and golf.
Major tourist attractions include
Shimla: this is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and often called the queen of the hills. Simla was once the summer capital of the British Raj, it’s a cool and charming Himalayas outpost.
Kasauli: on the footsteps of the Himalayas, this place is situated near Chandigarh on the way to Shimla. This is the nearest hill station from the plains, famous destination of artists and for quick trips.
Manali: this is the second most popular hill station in Himachal. Enjoy the snow, mountains and the rivers magnificent views everywhere.
Kullu: A truly lush slice of heaven on earth, the valley is famous for its beauty and for handicrafts especially the Kullu Shawls.
Dharamsala / Dharamshala: With the Dhauladhar Mountains serving as its backdrop, the town presents a picturesque sight. This is also the home of the Dalai Lama and India’s largest Tibetan community, and a major Buddhist center.
Kangra: Noted for its beautiful temples, valley and artistic heritage.
Palampur: Famous for tea plantations and picturesque views of mountains and the plains.
Dalhousie: having a distinct colonial aura. The town will make your travel vacation the most memorable one.
Chamba: Famous for beautiful temple and handicrafts, once a charming medieval town. Well known for its splendid architecture and a base for numerous excursions.
Khajjiar: Switzerland of India, famous for impressive natural beauty. saucer-shaped plateau surrounded by dense pine and deodar forests
Travel Roads are the major mode of transport in the hilly terrains of Himachal Pradesh. The state has road network of 28,208 km including eight national highways (NH) that constitute 1,234 km. Some roads get closed during winter and monsoon seasons due to snowfall and landslides. Regular government and private bus services and Volvo tourist coaches also ply on the important road links and national highways like New Delhi to Shimla, Delhi to Manali, Shimla to Manali and Delhi to Chandigarh. Shimla the capital is well connected with Chandigarh, Kullu, Manali, Dharamshala, Mandi, Pathankot, Ambala, Chail and Dehradun. Local taxis are the other major local transport here. District Hamirpur has got the highest road density in the country.
Shimla, Kullu (for Manali) and Kangra or Pathankot (for Dharamsala) have small airports, with services largely limited to Delhi.
Himachal Pradesh, which is often described as the abode of the Gods, is dotted with temples, literally one in every hamlet. The splendid heights of the Himalayan ranges, with its great scenic beauty and aura of spiritual calm seem the natural home of the Gods. Two thousands or more temples all over the State, reiterate this fact. Most of the temples have legends dating back to centuries, some as old as mankind itself. Almost every temple has some kind of fair or festival connected with it.
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