Himachal Pradesh, the state of India, is in the northern part of the Asian subcontinent. 

Himachal Pradesh occupies a region of scenic in the western Himalayas lofty snow-clad mountains, thickly forested valleys, lakes, terraced fields, and cascading streams. The name of the state is a reference to its setting: Himachal means “snowy slopes” (Sanskrit: hima, “snow”; acal, “slopes”), and Pradesh means “state.”

The capital of Himachal Pradesh is Shimla. The city sits in the top seven hills and is popularly referred to as the Queen of Hills.

Dharamshala is the winter capital of the state.

The state has 5 national parks. The animal symbol of Himachal Pradesh is the snow leopard.

Himachal produces huge amounts of apples, pears, plums, and apricots.

The months of August and September are two seasons of apple picking in Himachal Pradesh. There are two distinct regions in HP Shimla and Kullu Manali.

Climate

Temperatures rising above 100 °F (38 °C) – hot summers (March to June)
Winters (October to February) : 0-15C (Min/Max Temperature)
Rainy Season wet season (July to September) – 15-25°C (Min/Max Temperature).

Shimla

Shimla also known as the Queen of Hills, Shimla is a gorgeous colonial hill station. The city sits atop seven hills.

 The best colonial architecture, including the Viceregal Lodge, the Town Hall and the Christ Church.

 The city is located at the foothills of the Himalayas amidst the lush greenery and snow-covered mountains make it a perfect place for trekking.

It is named after Goddess Shyamala and is also known as Queen of Hills. It is one of the few hill stations in India which are home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Kalka-Shimla Railway fondly known as the Toy Train is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Places to visit in Shimla:
Mall Road 
The Ridge 
Viceregal Lodge and Botanical Garden 
Christ Chruch 
Shri Hanuman Mandir
Kali Birla Temple
Jakhu Hills
Himachal State museum

Manali

Situated at an altitude of 2,050 meters on the River Beas valley.

The picturesque landscape, snow-covered mountains, scenic meadows, waterfalls, and valleys attract adventurers and nature lovers alike. 

it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It’s also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting, and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass.

Famous food of Manali, the dish called Mittha is a delicacy of Manali commonly available at almost all Manali restaurants. Comprising of rice and raisins, this dish is decorated with dry food.

Places to visit in Manali:
Hidimba Devi Temple and Dhungari Temple
Solang Valley 
Manu Temple 
The Manali Gompa
Nehru khund 
Himalayan Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple
Vashisht Hot Water Springs and Temple
Great Himalayan National Park
Rohtang Pass 

Dharamshala

Dharamsala is located in the district of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh.

There is 02 part of the city. Surrounded by snow-laden peaks of Dhauladhar mountains

One is known as Lower Dharamshala, which is its commercial center and dotted with markets, courts, and the famous Kotwali Bazaar.

Upper Dharamshala is home to Mcleodganj as well as other structures which remind you of its colonial past. 

Tibetan Buddhist culture can be seen at Mcleodganj, which is dominated largely by the Tibetan community. The main street is dotted with shops selling Tibetan arts & crafts, along with eateries that serve a variety of Tibetan dishes, from Thenthu to momos.

Places to visit in Dharamshala:
Dharamshala Cricket Stadium 
Namgyal Monastery, Mcleodganj
Triund
St.John in the wilderness church 
War Memorial
Gyuto Monastery 
Dalai Lama Temple
Jwala Devi temple 
Masroor Rock cut temple 
Nandi viewpoint  
Norbulingka Institute Kangra Valley

Dalhousie

Dalhousie is a mesmerizing place to visit in India situated in the Chamba District.

Dalhousie is a town spread across five high-altitude hills nestled close to the Dhauladhar Mountain Range in the state of Himachal Pradesh. 

The town of Dalhousie has derived its name after the British General, Lord Dalhousie. He was the Governor-General of India and has established this place as a summer retreat for its officials.

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was won over by the beauty of Dalhousie, a famous tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh, so much so, that he stayed here for many months in 1937. Today, he has two places named after him – Subhash Baoli and Subhash Chowk.

It stretches itself leisurely through the five mountains, Kathlog, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota, and Bhangora.

Places to visit in Dalhousie : 
Khajjiar
Satdhara Falls
Panchpula
Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary
Dainkund Peak
Bakrota Hills
Subhash Baoli
Chamba
Ganji Pahari

Kasauli

Kasauli is a small town in the southwest part of Himachal and is on the relatively lower levels of the Himalayas.

Located in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, about 77 km from Shimla.

Places to visit in Kasauli:
Monkey Point 
Gilbert Trail
Sunset point
Timber Trail  
Kasauli Tibetan Market and Mall Road
Christ Church

Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas in the north-eastern part of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. 

The name “Spiti” means “The middle land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India.

The summer months of March-June are considered to be the best to visit Spiti. 

Places to visit : 
Chandratal Lake 
Key Monastery 
Kunzum Pass 
Pin Valley National Park 
Suraj Tal 
Dhankar Monastery.

 

 

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