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Himachal Pradesh

HIMACHAL PRADESH

HIMACHAL PRADESH WEATHER

Useful Info & Guides

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    AREA

    55,673 km2

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    POPULATION

    6.8 crores approx

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    MAJOR FESTIVALS

    Holi, Eid, Makar Sankranti / Lohri, Navratri, Dussehra.

    Ashiwin Navratra Mela, Baba Balak Nath Fair, Bharmaur Jatra Fair, Bird Watching Festival, Chaitra Navratra Fair, Cheshu Mela Rewalser, Chhitrari Jatra Fair, Dal Lake Fair, Dungri Fair, Great Himalayan Marathon, Hamir Utsav, Kullu Dussehra, Ladarcha Fair, Lavi Fair, Manimahesh Yatra, Markanda Fair, Minjar Fair, Nalwari Mela, Paragliding Festival, Phulaich Fair, Pori Mela, Prashar Mela, Rafting Cup, Renuka Fair, Sair Festival, Sarshi Jatra Fair, Shivratri Fair, Shoolni Fair, Shravan Ashtami Fair, Sui Fair, Tara Devi Fair

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    NATIONAL PARK

    Pin Valley National Park, Simbalbara National Park, The Great Himalayan National Park, Inderkilla National Park, Khirganga National Park, Mohan Shakti National Heritage Park, Kalesar Wild Life Sanctuary, Great Himalayan National Park – Trek and trails, Inderkilla National Park, Tirthan Valley, Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary, Hadimba Himachal Park, Manali Sanctuary, Kalatop Forest

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    UNESCO HERITAGE SITE

    Kalka-Shimla Railway, Great Himalayan National Park

CITIES OF HIMACHAL PRADESH

SHIMLA

The capital and the largest city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla was the summer capital of British Raj who would come here to escape from the heat. One of the most visited hill stations in North India, this charming city is nestled at a height of 2200m, surrounded by misty snow-clad mountains, conifer trees and hills. Jeweled with several cultural festivals such as Bhoj Fair, Bharara Fair, the Queen of Hill Stations, Shimla is a perfect destination for a romantic stay or nature expedition. A long walk along the famous Mall Road, passing through alleys, the hustle-bustle of local bazaar will hit you with a sense of ancient Victorian architecture, still breathing in this place. Take a memorable ride in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kalka Shimla Toy Train.

PLACE TO VISIT

Mall Road, Kalka Shimla Toy Train, The Ridge, Kufri, Chail, Shimla Christ Church, Jakhu Temple, Green Valley, Mashobra, Naldehra, Himachal State Museum, Annandale, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Scandal Point, Lakkar Bazaar, Gurudwara Sahib, Bantony Castle
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SHIMLA

DHARAMSHALA

The residence of the Dalai Lama, Dharamshala was earlier called Bhagsu. Located in the green lush Kangra Valley, layered in conifer forests, the main Dharamshala is generally all about transportation. It is divided into two as upper and lower Dharamshala and the major tourist connection is found in upper Dharamshala i.e. McLeodganj (Mini Lhasa) which is just 6km away from the city of Dharamshala. The moment you step in McLeod Ganj, you will the Tibetan serenity. The Buddhist culture can be not only be seen but also can be tasted. With the presence of monasteries and Tibetan eateries, the area of Dharamshala is also sometimes called Little Tibet. Old churches and monuments which are reminiscent of British architecture, monasteries, bungalows, picturesque landscapes, falls, exotic culture, etc. make this place one of the most breathtakingly beautiful hill stations to visit.

PLACE TO VISIT

Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, St John in the Wilderness Church, War Memorial, Gyuto Monastery, Dal Lake, Tea Garden, Triund, Jwala Devi Temple, Tsuglagkhang, Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery, Dalai Lama Temple, Masroor Rock Cut Temple, Pragpur, Palampur
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DHARAMSHALA

MANALI

Surrounded by the serenity of Beas River, Manali has pristine beauty gifted by Mother Nature. Around 270km away from Shimla, Manali is situated in the lap of lush green Himalayan Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal Range which get painted in white due to snow during October, November, December, etc. The town shines with the richness of ancient traditions and cultural heritage. Every moment spent here feels like being drenched in serenity. Overlooking the mountains from the windows of your resort/hotel and sipping hot coffee/tea turns out to be a wonderful feeling. The tranquility of this place invites backpackers from everywhere for rafting, climbing, skiing, trekking and lots of other adventure activities.

PLACE TO VISIT

Beas Kund Trek, Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Hadimba Temple, Chandratal Baralacha Trek, Hampta Pass, Kullu, Parvati Valley, Manu Temple, Manali Sanctuary, Malana, Deo Tibba Trek, Jogini Waterfall, Bhrigu Lake, Jana Waterfall, Gulaba, Arjun Gufa, Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple
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MANALI

LAHAUL & SPITI

Paradise for adventure seekers, trekkers, located on Manali-Leh Route, Lahaul & Spiti is two remote villages drenched in art and culture of Buddhism. Dotted with high altitude mountains, rivers, glaciers across Kunzum Pass, Lahaul is bestowed with fascinating grace of nature. The name Lahaul comes from a Tibetan word, Lho-Yul which means ‘country in the south’. Also, there are mentions that Lahaul word means ‘country of gods.’ The locals speak Lahuli (bhoti) though Hindi and English can also be used. The temperature may rise and fall due to snow and cold winds. One of the least populated districts of India (4th position), this area barely experiences rain.

PLACE TO VISIT

Tabo Monastery, Key Monastery, Langza, Hikkim, Dhankar Gompa, Chandra Taal Lake, Lahaul Valley, Pin Valley National Park, Kunzum Pass, Kibber Village, Kaza, Kinnaur, Tabo, Kalpa, Shangla, Sarahan, Keylong
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LAHAUL SPITI

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