Tourism in Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh known as the ‘Abode of Snow’ is situated in the northern part of India. It is surrounded by Jammu and Kashmir on the north; Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh in the south, Uttaranchal at the south east and the Chinese territory of Tibet in the east. Himachal Pradesh has an overall hilly feature and beautifully described by the valleys. Everyone craves for the juicy and the deliciously sweet apples of the state and the state produces about 9000 truckloads of them every year. For those who have a special edge in adventurous sports, this state is apt place to visit. With the list of the main sports including paragliding, skiing, river rafting, trekking, mountaineering, the experience is unique for the tourists. The capital of the state Shimla, which was developed by the British during the mid-19th century is also a hill station which escapes out the heat. Its colonial architectural beauty and churches attracts the tourists every year to awe in admiration. Scroll further to mark the major tourist destinations of the state.
Best Tourist Destinations in Himachal Pradesh
The landscape of Manali is indeed a breath taking sight and gathers admirations. Manali is located on the National Highway leading to Leh and is situated near the end of the valley. While travelling through Manali, one may enjoy the scenic beauty of the snowcapped mountains, clear water strolls while going through the town. Also on the other side, one will see deodar and pine trees arranged longitudinally with tiny fruit orchards. Manali is considered to be an excellent holiday spot as there are numerous resorts with the enchanting views of the mountains.
Rohtangpass/ Solang Valley
Rohtangpass is a must go place while you are in Manali. It is situated about fifty one kilometers from Manali and falls in the highway leading to Keylong. As the narrow roads adjacent to the majestic mountains lead you through, you feel like you are literally on top of the world. The Solang Nullah is in Kullu with a site of Manali’s ski school during the snow season and paragliding classes when there’s no snow. In both these places, you can take up the adventure activities such as the paragliding, skiing, river rafting, mountaineering etc. Paragliding on top of the hills is indeed to die for. You get to ride in between the beautiful snowcapped hills and the mountains and you are left speechless.
The Kullu valley is also known as the ‘valley of Gods’ and also is regarded as the most delightful region in the western Himalayas. In spring, one may experience the colorful blossom of pink and white flowers and the higher slopes are filled with gorgeous rhododendrons. Kullu is considered to be the starting point of various treks and also serves to be the nerve center of the valley as well.
Dalhousie & Chamba valley
If you desire to take a look at the unspoiled sights of the state, then Dalhousie and Chamba are the best places you have to visit. This place is spread over five hills and bears the stamp of the British Raj and the hotels of this place are reminiscent of that period. The Kalatope wildlife Sanctuary is situated near Dalhousie. A permit is required if you travelling in the sanctuary with your vehicle. In the Chamba valley, one may discover fascinating features of the ancient folklore, temples and tribes.
When the British ruled India, Shimla was considered to be the summer capital of the British Raj and now it is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Famed for its colonial style architecture and delightful town extensions, the oak, pine and rhododendron forests are a sight indeed. The old Church with the painted glass windows is one of the conspicuous landmarks of the State. Also, there are varieties of adventure sports and short hikes in the vicinity.
Dharamshala and Macleod Ganj
Dharamshala and Macleod Ganj are nestled at a short distance from each other in the Kangra valley. Dalai Lama resides in Dharamshala with Tibetan influence in the area and many Tibetans living there too. People visit the places in flocks to undergo Buddhist meditation and in order to take the philosophy courses. These places provide the tourists various sightseeing options such as the fascinating museums, temples, gompas and monasteries as well.
Rohtang Pass remains closed at the time of heavy snow fall and so the tourists are allowed to go only up to a certain maximum level. This road opens in May and is closed in March to April. As the upper altitudes of the state are entirely covered with snow, there are no chances of cultivation works in the state. The Himachal Government has constantly taken steps in the recent past to enhance the economic viability of the Tourism sector. The skiing facilities and the ropeways in Chansal Slopes can be regarded as a result of this effort. The Incessant snow fall and considerable rain has given way to landslides in Kullu – Manali that may hinder the travel and damage the free flow of the vehicles. The apple orchardists are also concerned as the snow has uprooted the roots of the trees present in the high altitudes.
With the evergreen memories of a beautiful visit, Manali has always attracted more and more tourists to this place. It sure is a lifetime experience!