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Manali – Famous since decades as famous spot for Himachal Tourism

Manali is a very old town placed interesting on the national highway that leads to Leh and on the edge of the valley of Kullu. It is in at a distance of 40 kms from Kullu in the north. The origin of the name of this place is mythological in nature as it means the home of Manu. Manu is a very importance character in the Hindu mythology and is the person who was the survivor of the flood which drowned the whole world. He was later on saved by the fish only to recreate the human life later on. Also known as the Switzerland of India, it is a very popular trekking and tourist destination and the home to the growing orchard industry.
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For the people who visit other important places of the Kashmir valley like Lahaul, Kinnaur, Zanskar and Leh this is a popular resort. The snow capped peaks, the mountains; the valleys the gorges, the clear water of the Beas River have bestowed this place with unmatched natural beauty. Manali is also blessed with many varieties of wild flowers, deodar and pine trees, fruit orchards and beautiful hamlets. In addition to all these huge flocks of Hindu pilgrims could be seen visiting this place each year.
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The best times to visit this places depends on the purpose of the travel. For the ones who are looking to ski, the period between Decembers to February is the ideal time. However the people who are going to take a break from their hectic lives and enjoy the majestic natural beauty usually visit this place between May and October. Manali is also quite popular for Himachal’s Winter Carnival. Some of the most popular tourist attractions of Manali are Hidimba Devi Temple, the Vashisth village and Gadhan Thekochoking Gompa. The Hidimba Devi Temple boasts of its wooden architecture and placement in the midst of dense forest. Of all the places worth visiting in India, Manali is definitely the most popular and outstanding.

Lahaul – A less explored but very attractive district of HP

Lahaul district is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It basically consists of two districts of Spiti and Lahaul. This district was formed in the year of 1960. Out of a total of 640 districts of India this is the third least populous district. The Lahaul valley is interestingly placed in the mountain ranges and is blessed with a unique amalgamation of high mountains and white glaciers. Some of the most popular glaciers of this place are Bara Shigri, Samundari, Chota Sigri and Sonapani glaciers. The region of Hikkim in Lahaul is the fifth highest city in the world. The two most prominent rivers of this place are Chandra and Bhaga and these flows through the valleys of the same name. The net area and the total population of this place are 13835 sq kms and 33,224 respectively.
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Lahaul is the home of many of fabulous pieces of works that could be considered as emblems of Buddhist art and culture. In addition to this tourists and travellers could enjoy the golden images of Padmasambhava, ancient murals, thankas and wood carving present in the monasteries. This valley, which lies at a height of 2745 meters, is the ideal place to visit during the summers. Though there are times of intermittent and sporadic rainfalls this place is nothing short of heaven for the climbers, trekkers and wilderness lovers.

Some of the most popular tourist attractions of Lahaul are the monasteries with the most popular among them being Khardong and Shashur. In addition to these other places of interest are Gonda, Keylong, Triloknath Temple, Gemir, Koksar, Baralacha La Pass. Khardong monastery was built in the early 12th century and is blessed with a large collection of Kangyur and Tangyur volumes. These large volumes of Buddhist scripture are Bhoti. Thus no excursion of Himachal Pradesh is complete without getting enchanted by the beauty of Lahaul.

Kullu- One of the most famous district of Himachal Pradesh

Kullu, with a population of 381,571 and a net area of 5,503 sq kms, is a very prominent tourist attraction of Himachal Pradesh. The hill station of Kullu Manali has been bestowed with heavenly beauty and thus many refer to it as “Valley of Gods”. Kullu earlier referred to as Kulanthpitha which means the end of the habitable world, is located on both sides of Beas River. The snow capped ranges of Himalaya, Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal add to the beauty of Kullu. Kullu is blessed with many valleys and this adds to the delight of the visitors who come in huge flocks to this place all year long. The natives of Kullu commonly interact in Hindi, Pahari, Punjabi and English.
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Kullu is also a very popular shopping destination wherein one could get Pashmina Shawls, woven rugs, local tweeds, foot wear or Pullan, natural oils of almond and olive and the Kullu caps. Various items carved out of different varieties of Wood like birch, walnut etc are also found over here. The Dusshera festival, which usually begins here after it has ended all over the country, is celebrated with a lot of pomp and fervour. If one wants to visit Kullu for sightseeing and enjoying the thrills of climbing and river rafting then March to June is the ideal time to do so. However September to November is the right time for anybody wishing to enjoy trekking. For snow-skiing and heli-skiing in region of Manali, December to February is the ideal time.

There are many popular tourist attractions here in Kullu like the Raghunath Temple, the Bijali Mahadev temple, Kasol Manikaran and Roerich Gallery. The construction of Raghunath Temple, which is in veneration to the main deity of Kullu that is Raghunath or Lord Rama, was built with the constant efforts of Raja Jagat Singh. Huge flocks of Hindu and Sikh pilgrims could be seen at the Manikaran Hot Springs. Thus there is no shortage of things that could be done at Kullu and hence one must visit this place whenever planning an adventurous yet soothing excursion

Kinnaur – A famous tourist attraction of Himachal

The forbidden land of Kinnaur, which is placed at a very high level on the Himalayas, is open for a few selected groups of people only for six months. The select group of people who are allowed the access to this beautiful place include the general officials, the mountaineers who are looking for an adventurous and a dangerous trip and the Moravian missionaries, living here since 1853. For many centuries this place remained closed and out of reach of the general public especially because of the danger attached with this place. It is located at an altitude of 2670 m and the total area and population of this place is 6401 sq. kms and 78,334 respectively.
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Kinnaur also has historical significance attached with this place as it lies on the prehistoric trade route that was heavily used between India and Tibet. It is surrounded by the majestic ranges of Himalayas and Dhauladhar. The angler’s please themselves by catching the trout fish that are found in the rivers of this place in abundance. The lush lands of Kinnaur are also the dwelling spot of Kinners who are the demi gods of the Pantheon. The deeds of the Hindu god Pantheon have been mentioned on several occasions in the ancient Sanskrit poems.

There are many popular tourist attractions in Kinnaur which include Recong Peo, Kalpa, Nichar, Sangla Valley, puh, Sumdo and the list in unending. Recong Peo is famous for the splendid view of the Kinner Kailash, which it offers. Sangla Valley, which gets its name from the Sangla village, is located on the banks of Baspa river. This valley is very popular for its natural beauty. One could enjoy the wildlife of Nichar wherein the most prominent animals are Ghoral, antelopes and bears, both black and red. Another place called Leo, which is located on the banks of Spiti river, is famous for the temple of Jamato.

Hamirpur- A renowned place for tourists coming to Himachal

The district of Hamirpur was made in the year of 9172 by carving it out from the Kangra district. It is covered with forests of Pine trees and because it is situated at somewhat low height it tends to be a bit warmer. The area and population of Hamirpur are 1118 sq. km and 4.12 lakh respectively. Commonly Hindi and Punjabi are spoken over here. Hamirpur is easily accessible by roadways and railways. There is an excellent road network connecting Hamirpur to some of the major cities like Shimla, Chandigarh and Pathankot. The major railways stations in close proximity to Hamirpur are Una and Ranital where in Una is a broad gauge railway station and Ranital is a small gauge railway station.
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Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Hamirpur are Nadau, Deosidh Temple and Sujanpur Tihra. Desoidh temple, which is located on the towns of Bilaspur and Hamirpur, is a cave temple built in veneration to Baba Balak Nath. Huge flocks of visitors could be seen visiting the cave temple in order to get Baba’s blessings especially during the Navratras. One could utilize the rope way to reach Shah-Talai. Nadaun is a famous camping site because of the beauty it offers. This place has historical significance attached with it as it was initially ruled by Kangra rulers. Sujanpur Tihra, which is situated at a distance of 22kms from Hamirpur town, was once the capital of the famous Katoch dynasty. At this place there is a huge ground where the national festival of Holi, which comes annually, is celebrated for 4 days unlike other places where it is celebrated for just one day. This place is also quite famous for religious purposes as here one could enjoy the beauty of many temples like Gauri Shankar, Murli Manorhar Temple and Narbadeshwar. Sujanpur Tihra is also famous for the many adventurous sports that are popular here like angling, rating, trekking and paragliding.

Dharmshala: The Land of Serenity

The hill station of Dharmshala, which is sometimes also referred to as the Scotland of India, owes its establishment to the British in the years between 1815 and 1847. Dharmshala lies in the northern part of Himachal Pradesh and is the headquarters of Kangra district. Dharmshala, with an area and a population of 5739 sq. kms and 13.39 lakhs, has Hindi, Punjabi and Pahari as its main languages. Dharmshala offers a panoramic view as it is covered in oak and conifer trees and is surrounded by snow covered mountains on three sides. Dharmshala is basically divided into two parts. The first part is called Lower Dharmshala and it consists of Kotwali Bazaar. The second part of this hill station is called Upper Dharmshala and it consists of McLeodgani. From the year of 1960 Dalhousie became the headquarters of Dalai Lama, although temporary in nature, it managed to arise its status to “The Little Lhasa in India”.
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The accessibility to Dharmshala is pretty good by airways, railways and roadways. Gaggal, which is at a distance of 15kms, is the nearest airport to Dharmshala. Pathankhot is the nearest railway station which is in close proximity to Dharmshala. An excellent road network has developed around Dharmshala which connects it to some of the major railways stations like Delhi, Jammu, Chandigarh, Manali and Shimla. Some of the major tourist attractions in Dharmshala are St. John’s church and Triund. The monument at St. John’s Church is in veneration to Lord Elgin, who was once the viceroy of India and was buried here only in the year of 1863 AD. In addition to this one can also enjoy the picturesque beauty of Dal lake that is surrounded by hills, deodar trees and pine forests. Kotwali Bazar and Mcleodganj are some of the popular shopping areas in Dharmshala that are popular for Tibetan handicrafts.

Dalhousie- One of the most beautiful cities of Himachal

Dalhousie, which is surrounded by Alpine vegetation, happens to be a quiet town spread over an area of 14 sq km. Dalhousie is a very popular hill station that is located in close proximity to the Ravi river and the Dhauladhar range. This hill station gets its name from the British governor general who established it in the year of 1854 AD. From here one could enjoy the majestic view of the snowy mountain ranges and vast plains. The town of Dalhousie is peppered with buildings of colonial era and stalls and hotels with low roof. The general temperature of Dalhousie is normally around 30 degrees Celsius during the summer and as low as 0 degrees during the winters. The experts believe that the best time to visit Dalhousie is between May and October.
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Dalhousie is easily accessible by roadways and railways, however reaching this place through flights might prove to be an ordeal as the nearest airports is Gaggal which is at a distance of 140 kms. The nearest major railways station to Dalhousie is Pathankot from where one can get trains to major cities like Amritsar, Delhi, Jammu and Jalandhar. The roadways are well developed as it lies on the way to Pathankot and Chamba. There are many popular tourist attractions in Dalhousie like Kalatop, Panchpula and Khajjar lake. Panchpula stream is especially important as is happens to be the main source of water for Dalhousie and Bahloon. In the northern part of DayanKund one could enjoy the panoramic view offered by the stream springs. The trekking expeditions to Kalatop and Khajiar are also something that must be given a shot when visiting Dalhousie. The best part about visiting Dalhousie is that most of it can be explored on foot. Dalhousie is one of the most popular hill stations of India and is a go-to place for anybody who wants a break from the hustle-bustle of city life.

 

 

Chamba- One of the most famous places in Himachal

Chamba district is located on the banks of Ravi River in the Western Himalayas. The interesting placement of Chamba adds to its heavenly beauty as it is blessed with three mountain ranges that are snowy and it is in close proximity to the fringe of Shivalik. The three mountain ranges found here are Dauladhar (outer Himalayas), Zanskar (inner Himalayas) and Pir Panjal (mid Himalayas). The total population and area of Chamba is about 4.60 lakh and 6528 sq km respectively and it is situated at a height of 996 m from the sea level.
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This place, which once used to be the capital of Pahari, was initially founded by Raja Sahil Verma in the early 10th century AD. Raja Sahil Verma found this place after he subjugated some of the petty chiefs like Ranas and Thakurs and then conquered lower Rani Valley. He then named this place as a symbol of love for his daughter Champavati. In addition to the beauty bestowed upon it naturally, Chamba also owes its magnificent scenery to its neighbour which is Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Lahaul and Gurdaspur. Chamba is easily accessible by roadways, railways and airways. Gaggal and Pathankot are the nearest airport and railway stations respectively. The roadways are also well developed and it connects Chamba to most of the major towns and cities.

Chamba is famous for its fairs and festivals too. A few of the most popular festivals are Sui Mata Festival, Minjar Fair and Manimahesh Yatra. The Sui Mata festival is celebrated annually in the month of April and lasts for four days. It is celebrated in the commemoration of the wife Raja Sahil Verma, Rani Champavati. Each year in the month of August the Gugga fair is celebrated in veneration to Nag Devta, otherwise known as Gugga. However Minjar Fair remains the most popular festival and is attended by travellers and visitors in huge number. It is usually celebrated in the month of July or August on the second Sunday. The announcement of this festival is made with the distribution of Minjar, which is a silk tassel. Chamba is also popular for the craft items indigenous to this place like the ‘Chamba Rumal’, which is a handkerchief and has a length of about 2 to 6 feet and is very popular for their aesthetic beauty. The beautiful embroidery used on this handkerchief is called Kashida.
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There are many popular tourist attractions in Chamba like the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, which is built in veneration to Lord Vishnu, the Sikhara temples built out of stone, the royal palace of Chamba and the list goes on and one. The temples of Ganesh, Lakshmi Devi, Nar Singh and Manimahesh are referred to as Chaurashi temples.

Explore the submerged city of Bilaspur

Bilaspur, situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh, is perhaps the first hill town of the country that is planned. This city, which once used to be the seat of anybody who ruled the state of Himachal Pradesh, was submerged for the creation of manmade lake, Govind Sagar, under the waters of Sutlej River in the year o f 1954. However later on it was recreated on the patterns of the old town and also on top of it. Bilaspur, where in the most popular languages are Hindi, Punjabi and English, is spread over an area of 1167 sq. km and has a net population of about 3.40 lakhs. Every year in the months of March or April an annual cattle fair, otherwise known as Nalwari, is organized. For this fair the cattle are normally brought in from Nalagarh and some parts of Punjab.
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Bilaspur is easily accessible by roadways and railways. Kiratpur Sahib and Shimla are two railways station that are in close proximity to Bilaspur. Kiratpur is a broad gauge railway station and Shimla is narrow gauge railway station. The roadways around Bilaspur are also well developed as some of the major cities like Shimla and Chandigarh are easily connected.
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One very popular place in Bilaspur is the Bahadurpur fort which is located on the top of Bahadurpur hill and is at a distance of 40 km from Bilaspur. The sight of Bahadurpur hill offers a panoramic view because of the of the beautiful Deodar and ban trees that cover it. The Naina Devi temple, which is located at a height of 915 meters from the sanctum town Anandpur Sahib, is another hot spot for tourists. One could reach the temple either by climbing stone steps or by using a cable car. In addition to this other popular tourist attractions Vyas Cave, Bhakra Dam, Tiun Fort, Markandeya and Sarjun Fort.