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Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh

Popularly known as the Devbhumi ­– “Land of the Gods”, Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill state in India, nestles in north-west region of western Himalayas. The state is landlocked with the Tibetan plateau to the east, Jammu and Kashmir to the north, and the Punjab to the west. However, the state stands apart from its neighbours in terms of its sheer topographic diversity and breathtaking pristine natural beauty. From vast tracts of high-altitude Trans-Himalayan desert to dense green deodar forests, from apple orchards to cultivated terraces, from snow capped high Himalayan mountain ranges to snow fed lakes and gushing rivers.

Cities of Himachal Pradesh

Come to a land where snow-covered peaks reach up to a clear blue sky. Where apple orchards in full bloom and meadows covered with wild flowers, transform the region into a natural paradise called Himachal Pradesh India. The towering Himalayas along the horizon, rushing streams, flower bedecked valleys and friendly rosy-cheeked Himachali people, make you feel very welcome in Himachal Pradesh India. With lots of venues for skiing, mountaineering, rock climbing, parasailing and river rafting, Himachal Pradesh India is a great place for adventure tourism in India. Come and see nature’s abundant beauty, at its best, in Himachal Pradesh India.

DHARAMSHALA

Dharamsala is one of the main towns of Kangra valley. It is located in the backdrop of snow clad peaks of Dhauladhar mountains about 18kms. north east of Kangra town. The mountains enfold three sides of the town and the valley stretches beyond to the south. Known for its scenic-beauty amidst high pine trees, tea gardens and other timber-yielding trees vying with one another for height, calmness and serenity. Dharamsala’s altitude varies between 1,250 metres (4,400 ft) and 2,000 metres (6,560ft). Dharamshala enjoys the unique distinction of being the chosen home of the spiritual and temporal head of the Tibetan.

dharmshala

KANGRA

Kangra is located in the western part of the state of Himachal Pradesh, in the northern region of India. It is 18 km south of Dharamshala and is one of the prettiest valleys of Himachal with its lush green terraces & orchards, overlooking a gushing stream – the Banganga. Kangra valley starts near Mandi, runs north, then bends west and extends to Shahpur near Pathankot. The valley, sheltered by the sublime Dhauladhar range, is green and luxuriant. The area around Kangra is known for its ancient temples and picturesque surroundings and as a centre of the arts

kangra

MANDI

The ‘Slave’ dynasty of Qutubuddin was followed by the line of Khilji rulers . Among the six rulers of the Khilji dynasty, Allauddin Khilji is the most well – known -who extended his dominion down southern India too, and created the third city of Delhi, Siri.The Saljuqian influences are the most remarkable feature in the buildings from this period.This came about as craftsmen from the Saljuqian dynasty in west Asia reeling under Mongol invasions took refuge in the Delhi court and contributed to its architecture. A large reservoir called Hauz Khas was another accomplishment of city of Siri. A madrasa (college) was also created here by later rulers.

mandi

PALAMPUR

Palampur is situated in the Kangra valley, near the Dhauladhar ranges on an altitude of 1,220 m above sea level, 30 km from Dharamshala. It is the tea capital of North India. A pleasant little town surrounded by tea plantations is not only known for its numerous tea gardens and paddy fields but it also known for its colonial architecture and temples. The place enjoys a healthy climate and the pine scented air is said to have curative properties. The scenery presents a sublime and beautiful contrast- the plain presents a picture of rural loveliness and repose, while the hills are majestic.

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KINNAUR

Kinnaur is a border district, located in the southeastern part of the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. It is about 250 km from the capital Shimla and is situated on National Highway No. 22, which is also called the Hindustan-Tibet Road. The landscape of the area varies from the lush green orchards of the Sangla Valley to the stark magnificence of the Hangrang Valley. There are about 77 villages in the district and Kalpa is one of the biggest of them. There are almost no urban centers. Two turbulent rivers race through Kinnaur-the Sutlej and the Spiti. The slopes are covered with thick forests, while the basins hold orchards, fields and picturesque hamlets.

kinnaur

CHAMBA

The town of Chamba, the district headquarter of Chamba district, is situated in northwestern part of the state of Himachal Pradesh in the northern region of India between north latitudes 32°10′ and 33°13′ and east longitudes 75°45′ and 77°33′. The town stands on a plateau on the right bank of the Ravi river valley between Dhauladhar and Zanskar ranges south of the inner Himalayas. Often described as “a jewel of the Himalayas”, Chamba, 920 metres above sea level is one of the oldest princely state and dates back to the sixth century. It is well known for its splendid and beautiful architecture and also has a district headquarters.

chamba

KULLU

Kullu is located, in central part of the state of Himachal Pradesh, in the northern region of India, in the charming Kullu valley and is set amongst the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas at an altitude of 1200 m above sea level at the confluence of Beas and Sarvari rivers. It is 240 km north of Shimla. The Kullu valley, about 80 kms long and often less then 2 kms wide, rises northward from Mandi at 760m to the Rohtang La at 3980m, the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti. This town is famous for its temples, apple orchards and the annual Dussehra festival. It is also known for its handicrafts.

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MANALI

Situated in the central parts of the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is at the head of the Kullu valley, 280 km north of the state capital Shimla and 108 km from Mandi. Manali is basically a small town in the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Manali is perched at an altitude of 2050 meters above sea level and is spread along the banks of the river Beas. Its cool atmosphere provides a perfect haven for the ones afflicted by the hot summers. The town provides ample opportunities for adventure sport and winter sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, paragliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking.

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DALHOUSIE

Dalhousie is located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas,is built on and around five hills. This beautiful hill station in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh is located at the altitude of 2036 Meters and surrounded by lush green forest of deodar and pine wood. The Ravi river flows nearby and has a large 750 Mw. hydro-electric station and dam. Scottish and Victorian architecture is prevalent in the bungalows and churches in the town. Dalhousie is the gateway to the Chamba Valley. Comprising of five districts, Balun, Kathioang, Portreyn, Tehra and Bakrota, at heights ranging from 1,525 metres (5,000ft).

dalhousie

SHIMLA

Shimla is situated in the north-west Himalayas. Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, lies about 343 km from Delhi at an altitude of 2,213 meters above sea level. Shimla was declared the summer capital of India in 1864. After India’s independence, Shimla became the capital of Punjab till 1966, when it came under Himachal Pradesh. Today, Shimla is a pleasant, sprawling town, set among cool pine-clad hills with plenty of crumbling colonial charm. Shimla is a perfect heaven for those in search of tranquility. Nature has blessed this capital city with innumerable gifts and man has used them to make Shimla one of India’s best destinations.

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Temples in Himachal Pradesh

Nestled amidst the snow clad Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh has a typical charm and aura of its own. A region of green valleys, rippling rivers and snowy peaks, Himachal Pradesh is a state with varied and abundant natural beauty, which makes it the ideal destination of nature lovers. Tucked away in the mountains, this is the state where most of the Temples, Gurudwaras, Churches and Buddhist Monasteriess are located. We offers you the information on Pilgrimage Destinations in Himachal Pradesh.

BABA BALAKNATH

Baba Balaknath Temple in Hamirpur is one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations of Himachal Pradesh. A beautiful cave temple, Baba Balaknath Temple is visited by devotees throughout the year. Baba Balaknath Temple is one of the most sacred temples and during the Navratris, thousands of pilgrims visit the temple to see the blessings of Babaji. There are a number of myths and legends surrounding the Baba Balaknath Temple in Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh. It is believed, that Baba Balaknath was born in three ages in different forms and in every birth he was a devotee of Lord Shiva.

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BAJRESHWARI TEMPLE

The beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh is often called by the name of “Devabhoomi”, the house of the Gods. The impressive altitudes of the Himalayan ranges, coupled with its picturesque surroundings and an atmosphere of spiritual tranquility appears to make it the accepted home of the Gods. This fact finds its support amidst almost two thousand temples built all over the State. Himachal Pradesh is the abode of temples built in varied styles of architecture. So, you can view shrines of pagoda style, carved stone shikharas, temples resembling Sikh Gurudwaras or Buddhist Gompas at this place.

Bajreshwari

CHINTPURNI TEMPLE

The Chintpurni Temple in Una District is one of the sacred pilgrimage destinations of Himachal Pradesh. One of the revered deities, Chintpurni Temple is one of the Shakti Peeth’s of Devi Durga that draws a number of pilgrims every year during the festivals. The devotees believe that the Goddess of this temple fulfills the wishes of the pilgrims and takes away all their troubles. Dedicated to Mata Shri Chhinnamastika Devi and Mata Chintpurni Devi, the Chintpurni Devi Temple is revered by people of Northern India.The Sawan Ashtami Fair is also celebrated with great fervor in the Chintpurni Devi Temple.

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NAINA DEVI TEMPLE

Naina Devi Temple in Bilaspur is one of the sacred pilgrimage destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Located amidst the green valleys and serene locales of Bilaspur near Chandigarh, the Naina Devi Temple is considered to be a Shakti Peeth and therefore one of the sacred Hindu Temples which is visited by tourists every year. A number of myths and legends are centered on the Naina Devi Temple in Himachal Pradesh. According to the Puranas, Sati once burnt herself alive in order to avenge an insult to Lord Shiva. After this Shiva started his Tandava dance taking Sati’s body in a fit of rage. Vishnu with his Chakra then cut her body into 51 pieces.

naina-devi

JWALADEVI TEMPLE

Jwaladevi Temple is positioned 34 kms south to Kangra Valley. Devoted to Goddesses Jwalamukhi with blazing mouth, the temple is said to have a total of nine permanent flames named after Goddesses Unpurna, Mahakali, Chandi, Bindhya Basni, Hinglaj, Maha Lakshmi, Ambika, Anji Devi and Saraswati. Jwaladevi Temple is counted as one of the 51 Shakti-Pithas and hence said to be having extreme divine power. This temple is decorated by the gorgeous folding doors made of silver plates. These were gifted by Sikh Emperor Raja Kharak Singh. The temple’s dome is dolled up by beautiful looking gold plated materials.

jwala-devi

HATKOTI DURGA TEMPLES

Hatkoti in Himachal Pradesh is one of the Durga Temples located in Rohru, a few kilometers from Shimla. On the banks of Pabbar River, Hatkoti is located at a place where it is believed that a fight between Parvati and Shiva took place. The Hatkoti Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga has a bronze idol of the Goddess. One of the sacred Hindu Temples, Hatkoti is visited by pilgrims each year. Quite an ancient temple, historians believe its architecture dates back to the Gupta Period in Indian History. During the month of April every year a fair is held centered on the Hatkoti Temple.

Hatkoti

CHAMUNDA DEVI TEMPLE

The “residence of the Gods”, better known as the state of Himachal Pradesh plays host to almost two thousand temples. Each of these temples makes use of a different architecture. So, on one hand, you find temples akin to Gurudwaras of the Sikhs or Buddhist Gompas whereas on the other, you wonder at the designs of the pagoda styled temples or carved stone shikharas. Amongst these vast count of temples, one which stands out is Chamunda Devi Temple, located 15 kms away from Dharamsala. Chamunda Devi Temple is enviously positioned on the banks of River Baner.

Chamunda

BAIJNATH TEMPLE

The state of Himachal Pradesh, frequently called as “Devabhoomi”, is truly the place fit to be the house of the Gods. The remarkable altitudes of the Himalayan ranges, along with its striking picturesque surrounding bearing an air of spiritual tranquility will take you closer to The Supreme. There are about two thousand temples erected in this State. Himachal Pradesh is home to temples built in diverse styles of architecture. So, you can view temples of pagoda style, those akin to Sikh Gurudwaras or pretty similar to Buddhist Gompas in addition to some carved stone shikharas.

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Buddhist Monasteriess in Himachal Pradesh

DHANKAR MONASTERY

Dhankar Monastery is a Buddhist monastery located 24 km from Kaza in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Built nearly one thousand years ago, the monastery serves the eastern part of central Spiti. Dhankar is a big village and was the capital of the Spiti Kingdom in the 17th century. There are about 100 Lamas in Dhankar Monastery, in position of Buddhist scriptures in Bhoti language. Perched at the altitude of 12774 feet above sea level, the Dhankar monastery belongs to the Gelugspa School of order. The monastery serves as the residence of over 150 monks.

The Dhankar Monastery

KARDANG MONASTERY

There is a sizeable Buddhist population in Himachal Pradesh – the mountainous state in northern India. Naturally, this has given rise to several Buddhist Monasteriess scattered all over the state. One of the most revered Buddhist Monasteriess in Himachal Pradesh, Kardang Monastery is located at a distance of about 5 km from Keylong across the Bhaga River. Believed to have been built some 900 years back in the 12th century, Kardang Monastery lies at an altitude of about 15,000 feet above the village of Kardang. Kardang is the erstwhile capital of Lahaul.

Kardang Monastery

KYE MONASTERY

The remote valleys of Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India, are strongly influenced by Buddhism, and are hence, home to several Buddhist Monasteriess. The Kye Monastery, located about 12 km to the north of Kaza in the Spiti Valley, is one of the most revered monasteries in Himachal Pradesh. The monastery can be reached by covering a distance of 210 km from Manali to Kaza, and thereafter following a pathway on the north that leads to it. Kye Gompa stands at an altitude of about 4,116 m above Kye village and earns the distinction of being the oldest and the biggest monastery in the valley.

Key Monastery

REWALSAR

The state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India is a place where pilgrimage and nature both co-exist in perfect harmony. There is a sizeable Buddhist population in Himachal Pradesh, resulting in the establishment of several Buddhist Monasteriess in the state. Perhaps the most sacred site for Buddhists in Himachal Pradesh, Rewalsar is a monastery located about 20 km to the south west of Mandi. Standing on the edge of the Rewalsar Lake, the monastery is highly significant and revered by people of all religions. With water, woodlands and high hills, the site of Rewalsar presents an enchanting variety of natural beauty.

Rewalsar

TABO MONASTERY

Found in 996 AD, Tabo Monastery is popularly known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas. This Buddhist monastery in Himachal Pradesh is perched at a height of 3050 m on the barren, snow-clad, and rocky desert of the Tabo valley. The monastery was established as a modern centre for learning by the great teacher and translator Lotsawa Rinchen Tsang Po, the king of Guge. Nine temples, 23 chortens, a monk’s chamber and an extension that houses the nun’s chamber forms the monastery complex.

Tabo-Monastery

TAYUL GOMPA

Himachal Pradesh in North India is home to a considerable Buddhist population, and hence, there are several Buddhist Monasteriess scattered all over the state. The Tayul Monastery is one such highly-revered monastery, located at a distance of mere 6 km from Keylong in Lahaul valley. The remote valleys of Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur have very strong Buddhist influence, and house several monasteries. Keylong – the administrative headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti district is a decent base to explore the Buddhsit Monasteries lying in the vicinity. One of the oldest monasteries of the region – Tayul Gompa lies at an altitude of 3900 m.

tayul gompa

SHASHUR MONASTERY

The north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh boasts of a sizeable Buddhist population, which results in the establishment of several Buddhist Monasteriess in the state. The remote valleys of Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur have very strong Buddhist connections, and hence, are dotted with monasteries. The Shashur Monastery is one such highly-revered monastery, located at a distance of just 3 km from Keylong in the Lahaul valley. Shashur Monastery was erected in the 17th century AD, by Lama Dewa Tyatsho of Ladakh, who was an ambassador of Nawang Namgyal – the king of Bhutan.

Shashur Monastery

THANG YUG GOMPA

The Thang Yug Gompa is one such highly-revered monastery located at a distance of about 14 km from Kaza – the headquarters of Spiti sub division. Situated at a secluded place in the narrow gauge of Kaza nallah, Thang Yug is one of the most visited monasteries in the district. Built in the first half of the 14th century, the Thang Yug Gompa in Himachal Pradesh is an exemplary specimen of the strong impact of Buddhism on the region. The monastery is associated with the Sa-kya-pa sect of Buddhists and is well-known for its historical significance. Situated in a secluded place in the narrow gauge of Kaza Nallah.

Thang Yug

Churches in Himachal Pradesh

CHURCHES IN DALHOUSIE

The Churches in Dalhousie number four. Of all the Churches in Dalhousie the largest is the St. Patrick’s Church. Merely 2 km from the main bus stand in Dalhousie; this church is located on the Military Hospital Road. The oldest amongst the Churches in Dalhousie is the St. John’s Church. Located at Gandhi Chowk at a distance of about 2 km from the main bus stand of Dalhousie.Two of the other Churches in Dalhousie are St. Andrews Church and St. Francis Church at Subhash Chowk.

dalhousie-church

CHURCHES IN SHIMLA

Of all the Churches in Shimla, the Christ Church is not just the oldest church in the Shimla but also the second oldest church in the whole of Northern India. Some of the other Churches in Shimla which are well worth a visit are the St. Michael’ Cathedral and Roman Catholic Cathedral. There is something so serene and so pleasant about the ambience of these Churches in Shimla that anyone is sure to feel better and spiritually uplifted after a visit to them.

church-shimla

CHURCHES IN DHARAMSHALA

Dharamshala boasts of an amazing natural beauty. Against the backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar Mountains, lies this city in the Kangra valley which is visited by a fairly large number of visitors each year. There aren’t too many Churches in Dharamsala. It is not even that the Churches in Dharamsala are the foremost tourist attractions of the place but the one Church in Dharamsala that is not to be missed out and is sure to impress you when you go for a sight seeing tour of the place is the St. John’s Church.

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Gurudwaras in Himachal Pradesh

MANIKARAN GURUDWARA

Manikaran located atop the Himalayan Ranges beside River Parvati at an altitude of 1760 meters above the sea level, is a veritable paradise for the Sikhs as well as Hindus. There is a Gurudwara in which the ancient book of the Sikhs has been preserved with utmost care and concern. Every thousands of pilgrims from across the globe comes over Manikaran Gurudwara and pays homage to Vahiguru, the Sikh Lord. Couples come for obtaining the bliss of happy conjugal life, new mothers comes here for acquiring blessings for her child and young men who has recently got a job comes to Manikaran Gurudwara to thank Vahiguru for his benevolence.

manikaran

REWALSAR

Located in the periphery of Lake Rewalsar Gurudwara Rewalsar is an important place for pilgrimage. It is a point of great attraction for the Sikh tourists because it is said that a visit to this sacred Gurudwara brings in peace and sanctity in their lives. The fairs and festivals held in the Rewalsar Gurudwara are attended by millions across the globe. The Sikhs take the pain of traveling from another corner of the world to Rewalsar only to obtain the blessings of Vahiguru, their sacred Lord. During festive occasions the Gurudwara becomes the venue of fairs and people from across the country collectively celebrate the spirit of festivity over here.

Rewalsar

PAONTA SAHIB

Gurudwaras are venues of Sikh worship. Even if you are not an ardent follower of Sikhism your visit to Paonta Sahib would be a delightful experience. Paonta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh was founded by Guru Govind Singh, at the age of sixteen years. River Yamuna flowing nearby is supposed to wash out the sins of mankind through its ever flowing waves. The Sal forest surrounding the Gurudwara seems to enhance its natural beauty. Guru Govind Singh was invited by the erstwhile king of the Rajputs to help him fight the mighty Mughal forces.. The literal connotation of the Paonta Sahib is space for foot hold.

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Lakes in Himachal Pradesh

As every visitor finds out when in the laps of Himachal Pradesh, that it is among the most strikingly beautiful and unspoilt regions of the Himalayas. The mountainsides are honey combed with caves and studded with lakes. And as if to emphasize the tremendous natural contrasts that are the hallmark of Himachal Pradesh, along with the freezing water of the Alpine lakes, there are numerous hot springs where temperatures can touch 50 degree C. Some of these lakes dates back to million of years when the earth was still young and geographical forces of nature rampant. Some of these lakes are held sacred and still others are looked upon with dumbstruck gaze for its sheer majesty and coloration. Lakes in Himachal Pradesh is a fascinating study in colors, proportion, and geographical locations.

BHRIGU LAKE

Bhrigu Lake is situated at an elevation of 4235 m in the district of Kullu. This lake is located in the east of Rohtang Pass and is at a distance of 6 kms from Gulaba village. A lot of people from around the world visit this lake. As the shores of Bhrigu Lake do not have any human settlement till date, the serene ambience of this place is an added attraction to the tourists. Legend has it that this lake derives its name from the great saint Brighu. As a result, people hold Bhrigu Lake to be a sacred place. Bhrigu Lake is positioned in such a way that many of the trek routes of this area pass by it.

bhrigu-lake

CHANDRA TAL LAKE

Chandra Tal Lake is situated at a height of 4300 m and 6 kms away from the Kunzum Pass in Spiti and Lahaul district. Boasting of a circumference of about 2.5 kms, the deep blue-water of Chandra Tal Lake is the source of the Chandra river. According to legend, this lake is the location from where god Indra’s chariot picked up Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers. In other words, Yudhishthira’s journey to heaven in his mortal appearance began from Chandra Tal Lake. As a result, this lake is a revered one and draws a large number of devotees. Many domestic and international travelers also come to this place.

chandratal-lake

DASHIR LAKE

Lake formation consists of an integral part of the Himachal landscape. Some are millions of years old formed due to the Tectonic movements, others are relatively new. These perennial lakes are also different in character. If one lake is frozen throughout the year, others still are hot geysers where temperature reaches to 50 degree centigrade. Dashir Lake situated at a high altitude, is one of the most beautiful lakes that can be found in the Himachali region. Located near Rohtang pass (which connects Kulu district with Lahaul) this lake is a veritable treasure trove for nature lover. Crystal clear cobalt water makes you see right through the lake.

dashir-lake

KHAJJIAR LAKE

Khajjiar Lake is positioned at a height of 1900 m in the district of Chamba, 25 kms and 16 kms respectively from Chamba and Dalhousie. Khajjiar Lake is situated at the central part of a large Khajjiar glade. This lake is fed by small streams. It stays full of water during all the seasons. Consequently, it doesn’t need any rain water for its survival. The dense forest of the Kalatope sanctuary in its neighborhood adds to the beauty of Khajjiar Lake. Both the glade as well as the Khajjiar lake is held blessed to Khajjinag. So, general tourists apart, quite a few devotees also come to pay their respect at this lake. In fact, this place owes its name to Lord Khajjinag.

khajjiar-lake

MANIMAHESH LAKE

Located in Chamba, Manimahesh Lake lies 4800 meters above the sea level. It is therefore a high altitude Lake in Himachal Pradesh. Chamba is famous for Minjar Fair held in August and is a famous pilgrim spot because of the presence of numerous temples and places of worship. Few Lakes in India are situated at such high altitude, like Manimahesh Lake and it is integrally linked to Indian Mythology.It is believed that Lord Shiva one of the three Lords in Hindu Trinity (known as Lord Brahma the creator, Lord Vishnu the Preserver and Lord Siva the destroyer) stays at Manimahesh Kailash.

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SURAJ TAL LAKE

Suraj Tal Lake is located at a height of 4950 m below the summit of the Baralacha pass in the Lahaul region of Spiti and Lahaul district. The Baralacha Pass connects Mandi as well as Lahaul to Ladakh. Suraj Tal Lake, the source of Bhaga river, is situated at the head of it. Considered to be a sacred water body, Suraj Tal Lake attracts quite a few devotees apart from the general tourists. Particularly in the months of summer, this place becomes abuzz with a huge number of visitors. So, book yourself for a tour to Himachal Pradesh and ensure a visit to Suraj Tal Lake. You would definitely be in love with the experience of coming here.

suraj-tal-lake

NAKO LAKE

Located in Pooh subdivision, Nako Lake is 3662 meters above the sea level. The district of Kinnaur in which Nako Lake is situated is a picturesque landscape, perfect for a visit during the summer season to escape the warm blasts. Hemmed by Willow Trees and Poplar Trees, Nako Lake offers not only a soothing view to the nature lover, but also a serene resort to the religiously inclined. Willows and Poplars thrive best in the climate of Himachal Pradesh. Located nearby are the renowned Buddhist Temples and Monasteries.

nako-lake

GOBIND SAGAR

Artificial Lakes used for storing water for various usages is generally known as reservoirs and Gobind Sagar is one such. Done mainly by constructing dam, these Artificial Lakes are the store house of natural wealth. Situated in Bilaspur district, Gobind Sagar is a man-made dam generating hydel power. Named after the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh and Gobind Sagar was confirmed as a water fowl harbor in 1962. Numerous ornithologists and nature lovers are thereby attracted to this place.

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Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh

Hill stations lie at the heart of the tourism industry in Himachal Pradesh. The state is gifted with some of the best hill stations in the sub continent. These stations have long been tempting the travellers. Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and the best resorts in the state was once the summer capital of British in India. The hill stations feature a pleasant climate, panoramic views of places that lie far stretched, fresh and clean air to breathe and privacy that often makes it ideal for a romantic place

CHAIL

Rich in a heritage, which stems from a history dating back to times immemorial, Chail is one of the lesser known tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh. Set up by Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala, after his expulsion from Shimla, the tiny picturesque hamlet of Chail is an oasis of peace and serenity, which is a welcome change from the hustle bustle of Shimla, located around 45 kms away from Chail. An air of regality envelopes almost every nook and corner of this beautiful hill station of Himachal Pradesh. This is coupled with a sense of medievalism that promises to make your holiday in Chail, most pleasant vacations ever!

Chail

KASAULI

One of the most picturesque hill stations of Himachal Pradesh as well as one of the best preserved relics of the British Raj, a tour to Kasauli is a definite must include if you are planning a tour itinerary to Himachal Pradesh. Once a cantonment of the British army in India, this pristinely beautiful hill station of Himachal Pradesh reminds one of a world steeped in medievalism. Cobbled roads lead to quaint cottages which add a touch of elegance to this naturally beautiful land. A perfect destination for newly weds, planning their honeymoon in Kasauli, the land is also a perfect destinations for large families planning a holiday in Kasauli

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KUFRI

Winding roads lead past a lake filled with the clearest blue water possible. if this description makes you yearn for a vacation, get ready and pack your bags for Kufri, one of the most popular tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh. A skier’s paradise, the beautiful hill station of Kufri is definitely one of the most popular tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh.Once, a part of the Kingdom of Nepal, the beautiful district of Kufri was brought into prominence by the British, who “discovered” this sleepy hamlet in 1819. Its importance in the tourism of Himachal Pradesh was further accentuated thanks to its prominence to Shimla.

kufri

CHAMBA

Hidden by the tall confers which greet you the moment you step into this delightful hill station of Himachal Pradesh, a trip to Chamba is truly one of the most pleasant ways to savor best of the tourism in Himachal Pradesh. Nestled between the snowy slopes of the Great Himalaya, the Dhauladhar and the Pangi-Pir Panjal ranges, the pristine beauty of Chamba is made even more special by the rich history and heritage of the land, which seems to provide the tourists to Chamba with the perfect getaway from the daily humdrum of our lives in today’s world. Perhaps the pivotal point in the tourism in Chamba is the famous Manimahesh range.

chamba

Khajjiar

Located around 24 kms away from Dalhousie, Khajjiar is a saucer shaped plateau, which is surrounded by lush, green forests of conifers like Pine and Fir. Breathtakingly beautiful and spell binding with its simplicity, a trip to Khajjiar is a definite must include if you are planning a tour itinerary to Himachal Pradesh. A hiker’s paradise, Khajjiar is also known as “Mini Switxerland”, a title, the truth of which is evident the moment you step into this charming land. The very air of Khajjiar is magical, filling you with a sense of purity and freshness as it sweeps through your hair.

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DHARAMSHALA

Known as Little Lhasa in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is a beautiful town nestled in the hills of Western Himalayas. The massive snow capped peaks of Dhauladhars reign in the backdrop of this quaint hilly hamlet. Tour to Dharamshala is not only exciting but also makes you feel the variations that the little town offers, may it be in temperature or climate or the whole character. If you are planning a tour to Dharamshala it is important to know How to reach Dharamshala easily and without much hassle. Situated at a distance of only 15 kilometers from Kangra Airport, Dharamshala can be reached by all possible means of transportation.

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KANGRA

Nestled amidst the pristine splendor of the mighty Western Himalayas, a tour to Kangra Valley reveals some of the most spectacular secrets of tourism in Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by scenic locales, a tour to Kangra Valley is made even more special by the rich history of Kangra Valley and the traditional handicrafts of the Kangra Valley which make the valley a shopper’s paradise. Dotted with some of the most revered temples of India, like the temples of Brajeshwari, Baijnath, Jawalamukhi and Chamunda Devi, a tour to Kangra Valley is blessed with all the ingredients necessary for that dream vacation you had always wished for!

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MASHOBRA

One of the two presidential retreats of India, the tiny hill town of Mashobra is one of the most high profile though, lesser known hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by dense coniferous forests, the sleepy hamlet of Mashobra is a definite must visit while planning a tour itinerary to Himachal Pradesh. Snow covered slopes of the Western Himalayas act as a natural boundary to a land which remains charmingly covered by mist almost all around the year. Winding roads take you past streams of the clearest water imaginable in to a land which offers you all the ingredients to make your holiday in Mashobra the dream vacation you had always wished for!

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PARWANOO

Once a sleepy little hamlet, the beautiful hill station of Parwanoo is today a major center of activities of tourism in Himachal Pradesh. A bustling town with several industrial activities growing up today, Parwanoo is today one of the most important influences in Himachal Pradesh. Snow clad for the major part of the year, a tour to Parwanoo is an escape into nature where almost every aspect of the natural surroundings of the region has a story to narrate. Adding an even special touch to the surroundings of this beautiful are the various orchards and fruit farms of Parwanoo which are the leading influences in the process of industrialization of Parwanoo.

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SOLAN

Renowned as the Mushroom city of India, Solan is a nice place to be while on a tour to Himachal Pradesh. One of the major cities in Himachal Pradesh, Solan is a small town developed by the British. Solan, known for its brewery, is a picturesque destination marked by a beautiful landscape. Come on a tour to Solan, and you will have an unforgettable experience exploring this scenic town. A major attraction of Solan, this temple is unique as Solan lends its name from Goddess Shooloni Devi. On the third Sunday of the month of June, the Solan Fair is organized to honor Goddess Shoolini.

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Adventure Sports in Himachal Pradesh

Few places in the world are blessed with such rich geographical diversity as is Himachal Pradesh – the mountainous state nestled between the mighty Himalayas in India. Verdant alpine meadows and wide valleys set against lofty snow-clad mountains; low rolling hills; placid lakes, torrential rivers and gushing streams; all these form part of the breathtaking beauty of this state. Naturally there are excellent options for a wide range of Adventure Sports in Himachal Pradesh.

ANGLING

Angling is a fast developing sport in India, and the northern state of Himachal Pradesh at the foothills of the Himalayas, is fast emerging as the prime angling destination in the country. Angling is a form of fishing which is often used synonymously with terms like ‘sport fishing’ and ‘recreational fishing’. Angling in Himachal Pradesh can be nothing short of superb! The streams of Himachal Pradesh can be categorized as General-Water streams and Trout-Water streams. The main fishes that are available in these streams include Trout and Mahseer, besides some other varieties like Nemacheilus spp, Barilus sp, Schizothoracids Etc.

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GOLF

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the state of Himachal Pradesh in India is blessed with some spectacular landscapes. The varying elevations of the different regions within the state result in great diversifications in the climate and terrain within the state. This results in various exciting options for adventure sports throughout the state. Golf is a sport that is becoming increasingly popular in Himachal Pradesh. While other destinations in India also boast of reasonably good golf clubs, Golf in Himachal Pradesh can be nothing short of superb! Golf in Himachal Pradesh is complemented with some excellent facilities.

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HIMALAYAN MOTOR SPORT

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the state of Himachal Pradesh in India is blessed with some spectacular landscapes. The varying elevations of the different regions within the state result in great diversifications in the climate and terrain within the state. This results in various exciting options for adventure sports throughout the state. Golf is a sport that is becoming increasingly popular in Himachal Pradesh. While other destinations in India also boast of reasonably good golf clubs, Golf in Himachal Pradesh can be nothing short of superb! Golf in Himachal Pradesh is complemented with some excellent facilities .

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PARAGLIDING

Most of us have, at one point of our lives or another, dreamed of flying as free as a bird. Riding the warm thermal currents of the air through aero sports is perhaps the closest man has ever come to sailing the skies. Paragliding is such a sport that lets you soar high above in the skies, and feel completely detached from your daily tensions. The latest aero sport to take the fancy of adventure tourists, Paragliding in Himachal Pradesh is becoming increasingly popular in the state. A mix of sky-diving and hang-gliding, the exciting sport of paragliding will allow you to dip and wheel high over the hills and valleys in Himachal almost at your will.

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CAMPING

Known for its serenity and natural beauty, a trip to Himachal Pradesh is perhaps the best way of reconnecting with nature and a haven for those of us seeking an escape from the mundane hustle bustle of our daily lives. Perhaps, no other way makes this return to nature as pleasurable as does Camping in Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by lush, green valleys which are bordered by the regality of the snowy slopes of the Western Himalayas, a tour to Himachal Pradesh is perhaps incomplete without Camping in Himachal Pradesh. One of the most popular camping destinations in Himachal Pradesh is the sleepy little hamlet of Chail.

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MOUNTAINEERING & ROCK CLIMBING

The majestic beauty of the Himalayas has always drawn countless tourists for a trip to Himachal Pradesh. Perhaps, one of the greatest attractions of a holiday in Himachal Pradesh is the various opportunities of Mountaineering & Rock Climbing in Himachal Pradesh, which the naturally mountainous terrain of the state offers to the tourists to Himachal Pradesh. A mountaineer’s paradise, there are a number of institutes which promote Mountaineering & Rock Climbing in Himachal Pradesh. The natural surroundings of Himachal Pradesh aid these institutes, with Manali being at the center of most activities of Mountaineering.

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TREKKING

Nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh in India is a mountainous region with altitudes ranging from 450 to 6000 meters. A hub for adventure activities, Himachal Pradesh is a paradise for trekking enthusiasts, offering them with a multitude of options for enjoying Trekking in Himachal Pradesh. Trekking in Himachal Pradesh enjoys the greatest popularity among the adventure sports available in the state, due mainly to the diverse geographical terrain of the region. A journey through Himachal Pradesh offers a deep and refreshing communion with nature in its varying best.

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WATER & RIVER SPORTS

The majestic Himalayan mountain ranges provide the province of Himachal Pradesh with a number of snow fed rivers which contribute much to the tourism of Himachal Pradesh. However, if you are planning a tour to Himachal Pradesh, here are a number of options of adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh, which can provide perfect opportunities of entertainment during your trip to Himachal Pradesh. These are led by several activities of water & River Sports in Himachal Pradesh, which form one of the leading tourist attractions of Himachal Pradesh. The rivers Chandrabhaga (Chenab) in Lahaul, the Satluj near Shimla, the Ravi near Chamba.

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Wildlife in Himachal Pradesh

The thick forest stretches that cover the slopes of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh are home to a host of flora and fauna. In Himachal Pradesh, out of the total geographical area of 55,670 sq km, the forest area the forest area stretches up to 37,691 sq km. At present there are 32 Sanctuaries, 2 National Parks and 3 Games Reserves.

SIMBALBARA SANCTUARY

Located in the Paonta Valley of Sirmour District, this sanctuary features beautiful dense Sal forests with grassy glades. With the Shiwalik Hills and a perrenila stream flowing inside the sanctuary, Simbalbara is absolute picturesque. The Forest Rest House here is connected by a fair weather road from Puruwala and provides a beautiful view of the valley. Goral, Sambhar and Chittal can be easily spotted here. There are walking trails inside the quiet adjoining forests. The best season to visit this sanctuary is in winter.

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KANWAR SANCTUARY

Kanwar sanctuary is located in the Parbati valley of Kullu district. There is a Rest House at Kasol and the R.O. wildlife Kasol, provides information and help to visitors. Uphill walk along Garahan Nala from Kasol through dense majestic Deodar and Fir forests is thoroughly enjoyable and makes you feel like one of the comic book heroes you once pined for. This sanctuary is famed for its considerable population of Himalayan Tahr.

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CHAIL SANCTUARY

Located in one of the districts of Shimla, the Chail Sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh is the idyllic retreat for the wildlife buffs and nature lovers. Declared as a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1976, Chail Sanctuary shrouded in Deodar and Oak Forests is the store house of a rich variety of flora and fauna. Explore the sprawling acres of greenery and dense woodlands of Chail Sanctuary still unspoilt by the crowds and pollution. Nestled amidst the green valleys with the snow clad peaks in the background, Chail Sanctuary remains the ideal destination for the wildlife lovers. The Chail Sanctuary has a rich variety of flora and fauna.

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MANALI SANCTUARY

The sanctuary is located at a distance of about 2 km from Manali main town. It is the catchment area of the Manalsu khad. A path from Manali log huts and Dhungri temple passes through dense Deodar, Kail, Horse chestnut, Walnut and Maple forests to the sanctuary. Musk deer, Monal and Brown bear, Leopard and Snow leopard are some of the sport seen here. Herds of Ibex are also seen roaming in the glacier zone in summers. The sanctuary spreads over about 3,180 hectares. The following area was declared a sanctuary on 26th February 1954, under the Punjab Birds and Wild Animals Protection Act, 1933.

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