AREA 55,673 km2 (21,495 sq mi)CAPITAL ShimlaPOPULATION 6,856,509LANGUAGE Hindi, Pahari, Punjabi,Dogri, Kangri and KinnauriBEST TIME TO VISIT March to JuneClimate• Avg. Winter 7 °C (45 °F)• Avg. Summer 28 °C (82 °F)Precipitation 1,469 mm (57.8 in)
HISTORYHimachal Pradesh is called the “Devbhumi” as it is regarded asthe Land of the Gods.Himachal Pradesh literally means a region of snowymountains’. The word Hima actually means snow in Sanskritterminology. Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, an eminentSanskrit Scholar from Himachal Pradesh named the state.Located in the northern part of India, Himachal Pradesh isknown for its glorious hill stations.In the year 1950 Himachal Pradesh was declared as one of theUnion Territories of India . Later on however, with the passingof Himachal Pradesh Act of 1971, it emerged as the eighteenthstate of India.Himachal pradesh is bordered by Jammu and Kashmir on thenorth, Punjab on the west and south-west, Haryana andUttarakhand on the south-east and by the Tibet AutonomousRegion on the east.
Tourist Places In Himachal PradeshHimachal is peppered with the awesome landscape that isa dream of everyone.With lofty Himalayas draped with snow, deep valleys, vastwoods, chilled rivers, green surroundings, scenic lakes anddeep gorges, Tourist attractions in Himachal appeals toyour sight and mind. In addition to this, there are a number of tourist places inHimachal Pradesh that add to its overall charm.Various adventure sports such as trekking, skiing, iceskating, river rafting, paragliding, etc. that give manyreasons to tourists to get drawn to Himachal.
ShimlaShimla is one of the bestrefuges during vacations anda perfect destination fortourist. Various tourist attractionsare Mall Road, Kali BariTemple, Christ Church,Summer Hill, Shimla Ridge,etc.The place is a wonderfulabode for nature lovers whofeel like exploring all thetourist places in HimachalPradesh.
Manali (265 Kms. awayfrom Shimla)Manali is an amazingdestination formountain lovers andespecially the snowcapped mountains. People can have funover the snow blanketof the Solang Valleyand Rohtang Pass orcan visit the holyHadimba Temple orthe Vashisht Temple.
Dharamshala (245 Kms. ((ViaHamirpur) away from Shimla)Dharamshala presents you withall the amazing charm of a hillresort. Awesome spots such as the St.John’s Church, Dal Lake,Kangra Art Museum, NamgyalMonastery, Nurpur Fort,Maharana Pratap wildlifeSanctuary, Chamund DeviTemple, etc., Dharamshala isthere to fascinate youcompletely.
Lahaul and Spiti (Tabo (Spiti) – 355Kms away from Shimla)Lahaul and Spiti showcase anumber of heritage spots andprimitive places.Here, you come across monasteries,lakes, valleys, rivers, gorges,mountains, temples, etc. that makethe place completely arresting.One can explore the royal heritagesof Gondla or can have the sacredessence of the Guru GhantalMonastery.This makes Lahaul and Spiti one ofthe best Himachal Pradesh touristspots
Dalhousie (340 Kms. (ViaHamirpur) away from shimla )Dalhousie appears to beextremely charming due to theexistence of Kathlog, Balun,Porteyn, Moti Tibba andBakrota hills.The hill station is ideal fortourists, who can explore it byvisiting the spots such as theLaxmi Narayan Temple,Satdhara Springs, variouschurches, picnic spot namedas Dalhousie Panchpula,Kalatop, etc.
Chamba ( 347 kms away fromshimla )Chamba’s charm is gets enrichedwith the lively River Ravi andChamba’s art, culture, museums,temples as well as naturalattractions are more than enoughto let you glued to it. One canbehold the arresting DhgauladharRanges or can visit the ChaurasiTemple Complex or the famousChampavati Temple. People fondof historical findings can headtowards the Bhuri Singh Museum
Kangra ( 220 kms awayfrom shimla )Kangra is marked with thestunning views of theDhauladhar Hills and thepicturesque Kangra Valley. Theplace is marked with an arrayof attractions including theJwalaji Temple surprising youwith the natural flamesemerging from the rocks,Brajesshwari devi Temple, etc.Adventure freaks can enjoysports like rock climbing,fishing, trekking,mountaineering, etc.
Palampur ( 215 kmsaway from shimla )Palampur is rich with itstea gardens and has thebeauty of the DhauladharHills. Here, you findvalleys, mountains, lushgreenery and attractionsincluding Mata BundlaTemple, Newgal Park,Saurab Kaliya Ban Vihar,St. John’s Church, NeugalKhad, etc.
Kasauli (Kasauli (Solan) –75 Km away from shimla )Kasauli is filled with the naturalserenity, lush greenery andbunches of flowers. Peoplevisiting Kasauli can enjoy thechance of exploring the touristplaces of Himachal Pradeshsuch as Monkey Point,Dharampur, Dagshai, Sabathu,Sanawar, etc., that take youamidst the tranquility andbeauty of Nature. One justcan’t remain bereaved ofexploring it...
Kinnaur (Sangla(Kinnaur)230Kms away fromshimla)Kinnaur enchants you withvineyards, valleys, orchards,snow covered mountain andtheir peaks, as well as variousfruits such as apples, apricots,pine nuts, almonds, etc. Riverssuch as Spiti, Baspa and Satlujadd to the richness of Kinnaurand make it serene. One canvisit the Recong Peo temple orcan forget oneself amidst theOak, Chestnut, Mangolia, Alderas well as Birch forests
Khajjiar ( 330 kms awayfrom shimla )Khajjiar appears more thanappealing with its Pine andDeodar trees and its scenicbeauty and attractionsmake it ‘Mini Switzerland’.One can visit the KhajjiarTemple or can behold thelively adventure of KhajjiarWildlife Sanctuary. Or else,one can bask in the beautyof the stunningDhauladhar Ranges.
Kufri ( 12 kms awayfrom shimla )Kufri is also well known forits snow draped peaks andMahasu Peak and MahasuRidge are some of the mostsplendid attractions ofKufri. People can try outthe sports such astoboganning, trekking,skiing or can behold theamazing sight of valleys aswell as vast forests. Truly,this hill station is enoughto make you awestruck.
Kullu ( 208 kms away fromshimla )Kullu is a heavenly valleythat is considered to be oneof the best destinations fortourists. The hill station ismarked with the splendidRiver Beas as well as a seriesof attractions such as BijliMahadev Temple, JagannathiDevi Temple, various wildlifesanctuaries, RaghunathTemple, etc. The place is alsoan amazing spot for trekkersand adventure lovers...
Chail ( 50 kms away fromshimla )Chail, an awesome hill stationin Himachal bewitches youwith its temples, palaces,natural beauty and landscapeand a number of touristattractions such as therenowned Chail CricketGround, the highest cricketground in the world, SidhBaba Ka Mandir, Maharaja’sPalace, Chail WildlifeSanctuary, etc. that togethermake it a worth visitingplace...
Food & CuisinesFACT FILEBest Dishes : Indra – A dish Prepared By Urad dal and Bada in Shimla District.Siddu – Made from Soybean or Walnut.Non Veg Dishes : Kullu Trout, Grilled Fishes, Chicken AnaardanaVeg Dishes : Guchhi Mattar, Sepu Vadi and Kaddu ka Khatta.Festive Delicacies : Dham - Made of Rice, Moong Dal and a dish of Rajma Cooked in Yoghurt ( A Night LongPreparation).Ankalos – Made of Rice FlourAktori – A kind of Cake, is Prepared by Mixing Leaves of Buckwheat with Wheat Flour.Patande – A Type of Pancake Dish.Most Famous Drink : Tea – Made in Various Varieties, Buttermilk.Not To Be Missed : Enjoying Makki or Fresh Corn Flour That is Grounded in Water Propelled-mill and is Eaten withMilk at breakfast.Crunchy Delights : Bhatoora and Chana Madra.Sweet Dishes : Mittha of Sweet Rice Prepared During Festivals, Nasasta a Sweetmeat of Kangra Region.Must Try : Lamb Intestines Made Specially During the Winters, Legumes Cooked over Low Heat for ExtendedPeriod.Where to Eat : Shimla – Goofa and Ashiana for Indian. Devicoes for Indian, Continental, Chinese. Baljees for MultiCuisine. Tibeto for Indian mix of Chinese.Manali – The Red Roof Restaurant for Indian, Chinese and Continental Cuisine, The RoyalDelicious for Multi Cuisine.Dalhousie – Amritsari, Sher-e-Punjab and the Royal Dhaba for Indian, Moti Mahal, New Metro andLovely for Multi Cuisine, Snow Lion – Tibetan Food.Kasauli – Gianis Dhaba, Daily Needs.Inside Tip : Himachal Government in the Month of May, Holds a Cuisine Festival Where Different IndianCuisines are Highlighted.
Shopping in himachal pradeshHimachal Pradesh is famous for its handicrafts, wood,metalwork, shawls, pullovers, local tweeds, woodenarticles, toys, Tibetan carpets and handicrafts, pickles andjams and squashes, Kullu shawls, caps, funky jewellerymade of semi-precious stones, beads, basketry.Festivals & events in himachal pradeshDussehra, Sipi Fair, Doongri Festival are some of thefestivals and events in Himachal Pradesh that arecelebrated with much fervour across the state.
How to Reach Himachal PradeshBy Road :The most beautiful Indian State is well connected via road to all the major cities of thecountry. Three National Highways criss-cross Himachal Pradesh. NH- 20 enters Himachalthrough Pathankot, which connect Nurpur, Dharamshala, Palampur, Joginder Nagarand ends at Mandi. NH-21 begins at Chandigarh and goes upto Leh via Bilaspur, Mandi and Kullu Manali. National Highway- 22 starts from Ambala and goes upto Kinnaur via Solan, Shimla,Narkanda and Rampur .By Rail :In fact, there are no railway tracks in the entire state because of the loft hills. But, Kalka(90km away) is the nearest railway station to reach to Himachal Pradesh to exploremajor tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh. There are regular trains from Ambala to Kalkaand Pathankot - Joginder Nagar through a Narrow-gauge line.By Air :For those tourists who come outside India the best airport is Indira Gandhi InternationalAirport. However, Kullu also houses an airport that is only 23km away. There are regularflights from Delhi to Kullu.There are three main airports in Himachal at Jabbarhatti near Shimla, Gaggal near Kangraand Bhuntar near Kullu.
Dos Himachal has an enormous range of weather conditions. Most areas ofBilaspur, Una, Solan, Sirmour, Hamirpur and Kangra are largely warm to hotin summer and mild to pleasant in winter. The district of Chamba, Kinnaur,Kullu, Shimla and Lahaul-Spiti are mild to pleasant in summer and cold inwinter. Do check the clothing and other equipment you may require for theregion you are visiting. Tourists intending to participate in adventure activities are advised to hirethe services of those travel agents and guides who are registered with theDepartment of Tourism, HP Govt. Dispose all litter carefully. Use cloth bags for carrying/shopping. Observe local traditions and custom especially while visiting religious places.Do not touch or remove religious objects. For guide maps and information, contact Himachal Tourism offices. Before part taking in any adventure activitiy such as trekking, river rafting,paragliding, local authorities such as SDM, Police, tourist offices etc. shouldbe informed in advance and permission may be taken. Keep identity card/passport handy while travelling. While visiting interiortourist places, please enquire about local authority contacts.
Don’ts Don’t leave non-biodegradable litter behind. The use of Polythene is bannedin Himachal Pradesh. Don’t encourage beggars. Don’t be coerced into shopping or sight-seeing tours by touts, taxi drivers orstrangers. Let the Department of Tourism, the Himachal Pradesh TourismDevelopment Corporation, approved travel agents or your hotel help you. Do not use or carry any prohibited psychotropic or contraband drugs such asopium, heroin or marijuana, which under Narcotics Drugs and PsychotropicSubstances Act is a crime and a punishable offence with imprisonment underlaw. Dont stand at the edge of a cliff or on any boulder near a river bank forphotographs etc. The water current in fast flowing rivers of Himachal Pradeshis very strong. Do not take photograph of local inhabitants without their permission. Dont eat anything offered by unidentified persons on trains or during roadtravel. It may contain sedatives or intoxicating substances. Do not burn bushes during trekking in the high altitude areas. Do not park your vehicle on the road side/ unauthorized parking.