Himachal Pradesh Travel Guide
Himachal Pradesh means “the land of snow” which can give you the idea of what the place is all about. Located in North Western Himalayas is astonishing beautiful regions ranging from foothills to snow line and Glaciers. Himachal is the place of immense attractions and there is something for everyone be it adventure tour packages, Honeymoon tour packages, Pilgrimage tour packages, Sports activities, Heritage Tours, Rejuvenating and Recreational Packages, Wildlife tour package. There are still many places unconquered by traveler some of them are listed in here.
Palampur is located in Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Palampur is green Hill station surrounded by Tea Gardens Pine forests and is well drenched by numerous streams flowing though it which is why the hill station is one of the most greenest of all. Is lies in the confluence of plain and hill and offers you the most sceninc beauties both side of plain and snow Peak Mountains. There are many attractions located in and around Palampur some of them are:
Chamunda Devi Temple-20 km away from Palampur is shrine dedicated to Goddess Chamunda.
Bir and Billing: There are very few places known for hand gliding or aero sports activities this is one of the place located just at 35 kms from Palampur. Apart from this there is a famous Buddhist Monasteries where fine Tibetan handicrafts are produced here.
Baijnath: The famous temple of Shiva is located just at 16 kms away. It is believed that Ravan has worshipped Shiva at this spot and was blessed with immortality.
Neugal Khad: This is basically a view point for Dauladhar range which is located just 2 kms away.
Bundla Stream and Bundla Tea Estate: Both are located at 2 kms away and regarded as one of the most beautiful tea estate and is 200 years old where one can people plucking the tea leaves.
Andretta:An art gallery is dedicated to late famoust artist Sardar Sobha Singh and play writer Norah Richards.
Saurabh Van Vihar: Located 4 kms away from Palampur named after Capt Saurabh Kalia and managed by Himachal Pradesh Forest Department provides information related to natural environment to the travelers.
One of the most famous destination of Himachal Pradesh is located at an altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level was formerly known as Bhagsu the regions is well surrounded by Pine and other coniferous forests. The City is also the place for many famous Meditation center sparsely located in and around Dharamshala. The Mc Leodganj is particularly remain focused due to the seats of Dalai Lama who has his residence here and many other Tibetan Refugees who had followed him. There are many attractions in and around the city some of them are:
Bhagsunath: There is a medieval temple located 3 kms east of Mc Leodganj also has Bhagsu Waterfall in its vicinity and quite charming and popular among travelers.
Dharamkot: Dharamkot is a village located atop the city and offers the magnificent and majestic views of Dhauladhar ranges.
Naddi: A view point for Dauladhar Mountain range.
Dal Lake:Dal Lake is a small lake located at an altitude of 1,775 meters above sea level and has greenish water.
Triund Hill: Regarded as the Jewel of Dharamshala is a one day trek about 9 kms from upper reaches of Mc Leodganj. Dharamshala is also a trekkers delight there are many trek route to pick from like Triund Trek, Dhauladhar round Trek, Indrahara Pass Trek, Moon Peak trek, Nag Dal Trek, Kareri lake Trek, Lam Dal Lake trek.
War Memorial:War Memorial is dedicated to Indian Soldiers who laid down their life during Indo-China war of 1962.
Kangra Art Museum: best collection of local art and crafts.
Bajreshwari temple; In the middle of the town of Kangra is the temple dedicated to Bajreshwari Devi. It is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths. Known once for its legendary wealth this temple was subject to successive depredations by invaders from the north.
Jwalamukhi Temple. The famous temple of Shaktipeeth Jwalamukhi is 35 km from Kangra and 53 kms from Dharamshala. Dedicated to the "GODDESS OF LIGHT", the temple is one of the most popular Hindu temples in northern India.
Chamunda Devi Temple.: Chamuda Devi temple is 15 kms away from Dharamshala and is dedicated to Goddess Durga or Chamunda. Located in a peaceful place the temples has peaceful atmosphere. The temple is thought to be around 700 years Old.
Dalhousie a famous Hill station is located on the 5 hills at an elevation of 1,970 meters above sea level in the Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh. Dalhousie is located at a distance of about 85 kms from Patahnkot which is also the nearest railway station for Dalhousie and Dharamshala both. The Dalhousie town was after Lord Dalhousie. This beautiful Hill station is a summer retreat for the people of plains. The beautiful place is surrounded by snow peaked Dauladhar Mountain ranges. Some of the major attractions in and around are:
Khajjiar:Khajjiar is a popular site and is known as “ Mini Swiss”. The place is must in the itinerary and is a perfect combination of Lake, Forest and Scenic beauties.
Dainkund Peak: The peak of the Dainkund Mountains reaches about2900 meters and provide a breathtaking views of surrounding areas. The valley of Dainkund is refer as singing valley due to its majestic beauties.
Subhash Baoli: Netaji Subhash Chander Bose favorite place where during his course of 7 month stay he use to frequented this place.
Bakrota Hills: Bakrota hills is also a view point located at 5 kms away from Dalhousie once can take the beautiful trek to reach there. For someone who loves to go for a walk around the hills, the Bakrota Hill is a perfect place that offers the finest and most refreshing experience to the visitors
Gandhi Chowk: Gandhi chowk is the main place of Dalhousie there are many hotels ranging from budget to affordable class.
Sadar Bazar:Sadar Bazar is the main market of Dalhousie
Tibetan Market:Best place to buy souvenir and warm cloths.
Kalatop Forest:Kalatop forest is a Sanctuary there is a dense forest of Deodar and Fir.
Churches: There are number of Churches some of the famous are St John Church built in 1863, St Francis Church, St Patrick Church, St Andrews Church.
Laxmi Narayan Temple: The Laxmi Narayan temple is 150 years Old and one of the moist important temples being visited many devotees all over India.
Chamba is an ancient town located in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh it has a population of about 20,000 is located at an elevation of 996 meters above mean sea level on the banks of Ravi River. The city is located at a distance of 45 kms from Dalhouosie and is on the route of Khajjiar. The town is dotted with number of temples some of them are Champavati Temple built in Shikhara Style with intricate stone carvings it has Archeological importance and is maintained by Archeological Survey of India. Champavati temple enshrines an idol of Goddess Mahisasuramardini regarded as the avatar of Goddess Durga. Laxmi Narayan Temples built in 10th century and is devoted to the Vaishnavite sect. Chamunda Devi Temple located opposite to Chamba town built by 1762 by Raja Umed Singh and only temple built with wood. Apart from there temples there are Akhand Chandi Palace residence of raja Umed Singh between 1747 to 1765, Church of Scotland also known as St Andrews Church and museums like Bhuri Singh Museum. There are Museums dedicated to Arts like Chamba Miniature paintings and handicrafts and musical instrument museum.
Khajjiar is located at a distance of 24 kms from Dalhousie at an elevation of 2,000 meters above sea level. Beautifully surrounded by meadows and forests. It has a topographical resemblance of Switzerland a sign board has been placed by Mr. Willy T Blazer Vice Counselor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland here showing the distance from Switzerland capital Bern as 6194 kms. Places of attractions includes Khajjiar Lake, Khajjinag Temple which dates back to 12th century AD dedicated to snake gods.
Shimla is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh India and is the most important and the primary hill stations among of Himachal Pradesh. The Shimla is located at an elevation of 2,205 meters. Shimla was the Summer British capital of India. Shimla is now considered as 360 days destinations every season has its own importance. Shimla is also linked with narrow gauge train which pass through one of the most beautiful scenic places. There is daily departures from Kalka station the 95 kms journey is full of fun the rail link is also listed in Guinness Book of world record for the steepest rise in altitude. There are many attractions in and around Shimla some of them are:
Christ Church: The Christ Church is the second Oldest Church in Northern India located on the Ridge. One of the features of the Church is Pipe Organ which is biggest in Indian subcontinent.
Jakhoo Temple: Located on the highest peak of Shimla which is famous for Lord Hanuman Temple ironically home of countless playful monkeys which is fed by the visitors. It has a long standing Statue of Lord Hanuman about 33 meters which is regarded as the master piece.
Tara Devi Temple: Located at a distance of 11 kms from Shimla. Tara Devi the Goddess of stars is located on the top of the hill.
Sankat Mochan: A temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is quite popular only after Jakhoo Temple.
The Mall: The Mall is a very popular place for Shopping, Banks ATM, Restaurant, Club, Hotels, Parlour etc. A place for leisure and evening walk the Mall become the primary focus with the increasing number of tourist enjoying during the summer peak season.
Shimla State Museum: One of the main museum which houses carvings, archaeological artifacts, pre-historic, wall paintings. The museum also houses the local artifacts like Miniature Pahari Paintings and also costumes, textiles and jewelry of the region.
The Ridge: A favorite place to walk it is a connecting point of Mall road, Lakkar Bazaar, Scandal Point, US Club and Jakhu.
Naldhera: Located at a distance of about 22 kms it has India’s oldest nine golf course.
Chail: Chail was built by the Maharaja of Patiala as a summer retreat during British Rule. It has the highest cricket pitch in the world.
Kufri: Kufri is famous for winter Skiing and also high altitude zoo which is located a distance of 16 kms from Shimla central.
Manali is another most popular hill station located 265 kms from Shimla the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. The Manali town with a population of about 8,100 is located at a height of 2,050 meters above sea level in the Beas river Valley and near to Kullu Valley. Manali is also the base to start your journey to upper Himalayas like Ladakh, Zansker, Lahaul and Spiti. Manali is also the gateway for numerous adventure activities like trekking some of the important trek are The Beas Kund Trek, Bhrigu Lake Trek, Malana Trek, Chandra Tal trek, river Rafting, Paragliding, hiking, Hand Gliding, Skiing and Mountaineering. The slop of Solang valley is regarded as the best slopes for Skiing in India. There are many attractions in and around Manali some of them are:
Malana is an off-site ancient village can only be accessed by foot. It is a very popular trek of 4-5 days from Manali in Himachal Pradesh which is located at an altitude of 3.029 meters above sea level. The people of this village follows their own lifestyle and strictly follows the rules and regulations led down by the people from ancient days to date.
In general the Manikaran is famous day excursion tour for many Indian tourist coming to Manali. It is a popular Hindu and Sikh pilgrimage center located at an altitude of 1,760 meters above sea level. There are numerous Hot water spring where devotes took Holi bath. The Manikaram is located at a distance of 45 kms from Kullu.
Kasauli is a cantonment town located at an altitude of 1,927 meters above sea level and just 65 kms from Chandigarh and 77 kms from Shimla the state capital of Himachal Pradesh and is one of the most preferred tourist weekend attractions during summer. The Kasauli has many health resort the other attractions includes are Churches, Institute, Brewery, Club and Monkey Point.
Kasol is a beautiful hill station located in Parvati Valley situated at an altitude of 1,650 meters above sea level on the bank of Parvati River. Kasol is located at a distance of 42 kms from Kullu on the way to Manikaran.
Kalpa is the perfect place where you find the amalgamation of Buddhist and Hinduism and the temples here are dedicated to both Hindu and Buddhist. The small town is located in Sutlej Valley in Kinnaur district of North-Eastern upper Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh. The town is located at an average elevation of 2,950 meters above sea level. The town is located at a distance of 265 kms from Shimla the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. Kinnauri the local inhabitants of these places and the place is quite well known for Kinnaur Apple. There is beautiful temples both dedicated to Hindus and Buddhists.
Sangla valley as also referred as Baspa Valley and is one of the main center in this valley having Petrol Pump, Post Office, Bank ATM, Hotels and Restaurants, Shops. It is also the base for numerous trekking some of the famous are Sangla-Kanda Trek with the route Shimla-Sarahan-Sangla Kanda-Dambar Kanda-Sangla-Shimla and Rupin Pass Trek with the route Dhaula Base Camp-Dhaula-Gosangu-Jhaka-Saruwas-Dhanderas-Rati Pheri Camp-Pupin Pass-Ronti Gad-Shimla. Some of the attractions are Sangla and Kamru Fort, Trout Fish Firm and Rakcham Village and 6 kms short trek to Batseri Village.
Chitkul is located in Kinnaur District and is the inhabited village near to Indo-China border. Chitkul village is located at an elevation of 3,450 meters above sea level therefore remaining mostly under snow during winter the people move to lower region. Located on the banks of Baspa River and is the first village first and last village on Old Indo-China trade route. One of the major attraction is Kagyupa temple which has Old image of Shakyamuni Buddha. Mathi Devi Temple is 500 years Old dedicated to Goddess Mathis built in local architectural using wood and roofs of Slate or Wooden Plank. Accommodation facilities are limited with local houses being converted to hotels which are very expensive the other options can be camp but with limited infrastructure it is advisable not to stay overnight in Chitkul instead spent night at Sangla.
Dhankar is a remote village connected by nonmetal road and lies between the town of Kaza and Tabo located in Lahaul and Spiti Valley at an elevation of 3.894 meters above sea level. Dhankar has very Old Buddhist Monastery located on the Cliff and known to be one of the most spectacular settings that also overlooks the confluence of Spiti and Pin Rivers like the Monastery of Rangdun in Ladakh, Key and Tangyud inn Spiti.
Kaza is the sub divisional headquarters of the Spiti Valley in the District of Lahaul and Spiti. Kaza is one of the major commercial center of this district. Located at an altitude of 3,650 meters above mean sea level is barren cold desert similar to Ladakh and Tibet regions. Main tourist attractions apart from spectacular views surroundings are ancient Tangyud Monastery and Ki Monastery just 11 kms away. There are numerous beautiful villages with beautiful people to explore facts and figures about these regions the villages at an altitude of more than 4000 meters and has to be explored by trek.
Tabo lies in between Rekong Peo and Kaza the main attraction here is a 1000 years Old and considered to be one of the most holiest Monastery in the world. The monastery houses the rich collections of Thankas, Murals, Manuscripts, Frescos and Paintings from over the period. The complex includes 9 temples, 4 stupas and 23 Chortens and Buddhist Monk quarters.
The Beas Kund lies at an altitude of 3,690 meters above sea level and is the origin of famous River Beas which travels a course of 470 kms to its origin point and meet Sutlej River in Punjab State. The lake is said to be created by Veda Vyasa and is considered to be Holi Lake Rishi Vyas took his daily bath here. The place is frequently traveler by trekkers and adventures enthusiast can be reached within two days and is a very light or easy trek. You can start your trekking for Solang near to Manali.
Located at an altitude of 4,300 meters above sea level located in Kullu distict of Himachal Pradesh State. The Bhrigu Lake is located towards the east of Rohthang Valley and is just 6 kms away from Gulaba Village. The lake can be accessed by short easy trek either from Gulaba Village or Vashist Kund the famous hot water spring in Manali. It has religious significance and is considered to be sacred. The lake is named after Maharishi Bhrigu who used to take bath and meditate here. It is believed that due to this the Lake never freezes completely.
Chandra Taal (Lake):
Due to its crescent shape the lake is called as Chandra Tall or Moon Lake. The lake lies at an altitude of 4,300 meters above sea level. Surrounded by beautiful meadows which is carpeted with numerous varieties of flowers during spring season is the most perfect time to visit. The Lake is accessible by trek and there are many routes to take. The source of water for the lake lies beneath the lake. There is Suraj Tall or Lake which lies at a distance of 30 kms.
The Suraj Tal lies at an altitude of 4,883 meters above sea level is a very beautiful high altitude lake located at a distance of 65 kms away from Keylong Town in Himachal Pradesh and lies near to Bara-Lacha-La Pass and is the third highest lake in India. The Suraj Tal is the source of Bhaga River.
Karari Lake is located near to Kareri Village which is just 13 kms away from Mc Leadganj in Dharamshala. The altitude of the lake is 2,930 meters above sea level which is fed by the melting glaciers of the Dauladhar Ranges. It can be accessed through beautiful trek routes from Mc Leaodganj and can be included in the itinerary for overnight camping or same day trek adventure outing.
The Prashar Lake named after Rishi (Sage) Prashar is located 49 kms north of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. The lake is fed by glacial and rain water a three storied domed shaped temple had been dedicated to Rishi Muni Prashar who believed to be meditated here. No one can determined the depth of the lake and mysteriously there is a floating island in it.
One of the most revered place approach by trek of 14 kms from the nearest road point called Hadsar and is located in Barmour subdivision of Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh. The popular trek is called as Manimahesh Yatra and considering the Yatra during the 15th day of Janmasthami is as very auspicious to cleanse your body and soul. The importance of the Mani Mahesh Yatra is considered to be next to Mansarovar Yatra. The Manimahesh Lake is located at an elevation of 4.080 meters above sea level in the foot of Kailash peak with an altitude of more than 5,600 meters.
Nako lake is situated at an height of 3,663 meters above sea level and is one of the least explored attractions. The lake is situated at the border of Nako village. There are 4 Buddhist monasteries located around. There are caves located in Tashigang village it is believed that Saint Padmasambhava meditated in these caves and gave discourse to followers. The lake is located in Pooh subdivision of Kinnaur District in Himachal Pradesh.