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Himachal Pradesh is also called ‘Dev Bhoomi’ and rightly so. It has got some of the world-class tourist destinations that are a sheer delight to be in and leaves the travellers overwhelmed. Himachal Pradesh has a number of extremely mesmerizing hill stations and all of these are visited by spirited tourists in large numbers all through the year.
Tourism of Himachal brings to light the famous destinations of Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Dharamshala and Dalhousie for tourists to enjoy. There are plenty of must-view points in each of these tourist places that are not to be missed while you are in a Himachal tour package. Chail, Kufri, Rohtang Pass, Khajiyar, Naldehra, Mashobra, Kangra, Kasauli are some of the nearby locations to these prominent destinations that offer ample solitude, exquisite natural beauty and lots of adventure and some unforgettable memories.
Come to Himachal and treat your senses to the captivating charm spread all around. Indulge in fun and adventure activities and taste some of the local delicacies. Relax and spend quality time with friends or family or your loved ones among the gorgeous hills. Plan a fun-filled trip to Himachal complete with airport transfers, cab, resort, local sightseeing and meals.
Places to Enjoy
Shimla: The throbbing and vibrant Capital of Himachal Pradesh replete with the glamour of colonial architecture, Shimla, leaves no traveller disappointedwhen it comes to beauty and sophistication.
Whether you are going for a shopping spree at the buzzing Mall Road, or enjoying a delightful trek to the Jakhu Hill or visiting the Viceregal Lodge savouring the remnants of British elegance or simply taking a stroll up The Ridge, Shimla will never cease to fascinate you.
Kullu-Manali: No Himachal tour can be complete without a visit to the famous destinations of Kullu and Manali. These two hill stations being just 40 kilometres apart are visited together. Manali offers fresh mountain air, lush green valleys overlooked by the mighty snow-capped Himalayan ranges. It also offers adventure sports such as skiing and paragliding.
Dharamshala:The famous seat of His Highness the Dalai Lama, Dharamshala, allures tourists with its enigmatic blend of multicultural Indian community co-existing in absolute harmony and peace with the Tibetan populace.
The aura and grandeur of Dalai Lama Temple Complex and other monasteries, the allure of the Bhagsunath Temple, the beauty of the Dal Lake and the royal glory of the Kangra Fort along with the interesting Kangra Art Museum and magnificent tea plantations along the foothills of Kangra Valley are magnetically enchanting.
Kasauli: Kasauli has been often referred to as the Gateway to Himachal. A peaceful and quiet hill station tucked away from the hustle bustle of the busy cities located nearby such as the National Capital Region is a veritable summer retreat. It is one of the most serene places to visit during the peak summer months.
While you are in Kasauli, visit the Anglican Church belonging to the British era, take a peaceful stroll through the lower mall road, get mesmerized by the beauty of the sunrises and the sunsets from across the viewpoint and take some refreshing walks across the shady meadows and glens around.
Bir Billing:Catch some refreshing air as you venture into the zone of Bir which is an adventure seeker’s paradise. Bir offers a considerable adrenaline rush as you paraglide and hover over the beautiful Himalayan valleys. Get a peep at the gorgeous Buddhist monasteries in Bhattu, Choggan and ChauntraBhattuand offer prayers atVaidyanathTemple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Watch the fascinating tea processing at the Palampur Tea Cooperative.
Malana:Visit Malana for spellbinding views of the DeoTiba and Chandrakhani peaks. Get some gorgeous views in this small picturesque village fondly referred to as the ‘little Greece of India’. Visit the ChanderkhaniPass and witness the captivating beauty of Kheer Ganga valley. Also trek deep woods and Alpine pastures.
Dalhousie:Do not miss out on the major hill station of Dalhousie, which has Khajjiar often called the Mini Switzerland of India to experience the unparalleled beauty of nature. Enjoy soulful walks and treks across the forested valleys and breathe in peace and solitude.
Adventures to Thrill
Visit KulluManali to get wrapped in the adventurous spirit of river rafting, river crossing, mountain biking, hiking, trekking and skiing. Lahaul and Spiti Valleys offer trekking, skiing and river rafting. MaharanaPratapSagar Dam or the Pong dam offers the thrill of swimming, canoeing, water skiing and sailing. Kinnaur is famous for trekking, camping and wildlife exploration.
Tattapani is a notable destination for rafting expeditions. Situated close to Shimla, it is a frequented tourist hub. White water rafting on Beas can be experienced in the valley between Manali and Largi for a 14 kilometre long foaming and exciting rafting expedition. Himachal is thus a complete package of various adventurous feats for the thrill-seeking souls.
Cuisines to Savour
One can clearly see that the Himachali dishes have a lot of influence of Punjabi and Tibetan style of food.Dham is a complete dish consisting of dal, rice, rajma, curd, bur kikadi and jaggery. This dish is an inherent part of all religious festivals and special occasions. Mitthaforms a yummy local dessert of Himachal Pradesh, which is made from sweetened rice, dry fruits and resins. Sidu is a side dish made from wheat flour that goes with mutton and vegetables.
Babru or flat bread made from kneaded dough is a favourite of Shimla region while Chana Madrais a favourite of Kangra and Chamba areas. TudkiyaBhath is a speciality rice dish of Chamba. Lentils, potatoes and yoghurt are cooked with onion, tomato, garlic, cinnamon, cardamom and various other spices to prepare a pulao of the finest breed.
AuriyaKaddoo or KadooKaKhatta, Patande, Chhagosht, Atkori are some other worth mentioning delicacies to satiate your taste buds. Avail the best of Himachal tourist packages to gather some memories of a lifetime.