Coroneted by the jagged peaks of Western Himalayan ranges, Himachal Pradesh is the most visited state of North-western India, which is explored by thousands of national and international tourists round the year. There is no other state across the nation that can match the incredible and supreme diversity of this state, the madcap traveler towns, lofty hill stations, rolling foothills, endless apple orchards, serene pine forests, and high-altitude deserts of Spiti and Lahul Valley, which cut off the state for six months of a year from the outside world due to heavy snowfall.
Undoubtedly, the mystique and charisma of Himalayan Ranges is quite overpowering and intense. The majestic peaks of Pir Panjal, Dhaula Dhar and Western Himalayan rise above Himachal Pradesh offering a milieu for a wide variety of adventurous activities, from rafting to treks and skiing and Buddhist meditation. The culture of Tibetan Buddhist proliferates in the centuries-old monasteries in Spiti and Lahul. The dynamic tourist destination McLeod Ganj is the home to Dalai Lama.
In the far east of Himachal Pradesh is the most popular tourist destination, Shimla is located which is most popular hill station of the nation today. In the northern part of the state Kinnaur is located, the eastern gateway to Spiti, which is also popular as a tourist destination for domestic hills torus. Kullu and Manali is right on the centre of the state which provide you with the base for hippies, thrill seekers and honeymooners. In the lower hills of Himachal you will find a variety of palaces, temples, forts and castles to explore.
How to reach
Himachal Pradesh is easily accessible from all major parts of the country as it is well linked with all parts via air, train and road network.
By Plane: The state of Himachal Pradesh has three major airports serving the people of the state. The first, yet the busiest airport of the state at Bhuntar close to Manali and Kullu. The other airports are Jubbarhatti Airport near Shimla and Gaggal Airport near Dharamshala.
By Train: Himachal Pradesh has several railway stations located in all major districts and cities. The railway stations at Palampur, Jammu and Shimla are the most popular railway stations and receive a wide variety of trains from all parts of the country.
By Road: The state of Himachal Pradesh has well-planned network of roadways that connect the state with all major towns and cities of Northern India. It is one day drive away from national capital, Delhi. Tourists can explore several exciting places on their drive towards Himachal Pradesh. To explore the neighboring cities and towns tourists may take Himachal Pradesh Road Transport buses that run to and from all major cities and towns.
Sightseeing in Himachal Pradesh
Dalhousie: It is the globally acknowledged hill station which is located in the western part of Himachal Pradesh. This hill station was actually constructed on five diverse hills known as Bakrota, Patreyn, Kathlog, Tehra, and Balun. Dalhousie covers an area over 14 sq. km and it was named after the British Governor Generals, Lord Dalhousie. This hill station boasts some of the mesmerizing colonial architecture and centuries-old churches.
Kullu Valley: It is also popular as Valley of Gods. Kullu Valley beautifully rests on the Beas river bank in the lower hills of Himalayas. This place is very much popular for its ancient temples, apple orchards and festivals. Woolen works of Shawls, Puhla, Namdas and caps and handicraft works allures the tourists round the year.
Lahul Valley: Full of lush greenery and snow, Lahul Valley mostly remains covered with snow and the roads are often closed due to heavy snowfall during month of October and May. The primary attractions of this valley are the Sri Trilokinath Temple, Patten Valley and a wide variety of ancient monasteries.
Where to Stay
Tourists will find no difficulty in locating a hotel within the state for accommodation. Since the state is the most popular tourist destination, so a wide variety of hotels are sprawling across the state to cater the needs of the tourists round the year. Some of the finest hotels across the state of Himachal Pradesh include, Hotel Springfield, The Oberoi Cecil, Hotel Mount View, Hotel Willow Banks, Wildflower Hall Shimla, Radisson Hotel Shimla, The Victoria Grand Hotel & Spa, Rock Manali, Marina and many others.