Himachal - The Abode of Snow!
With spectacular snowy peaks and plunging river valleys, beautiful Himachal is India's outdoor adventure playground. It's a home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas.
Places of Interest
Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh, with its majestic snow clad mountains, stunningly rich greenery and the beautiful lakes. Once the summer capital of British India, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903. It's also known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts.
Shimla is one of India's most popular hill resorts, buzzing with a happy flow of Indian vacationers and full of relics of its previous life
Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in Himachal Pradesh state. that has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it's a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It's also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass
Known for its pleasant climate and natural beauty, Dalhousie is one of the most famous hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. Dalhousie is located in the district of Chamba at an elevation of around 2,000 meters. The hill station is situated at the Western end of the Dhauladhar range of mountains. Surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains, Dalhousie is named after its founder Lord Dalhousie, the British Governor-General in India. With several Victorian-style mansions, Scottish architecture and other charming colonial buildings, this hill station will take you back in time. The place also has few quaint churches.
Dharamshala is located in the upper reaches of the Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh and is placed at an average altitude of 1,475 meters above sea level. The city is surrounded a thick cover of deodar cedar trees and is one of the major strong holds for the Tibetan refugees and the seat of the 14th dalai lama of the Tibetan sect of Buddhism. The town due to its picturesque surroundings and the presence of the Dalai Lama has made the town a popular tourist destination, both for the Indians and the foreign tourists.
Located at an average elevation of 1,800 meters above sea levels, Kasauli is a cantonment town and a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Kasauli is often described as a hiker's paradise and being a small town can be covered mostly by foot. The town was developed during the British during the prime of their rule in India and is famous for its colonial style architecture. The town is said to be visited by Lord Hanuman in the Ramayana, who placed his foot atop this town while looking for the herbs to heal the Injured Lakshamana. The town is famous for its lush green and picturesque surroundings of the mountains and its quiet and tourist friendly people.