Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh “Traveler’s Paradise” situated in northern part of the country where the sun sets in paradise, you may be inspired by the meaning of the word Himachal. “The land of snows” one of the Beautiful Hill Stations in India. Himachal Pradesh is located in the north-west region of Himalaya, the state is bordered by Jammu and Kashmir to the north, Punjab to the east and Tibetan plateau to the west, Himachal Pradesh is surrounded by majestic mountains and valleys covered with lush green cedar trees which attract every nature lovers, Himachal Pradesh is the 18th state of India which was reorganized in 1971 state offers a variety of options for its traveler’s from sightseeing to adventure making it perfect for summer holidays.

Shimla “The Queen of Hills” is the capital city of the state, Shimla was the summer capital when British was ruling India, traffic is banned from the central part of town, so walking anywhere is pleasant – even when huffing and puffing uphill. A passenger lift provides a quick route between the eastern Mall Road and Cart Road. Porters will carry your luggage uphill from Cart Road to the Mall Road, Shimla is one of the famous Tourist places in Himachal Pradesh that can be visited any time during the year. Summers are warm with cool and pleasant evenings while winters are bone chilling and the temperatures can fall below zero. A jagged line of distant snowy peaks is clearly visible for about half the year. From mid-July to mid-September Shimla is frequently wreathed in cloud, and in winter it often gets a carpeting of snow.

The state is referred as Dev Bhoomi “abode of God” because of its Religious places in Himachal Pradesh which is associate with such supernatural power that attracts every religion (from Hindu to Christianity to Sikhim) and cast, this land is an abode to the seven incarnations of Goddess Durga namely (1) Mata Chamunda Devi, (2) Mata Jwala Ji, (3) Maa Kangra Devi, (4) Maa Chintpurni Devi (5) Mata Naina Devi, (6) Mata Mansa Devi, and (7) Mata Kalika Devi. the culture and beliefs of people in Himachal Pradesh are diversified.

Apart from the lush green valleys, snow-capped white mountains, thick forest and lofty hills the state Himachal is also famous for its serene lakes (Prashar Lake, Rewalsar Lake, Renuka Lake, Suraj Tal Lake in Spiti) are some of the famous lakes in the state. and when we look at the Historical places in Himachal Pradesh we may also find numerous palaces and forts in the state like Padam Palace (Rampur), Jandrighat Palace (Dalhousie), Rang Mahal Palace (Chamba), Kangra Fort (Kangra), Bahadurpur Fort (Bilaspur).

The entire state of Himachal Pradesh is a gift for the Honeymooners, Shimla, Kullu-Manali, Spiti Valley, Dalhousie, Solan, Chamba, Chail, Kasauli, Kinnaur, Mcleodganj are the Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations in Himachal Pradesh, and other tourist places are given below.

Shimla (Summer Hill – The Ridge – Jakhoo Hill – Mall Road – Kalka–Shimla Railway – Naldehra And Shaily Peak – Christ Church – Indian Institute of Advanced Study – Kufri – Annandale – The Shimla State Museum – Chail – Arki Fort – Solan – Daranghati Sanctuary)

Manali (Rohtang Pass – Solang valley – Beas River – Hadimba Devi Temple – Tibetan Monasteries – Vashist Hot Water Springs – Gulaba – Kothi – Manu Temple)

Kullu (Parvati Valley – Kasol – Bhrigu Lake – Basheshwar Mahadev Temple – Sultanpur Palace – Great Himalayan National Park – Bijli Mahadev Temple – Manikaran)

Dalhousie (Chamera Lake – Khajjiar – Kalatop Wildlife Reserve – Dainkund Peak – Ganji Pahari – St. Francis Church – Panchpula – Garam Sadak – Subhash Baoli – Sach Pass)

Kasauli (Kasauli Brewery – Christ Church – Sunset Point – The Mall – Manki Point – Krishna Bhavan Mandir – Gilbert Nature Trail – Shri Baba Balak Nath Temple – Barog – Gurkha Fort)

Dharamshala (Dal Lake in Dharamshala – Masrur – Kareri Lake – Tsuglagkhang Complex – Namgyal Monastery – Attractions in Mcleodganj – Gyuto Monastery – Kangra Museum – Kangra Fort – Naddi Village)
Chamba (Champavati Temple – Akhand Chandi Palace – Lakshmi Narayan Temples – Chamunda Devi Temple – Bhuri Singh Museum)

Kangra (Tatwani Hot Spring – Kareri Lake – Kangra Fort – Nadaun – Gopalpur Nature Park – Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake – Taragarh Palace – Nurpur – Nadaun – Indrahar Pass)

Spiti Valley (Key Monastery – Tabo Monastery – Lhalung Monastery – Gandhola Monastery – Chandratal Lake – Suraj Tal Lake – Dhankar Monastery – Dhankar Lake – Kunzum Pass – Baralacha Pass – Pin Valley National Park – Kibber – Losar – Udaipur – Komik – Darcha – Yak Safaris – Trilokinath Temple)

Parwanoo (Cactus Garden – Mughal Gardens – Kalka – Pinjore – Timber Trail – Fruit Orchards – Gurudwara Nada Sahib)

Solan (The Mall Road – Motilal Nehru Central State Library – Mohan Shakti National Park – Karol Tibba – Shoolini Mata Temple)

Chail (Sidh Baba Ka Mandir – Chail Wildlife Sanctuary – Cricket Ground – Maa Kali Temple – Chail Palace Hotel)

Hamirpur (Deotsidh Temple – Bilkeshwar Temple – Sujanpur Tihra – Awah Devi Temple)

Pragpur (Chamba Pattan – Jwalamukhi Temple – The Taal – The Judge’s Court)

Sirmaur (Churdhar Peak – Habban Valley – Shivalik Fossil Park – Haripur – Renukaji)

Una (Kila Baba Bedi Ji – Pong Dam – Chintpurni Temple – Thaneek Pura – Kaleshwar)

Hill Stations

Best Hill Stations to visit in India

Shimla

Shimla
Shimla

Shimla One of the most famous and Best Hill stations to visit in India.  Shimla was the country’s focus for the better part of every year and now, is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. This lovely hill station was ‘discovered’ by the British who immediately fell in love with this place. In fact, they went to the extent of declaring Shimla as their summer capital. Shimla is today well-developed facilities. easy accessibility and numerous attractions making it one of India’s most popular hill resort. This beautiful hill station derives its name from “Goddess Shyamla” who is supposed to be an avatar of Goddess Kali. The unique thing about Shimla is that it still retains its colonial charm and this creates an ambiance that is not found anywhere else in India. Within the town are a host of splendid colonial edifices, quaint cottages, and charming walks. Shimla offers a variety of shopping, sport and entertainment activities.

Traffic is banned from the central part of town so walking anywhere is pleasant – even when huffing and puffing uphill. A passenger lift provides a quick route between the eastern Mall and Cart Rd. Porters will carry your luggage uphill (about ₹100 from Cart Rd to the Mall) Shimla is one tourist destination that can be visited any time during the year. Summers are warm with cool and pleasant evenings while winters are bone chilling and the temperatures can fall below zero. Shimla is one of the longtime Tourist places in Himachal Pradesh among the tourists. A jagged line of distant snowy peaks is clearly visible for about half the year. From mid-July to mid-September Shimla is frequently wreathed in cloud, and in winter it often gets a carpeting of snow.

Auli

Auli
Auli

Auli is one of the Beautiful destinations in Uttrakhand which attract every tourist and it is located in Chamoli district of Garwal region in Uttarakhand, and it’s covering an elevation from 2519 Mts to 3050 Mts above sea level Auli is very famous destination for skiing in India, The skiing activity in Auli run by the GMVN (Garwal mandal Vikas Nigam) A Government Enterprises, Auli is 16 km from Joshimath is an ideal winter resort run by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) and near the world famous Badrinath Temple, Auli proffers an unspoiled ambiance. The harsh frosty storms, the sylvan peaks and the long stretch of snowy valleys would make idyllic surroundings for a skier. Tourist is advised to bring their winter clothing, socks, glasses, cap, mufflers, pullovers.

Auli is often compared with best ski resorts of the world by the foreigners and has also hosted the first SAF Winter Games in the year 2011. Auli Artificial Lake is a pristine lake perched at an astounding elevation which is one of the world’s man-made lakes, The best season to visit Auli is all through the year. Tourist attraction in Auli is Snow Skiing and is best from November to March.

Munnar

Munnar
Munnar

Munnar one of the Best Honeymoon destination in Kerala situated in Idukki district in Kerala, distance around 110.6 km from Cochin International Airport, it is situated at around 1700 mt above sea level, Munnar is famous for its beautiful greenery, mountains, waterfalls, calmness, beautiful lakes which offers pleasurable boat rides, honeymooners and tourists throughout the year which enabling one to enjoy the surrounding hills and landscape, Munnar is also known for Neelakurinji flowers which bloom once in 12 years.

Munnar is a perfect place for trekking. Tea and coffee plantation further add to the beauty of the hill station.and Eravikulam National Park is famous for its endangered inhabitant which is spread over an area of 97 sq km, this park is residence to several species of rare butterflies, animals, and birds. and this hill station was the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Munnar is an ideal place for the tourist to really enjoy and relish their holidays with their family and friends. Munnar is one of the main Tourist places to visit in Kerala where you must visit at least once in your lifetime. 

Manali

Manali
Manali

Manali is a stunning Hill stations in Himachal Pradesh surrounded by massive snow clad mountains and thick pinewood forests immensely popular vacation spot for domestic and foreign tourists, Situated at an altitude of 1950 mt, Its widespread appeal draws everyone from adventure sport enthusiastic and vacationing families and honeymoon couples and hippie backpackers, Manali is the top spot in the Kullu Manali valley and is blessed with many attractions. Manali literally means the abode of Manu and hence this place has huge importance from the perspective of the ethnic culture and tradition of India.

Manali is fueled by two main seasons. The summer Holiday season when many best people and families travel to this place on Manali holiday packages and the second big push to Kullu Manali tourism comes from the wedding season with thousands of honeymoon couples heading to the region, Manali is one of the Best honeymoon places in India. Over the last few years Manali has developed into a major hill resort, And some of the best places to visit near Manali is – Mall Road, Hadimba Temple, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Beas River, Nehru Kund, Manu Temple.

Dalhousie

Dalhousie

Dalhousie

Dalhousie A beautiful and serene time forgotten hill station in Himachal Pradesh spread across 5 hills, Dalhousie is a Honeymoon destination in Himachal Pradesh. Dalhousie is named after the British Governor General of the 19th century, Lord Dalhousie. Dalhousie is a gateway to the ancient Chamba Hill State, now Chamba District of the Himachal Pradesh, India. Standing tall on five major hills namely Kathlog, Patreyn, Tehra (also known as Moti Tibba), Bakrota and Balun in western Himachal Pradesh, Many people visit this remote hill-station of North India because it is less commercialized. Dalhousie can be termed as a perfect stress-buster for all those who look forward to a holiday away from the noisy city life. When you are here, you would not mind walking into the forested slopes or the quaint streets if you have the company of gorgeous landscapes, Dalhousie is known for its scenic beauty has a number mountains and river streams that tourists must visit. Among them, the most famous are Panch Pulla, Satdhara Falls, and the Daikund peak.

Dalhousie offers options for food that differs in style, elements, and genres. While you can enjoy typical North-Indian food, as well as some Continental and Chinese snacks in their freshest, most lip-smacking forms at minimal prices at the local Dhabas, you can also indulge in global cuisines at a number of restaurants as well as the eateries attached to the hotels and resorts. You would also find a certain prominence of fruits here as the fruits are quite fresh and cheap in the area. One can relish Italian, Tibetan, Mughlai, South Indian platters here as well as a few instances of local Himachali food. Himachali cuisine is very simple as it mainly centers around Chapati, Dal, Vegetable gravy and Curd and their many versions. Pickles are typically served along with a meal in most of the eating joints here. It is a toy-town in the mountains with a past that translates into sprawling bungalows and charming cottages reminiscent of European villages.

Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh is one of the Best Hill stations to visit in India among the national and foreign tourists. Dalhousie is approximate 80 km from Pathankot & Chakki bank Railway station and 570 km by road from Delhi. The closest railhead is Pathankot & Chakki bank. The nearest airport at Pathankot 85 km & Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 135 km.

Mount Abu

Nakki Lake -Mount Abu
Nakki Lake -Mount Abu

Mount Abu is the only Hill stations to visit in Rajasthan, the average height level of 1219 mt from the sea level, Tourist from India and international also plan their vacations around the famous winter festival held in Mount Abu, Mount Abu is surrounded by lakes, rivers, forests, and waterfalls, Mount Abu was the home of many saints and sages in the old days. Legend has it that all the 330 million gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon used to visit this holy mountain, The townhouses several Hindu temples like Jain temple, Brahma Kumaris is most of which were built in the ancient and the medieval periods.

The name Mount Abu refers to the mythical snake Arbuda who once saved the life of Lord Shiva’s sacred bull, Nandi. The region was thus named as Arbudaranaya that literally means the ‘forests of Arbuda, The hill town has been of importance since the Vedic period and is mentioned in the Puranas as the place where the sage Vashishta retired following his conflict with the sage Vishvamitra. The mountains were later ceded as a part of the Rajputana kingdom and were used as a summer resort for the royal Rajput family.

Mussoorie

Mussoorie
Mussoorie

Mussoorie is known as the Queen of the Hills and one of Best hill stations in Uttrakhand. 33.7 Kms from Dehradun, it is situated at a height of 2003 mt above the sea level, it provides an excellent respite to people for those who looking for relief from the hot sultry conditions of the plains, especially since it is close to Delhi people make the weekend trip as well. The name Mussoorie which were found in abundance here after the discovery of this hill station gradually developed as the main center of tourism and beauty, business and education, the renowned hill station has had as enthralling cham over the colonial master of India.

Tourist are advised to book hotels in advance before scheduling you trip in holiday season, and driving in the city is not very easy if you are not familiar with the roads and its advised to travel with a driver who is well acquainted with roads in the city, and its advisable to carry light woolen clothes as the place remains cool for the most part of the year.

Khajjiar

Khajjar
Khajjar

Khajjiar “Mini Switzerland of India”  Khajjiar is one of the Top 10 hill stations in Himachal Pradesh situated in the middle of Dalhousie and Chamba will offer you a memorable holiday experience, Khajjiar is a popular destination among tourists especially for honeymoon and peaceful stay in the lap of Himalaya,  Khajjiar is a small town near Dalhousie which provides tourists a unique combination of  beautiful lakes, forest, and pastures,Khajjiar is situated at a height of 6500 feet and bestowed with natural beauty and pleasant climate,

Some of the Places to visit in Khajjiar are Khajji Nag Temple, Khajjiar Lake & Ground, Kailash View, Panch Pandav Tree, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary and Golden Devi Temple. You can also enjoy horse riding, Khajjiar with its beautiful lush green ground, lake, fine walks qualify as a worthy place to visit. If you are planning to visit Dalhousie or Chamba then never forget to spend at least a day.Tourism in Khajjiar definitely offers you a peaceful and memorable holiday experience.