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Himachal Pradesh



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Himachal Pradesh was also known as Deva Bhoomi (the land of the gods). Himachal Pradesh is a tine Hilly state and it is enjoyable to be in this state as a tourist. Lot of scenic places in this state which will be highly absorbing. Himachal is situated in the western Himalayas.  The drainage system of Himachal is composed both of rivers and glaciers.

The state has areas like Dharamsala that receive very heavy rainfall, as well as those like Lahaul and Spiti that are cold and almost rainless. Himachal is also said to be the fruit bowl of the country with orchards scattered all over the place. Meadows and pastures are also seen clinging to steep slopes.



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Manali
Also known as "Valley of Glaciers", Manali is just 40 Kms away from Kullu. It has a dense forest cover and a very quiet and clean environment. Manali according to legend was born when the waters of the Great Deluge receded and the seventh Manu's ark came to rest on a hillside in this valley. As the earth dried up there appeared a place of breath taking beauty which was named after the great sage Manu.
 



Himachal Pradesh is one of the few places in the world to have such geographical diversity. Low hills just a few hundred metres abve the sea level climb on to touch the core of the Himalaya mountains. Here are peaks which never loose its perinnial snow. Rivers in deep gorges and placid mountains lakes, thick forests and scres of scree, mountain sides draped in snow and green alpine pastures make it truly a beautiful place.
Himachal is the home to a variety of fairs and festivals and ofcourse celebrations. There are some 200 deities worshipped in Himachal and numerous fairs and festivals held in their honour. Lets have a look at month by month festivals of Himachal.
Nako Lake is a high altitude lake in the Pooh sub-division of district Kinnaur. It forms part of the boundary of Nako village and seems that the village is half buried in the lake's border. Near the lake there are four Buddhist temples. Near this place there is a footlike impression ascribed to the saint Padmasambhava. Lake Nako is a restricted area as it is very close to the Tibetan border. To access the area we have to gain a Inner Line Permit from Shimla which has a validity of 14 days. 
 
A land of lush green meadows, playing host to glistening streams and rushing rivers and placid hi altitude lakes, snow capped mountains, thickly forested hillsides and ancient villages sustaining a friendly populace. Here also stretch cold mountain deserts with magnificent rock formations and fascinatingly eroded rock hills in the regions of Spiti and Lahaul. The Indian Western Himalayas offers abundant opportunities for the avid trekker giving one an exhilarating time exploring and traversing fascinating mountain trails in the region.
Shimla
Best time to visit Himachal Pradesh

The best time to visit Himachal Pradesh is March to June.
  1. Spring (May/June)- You would get lots of snow but roads are at worst, lots and lots of tourists and obviously a costly trip with escalated price.
  2. Monsoon (July/Aug) - Ladakh/Lahaul/Spiti is historically there is no rain but traffic is high.
  3. Autumn (Sep/Oct) - Roads are at the best but almost no snow enroute. Weatherwise I like this season personally the most, the weather after monsoon recedes remain crystal clear with least haze/dust/mist and gives excellent visibility for watching peaks.
  4. Winter (Nov-April) - At your own risk without any tourists, excellent bargain and budget trip is likely. Also for special interest tours like say Chaddar trek of Zanskar, this is the time to go.
Shimla
Shimla owns its character wholly to the British, who made the place the summer capital.

Dharamshala
This hill station is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfolded by three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front.

Mcleodganj
McLeod Ganj is a suburb of Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India

Solan
Nestling between the Karol Mountains, Solan lies on the highway between Kalka and Shimla.

Manali
Manali gives the exhilarating views of Pir Panjal, Parvati and Bara Bangal ranges if the Himalayas.

Dalhousie
Dalhousie is situated on 5 hills- Tohra, Kathlog, Balun, Podreen and Bakrota.

Chamba 
A mere 56 kms from Dalhousie, lies the little town of Chamba, perched on a plateau overhanging the river Ravi.

Kinnaur
In the ancient mythology the people of Kinnaur are known as Kinners, the halfway between men and gods.

Pabbar valley
Pabbar valley is a paradise of travelers.

Mandi
The historic town of Mandi is situated along the banks of the river Beas.

Rewalsar
Located on a montain spur, an hour's drive from Mandi brings you to this dark jewel like lake

Joginder Nagar
Joginder Nagar has everything for a quite and relaxing holiday and leaves options open for trekking, fishing, sightseeing, picnics and enjoyable drives in the area.

Swarghat
Once the summer capital of Raja Bilaspur this place is ideally situated 40 kms from Bilaspur.

Kullu
Situated on the bank of river Beas, Kullu is 240 Kms away from Shimla.




 
        Driving to Shimla

If you are driving down the New Himalayan Expressway it is a dream drive. Shimla going tourists can avoid the congested roads of Kalka and Pinjore by taking this 10 km express bypass from Zirakpur to Parwanoo.
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