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Tourist Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh
Set among against the jagged hills of the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh paves the way for some rather interesting holiday options. From the ski resort of Kufri to the deep spirituality of Dalhousie, Himachal provides travellers with an absolute pleasure of a vacation. Some of the hill stations that add to its allure and make for this list of great tourist places to visit in Himachal Pradesh are described below.
Set against the music of the River Beas, Manali offers the stunning beauty of lush green meadows and tall coniferous trees. The cool climate provides some respite from the overall raw heat of the North Indian summer and adds to the charm of the place. Adventure sports like paragliding, skiing, trekking and mountain biking are common among the snow- capped slopes and mountains. A few attractions of Kullu Manali include The Great Himalayan National Park, Brighu Lake, Bijli Mahadev Temple and the celebration of the Dusshera Festival.
Retaining the aura of its erstwhile position as the summer capital of the British Raj, Shimla offers beautiful colonial architecture including quaint iron lamp-posts and Victorian and neo-gothic structures. "Mall Road", which is the main commercial strip of Shimla offers plenty of scope for shopping and is dotted with tiny, quaint eateries. There are some beautiful Picnic spots around Shimla, and one can also go on some lovely walks in and around town.
Kufri is a small little hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It is located 18 km away from the massively popular Shimla. Situated at an altitude of 9000 feet, Kufri can be safely called the most popular tourist destination for a get-away from Shimla. It is very famous for skiing, hiking, wonderful scenery and weather. The best time to visit Kufri is summer, months from April to June. The skiing season though, touches peaks from November to February. Kufri is also well known for its breathtaking panoramas of the Himalayas.
Located about 77kms away from Shimla, Kasauli too has retained the cobble-stone beauty of the British Raj. Kausali is dotted with magnificent little cottages, neatly trimmed gardens and lovely fruit orchards. The beauty of this quiet little town is reinforced by its avenues of Himalayan Oaks, Chir Pines, Horse Chestnut trees and the odd Juniper, which run along the edges of the two main roads. An Arts Centre has been set up at Ivy Cottage by the nephew of the celebrated Indian artist Amrita Shergill. You can also find wool of the finest quality if you visit some of the Tibetan stalls that are found here.
A hill station of the Dhauladhar Range, nestled against the banks of the Ravi River, Dalhousie offers adventure enthusiasts the thrill of some great treks and white waters for rafting. The prime attraction here is the Jandhri Ghat, a palace shrouded by tall pine trees.
Around 17 km from the Kangra Valley with the Dhauladhar range as a backdrop, Dharamsala really has more to offer than its overt spirituality. Tall regal conifers, hefty oaks and a caressing, salubrious climate make Dharamsala an ideal getaway for nature lovers, and people looking for some introspection and alone time. Here, you can tour the Kangra Art Museum, War Memorial and the Kunal Pathri Temple. It is also the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
McLeodGanj is a district of Dharamshala. It is a spiritual place, mostly Buddhist in nature. The biggest draws for McLeodGanj are its Tibetan culture and crafts, study of Buddhism, and meditation. The town is also known for its Tibetan handicrafts, carpets, garments, and of course the Monks who have come to symbolize the ethos of this little town.
Rohtang Pass is the famous road that joins the ruggedly beautiful Leh-Ladakh to the rest of the country. It is a 51 km stretch from Manali to Leh, with many travellers coming here for a peaceful getaway. Each year the pass is only open between the months of June and October. It is quite easy here to abandon yourself in the solitude of glaciers, the bubbling of Chandra River and the pure expanse of white snowfields on either sides of the highway.
A moon-scaped valley that is said to be the most sparsely inhabited place in India, Spiti has come up on the travellers' radar very recently. With its cold white deserts and tall mountains surrounding the settlement, Spiti has become the go-to place on lists of adventurers as well as dervish-wanderers and back-packers. From river rafting to yak rides and camping under the stars, Spiti offers too much to miss.
Often refeered in tow with Manali, Kull is the lower valley in Himachal's Garhwal region. In words of an ancient monk, Kullu is a fertile land surrounded by many mountain peaks. With the Beas river making its way through the land and apps orchards filling the air with the sweet heady scents, a visit to Kullu is bound to make you exuberant. There is much to do here, from paragliding to over rafting and trekking to shopping for woollens. Summer makes for the ideal time to visit.