Himachal Pradesh Tourist Places and Travel Attractions

Himachal Pradesh is a land of natural beauty, Valleys and streams, snow-clad mountains and temperate forests. It is a cherished destination, thronged visitors around the year. The grandeur of parleys of mountains with monsoons display unmatched feast for one’s mind and body. Work must be the last thing on visitors mind while in Himachal. Inviting scenery and festivities all around and round the year is sure to leave a lasting impression, temping visitor’s to fall in love with Himachal.

Light blue diamonds set amidst the lush green of low rolling hills, or deep sapphires placed by stark snow and acres of bare rock on high mountains topes, Himachal has dozens of large and small lakes spread over the state. The state has a geographical area of 56,000 sq km. of which one percent is covered by lakes. Some are natural beque that may well date back millions of years to the time when the region was a vast inland sea. Today, they are fed by streams of pure snow- melt or by ground- water spring. Practically without exception, they are held sacred- or at the very least, have fascinating legends merging with their crystal- clear water. Servals are homes to a variety of resident and migratory birds and a host of aquatic life.

When to visit: April to October, Winter: December – February

Airports: Kullu, Shimla, Kangra

Places of Interest

Bhakra: Dam site, Picnic spot.

Bilaspur: Caves, Temples, View of Anandpur Sahib, Lake, Cattle Fair.

Chail: Highest cricket ground in the world, Hill station, Palace, Woods ideal for trekking and bird watching, Fishing.

Chail Sanctuary: Birds and wildlife in plenty, Season-March to December.

Chamba: Temples, Museum, Gateway to Tisa and Pangh valleys, Gardens, Murals and Paintings.

Bharmaur: Ancient capital, Temples.

Dalhousie: Hill station, Handicrafts, Picnic spot.

Dharmshala: ‘Queen of Hills’ Hill station, Tibetan handicrafts, Headquarters of Dalai Lama, Tibetan Monastery, Bhagsunag Temple.

Fagu: Scenic beauty

Jwala Mukhi: Temple, Festival of Flame goddess.

Kalpa: Gateway of Kinnaur district, famed for its Handloom shawls, Folk dances, Forest Flora and Fauna.

Kangra: Ancient town, Miniature paintings, Temples.

Kasauli: Hill station, Medical Research Institute.

Khajiar: Lake- side valley, Golf, ‘Switzerland of India’.

Khoksar: Gateway to the Lahaul and Spiti valleys, the land of the lamas.

Kyelang: Buddhist monastery, Frescoes, last town before the picturesque Lahul and Spiti valleys.

Trilokinath: Buddhist pilgrim centre, Monastery.

Kotagarh: Orchards.

Kullu: Orchards, Temples.

Gobind Sagar: Boating.

Manikaran: Hot springs.

Naggar: Roerich’s home now a museum, Temples.

Manali: Hill resort, Trekking, Temples, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Orchards, Four tiered wooden temples with pagoda shaped roof.

Bashishta: Hot springs.

Mandi: River-side hill station, Pilgrim centre, Temples, Floating islands, Pilgrims centre, Sculptures.

Naduan: Palace, Boating and Fishing.

Rewalsar: Pilgrim centre of all faiths, Lake.

Nahan: Hill station, Plantations.

Baijnath: Temples, Scenic beauty.

Paonta Sahib: Sikh pilgrim centre, Fort.

Renuka: Sacred Lake, Lake-side Wild life Sanctuary, November Mela, handicrafts.

Shimla: Year-round Holiday centre, Hill resort, Meadows and Forests, Handicrafts.

Chharabra: Scenic beauty, Gardens.

Kufri: Winter sports, resort area.

Mashobra: Hiking, picnic spot.

Naldera: Golf, Fairs in June.

Tattapani: Sulphur springs.

Theog: Trout fishing.

Wild Flower Hall: Floral beauty.

Solan: Hill station.

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