Himachal Pradesh

 

The fascinating state of India. Blessed with apple orchards, wild flowers, rushing streams, Himachal Pradesh is a place worth exploring. With lots of venues for skiing, mountaineering, rock climbing, parasailing and river rafting, Himachal Pradesh is a great place for adventure tourism in India. As a paradise for travelers, Himachal Pradesh is one of the best places to explore. Encompassing tourist destination like Chamba, Manali, Kullu, Himachal is much visited place in India.

Main Tourist Destinations in Himachal

Kangra

 

The small town of Kangra was the capital of the erstwhile rulers of the Chand dynasty. It is set amongst the picturesque settings of the Kangra valley at the foothills of the majestic Dhauladhar range. The area around Kangra is known for its ancient temples and picturesque surroundings, which attract tourists. .

Shimla

 


The capital of Himachal Pradesh and one of India's most famous hill stations, derives its name from Goddess Shyamala, an incarnation of Goddess Kali, the deity of power and wrath. However, unlike its name, Shimla is a perfect heaven for those in search of tranquility. Nature has blessed this capital city with innumerable gifts and man has used them to make Shimla one of India's best destinations.

Manali

 

Manali is 40 Kms from Kulu valley to the north, Manali is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. The landscape is breath taking as all around it is outlined against the horizon. One sees well defined snow capped peaks, the Beas river with its clear water meandering through between the town on the side and on other side are deodar and pine trees, tiny leveled fields and fruits orchards. It is an excellent place for a holiday, a favorite starting point for trekkers to Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba Leh and Zanskar regions in Kashmir valley. It is know as the Switzerland of India. .

Dharamshala

 


The High snow clad Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas from a magnificent backup to the hill resort of Dharamsala is the principal township of Kangra district and overlooks the wide spread f the plains. With dense pine and deodar forests, numerous streams, cool healthy air, attractive surroundings and the nearby snowline. Dharamsala has everything for a perfect holiday

Other attractions

  • Chamba
  • Rohtang Pass
  • Lahaul & Spiti
  • Bilaspur

  • Solan

How to reach

By plane

State has three domestic airports in Shimla, Kullu and Kangra districts The air routes connect the state with Delhi and Chandigarh.
Shimla Airport, which is around 21 km in west of city.
Bhuntar Airport is in Kullu district around 10 km away from district headquarter.
Gaggal Airport is in Kangra district which is aorund 10 km from Kangra and 23 km from Dharamsala.

By Railway

Himachal is famous for its narrow gauge tracks railways, one is UNESCO World Heritage Kalka-Shimla Railway and another one is Pathankot-Jogindernagar. Total length of these two tracks is 259 km. Kalka-Shimla Railway track is passes through lot of tunnels while Pathankot-Jogindernagar gently meanders through a maze of hills and valleys.
State also has standard gauge railway track which connect Amb (Una district) to Delhi. Survey is being conducted to extend this railway line to Kangra (via Nadaun). Another proposed railway tracks in state are Baddi-Bilaspur, Dharamsala-Palampur and Bilaspur-Manali-Leh.

By Road

Roads are the major mode of transport in the hilly terrains. The state has road network of 28,208 km (17,528 mi),  including eight National Highways (NH) that constitute 1,234 km (767 mi) and 19 State Highways with total length of 1,625 km. Some roads get closed during winter and monsoon seasons due to snowfall and landslides. It is quite interesting that Hamirpur, has got the highest road density in the country.

 

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