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Himachal Pradesh is a state situated in the northern part of India at the foothills of the western Himalayas. It is bordered by the Indian union territories of Jammu and Kashmir to the North, and the states of Punjab to the West, Haryana to the Southwest, Uttar Pradesh to the South and Uttrakhand to the Southeast, and Tibet-China to the East. Shimla is the state capital, while Dharamshala is the second capital in the winter of Himachal Pradesh. It is divided into three Divisions – Mandi Division, Kangra Division and Shimla Division. The divisions are further sub-divided into 12 Districts. It is referred as “Dev Bhoomi” translating to “Abode of Gods” due to large number of Hindu temples of Hindu deities, Monasteries and other religious places. Hindi is the most widely spoken languages and is also the official language of the state. Beside Hindi, people speaking Western Pahari or Punjabi.
After independence, Himachal came into existence on 15th April, 1948 as a province governed by the Chief Commissioner. It became a part ‘C’ state on 26th January, 1950 and became Union Territory on 1st November, 1956. After reorganization of Punjab, its hilly areas like Kangra, Una districts and other hill areas were merged with Himachal Pradesh on 1st November, 1966. On 18th December, 1970, the parliament passed the state of Himachal Pradesh Act and on 25th January, 1971, Himachal became 18th State of Indian Union with Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar as first chief minister.
Himachal Pradesh is known as the “Fruit Bowl of the country” and produces a wide range of fruits including apple, peach, plum, apricot, and more.
Snow Leopard is the state animal, Western Tragopan is the state bird and Pink Rhododendron is the state flower of Himachal Pradesh. The state has 33 Wildlife Sanctuaries and 2 National Parks, namely – Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO world Heritage site and Pin Valley National Park.
The culture of Himachal Pradesh is rich in traditions and diversity, and it is not yet affected by the western glitters, largely due to lofty terrains and challenging reach. The costumes of Himachal people are very beautiful and it is made according to the weather conditions. The traditional dress for Men is tight Churidar Pyjamas with kurta and long silk overcoat. The traditional dress for Women is Salwar- Kameez, Ghagharis and Cholis. Himachali Caps of various colour bands are well known local art work, and are treated as a symbol of the state identity. It is also famous for its handicrafts, especially Kullu Shawls, Chamba handkerchiefs and footwear (chappal), caps.
Local music and dance also reflects the cultural identity of Himachal. The state’s most famous traditional dance forms are the Kullu Naati, Gugga Dance, Ghurehi and Losar Shona Chuksam that performed at local festivals and special occasions. Apart from national festivals, there are many regional festivals and fairs celebrated by local. Some of these festivals are Kullu Dussehra, Lavi fairs, Mandi Shivratri, Chamba Minjar fair, Baisakhi and Renuka fair. The traditional foods in Himachal are Madhra, Babru, Siddu, Chha Gosht, Akotri, Chutney of til and many more.
Himachal Pradesh is home to lofty snow-peaked mountains, glaciers, Lush green Valleys, lakes, rivers, ancient hindu temples and monasteries that attracts tourists all over the world. Shimla, Kasauli, Manali, Dharamshala, Mcleodganj, Palampur, Dalhousie and Khajjiar are some of famous destinations in Himachal Pradesh for domestic and foreign tourists. It is also hub of adventure tourism activities such as ice-skating, river rafting, paragliding, trekking and the likes. In 2015, it hosted the first Paragliding World Cup at Bir-Billing in India.
Places To visit
Himachal Pradesh is a large mountainous region with lofty snow covered peaks, lush green valleys, temples, monasteries, UNESCO Heritage Sites, several lakes and rivers, unblemished nature, culture, and abundant adventurous sports, which made Himachal perfect destination for nature lovers, adventurers, backpackers and honeymooners.
1. Shimla – The hill Station with rich colonial history
Shimla is one of popular and mesmerizing hill stations of the Northern India state, Himachal Pradesh, filled with snow covered mountains, lush greenery, enchanting lakes and ripping rivers. It is situated at the foothills of Himalayas, an altitude of 2206 metres (7238 ft) above sea level. It also known as “Queen of the Hills”. The name of Shimla derived from “Goddess Shyamala”, an incarnation of Goddess Kali.
Shimla was summer capital of the British Government during they ruled India. Now, it is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. It has retained the aura of that time with British architecture and historic railway. Apart from these, it offers adventure sports such as ice-skating, trekking, skiing, forest camping and rock climbing. There are number of places located near Shimla which are equally fascinating to visit. Some of those places are Kufri, Chail, Kasauli, and Tirthan Valley.
One can reach Shimla through Chandigarh-Shimla highway or train upto Kalka and then either catch the toy train (Kalka-Shimla) or hire a taxi, or take bus, to Shimla. It is located around 15 km from Kufri, around 46 km from Chail, around 71 km from Kasauli, around 112 Km from Chandigarh, around 226 km from Dharamshala, around 227 km from Dehradun, around 237 km from Manali, around 315 Km from Amritsar, around 317 Km from Dalhousie and around 342 Km from Delhi. The Major attractions of Shimla are:-
2. Kullu – The Valley of God
Kullu is capital town of Kullu district in the Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on the bank of Beas River in the Kullu Valley, at altitude of 1278 m (4193 ft) between Pir Pranjal, Lower Himalayan and Great Himalayan Ranges. It was earlier known as Kulant Peeth which means “end of habitable world”. It is also known as the” Valley of God”. Kullu Valley is known for its temples (including gurudwara), beauty and its majestic hills covered with Deodar and Pine trees and sprawling Apple orchards. It offers numerous adventure sports and activities such as river rafting, paragliding, trekking, mountaineering, angling and hiking. Kullu often heard with the name Manali which is another famous tourist destination. Kullu Dussehra is famous festival of the town which is take place in the month of October or November for seven days.
It is located around 40 km from Manali, around 180 km from Dharmshala, around 200 km from Shimla, around 258 Km from Chandigarh, around 356 Km from Amritsar and around 500 Km from Delhi. The Major attractions of Kullu are:-
3. Manali – India’s Honeymoon and Adventure Capital
Manali is one of the most beautiful hill stations of Himachal Pradesh, filled with snow-clad mountains, gorgeous valleys, gushing river, pine and deodar forests. It is situated in the Kullu district near the Northern end of the Kullu Valley at altitude of 2050 m (6730 ft). It serves as the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti as well as Leh. The place is named after the Hindu lawgiver Manu. The word Manali is derived from “Manu -Alaya” which mean “the abode of Manu”.
Manali offers a blend of tranquility and adventure that make it haven for adventure enthusiasts, honeymooner and couples. It also has the antique temples and Tibetan monasteries, hippie villages and trekking trail. Apart from these, There are lot of adventure sports and activities such as paragliding, trekking, skiing, snow scooter, zorbing and mountain biking. Therefore, It is called the adventure capital of the state. Dussehra and Hadimba Devi festival are the major festivals that are celebrated with great passion.
Manali is accessible through road from Delhi and Chandigarh or can opt for the flight upto Bhuntar then take either a local taxi or bus. It is located around 40 km from Kullu, around 225 km from Dharmshala, around 237 km from Shimla, around 301 km from Chandigarh, around 400 km from Amritsar and around 545 km from Delhi. The Major attractions of Manali are:-
4. Dharamshala & Mcleodganj – Little Lhasa in India
Dharamshala, the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh is the most famous hill station, surrounded by snow clad Dhauladhar Mountains, amazing valleys and thick cedar and pine trees. It is situated in the Kangra District near Kanga Valley.
Dharamshala is divided into two parts with different altitudes, one is lower Dharmshala, at altitude of 1457 m (4780 ft) from sea level, which contains the commercial centers, educational institutions and hospitals, and other is upper Dharamshala, at altitude of 2082 m (6831 ft) from sea level, which is known more commonly as Mcleodganj (also known as Little Lhasa) where is inhabitated largely by the Tibetan community. Mcleodganj is home to the world famous Tibetan spiritual leader – The Dalai Lama who came to India from Lhasa with his followers and choosed Mcleodganj as abode, transforming it into “little Lhasa”. It is perfect amalgamation of natural beauty and Buddhist culture. These places are some fascinating monasteries, ancient temples, churches and museums.
Apart from these, there are many activities to do such as trekking, camping, Tibetan Language courses, Tibetan cooking courses, and yoga & meditation. Mcleodganj is also a major shopping center for Tibetan handicrafts, carpets, wooden masks, etc.
Dharamshala is accessible through flight upto Gaggal then take either a local taxi or bus, or can opt train upto Pathankot then drive to Dharamshala. The roads are also well connected to Dharamshala. It is located around 85 km from Pathankot, around 118 km from Dalhousie, around 193 km from Jammu, around 215 km from Amritsar, around 225 km from Manali, around 226 km from Shimla, around 236 km from Chandigarh and around 484 km from Delhi. The Major attractions of Dharamshala are:-
Kalchakra Temple, the Namgyal Gompa monastery,
and the Tibetan Museum.
5. Dalhousie – Mesmerizing Charm with Colonial Architecture
Dalhousie is one of most renowned scenic hill station in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, lush pine and oak trees and flower-bedecked meadows. It is also blessed with cascading waterfalls, lakes, gushing river and magnificent misty mountains. It is spread out over 5 hills of Kathlog, Terah, Potreyn, Bakrota and Bhangora, at altitude of 1970 m (6460 ft) above sea level.
Dalhousie was named after Lord Dalhousie, a former British Governor-General in India, who established this place in 1950 as summer retreat. As a result, the town has Scottish and Victorian architecture is prevalent in the various buildings. It also offers many activities for adventurers and nature lovers. Some of those activities are trekking, camping, river rafting, Paragliding, boating, canoeing and kayaking.
Dalhousie is accessible through flight upto Gaggal then take either a local taxi or bus, or can opt train upto Pathankot then drive to Dalhousie. The roads are also well connected to Dalhousie. It is located around 22 km from Khajjiar, around 53 km from Chamba, around 81 km from Pathankot, around 118 km from Dharamshala, around 175 km from Jammu, around 196 km from Amritsar, around 370 km from Manali, around 317 km from Shimla, around 312 km from Chandigarh and around 578 km from Delhi. The Major attractions of Dalhousie are:-
6. Khajjiar – Mini Switzerland in India
Khajjiar is tiny plateau with a small stream-fed lake in the middle, surrounded by dense deodar and pine forests, and lush green meadows. It is located about 22 km from Dalhousie at altitude of 2000 m (6500 ft) above sea level in the foothills of Dhauladhar ranges of the western Himalayas. It is one of the 160 locations in the world to have been designated “Mini Switzerland”. This small paradise boasts of forests, lakes and grasslands which are a rare and unique combination. This place also attracts adventure seekers and has numerous adventurous activities to experience such as zorbing, trekking, paragliding and horse riding. This beautiful region is must visit place for everyone coming to Dalhousie.
It is located around 23 km from Chamba, around 96 km from Pathankot, around 120 km from Dharamshala, around 195 km from Jammu, around 210 km from Amritsar, around 336 km from Shimla, around 381 km from Manali, around 326 km from Chandigarh and around 592 km from Delhi. The Major attractions of Khajjiar are:-
Kasauli is small hill-town in the southwestern part of Himachal Pradesh in the Solan district at altitude of approximately 1800 m (5906 ft) above sea level. It also serves as cantonment which was established by the British Government in 1842.
The name of Kasauli came from “Kausalaya”, a mountain stream which flows between Jabli and Kasauli. According to the mythological tales, Kasauli have been the resting place of lord Hanuman while he was searching for the “Sanjeevani Booti” in the Himalayas.
This hill-town is well known for its snow covered mountains, pines and cedar forests, and herbs, that surround the region. It also famous for sumptuous Victorian-style buildings built by the Britishers who resided here years back. It also offers adventure activities such as camping, trekking and paragliding.
Kasauli is placed halfway between Shimla and Kalka. It is located around 25 km from Solan, around 58 km from Chandigarh, around 72 km from Shimla, around 184 km from Dehradun, around 267 Km from Amritsar and around 306 Km from Delhi. The Major attractions of Kasauli are:-
8. Spiti Valley – An adventure lover’s paradise and known as Little Tibet
Spiti is majestic cold desert valley in the North eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, filled with snow- capped mountains, green meadows, gushing river, lakes and exquisite villages. The Valley is located high in the Himalayas at an altitude of 3800 m (12500 ft) above sea level. The name Spiti means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between India and Tibet. The sub-divisional headquarters (capital) of Spiti is Kaza which is located along the Spiti River. It gets only around 250 days of sunshine in the year, making it to be one of the coldest places in the country. Due to heavy snowfall and thick ice conditions, Spiti valley is cut off from the rest of the country for around 6 Months of the year. It is accessible only during the summer months via motorway.
A picturesque paradise, Spiti Valley is home to several beautiful Buddhist monasteries, and will witness of a large number monk (who wear the maroon robes) praying with their prayer wheels, fluttering prayer flags in the air. It also offer many adventurous activities like trekking, mountain biking, camping under the stars, yak rides, river rafting, rappelling and wildlife spotting.Tourists often spot the Bharal (also called the Blue Sheep), Himalayan Ibex, Red fox and lucky one may also spot a Snow Leopard too.
Because of its remote site, Spiti Valley has no access to air or train network. The only way to reach Spiti Valley is through road which is connected to both Manali and Shimla. It is located around 177 km from Manali, around 217 km from Kullu, around 423 km from Shimla, around 475 km from Chandigarh, around 572 km from Amritsar, around 623 km from Ladakh and around 723 km from Delhi. The Major attractions of Spiti Valley are:-
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TOUR PACKAGES OF HIMACHAL PRADESH
Inclusions & Exclusion
- Assistance on Arrival.
- Accommodation on double sharing basis with breakfast in Shimla, Kasauli, Manali, Kasol, Dharamshala, Dalhousie and Chandigarh.
- Accommodation on double sharing basis with breakfast & dinner in Kaza, Tabo and Lallung.
- Camp accommodation on double or Triple sharing basis with breakfast & dinner in Chandratal.
- The vehicle is available strictly as per the itinerary and not at disposal. (Note: A/c will not run in Hilly Area.)
- Semi – Sleeper A/c Volvo Bus tickets (for Roundtrip) are included in Shimla Tour by Volvo , Enchanting Kullu Manali Tour by Volvo, Exotic Manali Shimla Tour by Volvo and Spiti with Manali Tour.
- All entry permits, entry tickets included to all sight-seeing points.
- Entrance fee for monuments as listed in the itinerary.
- All parking fee, Road taxes, Fuel and toll charges etc.
- Child below 5 yrs sharing same bed with parents will be complimentarily.
- For Honeymooners:
- One flower decoration, special honeymoon cake, candle light dinner on the day of arrival in Himachal Pradesh.
- Fruit Basket in the Room.
- Every Night Two glass of Badam Milk.
- Non a/c fresh up room for an hour, if required, in case of arrival is before 7 AM.
- Air or Train fare.
- Adventure activities like skiing, paragliding, Rafting, etc in Himachal Pradesh.
- Additional Charges of Rohtang pass to be paid directly to the transporter as per rule of Manali taxi union.
- Additional excursions or sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control including but not limited to bad weather, natural calamities (landslides, floods), flight delays, excess baggage, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes, war, airline or hotel policies etc.
- Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
- Meals other than specified in the inclusion.
- Tour guide services at any sightseeing place.
- Camera Tickets are NOT INCLUDED in the mentioned cost of Sightseeing & Transfers.
- Any portage at airports and hotels, tips, Visa, insurance, Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, mineral water, telephone charges and all items of personal nature.
- Compulsory Gala Dinner on X’mas & New year Eve if applicable.
- Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
- Card surcharge if payment through credit card
- Peak season supplements and charges.
- All applicable government taxes.
- Optional activities mentioned in the itinerary & anything not mentioned in the above package.
Note: Inclusion And Exclusion Of Customized Trips Will Be Provided On Request.