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Ever felt like following in Julia Robert’s footsteps as Elizabeth Gilbert in the movie ‘Eat Pray and Love’ and leaving on a spiritual quest?… in pursuit of finding a meaning in life? An abode for many a spiritual destination, here’s one in India known for its many ashrams. Translating to Kashi (light) of the north, Uttarkashi located in the Garhwal Himalayas, is a place of immense beauty, and the base to pilgrim destinations such as Gangotri and Yamunotri.

Known as the place visited by many a sage or saint to meditate and pray, this mystical town also finds its mention in the Mahabharata, as the place where the great Indian sage Jada Bharatha performed his penance.

A temple town known for its numerous temples and ashrams, it is said that at some point of time this town housed over 365 temples; today however only 32 temples exist. Some of the most prominent temples here include the Vishwanath temple, an ancient temple situated in the centre of the town. This important  temple is known to house a Shivling, dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Just opposite this temple is the Shakti Temple,dedicated to the Goddess of Strength, that houses a 6 meter high trishul (weapon) made of iron and copper, which according to legend is the one used by Goddess Durga to slay demons.

Other temples of importance are the Annapurna Temple, Bhairav Temple, Ma Kali temple, Hanuman Temple, Ganga Temple, Kali Mandir,  Sakhsi Gopal Temple, Gangoti temple, Markandey Rishi Temple, Dundiraj temple, Ganesh temple, Gopeshwar Mahadev temple, Gopal temple, Koteshwar Mahadev temple, Sitaram Temple, Kedareshwar Mahadev temple, etc.

Whilst temples are definitely one of the main attractions here, this destination is not only a pilgrim’s but also a trekker’s dream  known for some stunning trekking trails, enveloped by beauty and surrounded by the some breathtaking hill stations such as Chamoli, Dehradhun, Himachal, Tibet, Rudraprayag, and Tehri, Uttarkashi is known for some interesting viewpoints, where one can enjoy nature at its best.

At an altitude of 3506 metres, Har Ki Dunis an interesting trekking destination is a must try for the scenic trekking trails it provides. Here trekkers can enjoy not just trekking through dense forests but also the scenic Ruinsara lake, about 8 km from Osla.

Scenic treks to other popular lakes include ones to Nachiketa Tal, Sat Tal (Seven Lakes), Dodi Tal and Kedar Tal. While trekking up to these lakes can be hard, the stunning beauty of these lakes makes the effort worthwhile. At Kedar Tal one can enjoy some picturesque views of the majestic Thalayasagar Peak against the backdrop of this beautiful lake, while Dadi Tal is a picture perfect lake enclosed by thick forests and scenic mountain peaks, where tourists can catch up on some angling.

The Gaumukh glacier, the starting place of Bhagirathi (Ganga), is another pilgrim destination held in high regard. Here devotees in spite of the chilly waters, don’t miss an opportunity to bathe in its holy waters.  Further up from here is Nandan-Van Tapovan, again frequented by devotees for the views of the stunning Shivling peak.

Dayara Bugyal, (Bugyal meaning ‘high altitude meadow’ in the local language) is another destination of stunning beauty, offering some breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Covered by flowers in the summers, come winters and it transforms into an excellent ski slope, where tourists can enjoy and  catch up on their favorite sport.

Just 13 km from Uttarkashi is Maneri, a wonderful picnic spot formed as a result of a dam being built over the Bhagirathi River. Another interesting destination is Harsil, a breathtakingly beautiful valley from where tourists can enjoy some paranomic iews of the ‘Sat Dal’ or seven lakes.

The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is another interesting attraction at Uttarkashi, established on 14 Nov, 1965 in honour of the late Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, a mountain lover.

An attraction that should not be missed, its aim is to pass on theoretical and practical training to young men, women and children in mountaineering and adventure courses. From artificial rock formations to indoor walls that provides the same thrill of the mountains but in a controlled environment, this is truly a wonderful attraction here. The Himalayan Museum is a great place to learn more about the Himalayas, its terrain, stories of explorers and their expeditions, while one can learn more about the flora found in the Himalayas in ‘The Himalayan Flora Park’ , the green house ‘Nandan Kanan’ is where flora is grown under controlled environment. Last but not the least here is the souvenir shop “Koteshwar” where one can pick a variety of souvenirs at an affordable price.

From here one must also visit Gangnani, not only is it known for its several thermal springs but is the perfect meditation place. A temple dedicated to sage Parasara, father of Veda Vyas is also located here. Another interesting visit is the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, a place of stunning beauty, where nature lovers can enjoy the beauty of the snow capped mountains, glaciers and thick forest around.

Gangotri and Yamunotri are two breathtakingly beautiful pilgrim destinations nearby toured by thousands of pilgrims visiting the place, the latter being one of the ‘char dharms’ considered auspicious by Hindus across India.

A land of rishis, sages, sanyasis and holy men, this land is also known as ‘Devbhumi’ or the land of the gods, ‘Brahma Pura’ by Hiuen Tsang (the seventh century Chinese Buddhist pilgrim), or Varunavata by the Skanda Puran is a centre of major religious importance for Hindus. Also famous as it is believed in the second millennium of Kaliyug, the divine destination of Kashi will be submerged and replaced by this holy city Uttarkashi.

So beautiful, Shimla’s often referred to as the ‘Queen of Hills’ for its breathtaking attractions and exquisite views of the snow capped Himalayas, a destination that’s known to attract tourists from far and wide. But is it really the right destination or are some  unexplored but just as exquisite destinations near Shimla, which promise to take your breath away the real ones? Ready to explore beauty beyond Shimla?…Then read up!

If adventure sports is something that excites you, then Kufri might just be the ideal destination for you! From exciting trekking to great skiing slopes, Kufri located at barely 16 km from Shilma is a destination one can enjoy with Mother Nature at its best! Also attracting tourists to this place is the National Snow Statue competition held during the month of January and the Annual Winter Festival held in February with great gusto and gaiety. Also home to many a wild animal and Himalayan bird, some exotic species found here include the ibex, musk deer, black and brown bears and more!

Once the capital of Baghal, one can explore some magnificent monuments in Arki in the district of Solan. From the majestic palace of Raja Kishan Chand amidst chir pines and deodars trees, that looks like a scene out of a story book to the Jhakoli temple or the Sair fair celebrated here during the months of July and September, or the cave temple of Lutru Mahadev; here’s a destination that will keep you occupied with its marvelous interests!

If Golf is your game, then can this destination not be on your itinerary? Not only is the Golf course at Naldehra the oldest golf course in India, but also one of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in the world!  A pet project of Lord Curzon, the viceroy of the erstwhile British Raj, this beautiful course surrounded by tall deodar trees is a delightful holiday destination.

Founded in 1100AD by the Chandella Rajputs, Nalagarh is most known for its Nalagarh Fort that is located at the foothills of the majestic Himalayas. From stunning views of the Shivalik Hills to enjoyable nature walks or angling  at the banks of the Gobind Sagar Lake, Nalagarh proves to be an interesting getaway!

Shimla Sumer Hills is the perfect place to enjoy some memorable nature walks amidst  peace and quiet. From unforgettable sights of the snow covered mountains to the age old Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur, the Summer Hill of Shimla is known for its spectacular beauty and has over the years developed into a major tourist attraction.

A walk through Kausali makes you wonder if the time machines aren’t just in movies! A walk through its lanes takes you back to the 19th century, a tiny town it is known for its share of old mansions, splendid vistas, scenic view points and some exquisite and endangered flora found only in the Himalayan belt.

A place of exceptional beauty, Mashobra makes the ideal picnic spot with colorful  daffodils, hyacinths, asphodels and celandines scattered all around.  Adding to the beauty are some old British structures and the Goddess Durga temple, a place of immense religious importance not just for people of the state but tourists too.

From silvery streams to walking through its jungles or exploring its exquisite palace, Chail is another charming destination. Adding to the beauty are its magnificent view points where one can enjoy some breathtaking views of adjoining hills. Wildlife found here  include the  Red Deer, Barking Deer, Leopard Red jungle Fowl, Himalayan Black Bear & more.

Another tiny town known for its uncountable varieties of wild flowers and medicinal herbs is Saraha. Try it for its fairytale like surroundings, Bhimakali Temple Complex, a fusion of Hindu and Buddhist architecture, and Bird Park.

One of Himachal’s most attractive destinations, Chindi set amidst apple orchards and thick pines and deodar trees is a perfect getaway.Though small its lush greenery and temples provides a welcome break for those touring the areas.

While Palampur is  referred to as ‘Tea Capital of North India’ and is a perfect destination for paragliding and trekking, this beautiful locale which lies in the valley of Kangra, has interesting attractions like the 500 year old temples found in Bunslamata, Buddhist monasteries at Bir or aerosports at Billing.

Tattapani is another great getaway known for its hot water sulfur springs that provide relief for patients suffering from aches and pains.  A major Hindu pilgrim site, also attracting tourists are the Shiv Goofa (Shiva Caves) here. One can also enjoy angling  here.

Once the capital of Bushahr Empire, Rampur is an important business center today, known for its numerous temples and shrines, and the Lavi fair that is held in November or the Faag mela celebrated in March with much gaiety.

Considered to be a very holy place by Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs,  it is from Rewalsar that Tibet’s spiritual teacher Padmasabhava began his journey of Tibet; this place is known for its monasteries, temples, zoo and crystal clear lake.

Surrounded by thick pine and deodar trees, not only is Narkanda a perfect destination to enjoy some breathtaking views of  beautiful snow clad mountains around but also a perfect place for skiing and trekking.

A place known for its religious significance, while Baijnath is a beautiful destination with snow clad mountains and green valleys,it is most known for its Baijnath Temple, the seat of Baidyanath Shiva and is the most important among the twelve Jyotirilingas in India.

Manikaran, a famous pilgrimage site for Hindus and Sikhs, is also known for its hot springs (part of theParvati river) that’s rich in Uranium and is known to heal many skin diseases. Apart from the waters from the Vishnu Kund at Manikaran, other must visit religious attractions include the Sri Ramchandra temple, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara, Kulant Pith and more.

While Mandi is also referred to as the ‘Varanasi of the Hills’ apart from the 81 ancient stone curved temples, found here, the ancient palaces here add to the glory of the place.

A place considered holy by Sikhs, Paonta Sahib being the domicile of the tenth guru of the Sikhs Gobind Singh is known for its many temples and gurudwaras.

Other smaller yet just as beautiful hill stations here include the Kaza – yet another spectacular hill stationknown for its famous Ki Monastery built in the 14th Century, Tabo known for its Tabo, a treasure trove of wonderful paintings, scriptures and more.

With many more such beautiful destinations scattered around the state waiting to be explored, Himachal Pradesh is truly one of India’s most exquisite states, a paradise for any backpacker or trekker!

Festivals in Himachal Pradesh –Himachal Culture Glorified

Himachal Pradesh

A combination of plenitude and antiquity, Himachal Pradesh, is a land of many festivals. Majority of the festivals here shares a close connection with the different seasonal changes that takes place within the state. Each of the districts takes part and celebrates the plethora of distinct and gorgeous festivals in their own individual way. They also carry with them a sociological and historical significance. Festivals in Himachal Pradesh in the truest sense is “Himachal Culture Glorified”!

The festivals in Himachal Pradesh not only enliven your spirit but also would also provide you with a break through from the daily hustle and bustle. The festivals mean unparalleled enthusiasm coupled with fun. It’s all about joyous ceremonies and fun filled celebrations. One of the most important aspect of these festivals is the fact that this is the perfect time when people irrespective of poor and rich, join together to boost up their festive spirits. Some festivals in Himachal Pradesh are also associated with the seasonal changes in the region, life style of the people residing there and the harvest season. Whatever be the festival, the people in the beautiful hill state of Himachal Pradesh make for uncontrolled merrymaking at the festivals.

Festivals are the ideal time to come down to Himachal Pradesh, when the colors of festivals and fairs wrap the whole of Himachal Pradesh in its arms. Every month almost witnesses certain festivals to celebrate.

Get ready for a festival tour in Himachal Pradesh to experience the cultural holiday amidst the captivating mountains or the snow fled rivers, that would surely gratify the old customs and traditions of the region.

Halda Festival – Grand Welcome to a Prosperous New Year

The 1st festival to be celebrated in Himachal Pradesh festival, Halda Festival is celebrated in January. This Buddhist fiesta happens to be a private event in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh. In this festival you will be stunned to see how people carrying cedar twigs moves to a particular location that has been chosen by the Lama. Once everybody gathers at the location, the cedar twigs are thrown in the bonfire that is put up. People also engage in various kinds of dancing and merry making activities, on the occasion of this Halda Festival in Himachal Pradesh.

Lohri or Maghi – Togetherness of Fair and Festival

The end of the Halda Festival marks the beginning of the Lohri Festival in the middle of January. An agricultural festival, Lohri happens to be very famous in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The folk dance and songs, which take place during this festival, are very popular among the people. On the occasion of this festival, a beautiful grand fair is organized in the region. The festival is a platform to come out of the monotony of daily life and unwind amidst the outbursts of Joy.

Himachal Winter Carnival- Enjoy the Snow

Himachal Winter Carnival that takes place in the month of February is something that you should not miss! It’s a rare opportunity to enjoy to the fullest. Manali hosts this festival. Various events and competitions like ‘winter queen’ and winter sports etc are organized. Be a part of these Himachal Carnival to experience the resplendent joy.

March- The Month of Cradling Festivals and a Smile in Every Face

March is the month of various festivals that enliven the sleepy mountains of the Himachal. Some of the well-known festivals are Chaitrual, Holi and Shivratri. The Chaitrual festival is exclusive to Himachal. It is the festivity of pictures, which is celebrated in Sirmaur Region. In between March and April, the full moon night is the time when the rituals are performed under the moonlight. The idols of the families are taken into the fields and ‘Poltu’, an elaborate dish is made to be given to the Goddess as an offering. On their way back from the celebration, people are seen breaking clay pots with the aim to drift the evil spirits away. The rituals of the festival vary from one place to another.

Baisakhi Festival –Good Bye Winters

Baisakhi is celebrated in the state of Himachal Pradesh, like other states, with great joy and keen, on 13th of April each year. Among the several festivals in Himachal Pradesh, this is a major one and is therefore celebrated with fervidness in Tattapani region near Shimla and Rewalsar and Prashar near Mandi. On the eve of this festival, many fairs, events and contests are held. Purifying dips in waters are taken by people.

Phulaich Festival – A Rosy One!

Popularly know as the festivals of flowers, the entire state of Himachal Pradesh looks rosy, on the Phulaich festival, as it is the time for flowers to bloom. As rains make way for the autumn, Himachal Pradesh seems to put on a colorful look with abundant flowers embellishing the villages. The festival is celebrated in September, in the Kinnaur region. On this festival, people pay respect to the relatives who have lost their lives and also pray for the souls to rest in peace.  Food and drinks are served on brick mounds to the dead souls, which are afterwards given to the Harijans and the impecunious.

Kullu Dussehra – Concord and Music

One of the major festivals in the state, you cannot just afford to miss the Kulu Dussehra Festival. As the name suggests, the festival is celebrated with great pomp and merry in Kullu. The festival is in its full swing in the month of October. Interesting rituals can be seen to be taking place on the 10 days Dusshra Festival. Wide varieties of cultural programs are also organized. Most importantly, the festivals also serve as a beautiful opportunity to uphold the artifacts and handicrafts of Himachal Pradesh.

Lossar Festival – Lets Celebrate the Buddhist Presence in the State

This Buddhist festival that takes place in the middle of November and December, welcomes the winter season. People worship a local Deity with the hope to restore the prosperity and happiness of the region in the winter months. The festival is also witnesses the commencing of Tibetan New Year by lighting of lamps. While in the morning, religious songs are sung, in the evening, people gather for offering prayers to the Deity. They prepare square lumps with flour that are called Brang-Gyas, which are then kept in plates and places before the God. It is believed that a view of this platter, early morning has some positive, auspicious significance.

Ice Skating Carnival – A Gala Time

A gala time is experienced by the people in Himachal Pradesh, during the Ice Skating Carnival. With a rink in the city of Dalhousie, the carnival is also organized in Shimla. During the carnival, the state is flooded by thousands of visitors. It happens in December, where fancy dress contests, dance performances, ice hockey etc adds to the joy and interest of the festival. If you have an interest for sports, then Ice Skating Carnival in the state of Himachal Pradesh is just the perfect place for you to be!

International Himalayan Festival: It’s Rocking

As you start feeling the snowflakes in Himachal Pradesh, it’s also time for you to prepare yourself for International Himalayan Festival. It is celebrated in December, when the Tibetan leader Dalai Lama blesses McLeodganj. This 3-day festival is celebrated in the lands of Himachal Pradesh with immense grandeur and pomp. It also acts as a crowd puller.

Manimahesh Fair – Tribal Presence Felt

Manimahesh is a pious pilgrimage in Himachal Pradesh. Abode of Lord Shiva, the town bears the stamp of rich cultural heritage. The Manimahesh Festival has been given the status of a ‘State Level Fair’. It happens in February. It is among those rare festivals that are arranged by the tribal people.

Kullu Fair–Another Chance to Celebrate

If feeling aloof is something you don’t want to happen with yourself, then get dressed up in your best and most colorful clothes and get ready for the Fair of Kullu. It is the festival of colors and fun. Visit Kulu in the months of April or May. Also known as Birshu, the festivals takes place in almost every village of Kulu. The Home Deities are worshipped in this festival.

Minjar Fair – All Credit to Chamba

Yet anothet reason to step into the Chamba valley – the Minjar Fair. Held in July, that which characterizes the festival is maize stalks and also silk costumes, long processions and immersion of Raghuvir Verman idol and the other deities in the Ravi River. This 7-day festival bears a religious and historical significance

Lavi Fair –Friendship All the Way!

Lavi Fair is held in Rampur of Himachal Pradesh, on the River banks of Satluj. This festival of international craze and fame happens in November. Lavi was once a major center for trading and also a stopover for the old routes like Ladakh, Afghanistan and Kinnaur. In old days, stalls were put up here by the Kinnaur and Tibetan Traders. Presentl, Lavi Fair is just an effort to revive that old glory. Traders from all corners come to this Lavi Fair, to sell utensils, quilts, and many other consumer goods. The popular items that one can buy are ‘Pashmina’ wool, ‘Chaumkhi’ horses, dry fruits, handicrafts etc. Tribals trade products can also be checked like woollen pattoos and kala zira or may be the Chinese products like tracksuits, jackets and crockery.

Soaked in serene aura

Adorned in unmatched natural beauty

A Land of Festivals

That’s incredible Himachal Pradesh for you

It wont be an exaggeration to say that Festivals in Himachal Pradesh –Himachal Culture Glorified”!

 

 

Dalhousie - A Retreat amidst Snow-capped Mountains

Dalhousie

A quaint and popular hill station, Dalhousie came to existence in the year 1854, for the bureaucrats and the British soldiers. Named after Lord Dalhousie, the British Viceroy, Dalhousie is situated atop the 5 hills of Potreyn, Terah, Kathalagh, Bakrota and Bhangora. Located on the western side of the impressive Dhauladhars and nestled within the snow-capped mountainous ranges, the place is popular among the tourist for its enchanting beauty, revered, ancient temples, the beautiful, trekking valleys of Pangi and Chamba, low roofed hotels and stalls, colonial  buildings, slopes and hills covered with pines, attractive villas and cottages and much more.

While in Dalhousie, nothing will seem to matter to you except the beauty and serenity of the place.  The missing swirl of traffic, the green shades of trees, the small shops, the blooming rhododendrons etc will make your trip worth remembering. Here in Dalhousie, definitely go for shopping of embroidered Chamba shawls, Chamba chappals, colorful woolens, cane baskets, Chamba Dolls, Chamba chilies and many more! With all these and much more, Dalhousie happens to be a retreat amidst the snow-capped mountains!

Nearby Getaways from Dalhousie

Around the captivating land of Dalhousie are some of the best of places beckoning those who love to unwind amidst the tranquility, adventure and beauty of nature. These places also serve as amazing nearby getaways from Dalhousie.

Khajjiar is only at a distance of about 7 kilometer from Dalhousie. It looks like enchanting meadow having a saucer shape and fringed with cedar trees. A small calm lake can be found just in between the grassy meadow of Khajjiar, on top of which two islands float and plays hide and seek with the tourist, behind the tall grasses. Khajjiar is believed to have derived its name from Khajinag, the doomed golden temple. A special attraction of Khajjiar is a 9 hole golf course.

Palampur is a very beautiful hill station that very less people have heard of. Nestling amidst the snow- covered mighty Dhauladhars, Palampur is at a height of 1269 m. This ‘valley of flowers’ brings with it sylvan elegance, hedges having wild red and white roses, avenues dappled with pines and cedars, stylish bungalows and everything else that you might look for, while you are amidst nature. To have an experience of a life time, trek down to any village in Palampur.

Chamba is located 56 km from Dalhousie and is an exciting 2 hours drive from the same. This temple town, often referred as “a jewel of the Himalayas” is placed over a ledge and overlooks River Ravi. At a height of about 920 m, Chamba is named after Champavati, the beautiful princess.  One of the famous and oldest temples in Chamba is the Lakshminarayana temple devoted to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. The rich architectural carvings on the temples have a charm of its own. Another popular place is the palace of the Raja i.e. the Rang Mahal or Painted palace. The palace is replete with some beautiful collection of art works.

The roofed houses in Chamba made of stone and wood slate are evidences of the artistic heritage of the region. Chamba rumals, chappals etc are very exquisite pieces of art work find in the region. Needle painting is also very famous.

Standing like a jewel, alongside the marvelous backdrop of the Dhauladhars, the Baijnath temple happens to be the abode of Lord of Physicians. The temple acts as a major crowd puller in the region. Set up during 804 A.D. by 2 merchants, Ahuka and Manyuka, the temple with a spiritual aura is thousand years old. The ‘lingam’ inside the temple, of Vaidyanatha Lord Shiva is a symbol of adoration and worship for the numerous pilgrims who come to pay a visit to the temple. The Baijnath temple is visited by many with a belief that Lord of Physicians will free them who visit the temple, from all ailments. The water at the Baijinath temple is considered to have digestive properties and in the old days the Kangra Valley rulers were believed to have drank water only from the this Bajinath Temple.

  • Triund

At a level of 2827 m above the sea level, Triund is only 12 kilometer climb if you trek down from McLeod Ganj. Hold your breaths for a while as you take pleasure in the exotic plants, snow covered ponds and the massive rocks at Triund. Have a look at the Pong Dam below, feel the crisp air, unwind in the pristine beauty and the splendor of the mountains.

Another popular getaway from Dalhousie is Dharamsala that overlooks the Kangra Valley. It changed greatly, when Dalai Lama in 1959 claimed the town to be his residence. The Tibetan influence in the region has made this place really popular among the tourist. The blend of culture that can be seen in the region is also fascinating. The Tibetan refugees, nomadic shepherds called gaddis, the cholu tribe, the Hindus and the Buddhists, you would find them all in Dharamsala. The town of Dharamsala is divided into Upper and the Lower Dharamsala.

  • Bir and Billing

In close proximity to the mighty Dhauladhars and jut above Baijnath, is the quaint village of Bir. A seat for the Pal Rajputs once, Bir is presently the location for an annual fair, which actually forms a part of the tradition Holi Festival. The amazing Oak forest, the Kanets and Gaddis pouring down from the mountain ranges and the serenity of the region will offer you an experience of a lifetime.

Billing lies at a distance of 14 km from the village of Bir. A popular hang gliding tournament takes place every year in Billing, which is considered to be among the finest hang gliding sites in the country.

  • Satdhara

As you head towards Panjpulla, you can locate a region called Satdhara, on your way. Located at an altitude of 2036 m, Satdhara is known for the 7 springs believed to have great therapeutic and medicinal value.

  • Subhash Baoli

Offering a view of the gorgeous snowcapped mountains, Subhash Baoli is located at a height of 2,085m, 1.6 km from G.P.O. Square.

Among the pleasant getaways from Dalhousie, Kalatope is one situated at a distance of about 5 km from Dalhousie. An enchanting palace, rest house amidst the forests and a panoramic view- that is what characterizes Kalatope. As you walk down the secluded forest road, through the Nakorota hills, you would reach Lakkarmandi, which is home to the Dogri families. At an altitude 8,600 feet, it is a beautiful place nestled within Kalatope and Dayan Kund Peak. Kalatope is home to a sanctuary known as the Kalatope Sanctuary that consists of animals like Deer, Bears, Ibex, and Leopards, etc.

How to Reach Dalhousie

Those interested in sight seeing and different tourist activities must visit Dalhousie in the months of March to June. If you are planning to go for small trips amidst the beauty of nature, then the ideal time is between the months of July to November. And for all those out there, who are in love with chilly winters and snowfall, come and visit the beautiful land of Dalhousie, anytime from December to February.

The nearest airport to Dalhousie is the Amritsar Airport. Jammu Airport is about 188 km away. Dalhousie can also be reached through rail. The nearest rail head is the Pathankot railway station, which connects to almost all the important cities in India. Several buses at regular intervals ply from Dalhousie to places like Manali (402 km), Amritsar (188 km), Khajjiar (27 km), Delhi (563 km), Pathankot (80 km),

Dharamshala (143 km), Chamba (56 km), Chandigarh (352 km), Jalandhar (192 km), Jammu (188 km) and many more. Local transport such as autos, ponies and taxis can also be availed.

Himachal Pradesh Tourism

Kangra District

Himachal Pradesh is a northern state of India which is known for its breathtaking beauty. The state also dubbed as the ‘Abode of Snow’ is garlanded by the low range of hills of Shivalik in its south and by the Himalayan range in its north. The enigmatic natural beauty of the state is complemented by beautiful hill stations, temples, palaces and wildlife sanctuaries, all these and more constitute an integral part of Himachal Pradesh tourism.

Himahcal Pradesh boasts of its various places of tourist interests, which form one of the most important sources of revenues for this beautiful state of India. One of the most popular tourist destinations of this state is Kullu Valley, which is also known as the ‘Valley of Gods’. Three of the most important things that make Kullu Valley very famous are its bountiful apple orchards, ‘dussera’ celebration and the ancient temples. In addition, the green meadows, the speedy streams also make Kullu Valley an important tourist destination.

40 km away on the north of Kullu lays Manali where tourists from all over the world flock to have a glimpse of the snow-capped mountains, River Beas that runs through the town, mountain trees like pine and deodar, orchards of fruits and many more. Rohtang Pass is a very popular tourist attraction of Manali. During the months of winter, snowstorms and spine-chilling winds part of the pass, it is a favorite destination for trekkers.

The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, boasts of its picturesque beauty. Once the ‘Summer Capital’ for the English people, Shimla is one of the most popular hill stations of northern India, which is often known by ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. Some of the important tourist attraction of Shimla that form a part of Himachal Pradesh torusim are Padam Palace, Kamru Fort, Shimla State Museum and more.

Apart from these, which form the important tourist destinations, Himachal Pradesh tourism also encompasses several other places like Dalhouise, Kinnaur, Mandi, Bisalpur, Chamba and more.