The foremost thing that comes to our mind when we think of Himachal is Red apples and Green caps. However, it has a lot more to offer and present to the world. Himachal is a paradise for beauty lovers with beautiful snow capped mountains, lush green grass topped with beautiful weather. There are plenty of surprises once you step in to Himachal. Himachal finds its place on the world map in the lap of Himalayas and is popularly known as Land of Gods. It is the beauty of Himachal that makes people from all around the world visit it round the year. Bollywood has also been falling for the beauty of Himachal since a long time and the glimpses of Himachal can be seen in movies and commercials.
Towns of Interest
We will guide you through the various beautiful towns of Himachal that you can plan a trip to. As most of the people are aware of Shimla ,Kullu and Manali , but Himachal has number of places to visit apart from these so here is the comprehensive list of all.
- Shimla: The most popular town in Himachal crowned as The Queen of Hills and is also the Capital of Himachal Pradesh. It’s the most common tourist destination in Himachal, famous for various activities, delicious food joints and British Architecture.
- Kullu & Manali: This is the most popular travel destination. It is famous for weaving beautiful Traditional shawls, adventure sports, beautiful temples and Abode to Lord Shiva.
- Chamba: The ancient town of Chamba is situated on the banks Ravi river. You may also find here the Mini Switzerland of India known as Khajjiar. It is also famous for its Chambiyali Food and Red Fiery Chuck.
- Kinnaur: It derives its name from The Kinner Kailash which is the abode to Lord Shiva. If you are longing to breathe in some fresh and clean air without the help of purifiers then you will be happy to know that Kinnaur has the cleanest air in India. It is also the most exciting place for the adrenaline junkies as the difficult terrains increases the adrenaline rush in the body.
- Lahaul and Spiti: The nature is at its best at Lahaul & Spiti, surrounded by large mountains. Lahaul & Spiti is covered with snow almost half the year. It is the least populated district in India. The landscape in Spiti valley resembles with those of Ladakh but is definitely a notch about them.
- Kangra: The Kangra valley lies in the Western Himalyan region of Himachal Pradesh. It is the abode of Gods and Goddesses. Many famous temples are in the Kangra valley. It is famous for its Tea Gardens in Palampur. The town of Dharamshala offers as the Headquarters of the Tibetan Govt. in exile as well as acts as a host to Cricket tournaments at the most attractive cricket stadium in India.
- Bilaspur: Bilaspur is a place where you get the glimpses of the history and the progress of new technologies. It has a rich cultural heritage. Here you come across, forts, reservoirs, dams, temples and wildlife sanctuaries. The Govind Sagar Lake in Bilaspur is a man-made lake and is rich in Flora and fauna.
- Mandi: The town of Mandi has a unique historical and religious significance. Generally referred as Chotti Kashi as it has many ancient temples. It is a gateway to Kullu valley and other adjoining places. It also serves as a base to many excursion routes. Mandi offers a perfect blend of Wildlife Sanctuaries, Temples ,Rivers and Dams.
- Sirmour: Sirmour has a number of places to visit round the year. It is established on the Shivalik mountain ranges. You can visit Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary and Renuka lake. Many festivals and fairs are celebrated in Sirmour. It also has a Fossil Park known as Shivalik Fossil Park located in Suketi. You can also visit Paonta Sahib, a place which holds a high religious importance amongst Sikhs.
- Hamirpur: The town of Hamirpur is situated on the Lower elevation but has a good cover of Pine forests. The tourism in this town is mainly concerned with Deotsidh and Sujanpur Tihra. Deotsidh is mainly famous due to the cave temple of Baba Balak Nath and Sujanpur Tihra has very reknowned temples. The place is warm as compared to other Hill stations.
- Solan: Known as the MUSHROOM CITY OF INDIA because of high density of Mushroom farming. Solan has derived it’s name from the Hindu Goddess Shoolini Devi. You can also visit the Temple of Shoolini Devi in Solan. Solan has numerous hill stations such as Dagshai, Kasauli, Barog and Chail. The Shiva Temple in Jatoli is the Tallest Shiva temple in Asia. It is also holds great importance for Himachal in terms of Industries as most of the industries of Himachal Pradesh are located in Baddi area of Solan.
Best time to Visit
During the British rule it was but, breaking all the past notions Himachal is surely a destination of all seasons. In winters enjoy in the lap of snow that adds to the beauty, summers brings out the green scenic beauty and Monsoons let you walk between the clouds. The perfect blend of beauty and weather at all seasons.
Activities to do
Apart from exploring the ancient architectures , Historical places , Visit to temples ,Museums , wildlife sanctuaries and zoo’s in Himachal you can also enjoy the adventure activities.
- Ice skating, Skiing ,Trekking , Go Carting, Adventure Sports in and around Shimla.
- River Rafting, Paragliding , Camping and Jungle Safari at Kullu Manali.
- Mountaineering and Rock Climbing at Manali.
- Trekking and Camping in Spiti Valley
- Paragliding , Trekking , Camping in and around Kangra
All that you need is to make up your mind and pack your bags. There is a place for all in the heart of Himachal. It’s a must travel destination which will leave beautiful imprints on your mind and will definitely show how Beautiful India is.