Snuggled in the Himalayas and virtually a travelers paradise, Himachal is endowed with spectacular landscapes, mighty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, flower filled meadows, misty woods, fast flowing icy rivers, glaciers and enchanting lakes. The scenic valleys of Kullu, Kinnar and Kangra dipped in a splash of colours are in sharp contrast to the arid topography of Lahaul and Spiti which nonetheless apparently present a lunar landscape like beauty. The state offers superb locations for relaxing and sight seeing and tremendous opportunities for trekking, mountaineering fishing, river rafting, skiing, paragliding and ice-skating.
Pine scented hills that offer fabulous views, beautiful peaks, clear blue skies, fragrance of cedar forests in summer, the romantic mist of the monsoons and the golden hillsides of autumn - Shimla beckons you! It came into prominence nearly a century ago as the summer capital of the British Raj. This beautiful hill station derives its name from “Goddess Shyamla”, avatar of Goddess Kali. This beautiful mountain resort has some excellent walking trails through dense woods of oak, pine and fir. It can be visited any time during the year. Summers are warm with cool and pleasant evenings while winters are bone chilling.
Encircled within pine - clad soaring peaks, Manali is a picturesque hill resort. It is a flourishing orchard industry, a popular honeymoon destination and trails for numerous treks as well as a great countryside for adventure sports such as river rafting, trekking, paragliding, mountaineering, etc. The river Beas cascades along amidst the grassy meadows carpeted with wild flowers. It’s main attraction is the 450 years old temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi and a Tibetan Monastery. Just on the outskirts of Manali is the pictoral village of Vashisht famed for hot sulphur springs. A place not to be missed is snow point on Rohtang Pass road. The Rohtang Pas is 51 km from Manali at 3978 meters. This was for centuries the gateway to the trading routes that led to Lahaul and Spiti. The Manali market is crowded with myriads of interesting shops selling Tibetan carpets and crafts.
Dharamshala, the principal township in the Kangra Valley region is magnificently set in the background of the Dhauldhar Mountains. Pine forests cover the hillsides and numerous streams cut a path through them, allowing exciting opportunities for fishing. The town has been the seat of his Holiness, the Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetans, since 1960. The area is famous for the Kangra School of miniature paintings.
Named after Lord Dalhousie, the British Governor General of India in 1854, this beautiful hill resort still has a delightful laid back atmosphere that brings back memories of the British era. The hills are covered with thick Oak and Deodhar trees and neaby is Subhash Baoli - the sparkling fresh water spring, believed to have curative properties. Not to be missed is a visit to Khajjiar with its rolling meadows, majestic deodars, bubbly streams and the sheer opulence of its natural beauty.