Places to Visit In Himachal Pradesh
As mentioned above, Himachal Pradesh has something for everyone. From frivolous activities like skiing and ice skating to shopping and even some religious tourism, different places in this state are popular for different reasons. Where Shimla and Manali are popular among honeymooners, Dharamsala draws a large number of Buddhist tourists who come here to visit the Dalai Lama. The same is also true for Lahaul and Spiti where you can witness a Buddhist culture which is centuries old. For avid shoppers there are the busy local markets where you can pick up handcrafted items which make excellent souvenirs and gifts.
Dharamsala: Dharamsala is well known as the town that plays host to the Dalai Lama, but the unkempt town where buses come in is lower Dharamsala. The Dalai Lama is based a little uphill in Gangchen Kishong and the busy traveller town of McLeod Ganj known as upper Dharamsala is where most visitors make a beeline in order to enjoy the this straight forward but lovely town. There is the museum of Kangra art just off the main street which displays some very beautiful miniature paintings from the school of Kangra along with Chamba handkerchief embroideries. There are also traditional costumes and photographs from the terrible Kangra earthquake in 1905
Manali: Manali is a paradise for honeymooners which is surrounded by majestic peaks in the lovely green valley of the Beas River. This valley is a haven for people who love adventures in the mountains. People come to this town all the year round where backpackers come to enjoy the hippie villages around the main town. On the other hand adventure seekers come for trekking, climbing, mountain biking, canyoning, paragliding, rafting and skiing. Apart from these families come here to enjoy the cool mountain air and for the snow at Rohtang Pass which is located at a height of 3978 meters. Manali is also the starting point for a trip to Ladakh and Spiti between June and October.
Chamba Valley: The beautiful Chamba valley is isolated from the Kangra valley by the Dhauladhar Range and from LAhaul and Kashmir by the Pir Panjal. This makes it an excellent isolated valley system with an environment all its own. This area was ruled for centuries as the princely state of Chamba which is one of the most ancient states in the country. It is excellent for people who love visiting temples, trekkers and those people who simply enjoy scenic nature. The best part is that in spite of its natural beauty and many attractions, most visitors stay away from here.