Things to Do in Himachal Pradesh
With spectacular snow peaks, and lush green river valleys, the lovely state of Himachal is a vast playground for the outdoor lovers. From trekking and climbing, rafting, paragliding and skiing there is a plethora of activities that you can indulge in. In fact the majestic mountain chains create such an interesting topography that exploring this state by bus, car, motorbike, or even on foot is a pleasure in itself. Every time you enter a new valley through a pass, you enter into a new world with its own culture, deities and even language. There are enchanting villages with fairy tale architecture and the easy going warmth of the people.
Day Hike to Pandu Ropa: You can opt for a full day hike to Pandi Ropa in Manali with the help of a local guide who will show you the best hiking destinations in Manali. The hike can be challenging but you will get some of the best views of the Kullu and Manali valley. You can take a walk through the evergreen pine trees and cross the tree line to hike up to the Alpine meadows. Pandu Ropa is situated at an altitude of 3500 meters above sea level. In the summer you can come across several herds of sheep and during June and July you will be able to revel in the colorful Himalayan Flora.
Bhuttico: While you are in Himachal Pradesh it is a must to indulge in admiring the high quality Kullu shawls and other handloom woven goods which you can do at the nearest branch of Bhuttico. Bhuttico is the cooperative set up by Bhutti weavers which was established in 1944 and there are showrooms in every town in the valley and many beyond along with a large factory showroom at the Bhutto colony which lies 8 km south of Kullu. The prices in Bhuttico are fixed so you can easily gauge the price and quality here which you can apply elsewhere in the state.
Dussehra in Kullu: The Dussehra festival held in Kullu is one of the most unusual and colorful in the country. Usually there is a one day celebration of this festival in the rest of the country, but in Kullu the celebrations go on for a week. The opening day is the most exciting where there are 200 or more exquisitely decorated deities from the surrounding valley in town on palanquins which are carried here on foot. These deities are assembled at the Raja Rupi temple and then are taken to the Raghunath Ji temple in the early afternoon. They are then taken in a colorful and musical procession to the Dussehra ground.