Himachal Pradesh Tourism (2019)
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Himachal Pradesh Tourism (North India)
All you need to know before planning a refreshing holiday in this paradise land
In North India, the state of Himachal Pradesh is a haven for those looking for a thrilling dose of adventure, a romantic holiday, and just plain relaxation. Himachal Pradesh tourism beings you closer to India’s eighteenth largest state, which is blessed with heavy downpours of rain and snow every year, and is a perfect mix of spring and fall. Both winter and summer seasons are the best time to visit Himachal Pradesh. From Rohtang Pass in Manali to the Mall Road and Ridge in Shimla, there are plenty of tourist places in Himachal Pradesh to check out. If in the mood to explore on one’s own, taking along a Himachal Pradesh tourism map is a good idea. For those looking to lie back and enjoy, the well-planned Himachal Pradesh tour packages are a better option.
Tourism in Himachal Pradesh has increased considerably in the last few years. The millennials, especially, seem to be contributing largely towards Himachal Pradesh tourism. Manali in Himachal, known as the honeymoon capital of India is flocked by many newlyweds throughout the year. Himachal has a number of districts such as the capital city of Shimla, Dalai Lama’s home Dharamsala, the famous Kasol, picturesque Manali, and the Britishers’ holiday spot Dalhousie, among many others, that are definitely worth a visit. If planned well, a Himachal Tourism bus can take you to all these places. Mcleodganj, also known as Little Lhasa, is famous for Triund Trek, Dal Lake, Dalai Lama Temple, and Bhagsu Waterfall.
Shimla is famous for Christ Church, the Ridge, Mall Road, and Jakhu Temple. The landscapes in Himachal and the plethora of places of exploration and discovery, make it a desirable location for holidaying. Dainkund in Dalhousie, Kheerganga Trek in Kasol, and Gilbert Nature Trail in Kasauli are some of the most popular points of interest in Himachal Pradesh.
Best Season to Visit Himachal
The weather in Himachal Pradesh remains perfect for a holiday, except for the monsoon months. The best season to visit Himachal Pradesh would be from March to June, September to December. During these months, the weather is just perfect for you to indulge in all the activities that Himachal Pradesh has to provide. Snowfall in Manali and Shimla occurs between December and February.
From the gorgeous snow-capped mountains to the refreshing low lying valleys, from the adrenaline pumping adventure activities to the tranquil vibe of the lush green cities, from a setting perfect for romance to the hospitality that makes it a perfect family holiday destination, Himachal has too much to boast about and something in store for everyone.
Be it the colonial charm of Shimla or shopping in Manali, both families and honeymooners throng to hill stations like Kullu and Manali. Summer is the best season to explore hill stations with family and friends.
From the popular Triund Trek to adventurous Hampta Pass Trek, the state is a popular trekking destination in India with several trails crossing through alpine meadows, glacial lakes, and apple-laden valleys.
Waterfalls in Himachal Pradesh
Bhagsunath Waterfall in Mcleodganj is a great place for families and couples to enjoy. Rehala Falls are located en route to Rohtang Pass from Manali. Jogini Waterfalls and Jana Falls near Manali are popular places in Himachal for nature lovers.
Temples in Himachal Pradesh
The Himalayas are dotted with several religious sites including Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries. The Hadimba Devi Temple and Raghunath Temple are popular temples in the Kullu Valley.
Since there is a lot to explore in this paradise land, we have carefully crafted this Himachal tourism guide to make sure you get to experience the best of the destination and don’t miss out on the highlights of this destination. So go on and craft a perfect holiday experience by going through all the details mentioned in this detailed guide to Himachal that are necessary to plan a perfect holiday to Himachal.
Tourists from all across the world and from within India visit Himachal to witness the sheer beauty that it offers. The joyous, as well as the calm ambiance that the hills offer, is the reason why Himachal tourism is gaining popularity.
Himachal tourism has always attracted tourists due to its ideal location as it is very strategically located for travelers. It is not too far up north, neither is it too low for those who want to experience the vibe of hill stations without going very high up in the hills. Himachal literally translates as the ‘abode of snow’ and true to its name, it is indeed the place where you can engage yourself in admiring the mesmerizing views of the snow-capped mountains and the adventure enthusiasts can indulge in snow sports like skiing, trekking, and mountain climbing.
Valleys like the Spiti Valley and Lahaul are places that you need to see and experience on your own. The simple, yet exquisite features will take your breath away. The awe of the scenery will leave you mesmerized and glued to your feet.
There are many rivers that pass through Himachal Pradesh, namely the Ravi, the Beas, the Chenab, the Sutlej, and the Yamuna. These rivers ensure a year-round supply of relatively fresh water. These also enable tourists to engage in water sports like rafting, especially white water rafting. These are experiences that one should not miss for anything in the world. There is also an abundance of flora and fauna that you will notice on your way to Himachal Pradesh. The state’s bird is the Western Tragopan; bet you have never heard of that, have you? The state’s animal is the snow leopard. If you spot this majestic and graceful animal, know that your trip to Himachal Pradesh has been fruitful. However, if you do not spot it, do not be disheartened as Himachal has a lot in store for everyone to make their trip worthwhile.
Just go through this extensive and detailed Himachal tour guide, to make sure you don’t miss out on any amazing experiences while on your trip to Himachal.
Cities in Himachal
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Places To Visit In Himachal
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Mashobra in Shimla
Mashobra is a resort town located 12 kilometres from Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Mashobra has a mean elevation of 2,146 metres. The town is an idyllic alternative for those planning a honeymoon in Shimla and also looking for a peaceful getaway.
Perched on a hilltop in Mashobra, the Retreat Building is the of...
Chail Palace in Shimla
Located a short drive away from Shimla, the Queen of Hills, Chail is a lackadaisical town in Himachal Pradesh. Chail Palace in Shimla is a perfect destination for those planning to live like a king, even for just a night.
The Maharaja of Patiala built a new summer retreat in Himachal Pradesh for his family in 1891. Today...
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Cricket Stadium in Dharamshala
The rolling meadows, snow-covered mountain peaks and the oak and coniferous vegetation just adds to the sublime natural beauty of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium or the HPCA cricket stadium in Dharamshala. Imagine watching a riveting cricket match with the backdrop of misty and snowy mountains all around wh...
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Christ Church in Shimla
Christ Church in Shimla is the second oldest church in all of India, and is constructed in the Neo- Gothic style. It is located on the area known as The Ridge in Shimla, and is a popular tourist spot apart from being a revered place of worship. Towards the night the church is lit up in a beautiful way, but during Christmas ...
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Old Manali is a revelation of sorts, especially if you are coming in from Manali Town, which is a hotch-potch of high rises, cluttered alleyways, dingy restaurants and so on. The distance between Old Manali and Manali is about 3 km. As you travel upwards, towards it, you seem to have crossed into another place, a more peace...
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- Hill Station
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Things To Do In Himachal
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Bird Watching in Kasauli
Bird Watching in Kasauli is a favorite pastime for tourists and locals alike, and one of the most popular things to do in this hill station. One of the most famous bird watching spots in Kasauli is the Gilbert Trail, which also offers travelers a chance to enjoy beautiful views while also spotting some amazing birds from al...
Rock Climbing In Dalhousie
Rock climbing in Dalhousie is one of the most popular things to do in this sleepy little hill station. Tourists who love the adrenaline rush of climbing steep rock faces enjoy this activity a lot, and there are many spots in Dalhousie to enjoy rock climbing. For instance, Khajjiar is a great place for rock climbing. Rock cl...
Trekking in Aamod
Trekking in Aamod is not a very well-known activity in Dalhousie, but tourists who love to coalesce with nature and love long walks love it. Aamod is a serene resort in Dalhousie, hidden away from the world, perched contentedly on a mountain ridge away from the hustle bustle of the main town. If you are looking for a rela...
Zorbing in Dalhousie
For those who love the adrenaline rush, Dalhousie is the place to be as there are a number of fun adventure activities you can take part in like zorbing. When you take part in this activity, you will be placed inside an orb-like structure and can roll down the undulating meadows of this hilly region. The best place to go zo...
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Canyoning At Vashisth In Manali
Canyoning is a brand new adventure activity that has taken Manali by storm. An amalgamation of rock-climbing and rappelling, canyoning is done on waterfalls. You are harnessed safely and then you have to climb the slippery rocks, in the face of rapidly flowing water. Sounds very exciting, right? You will feel the raw power ...
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- Rock Climbing
- Thrilling adventure
- Family Trip
- Ideal for friends
How To Reach Himachal Pradesh
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There are three domestic airports that connect Himachal Pradesh to the rest of the country. These are located at Kullu-Manali, Dharamshala and Shimla. The airports have flights from Himachal Pradesh to Delhi and Chandigarh. You can conveniently travel via air and get down at the airport closest to the cities you wish to visit.
The kind of rocky terrain that Himachal Pradesh is located on, makes it slightly inconvenient to construct railway tracks. However, with best efforts, a train does run into the state from Pathankot in Punjab. Travelers can drive up to Punjab or take a flight and then take a train to Himachal Pradesh. By train, it takes only about seven and a half hours long. People usually take overnight trains to Himachal so that they reach feeling refreshed. The important railway stations in Himachal are Solan and Una. There is also a toy train available that connects Himachal to Kalka. Opting for a train proves to be great option as they are usually affordable, comfortable, well maintained and a lot more fun than a flight journey.
The advantage of states situated in the hills is that you can plan a comfortable road trip. The distance from Delhi to Himachal Pradesh by road can be covered in just about 7 hours or maximum 7 and a half hours. The roads are very well maintained and even during the monsoon season, it is safe to drive up to the state, just needs a little caution. Himachal Pradesh is very well connected to the major cities. To reach Himachal by road, you can hire cabs or even take a bus. A bus journey is usually affordable and comfortable too, as the buses stop from time to time and allow people to try out the hill roadside chai and some local delicacies.
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Trip to HimachalIt was nice experience. Nice hotel (hotel snow country in manali and shimla greens in shimla). Solan valley
Trip to HimachalExcellent arrangement done by my tour agent,only Manali hotel has disappointed me.
Trip to HimachalTravel agent Mr. Akash Raj helped us a lot at every point of time and we were able to enjoy a very romantic, pleasent & hassle free tour with the help of Mr. Akash Raj Fun in Solang valley & river rafting at kullu was the best memories of tiur
Trip to HimachalOver all trip was quit good, but the service of gets agents was below expectations ( when ever I was trying to reach to my trip adviser her registered no. Was always switched off).
Trip to HimachalOverall it was a great experience in "Hill Partridge Cottage" Location is good , and ambiance is also good. Delecious food ! Services was perfect !! Housekeeping people are very respectful We had a pleasant stay for 4 nights , view from balcony was excellent ! Will recomend this hotel ! Thanks to negi ji's family for a great stay When we'll reached manali the snow fall started. That's the great moment for us.
Trip to HimachalDriver was not listening to us we have missed many siteseeings and in shimla what was committed was not given to us in the hotel
Trip to HimachalWe had an amazing trip this Christmas holidays to Himachal. The trip was wonderfully organised. The driver was exceptional. The travel agent contacted us and ensured every day of our trip was fine. Ansh Mehta was too good at her work. When we had some issues in one of the hotels, she contacted the manager to sort out things for us. Thanks a lot for ensuring that we had an amazing trip
Trip to HimachalHotel is good but very far away from mall road. Food item is limited. Trip is ossam and fanstattic and travel agent is very gentle and familiar
Trip to HimachalHi, Trip was awesome all the Places was covered in time. Cab driver was also good and experinced. Delhi to Manali volvo was also Good. And Hotel rooms were awesome Like to give one suggestion : volvo from Manali to Delhi (zipgo bus no 9954)can be more tidy and some of the basic aminities were missing like charging point and driver and conductor were also bit rude. Overall experience was very good rating :4/5.
Trip to HimachalHad a great trip but there was no contact by the travel agent. Our trip was totally taken care by driver We got the heavy snowfall in manali. We have enjoyed a lot and hope to go into many more trips as this one.. it was a great trip.. specially our driver was very good.
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FAQ's of Himachal
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There are many fun fairs and festivals in Himachal that tourists will enjoy on this tour package, including: The Manali Winter Carnival- January Dechhang- January Halda- New Year Phagli- Decemeber/January Baba Barbhag Singh Mela- February Gochi -February Lossar
To get acclimated to the Himachal weather, you must firstly layer up completely and make sure that your head, ears, and neck are covered properly. You should also carry some medicines to help you deal with the cold and also overcome nausea if any. You must eat foods rich in proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats like lean meat. Also, take cold showers so that your body can get used to the cold temperature.
Himachal is one of the best places to go backpacking as there are beautiful landscapes, easy travelling, budget-friendly accommodations, warm people.
Yes, Himachal is one of the safest destinations for women travellers as the locals are friendly and helpful. These Himachal tour pacakages are perfect for solo travelling as well.
The off-season in Himachal starts from March and lasts till April and this is the best time to book tour packages as there are heavy discounts on offer.
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