Himachal Pradesh literally “Snow-land” is a state of India located in Northern India. Known for its natural environment, hill stations, and temples, the mountainous state with its Himalayan landscapes attracts tourists from all over the world. The history of the area that now constitutes Himachal Pradesh dates back to the Indus valley civilisation and has many important pilgrimage centres with prominent Hindu temples. The state is also referred to as “Dev Bhoomi” (literally meaning Abode of Gods) due to its mention in ancient holy texts. Himachal is also known for adventure tourism offering activities from ice skating to paragliding.
Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. Once the summer capital of British India, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903. It’s also known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts. The Neo-Gothic-style Christ church is serene and stately among other places of worship. Other than these, historic sites like the Rashtrapati Niwas, museums &nature parks (besides the captivating landscapes) draw tourists from all around the world.
A 7 hour drive southwest from Shimla, Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It’s also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass. Other places of interest include Hidimba Devi Temple, Bhrigu Lake, Pandoh Dam and the Great Himalayan National Park.
Places to visit in Himachal Pradesh
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