A Brief Guide into the State Of Himachal
Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful states in the Western Himalayas. People from all over the world throng to witness such beauty. The Advancement in Tourism has been a recent introduction to this mesmerizing valley. In Earlier times farming was the main source of income. It is on a tour to Himachal one can witness meadows, huge glaciers, thunderous rivers, unique wildlife, and the vast area covered under the forest cover and of course the Majestic Mountains. Himachal is also known as the fruit bowl of India. The land covers extreme diversity, be it dialect, the landscape. Enchanting Lahul-Spiti is entirely different from the luscious Chamba Valley as Mandi Town is entirely different from the mesmerizing Sangla Valley. Manali, Shimla, Dharamshala and Dalhousie attract the maximum numbers of visitors through-out the year.
Himachal means different to people from different walks of life. Some come to frolic in the snow and do the winter adventure activities, some of whom who have never witnessed this Natural phenomenon outside their fridge come to experience it too. Some people come to relax and just be with themselves, as if lost within but finding that lostness, more on a Spiritual journey. A vast majority of Couples come on tour to Himachal to seek blessings from various deities. Youngsters come to experience the wild side by exploring the jungles through camping and trekking. Many foreigners who have fallen in love with this place from various countries have come and settled here by marring into the community. In a paradox Himachal Pradesh is a unique mixture of traditions, heritage, art & architecture, relics, customs, with a modern Image.
Himachal Pradesh is a very diverse state and is divided into many Valleys according to the demographics of the place. Firstly, the Chamba Valley, more famously for its towns of Bharmaur, Dalhousie and Khajjiar. The area beyond these places is one of the most inhabited and remotest in the entire Western Himalayas. Kangra Valley, known for its rich heritage and of course Tea-Gardens. The most famous of places to visit are Dharamshala, Baijnath and Palampur. Since it’s the seat of the Spiritual Leader of Buddhism, The Dalai Lama, McLeod Ganj has become world famous. Kullu Valley, The Apple Valley as it is rightly termed. In today times made more famous for its religious and winter sports activities. People throng to see the Great Rohtang Pass, as it provides natural snow all year long. Major places of interest are Manali, Kasol, Solang Valley and Naggar. Lahaul and Spiti Valley has recently gained popularity among the young to explore the unexplored places of India. In contrast to the rest of India, its Remote, Cold yet so mesmerizing with its Landscapes and the little population of the Buddhist settlers there. Most remarkable are the monasteries that make this place once in a lifetime visit.
Himachal has attracted and produced world class artists/ citizens which we cherish even today. A few Notable personalities that have remained a part of Himachal, and have been Brand Ambassadors for the state, the most notable are:
1. Nicholas Roerich - Russian painter, Writer, Archaeologist, Theosophist, Philosopher.
2. Preity Zinta - Famous Indian Bollywood Actor
3. Captain Vikram Batra - Martyred Brave-heart of the Indian Army
4. Anupam Kher - Famous Indian Bollywood Actor
5. Sardar Shobha Singh – World Famous Artist
6. The Great Indian Khali – Ex Cop turned WWE Wrestler
7. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama – Nobel Peace Prize Winner
8. Kangana Ranaut - Famous Indian Bollywood Actor
9. Mohit Chauhan – Famous Bollywood Singer
10. Rubina Dilaik – Famous Television Personality
11. Yami Gautam - Famous Indian Bollywood Actor
How to Reach :
Himachal Pradesh has 3 Domestic Airports with connecting flight to Delhi & Chandigarh
(1) Air Travel
1. Bhuntar Airport in Kullu District connecting further to the Manali Valley.
2. Gaggal Airport in Kangra District connecting further to the Dharamshala Valley.
3. Shimla Airport
(2) Train Travel
Since much due to it’s mountainous terrain Himachal still has 2 Trains.
1. Toy Train (Kalka – Shimla) (Now a World UNESCO Heritage Site.) with a Distance of 96Kms.
2. Pathankot (Punjab) – Jogindernagar (Mandi) with a Distance of 113Kms.
(3) Road Travel
Interestingly the best way to Travel in Himachal is by Road. It is well connected with its 9 National Highways and 20 State Highways.
Best way to go about Travelling in Himachal are :
Volvo’s | Fleet of Cabs | Tempo Travelers | Bikes on Hire Etc.
Best Time to Visit Himachal
Himachal Pradesh has become such a unique destination that one can visit different parts of its territory all year round.
(1) In Winters Places to Visit
2. Solang Valley
8. Parvati Valley
(2) In Summers Places to Visit
1. Rohtang Pass
3. Spiti Valley
4. Patrvati Valley
8. Chamba Valley
9. Rekong Peo
* Note Avoid Bike Rides during the Monsoons.
What To Do In Himachal All Year Round
Himachal Pradesh is a Wonderland in itself. One can do just about anything here.
For Adventure Seekers / Amateurs
1. Heli- Skiing
3. White Water Rafting
4. All Terrain Vehicle Rides
7. Mountain Biking
8. Jeep Safari
9. Mountain Motor-Biking
14. Rock Climbing
16. Heli- Rides
17. River Crossing
And a lots and lots of More Adventure Activities.
Himachal Offers a Lot For Nature Lovers Also
It Boasts of The Great Himalayan National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Pin Valley National Park besides having 30 other wildlife sanctuaries. It has around 463 Bird Species with around 80 Species of Fishes. The State National Animal is the elusive Snow Leopard and the State Bird is Tragopan melanocephalus while the State Flower is the Rare Pink Rhododendron.
Himachal Pradesh is also Famous for Its Heritage and Architecture
Himachal has always been a state which has a long Cultural Relevance even in today’s times. With a long history it has some of the World’s marvels.
Some Of the Major Structures of Historical Importance Are :
1. Hadimba Devi Temple – Manali
2. Kangra Fort - Kangra
3. Key Monastery – Spiti Valley
4. Jaitak Fort – Nahan
5. Baijnath Temple – Kangra
6. Chokling Monastery – Bir
7. Chamunda Devi Temple – Kangra
8. Jwala Devi Temple – Kangra
9. Naggar Castle – Naggar
10. Bhimakal Temple – Sarahan
11. Kuthar Fort – Solan
12. Nalagarh Fort – Nalagarh
13. Shimla – Colonial History
14. Masrur Temples – Kangra
15. Gurudwara Sri Manikaran Sahib – Manikaran
16. Vashishtha Temple - Vashisht
Amazing Facts About Himachal Pradesh
1. Asia’s Largest Glacier is found in the Lahul – Spiti Area.
2. The Village where no outsiders can touch any walls - Malana Village
3. Rightly named the Land of Gods, as every village has his own deities.
4. Ramayana and Mahabharata of the mythological era have their traces in Himachal.
5. The Silk Route passed through the State of Himachal once upon a time.
6.Asia’s only natural Ice-Skating Rink is found in Shimla.