Himachal Pradesh is also known as the “Land of God” is synonymous with scenic spots, natural beauty and adventure. It has something for everyone. From adventure, to temples, to monasteries- no one comes back disappointed from the enchanting state of Himachal. Here are few of the must do things when visiting Himachal Pradesh- ENJOY A TREK TO SARU TAL, SIMLA- In the capital city of Simla, there is located Saru tal at a height of 3600 mts. The locals consider lake as sacred and are also known as the 5th Dham. Along with locals, tourists looking for some adventure also visit Saru Tal. The trek for the lake starts from Sankri and leads to the lake within 5 days. The trek offers view of Gangotri peaks and Kalanag. EXPERIENCE RIVER RAFTING IN MANALI- one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh is Manali. It offers fresh air, snow capped mountains and scenic spots for tourists and is a hot favorites among honeymooners. Along with newlyweds, people looking for some thrill and adventure also visit Manali. River rafting on the river Baes is a thrilling and an experience of a lifetime. TAKE A TOY TRAIN FROM KALKA TO SIMLA- anyone going to Himachal Pradesh, should experience this narrow gauge rail journey. This 100 years old train crosses through 864 bridges and 20 stations. The train moves at a nominal speed of 22 kms / hour and gives you the best possible view of the flora and fauna around. SEEK BLESSINGS AT BHAGSUNATH TEMPLE, DHARAMSALA- This Shiva temple is located 4 kms from Mcleodganj and is a popular among Hindus and Gorkhas. The temple is surrounded by two small water bodies which are believed to have healing properties. The best time to visit the temple is in the month of September when an annual fair takes place here.
Places To See In Himachal Pradesh
SIMLA- Being the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, it is one of the most popular hill stations in northern India. British influences can be seen all over Simla, and was in fact their summer capital. The picturesque hill station is ideal to be visited by family and friends. Some of the must do things when in simla are shopping at mall road, enjoying a trek to Jhaku hill and visiting Viceregal Lodge. DALHOUSIE- a hill station located in Chamba, in himachal Pradesh it is known for its serene atmosphere and pleasant climate. It is perfect for people who are looking to spend some quiet time away from the hustle bustle of the city and newlyweds. Some of the activities to do when in Dalhousie are trekking, visiting St. John’s church and relishing the unexplored beauty of nature. BIR BILLING- known as the Mecca for adventure lovers, this small village of Bir is a must visit for people looking to have some thrilling experiences. Tourists can enjoy sports like paragliding while enjoying the scenic beauty of Himalayan valleys. MALANA- Also known as the “Greece of India”, this small village is perfect spot for anyone who is looking to disconnect from the world and rejuvenate their senses. It provides panoramic view of Himalayan peaks and Kheer Ganga valley. The hot spring pilgrim centre Manikaran is also based in this small village. KHAJJIAR- known as the “Switzerland of India”, this valley in Chamba district is a delight to eyes and senses. Khajjiar Lake, khajji nag temple and apple orchards are some of t highlights of the village. You can also see mesmerizing views of Mt. Kailash, home of lord Shiva.
Food And Shopping In Himachal Pradesh
The traditional cuisine of Himachal Pradesh has heavy influences of Punjab, Tibet and is lip smacking and spicy. The staple food of Himachali people is dal, curry and rice. Meat is a highlight of their cuisine and is prepared with aromatic spices like cinnamon, red chilies and clove. Kullu trout, Grilled fishes and Chicken Anardana are some of the dishes that will get any of the food lovers happy.
Dham is a festive meal prepared by hereditary Brahmin chefs. It includes rice, green lentils, red kidney beans and sweet rice.
In dessert, the specialty of Himachal Pradesh is Sidu and Patande which is made of wheat and resembles a pancake.
The state is famous for different ieties of aromatic tea. SHOPPING
Himachal Pradesh is known for handicraft, shawls, Tibetan carpet, handicrafts and jewellery made of semi precious. The carpets are bright in color and depict traditional patterns of dragons, trees, and flowers. Wooden items made from walnut and chestnut trees are a must buy from the beautiful state. Bangles made of horsehair, paintings depicting scenes from Hindu mythology are a specialty of Chamba district.
How To Reach Himachal Pradesh
Reaching the state by bus is one of the most preferred options among tourists. The state government buses are usually small and rickety whereas the private buses are well maintained and help the tourists to reach from the neighboring state and also travel within Himachal Pradesh. BY TAXI
Three national highways cross the state of Himachal Pradesh and that makes it easily accessible by road. Private taxi services run from ious nearby places like Delhi, Punjab, Chandigarh and Leh and help tourists reach their desired destination. BY TRAIN
Trains are not popular among tourists when it comes to going to Himachal. The terrain is hilly and hence only two narrow gauge lines from Kalka to Simla and Pathankot to Joginder Nagar are connected through trains. BY AIR
The three main airports in Himachal are - Jabbarhatti near Shimla, Gaggal near Kangra and Bhuntar near Kullu. Buses and cars are available from the airport to help you reach your destination. NEAREST AIRPORT- Bhuntar Airport DISTANCE FROM NEARBY PLACES HIMACHAL PRADESH FROM DELHI- 355 km HIMACHAL PRADESH FROM CHANDIGARH- 120 km HIMACHAL PRADESH FROM LEH- 490 km HIMACHAL PRADESH FROM JAMMU- 360 km HIMACHAL PRADESH FROM PUNJAB- 190 km