Have fun skiing in Kufri and Manali

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India as a country is immensely beautiful with varied tourist spots that offer everything from vast Ocean to majestic mountains to never ending desert to mysterious forests. There are also wonderful man made architectures that inspires awe and to promote tourism, there are adventure sports on offer as well. The adventure sports on offer in India includes water sports, trekking, snorkeling and many more. One of the biggest attractions that draws tourist from all over India as well as all over the world is skiing. There are quite a few places in India, especially in north India that are excellent for skiing and one such place is Himachal Pradesh.

skiing in Kufri is exciting

skiing in Kufri is exciting

Kashmir is also well known for the skiing opportunities it provides, but Himachal Pradesh is easier to reach and is considered safer too. Two of the most famous places that you should visit in Himachal Pradesh for enjoying skiing adventure are Manali and Kufri. While Manali is also extremely popular as a honeymoon destination, Kufri is still in the process of gaining popularity as a tourist destination. Hence depending on the kind of place you like for a vacation, that is to say whether you want to spend your skiing holiday in a peaceful place or in a happening place, you can choose either Manali or Kufri.

Given above is the difference between the two places of Himachal Pradesh, both of which offers skiing as a popular adventure activity. What are common between these two places are the gentle slopes, the exotic picturesque views and the powdery snow that are ideal for skiing. Hence regardless of whether you choose Kufri or Manali, you would have endless fun skiing in both the places. You can also choose to experience skiing in both Manali and Kufri since these two places located quite near to each other and can be travelled within a few hours by a hired car or you can also avail local conveyance.

skiing in Manali is amazing too

skiing in Manali is amazing too

For accommodation you need not worry about anything at all when you are traveling to Manali or Kufri since there are many hotels, guest houses and resorts in both these places, especially Manali. But if you are traveling during the season of skiing, which is the winter time, you should make it a point to book your accommodation in advance to avoid any hassles. Expect the weather to be bitterly cold and hence carry lots of warm clothes.

Spend some time in the company of nature in Khajjiar

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If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life as well as the stress of daily life to some quiet place where you can relax, you should consider Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh. Spend just a weekend in Khajjiar and it would be enough to energize you to get back to work. This beautiful meadow, also touted as the Switzerland of India and Gulmarg of Kashmir due to its breath taking beauty, is easily reachable from Delhi and hence you can visit this place as a weekend getaway from Delhi. Located along the way from Dalhousie to Chamba, this quaint meadow looks like a beautiful picture postcard.

Khajjiar is a treat for the eyes

Khajjiar is a treat for the eyes

What makes this glade around 5 km in total circumference irresistible is the presence of a lake in the middle that is surrounded by towering deodar forests. The greenery all around would not only sooth your eyes but also calm your tired soul. The majestic snow clad Dhauladhar mountain range of the might Himalayas can be seen afar over the top of the tall trees and it completes this stunning picture. You can spend the whole day just sitting around the meadow soaking in the beauty of the nature or you can also trek around to explore the areas. Another activity that is popular around here is horse riding.

view of the Khajjiar lake

view of the Khajjiar lake

You can hire a horse and have ride around this exotic green valley and also visit the old temples just a little distance away from the lake. It is a temple dedicated to the local God Khajji Nag and was built long ago in the 12 century A.D. The carvings woods on the temple sanctum are a treat for the eyes and depict the war between the Kauravas and the Pandavas. This meadow is also a paradise for photographers due to the picture postcard kind beauty of the place. The picture postcard feel is completed with the sheep and cows grazing the meadow.

Although most people just browse through this place while on their way from Dalhousie to Chamba, but it is a place worth staying if you want to spend some quality time just in the company of nature. The best time to visit is spring and there are government guest houses, tourist lodges as well as some private hotels too in Khajjiar. But since the number of accommodations is very less, you should make a point to book in advance.

Travel to Kufri for a relaxing vacation

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One of the best hill stations of Himachal Pradesh is Kufri. Himachal Pradesh is the state in India that has so many beautiful hill stations that you would be completely spoilt for choices. But while some hill stations are very popular tourist destinations and hence crowded, like Manali and Shimla, Kufri is relatively peaceful with fewer tourists visiting this beautiful valley. Hence if you are looking to spend some quality time with your family or the special someone or even with yourself, there would be no better place than Kufri.

the stunning view from Kufri

the stunning view from Kufri

The surrounding range of Himalayan range, the lush green forests and the overall picturesque beauty would rejuvenate your mind and sooth your soul. This beautifully stunning valley in Himachal Pradesh gained popularity as a tourist spot only recently. Even a few years back, not many people knew about the existence of this scenic valley. Located only around 21 km from the Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, you can visit this quaint hill station as a day trip from Shimla. You would surely love the charm of this amazing valley at once.

It is not without any reason that the popularity of this place as the chosen tourist spot in Himachal Pradesh is increasing every year. Due to the location of this valley which is cradled between the majestic mountains, the weather of Kufri remains pleasant almost all through the year, which is one of the main reasons for increasing tourists crowding this place. The summers are extremely vibrant with the valley in full bloom and the winters are the best time for skiing with the gentle mountain slopes covered with powdery snow. Hence depending on the kind of vacation you are looking for choose the time of the year you visit this exquisite valley.

skiing in Kufri is fun in winters

skiing in Kufri is fun in winters

Since the tourism industry of Kufri is still in its growth stage, there are not that many huge numbers of hotels or resorts as you would find in the more well known places like Manali or Shimla. But the few resorts or hotels or government tourist guest houses that are in Kufri are very well maintained and provide excellent facilities as well as amenities. Since the number of hotels and resorts are less, make sure you have your accommodation booked in advance to avoid having any troubles later on. Hence travel to Kufri and you can expect to have the most memorable vacation ever.

Enjoy a relaxing vacation in Kasauli

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Himachal Pradesh is a state that has so many beautiful hill stations as tourist destinations that the choice is overwhelming. There are varied kinds of hill stations as well, that is to say that you have Shimla, the capital and the most popular hill station of Himachal Pradesh. Then there is Manali which is a favorite of honeymooners. There are also hill stations that are quiet and peaceful for tourists who look for a place to relax and rejuvenate in the laps of nature. One such peaceful and calm hill station in Himachal Pradesh is Kasauli.

the quiet beauty of Kasauli

the quiet beauty of Kasauli

This quaint town located at the foot of the Himalayan mountain range is truly a paradise for all nature lovers. Kasauli is situated at an altitude of 1927 meters above sea level and is named after Kasool, a particular kind of plant that is found here. When you visit Kasauli, you would surely feel that you are revisiting the bygone era of the British rule in India due to the colonial kind of architecture. There are many places of interest that you can visit in this beautiful hill station. The most popular are the Man-Ki Point, Tibetan Market, Baba Balak Temple, Christ Church, Kasauli brewery and Mall Road.

a British colonial kind architecture in Kasauli

a British colonial kind architecture in Kasauli

The Kasauli brewery is the distillery and brewery that is located at the highest point in the world. Kasauli is also the place where you can enjoy a host of adventure activities like trekking, rock climbing and camping. Hence if you choose to visit this stunning hill station of Himachal Pradesh, you would not miss out on anything that is offered at the more popular hill stations of Himachal Pradesh and yet would have a rejuvenating experience in the quiet company of nature. This beautiful hill station is situated on the way from Chandigarh to Shimla and hence is easily reachable by bus and hired cars from Shimla, Chandigarh as well as Delhi.

There are many quality hotels in Kasauli along with budget hotels as well. There are also government tourist guest houses and lodges that are not only reasonably priced but are also located in some of the loveliest locales with excellent views. But usually to get a place in the government tourist lodges, you would have to book in advance since these are the ones that get fully booked first. Hence as per your budget and requirement, find a hotel in Kasauli and enjoy your stay.

The striking beauty of Lahaul and Spiti

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Himachal Pradesh is a state that has so many places that are worth visiting that you would be in a dilemma as to which one to choose. Mostly hill stations, Himachal Pradesh have many places that are paradise for the lovers of nature as well as for photographers. Nature has been especially partial to this north India state when adorning it with the lush green vegetation, majestic snow covered mountains and beautiful flowing rivers. Part from all these Himachal Pradesh also has mountain desert valleys that are very uncommon in India. The mountain desert valleys of Lahaul and Spiti are hence worth visiting when touring this beautiful state.

the awe striking beauty of Lahaul

the awe striking beauty of Lahaul

Even a few years ago, these two places, especially Spiti was out of bounds for tourists. Visiting Spiti required special permission from the Indian government. This is due to the close proximity of this desert mountain valley to the India and Tibet border. At present times, although visiting this place is permitted for all tourists, not many people visit Lahaul and Spiti. The harsh weather condition of this mountainous desert terrain is the reason that not many tourists are able to travel here. The extremely altitude makes it impossible to breath properly and the many people find it extremely difficult to sustain in the bitter cold.

the stunningly picturesque Spiti

the stunningly picturesque Spiti

If you can overlook and overcome all the hardships of these two places, you would be mesmerized with the beauty of these desert mountain valleys of Himachal Pradesh and it would surely be a memorable experience for you. Usually the road way to both Lahaul and Spiti are closed during the winter due to the heavy snowfall. During the summertime as well these two stunning mountain desert valleys are covered in snow. Lahaul is still fertile and greener than Spiti, which is starkly raw desert mountain valley. But nevertheless for people who have not ever seen the wonders of a snow desert, the view of Lahaul and Spiti would be awe striking.

There are not that many places to stay in Lahaul and Spiti for very obvious reason that not many people visit these places. Hence if you are planning to travel to enjoy the exquisite view of these two places, you would do well to book your accommodation in advance. For exploring the beauty of these two snow desert valleys, the best possible way would be trekking or you can also go on a bike expedition.

Experience the greatest honeymoon in Manali

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If you are getting married in the not so distant future and need to plan for a romantic getaway for your honeymoon, you can and should consider Manali in Himachal Pradesh. It is not without any reason that Manali is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in not only Himachal Pradesh but also in India. Himachal Pradesh is a state that is especially blessed and adorned by nature. Located at the foot of the snow capped, majestic and the famous Himalayas, this north Indian state is a treasure trove of natural beauty and Manali is like the brightest jewel in the crown of Himachal Pradesh.

the stunning beauty of Manali makes it popular with honeymooners

the stunning beauty of Manali makes it popular with honeymooners

Cradled between towering snow capped mountains and surrounded by sprawling powdery snow, the weather of Manali is cool and pleasant which is perfect for a romantic honeymoon. You can spend your days just soaking in the beauty of the place or you can also indulge in some great adventure sports. The most popular adventure sports that you can enjoy in Manali include skiing, paragliding, zorbing and of course trekking. The place that offers all these adventure sports is Solang valley, located at a distance of just 13 km from Manali. The biggest attraction of Solang valley is however, the ski lift. It is 300 meters in height and offers a breathtaking view of the surroundings during the transit.

the ski lift of solang valley is popular with tourists of Manali

the ski lift of solang valley is popular with tourists of Manali

Apart from Solang valley the other must visit places in Manali are the famous Hadimba Devi temple and Rohtang Pass. Hadimba Devi temple is strategically located on a jutting rock and you can have some excellent couple time trekking to the spot. On the other hand Rohtang Pass is the highest point in Himachal Pradesh and is covered in snow all through the year. It is usually closed during the winters due to the snow blocking the road ways. Manali can be easily reached by hired cars and buses from Delhi and Shimla. This way is the most taken and most popular with tourists. However you can also choose to travel from Chandigarh and Ambala by hired cars and buses.

There are some excellent hotels, resorts as well as guest houses in Manali that are ideal for honeymoon couples. The views from most of the hotels are amazing but if your budget permits it, book a hotel or resort that has a good mountain view. Enjoy the changing colors of the mountains with sunrise and sunset to have a memorable honeymoon.

The three most popular adventure activities to enjoy in Himachal Pradesh

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Himachal Pradesh is a very beautiful state with many stunning locales and hill stations. Located at the foot of the famous and majestic Himalayan range in the northern part of India, Himachal Pradesh means the land of snow and it rightly justifies the name. From almost all parts of this state you would get a stunning view of the snow capped Himalayan mountain range and in some places you can also experience the snow for yourself, like Manali and Rohtang Pass. Apart from this amazing natural beauty, Himachal Pradesh tourism development also offer many adventure sports that tourists can enjoy, like skiing, white water rafting, paragliding, rock climbing and zorbing.

snow covered Himachal Pradesh

snow covered Himachal Pradesh

With so many adventure sports on offer, it is no wonder that adventure sport enthusiasts flock to Himachal Pradesh. The top three adventure activities that you can enjoy and that are most popular are as listed below along with the places where you can enjoy these activities:

1)      The most popular as well as the best adventure activity that you can enjoy in Himachal Pradesh is trekking. There are many short and easy as well as long and challenging trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh that are ideal for both amateur trekkers as well as professional trekkers too. Trekking is one activity that can be enjoyed in almost all parts of Himachal Pradesh, from Shimla to Dalhousie.

tourists enjoy skiing at Manali in Himachal Pradesh

tourists enjoy skiing at Manali in Himachal Pradesh

2)      The second most poplar activity that many tourists from all over the globe visit Himachal Pradesh for is skiing. Best enjoyed in Manali, skiing in Himachal Pradesh does not require you to be a professional due to the gentle slopes. The snow in Manali is very fine and powdery, which makes it a great experience to ski in Manali.

3)      The third most popular adventure activity that you must try in Himachal Pradesh is paragliding. It is a memorable experience to view the exquisite beauty of Himachal Pradesh from the sky. It is much like flying and hence the experience is exhilarating. This sport that is well known for giving adrenaline rush to adventure sport enthusiasts can be enjoyed in Solang valley, near Manali.

The above three are the most popular adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh but nevertheless you can also try the other sports in various different places. Wherever you visit you would not have to worry either about accommodation or about transportation since Himachal Pradesh is a state well known for its hospitality.

Have fun with adventure activities in Solang valley

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Himachal Pradesh is a very beautiful state located in the north of India. Situated at the most amazing location of the foot of the Himalayan range, the state has been blessed by nature. Although the most popular tourist spot of Himachal Pradesh is the capital city Shimla and Manali, there are also some less visited yet equally stunning locales like Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Sangla, Kalpa and Spiti. Apart from this breathtakingly picturesque places, Himachal Pradesh also offers some great adventure sports in the form of trekking, skiing, rock climbing, paragliding, white water rafting and the unique sport of zorbing. There are also fun family activities that people with no interest in adventure sports can enjoy as well, like angling.

Since tourism is exceedingly encouraged in Himachal Pradesh, these activities can be enjoyed all round the year and at reasonable prices. The best place to enjoy most of the above adventure sports is Solang valley. Very near to Manali, Solang valley is not only exquisite but is also the place most adventure sport enthusiasts flock to. You can stay in Manali and travel to Solang valley or you can also travel from Shimla. The adventure activities that you can enjoy in this beautiful valley are paragliding and zorbing. While paragliding would give you adrenaline rush, zorbing can be enjoyed by one and all. You can also trek from Solang valley to explore the surroundings covered in lush green vegetation.

enjoy paragliding at Solang valley

enjoy paragliding at Solang valley

Paragliding is popular with tourists since it provides you with the opportunity to view the beauty of Solang valley as well as the surroundings from up above the sky. You also get the sensation of flying like a bird which indeed offers the kind of adrenaline rushes that adventure sport enthusiasts look for. Zorbing on the other hand is a sport activity that is perfect for family. Zorbing is the sport where you get into a gigantic transparent plastic ball and the ball is rolled down the slopes. You get to view the valley in an all round way from all three sixty degree angles.

experience the unique activity zorbing in Solang valley

experience the unique activity zorbing in Solang valley

Zorbing is a fun and popular sport with families since more than one people can get into a ball too although the norm is for one people per ball. You do not need to feel unsafe either since usually the guide would run alongside the ball all the way down the slope. Hence have fun with activities in Solang valley.

Experience the stunning beauty of Shimla and Manali

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Shimla can be undoubtedly termed as the queen of Himachal Pradesh, a picturesque state located at the northern part of India. India boasts of a wide variety of naturally beautiful places and Shimla is one of them. The name Himachal means the land of snow and significantly in most winter Himachal receives snowfall. The locales of Himachal Pradesh changes with the changing seasons but what remains constant is the ethereal beauty and the charm. Especially Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh can be visited all through the year since the springtime has a different loveliness in the blooming flora and the wintertime in snow.

one of the many tunnels on the road from Delhi to Shimla

one of the many tunnels on the road from Delhi to Shimla

Even a few years ago there was no way to travel to Shimla by roadways. The only way to travel to this amazing city was by traveling to Katra by train first and then onwards journey to the queen of Himachal Pradesh in a toy train. While it is a memorable experience to get onto a toy train, it has become much easier as well as cheaper to travel with the building of the roadways. Today you can easily get a hired car or take a bus to this capital city from the capital of India, Delhi. Traveling by road is a unique experience as well due to the architectural brilliance of the roads with almost never ending tunnels.

After spending a few memorable days in Shimla, you can travel onwards to another magnificent destination in Himachal Pradesh, which is Manali. These two locations are the most visited and most famous tourist spots in this state located at the foot of the Himalayas and it is of course not without any reason. Manali boasts of one of the few places with a brilliant view and stunning surroundings. The best thing is that you can enjoy a host of adventure activities in Manali like trekking, skiing, zorbing, paragliding and snow sledging. The awesome breath taking view, the peaceful surroundings and the charming weather are the main reason for these two locations being popular as honeymoon destinations as well.

picturesque Manali

picturesque Manali

Since both Shimla and Manali are extremely popular tourist spots of India that is visited by Indians as well as foreigners alike, there is a variety of different kinds of accommodation available. The best locations are taken up by the Himachal Pradesh tourism tourist lodges and hence if you can book one of these, you would never forget the experience.

Enjoy a long relaxing weekend in Dharamshala

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Delhi is a very busy city with daily hustle, bustle and crowd keeping this city always on its toes. Living in such a city is great but nevertheless sometimes you need to take a break from the fast paced life to have some peace and quiet. The best thing about Delhi is that it is the gateway to many stunning, wonderful location of north India that not only offers an escape from the city life but also offer memorable experiences. North India is a treasure trove of natural beauty, especially Himachal Pradesh and it is easily reachable from Delhi. Hence if you are looking to have some relaxing time all by yourself, steal a long weekend vacation to a stunning locale of Himachal Pradesh.

breath taking view from Dharamshala

breath taking view from Dharamshala

When it comes to choosing a weekend destination in Himachal Pradesh, most people choose Shimla since it is not only the capital of the state but also easily accessible. But if you are looking to relax in the company of nature, Shimla can be a little too crowded for your liking. You can consider visiting Dharamshala instead. This quaint hill station offers the much needed quiet that would help you unwind, relax and rejuvenate your mind and soul. The surroundings with towering snow covered mountain range and lush green vegetation would be the ideal getaway from the crowd of Delhi. The cool weather nd the fresh air of Dharamshala would also aid in refreshing you.

the beautiful Norbulingka Monastery in Dharamshala

the beautiful Norbulingka Monastery in Dharamshala

There are beautiful monasteries that you can visit in this stunning hill station or you can just spend your days enjoying the exquisite beauty of the place. Trekking would be a lot of fun in this mountainous terrain of Dharamshala since you would be able to explore the raw beauty of this place. The trekking trails in this charming little hill station of Himachal Pradesh is not very challenging and hence anyone, even without any professional knowledge or experience of trekking would be able to enjoy. Dharamshala is also famous for another reason apart from its breath taking beauty and that is it the residence of the Dalai Lama.

Due to the presence of the Dalai Lama, it is a holy place for Tibetans and many foreigners visit this place as well. Hence make sure you have your accommodation booked in advance if you are traveling during the peak seasons. This lovely place is easily reachable from Delhi; hence pack your bags for a memorable weekend.