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.

Spend the summer holidays in the hill stations of Himachal Pradesh

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Now that summer is here so are the summer holidays in schools and colleges. It is an ideal time for a vacation in the cool pleasant weather of the hills. What better place as a summer getaway than Himachal Pradesh? This state located at the foot of the great Himalayan mountain range offers excellent climatic condition as well as beautiful locales that would sooth your soul and eyes. There are many places in Himachal Pradesh that are excellent tourist destinations. Depending on how you would like to spend your trip, you can choose a location. The preferred location for family vacations is Shimla and Manali mostly, but the other destinations are equally good.

the famous Shimla mall of Himachal Pradesh

the famous Shimla mall of Himachal Pradesh

Shimla is one destination that can be visited and are visited for long weekends by people of Delhi since this capital city of Himachal Pradesh is easily accessible from the capital city of the country. Another reason for Shimla being a very popular tourist destination for families is the weather. Manali can be bitterly cold due to the presence of snow but Shimla is usually pleasantly cold and hence is the chosen holiday destination during the summers. It is not without any reason that the British liked to spend their summers in this beautiful hill stations. The many buildings with colonial architectures are the reminiscent of this fact.

For people looking for some adventure activities during their summer vacation though, Manali would be a better option that Shimla. Solang valley which is very near to Manali offers adventure sports like zorbing and paragliding while in Manali you can go skiing and trekking. On the other hand for the few people looking for some peace and quiet time with the family in the laps of nature, Himachal Pradesh has locations like Sangla, Kalpa, Dalhousie and Dharamshala. Dharamshala is also a well known pilgrimage for Tibetans since it is the residence of the Dalai Lama. Mane foreign tourists visit this quaint hill station as well, for the same reason.

A village near Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh

A village near Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh

Regardless of the location in Himachal Pradesh you choose for the summer holidays, make sure you have your accommodation booked. The reason is that the summer time is the peak season for traveling to Himachal Pradesh and usually all the beautiful locations receive quite a few number of tourists. Hence to get proper places to stay with your family, it would be best to get your hotels booked much in advance.

Enjoy a trekking tour to Himachal Pradesh

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Himachal Pradesh is a state of India that is located in the northern part, at the very foot of the majestic Himalayan mountain range. The beauty of this state is breath taking and every part is worth a visit. There are places that are great tourist destinations and places that offer peace in the laps of nature. You can pick your destination based on the kind of vacation you want to spend. For honeymooning, the best and the most popular Himachal Pradesh destinations are Manali, Shimla and Dharamshala, while the most chosen tourist destination for adventure sports enthusiasts is Solang valley in Manali.

the stunning beauty of Himachal Pradesh

the stunning beauty of Himachal Pradesh

The adventure sports that you can enjoy in Himachal Pradesh is varied, from white water rafting, skiing, rock climbing and paragliding for the daredevils as well as zorbing, trekking and angling for families. Skiing can be done by amateurs too especially in places like Manali where the snow is powdery yet completely safe, ideal for skiing. The best adventure sport of all is possibly trekking that can be done by one and all. And Himachal Pradesh is a state that has trekking trails that are difficult for the professional trekkers and easy trekking trails as well for people with no experience of trekking such that everyone can enjoy.

There are many trekking tours organized by many reputed tour and travel companies in Himachal Pradesh. You can choose to travel with one such tour operators for getting the opportunity of trekking in an organized way and professionally. But usually these tours are best for people who are professional trekkers or have experience in trekking to difficult and challenging places. If you do not have any experience yet you want to try this adventure sport anyway, you should just visit a hill station in Himachal Pradesh. There are many short, simple and easy trekking trails that you can take to explore the surroundings and the nature around.

challenging trekking experience in Himachal Pradesh

challenging trekking experience in Himachal Pradesh

Trekking is after all not only an adventure sport but also a great way to explore the mountainous terrains of the beautiful Himachal Pradesh. The fresh and crisp air, the pleasant weather and the beauty of the surrounding nature would only add to encouraging you to get further ahead on your trekking trail. Hence just pack your bags and get ready to have the time of your life with an exciting trekking tour to the beautiful and stunning state of Himachal Pradesh.

Must visit places of Himachal Pradesh

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Himachal Pradesh is the north Indian state that is extremely popular with tourists, not only from India but from all over the globe. Beauty is one thing that transcends boundaries and hence when it comes to exploring the stunning beauty of this state, people from all over the world crowd in. This state has such a variety of places that are worth a visit that you would be spoilt for choice. Situated at the foot of the Himalayas, tourism in Himachal Pradesh is encouraged by the state government and hence there are great hotels as well as adventure activities galore for tourists.

the amazing beauty of Himachal Pradesh

the amazing beauty of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh has places that are great for honeymooning couples, hill stations that are ideal for family vacation as well as holiday destinations that offer great adventure sports like skiing, white water rafting, paragliding and of course trekking. There are also the option of angling and zorbing for enthusiast who stay away form adrenaline rush but would like to engage in some activities nevertheless. Every part of this state is a tourist spot since this state as a whole is amazingly beautiful. But the places that are most famous among tourists and are hence worth a trip in Himachal Pradesh are as listed below:

Shimla - the most popular and capital city of Himachal Pradesh

Shimla – the most popular and capital city of Himachal Pradesh

  • The first place of Himachal Pradesh that comes to the mind of any travel enthusiasts is Shimla. It is the state capital of the state and is stunning with great views and the buildings that are reminiscent of the colonial architecture.

 

  • The second most beautiful tourist destination in this north Indian state is Manali. A popular choice among honeymooners, Manali offers a myriad option of adventure sports along with stunning locales.

 

  • The third place that is worth a visit in Himachal Pradesh is Dharamshala. A very well known tourist destination among Tibetans and Indians alike due to the residence of the Dalai Lama, this quaint town is charming in its own way with the monasteries and exquisite view.

 

  • The fourth place that you should include in your tour itinerary to Himachal Pradesh is Dalhousie. Especially if you are looking to spend your trip in a quiet and peaceful hill station, Dalhousie should be on top of your list on places o visit in this state.

 

  • Apart from the above four destination, you can also visit Sangla, Kalpa, Spiti, Lahaul, Mcleodganj and Khajjiar. Like it is mentioned above, the list of beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh is almost endless.

 

Have a splendid vacation in Dalhousie

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Himachal Pradesh is a state located at the foot of the Himalayas in the northern part of India. This state is famous for its many wonderful scenic hill stations that are extremely popular tourist destinations of India. Apart from being naturally stunning, this state also offers great adventure sports like white water rafting, skiing, zorbing, paragliding and trekking, Himachal Pradesh also offers peace in the laps of nature. Hence regardless of what you are looking for in your tour to Himachal Pradesh, this state would provide that for you. While Manali and Shimla are well known places for adventure sports, for some peace and quiet you should travel to Dalhousie.

the view of beautiful Dalhousie

the view of beautiful Dalhousie

Named after the governor general of the East India Company, Lord Dalhousie, during the British rule in India, Dalhousie is a quaint hill station located in the district of Chamba in Himachal Pradesh. Still carrying proofs of the British period in India with the colonial architecture, this small town was a favorite getaway for the British during the summer months in India. When you set foot in this beautiful hill station, you would surely be taken up by the old world charm instantaneously. Surrounded by lush green vegetation consisting of trees like pine and oak, this small hill station town is built on five hills namely, Balun, Tehra, Bakrota, Patreyn and Kathlog.

There are a few places of interest that you can visit in Dalhousie including temples, water falls and museum. It is an experience in itself to walk around to explore the surroundings. You can hike and trek to explore this mountainous area and you would not need to be a professional trekker for trekking in Dalhousie either. If you want to trek and explore the beauty of this charming hill station, the best time to visit would be during the spring, summer or at the most autumn. The reason is that winters can be bitterly cold and hence you would not be able to enjoy the surrounding completely.

the view of Dhauladhar range from Dalhousie

the view of Dhauladhar range from Dalhousie

A memorable scene from Dalhousie is that of the Dhauladhar mountain range that remains snow capped all through the year and the meandering river Ravi that looks like a silver ribbon from this stunning hill stations. You can spend all your days just relaxing and taking in the beauty of the sunrise as well as sunset with the subsequent play of colors on the Dhauladhar mountains. It is a rejuvenating experience indeed.