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Jammu and Kashmir to the north, Punjab to its west and the Tibetan plateau to the east.
The topographic diversity and the breathtaking natural beauty are evident when you travel up the hills. You will encounter vast tracts of the Trans Himalayan region, dense deodar forests, snow capped mountains and apple orchards on your way to Himachal Pradesh.
The state of Himachal Pradesh is illustrious with some of the best of natural and man made attractions. Every hill station in this State is known for its bio-diversity. Tourists travel to these places throughout the year. The climate is pretty cold through the year but it is extremely friendly. Visit the cities and rural hamlets of the state where you can find host of unparalleled cultural and adventure activities.
Shimla - India’s Most Fashionable Hill Station
Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is the most celebrated hill station in India. The town of Shimla is flooded by tourists all the year round and the main attractions here includes strolling across the Mall area, bowing in the various holy temples, colorful festivals and host of adventure activities. While in Shimla, tourists cannot miss upon shopping for the famous handicrafts of Himachal Pradesh and hand woven carpets and shawls. The toy train ride at Shimla is an experience you cannot afford to miss.
Shimla dominates the entire southern part of Himachal Pradesh and is the ideal holiday retreat during the summer season. The Victorian architecture that you will be able to notice is quite breathtaking.
Honeymoon Hill Destinations - Ruled by Snow
There are many hill stations in HP that deserve special acclaim. These are also the best places to enjoy one’s honeymoon. Manali is one of the most visited hill stations in India. Located close by is Kullu famous for its Yak Safari. The Snow covered mountains of Kufri are ideal for enjoying skiing. Lahaul and Spiti are the most unexplored areas of the region that offer exciting options for mountain adventures. Dharmasala and Mcleodganj are ideal places for those who are looking for a peaceful retreat.
Manali is a typical honeymoon spot which can keep any couple going for a week. Its beautiful location serves as a gateway to two gorgeous valleys Spiti and Lahaul. If you are an adventurous tourist, white water rafting and trekking in the Beas Kund, Chandrakhani Pass will interest you.
Dalhousie is known for its dense deodars, pine and the rhododendrons. This hill resort is off the beaten track as you will find a really different type of culture and people. The old colonial style houses are sure to interest you. You can spend a couple of days in Dalhousie and enjoy the local food and the picturesque location.
Holy Cities - Where The Heads Bow
Himachal Pradesh is dotted with various holy sites that are revered by people of many faiths. The most famous tourist place is the Tabo and Key Monastery in Lahaul and Spiti. Various temple attractions includes Chamunda Devi Temple in Dharmasala, Naina Devi Temple in Bilaspur and Ramchandra Temple in Manikaran. There are many churches and monasteries too that adorn the land of Himachal Pradesh.
Dharamsala is the abode of the Dalai Lama. This place is known for its scintillating scenery and spectacular landscape. The snow capped Dhauladhar Mountains is a sight to behold. You will see different kinds of tourists at these spots from the honeymoon couples to families. The climate is fantastic throughout the year. The Tibetan culture is a major attraction here. Tourists love to try the Tibetan food and learn their culture.
Adventure Destinations in Himachal - The Beaten Trail
Himachal Pradesh is popular for the umpteen options of adventure that tourists can indulge during their holiday in the state. Begin your adventure tour from the Bir and Billing in Kangra valley (known as Para Gliding Capital of India). The cities of Shimla and Naldehra are the best for those who love golfing. Kufri and Manali are the most favored skiing destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Rohtang pass and various other passes are best suited for mountain sports while the valleys of Himachal can be visited for those who enjoy water sports.
Rural Himachal Pradesh - The Quintessential Charms
The tour to Himachal Pradesh certainly remains incomplete if one does not enjoy the charm and culture of the rural hamlets. The enchanting orchards of various fruits can be found in these areas only. Visit the small town of Kotagarh famous for its peaces, plums, apples and guava orchards. Paragpur, Naggar and Rukhala are other destinations that offer a perfect mix of heritage and rural charms.
Other Hilly Retreats in Himachal Pradesh
Besides the famous cities in Himachal Pradesh, there are many small towns and areas that too are equally popular for their panorama and delightful attractions. Palampur should be visited for its tea gardens, Bilaspur for Bhakra dam and Vyas cave, Chamba for Rang Mahal and Kinnaur is known for the exciting opportunities of trekking.
Visit the wondrous state of Himachal Pradesh, indulge in various adventure, enjoy visiting the temples and monasteries, stroll through the ambrosial fruit orchards and carry back tons of beautiful memories. The people of Himachal Pradesh are very warm and welcome the guests with open heats and arms!
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