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Himachal Pradesh is the state in the western Himalayas located in north India and is abundance in natural beauty. Virtually Himachal means “the land of snow”. This place is synonymous with serene landscape, scenic beauty and adventure sports.  It has many hill stations. Each hill station here is known for its bio-diversity. The most fascinating hill station, Shimla is the capital of the state. The main attractions here includes colorful festivals, bowing in the varied holy temples, strolling across the Mall area and host of adventure activities. It is notable for hand woven carpets, shawls and handicrafts. Tourist Attraction in Himachal Pradesh with pleasing climate, unending natural beauty and friendly people is a paradise on earth. Vacation in Himachal Pradesh lives up to eternal moments of your life.

Shimla

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The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is famous for its enchanting beauty. Shimla is popular as a hill station right from the British period. The old buildings are reminiscent of the British architectural excellence, which gives this modern city an old world flavor. It’s quite famous for its historic railway and colonial style buildings.The hill station provide spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges,with rich greenery around and lakes. Shimla welcomes tourists round the year, it has below zero temperature in winter. There are plenty of adventure sports available here. The prime destinations in Simla are Jakhoo Hill, Simla State Museum, The Ridge, Summer Hill, Daranghati Sanctuary, Chadwick Falls, Kufri, Christ Church and Annandale.

Best time to visit: May –July and November-January for snowfall.

How to reach: Kalka is the nearest railway station, which is connected to Delhi and Chandigarh by regular trains. Delhi is at a distance of 343 kilometres, Chandigarh at117 kilometres and Manali at 260 kilometres.

Kullu

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Kullu and Manali is one of the most frequented tourist destinations and best places to go in Himachal Pradesh.  From the soothing warmth of the surrounding thermal springs to snowy delights of Rohtang Pass, there are several places to visit in Kullu Manali for thrill seekers and nature lovers. With its picturesque views of river valleys, snow-clad mountains, laidback ambiance and charming cafes this hill station in Himachal Pradesh is an immensely popular vacation spot with both foreign and domestic tourists. Kullu is on the banks of Beas River. The sprawling Kullu Valley has a length of more than 80 Kilometers and is 2 Kilometers wide. The mossy meadows, never seen flowers, fast flowing streams and overall scenery makes Kullu – a heaven on earth. Some leading destinations in this charming land are Raghunathji Temple, Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Sultanpur Palace, Parvati Valley etc.

Manali

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Manali offers splendid views of the snow-capped mountains at an altitude of 6726 feet. The main tourist attractions in and around Manali are Bijli Mahadev, Hidimba Devi Temple, Pandoh Dam,  Manali Sanctuary and the Mall. Mountaineering, angling, rafting Trekking, skiing and para gliding are some of the adventurous sports available here. About 51 Kilometers from Manali, the Rohtang Pass falls in the highway to Leh at an altitude of four thousand one hundred and eleven Meters. This snow-covered pass is just open from June to October every year. It offers spectacular views of mountain peaks, glaciers and the Chandra River.The majestic Himalayan Mountains welcomes you and make you feel on top of the world.

Best time to visit: May-July and November-January for snowfall.

How to reach: Chandigarh, the nearest airport is 252 Kms away,. Nearest railway station is 252 Kms away, also in Chandigarh, . Kullu is 570 Kms from Delhi through road.

Chamba

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Chamba a small city is one of the best examples of the various Himachal Pradesh Attractions. The scenic city is a 50 Kilometers journey from Dalhousie. This place is dear to nature lovers because of its spectacular beauty. Located on the banks of River Ravi, Chamba makes a wonderful holiday retreat at an altitude of over 900 meters above sea level. The town is not only gifted with some fine carved temples but also unparallel landscapes. The city is located among lovely valleys and has tourists visiting the place whole year. The place has rich flora and fauna and is known for a pleasing climate throughout the year. Some important destinations in Chamba are Khajjiar Lake, Chamera Lake, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Rang Mahal, Manimahesh Lake  Maharaja’s Palace, Akhand Chandi Palace and Church of Scotland.

Best time to visit: March to October

How to reach:  Chamba is 580 km from Delhi through road. It is 24 km from Khajjiar, Dalhousie via Khajjair, is 56 km. The closest railway station is at Pathankot, 118 km away. The airport is at a distance of 170 km in Kangra. Taxis/buses are available from here .

Dharamsala and MacLeod Ganj

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Nestled a brief distance from another in the Kangra Valley, the cities of Dharamsala and MacLeod Ganj are home to the exiled Tibetan Government. The Dalai Lama resides in Dharamsala, and plenty of Tibetans have followed him there. You can expect to find a powerful Tibetan influence in the area, with culture being the main attraction. Pine trees and tree gardens along with snow covered mountains add  magic to the air. McLeod Ganj is a place of pilgrimage that draws Buddhists and interested parties from everywhere the world. Many people visit India specifically to come here, and its friendly and relxed atmosphere make it difficult to leave. Despite low temperatures and heavy snows between December and March, McLeod Ganj receives guests throughout the year. You will find some fascinating museums, temples, gompas, and monasteries. Tsuglagkhang Complex, the residence of Dalai Lama, is a highlight. Some prime attractions here are Triund, Dal Lake, Dharamkot, Bhagsu Waterfall, Masroor Rock Cut Temple, Church of St. John and Tea Garden.

Best time to visit: May –July and November-January for snowfall.

How to reach: The nearest railway station is at Pathankot, 85 kilometres away. Dharamshala is 520 kilometres away from Delhi. The drive from Delhi through Chandigarh, is about 12 hours.

Dalhousie

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Dalhousie is an exceptional hill station with the prominence of Victorian and Scottish  architectures. Dalhousie reflects the indigenous beauty of the Himalayas, situated at an altitude of six thousands to nine thousands feet. The city bares the distinct stamp of the British Raj as gets its name from founder Lord Dalhousie.This hill station is spread on the western border of the Dhauladhar mountain range across five hills. The varying altitudes of the land have a large variety of vegetation including deodar, pine and oak. The leading attractions in Dalhousie are Dainkund Peak, Panchpula, Ganji Pahari,  Bakrota Hills, Sach Pass, Garam Sadak, Subash Baoli and Katalope.

Best time to visit: April to July

How to reach: The closest airport is is 5 hours away in Dharamsala. The closest railway station is Pathankot’s Chakki Bank that is 71 kms from Dalhousie and then take a cab which takes around 10 hours.

Kasauli

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Dotted with dense timbered woods, Kasauli is in the Solan district in Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 1927 meters. The serenity of the place is captivating and offers the allure of a relaxed and composed tourist appeal. Kasauli is famed for its splendid Victorian mansions and picture perfect surroundings. The snow-covered mountains, gurgling torrents,  alpine meadows and lush greenery enhance the unspoiled beauty of the hill station. The views from here are spectacular accompanied by the bright green beauty and sweet voices of the birds. No other tourist place can offer as much peace as Kasauli. some prime attractions in Kasauli are Monkey Point, Sunset Point, Christ Church, Dagshai, Gurkha Fort, The Mall and Timber Trail Resort.

Best time to visit: November-March & December-January for snowfall.

How to reach: The nearest airport is 70 km away in Chandigarh. Nearest railway station is Sonwara which is 4km away. From New Delhi it is 293 kms away and takes about 7 hours.

Bir-Billing

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Bir Billing is the mecca for adventure sports and it has to be on your list of places to go  in Himachal Pradesh. Bir is a small village enclosed by big mountains in the western side of Himachal Pradesh and is endued with some refreshing climate.The green grasslands directly above the villages of Bir and Chaughan, is one of the best gliding sites in the world. Bir Billing is well known site for paragliding in Himachal Pradesh and famous among both indian and foreigners pilots.The peak paragliding season runs from March to May and October to November. Billing Valley provide adventure sports like paragliding, trekking and camping. Other attractions are tea gardens, monasteries, art gallery and Deer Park.

Best time to visit: May-July

How to reach: The closest airport to Bir is Dharamshala airport in Gaggal. Baijnath a popular pilgrim center about 30 minutes from Bir Billing has couple of direct buses from Delhi. One can also commute  the entire journey to Bir Billing by train through Kangra Valley Railway toy train.

Spiti

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Spiti Valley is one of the most attractive hidden gems of North India.Rudyard Kipling described Spiti as a world within a world. This high altitude remote area of Himachal Pradesh is tucked away against the border of Tibet and Ladakh. it is some of the most widespread tourist destinations as well as home to many of the divinest of Buddhist destinations. It’s still remains comparatively unknown and only been receptive to foreign tourists. Part of this because Spiti being barren alpine desert that’s covered in heavy snow for a high proportion of the year. Reaching Spiti involves a long drive, mostly from Manali. The constantly evolving scenery is unforgettable and well worth the journey though.

Best time to visit: May-July

How to reach: Kullu Airport is the nearest airport. Shimla is the closest railway station from Kaza. Roadways from Delhi to Shimla and then take a cab.

Palampur

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Palampur is a lovely hill station in Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh, about 35 km from Dharamsala.  Renowned worldwide as the ‘Tea Capital of Northwest India’, Palampur hill station is blessed with countless streams,historical temples, stunning landscape, pleasant climate and splendid hamlets. The place is nestled amidst the splendid surroundings within the exciting mountain peaks of the gorgeous Dhauladhar Ranges in the Kangra Valley. In addition to its tea plantations, Palampur also offers tourists an opportunity to indulge in some adventure sports. The notable Baijnath-Manali trek passes through the city. Summers is the best time to trek in Palampur.

Best time to visit: February to November

How to reach: The closest airport is the Gaggal (Kangra) at a distance of 50 kms from Palampur. The daily flights are frequently available from Delhi. Palampur Railway Station has very good connection with all the major cities of the Himachal Pradesh.There are number of buses that are available from Kangra, Kullu, Shimla and Dharamshala.

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Accomodation

You will find plenty of hotels in Himachal Pradesh as it is a popular tourist destination.The government has also taken care of accommodation and made many world class hotels here. Tourist loves these hotels because most of them are built surrounded by nature. There are few bungalows that were used by the British, which are now used as hotels and guests are allowed to stay here. You can also get the tents that are provided by hotels and enjoy a splendid time living outdoors. Heritage property is also available that will relive the bygone times. Choose hotels that are amidst nature, If you love the snow.

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