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'''Himachal Pradesh''' [http://hptdc.nic.in/] is a state in north-western [[India]], and offers much for those looking to experience the Himalayas. While it does not claim the highest peaks in the range, there is plenty to do aside from mountaineering.
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'''Himachal Pradesh''' is a northernmost state proper in north-western [[Republic of India]], and offers much for those looking to experience the West Himalayas. While it does not claim the highest peaks in the range, there is plenty to do aside from mountaineering. Its name literally means "Abode of Snow". It border the Disputed territory of [[Indian-administered Kashmir]] to the north of it respectively.
  
 
[[Image:Map of Himachal Pradesh.png|thumb|400px|Map of Himachal Pradesh]]
 
[[Image:Map of Himachal Pradesh.png|thumb|400px|Map of Himachal Pradesh]]
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==Districts==
 
==Districts==
 
There are twelve districts in Himachel Pradesh State:
 
There are twelve districts in Himachel Pradesh State:
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[[Image:Dharamsala_Temple_Bazaar.JPG|thumb|Tibetan temple and monks, [[Dharamsala]]]]
 
[[Image:Dharamsala_Temple_Bazaar.JPG|thumb|Tibetan temple and monks, [[Dharamsala]]]]
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==Cities==
 
==Cities==
* [[Shimla]] &mdash; the state capital and once the summer capital of the British Raj, it is a cool and charming Himalaya outpost
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* [[Shimla]] &mdash; the state capital and once the summer capital of the British Raj is a cool and charming Himalayan outpost. Major attractions include the Institute of Advanced Studies aka Vice Regal Lodge (the summer residence of the Viceroy during the Raj), along with numerous Raj-era buildings dotting the Heritage walk on The Ridge. It is the biggest city in Himachal Pradesh.
* [[Bir]] &mdash; a small town with a large Tibetan community and several Buddhist monasteries
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* [[Bir]] &mdash; a small town with a large Tibetan community and several Buddhist monasteries.
* [[Dalhousie]] &mdash; a sleepy little town which retains its Victorian charm
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* [[Dalhousie]] &mdash; a sleepy little town which retains its Victorian charm.
* [[Dharamsala]] &mdash; the home of the Dalai Lama and India's largest Tibetan community, and a major Buddhist center
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* [[Dharamsala]] &mdash; the home of the Dalai Lama and India's largest Tibetan community, and a major Buddhisit center.Now the 2nd capital of H.P.
* [[Kullu]] &mdash; a few km south of Manali
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* [[Kullu]] &mdash; District HQ of Kullu district, a few km south of Manali. Manali is tehsil of Kullu district.
* [[Manali]] &mdash; a buzzing and popular hill station, it's one of the hubs for travel around this part of the Himalaya
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* [[Manali]] &mdash; a buzzing and popular hill station in Kullu District. A good base to acclimatise if heading further in Lahaul & Spiti or towards Leh. The last big town for preparing for any adventure in the higher mountains.
* [[Mandi]]
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* [[Jogindernagar]] &mdash; popularly known as Electric City or The City of Powerhouses, the town has scenic hill resorts and tourist attractions nearby.
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* [[Keylong]] &mdash; a small town and HQ of Lahul & Spiti district. It lies on the way from Manali to Leh. Last petrol pump (gas station) of Manali-Leh highway is here.
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* [[Bilaspur]] &mdash; First city in Himachal Pradesh on the way to Manali. Main attraction is Govind Sagar Lake. It's hot in the summer and cold in winter.
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* [[Sundernagar]] &mdash; first town of Mandi District on way to Manali. Main attraction is Sundernagar Lake.
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* [[Mandi]] &mdash; District HQ of Mandi district. Major town. Main attraction is Revalsar Lake.
  
 
==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
 
* [[Rewalsar]] (Tibetan: ''Tsopema'') - a lake sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus
 
* [[Rewalsar]] (Tibetan: ''Tsopema'') - a lake sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus
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* [[Masroor Rock Cut Temples (Masrur Temples)]]  http://www.wondermondo.com/Countries/As/India/HimachalPradesh/Masroor.htm - Sometimes in the 8th or 9th century - but most likely in the second half of the 8th century - one of the characteristic sandstone ridges in Kangri valley was reshaped in a miraculous way.
  
 
==Understand==  
 
==Understand==  
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
[[Hindi phrasebook|Hindi]], Pahari, [[Punjabi phrasebook|Punjabi]] and English are the main languages found in the state.
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[[Hindi phrasebook|Hindi]], Pahari, [[Punjabi phrasebook|Punjabi]] and English are the main languages found in the state. Pahari is a dialect more closely related to Dogri language in lower Himachal. In upper Himachal language of Tibetan origin are used in daily conversation. Every district has its own dialect e.g. kuhluri(bilaspuri), mandyali, suketi.
  
 
==Get in==  
 
==Get in==  
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
[[Shimla]], [[Kullu]] (for [[Manali]]) and [[Kangra]] or [[Pathankot]] (for [[Dharamsala]]) have small airports, with services largely limited to [[Delhi]].  Flights are frequently cancelled or delayed by adverse weather. In addition the airport in Pathankot (Punjab) can be a convenient connection for [[Dharamsala]] and Dalhousie.
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[[Shimla]], [[Kullu]] (for [[Manali]]) and [[Kangra]] or [[Pathankot]] (for [[Dharamsala]]) have small airports, with services largely limited to [[Delhi]].  Flights are frequently cancelled or delayed by adverse weather. In addition the airport in Pathankot (Punjab) can be a convenient connection for [[Dharamsala]] and Dalhousie. If you are on a tight budget you might want to skip this option as it is way more costly than other mode of transportation. Airfare on this route is one of the highest in world for a given unit distance.
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Airport in Shimla is at Jubbal Hatti which is around 40 km away from main [[Shimla]] City.
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
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Given the difficult geographical position of State there is very little penetration of railway network. Little rail network available give access to peripheral districts and capital [[Shimla]]. Nevertheless it is an amazing experience going from Kalka to Shimla. Kalka-Shimla railway track is also UNESCO world heritage site.
 
Few points in Himachal are easily accessible by train, but there are '''narrow-gauge railways''' from [[Pathankot]] (Punjab) to [[Kangra]] and [[Kalka]] (Haryana) to [[Shimla]]. This will take you through beautiful rural Himalayan regions. The ride beyond Kangra is amazing. You ride along the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas via Palampur and Baijnath to Joginder Nagar. The region is criss crossed by rivers and streams.
 
Few points in Himachal are easily accessible by train, but there are '''narrow-gauge railways''' from [[Pathankot]] (Punjab) to [[Kangra]] and [[Kalka]] (Haryana) to [[Shimla]]. This will take you through beautiful rural Himalayan regions. The ride beyond Kangra is amazing. You ride along the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas via Palampur and Baijnath to Joginder Nagar. The region is criss crossed by rivers and streams.
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
Bus is the only practical means of getting to many points in Himachal. All cities of interest have direct services to Delhi, and the [[Dharamsala]]-[[Manali]]-[[Delhi]] triangle is fairly well served. Note that travel times are long and the roads often hair-raisingly hilly.
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Bus is the only practical means of getting to many points in Himachal. All cities of interest have direct services to Delhi. There are three different entry routes to Himachal if you are coming from Delhi.
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* Delhi-Chandigarh-Shimla-Kaza route.
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* [[Delhi]]-[[Chandigarh]]-[[Bilaspur]]-[[Mandi]]-[[Manali]]-[[Keylong]]-[[Leh]]
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* Delhi-Chandigarh-Kangra-Dharamsala or Delhi-Chandigarh-Kangra-Chamba
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all three routes are interconnected within Himachal. It is cheapest means to travel in and around Himachal.
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There are Volvo buses operated by Himachal State Transport Corporation on these routes.
  
 
==Get around==  
 
==Get around==  
 
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You need inner line permit to visit some part of kinnaur and spiti district.
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
 
[[Image:India-hp-bus above manali.jpg|thumb|200px|A typical HP bus]]
 
[[Image:India-hp-bus above manali.jpg|thumb|200px|A typical HP bus]]
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==See==
 
==See==
  
'''[[Dalhousie]]''' is a world famous hill station, located in the western part of Himachal Pradesh.  Dalhousie is basically built on five different hills called Balun, Tehra, Kathlog, Patreyn and Bakrota, it covers teh area of 14 sq. Km.  Dalhousie is named after one of the British Governor General names Lord Dalhousie.  Dalhousie has many beautiful churches and charming colonial architecture.
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'''[[Dalhousie]]''' is a world-famous hill station, located in the western part of Himachal Pradesh.  Dalhousie is basically built on five different hills called Balun, Tehra, Kathlog, Patreyn and Bakrota, and covers an area of 14 sq. Km.  Dalhousie is named after one of the British Governor Generals, Lord Dalhousie.  Dalhousie has many beautiful churches and charming colonial architecture.
  
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'''[[Kullu (district)|Kullu Valley]]''' is very well known as ''Valley of Gods''. It is situated on the Beas river bank in the lower reaches of Himalayas. Rudyard Kipling has written: "Surely the Gods live here; this is no place for men".  Kullu is very well known for its ancient temples, festivals and apple orchards. This place is also famous for its handicraft work and woollen work of puhla, shawls, patoos, caps and namdas. The best time to visit Kullu is during Dusshera in the month of October.
  
'''[[Kullu (district)|Kullu Valley]]''' is very well known as ''Valley of Gods'', is situated on the Beas river bank, lower reaches of Himalayas. Rudyard Kipling has written, "Surely the Gods live here; this is no place for men".  Kully if a world famous tourist place and it is very well known for its ancient temples, festivals and apples orchards. This place is also famous for its handicraft work and woollen work of puhla, shawl, patoos, caps and namdas. The best time to visit Kullu is during Dusshera in the month of October.
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'''[[Lahaul and Spiti|Spiti Valley]]''' is also known as the ''Little Tibet'' due to its vegetation, terrain and climate which are similar to Tibet. Spiti also means ''Middle Country''.
  
'''[[Lahaul and Spiti|Spiti Valley]]''' is also known as the ''Little Tibet'' due to its vegetation, terrain and climate which is almost similar to Tibet. Spiti also means ''Middle Country''.
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'''[[Lahaul and Spiti|Lahul Valley]]''' is green compared to ''Spiti Valley''. It is covered with snow for most of the year. Roads are closed from late October to early May. Its main attractions are ''Patten Valley'' and ''Sri Trilokinath Temple'', as well as lots of monasteries.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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* '''Bhabha Pass Trek''' &mdash; known for lush green flower strewn meadows, picturesque and dense forests.  he path for bhaba pass trek passes through a mixed forest of conifers as well as crop fields of Mastrang.
 
* '''Bhabha Pass Trek''' &mdash; known for lush green flower strewn meadows, picturesque and dense forests.  he path for bhaba pass trek passes through a mixed forest of conifers as well as crop fields of Mastrang.
  
* '''Bir Bhangal Trek''' &mdash; Bir Bhangal Trek is only for the experienced trekkers who have the experience of solid hiking and camping. This is one of the challenging trekking trails which starts from the kully valley. [http://thrillophilia.com/Adventure-Sports-Bir-Bhangal-Trek_183.htmt]
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* '''Bir Bhangal Trek''' &mdash; Bir Bhangal Trek is only for the experienced trekkers who have the experience of solid hiking and camping. This is one of the challenging trekking trails which starts from the Kullu valley.  
  
 
* '''Darcha Lamayuru Trek''' &mdash; this is one of the most popular trekking treks in the Himachal Pradesh, and one of the most traversing trek, passing through the Zanskar  
 
* '''Darcha Lamayuru Trek''' &mdash; this is one of the most popular trekking treks in the Himachal Pradesh, and one of the most traversing trek, passing through the Zanskar  
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* '''Indrahar Pass'''
 
* '''Indrahar Pass'''
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Trekking routes in Himachal
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* '''Hamta Trek'''
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* '''Malana History Trek'''
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* '''Chander Trail in Kullu Valley
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* '''Wild Trek in Kullu Valley'''
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* '''Dharamsala Chhota Bhangal over sari Pass Kullu'''
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* '''Morchella trek'''
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* '''Manali Hamya Herbal Trek'''
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* '''Kinner Kailash Parikrama'''
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* '''Hamirpur Deotsidh Sri Naina Devi Trek'''
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* '''Maidi to Nadaun'''
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* '''Bharmaur Kugti Udaipur Manali trek'''
  
 
==Learn==
 
==Learn==
 
*'''Buddhism'''. Classes for study of Buddhism are taught in [[Dharamsala]] and [[Bir]].
 
*'''Buddhism'''. Classes for study of Buddhism are taught in [[Dharamsala]] and [[Bir]].
 
*'''Yoga'''. There are several places to study yoga in Dharamsala.  
 
*'''Yoga'''. There are several places to study yoga in Dharamsala.  
==Eat==  
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==Eat==
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HP food is often very simple but nutritious, including daal, rice, roti, vegetables, paneer, curds and pickles in the Punjabi influenced Pahari regions. Further North, Tibetan influence is stronger and barley is the main staple grain. Some of the specialities of Himachal include Manee',Madira,Pateer, Chouck, Bhagjery and chutney of Til.
  
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In the Tibetan influenced regions, "Chhang" (fermented rice wine) is common.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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There are plenty of hotels and restaurants in and around District HQ as well as main tourist places. There are rest houses of HP PWD & Forest department at places where it is hard to find hotels.
  
'''Sunrise Tourist Home''' - Home away from home!!!  Nice, quiet and homely atmosphere with full view of the Dhauladhar range on one side and the mystique Kangra valley on the other. Call owner '''Atul Verma at 09816335360'''. (He's a Royal Enfield biker, trekker and a tourist guide as well.)  My all time favourite place in Kangra district.
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[[Image:The Himalayan Castle Manali, Himachal India.jpg|thumb|Victorian Gothic architectural splendour in Manali, District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India]]
 
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*'''The Himalayan - Luxury Resort & Spa''' http://www.thehimalayan.com Email: [email protected] Telephone: +91 1902-250999/250777, 8894005999 The Himalayan is an exclusive boutique resort located 1.5 kms. from Manali town centre on Hadimba Road. Tucked away amidst an apple & cherry orchard are 8 luxurious guest rooms in the Gothic Revival style Castle (all with four-poster beds & antique armoires) and 8 cottages (each with 2 Bedrooms complete with en-suite bathrooms, dining & drawing space with working fire place). All cottages have their own private gardens, balconies & mountain views. Conference, Bar, Restaurant & In-room dining is available. Gymnasium, Croquet, Trampoline & Table Tennis provided. Refectory restaurant serves Continental & Indian cuisine. The Dungeon bar is atmospheric with pews & chesterfields. The Forge Boardroom is fully equipped for Conferences/ Offsite Meetings. Manali's only al-fresco Swimming Pool is open to Non-residents at a charge. Quiet understated luxury with stellar views.
 
 
'''Himachal Cottage Villa''', [http://himachalcottagevilla.blogspot.com]
 
Village Bashkola, Katrain, Distt. Kullu (H.P.), +91-9417150502,  
 
[http://himachalcottagevilla.blogspot.com].
 
A lovely modern cottage-villa. Reasonable. Beautiful surroundings.
 
 
 
'''Indian Himalaya Homestay''' [http://www.himalayahighadventures.com/himalaya/support] - Try a homestay experience where you are cared for by a local family - simple accommodation set high on the mountainside overlooking the beautiful Kullu Valley.
 
  
* <sleep name="Hotel Valley View Crest" phone="+91 1892 - 220091" url="http://www.valleyviewcrest.com" price="INR 1200">Hotel Valley View Crest is located just below the hills of Dhauladhar ranges, few kilometers from the major tourist town of Dharamshala. The hotel is 5 kms from Dharamshala and 3 kms from Mcleodganj which is famous tourist destination for westerners and Indians and is also known for the settlement of exiled Tibetan community and official residence of noble laureate His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Valley View Crest has 25 rooms. Satobari Hills, Near Dal Lake, Naddi, Upper Dharamsala, Distt. Kangra - Himachal Pradesh)</sleep>
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*'''De Ocean Inn''', Phone: +91 98 17 111004 /+919218704740,Location:Kanyal Road, Simsa, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 1751311,Website:http://www.deoceaninnmanali.in, Email:[email protected],[email protected].com, Facilities: Tea/coffee maker in room.• Toiletries in bathroom.• 24 Hrs room service.• room heater during winter.• • colour T.V. with multi channels• cyber-cafe & Wi-Fi availability• laundry & dry cleaning services •multi-cuisine roof-top restaurant• travel desk.• scenic terrace for relaxation• power backup.• doctor on call• ample parking• valet service• free lodging for drivers. Also offers "Budget Tours" in Himachal Pradesh. Cheap accomodation and cheap tours. Will customise tours for any type of budget.
  
*<sleep name="sunrise villa homestay in himachal" alt="homestay himachal" address="shoghi near shimla" directions="0.5 Kms from shoghi bus stand and railway station, 13 kms before shimla" phone="91 177 2860075" url="http://www.sunrisevilla.in" checkin="12:00" checkout="12:00" price="900" lat="" long="">Sunrise Villa homestay hotel (Department of Tourism, HP Government approved home stay unit) is located at a very picturesque location at Shoghi ], a suburb of Shimla , in a peaceful, calm and serene environment, with breathtaking views of the distant Chail and snow clad Himalayan ranges. </sleep>
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*'''Archie's Place''', Phone: +91 99 10 743397, Location: Batharr Village, Manali, Himachal Pradesh. The place is run by a really sweet host, Archie Maity, where, you can come in and stay, at a budget expense, for as long as you want. Its the real, Himachal Pradesh sojourn, at a village, 15kms from Manali, in the midst of mountains and the forest. One can go for a trekking experience, which is one of its kind, and arrangements like barbecue can be set up on your request. Come along, for a horde of rustic and exciting memories. The stay is INR 500 a day or INR 15000 a month, whichever suits you.
  
 
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Himachal Pradesh
Location
Himachal Pradesh in India (disputed hatched).svg
Flag
Provincial flag of Himachal Pradesh.png
Quick Facts
Capital Shimla
Government Indian State
Currency Indian rupee (INR)
Area 55,673 km2
Population 6,856,509(2011 est.)
Language Official:Hindi
Regionally Spoken:Pahari
Religion Hinduism 98.14%, Other 1.97%
Electricity 230V/50Hz, Indian (Old British)/European plugs
Time Zone UTC +5:30

Himachal Pradesh is a northernmost state proper in north-western Republic of India, and offers much for those looking to experience the West Himalayas. While it does not claim the highest peaks in the range, there is plenty to do aside from mountaineering. Its name literally means "Abode of Snow". It border the Disputed territory of Indian-administered Kashmir to the north of it respectively.

Map of Himachal Pradesh

Districts[edit]

There are twelve districts in Himachel Pradesh State:

Tibetan temple and monks, Dharamsala

Cities[edit]

  • Shimla — the state capital and once the summer capital of the British Raj is a cool and charming Himalayan outpost. Major attractions include the Institute of Advanced Studies aka Vice Regal Lodge (the summer residence of the Viceroy during the Raj), along with numerous Raj-era buildings dotting the Heritage walk on The Ridge. It is the biggest city in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Bir — a small town with a large Tibetan community and several Buddhist monasteries.
  • Dalhousie — a sleepy little town which retains its Victorian charm.
  • Dharamsala — the home of the Dalai Lama and India's largest Tibetan community, and a major Buddhisit center.Now the 2nd capital of H.P.
  • Kullu — District HQ of Kullu district, a few km south of Manali. Manali is tehsil of Kullu district.
  • Manali — a buzzing and popular hill station in Kullu District. A good base to acclimatise if heading further in Lahaul & Spiti or towards Leh. The last big town for preparing for any adventure in the higher mountains.
  • Jogindernagar — popularly known as Electric City or The City of Powerhouses, the town has scenic hill resorts and tourist attractions nearby.
  • Keylong — a small town and HQ of Lahul & Spiti district. It lies on the way from Manali to Leh. Last petrol pump (gas station) of Manali-Leh highway is here.
  • Bilaspur — First city in Himachal Pradesh on the way to Manali. Main attraction is Govind Sagar Lake. It's hot in the summer and cold in winter.
  • Sundernagar — first town of Mandi District on way to Manali. Main attraction is Sundernagar Lake.
  • Mandi — District HQ of Mandi district. Major town. Main attraction is Revalsar Lake.

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

Talk[edit]

Hindi, Pahari, Punjabi and English are the main languages found in the state. Pahari is a dialect more closely related to Dogri language in lower Himachal. In upper Himachal language of Tibetan origin are used in daily conversation. Every district has its own dialect e.g. kuhluri(bilaspuri), mandyali, suketi.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Shimla, Kullu (for Manali) and Kangra or Pathankot (for Dharamsala) have small airports, with services largely limited to Delhi. Flights are frequently cancelled or delayed by adverse weather. In addition the airport in Pathankot (Punjab) can be a convenient connection for Dharamsala and Dalhousie. If you are on a tight budget you might want to skip this option as it is way more costly than other mode of transportation. Airfare on this route is one of the highest in world for a given unit distance. Airport in Shimla is at Jubbal Hatti which is around 40 km away from main Shimla City.

By train[edit]

Given the difficult geographical position of State there is very little penetration of railway network. Little rail network available give access to peripheral districts and capital Shimla. Nevertheless it is an amazing experience going from Kalka to Shimla. Kalka-Shimla railway track is also UNESCO world heritage site. Few points in Himachal are easily accessible by train, but there are narrow-gauge railways from Pathankot (Punjab) to Kangra and Kalka (Haryana) to Shimla. This will take you through beautiful rural Himalayan regions. The ride beyond Kangra is amazing. You ride along the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas via Palampur and Baijnath to Joginder Nagar. The region is criss crossed by rivers and streams.

By bus[edit]

Bus is the only practical means of getting to many points in Himachal. All cities of interest have direct services to Delhi. There are three different entry routes to Himachal if you are coming from Delhi.

all three routes are interconnected within Himachal. It is cheapest means to travel in and around Himachal. There are Volvo buses operated by Himachal State Transport Corporation on these routes.

Get around[edit]

You need inner line permit to visit some part of kinnaur and spiti district.

By bus[edit]

A typical HP bus

Travel by bus can be done throughout for very little (15 hour bus rides are rarely more than a few hundred rupees) on the public buses, and though uncomfortable, are a great way to meet people. Though be careful, as riding an Indian bus is already a hair-raising experience, and riding an Indian bus on steep mountain roads is even more intimidating!

By motorcycle[edit]

Enfield motorcycles can be rented here for less than 5 dollars a day, with no verification of a motorcycle license. Note that the area may not be the best place to learn how to ride.

See[edit][add listing]

Dalhousie is a world-famous hill station, located in the western part of Himachal Pradesh. Dalhousie is basically built on five different hills called Balun, Tehra, Kathlog, Patreyn and Bakrota, and covers an area of 14 sq. Km. Dalhousie is named after one of the British Governor Generals, Lord Dalhousie. Dalhousie has many beautiful churches and charming colonial architecture.

Kullu Valley is very well known as Valley of Gods. It is situated on the Beas river bank in the lower reaches of Himalayas. Rudyard Kipling has written: "Surely the Gods live here; this is no place for men". Kullu is very well known for its ancient temples, festivals and apple orchards. This place is also famous for its handicraft work and woollen work of puhla, shawls, patoos, caps and namdas. The best time to visit Kullu is during Dusshera in the month of October.

Spiti Valley is also known as the Little Tibet due to its vegetation, terrain and climate which are similar to Tibet. Spiti also means Middle Country.

Lahul Valley is green compared to Spiti Valley. It is covered with snow for most of the year. Roads are closed from late October to early May. Its main attractions are Patten Valley and Sri Trilokinath Temple, as well as lots of monasteries.

Do[edit][add listing]

Trekking opportunities are plenty in the state, here are a few:

  • Baralacha-Chandratal Trek — starts from Manali, ends at Chandratal Lake ("Moon" Lake)
  • Bhabha Pass Trek — known for lush green flower strewn meadows, picturesque and dense forests. he path for bhaba pass trek passes through a mixed forest of conifers as well as crop fields of Mastrang.
  • Bir Bhangal Trek — Bir Bhangal Trek is only for the experienced trekkers who have the experience of solid hiking and camping. This is one of the challenging trekking trails which starts from the Kullu valley.
  • Darcha Lamayuru Trek — this is one of the most popular trekking treks in the Himachal Pradesh, and one of the most traversing trek, passing through the Zanskar
  • Darcha Padum Trek
  • Deo Tibba Expedition
  • Friendship Peak Expedition
  • Hampta Pass
  • Indrahar Pass

Trekking routes in Himachal

  • Hamta Trek
  • Malana History Trek
  • Chander Trail in Kullu Valley
  • Wild Trek in Kullu Valley
  • Dharamsala Chhota Bhangal over sari Pass Kullu
  • Morchella trek
  • Manali Hamya Herbal Trek
  • Kinner Kailash Parikrama
  • Hamirpur Deotsidh Sri Naina Devi Trek
  • Maidi to Nadaun
  • Bharmaur Kugti Udaipur Manali trek

Learn[edit]

  • Buddhism. Classes for study of Buddhism are taught in Dharamsala and Bir.
  • Yoga. There are several places to study yoga in Dharamsala.

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HP food is often very simple but nutritious, including daal, rice, roti, vegetables, paneer, curds and pickles in the Punjabi influenced Pahari regions. Further North, Tibetan influence is stronger and barley is the main staple grain. Some of the specialities of Himachal include Manee',Madira,Pateer, Chouck, Bhagjery and chutney of Til.

In the Tibetan influenced regions, "Chhang" (fermented rice wine) is common.

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There are plenty of hotels and restaurants in and around District HQ as well as main tourist places. There are rest houses of HP PWD & Forest department at places where it is hard to find hotels.

Victorian Gothic architectural splendour in Manali, District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • The Himalayan - Luxury Resort & Spa http://www.thehimalayan.com Email: [email protected] Telephone: +91 1902-250999/250777, 8894005999 The Himalayan is an exclusive boutique resort located 1.5 kms. from Manali town centre on Hadimba Road. Tucked away amidst an apple & cherry orchard are 8 luxurious guest rooms in the Gothic Revival style Castle (all with four-poster beds & antique armoires) and 8 cottages (each with 2 Bedrooms complete with en-suite bathrooms, dining & drawing space with working fire place). All cottages have their own private gardens, balconies & mountain views. Conference, Bar, Restaurant & In-room dining is available. Gymnasium, Croquet, Trampoline & Table Tennis provided. Refectory restaurant serves Continental & Indian cuisine. The Dungeon bar is atmospheric with pews & chesterfields. The Forge Boardroom is fully equipped for Conferences/ Offsite Meetings. Manali's only al-fresco Swimming Pool is open to Non-residents at a charge. Quiet understated luxury with stellar views.
  • De Ocean Inn, Phone: +91 98 17 111004 /+919218704740,Location:Kanyal Road, Simsa, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 1751311,Website:http://www.deoceaninnmanali.in, Email:[email protected],[email protected], Facilities: Tea/coffee maker in room.• Toiletries in bathroom.• 24 Hrs room service.• room heater during winter.• • colour T.V. with multi channels• cyber-cafe & Wi-Fi availability• laundry & dry cleaning services •multi-cuisine roof-top restaurant• travel desk.• scenic terrace for relaxation• power backup.• doctor on call• ample parking• valet service• free lodging for drivers. Also offers "Budget Tours" in Himachal Pradesh. Cheap accomodation and cheap tours. Will customise tours for any type of budget.
  • Archie's Place, Phone: +91 99 10 743397, Location: Batharr Village, Manali, Himachal Pradesh. The place is run by a really sweet host, Archie Maity, where, you can come in and stay, at a budget expense, for as long as you want. Its the real, Himachal Pradesh sojourn, at a village, 15kms from Manali, in the midst of mountains and the forest. One can go for a trekking experience, which is one of its kind, and arrangements like barbecue can be set up on your request. Come along, for a horde of rustic and exciting memories. The stay is INR 500 a day or INR 15000 a month, whichever suits you.

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