HIMACHAL PRADESH-BEST PLACES TO VISIT

HIMACHAL PRADESH TOURISM

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INTRODUCTION

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Covering an area of 56,019 sq km, Himachal Pradesh is bordered by the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir on north, Punjab on west and south-west, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh on south, Uttaranchal on south-east and by Tibet on the east. Himachal Pradesh is a must-see destination for those who love mountains. The state is proud of its glorious history and rich cultural heritage. There are several monasteries, temples and forts, whose architecture is praise worthy. The views of the breathtaking mountains, passes, valleys, lakes, springs, waterfalls and wildlife are sights to behold.

 

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN HIMACHAL PRADESH

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1. KULLU

  • Famous for: Great Himalayan Ranges, Nature, Hill station, Temples.
  • Major Attractions: Bijli Mahadev Temple, Raghunath Temple.
  • Nearby Places: Manali, Kasol, Manikaran.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1- 2 days.
  • Kullu in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most frequented tourist destinations.
  • Often heard along with the name Manali, yet another famous tourist spot, Kullu is situated on the banks of Beas River.
  • It was earlier called as Kulanthpitha, meaning ‘The end of the habitable world’.

2. MANALI

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  • Famous for: Nature, Photography, Adventure.
  • Tickets: No entry fee.
  • Opening Timings: Closed on Tuesdays and from Nov to April due to weather conditions. Reopens Mid May.
  • Duration: 3-4 hours.
  • The high mountain pass of Rohtang lies at an altitude of 3,978 meters above sea level and located in the eastern hills of the Pir Panjal Range.
  • The pass lies at a picturesque location with the rivers Beas and Chenab that lies to the southern and northern side of Rohtang Pass.
  • Rohtang Pass is famous for its picturesque views of the valley and various hidden waterfalls.
  • Rohtang Pass is a must visit on your trip Kullu-Manali.

3. SHIMLA

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  • Famous for: Nature, Photography, Shopping.
  • Tickets: No entry fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days from 8am to 6pm.
  • Duration: 3-4 hours.
  • At the center of the town is The Shimla Ridge, which offers spectacular views of the mountain peaks of the land.
  • The Ridge is a spacious open space that runs from east to west along the Mall, which is yet another famous tourist destination.
  • It connects to the Scandal point on the west. If you love the view of mountains, this is your dream destination.

4. CHAMBA

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  •  The ancient city of Chamba lies on the banks of the River Ravi and has a rich ancient history that dates back to the 2nd Century BC when the region was ruled by the Khasas and the Adumbaras and eventually the Rajput rulers of the Maru dynasty.
  • Despite of being a small town, due its picturesque location between the Himalayas, Chamba is one of the famous tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh.
  • The ancient temples and the various picnic and trek spots make Chamba a definitive place to visit.

5. DHARMASHALA

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  • Famous for: Tibetan Culture, History, Pilgrimage.
  • Tickets: No entry fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (5am to 8pm).
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • is located in the upper reaches of the Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh and is placed at an average altitude of 1,475 meters above sea level.
  • The city is surrounded a thick cover of deodar cedar trees and is one of the major strong holds for the Tibetan refugees and the seat of the 14th dalai lama of the Tibetan sect of Buddhism.

6. DALHOUSIE

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  • Famous: Khajjir : It is nicknamed as the mini Switzerland of India, Khajjiar is a small hill town located at 2000 meters above sea level at a short distance from Dalhousie.
  • Kalatop Wildlife Reserve : The high altitude forests of the Kalatop Wildlife Reserve are located at an average elevation of 2,500 meters above sea level.
  • Daikund Peak : The mountain’s highest point towers at a monolithic height of 2,745 meters above sea level. The Dainkund Peak is often termed as the singing hill.
  •  Ganji Pahari : A famous 5 kilometer uphill walk in Dalhousie, Ganji Pahari gets its name from the bald patch of the Barkota hills of the Himalayas. 
  •  St. Francis Church: Steal away a moment’s peace and catch some serenity at St. Francis Church. This church is counted as one of the most beautiful churches in the city and was built in the year 1894.
  • Panchpula: Panchpula is a perfect getaway to sample everything nature has to offer.

7. KANGRA

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  • It is an ancient town, which was founded by the Katoch Dynasty which is the oldest surviving Royal Dynasty in the World.
  • The various temples and the marvelous fort are few of the major attractions in the town.
  • The chief spoken languages here are Hindi and Kangri which is very similar to Punjabi due to the town’s proximity to the State of Punjab.
  • Kangra is known for its scenic locations and flowery meadows which are a marvel to behold.
  • Famous: Bir and Kangra Fort and Tibetan Museums.

8. Kasauli

  • Famous : Kasauli Brewery, The Mall, Christ Chruch, Sunset Point, Manki Point, Barog.
  • Located at an average elevation of 1,800 meters above sea levels, Kasauli is a cantonment town and a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Kasauli is often described as a hiker’s paradise and being a small town can be covered mostly by foot.

    9. Hamirpur

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    • Famous : Sujanpur Tira, Nadaun and Deotsidh Temple.
    • Due to its pleasant climate especially during the winters, Hamirpur is a popular tourist destination.
    • The town also has the highest density of roads and is thus one of the most accessible areas of Himachal Pradesh.

    11. Parwanoo

     

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  • Famous: Mughal Gardens (Yadavindra Gardens), Gurkha Fort, Fruit orchards, Mansa Devi Temple.
  • Parwanoo is located in the Solan District of Himachal Pradesh and is spread across the Shiwalik Mountain range of the Himalayas.
  • The economy of the town is mainly supported by tourist and its large quantities of fruit produce.

 

12. Solan

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  • Located on the Punjab-Himachal Border, Solan lies on the lower ranges of the Himalayas and is more of an industrial town with various industries.
  • A beautiful city in Himachal Pradesh, Solan has ancient temples and monasteries that attract hundreds of tourists and devotees every year.
  • Solan has one of the oldest breweries in the country and is popularly known as the mushroom capital of the country owing to the amount of mushrooms produced every year.
  • Solan is also called as the city of red gold as it produces bulk quantities of tomatoes.
  • The Shoolini Mata Temple and jatoli Shiv Temple are must-visits for both devotees and tourists.
  • One of the most famous monasteries in this region is the Yundung Monastery.

13. Pragpur

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  • Famous : The Judge’s Court and Taal.
  • Pragpur is a small town located in the Kangra Valley and is situated at an average elevation of 610 meters above sea level.
  • It is considered the best location if you want to explore the attractions of the Kangra valley and is a popular tourist destination.
  • The climate of the town is pleasant throughout the year and is also a popular pilgrim destination.

14. Sirmaur

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  • Famous : Churdhar, Renuka Ji, Haripur, Habban Valley
  • Also known as the Peach bowl of India, Sirmaur (or Sirmour) is located in south-eastern region of Himachal Pradesh.
  • The town was founded in 1090 AD by Raja Rasloo of Jaisalmer and was a princely state during the British rule in India.

15. Chail

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  • Famous : Cricket Ground, Chail Palace Hotel, Chail Wildlife Santuary, Sidh Baba Ka Mandir, Maa Kali Temple.
  • Also known as the Peach bowl of India, Sirmaur (or Sirmour) is located in south-eastern region of Himachal Pradesh.
  • The town was founded in 1090 AD by Raja Rasloo of Jaisalmer and was a princely state during the British rule in India.

16. Una

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  • Famous : Pong Dam, Chitpurni Temple, Thaneek Pura, Kaleshwar, Kila Baba Bedi Ji.
  • Known to be the gateway to Himachal Pradesh, Una lies at an average elevation of 369 meters above sea level and is the lowest lying city in the state.
  • Being close to the state of Punjab, Una is known to be revered for its distinctive Sikh influenced culture which distinguishes it from the rest of the cities in Himachal Pradesh.

Conclusion 

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High quality tourist destination with excellent infrastructure while preserving the heritage and environment, creating employment, opportunities, assuaging poverty thereby making tourism one of the most important sectors in Himachal Pradesh for the socio-economic development and environment protection of the state.

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