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Tourist Attraction in Himachal Pradesh unending natural beauty, pleasing climate and friendly people is a paradise on earth. A tourist will find so many Himachal Pradesh Tourist Attractions that it will take a long time to visit all the destinations. Each and every district has several fine tourism sites in its kitty, which attract people all around the world.
The mountainous landscape of Himachal Pradesh, at the foothills of the Himalayas, is made up of a series of valleys and snow covered peaks. Himachal Pradesh is deservedly sought out by adventure lovers. Alternatively, Himachal Pradesh provides a refreshing escape for those who are craving crisp mountain air. The most popular and frequently visited tourist areas in Himachal Pradesh are:

Rohtang Pass
Chamba
Kangra
Shimla
Kullu
Manali
Dalhousie
Dharamshala

Rohtang Pass

about fifty one Kilometers from Manali and at an altitude of four thousand one hundred and eleven Meters, the Rohtang Pass falls in the highway to Keylong. The majestic Himalayan Mountains welcomes you and make you feel that you are on top of the world.

Chamba

The town of Chamba can be easily presented as the advertisement of the tourism potential of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Located between east longitude 75°45' to 77°33' and north latitude 32°10' to 33°13', Chamba stands on the banks of River Ravi. It lies in the valley between Zanshkar and Dhauladhar ranges, which is in the southern side of the inner Himalayas. The Chamba Town is a vibrant place with modern amenities but with a dose of old world charm. It is situated amidst magnificent mountainous landscapes and offers numerous tourists spots. It also provides opportunities for adventure sports freaks and trekkers.an enchanting Himalayan town and one of the best examples of the many Himachal Pradesh Attractions. The scenic town is a fifty Kilometers journey from Dalhousie. The town is not only gifted with unparallel landscapes but also some fine carved temples.

Chamba was established by Raja Sahil Varman in the early tenth century. The heart of the city is Chaughan, which is lush green meadow quite scarce among the hilly surroundings. The place is blessed with several religious and tourists attractions. Some of the popular religious sites are:-

Champavati Temple
Vajreshwari Temple
Sui Mata Temple
Chamunda Devi Temple
Hari Rai Palace
Laxmi Narayan Temple
Majar of Sai Jamal Shah

Some of the historic places of the wonderful town are:-

Akhand Chandi Palace
Bhuri Singh Museum
Rang Mahal

Some other kind of tourism sires and few recent attractions are given below too:-

Rock Garden, Devi Dehra
Church of Scotland
Art Gargden
Minjar Camping Site

Chamba is home to few wild life sanctuaries, they are:

Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary
Tundah Sanctuary
Gamgul Sanctuary
Sechu Tuan Nala Sanctuary
Kugti Sanctuary

Kangra

The magnificent Kangra Town lies only eighteen Kilometers away from Dharamsala and has a geographical DIRECTIONS between north latitude 31°41' to 32°28' and east longitude 75°35' to 77°4'. Kangra is a wonderful place located in the lap of the Himalayas and ornamented with its flawless beauty. In addition to the rejuvenating look of the Kangra Town, the place has an immense historical importance attached to it. A favorite destination for the religiously inclined people, Kangra is famous for its ancient temples. It is also a haven for the nature lovers and adventure sports freaks.

Kangra was the capital of Raja Sansar Chand II. Several invaders like Mahmood of Ghazni and Jehangir were tempted by the prosperity of the place and ransacked its properties to carry home the valuable treasures along with them.

Kangra in Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh is blessed with several historical and religious places making it a prime tourism hub.

Some of the most tourist places in Kangra and around the town are: -

Kangra Art Museum
Nurpur Fort
Mural at Martyr's Memorial
Truind
Kareri Lake
Martyr's Memorial
Dharamkot
Art Gallery of Sardar Sobha Singh
St. John's Church
Mannuni Lake
Masroor Temple
Naddi
Mcleodganj
Waterfalls near Bhasgu Nag
Tea gardens
Kangra Fort
Dal Lake
Pong Dam
Bir and Billing
Gopalpur
Maharana Pratap Sagar
Bajreswari Devi Temple

Art lovers will go crazy with the plenteous collection of sculptures, pottery, anthropological items and other ancient art objects at the Kangra Art Museum. The Dal Lake line with fir trees will please anyone with its serene surroundings and crystal clear water. It is also a holy destination for the religiously inclined people. As soon as you step in Kangra, you will realize that you have fallen in love with the place.

 

Shimla

the capital city and an evergreen name in the tourism scenario of the country. Shimla enjoys the popularity as a hill station right from the British period. The numerous old buildings are reminiscent of the British architectural excellence, which gives an old world flavor to the modern city of today.Shimla used to be the summer capital of the British Raj when they ruled India. Now it's the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. This wonderfully cool and charming town sprawls along a mountain ridge, enveloped in oak, pine and rhododendron forests. It's quite famous for its colonial style buildings and historic railway.The old Christ Church, with its beautiful stained glass windows, is one of Shimla's most prominent landmarks. Also to be enjoyed are the mesmerizing views from Scandal Point, and the Viceregal Lodge (try to be there for the sunrise or sunset) on Observatory Hill. There are plenty of adventure sports and short hikes on offer in the vicinity as well.

Kullu


Kullu is one of the finest valleys that the Great Himalayas have presented us. The enchanting KulluValley sits pretty, spreading its wings to both sides of the Beas River. The sprawling Kullu Valley is two Kilometers wide and has a length of more than eighty Kilometers. Situated at an altitude of one thousand two hundred and thirty Meters, Kullu has a population of 381571.

The months of March to June is the best time to visit the valley but if one desires to get a feel of the Himalayan winter, then December to February will be the best option. The mossy meadows, fast flowing streams, never before seen flowers and overall scenery makes Kullu - a heaven on earth.

Kullu is well connected by all means of transportation. The Kullu Valley of the Himachal takes pride in its tourist attractions in Kullu, which includes:

Bijli Mahadev Shrine
Raghunathji Temple
Vaishno Devi Temple
Bajaura
Larji
Banjar
Camping Site,Raison
Katrain
Naggar
Kasol
Manikaran
Malana

The Bijli Mahadev Shrine and the Vaishno Devi Temple are not only very popular pilgrimage centers but they provide excellent trekking opportunities for the trekkers. Raison is very popular with the young brigade and campers. The orchards of the area are a great attraction for the botany lovers. Katrain is famous for its apple orchards and beekeeping farms. Kasolis is a splendid place for trout fishing. Other places are also special with their own characteristics and the best way to discover them is to visit Kullu.

Manali

In the list of Shimla, Dharamshala, etc, Manali is also major hill station and city in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the picturesque hill stations that have always been a hot favorite place among honeymooners, couples and those who have a deep desire in naturally rich flora and fauna. Located on an altitude of 1220 meters above sea level very close to Kullu, Manali is known for snow-capped mountain peaks and rich flora and fauna. Manali endows you with a spectacular view of mountain peaks. As far as the tourist attractions in Manali are concerned, there are countless tourist attractions in and around Manali. ManiKaran, for instance is the best place to explore for hot water spring. The holy water spring is very hot enough where you can also boil rice and vegetables. There is a myth about hot water that Goddess Paravati lost her ear-ring here.

In addition to this, Hadimba Temple is also a major attraction that is known for Pagoda Shape roof. Moreover, Arjun Gufa, Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass are also most famous tourist attractions in Manali. Well connected to Chandigarh and Delhi via road, Manali has also a number of adventure tour spots where people, especially adventure tour aficionados can enjoy adventure sports to great level.

Talking about more attractions, then Kullu is one of the most amazing attractions in the surrounding area of Manali. Even the place is so popular that it is popular among tourists by the name of Kullu & Manali. Located on 40 km from Manali, it is also one of the major tourist attractions in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Kullu has been a hot favorite tourist place for beautiful and breathtaking landscapes, snow capped peaks and lush green forest ranges of Deodar and Pine trees.

Entitled as the Switzerland of India, Manali is one of the most amazing tourist places in Kullu Valley where honeymooners and adventure tour enthusiasts come to explore the real beauty of Himachal Pradesh. In other words, Manali is nestled in the northern part of Kullu valley along the river Beas.

Needless to say, there is an attraction in the environment of Manali that speak all about the rich legacy of Himachal Pradesh. The major hill station is also known for ancient temples and its unique traditions and cultures. Hidimba Temple is the perfect evidence of the shrines that is only of its kind in India. Manali is also a perfect place to enjoy shopping in Tibetan Market that is across the Mall at Manali. Even, there is also a mountaineering institute where you will learn trekking, mountaineering and skiing facilities.

When it comes to reach to Manali, it is easy as the nearest airport is Bhunter Airport that is only 49 km from the town. On the other hand, it is only 280 km from Chandigarh. In this way, you can also reach there by bus or road from the capital of India, New Delhi.

Manali, with its soothing backdrop of the Himalayas, offers a blend of tranquility and adventure that makes it one of northern India's most popular destinations. You can do as little or as much as you want there. Located in the Kullu Valley, it's a magical place bordered by cool pine forest and the raging Beas River, which give it a special energy.


Dalhousie

Dalhousie is a popular hill resort situated in the Dhauladhar range of Himachal Pradesh. It is the gateway to the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The hill station of Dalhousie comprises of five distinct hills - Kathlog, Portreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun, which covers an area of about 13 sq. km. Situated in the western Himalayas, Dalhousie is at a distance of about 563 km from Delhi, 300 km from Chandigarh, 191 km from Amritsar and 56 km from Chamba.

The Dhauladhar range of Himachal Pradesh had attracted the British during the period of British colonisation. Lord Napier Magdala wanted to set up a hospital for chronic diseases in Chamba in the outer slopes of the Dauladhar range.

In 1853, the Raja of Chamba agreed to transfer the plateau of Kathlog, Portreyn, Tehra and Bakrota to the British Raj to establish the sanatorium, which was eventually named after Lord Dalhousie, the first British Governor General of India. In 1866, Balun was also taken over by the British.

Dalhousie offers interesting period architecture that range from ancient temples to Gothic styled churches. St. Andrew's and St. Patrick's at Balun, the St. Francis' Church at Subash Chowk, and St. John's Church at Gandhi Chowk are some of the most frequented churches. The exquisite architectural beauty of the summer palace of the Chamba rulers at Jandrighat is also popular. Panchpula and Subhash Baoli of Dalhousie are known for the monuments of the famous freedom fighters like Ajit Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose.

There are several places within and around Dalhousie that are good picnic spots. Dainkund, Khajjiar, Chamba, Palampur, Baijnath, Bir, Billing, Triund, Dharamsala, etc. are some of the prominent places that attract tourists. One can witness a blend of adventure, historic significance and natural beauty at all the major tourist spots in Dalhousie.

Dalhousie is easily approachable from all the major cities of North India. It is connected by air to Pathankot and Jammu. Jammu is well connected to Delhi and other cities in North India. The Gaggal Airport at Dharamshala is another airport. Pathankot is also the nearest railway station which has connections to major cities within the country including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bhatinda, Amritsar and Delhi. By road Dalhousie is reachable from Delhi and other places nearby.

Being the most popular and quietest hill station of India, Dalhousie attracts thousands of tourists all round the year. It offers different experiences during different seasons. The summer season is the best with the temperature remaining within 25⁰ Celsius for most of the time. This makes it ideal for exploring the hill station.

Those who want to experience snowfall can visit during the months of December to February when snowfall occurs. However, the weather is quite chilly during this time and adequate protection must be taken. June-September and October-November see some rainfall. October and November are also the months when the festivals of Dusshera and Diwali are celebrated with pomp and gaiety and are a good time to visit. Like in the rest of North India, Holi is also an important festival here.

Dharamshala

Dharamsala is one of the main towns of Kangra valley. It is located in the backdrop of snow clad peaks of Dhauladhar mountains about 18kms. north east of Kangra town. The mountains enfold three sides of the town and the valley stretches beyond to the south. Known for its scenic-beauty amidst high pine trees, tea gardens and other timber-yielding trees vying with one another for height, calmness and serenity. Dharamsala's altitude varies between 1,250 metres (4,400 ft) and 2,000 metres (6,560ft). Dharamshala enjoys the unique distinction of being the chosen home of the spiritual and temporal head of the Tibetan. So its practically divided into two parts viz. Upper Dharamsala and Lower Dharamsala. Lower part is a busy commercial centre while Upper part, with the suburbs of Mcleodganj and Forsytheganj still retains the British flavour and colonial lifestyle. The best season to visit the town is between March to June and September to October. Although the Tibetan influence is what has made the town famous, the colorful combination of cultures in this mountainside town is what makes it fascinating. However, the best thing about Dharamshala is the easygoing pace and the peaceful expression on everybody's face.
Excursions from Dharmsala (Dharamshala)


Dal Lake Located in district Kangra, 11-km from Dharamsala and surrounded by Deodar trees, Dal Lake is on the motor road to Talnu.


Chinmaya Tapovan Just 10-km from the town is the tranquil ashram complex set up by the great exponent of the Gita--Swami Chinmayananda. Situated on the banks of Bindu Saras, the ashram includes a 9m high image of Hanuman, a Ram temple, a meditation hall, a school and a health & recreation center.


Dharamkot Dharamkot is the starting point for the short walks to the high plateau at Triund (2,975m), or further over the high passes to the Chamba valley.


Kareri Set amidst a sylvan surrounding is a rest house, located in the cool depths of the pine grove. Surrounded by green open meadows and forests of tall oak & pine at a height of 3250m is situated the picturesque Kareri Lake, which is just 13-km from the rest house and 22- kms from Dharamsala.

Tatwani & Machhrial There are hot springs situated at Tatwani, 25-km from Dharamsala but on the way, at Machhrial, is a waterfall twice as big as the one near the Bhagsunath temple.

The Shrine of Bhagsunath Just 11-km from the town center of Dharamsala is the ancient temple of Bhagsunath. There are many fresh water springs close to the temple, which are considered sacred by the Hindus.


Trilokpur On the way from Pathankot, 41-km from Dharamsala are the unique cave temples with a stalactite and stalagmites dedicated to Lord Shiva.


Triund is a popular picnic spot at an height of 2827 m. The area is on the foothills of Dhauladhar range and is 17-kms from Dharamsala. The snow line starts at Ilaqua, which is five kms from Triund. The breathtaking views of the mountains and the valleys makes Triund an ideal picnic spot and trekking spot.

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