Himachal Pradesh :
Popularly known as the Devbhumi ¬– "Land of the Gods", Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill state in India, nestles in north-west region of western Himalayas. The state is landlocked with the Tibetan plateau to the east, Jammu and Kashmir to the north, and the Punjab to the west. However, the state stands apart from its neighbours in terms of its sheer topographic diversity and breathtaking pristine natural beauty. From vast tracts of high-altitude Trans-Himalayan desert to dense green deodar forests, from apple orchards to cultivated terraces, from snow capped high Himalayan mountain ranges to snow fed lakes and gushing rivers.
Himachal Pradesh Top Attractions :
- Shimla :
The Ridge : The large open space in the heart of town presents excellent view of the mountain ranges. Shimla's landmarks, the Neo-Gothic structure of Christ Church and the new-Tudor library building, are worth seeing.
The Mall : It is the main shopping centre of Shimla. It also has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, Post Offices and tourist offices. The Gaiety Theatre is also situated there. The Gaiety Theatre, which is a reproduction of an old British theatre, is a center of cultural activities. People walk up and down the Mall slowly, stopping to gossip, as it is the main meeting place for everyone. The Ridge and Scandal point are the two main meeting points at the Mall. A passenger lift of HPTDC can be taken from the Cart Road and the Mall. Lakkar Bazaar adjacent to the Ridge is popular for its wood crafts and souvenirs.
Chail Sanctuary : Chail is a hill station visited by many tourists. The Deodar and Oak forests with grasslands around the township are the abode of wildlife. One can see Sambar, Goral and Cheer Pheasants at Blossom and Jhaja. Visitors are welcome to the Cheer pheasant breeding centre at both these places. Barking deer and Kalijin in the forests are sure to meet and greet the visitors at dusk and dawn. Trekking from Chail to Gaura and Chail to Jhaja is common and rewarding as one is sure to see wildlife and beautiful snowy peaks. Range Officer Wildlife Chail and his staff welcome the visitors and assist the wildlife lovers to see wildlife in the sanctuary area.
Nature Park, Kufri : Kufri is a well-known tourist resort near Shimla. Many tourists visiting Shimla also visit Kufri where a nature park has been established. In this park rare varieties of Hangal, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Brown Bear, rare species of Monal and other pheasants are kept in social groupings.
Manali : The snow capped mountain ranges, colorful orchards and the gushing rivers have earned Manali fame of being one of the most beautiful places in the northern part of India. There are various tourist spots in and around this hill town that attract a large number of Indian as well as international tourists every year. One of the common feature of the various Manali Tourist Attractions is their exotic beauty that they mesmerize the visitors with.
While there are many religious spots and concrete structures that draw the visitors, most of these places are actually popular for the exceptional natural beauty that they are blessed with. The must visit places while on a trip to Manali include the Solang valley and the Rohtang Pass.
There are the famous religious places like the Tibetan monasteries, the Manu temple and the Hadimba temple. The Hadimba temple is dedicated to Hadimba, the wife of the great mythological character Bhim. It is constructed in the style of a Pagoda. The Manu temple is also a very popular temple dedicated to the famous sage Manu, who used to reside in this region. The town of Manali earned its name from him. These beautiful religious sites of Manali attract many visitors every year.
The hot water springs of Manali are no less popular as tourist attractions. A large number of people visit the Vashist Hot Water Spring for a dip.
The adventure lovers can also visit Banjar and enjoy fishing the trouts in the beautiful river Tirthan. The Mountaineering Institute is also a very popular tourist destination in Manali.