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Himachal Pradesh Tourism

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Major Airports: Chandigarh, Shimla, Kangra, Bhuntar

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"Land of Himalayas"

Himachal Pradesh, India

Himachal Pradesh is an Indian state located in the northern part of the country. Endowed with lofty Himalayan mountains, ancient religious sites and a cheerful culture, Himachal Pradesh is home to famous tourist destinations like Kullu, Manali, Chamba and Shimla.

Himachal Pradesh is known as the state of apples all over India. It is also known for scenic landscapes, culture, adventure sports and a variety of fairs, festivals and celebrations throughout the year. From Hinduism to Christianity and Sikhism, every religion is sure to find a home in the "Abode of God". McLeod Ganj, the abode of the 14th Dalai Lama is worth visiting.  Himachal Pradesh also has plenty of forts, palaces, and monasteries that are of utmost cultural and historical importance. Shimla, a very popular vacation destination among Indians, offers a visual treat for history buffs as well as experience seekers.

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What's Great?

Well connected by road and air. Pleasant weather throughout the year. A variety of adventure sports

What's Not So Great?

Poor rail connectivity. Some districts are not very developed regarding tourism-related facilities.

For Whom?

A trip to Himachal is perfect for families looking to cool off in the summer, for adventure enthusiasts and trekkers, photographers, backpackers and those interested in religious tourism. It is also suitable for people looking to experience the Himalayas up close without the strain of trekking.

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Himalayas - The Backbone of Himachal

The majestic Himalayas stand tall in the state of Himachal which is located in the Dhauladhar range, one of the mid-Himalayan ranges. The highest peak in the state is Reo Purgyil at 6816 metres. The Himalayas are an essential aspect of the economy, geology, culture and social life of the state. All of the state's rivers originate from these mountains and make life possible by giving water to the region. The agricultural and water management practices too have developed keeping in mind the lifecycle of the mountain and the people have learned to live alongside the harsh conditions. Many festivals celebrate the mountain and river deities and have become part of the Himachali culture.

Wildlife of Himachal

Being located in the foothills of the Himalayas, the evergreen forests are well watered and are rich in flora and fauna. The rare big cat - the Snow Leopard, is found in this state and is also the state animal of Himachal. Apart from this, rare birds like the Himalayan Monal, many alpine thrushes and flycatchers and migratory birds are found only in Himachal Pradesh. The forests of Himachal are also home to some treasured medicinal plants that are now being used in pharmaceuticals.

Festivities and Fairs in Himachal

In Himachal, life is one long festival. Each month celebrates something new, and each community has something to be thankful for. Along with the rest of India, Himachal celebrates Holi, Baisakhi, Shivratri, Dussehra and Christmas but apart from this, there are many festivals peculiar to this state. The Buddhist festival of Losar is celebrated in Lahaul with dances and elaborate costumes to mark the victory of good over evil. Summer festivals and fairs are held in many cities like Shimla and Kangra Valley to commemorate the beginning of the prosperous time. There are around 20 state-level fairs that take place in Himachal that are recognised by the government. Naina Devi Fair, Lavi Fair, Chrewal, Renuka Fair, Chintpurni Fair and the Nalwari Fair are some of the fairs held in Himachal. 

The Romance of Bollywood

Bollywood has a fascination for the scenic mountains and fruit-filled orchards of Himachal Pradesh and has redefined the notion of romance using picturesque mountains and valleys. This has made Himachal Pradesh one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India. Many fans of movies also come to visit particular locations where famous films like Roja, Jab We Met and Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani were shot. Highway starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda and 3 idiots were also shot in Himachal Pradesh. 

Geography of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is located in the north of India bordering Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Uttaranchal and Punjab and has no international boundary. The state is mainly mountainous, but the southern part is made of fertile plains. Rivers and glaciers irrigate the state, and there is extensive terrace farming of rice and fruits in Himachal. The major rivers are Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, Beas and Yamuna. There is extensive forest cover in this state and Alpine, as well as evergreen forests, are present. There is also wide variation in temperature because of the vast difference in altitude. Shimla and Dharamshala are the summer and winter capitals of this state respectively.

People Of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is inhabited by semi-nomadic tribes like the Gaddis, Gujjars, Kinnars, Lahaulis and Pangwals. The people of Himachal, commonly known as Himachalis, are very warm and friendly and they love to welcome tourists. Women of Himachal are very hardworking as they work on fields and manage household too. Their honesty and down to earth nature enhance their beauty and charm. Most of the people who live in Himachal Pradesh have farmlands and tend to their crops and cattle. Hindi is the official language of the state. Apart from Hindi, people also speak Pahari languages, Punjabi, Kangri, Dogri and Kinnauri. Pahari languages are Indo-Aryan languages that have been derived from Sanskrit and Prakrit. More than 95 per cent of the people in Himachal Pradesh follow Hinduism. Other prominent religions in Himachal Pradesh include Islam, Buddhism and Sikhism. Most people living in the trans-Himalayan areas such as Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur and Kullu follow Buddhism. Himachalis celebrate fairs and festivals throughout the year with dance and music.

History of Himachal Pradesh

The history of Himachal is somewhat similar to the history of North India. This region has been inhabited by prehistoric humans and was one of the important regions during the Indus Valley Civilisation period. The Mauryas, Harsha and the Delhi Sultanate ruled this region before the arrival of the Mughals who were attracted to the beautiful landscapes and built summer homes here. The same trend was followed by the British who left the heat of the plains to go to the cool mountains to relax. After independence, Himachal Pradesh was given statehood when the Constitution came into effect in 1950.

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What is not so good about Himachal pradesh?

Poor rail connectivity. Some districts are not very developed regarding tourism-related facilities.

How much does a package cost for Himachal pradesh?

The packages for Himachal pradesh start at INR4000 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top places to visit in Himachal pradesh?

The top things to do in Himachal pradesh are Manali, Shimla, Mcleodganj, Dalhousie, Spiti, Kasol. You can see all the places to visit in Himachal pradesh here

Who should visit Himachal pradesh?

A trip to Himachal is perfect for families looking to cool off in the summer, for adventure enthusiasts and trekkers, photographers, backpackers and those interested in religious tourism. It is also suitable for people looking to experience the Himalayas up close without the strain of trekking.

What is the best time to visit Himachal pradesh?

February to June (Spring and Summer) is the best time to visit Himachal. The state also undergoes a beautiful transformation during the winters, i.e., between October and February when it's the snowfall season. This is also the best time for skiing and ice skating. Places like Rohtang Pass, Kufri and Shimla are quite popular tourist destinations. Summers are an ideal time for trekking, paragliding, camping and water sports. Most treks during this time take place in Shimla, Manali and Dharamshala. During monsoons from July to September, it is suggested to avoid certain areas in Himachal that are prone to landslides. 
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What is the local food in Himachal pradesh?

A staple meal in the state would consist of Dals, rice, broth, roti and sabzi. Meat, especially red meat is also a favourite, and almost all delicacies here are prepared with a rich gravy, fragrant with local aromatic spices and herbs. With few of these constants in place, Himachal's cuisine differs over its varied terrains and climates, and the geography gives newer alterations and versions to the food, making the overall platter rich and vibrant. Sidu (a preparation of wheat), Patande (a local version of pancakes), Chouk, Bhagjery, Chutney of 'Til', Khatta, Kali Dal, Aloo palda, Auriya Kadoo (a preparation of pumpkin), Spicy lotus stems are the highlights of the state's cuisine. One also finds Momos and Noodles in the area. Himachal is also known for the fresh and juicy varieties of fruits here. One should not miss these and maybe even take some home. It also hosts the Food Festival of Dham, which celebrates the variety, richness, colour and festivity of the local cuisine, food styles and habits.

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