Himachal Pradesh is surrounded by the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges and is bounded by the Himalayan and Shivalik ranges to its north and south. Every town in this state is dipped into the rich history and culture. Himachal Pradesh snow clad peaks, rippling water in streams, early glowing sunrise, pine forests, and beautiful temples invites tourists and pilgrims from all over the world.
Places to be must visit by tourists in Himachal Pradesh
You can enjoy the natural beauty, colonial influence and appreciate the snow-capped Himalayan mountain sights of Shimla. Dharamshala or Lhasa in India invites tourists from worldwide to have a glimpse of Tibeatan culture and places like Namgyal Monastery, Tsuglagkhang Complex, Kangra Fort, Kangra Museum, etc. are popular destinations. Explore Dalhousie for its exquisite natural beauty, Kasauli for a relaxed vacation, Hamirpur for trekking, Parwanaoo greenery, Solan cuisines, Pragpur or first heritage village in India. For religious travelers Chamba ancient temples welcome you. Chamba is situated on the banks of river Ravi and holds some of the famous temples and palaces like Lakshmi Narayan Temples, Bhuri Singh Museum, and Akhand Chandi Palace etc.
Kullu or Kulanthpitha is on the Banks of river Beas and holds some of the most popular tourist’s attractions like Bhrigu Lake, Kasol, Great Himalayan National Park, Sultanpur Palace etc. Manali offers opportunities to you to examine your fitness stamina through many sporting adventures and some of the famous places to visit in this region are Hadimba Devi Temple, Solang Valley, Vashist Hot Water Springs, Rohtang Pass, Tibeatan Monasteries etc. Trekking enthusiast can enjoy Kullu or Valley of the Gods and Manali ranges and can further climb up to the dizzy heights of Spiti, Lahaul, and Kinnaur.
Nightlife in Himachal Pradesh
There are limited numbers of clubs in this region but quality ones. Kasauli Club was established way back in the British era and exhibits grand interior designs and offer amenities like a squash court, billiards room, swimming pool, two tennis courts, card rooms etc. In the month of May and June, Kasauli Nights are celebrated. Neugal Cafe is a picnic spot and tourists can enjoy great food, Neugal Khud landscape, Dhauladhar range, and beautiful tea gardens. Club Mahindra Kangra Valley resort at Dharmashala provides beautiful temples, tea gardens, authentic local food, and a comfortable stay.
Let’s eat something!
Himachal Pradesh local cuisines are spicy and lip-smacking and reflect an amalgamation of Punjabi and Tibetan food. In daily life, they prefer to have Dal, Vegetable curry, and simple rice. Sidu, a wheat based food savored with butter is a very famous cuisine and is prepared on significant events. Patande is another quite popular food of Sirmour district and is like a pancake made of wheat. For non-vegetarian lovers, grilled fishes, Kullu trout, and chicken anaardana are quite famous. Vegetarians can try kaddu ka khatta, guchhi mattar, and sepu vadi. Buckwheat, barley, and millet coarse grains are usually preferred by people in places like Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur. Dham meal includes green lentil broth, rice, red kidney beans, dark lentil, boor ki kari, and sweet rice is a festival meal and prepared by professionals Brahmins chefs. In evening you can taste a variety of special teas.
Where to stay in Himachal Pradesh?
Tourist can choose between large numbers of options from resorts to budget-friendly hotels. All the accommodations come equipped with basic and modern facilities like heated rooms, room service, bathtubs, hot water, and restaurants. For example, Hotel Palace at Chail offers well-furnished suites, rooms, and cottages, Hotel Iravati in Chamba is encapsulated with natural beauty and provides deluxe accommodation, Himland Hotel East at Shimla and Hotel Mount View at Dalhousie are also quite popular choices.
Getting around in Himachal Pradesh
If you have your own car or motorcycle, getting around in this hilly state becomes easy. You can opt for green and small State Government buses which are available between different destinations or can go for buses, coaches, and MUV’s operated by private companies.
Best time to visit Himachal Pradesh
If you want to experience tranquility, spring time between March and April will be best for you. May and June bring hordes of tourists, especially in places like Manali and Shimla. You can attend Sipi fair in Shimla. September to November months can also be considered since the density of tourists get thinned down, and it’s a time for festivals celebrations like Dusshera in Kullu. During November and February, Himachal Pradesh gets covered in a thick blanket of snow and sports like skiing at Kufri becomes quite famous. You can enjoy Winter Carnival at Manali and Tibetan New Year at McLeodGanj in February.