About Himachal Pradesh
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Himachal Pradesh (Punjabi: ਹਿਮਾਚਲ ਪ੍ਰਦੇਸ਼) is a state in north India, and offers much for those looking to experience the Himalayas. While it does not claim the highest peaks in the range, there is plenty to do aside from mountaineering. Its name literally means "Abode of Snow". Here are ten of the most notable cities. 31.104177.171021 Shimla — the state capital and once the summer capital of the British Raj 31.3429476.762512 Bilaspur — District HQ of Bilaspur district. First city in Himachal Pradesh on way to Manali 32.044276.72583 Bir — a small town with a large Tibetan community and several Buddhist monasteries 32.5375.984 Dalhousie — a sleepy little town which retains its Victorian charm 32.2190476.32345 Dharamsala — the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh, it is also the home of the Dalai Lama and India's largest Tibetan community, and a major Buddhist center 31.9887276.791556 Jogindernagar — popularly known as the City of Powerhouses, the town has resorts and tourist attractions 31.9578577.109467 Kullu — District HQ of Kullu district, a few km south of Manali. Manali is tehsil of Kullu district 32.2396377.188718 Manali — a buzzing and popular hill station, and a hub for travel around this part of the Himalayas 31.7081776.931379 Mandi — District HQ of Mandi district. Major town. Main attraction is Revalsar lake 32.1108676.5362510 Palampur — famous for tea gardens, Neugal Cafe and Sourav Van Vihar
Planning a Trip
1 Get in 1.1 By plane 1.2 By train 1.3 By bus By plane Shimla, Kullu (for Manali) and Kangra or Pathankot (for Dharamsala) have small airports, with services largely limited to Delhi. Flights are frequently cancelled or delayed by adverse weather. In addition the airport in Pathankot (Punjab) can be a convenient connection for Dharamsala and Dalhousie. If you are on a tight budget you might want to skip this option as it is way more costly than other mode of transportation. Airfare on this route is one of the highest in the world for a given unit distance. Airport in Shimla is at Jubbal Hatti which is around 40 km away from main Shimla City. By train While there is very little rail network within Himachal Pradesh, it is an effective way to get to within a short distance of the state. Chandigarh is well serviced and has bus connections to Manali and Shimla, Pathankot is a good choice if heading to Dharamsala. Due to transfer time, it would likely be slower to reach these destinations by a combination of train and bus, but it would be more comfortable. By bus Bus is the only practical means of getting to many points in Himachal. All cities of interest have direct services to Delhi. There are three different entry routes to Himachal if you are coming from Delhi. Delhi-Chandigarh-Shimla-Kaza route. Delhi-Chandigarh-Bilaspur-Mandi-Manali-Keylong-Leh Delhi-Cahandigarh-Kangra-Dharamsala or Delhi-Chandigarh-Kangra-Chamba all three routes are interconnected within Himachal. It is cheapest means to travel in and around Himachal. There are Volvo buses operated by Himachal State Transport Corporation on these routes.
1 Get around 1.1 By bus 1.2 By train 1.3 By motorcycle You need an inner line permit to visit some parts of Kkinnaur and Spiti districts. By bus A typical HP bus Travel by bus can be done throughout for very little (15 hour bus rides are rarely more than a few hundred rupees) on the public buses, and though uncomfortable, are a great way to meet people. Though be careful, as riding an Indian bus is already a hair-raising experience, and riding an Indian bus on steep mountain roads is even more intimidating! By train Given the difficult geographical position of State there is very little penetration of railway network. Little rail network available give access to peripheral districts and capital Shimla. Nevertheless it is an amazing experience going from Kalka to Shimla. Kalka-Shimla railway track is also UNESCO world heritage site. Few points in Himachal are easily accessible by train, but there are narrow-gauge railways from Pathankot (Punjab) to Kangra and Kalka (Haryana) to Shimla. This will take you through beautiful rural Himalayan regions. The ride beyond Kangra is amazing. You ride along the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas via Palampur and Baijnath to Joginder Nagar. The region is criss crossed by rivers and streams. By motorcycle Enfield motorcycles can be rented here for less than 5 dollars a day, with no verification of a motorcycle license. Note that the area may not be the best place to learn how to ride.
The hill station of Khajjiar during the winter. Dalhousie is a world-famous hill station, located in the western part of Himachal Pradesh. Dalhousie is basically built on five different hills called Balun, Tehra, Kathlog, Patreyn and Bakrota, and covers an area of 14 sq. Km. Dalhousie is named after one of the British Governor Generals, Lord Dalhousie. Dalhousie has many beautiful churches and charming colonial architecture. Kullu Valley is very well known as Valley of Gods. It is situated on the Beas river bank in the lower reaches of Himalayas. Rudyard Kipling has written: "Surely the Gods live here; this is no place for men". Kullu is very well known for its ancient temples, festivals and apple orchards. This place is also famous for its handicraft work and woolen work of puhla, shawls, patoos, caps and namdas. The best time to visit Kullu is during Dusshera in the month of October. Lahaul Valley is green compared to Spiti Valley. It is covered with snow for most of the year. Roads are closed from late October to early May. Its main attractions are Patten Valley and Sri Trilokinath Temple, as well as lots of monasteries. Spiti Valley is also known as the Little Tibet due to its vegetation, terrain and climate which are similar to Tibet. Spiti also means Middle Country.