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Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh

Located in the northern India, Himachal Pradesh is a land of snowy mountains. It is the home to some of the charming hill stations. Blessed with scenic natural beauty, the state of Himachal Pradesh features mighty snow-covered peaks, forests, beautiful lakes, bubbling streams, meadows and magnificent landscapes. The state is dotted with countless tourist destinations. Some of the popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh are Shimla, Kullu-Manali, Dharamsala, Palampur, Solan, Mandi, Dalhousie, Chamba and Lahaul & Spiti. These destinations, each dotted with various natural beauties, temples and monasteries, attract plenty of tourists and devotees from all over the world.

Shimla is one of the most enchanting hill stations in India as well as well as the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. It is popularly referred as the 'Queen of Hill Stations' because of its picturesque natural beauty. The tourists come across numerous tourist attractions in Shimla including heritage sites, malls, magnificent landscapes and picturesque hills. Major tourist attractions in and around Shimla are The Mall, Christ Church, Jakhu Hill, Shimla State Museum, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Kufri, etc.

Kullu-Manali is among the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. The Kullu valley is spread along both sides of the Beas River. Manali is situated at a distance of about 40 Kms from the city of Kullu. Due to refreshing and pollution-free atmosphere, these destinations are preferred by the holidaymakers, honeymooners as well as sport lovers. The city of Kullu is well-known for its colorful Dussehra festival. Manali is mainly popular for the adventure sports like trekking, mountaineering, hiking, skiing, paragliding, kayaking and mountain biking.

Also Situated on the banks of the Beas River, Mandi is one of the leading tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. The town is dotted with many holy temples and great historical monuments. The town also consists of several palaces and orchards, showing the colonial influence on Indian culture. Major tourist attractions in and around Mandi are The Lomesh Rishi Temple, Buddhist monastery, Sunder Nagar, Prashar, Shikari Devi, Koyla Ma Temple and Joginder Nagar. Overall, some of the main attractions in Kullu-Manali are Bijli Mahadev Temple, Great Himalayan National Park, Manikaran, Hadimba Temple, Rohtang Pass and Roerich Art Gallery. Located in the heart of the snow-covered Dhauladhar range, Dharamsala is popular for its dense deodar and pine forests, snow-capped peaks, picturesque hills, magnificent lakes and huge green tea gardens. Norba Linga Institute is one of the significant tourist attractions in the town. Besides natural beauty, the city is famous for its temples, monasteries and other holy places. It is an abode of the spiritual leaders including the Nobel laureate Dalai Lama.

The wonderful hill resort of Dalhousie is situated about 92 Kms away from Dharamsala. This destination is preferred by several tourists due to its fresh and healthy atmosphere and peaceful surroundings. Major tourist attractions in Dalhousie include Churches, Satdhara, Khajjiar, Marquis of Dalhousie, Subhash Baoli and Panchpula.

Located about 50 Kms away from Dalhousie is yet another attraction of Himachal Pradesh. The city of Chamba, which is a home to numerous holy temples including Champavati Temple, Hari Rai Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Vajreshwari Temple and Sui Mata Temple, is worth visiting. The town also houses some of the finest palaces including Chandi Palace and Rang Mahal Palace.

Surrounded by the pine forests and tea gardens, Palampur is a charming hill station located in the Kangra Valley. This popular tourist destination houses an agricultural university, CSIR Complex and some tea factories. Major tourist attractions in Palampur include Baijnath Temple, Naugal Khad, Bundla Stream and Andretta.

Solan is the gateway of Himachal Pradesh. It attracts plenty of tourists with its excellent picnic spots, ancient temples and architectural colonial wonders. It is considered as the trekking haven for the nature lovers. Being famous for the mushroom cultivation, Solan is referred to as the 'Mushroom City of India'.

Lahaul & Spiti are two separate Himalayan valleys situated on the Indo-Tibetan borders. Major tourist attractions in Lahaul & Spiti are Gondla, Sissu, Baralacha La, Guru Ghantal Monastery, Shashpur Monastery, Kardang Monastery, Tandi, Keylong, Triloknath Temple and Gemur. These valleys are ideal for the activities like mountaineering, trekking and camping.

Last Updated On: 2011/09/01

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