The land of Himachal Pradesh is characterized by snow clad mountains and serene, picturesque valleys, fruit-laden trees and gently flowing rivers. Besides exploring its natural splendours, the tourists here can have lots of options for religious and adventure tourism, as well as eco-tourism. So start packing your luggage and prepare yourself to embark on a Himachal Pradesh travel.
The state of Himachal Pradesh shares its boundaries with several other states, which include Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and Uttaranchal. Your Himachal Pradesh travel can include a vast number of fascinating destinations, some of them being the Kullu Valley, Manali, Chamba, Kangra, Kinnaur, Mandi, Shimla, Dalhousi, etc. This state can be reached by air, rail or road.
The state of Himachal Pradesh comprises three airports, all of which are domestic airports. Jabbarhatti near Shimla, Gaggal near Dharamshala, and Bhuntar near Manali are the airports in the state, which are connected to Delhi and Chandigarh. Indian Airlines operates regular flights to all the three airports.
The railway line in Pathankot (Punjab) extends till Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh. Other railway tracks touch Una, Solan and Shimla. A dense network of railway lines connects Himachal Pradesh to several other cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar, Bangalore, etc. Computerized reservation counters at Pathankot, Shimla and Mandi enable tourists to make on-the-spot railway reservations.
The NH-20, NH-21 and NH-22 are the highways which criss-cross Himachal Pradesh and provide for a wide number of options for road travel and transport in the state. The state bus corporation and private bus operators provide bus services from various cities in India to Himachal Pradesh. A good network of roads connects all the important places in the state. Transportation within the state is a vital component of your Himachal Pradesh travel. All the important places in Himachal Pradesh are connected by a well-maintained network of roads. Every city in the state has a proper system for bus transportation. You can hire taxis, cars, etc. from cities like Delhi, Shimla, Manali, etc. to commute within the state.
You can make your Himachal Pradesh travel a wonderful experience by exploring the beautiful sights and sounds in the state. Known for its breathtaking valleys, apple orchards, temples and the annual Dusshera fair, the Kullu valley near Manali is worth your every minute. Rohtang Pass, a few kilometers from Manali, is famous for varying landscapes and scenery. The sylvan retreat looks particularly beautiful in the hard sunlight, and is a good place for heli-skiing.
Himachal Pradesh is adorned with a number of beautiful hill stations. Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh is known as the 'Queen of hill stations'. It ranks among the best of hill stations in the country. In Shimla one can enjoy sights of the terraced hills, dense forests, etc and enjoy activities like golf, trekking, skiing, etc. Kufri hill station, near Shimla, is also famous for nature parks and picnic spots. Tourists can indulge in a number of adventure sports here, among which skiing is the most famous. Another important hill station of the state is Dalhousie where despite the population and pollution, the hills are still alive with the sound of music.
A visit to Kangra valley in the lower Himalayas would make you feel like entering into a picture postcard. In the backdrop of the glistening Dhauladhar range, you might wonder aloud and exclaim," How green is this valley." Here you can have a very personal date with spirituality at the various Hindu temples which dot the pristine landscape of this valley. The valley also has the quaint town of Dharamshala, where a Buddhist air permeates the environment. It is the holy abode of the present Dalai Lama. Kinnaur is another charming landscape adorned with lush valleys, snow-covered peaks and frozen desert mountains, which nature lovers would love to explore.
Also visit Chail village during your Himachal Pradesh travel to find out nature at its best, undisturbed by the advances of mindless industrialization. Do make it a point to visit the state and get ready for some breathtaking experience, which may linger in your memories much after the actual travel is over.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/06