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What to do in Himachal Pradesh

A tourist visiting Himachal Pradesh can pursue a great number of exciting things in the state and would find very little time to ponder over what to do in Himachal Pradesh. Sightseeing, trekking, adventure sports, temple and monastery visits, shopping, etc. are some of the great options one can pursue in the state.

Kullu Valley, also known as the 'Valley of Gods' is adorned with a number of captivating sights. Visit the ancient temples here. Stop by the apple orchards and relish the freshly plucked apples. Let the aroma of the crisp apples take you over. Indulge in some great shopping at the markets here. Various handicrafts and woolen clothes made in this region are famous all over India. Do not forget to purchase woolen garments like shawls, caps and patoos here.

Enjoy various adventure sports such as mountain climbing and trekking at Kinnaur hills, which has picturesque green valleys, huge trees and mountains covered with snow. Here tourists can enjoy a number of adventure sports. Trek in the Kinnaur hills or enjoy mountain climbing here. While trekking, let the breathtaking aura of the Himalayas captivate your senses. For trek lovers and adventurers, Kinnaur is the place to be. Kullu, Manali and Dharamsala and Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges are also ideal for trekking. For heli-skiing, visit Rohtang Pass, while for skiing, Kufri is perhaps the best option.

Mandi on the banks of the river Beas is a popular tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh. Mandi can be roughly translated as 'the bazaar place'. Here tourists can go shopping for handicrafts, woolen garments, etc. There are numerous temples in Mandi, which the pilgrims can visit. Spend your leisure time at the Mandi Lake. Sit by the lake here and reflect upon your experiences. Sitting by the lake, you could also capture the beautiful sights of the region in paint. Shimla the capital of the state, offers a wide variety of activities for tourists, which are sure to do away with the worry(if you have any, by chance) about what to do in Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is known as the 'Queen of the Hill Stations'. The dense forests here are loaded with pine, oak, rhododendron and fur. It is a nice experience to wander in the woods of Shimla. Tourists can also enjoy a royal game like golf in this city. The hills of Shimla also offer opportunity of skiing, angling and trekking. Enjoy the Himalayas to the fullest, while in Shimla.

Kufri is another tiny hill station near Shimla which has plenty of scope for mountaineering and trekking. Kufri houses some of the best nature parks and picnic places, where tourists can enjoy wild life. During winters, tourists can indulge in some winter pleasures like tobogganing and skiing. Visit McLeodGanj and Dharamshala to enjoy the colourful Buddhist monasteries of these regions. Find peace and rejuvenation at these temples.

The next answer to your question of 'what to do in Himachal Pradesh' is shopping. Shop for quality products at the Government emporia in Dalhousie, Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, etc. The Himachal Pradesh specialties include Kullu shawls, jackets, caps, woolen garments, Buddhist paintings on cloth, silver and turquoise jewelry, Tibetan carpets, metalware, jams, marmalades, pickles, etc.

Food is a sumptuous answer to the question of 'what to do in Himachal Pradesh'. Try the local specialties like dham, patande, momos, sidus, etc. to let the exotic taste of Himachal Pradesh linger in your mouth…

To cut a long story short, explore the myriad tourism facets of the state, and thereby make the most of your visit to Himachal Pradesh.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/06