Himachal Pradesh Tourism At A Glance
Himachal Pradesh is famous for its Himalayan valley landscapes and its popular hill-stations. Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie, Dharmahsla are its popular hill stations. The word Himachal came from the Sanskrit word Him means 'snow' and achal means 'land' or 'abode. Dr.Yashwant Singh Parmar who was the leader of Congress party and first chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh was the found of Himachal Pradesh. The state Himachal Pradesh have 12 districts and they are Hamirpur, Kangra, Bilaspur, Mandi, Chamba, Una, Sirmaur, Lahul and Spiti, Kullu, Kinnaur, Shimla and Solan. Many outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, ice-skating, and heli-skiing are popular adventure sports for tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh is located in the northern region of India. This state is surrounded by Jammu and Kashmir on the north side, Punjab on the west side and the south-west side, Haryana on the south side, Uttar Pradesh on the south-east side and China on the east side.
Himachal Pradesh is a called as a land of gods with very little discovered and so much to explore and discover about this adobe of natural beauty and snow. There are things which are still quite strange and unknown about this state of Himachal Pradesh.
Popular tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh are:-
1. Shimla: - Shimla, the state capital of Himachal Pradesh and it is very popular among tourists who comes to visit Himachal Pradesh. The Kalka-Shimla Railway is the nearest railway station for reaching Shimla. Shimla is also called a 'Queen of Hills'. The name Shimla is on the name of the goddess “Goddess Shyamala” who is an incarnation of Goddess Kali. If you are planning for Shimla tour package with family then April to May & December is the best time for visit. 2 Nights and 3 Days are an ideal time period for holidays in Shimla.
2. Manali: - Manali is 255 Kms from Shimla and its is a breathtakingly beautiful hill station of Himachal Pradesh. Manali is located in the near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. The nearest railway station for arriving Manali is Chandigarh which is 295Kms. If you are looking for Manali tour package with family then September to May is best time to arrival and 3nights 4 days are an ideal trip time. You can also come during period April to May but it’s a peak time of arrival when a lot of tourist comes here and whole city of very crowded.
3. Dalhousie: - Dalhousie is surrounded by snow peaked mountains and it is located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas Hills. Dalhousie is located 51 km from Chamba, 86 km from Pathankot, 167 km from Jammu, 319 km from Chandigarh, 323 km from Shimla and 564 km from Delhi. Dalhousie is surrounded by five hills, known as Katalagh, Potreyn, Bakrota, Terah and Bhangora. The nearest railway station for reaching Dalhousie is Pathankot which is 85Kms. If you are looking for Dalhousie tour package then 2 Nights 3 days are sufficient time for travel and April to May & December are the peak session when city is most crowded. March to June & October to December is an ideal time for travel with family.
4. Dharamshala: - Dharamshala, home town of the Dalai Lama, is known for its Tibetan monasteries and Buddhist temples. Dharamshala is the gateway to the Kangra valley and also the headquarters of Kangra district. Dharmshala is located 9 km from McLeod Ganja, 16 km from Kangra, 84 km from Pathankot, and 115 km from Dalhousie. The Nearest railway station for Dharmshala is Pathankot which is 87kms. Dharamshala is divided into two distinct parts - Lower Dharamsala and Upper Dharamshala. Lower Dharamsala is a commercial center whereas Upper Dharamshala, known more commonly as McLeod Ganj, is the house of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Dalai Lama's residence and the headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration are located here. If you are looking for Dharmshala tour package from 2 Nights 3 days is sufficient time and with family want to enjoy then April to May & September to October is best time to arrival.