Himalayan Jewel- Himachal Pradesh at a Glance
Nestled in the Himalayas, the world's mightiest
mountain ranges, Himachal is blessed with some of the most
spectacular landscapes anywhere. Truly a travellers paradise, with
mighty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green and golden valleys,
flower filled meadows, misty woods, fast flowing icy rivers,
glaciers and enchanting lakes. While the picturesque valleys of
Kullu, Kinnaur and Kangra are a riot of colours, in marked contrast
the barren terrain of Lahaul & Spiti have a stunning lunar
landscape like beauty.
For the visitor there are superb
locations for relaxing and sight seeing. There are also tremendous
opportunities for trekking, mountaineering, fishing, river rafting,
skiing, para-gliding, ice skating and golf.
excellent network of roads and communication facilities, Himachal
has a clean and peaceful environment.
Himachal Tourism a
pioneer in the development of tourism infrastructure in Himachal,
has Himachal's largest complete package of tourism services,
including accommodation, catering, transport and sports activities.
Himachal Tourism has divided the state into four interesting
The Sutlej Voyage circuit passes through
the shiwalik foot hills through apple orchards, forests of pine, oak
and deodar, majestic monuments of the Raj, snow covered ski slopes
and the furious Sutlej river. This circuit covers Delhi - Rohru -
Rampur - Sarahan - Narkanda - Naldehra - Tattapani - Shimla -
Kiarighat - Delhi. This voyage also includes Renuka, Paonta Sahib
The Beas Voyage
covers the highly picturesque Beas valley - the valley of gods.
Flower covered meadows, terraced fields of apple, paddy, maize and
the sparkling Beas river. It covers Delhi - Shimla - Mandi -
Rewalsar - KulluManali - Rohtang - Nagar Manikaran - Delhi. One can
also continue to Leh across the Baralacha pass.
The Dhauladhar Voyage circuit passes in the
shadow of the mighty and majestic snow clad Dhauladhar ranges, which
dominate the beautiful Kangra valley, dotted by flower filled
meadows, temples, tea gardens and flocks of sheep. It covers: Delhi
- Chintpurni - Jwalamukhi - Kangra - Dalhousie - Khajjiar - Chamba -
Dharamsala - Chamunda - Palampur - Jogindernagar - Delhi.
The Tribal Voyage Circuit
passes through a spectacular terrain of river valleys, cold desert
mountains, high passes, snow capped peaks, icy lakes, mighty
glaciers-an exotic tribal country dotted by monasteries. It covers:
Delhi - Shimla - Narkanda/Hatkoti - Sarahan - Sangla - Kalpa - Pooh
- Nako - Tabo - Dhankar - Kaza - Losar - Kunzam - Koksar - Sissu -
Keylong - Udaipur - Trilokpur - Rohtang - Manali - Delhi.
Climate-temperate. Season: Winter (Dec-March) Av. temp.
-5C to 25C in lower hills. -5C to 15C in mid hills Summer
(April-June) Av. temp. 15C to 35C in lower hills. 10C to 25C in in
mid/higher hills Monsoon (July 15th-Sept.) Av. temp. 15C to 30C in
lower hills. 10C to 25C in mid/higher hill
Nearest Railway Station (Broad gauge)
Chandigarh, Kalka, Pathankot and Nangal. (Narrow gauge) Shimla,
Jogindernagar. Airport: Jubbarhatti (Shimla), Bhuntar (Kullu) and
Trek routes: Rohru - Chanshal - Dodrakwar - Rupin -
Sangla; Sangla - Badrinath; Jalori pass; Chandrakhani - Pass (Kullu
Manali - Chandratal Manali - Parvati valley Dharamsala - Triuns -
Chamba Bharmour - Manimahesh Chamba - Kullar over Sach pass;
Bharmour - Baijnath; Bharmour - Lahaul; Chandratal; Barashigri
glacier; Kinner - Kailash Bhaba - Pin Valley.
(1) Skiing and Ice Skating: (January to March)
Solang Nalla (Manali) Narkanda and Rohtang Pass. Ice Skating Shimla,
Rafting: In Sutlej, Beas and Chenab rivers, Shamshi
(Kullu), Tattapani, Rampur and Jispa. (Lahaul)
(3) Para-gliding & Hang-gliding: Bir,
Manali, Bilaspur and Rohru
sports: Gobindsagar (Bilaspur) Pongdam
Rohru, Sangla, Sainj, Katrain, Barot for trout fishing
Wildlife Parks and Sanctuaries:
Great Himalayan National Park Parvati Valley, Kullu. High altitude
Pin valley National park, Spiti. Renuka Sanctuary, Pongdam
Sanctuary, Sarahan Phasentry, Kufri and Gopalpur zoo.
Lakes and Rivers: Beas, Sutlej,
Ravi, Chenab, Yamuna, Pabbar, Giri, Parvati, Baspa
Lakes: Prashar, Khajjiar, Renuka,
Gobindsagar, Dal, Pongdam, Pandoh, Manimahesh, Brighu,
Jwalamukhi, Chamunda, Brajeshwari, Chintpurni, Baijnath,
Laxminarayan, Chaurasi, Chhatrari, Taranadevi, Rewalsar, Raghunath,
Bijlimahadev, Dhungri, Bhimakali, Hatkoti Jakhoo, Sankatmochan,
Kalibari, Nainadevi and Baba balak nath, Deothsidh.
Buddhist Monasteries: Dharamsala
Tashizong, Rewalsar, Manali, Kardang, Sashur, Key, Dhankar, Tabo,
Nako, Pooh, Kanam, Jangi, Murang, Ribba, Reckongpeo.
Sikh Pilgrimage Centres: Paonta
Sahib, Rewalsar and Manikaran.
Churches: Christ Church Kasauli, Christ Church Shimla,
St. Johns Church, Mecleodgang, St. Francis Dalhousie.
Fairs: Winter Carnival Manali,
(Feb.) Mandi, Shivratri (March), Ladarcha fair, Spiti, (July) Minjar
fair, Chamba, Manimahesh fair, Bharmour and Tribal Festival, Keylong
(August) Phulech (festival of flowers), Kinnaur (Sept.) Kullu
Dushera (October), Lavi fair, Rampur (Nov.), Renuka fair, (Nov.) Ice
Skating Carnival, (Dec.).
(14) Heritage Monuments: Kangra fort, Taragarh,
Rampur, Nalagarh, Arki and Jubbal palaces, Bhimakali Temple, Naggar
Castle, Kamru fort, Gondla fort (Lahaul Vice regal lodge, Christ
Church, Chapslee, Wood villa palace, Chail Palace.
(15) Museums: State Museum, Shimla, Kangra art
Gallery Dharamsala, Bhurisingh Museum Chamba, Roerich art gallery
Naggar, Sobha Singh art gallery Andreta.