HIMACHAL PRADESH

Himachal Pradesh is the Himalayan province bound by the Himalayan and Shivalik ranges to its north and south and surrounded by the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges with peaks rising beyond 6000 meters.

In Himachal, every town, every little hamlet, holy shrine, and the land around is steeped in a culture and history that goes back over four millennia. Bordering Tibet in the east and bound by the states of Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, Himachal is a favorite destination for tourists as well as pilgrims.

A visit to the state of Himachal Pradesh can be amazingly invigorating, with a view of towering snow clad peaks glistening in the early morning glow of sunrise, or rippling waters in rivers and streams, a fragrant breeze whispering some long-forgotten tale through towering pine forests, or stark brown mountains standing guard over this timeless land.

Capital: Shimla

Best Time of Visit:

  1. The best time to go to Himachal depends on what you would like to do! In Spring, which is March and April, the chilly cold winter beats a retreat and the skies open up to a bright blue with temperatures hovering around a 20 degree C in the day time, with a drop at night. The tourists have not yet descended at this time, so there is peace and quiet in the region. 
  2. Summers months, May and June, see an onslaught of the tourist rush.
  3. The months after the monsoons (July-August) are also a good time to be in Himachal Pradesh. September to November are very good months with tourists considerably thinned down and day time temperatures again in the pleasant mid 20s centigrade.
  4. The winter months between November and February see the slopes of Himachal Pradesh covered in a thick blanket of snow.

Min Days Required: 5 days

Places of Interest: 

  1. Shimla – Jakhoo, Viceregal Lodge, Annadale, The Mall Road, Shimla Glen, Green Valley
  2. Manali -  Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Hidimdi Devi Temple, Great Himalayan National Park, Bhrigu Lake, Manali Sanctuary
  3. Dalhousie- Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, Khajjar Lake, Daikund Peak, Satdhara Falls,
  4. Chamba – Pangi Valley, Saho, Kalatop, Chattradi
  5. Dharamshala – Kangra Valley, Kareri Lake, Chintpurni
  6. Kullu – Prashar Lake, Manikaran Hot Springs, Tirthan Valley,
  7. Solan – Kuthar Fort, Arki Fort, Darlaghat, Chail, Kasauli
  8. Spiti – Chander Tal, Kibber, Kaza, Losar, Kunzum Pass, Dhangkar Monastery

Climate:

  1. Himachal Pradesh has a temperate climate for most part of the year. However, the lower reaches can get hot and humid during summers with temperatures touching 38° C.
  2. The Kangra and Kullu valleys, Chamba and Shimla get rains from June till the middle of September. In the north, Lahaul-Spiti does not receive any rainfall and consequently, have a dry desert type climate. Winters are cold, with much of the higher reaches getting heavy snowfall.

Things to carry:

  1. Himachal Pradesh is a state that is located in the foot of Himalayas in India. The rugged terrain and varying altitude leads to in drastic temperature change in this region.
  2. There may be sudden change in temperatures due to rainfall in upper altitudes due to which the temperature here drops. Woolens are the best clothes to wear in Himachal Pradesh.
  3. If you are traveling in summer months, you may carry lightweight clothes, but a couple of light woolens should be taken along in case the evenings suddenly get chilly.

How to get there:

Road:

  1. The most popular way to travel into the state is by road – either by bus, taxi or your own set of wheels, rented or private. Three National Highways criss-cross Himachal Pradesh. National Highway- 20 enters Himachal through Pathankot, which connect Nurpur, Dharamshala, Palampur, Joginder Nagar and ends at Mandi. NH-21 begins at Chandigarh and goes upto Leh via Bilaspur, Mandi and Kullu Manali.
  2. National Highway- 22 starts from Ambala and goes upto Kinnaur via Solan, Shimla, Narkanda and Rampur.

Air:

  1. There are three main airports in Himachal at Jabbarhatti near Shimla, Gaggal near Kangra and Bhuntar near Kullu.

Rail:

  1. Being a hilly state and with difficult terrain, it is not connected by trains except for two narrow gauge rail lines between Kalka - Shimla and Pathankot - Joginder Nagar