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Himanchal Tourism

Himanchal Tourism

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HIMANCHAL TOURISM
The state, with many a snow-bound Himalayan peak, has some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country. It also has some very popular holiday resorts which are easilyaccessible.Apart from sight-seeing, it offers immense scope for trekking, skiing and rafting.Shivalik, Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal are the major mountain ranges in the state.
Tibba,Indrasan, Kullu Pumori, Leo Pargial, Menthosa, Mulkila, Papsura,
White Sail aresome of the peaks which rise above 6000 mts. And there are mighty rivers like Beas,Ravi, Sutlej and Chandra in which white water rafting is a a rage with youngsters.There are awesome glaciers and enchanting lakes, snow-capped peaks and lush-green valleys. Clean and peaceful, Himachal has good roads and communicationfacilities.
Nahan, Renuka, Paonta Sahib segment
There are in the segment several historically and mythologically important places.The Shivalik mountains here are indescribably picturesque. The Jagannath temple, BalaSundari temple and Shivalik Forest Park are important places of tourist interest in Nahan.Parashuram Tal, in Renuka, is profiled like a sleeping lady. There is a wildlife sanctuaryaround the lake which has boating facility. Paonta Sahib, a gurudwara dedicated to thetenth Sikh guru Govind Singh, is situated on the bank of the Yamuna.HOW TO REACH: The nearest airports are at Chandigarh, Dehra Dun and Shimla.Ambala rail station is 100 km from Nahan. Dehra Dun station is 65 km from Paonta.Both the stations connect Delhi. Delhi to Renuka by road is 350 km.
Shimla (Simla) Segment
At 2130 mts, Shimla was the summer Capital of the British India. On account of itsclimate and accessibility, it is one of the most popular hill resorts in the country.
TheMall
, with its colonial architecture and shops, Lower bazaar, the Ridge, Lakkar bazaar,Tibetan bazaar, the former Viceregal Lodge now housing the Indian Institute of AdvancedStudies, Prospect Hill, the famous Glen, Chadwick Falls, Summer Hill, Jakhoo hill aresome of the spots of tourist interest in Shimla. Christ Church and St Michael's cathedralare two important landmarks. Kamna Devi on Prospect hill, Jakhoo temple, Tara Deviand the famous Kali Bari draw a lot of Hindu pilgrims.Chall, 43 km from Shimla, has the world's highest cricket pitch and polo ground.Kasauli, 77 km from Shimla and 35 km from Kalka, situated at an altitude of 1927 mts,has quaint ambience of a colonial past. Hatkoti is 104 from Shimla. It has some ancient
 
temples. This is the place where the gods are said to gave fought among themselves. Narkanda is 64 km from Shimla (2700 mts). It has slopes for skiing for both beginners aswell as regulars.CLIMATE: Max temp in summer is 30 deg C, min in winter minus 4 deg C.CLOTHING: Heavy woollen in winter. Shopping: Carpets, shawls and leather goods aremain items of tourist attraction. Shimla is also famous for jewellery since ancient times.
Beas Valley Segment
(Delhi-Shimla-Mandi-Rewalsar-Kullu-Manali-Rohtang-Naggar-Manikaran-Delhi)KulluManaliRohtang PassKulluA district headquarters, Mandi (800) is a commercial centre on the banks of theBeas. With its old stone temples, it is called the Varanasi of the Hills. There are remainsof old palaces and colonial architecture. Mandi is the gateway to Kullu valley. Thenearest airport is Bhuntar, 59 km. Rail connects it to Pathankot, Joginder Nagar andShimla. Chandigarh to Mandi via Ropar and Bilaspur is 203 km by road. Mandi toPathankot is 210 km. During winter temp falls below zero. In summer it is rather hot.Mandi has a host of old temples. The most famous is Bhootnath temple. Located on amountain, Rewalsar is very picturesque. The place is sacred for Hindus, Buddhists andSikhs. It was the seat of Padmasambhava, the Tibetans' guru Rimpoche. Kullu valley isthe base for several trekking routes such as Chanderkhani pass to Malana, Jalori pass/Bashleo pass to Shimla and Piati pass to Sarahan. Kullu presents an intertwining setof enchanting valleys.Places around Kullu: A nearby place of tourist interest is the Bijli Mahadev temple, 14km away. The shivlinga here is frequently damaged by lightning which is conducteddown by a long pole nearby. Every time the linga is put together with butter. TheBasheshwar Mahadev temple in Bajaura, 15 km, is famous for its stone-carvings.Manikaran, 45 km, has hot sulphur springs, at 1737 mts. It is close to the Parvati river,sacred for Hindus and Sikhs. Trekking starts here for Pulga, Khirganga and Mantalai. Theroute goes up to Pin Parvati pass, at 4802 mts and enters Sutlej valley. Naggar is 23 kmfrom Kullu. A gallery here contains the paintings of the famous Russian artist NicholasRoerich.
 
 
The Dhauladhar Segment
(Delhi-Chintpurni-Jwalamukhi-Kangra-Dalhousie-Khajjiar-Chamba-Dharamsala-Chamundi-Palampur-Joginder Nagar-Delhi)It was at Jwalamukhi that, as the legend says, Adishakti, known as Sati or Parvati,was born out of flames when the trinity prayed to the superpower for help. She grew upin the house of Prajapathi Daksha and later became the consort of Lord Shiva. Pandavas built the first temple here. Ashtabhuja temple, one km away, is an ancient place of worship. Chaumukha, 22 km, is a Shiva temple with a four-faced image.Panj Teerth and Mahakaleshwar, 9 km, are two sacred places situated on the banksof the Beas. Palampur (1249 mts) is a major station in Kangra valley. The region hasseveral tea gardens. Kangra tea is world famous. The famous Kangra fort is 27 km away.Palampur is 545 km from Delhi. Baijnath, 15 km away from Palamur, has a temple whereShiva is worshipped as Vaidyanath, the lord of physicians. It is a famous pilgrim centre.Ravana is said to have worshipped Shiva for immortality here. Palampur has some goodtrekking routes.The nearest airports are Gaggi in Kangra and Bhuntar near Kullu.Joginder Nagar offers facilities for trekking and fishing. Macchiyal is a sacred lakededicated to Machendru Devta. The Bassi power house area is a good picnic spot. Thereis a trout breeding centre at the reservoir of the power project. Across Uhl is Narguwildlife sanctuary. Trekking, hang-gliding and para-gliding facilities are available inBarot which is also the best place for angling in Himachal PradeshA Tourist GuideSeasons: Winter Dec to Mar temp minus 5 deg C to 25 deg C in valleys, minus 5 degC to 15 deg C in hills; Summer Apr-Jun 15 deg C to 35 deg C in valleys, 10 deg C to 20deg C in hills; Monsoon: Jul 15 to Sep temp 15 deg C to 30 deg C in valleys, 10 deg C to25 deg C on hills; Autumn: Sep-Nov temp 10 deg C to 30 deg C in valleys, 5 deg C to 25deg C on hills.Trekking Routes: Rohru-Chanshal-Dodrakwar-Rupin-Sangla; Sangla-Badrinath; Jalori pass; Chandrakhani pass; Kullu-Manali-Chandratal-Manali-Parvati valley-Dharamsala-Triund-Chaamba-Bharmour-Manimahesh-Chamba-Killar-Sachi pass; Bharmour-Baijnath; Bharmour-Lahaul; Chandratal; Barashigri glacier;Kinnaur-Kailash-Bhaba-Pin valley.Skiing (Jan-Mar): Solang Nalla (Manali), Narkanda and Rohtang pass

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