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<font face="Comic Sans MS">About Himachal</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">The Land

of Himachal</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Popularly known as the Devbhumi ¬– "Land of the Gods", Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill state in northern India nestled in western Himalayas. The state is landlocked with the Tibetan plateau to the east, Jammu and Kashmir to the north, and the Punjab to the west. However the state stands apart from its neighbours in terms of its sheer topographic diversity and breathtaking pristine natural beauty. From vast tracts of high-altitude Trans-Himalayan desert to dense green deodar forests, from apple orchards to cultivated terraces, from snow capped high Himalayan mountain ranges to snow fed lakes and gushing rivers.</font> <br> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Brief Socio-Political History of the State</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">The earliest known inhabitants of the region were tribals called Dasas. Later, Aryans came and they assimilated in the tribes. In the later centuries, the hill chieftains accepted suzerainty of the Mauryan empire, the Kaushans, the Guptas and Kanuaj rulers. During the Mughal period, the Rajas of the hill states made some mutually agreed arrangements which governed their relations. In the 19th century, Ranjit Singh annexed/subjugated many of the states. When the British came, they defeated Gorkhas and entered into treaties with some Rajas and annexed the kingdoms of the others. The situation largely remained the same untill 1947. After Independence, 30 princely states of the area were united and Himachal Pradesh was formed on 15th April, 1948. On 1st November, 1966, certain areas belonging to Punjab were included in Himachal Pradesh. On 25th January, 1971, Himachal Pradesh was made a full-fledged State. The State is bordered by Jammu & Kashmir on North, Punjab on West and South-West, Haryana on South, Uttar Pradesh on South-East and China on the East.</font>

<font face="Comic Sans MS">Getting to Himachal</font> <br>

<font face="Comic Sans MS">Himachal can be broadly divided by its main valley. The main ones are the Kangra valley, the Chamba valley, the Pangi valley, the Lahaul valley, the Spiti valley, the Kinnaur valley, the Parbati valley, The Giri valley and the Kullu valley. Shimla and the tract around it, dose not fall strictly in these valley divisions and lies off the waters of the river Sutlej. There are four well developed core focus zones that draw the maximum visitor or act as base camps for most of Himachal – Shimla, Kullu and Manali, Dalhousie and Chamba, and Dharamshala and Palampur. In their own right they hold several draws and encompass a variety of sightseeing and adventure. They also act as pivots for a spectrum of off-beat excursions. A range of accommodation is a available in these areas – modern hotels close to city centres, resorts neatly meshed with nature and heritage properties that include colonial mansions and age old forts. The budgets they accommodate are also wide – shoestring, or velvet gloves.</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Shimla</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">By Air:</font><font face="Comic Sans MS"> The airport is at Jubbarhatti, 23 km from Shimla town and is connected to Delhi and Kullu. Taxi cabs are available.</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">By Rail:</font><font face="Comic Sans MS"> Shimla is connected by a broadgauge line up to Kalka. Then a narrow gauge line takes over for Shimla and covers 96 km of track. The journey between Kalka and Shimla takes about six hours and is one of the finest ways of enjoying the landscape. The quaint rail car, which runs on this stretch, takes about five hours. A luxury coach that accommodates six persons has recentely been introduced and can be attached to any train of your choice. The Shivalik Express is a deluxe train on this route. Alternative combinations – By train up to Delhi (375 km), Chandigarh (120 km), or Kalka (90 km) and then by road.</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">By Road:</font><font face="Comic Sans MS"> Shimla is connected by road to all major cities in north India. Taxi cabs for Shimla are available at Delhi, Chandigarh, Ambala and Kalka. Several state-run transport corporations including the Himachal Tourism Development Corporations ply regular and non air-conditioned buses from Delhi and Chandigarh. The Himachal

Tourism Development Corporation also services the route. Private coaches (air-conditioned and non airconditioned deluxe) are available at Delhi. Buses can also be chartered. For the resorts located away from town the connections are by road and taxis are available</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Dharamshala and Palampur</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">By Air:</font><font face="Comic Sans MS">The airport at Gaggal is 14 km from Dharamshala and 23 km from its twin town Mcleodganj. Palampur is 40 km away. Taxis are available.</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">By Rail:</font><font face="Comic Sans MS">Pathankot is the closest broadgauge railhead and is 85 km from Dharamshala and 124 km from Palampur. Taxis are available. You can opt for the narrow gauge railway for a taste of the area. Called the Kangra Valley Railway it connects Pathankot to Jogindernagar. The station feeding Dharamshala is Kangra Mandir and the one for Palampur is Maranda.</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">By Road:</font><font face="Comic Sans MS"> Dharamshala is just off National Highway No. 20 and well linked to the region. Palampur is 38 km from Dharamshala and even independently is well linked. An interesting variation of the standard can be made by taking the train from Delhi up to Jalandhar or Una and then traveling by road. En route you can visit the shrines of Chintpurni, Jawalamukhi and Kangra. The shrine of Naina Devi is also easily accessible if you opt for the Nangal railway station. The road distance from Jalandhar to Dharamshala is 165 km along this route, and to Palampur is 198 km.</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Kullu and Manali</font>

</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">By Road:</font><font face="Comic Sans MS"> Kullu and Manali are connected by an extensive network of road with the northen region. for the Banikhet route which has a milder ascent add another 60 km.</font> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big><U>Culture of Himachal Pradesh</U></bold></big></font> .</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Dalhousie and Chamba</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">By Air:</font><font face="Comic Sans MS">The closest airport is at Gaggal near Dharamshala which is 103 km from Dalhousie and approximately the same distance from Chamba via the demanding Jot route. Public transport buses and taxis are available for transfer.<br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">By Air:</font><font face="Comic Sans MS">The airport at Bhuntar is the common base that feeds these towns.Taxis are available. This is 10 km from Kullu and 50 km from Manali.</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">By Rail:</font><font face="Comic Sans MS">The nearest railhead is at Pathankot 85 km from Dalhousie and 120 km from Chamba. Taxis are available. National Highway No. 21 runs through the valley and connects Chandigarh and Delhi.</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">By Road:</font><font face="Comic Sans MS">Both Dalhousie and Chamba are well connrcted by road. Air-conditioned and non airconditioned deluxe coaches are run by the HRTC the HPTDC and by private sector operators. Taxis and regular coaches connect the towns.

depicting the traditional Pahadi designs. The highlanders of Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur weave dresses from it for special occasions such as festivals and weddings. Kinnaur and Lahaul regions are also very famous. There main communities are Brahmins.</font> <br> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big><U>Arts and Craft</U></bold></big></font> <br> <img src="E:\aakash project\himachal-tibetan-jewellery. Kinnars. Weaving of wool is a major cottage industry in itself.</font> <br> <br> . Gujjars. The Pangawals of the Pangi region of the Chamba district are both low and high caste Hindus. The Gaddis are the traditional shepherds who migrate from the alpine pastures to the lower regions during the winters. Sirmair. The Lahaulis of Lahaul and Spiti region are mainly Buddhists. Rathis and Kolis. The Farahada and the Chhiba people do this work traditionally. The embroidered caps of the Kulu. woolen rugs and carpets from Lahaul. blouses and caps adorned with fine embroidery. Dyeing and printing of fabrics has been a traditional craft in the area. Other items of craft include the Kohana.Beautiful patchwork quilts.jpg"> <font face="Comic Sans MS">About 90% of the population of Himachal Pradesh is Hindus. a kind of a wall hanging. The wool products are made in either the Byangi wool. pillow covers. The shawls from Kulu. The Gujjars are nomads who rear buffalo herds. Pangawals and Lahaulis.<br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big><U>Ethnicity</U></bold></big></font> <br> <img src="E:\aakash project\himachal-family. Rajputs. Kannets. rag dolls and elephants are also made in the area and comprise a necessary parts of bride's trousseau. The tribal population of the state comprise of the Gaddis. The Kinnars are the inhabitants of the Kinnaur region and practiced polyandry and polygamy.jpg"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Thapada is a large embroidered shawl. which is a specialty of the handicraft of Himachal Pradesh.

Shivratri or the festival to celebrate the marriage of Shiva in March signifies ritual gaiety at the famous Baijnath shrine.</font> <br> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big><U>Fairs and Festivals</U></bold></big></font> <br> <img src="E:\aakash project\surajkund-fair1. Gi dance and Rasa dance. Lang-dar-ma dance. The ice-skating in Shimla begins around this time. Manjara. Ghariyal. A fair in the memory of the sage Baba Barbhag Singh is held at around the same time at Una. Jhanjh. Ektara. The skiing competitions are held at Solang Nullah in Manali in the month of February.jpg"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Fairs and festivals are an integral part of the Indian way of life. The colorful state of Himachal Pradesh has many fairs and festivals to celebrate throughout the year. Nati dance.jpg"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">The dance and music of the state is mainly religion-oriented where gods are invoked during the festivals by singing and dancing. The National Snow Statue Competition at Kufri near Shimla begins in the New Year. The cattle fair is held at Nalwari in Bilaspur. the Bnayangchu dance. It is believed that the Baba had magical powers.</font> <br> <br> . Chohara dance. Turhi. Jhoor dance. The little kites dapple the horizon with their color during the Basant Panchami. Jhanjhar dance. This practice has continued since ancient times. Chimta. the Bakayang dance. Shand and Shabu dances. The bonfires of Lohri. and Ghunghru are played to provide music for the songs and the dance. the arrival of the spring. the Kayang Dance.Musical instruments like Ranasingha. Kindari. a festival to mark the sowing of the Rabi crop light up the night sky on January 13 every year. Karna. The major dance of the state are the Rakshasa (dem0on) dance. the Jataru Kayang dance.<br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big><U>Dance and Music</U></bold></big></font> <br> <img src="E:\aakash project\festive-dance. which were used towards altruistic ends. Flute.

By road Dalhousie is about 550 km from Delhi.axd001. Bakrota and Balun) the town is named after the 19th century British Governer General Lord Dalhousie. St.jpg "> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Dalhousie (2036 m) is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj.</font> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>Dalhousie</bold></big></font> <br> <img src="C:\it\image. the town preserves some beautiful churches. The popular dishes of the state are Pateer. dish made of Urad dal. Non-vegetarian food is quite popular and preferred in Himachal Pradesh. It was popular with the British Army personnel in 1860's. Tehra.jpg"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">There is no specific cuisine of Himachal Pradesh. The influence of a long and close association with Punjab and large-scale migration of Tibetans can be on the cuisine of the state.</font> <br> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>Shimla</bold></big></font> <br> . Francis was built in 1894. a sweetmeat of the Kangra region. Rich in colonial architecture. Indra. Potreys. St. deodars. and Bada/Poldu of the Shimla region. The town’s varying altitude shades it with a variety of vegetation that includes stately grooves of pines. Bhagjery and chutney of Til. Andrew in 1903 and St. Patric in 1909. John church is the oldest one built in 1863. St. Chouck. 52 km from Chamba via Banikhet and 43 km via Khajjiar and the nearest railhead at Pathankot is 85 km away. Some of the unique Himachali recipes include Nasasta. Baadi / Ghaunda.There are also magnificent views of Chamba valley and the mighty Dhauladhar range with its awe-inspiring snow covered peaks filling an entire horizon. Spread out over the five hills (Kathlog. oaks and flowering rhododendrowns.<br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big><U>Cuisine</U></bold></big></font> <br> <img src="E:\aakash project\stuffed-capsicum.

Champavati temple became the family temple of the ruling family. Combine these with visit to the State Museum and expand if you will towards Kamna Devi. The town stands on a plateau on the right bank of the Ravi river valley between Dhauladhar and Zanskar ranges south of the inner Himalayas. The temple was built by Sahil Varman in the honour of his daughter Champavati who is worshipped as a goddess in Chamba. Combinations by car and then on foot are possible in several areas. In the bansauli or genealogical rolls of the Chamba Rajas a reference occurs of place which was adorned with highly fragrant Champaka trees and guarded by Goddess Champavati or more popularly known as Chameshni.The area around the Institute of Advanced Study has several walks. It is suggested that you take a direction for the day and cover the places of interest. the district headquarter of Chamba district is situated in the western Himalayas between north latitudes 32°10' and 33°13' and east longitudes 75°45' and 77°33'. The Himalayan Queen that leaves Shimla at 10. The Lower Bazaar that runs parallel to the Mall at a lower level has the flavour of a typical Indian market place.</font> <br> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>Chamba</bold></big></font> <br> <img src="C:\itl\chitkul. Shimla will unfold parts that remain hidden to vehicles. Trinkets that can be purchased here include silver jewellery.jpg"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">The town of Chamba.png"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">If you are fond of walking. The recently created rooms of Himachal Darshan offer a glimpse of the various district in the state. Jakhoo can be combined with a stroll and shopping on the Mall and in Lakkar Bazaar. Tara Devi and Sankat Mochan can be linked with a short train ride to Tara Devi station.axd. It seems the original name of the town was Champa as mentioned in Kalhan's Rajtarangani.<img src="C:\it\image.15 am is recommended. This town was founded by Raja Sahil Varman when he conquered the lower Rani valley from the petty chiefs called Ranas and Thakurs in the beginning of 10th Century.</font> . The Bharari spur also has many walks that can be done in a few hours or carried over the day. Jakhoo has several paths that criss-cross the hill a good walk is along the old Five Benches Road near the microwaves link tower. You can also walk towards Chotta Shimla and Raj Bhavan the residence of the state Governor.

east of Kangra town. This hill station is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. the artists and to anyone who wishes to escape the heat & dust of the plains to breathe the exhilarating air of the Himalaya and enjoy the spectacle of the variegated mountain scenery. at its broadest. Yet with awe inspiring glens and mossy meadows encircled by the rushing streams and meandering brooks. the trekkers. a fairly wide area is open to the tourists.png"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">The most charming and beautiful Kulu valley spreads out its charm on either side of river Beas. The snowline is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamshala than at any other hill resort and it is possible to make a day's trek to a snow-point after an early morning's start.axd008. tragedy struck Dharamshala when an earthquake levelled it completely. After its reconstruction. Dharamshala flourished as a quiet health resort. flung east & west. the mountaineers. Dharamshala has risen to international fame as "The Little Lhasa in India". long and about 2kms. Mcleodganj is 9 km from . Kotwali bazar and Upper Dharamshala comprise of places with names which bear witness to its history like McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj. Lower Dharamshala has civil offices and business establishments with courts. The valley is also famous for its exquisitely woven colourful hand made shawls and kullu caps.</font> <br> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>Dharamshala</bold></big></font> <br> <img src="C:\it\8-TEA-GARDENS-PALAMPUR. It is divided into two distinct parts. when it became a temporary headquarter of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. The valley runs north to south of this river and is 80kms.jpg"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">This is a hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range about 17 kms north.In 1905. Since 1960.<br> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>Kullu</bold></big></font> <br> <img src="C:\it\image. Dharamshala is also the headquarter of the Kangra district.

Pragpur and its surroundings offers an ideal location for village tourism. Rajgarh and Sarahan. which is also a beautiful valley of Sirmaur. At Rajgarh. Kunal Pathri temple and tea gardens on way to Kunal Pathri. With its equitable climate.The famous Baru Sahib Gurdwara also lies in this valley and is worth a visit. Rajgarh has two sub-divisions namely.</font> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>Rajgarh Valley</bold></big></font> <br> <img src="C:\it\image.axd10. Rajgarh is a place of great natural beauty and is about 40 km from Solan. The area has several streams that drain into the river Beas. Lord Shirgul had first come to Shaya village and later settled in Churdhar Mountain at height of 12.jpg"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Located at an elevation of 2000 feet above sea level.</font> . There is also a beautiful Cricket stadium in the city facing mighty Dhauladhar.In and around Dharamshala. one can visit the Kangra Art museum at Kotwali bazar.Dharamshala. besides private hotels and guest houses. They are religious and worshippers of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. a picturesque spot on the banks of a tributary of the Giri River. In their endeavour that Garli-Pragpur retains its unique character.000 feet.</font> <br> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>Pragpur</bold></big></font> <br> <img src="C:\it\image. heritage village Pragpur is ideally suited to explore the Kangra valley. According to a legend. easy access. One can camp and trek in the valley. Rajgarh is a lush green valley in Sirmaur district. It is 29 km from Rajgarh and is situated beyond Kheri. The ambience of the heritage zone of Garli-Pragpur is zealously protected by the local residents. religious and cultural importance are with in easy reach.axd009. Several heritage structures are now being restored using original techniques but with modern facilities to facilitate tourist. panchayats preserve their heritage buildings. The local Shaya temple of Lord Shirgul has a mammoth following. Many places of historic.The people of this valley are dynamic and hardworking. War memorial.png"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Popularly known as the Peach valley. safe passage and rich flora and fauna. rest house of PWD and Forest Department are available for staying.

and the beauty of its structure lend it an added charm. Maharana Pratap struggled valiantly for freedom of Mewar-as for the principle of independence. Over 200 villages with a population of over 85000 people lie along the wetland. "He spurned every overture that had submission for its basis". strong. The closest airport is Gaggal 40 km The lake is well served by a network of roads. it is mentioned as a lofty fort.jpg"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">The torrential Banganga river deep in the valley forming a formidable sheer and the Kangra Fort lurking atop the flat mountain range is a scene that one encounters on nearing Kangra town when you drive from Shimla-Mataur national highway. In district Kangra 170 km from Chandigarh. Over the river Beas. A feeling of awe mixed with joy pervades you as you look back in time. The fort is historically significant. 55 km from headquarters at Dharamshala. and Pathankot at 32 km The settlements of Nagrota Surian and Jawali-which are located on the sagar's periphery-are connected by the charming narrow gauge Kangra railway line that connects Pathankot to Jogindernagar. In Shash Fat’h-I-Kangra. . The closest railway stations are at Mukerian 30 km.<br> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>Maharana Pratap Sagar</bold></big></font> <br> <img src="C:\it\jaisamandlake1. 32 degree north and 76 degrees east. the Pong dam was completed in 1976.Named in honour of the great patriot Maharana Pratap (1572-97 AD).The level varies every season and averages around 30000 hectares. its massive size. In words of chroniclers James Tod and william Crook. Its reservoir covers an area of about 45000 hectares at maximum possible flooding. 110 km from Amritsar. The Kangra Fort is approximately 3 kilometer from the town and is also known as Nagarkot.</font> <br> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>Kangra Fort</bold></big></font> <br> <img src="C:\it\kangra-fort.gif"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">At an altitude of 450 metres above sea level.

It has some the virgin coniferous forests of the State. Snow cock etc. Bharal. This area has many important wildlife species of Western Himalayas. Camping equipment and guides are provided by the Forests Department. like Musk deer.The historical Kangra Fort is 3 km from the Kangra town. 220 km from Shimla and 235 km from Chandigarh.invincible and with beautiful buildings. is located in Kullu District and has the representative area of temperate and alpine forests of Himachal. One can reach Kangra town by road. Great Himalayan National Park at Shamshi or Range Officer wildlife at Sainj or Range Officer Wild Life at Sai Ropa (Banjar) for assistance and guidance. Thar. Visitors can contact Director. Snow leopard. Vast areas of alpine pastures and glaciers cap this park. Serow. origin of Sainj river and camping in alpine pastures is unforgettable. Brown bear. Similar is the trekking route to Tirath the origin of Tirthan river. carvings. km. Goral. Kangra is 17 km from Dharamshala. At the entrance is a museum containing some valuable old photographs of the fort prior to the devastating earthquake of 1905 and some exquisite stone sculptures. Cheer. Kalij. Tragopan. Monal. Leopard. rail & air.</font> .jpg"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">The National Park with an area of 754 sq. Koklas. idols and other artifacts. Trekking of Rakti-Sar.</font> <br> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>The Great Himalayan National Park</bold></big></font> <br> <img src="C:\it\great-himalayan-national-park-1.

&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp .&nbsp. &nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp .&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&n bsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&n bsp. &nbsp.&nbsp .&nb sp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&n bsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.<img src="C:\it\orca-experience-white-water-rafting.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.Para Gliding</big></bold></font><font face="Comic Sans MS"><big><bold>&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.& nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&n bsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&n bsp.&nbsp. &nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp .&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbs p.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.jpg">&nbsp.&nbsp. &nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.<hr color="red" width=100% size=4%> <imgsrc="C:\it\Top%20of%20Climb%20vuelta%20alta.&nbsp.&nbsp.Water And River Sport</big></bold></font> <hr color="brown" width=100% size=4%> <br> <imgsrc="C:\it\paragliding(1).&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.JPG">&nbsp.&nbsp.Trekking</big></bold></font> <hr color="brown" width=100% size=4%> <br> .&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp. &nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.<img src=”C:\it\trekking_in_lochalsh.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.jpg"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><big><bold>&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.jpg"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><big><bold>&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.Mountain cycling</big></bold></font><font face="Comic Sans MS"><big><bold>&nbsp.

&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp. &nbsp.&nbsp.jpg"> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><big><bold>&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&n bsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&n bsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.</font> <br> <img src="C:\it\image.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp .&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.jpg">&nbsp.<imgsrc="C:\it\heliski1.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&n bsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.Golfing</big></bold></font> <hr color="brown" width=100% size=4%> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>Events in Himachal</bold></big></font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>International Shimla Summer Festival</bold></big></font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Every year in the month of May/June International Shimla summer festival is organised by district adminstration for the attraction of the tourists.&nbsp.&nbsp.jpg"> <br> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>Lavi Fair</bold></big></font> <br> .&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&n bsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp. Cultural activities are the major attractions.HeliSkiling</big></bold></font><font face="Comic Sans MS"><big><bold>&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.axd014.&nbsp.&nbsp .&nbsp.&nbsp. &nbsp.<img src="C:\it\CdAResGolfHole.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.

The fair is announced by distribution of Minjar which is a silk tassel worn on some parts of the dress by men and women alike. Handicrafts and Handlooms etc. The town of Chamba wears a colourful look with every person turning out in best attireMinjar fair has been declared as one of the state fairs of Himachal Pradesh. cultural programmes organized during evenings.jpg"> <br> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>Ice Skating Festival</bold></big></font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Ice-skating competitions organised at Shimla for whole some entertainment for the tourists and locals .</font> <br> . Ice-skating normally begins in early December and carries on to February. Wide coverage is given on TV and print media. This tassel symbolises the shoots of paddy and maize which make their appearance around this time of the year. Every year the Lavi fair is organised between 11th to 14th November. This is an International festival of trade of dry Fruits. This mela is held on the second Sunday of the Shravana month (i. The week long fair begins when the Minjar flag is hoisted in historical Chowgan.<font face="Comic Sans MS">A trade festival. Undoubtedly Chamba is at its very best during this fair that generally falls in the month of July/ August.e. Between last week of July to first week of August).</font> <br> <img src="C:\it\image. </font> <br> <img src="C:\it\10162007-ice-skating.axd018.jpg"> <br> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>Minjar Fair</bold></big></font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Minjar is the most popular fair of Chamba which is attended by a large number of people from every nook and corner of the district.

ax019d.Kullu .jpg"> <br> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>World Tourism Day</bold></big></font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">World Tourism Day is celebrated by Department of Tourism & Civil Aviation. in association with Master of Tourism Administration.<img src="C:\it\image.</font> <br> <img src="C:\it\India tourism (1).Manali .png"> <center><font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big><u>Himachal Tour Packages</font></u></big></bold></center> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><u>Enchanting Himachal</u></font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Itinerary : Mumbai. Govt of H. by organising various programmes/activities on 27th September.P. HP University and other organisations at Shimla and at district headquarters.Shimla -Mumbai</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Duration : 05 Nights / 06 Days</font> .

Dharamshala .Khajjiar / Dalhousie .Shimla Mumbai</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> <u>Himachal Soujourn</u></font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Itinerary : Shimla.Kullu .Kullu .Dalhousie Chamba</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Duration : 9 Nights / 10 Days</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><u> Himachal Ecstasy</u></font> .Dharamshala Mumbai</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Duration : 05 Nights / 06 Day</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><u>Himachal Fantasy</u></font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Itinerary : Mumbai .Dharamshala .Palampur .Manali .Manali .<br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><u> Kangra Valley Magic</u></font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Itinerary : Mumbai .

Khajjiar Mumbai</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Duration : 05 Nights / 06 Days</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><u>Manali Dharamshala Magic</u></font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Itinerary : Mumbai-Manali-Dharamshala-Mumbai</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Duration : 05 Nights / 06 Days </font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><u>Himachal Complete</u></font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Itinerary :Mumbai .<br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Itinerary : Mumbai .Nalagarh .Dharamshala Paragpur .Manali .Shimla .Mumbai</font> <br> .Manali .Mumbai</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Duration : 06 Nights / 07 Day</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><u>Himalayan wonder</u></font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Itinerary : Mumbai -Dharamshala.Kullu .Shimla .Dalhousie-Chamba .

<font face="Comic Sans MS">Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><u>Manali Volvo bus Tou</u>r</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Itinerary : Mumbai.Dharmsala -Mumbai</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Duration : 03 Nights / 04 Days</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><u> Shimla Car Tours</u></font> .Mumbai</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Duration : 03 Nights / 04 Days</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><u>Kullu Deluxe bus Tour</u></font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Itinerary Mumbai-Kullu .Manali .Mumbai</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Duration : 03 Nights / 04 Days</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><u>Dharmsala Car Tours</u></font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Itinerary : Mumbai .

2625924.: 0177 . 2623959.<br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Itinerary : Mumbai .Mumbai</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Duration : 03 Nights / 04 Days</font> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>Himachal Tourism Directorate</bold></big></font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Director. Shimla-171009</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">ph.</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Tourism & Civil Aviation Department.Shimla .2625864. SDA Complex.</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Block No. 2625511</font> . 28.</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Kasumpti.

Phone: 01892-223325</font> <br> . Phone: 0177-2633181</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Mandi.</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">E-mail: tourismmin-hp@nic. Phone: 01902-250221</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Dharamshala. tourism@hp.in</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Website:www.in</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Toll Free Number: 1800 180 8077</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><bold><big>For Any Complaints or Suggestions</bold></big></font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">District Tourism Development Officers</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Shimla. Phone: 01905-225036</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Kullu at Manali.2625511/2625864.in .<br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Fax: 0177 .gov.himachaltourism.gov.

Phone: 01892-223325</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Chamba. Phone: 01899-224002</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Solan. Phone: 01905-225036</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Kullu.Phone: 0177-2654589</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> Railway station.<font face="Comic Sans MS">Chamba.</font> . Shimla. Shimla. Phone: 01792-225641</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Inspector (Hotels)</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Shimla. Shimla-Phone:</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> Bye pass road. Phone: 0177-2633181</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Mandi. Phone: 01899-224002</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Tourist Information Centers with in the state:</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> Near Victory Tunnel. Phone: 0177-2832498. Phone: 01902-224605</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS">Dharamshala.

Kalka .C.</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> Dhalpur. B. Manali. Chandigarh. Phone: 01862220316. 2nd Floor.</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> 2H.</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> Tourist Information Centre. Dalhousie. Kolkata. Pathankot (Punjab).</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> Near Bus Stand.Phone: 0172- .<br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> The Mall.Phone: 01902-252175. Kullu.</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> Tourist Information Centers outside State: <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> Opposite Railway Station. Phone: 01733221079.</font> <br> Inter State Bus Terminal.A. Kullu-Phone: 01902-26503</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> Dharamshala (Kangra). Electronic Centre.</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> 2708569.Phone: 033-22126361.Railway Station. Phone: 01892-223325. Sector 17.Phone: 01902-222349.</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> Bhuntar Airport. Street.Phone: 01899-242225. 1A.

BangalorePhone: 080-22876591. New Delhi. SHILP-2 Near Income Tax Office.</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> The Mall. Mumbai. Fax: 01772652557.</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> Tamilnadu Tourism complex. Shimla.Phone: 0177-2652561 / 2658302. Manali. Ganesh Complex No.Phone: 011-23325320 / 23324764</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> 205. +91-079-27544800 Fax 91-79-27544548</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> Himachal Emporium. Phone: 01901-253531</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> 36. 13. Chanderlok Building. Janpath.Phone: 04425385689. Road.Tel. Chennai. Wallajah road. Ahmedabad .<font face="Comic Sans MS"> 36. World Trade Centre. S.Phone: 02222181123. Cuffe Parade.</font> .C.</font> <br> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> HPTDC's Marketing Offices:</font> <br> <font face="Comic Sans MS"> The Mall. Ashram Road.

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&nbsp.S.K</option> <option>Argentina</option> <option>Australia</option> <option>Italy</option> <option>Brazil</option> <option>SouthAfrica</option> <option>Germany</option> </select><br> <br> <br> City &nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp. <input type="text" name="txt6" size=20> .&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&n bsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.<option selected>Select a country</option> <option>U.&nbsp.&nbsp. <input type="text" name="txt5" size=20> <br> <br> Tour Information &nbsp.A</option> <option>India</option> <option>Russia</option> <option>U.

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<option>12</option> <option>13</option> <option>14</option> <option>15</option> <option>16</option> <option>17</option> <option>18</option> <option>19</option> <option>20</option> <option>21</option> <option>22</option> <option>23</option> <option>24</option> <option>25</option> <option>26</option> <option>27</option> <option>28</option> <option>29</option> <option>30</option> <option>31</option> </select> <select> <option selected>Month</option> <option>1</option> <option>2</option> .

<option>3</option> <option>4</option> <option>5</option> <option>6</option> <option>7</option> <option>8</option> <option>9</option> <option>10</option> <option>11</option> <option>12</option> </select> <select> <option selected>Year</option> <option>2009</option> <option>2010</option> <option>2011</option> <option>2012</option> <option>2013</option> <option>2014</option> </select> <br> <br> Flight Number &nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp. <input type="text" name="txt8" size=20> .

&nbsp. <select> <option selected>Adult</option> <option>0</option> <option>1</option> <option>2</option> <option>3</option> <option>4</option> <option>5</option> <option>6</option> <option>7</option> <option>8</option> <option>9</option> <option>10</option> <option>11</option> <option>12</option> <option>13</option> <option>14</option> <option>15</option> </select> <select> <option selected>Child</option> .&nbsp.<br> <br> Passengers &nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.

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