The British Empire may have ceased to exist, but its echoes linger on in Shimla (2130m). As the 'summer capital' of the British in India. This was the country's focus for the better part of every year and now, it is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. Today, it's well developed facilities; easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of India's most popular hill resorts. Placed in the lower ranges of the Himalayan Mountains, it is surrounded by pine, deodar oak and rhododendron forests. Towards the north lie the snow-covered high -ranges, while the valleys broad whispering streams and swaying fields. Within the town are a host of splendid colonial edifices, quaint cottages and charming walks. Shimla holds a variety of shopping, sport and entertainment. ALTITUDE: 2130m above sea level. BEST SEASON: Throughout the year. Snowfall in winter. TEMPERATURE: Between sub zero in winter and 30* C in summer. CLOTHING: Light Woolens in summer, Heavy Woolens in winter. HOW TO GET THERE: The airport is at Jabbarhati 23kms away. Shimla is connected to Kalka by an enchanting narrow gauge railway line - where even a quaint rail - car plays. By road, Chandigarh is 125kms, MANALI is 285kms, Chail is 45kms and Delhi is at a distance of 400kms. From Delhi, the driving time is about ten hours. From Delhi, MANALI and Chandigarh, luxury coaches and taxis ply to Shimla. CLIMATE: In winter, the temperature can drop below freezing point when heavy woolens are required. Summer temperatures are mild and light woolens / Cottons are recommended. THE RIDGE: This large open space in the heart of town presents excellent views of the mountain ranges. Shimla's landmarks - the neo-Gothic structure of Christ Church and the neo - Tudor library building - are here. LAKKAR BAZZAR: Popular for its woodcrafts and souvenirs, this is just off the Ridge. JAKHOO HILL: At 2455m, this is the town's highest peak and vantage point for shimla's famous views. The summit crowned with a temple dedicated to LORD HANUMAN. The hill is full of paths and narrow roads that are enjoyable walks. MASHOBRA (12KMS): At 2149m, a thick forest surrounds this beautiful suburb. From here, track leads down to Sipper that is an exquisite glade shaded by ancient deodar trees. There are old temples on a side and a fair is held every April. KUFRI (16KMS): At 2501m, this is famous for its wide views and ski slopes. An enjoyable walk leads up to Mahasu Peak. NALDHERA (22KMS): At 2044m, this is nine holes, golf course. The British Viceroy, Lord Cursor who was so enchanted by the place that he gave his daughter Alexandra, "NALDHERA" as per second name, designed it. FAGU (22kms): At 2510m, Fagu has some enchanting views. CHAIL (45kms): This was the former summer capital of the Patiala State. Himachal Tourism now runs the palace as a luxury hotel. TATTAPANI (51KMS): At 656m, there is hot sulphur springs here. Himachal Tourism has a restaurant and a Tourist Bungalow at Tattapani. ST. MICHAEL'S CATHEDRAL: This dressed - stone church with fine stained glass has a cruciform design. It is located just off the Mall, below the District Courts. THE GLEN: At 1830m, this is a thickly wooded ravine through which a stream flows. It is a popular picnic spot. ANNANDALE: Surrounded by a thick deodar forest, this large glade has an ancient temple on an edge. BIHARGAON (04KMS): Approached either past the cemetery below St. Edward's School, or through Tutikandi, this village has splendid examples of traditional Himachal architecture. PROSPECT HILL AND KAMNA DEVI (06KMS): At 2125m, and crowned by a temple dedicated to Kaman Devi, the hill offers spectacular views of the area. SANKAT MOCHAN (07KMS): This is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. CHANDWICK FALLS (08KMS): At 1586m, these rained falls are approached through summer hill. TARA DEVI (11KMS): A thickly wooded hill whose peak has a temple dedicated to Tara Devi.

ADVENTURE AND FISHING: There are numerous walks within and close to Shimla. And there are many soft to medium treks that can use Shimla as the base. Some treks are to the Caliper, to the Kullu Valley over the Jalori Pass or the Bashleo Pass, Shimla to Chail, Shimla to Junga and Shimla to Tattapani. Angling for trout can be done on the river Pabbar, near Rohru. SHOPPING: There is an enema range of goods that Shimla has to offer. This includes handicrafts, wood and metalwork, shawls, pullovers, local tweeds, caps, Tibetan carpets and pickles, jams and squashes.

Overlooking the vast Govind Sager reservoir of the Bhakra Dam, Bilaspur is on the main highway between Chandigarh and Mandi. It has some old and interesting temples. A little ahead of the town is a well-located Restaurant Lake View with a fine outlook over the reservoir. ALTITUDE: Around 673m above sea level. TEMPERATURE: Warm in summer, cold in winter. SEASON: Throughout the year. CLOTHING: Cottons in summer, woolens in winter. HOW TO GET THERE: Bilaspur is on the N.H.21 between Chandigarh and Mandi. The nearest Airport is Chandigarh. The nearest railhead is Chandigarh. GOVIND SAGAR (673M): The biggest man made lake in Himachal, Govind Sager is surrounded by low-lying wooded hills. It has facilities for various types of water sports and for angling. NAINA DEVI (915M): Just 57kms from Bilaspur and 34kms from Kiratpur is the famous shrine of Naina Devi. The temple, up on a hill, has a panoramic view of the town of Anandpur Sahib, of the low-lying ranges and the River Sutlej. A colorful fair, the Shravana Astami Mela, is held in July / August every year.

Mandi, at the lower end of the Beas Valley, 760m above sea level, is a 400 years old town strategically located on an old trade route into Tibet. It has picturesque old buildings, narrow streets and colorful bazaars. Mandi is also famous for its beautifully sculpted stone temples of Panchvaktra, Ardhanarishwar, Triloknath and Bhutnath.

Lying in a little hollow in the hills, in the vicinity of Mandi, is the lake at Rewalsar with its curious floating islands of reed. It is believed that the Buddhist sage and teacher Padmasambhava departed for Tibet from Rewalsar, to spread the message of Buddha. Buddhist pilgrims come every year to the ancient Nyingmapa monastery on the banks of the lake. There is a temple and the Hindus and Sikhs also hold gurdwara by the lake as it sacred.

Close to Mandi, Sundernagar (1,174m) is on the edge of a fertile valley. On top of a hill near by are the Sukhdev Vatika and the temple of Mahamaya. A part of the huge Beas - Sutlej Project is located here. ALTITUDE: 760M TEMPERATURE: Warm in summer, cold in winter. SEASON: Throughout the year. CLOTHING: Light Woolens in winter. HOW TO GET THERE: Well connected by road and on the main Highway between Chandigarh to Manali. The nearest airport is Bhuntar, near Kullu 60Kms. The nearest railhead Joginder Nagar is 60kms from Mandi

Kullu (1220m) was once known Kulanthpitha ' the end of the habitable world'. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shinning river Beas, laid the fabled 'Silver Valley'. Kullu got its first motor able access only after Independence. The long entries of seclusion have however allowed the area to retain a considerable measure of its traditional charm. Here is the core of an intricate web of numerous valleys each of which Is a visual delight and seems more beautiful than the other.

The 'silver valley' has nature's treasures that lie carelessly scattered as flowers on the high meadows. This wealth nestles by every tree in the splendid forests; it bursts forth in the looms and in the fruit of every orchard. Here are riches, which cannot be measured, and echo down the ages with the words of every myth and ancient largest and glow in the warm smiles of its gentlepeople. There is pleasure in every step you take in these enchanted valleys and in every gurgle you hear in the clear mountain streams. ALTITUDE: 1,219m TEMPERATURE: Ranges from 38.8*C in summer to 2*C in winter. SEASON: April to June and Sep. to Nov. CLOTHING Cottons in summer and heavy woolens in winter. HOW TO GET THERE: The airport at Bhutar is 11kms from Kullu, where taxis and buses are available. The closest narrow gauge railhead is at Jogindernagar, 95kms from Kullu. By road the distance from Delhi (via) Mandi is 560kms, and from Shimla the distance this is 245kms. CLIMATE: In winter, the temperature gets quite low when heavy woolens are required. It is pleasant in summer and cottons are recommended. RAGHUNATH TEMPLE: In the 17th century. Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu committed a great wrong. To a tone for the sin, he sent a senior counter to Ayodhya for a statue of Lord Ragunath - Lord Ram. This temple was built by Raja Jagat Singh to house the image and even today, is greatly revered. BIJLI MAHADEV TEMPLE (14KMS): At 2460m, this is getting on a spur that offers some spectacular views. The temple is famous for its high staff that periodically draws lighting that shatters the 'Shivlinga' and scorches the building. Using only better as adhesive, the 'Linga' is then carefully pieced together by the temple pundit. BASHESHWAR MAHADEV TEMPLE, BAJAURA (15KMS): One of the most charming temples in the Kullu Valley, this is renewed for its intricate stone carvings. OTHER TEMPLE: The Vaishno Devi Temple (JAI MATA DI), the Devi Jagannathi Temple at Bakhi and the Vishnu Temple at Dayar other important shrines around Kullu. KAISDHAR (15KMS): A high meadow fringed by deodar trees. A picturesque spot. KASOL (42KMS): An open glade by the banks of the river Parvati. Clean white sand separates the lush green grass from the waters. A spot for trout. Himachal Tourism has a Tourist Hut here. MANIKARAN (45KMS): At 1737m, here are hot sulphur springs that bubble next to the icy waters of the Parvati River. Both Hindus and Sikhs revere the place. Treks from here lead to Pulga. Khirganga and Mantalai a stretch of considerable natural beauty. The route finally reveres the Pin Parvati Pass (4802m), which opens into the Sultej Valley. At manikaran, Himachal Tourism runs the Hotel Parvati. SHOJA (69KMS): At 2692m, this is a vantage point for a complete panorama of the Kullu area snow peaks and valleys, meadows and forests, rivers and streams. RAISON (13KMS): By the banks of the Beas - and on the Kullu - Manali highway - Himachal Tourism runs a camping site here. Ideal for a taste of adventure. NAGGAR (23KMS): for 1400 years this was the capital of Kullu. In 16th century stone and wood castle is now a hotel run by Himachal Tourism. Here, a gallery houses the paintings of the Russian artist, Nicholas Roe rich, Naggar also has three other old shrines. KULLU DUSSHERA: When Dusshers celebrations come to an end in the rest of the country, they begin at kullu. Over 600 local deities come to pay homage to Lord Raghunath. This is a time when the valley is at its colorful best. SHOPPING: Shawls, local tweeds, rugs (namdas'), foot wear ('pull an'), baskets, natural oils (almond and olive), and caps. FISHING AND ADVENTURE: The Kullu Valley has numerous places for trout fishing. These include Katrain, Raison, Kasol and Naggar: then along the river Tirthan near Larji, in the Sainj Valley and in the Hurla Khud. The valley is the nucleus of several trek routes; some major ones are over the Chanderkhani Pass to Malana, over the Jalori Pass or Bashleo Pass to Shimla, and over the Pin Parvati Pass to Sarahan. The River Beas offers excellent opportunities for white water rafting.


One day, Vaivasvata, the seventh incarnation of Manu found a tiny fish in his bathing water. The fish told him to look after it with devotion for one day it would do him a great service. The seventh Manu cared for the fish till the day it grew so huge that he released it into the sea. Before departing, the fish warned Manu of an impending deluge when the entire world would be submerged and bade him to build a sea worthy ark. When the flood came, Matsya, the fish which is regarded as the first avatar of Lord Vishnu, towed to Vaivasvata and the Seven Sages safely. As the waters subsided the seventh Manu's ark came to rest on a hillside and the place was named Manali (2050m) after him. As the earth slowly dried, here arose a place of breath taking natural beauty - which was only appropriate for it was at Manali that life began again. And today this legendary cradle of all human kind is a prime holidays destination. There are high mountains surrounded by silent snows and deep boulder strewn gorges. There are thick forest full of cool breezes and bird song. There are fields of wild flowers, small picturesque hamlets and fruit laden orchards. ALTITUDE: 1915m TEMPERATURE: Very cold in winter, Cool in summer. SEASON: April to June and Sept. to Jan. CLOTHING: Light woolens in summer and heavy woolens in winter. HOW TO GET THERE: The airport at Bhutar is 50kms from Manali where taxis and buses are available. The closest narrow gauge railhead is at Jogindernagar, 185kms away. The closest broad gauge railheads are chandigarh (325kms) and Ambala (400kms). By road the distance from Delhi (via) Mandi 600 kms and from Shimla the distance is 285kms. From Shimla, Chandigarh and Delhi, Himachal Tourism piles Luxury buses to Manali. CLIMATE: In winter, the temperature can drop below freezing point when heavy woolens are required. Summer temperatures are mild and light woolens/cottons are recommended. CLUB HOUSE: The Club House with its comprehensive facilities that include a roller skating rink, an auditorium, a billiards room, a library, a bar AND A RESTAURANTS, MAKES A WONDERFUL OUTING FOR THE DAY. VAISHISTH BATHS: One of MANALI's main attractions, it is a place to luxuriate in Himachal Tourism's baths where the water of hot sulphur springs renewed for their medicinal qualities has been piped into baths- including private deluxe ones. Himachal Tourism also runs the juniper and Chandra Tal restaurants at MANALI. HADIMABA DEVI TEMPLE: Built in 1553 and with a superbly crafted four-tiered pagoda roof, it is famous for its exquisitely carved doorway. MANU TEMPLE: This is dedicated to the sage Manu. VASHISTH (3KMS): Well known for its hot springs. There are old temples dedicated to the sage Vashisth and Lord Rama. These are just beyond the Himachal Tourism baths. MONASTERIES: There are three recently built Tibetan Monasteries at MANALI. JAGATSUKH: The one time capital of Kullu. Here are old temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and to Sandhya Gayatri. The Arjun Caves are just ahead. SOLANG VALLEY: In a picturesque setting, this has good ski slopes and picnic spots. It has the glacier closest to Manali. TOWARDS TO ROHTANG PASS: On the road to Keylong is the Nehru Kund which is a clear water spring and scenic spot named after the late. Pt. J.L.Nehru. Kothi is a picturesque village and has a thrilling view of the deep gorge through which the Beas swiftly races. The beautiful Rahalla Falls (16kms) are at an altitude of 2500m. A crucial link on the old trade route and still the gateway to trans - Himalayan Lahaul, the Rohtang Pass is at height odd 3980m. ADVENTURE AND FISHING: The Manali - based mountaineering Institute Organizes skiing, rock climbing and mounteering courses. Numerous treks and adventure trails lead out of Manali. Some are Manali to Leh, Manali to Bhirgu Lake, Manali to Chandratal and Manali to Spiti. There are numerous places for trout around Manali. Some are Katrain, Raison, Kasol, Larji and naggar. SHOPPING: Shawls, Local Tweeds, Caps, Rugs ('namdas') Footwear, Fresh Fruit, Natural Oils (Olive ands Almond), Silver Jewellery, Pullovers, Metal Craft, Woolen Jackets and Bamboo Products.


The high Rohtang Pass (3980m), at the top of the Kullu Valley very near Manali, is the main entry point to the stark splendor of Lahaul a part of the district of Lahaul - Spiti. The Manali - Leh Road, one of the highest highways in the world, crosses the subdivision linking Keylong, its headquarters, to Manali. After leaving behind the lush green meadows and orchards of the Kullu Valley, the change in the landscape is dramatic and the road descends from the Rohtang Pass into a landscape of bare hills, steep ridges, cliffs of bare rock, deep ravines and valleys strewn with the moraine left behind by receding glaciers. Little villages with their patchwork of green fields, located near gushing streams, provide colour and relief to this rather forbidding landscape. Lahaul with its curious mix of Buddhism and Hinduism has fine gompas (monasteries) and temples. The gompas, repositories of Lahaul's rich store of Buddhist art and culture, are the focus of all the social activity and festivity in the region. ALTITUDE: 3,350M CLIMATE: DRY AND VERY COLD. SEASON: JUNE TO Oct. CLOTHING: Heavy Woolens. INNER LINE REGULATIONSFOR LAHAUL – SPITI & KINNAUR (A) Consequent to the shifting of the Inner line (protected Area), in Himachal Parades, foreign tourist can visit the following areas of tourist interest without a permit: KAZA. (a) KAZA - KIBBAR - PRANGLA PASS - BARA LACHA - KEYLONG - MANALI (For trekking). (B) Relaxation for foreign group tourists: Groups of foreign tourists, consisting of four or more, are allowed to visit the following areas within the Protected Areas, in the identified tour circuits only after obtaining a permit from the competent authority: (C) Protected Area Permits for foreign tourist groups are issued by: (a) Special Commissioner (Tourism) Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, New Delhi. (b) Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, New Delhi. (c) Director General of Police, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. HOW TO GET THERE: Air: Nearest Airport is Kullu. By Road: Accessible by road (115kms) on the Manali - Leh Highway. Bus Services: Linked by bus to Manali and Spiti Valley. GRAMPHU: A junction on the Manali - Leh Highway, where a road branches off to go south towards Kunzam Pass and Spiti. (77kms from Manali). KOKSAR (3,140m): Going north from Grampus along the highway is koksar, the coldest place in Lahaul. TANDI: At the confluence of the of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers, Tandi is just 08km short of Keylong. The monastery of Guru Chantal is located high above Tandi. KEYLONG: The district headquarters, Keylong (3,350m), is located in the heart of Lahaul. An early English traveler as a barbaric jewel, "a rough cut emerald in a bronze and silver setting" has described it. The green so its fields, with willows and poplars planted along watercourses, make a patch of brilliant colour against the bare hills. A number of important gompas are located in the vicinity of Keylong. GONDLA (18kms): On the right bank of the River Chandra, the tall imposing structure up on a hill is also a fortification. KARDANG (05KMS): The largest monastery in the area, it has barrel sized prayer drums that the monks turn during their perambulations, paintings, ancient weapons, musical instruments and large life size statues of Buddha and the Bodhisattvas. SHASHUR (03kms): The Saturn monastery, perched upon a mountain - side, nearly 600m above the valley, opposite Khardang, is approached by a steep and difficult track. Other ancient monasteries - TAYL, 06kms from Keylong and Guru Chantal, 04kms above Tandi are also noted for their stuccos and wall paintings. UDAIPUR: Located in upper Lahaul, (59kms from Keylong), in the Pattan Valley, Udaipur is the starting point for a number of exciting treks to Chamba - Kist war and Padam. It has a rest house and camping sites.

MRIKULA DEVI TEMPLE: Built in the 15th century by the ruler of Chamba, this temple has exquisite woodcarving and an image of Mahishasuramardini. TRILOKNATH TEMPLE: This ancient hilltop shrine is also noted for its fine woodcarving. The temple that is sacred to Hindus and Buddhists has a white marble image of the Avalokiteshvara. SURAJ TAL: One of the high altitude lakes in this area, Suraj Tal is 65kms from Keylong. This emerald lake is the source of the River Bhaga. BARA LACHA PASS (4,883M): A high pass on the Manali - Leh Road, 73kms from Keylong. The Chandra, Bhaga and Yurian rivers originate here. It is a base for treks to the Chandra Tal Lake in Spiti and even to Leh. SARCHU: The last point on the Himachal Pradesh _ Ladakh Border. LAKE CHANDRA TAL (4,270M): This beautiful high altitude lake is also approachable through the Kumzam pass, which links Lahaul and Spiti. BATAL (3,960M): In Southern Lahaul, Batal is a base for treks to lake Chandra Tal and beyond to the Bara Lacha pass on the Manali - Leh Road. BARA SHINGRI GLACIER: The mouth of this glacier is 04kms from Batal, on the left bank of the Chandra River. Here the Shire stream emerges from beneath an iridescent archway of ice.

A high altitude cold desert, Spiti, lying in the rain shadow of rugged mountain ranges has very little rain and an abundance of snow. It is out of land of fairy tales and fantasies. Stark ranges that seem painted in shades of russets, purple and pink, eroded mountain - sides strewn with boulders, deep gorges carved out by swift flowing snow-fed streams, are a part of its surrealistic landscape. Small villages of box - like houses along the river valleys, which stand amid lush fields and groves of juniper, poplar and willow, provide splashes of green during the brief summer months. For the rest of the year, Spiti is blanketed with snow and temperatures remain well under zero. Spiti with a strong Buddhist tradition has nearly thirty monasteries or gompas strung along the valley, guardians of a rich cultural heritage that is very cold. ALTITUDE: High altitude valley, around 4,000m CLIMATE: Cold and dry. SEASON: June to Oct, which is ideal for treks. CLOTHING: Heavy woolens. HOW TO GET THERE: ROAD: Linked by road to Shimla (via) the N.H.22. Linked to MANALI and Lahaul. AIR: Shimla is the nearest airport. BUS SERVICES: Buses, Jeeps and taxis are available from Shimla / Manali/ Keylong. SUMDO: Located on the N.H.22, Sum do is the entry point into Spiti from the district of Kinnaur. TABO (3,050M): On the left bank of the River Spiti not far from Sum do, Tabo is surrounded by high mountains. The thousand-year-old Tabo Gompa, which was established by the legendary Richen Tsangpo, is considered next in importance only to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet. Richly decorated with murals and painted stucco, the monastery has priceless collections of manuscripts and thanks. SHCHICHILING: A diversion is possible from this point to the DHANKAR MONASTERY. Built high on a rugged hillside, of which it seems a part, this gompa has interesting murals and stuccos. ATTERGU: This village along the N.H.22 is the point of access to the PIN VALLEY where another important gompa is located at KUNGRI. On the left is the Lingti Valley. LOSAR: Located at the confluence of the Losar and Peens Streams, 60kms from KAZA, is Losar another interesting village. KUNZAM PASS (4,590M): This is the other point of entry into spiti, where the road from Manali traversing through Lahaul, enters the Valley. KAZA: A little deeper along the valley is Kaza, noted for its historic KYI GOMPA. Located 11kms from Kaza, at an altitude of 4,160m, the splendid monastery - a cluster of white, flat roofed structures high up on a hill is very much like a fort. Over 200 monks reside at KYI the largest GOMPA in this part of the country. Established in the 14 th century, it has breath taking murals and valuable collection of 'knaggier' - ancient Buddhist texts.


About 250kms away from Shimla is the strikingly beautiful district of Kinnaur, where the icy waters of the River Sutlej and its tributaries have carved deep gorges through the high ranges. The landscape varies from the lush green orchards of the picturesque Sangla Valley to the stark magnificence of the Hang rang Valley. Along the valley of the River Baspa, terraced fields surround villages that cling to the steep slopes above the gorge. Higher still, are beautiful Rolling Meadows spiked with iris and wild flowers in spring and dotted with shrubs of rhododendron in varying shade of pink. The massive snow clad ranges that provided a regal dignity to the scene are dominated by the peak of the Kinner Kailash revered by the Kinnauris as the abode of Lord Shiva. The road from Shimla to Kinnaur follows a scenic route, running through Narkanda in the heart of the apple country, past kumarsain, descending to the Sutlej Valley and the trading town of Rampur, then on to the beautiful village of Sarahan the last stop before entering Kinnaur. ALTITUDE: HIGH ALTITUDE VALLEYS 2,500M OR MORE. TEMPERATURE: Cold with temperatures well below Zero in winter. SEASON: June to Oct Ideal for treks. CLOTHING: HEAVY WOOLLENS. HOW TO GET THERE: AIR: Shimla (25kms) is the nearest airport. RAIL: Nearest railhead is Kalka. ROAD: Linked by road to Shimla. The N.H.22 runs through the district to Spiti and links important centers along the route. BUS: Buses, Jeep and taxis are available from Shimla and Rampur. SARAHAN: Drive 177kms past woodland and orchards – and through the Sutlej Valley to Sarahan. Sarahan is regarded as the shonitpur of old. And here, in a truly splendid setting, Banasura of legend once ruled. With the Bhimakali temple complex, Sarahan is revered as one of the 51 sacred shaktipeeths. As the mists of myth gave way to verifiable history, the beautiful spot of Sarahan became the capital of the princely state of Bushair. The raja moved here from Kamru, the original seat in the Baspa Valley. In the 18th century another shift was made to Rampur on the lower boundaries of the state. Bushier was regarded as one of the wealthiest states of the region and was a major entry point for trade with Tibet, Ladakh, Kashmir and Kazakhstan. KARCHAM: The N.H.22 that follows the old Hindustan - Tibet route goes past the villages of Jeri, Wangtu and Tapri to Karcham (1,899m) located at the confluence of the Sutlej and Baspa rivers - a beautiful village and the start of the picturesque Baspa or Sangla Valley. SANGLA (2,860M): The largest village in the area, scenic Sangla is 18kms from Karcham. A link road that goes off the N.H.22 into the Baspa Valley offers an enchanting vista at every curve. There are saffron fields, orchards and higher up, as the road climbs the steep inclines, lovely alpine meadows. Sangla is built up a sharp slope with the houses rising in tiers. The Kinner Kailash Peak dominates the view. From Sangla, it is possible to visit the Karma Fort, an imposing fortress - style temple dedicated to the goddess Kali. CHITKUL (3,450M): The last and the highest village in this valley, Chitkul, 26kms from Sangla, are noted for its alpine meadows and snows capes. It has a rest house. POWARI: Powari, 70kms form Rampur, is the last major stop on the N.H.22 with a Petrol Station. The link road, to the district headquarters Recong Peo, takes off from Powari. RECONG PEO (2,670m): Located 260kms from Shimla and 07kms from Powari, Recong Peo is the headquarters of the district. It has a rest house and hotels and a fine view of the Kinner Kailash. KOTHI: Just 03kms from Recong Peo, Kothi has a temple to the goddess Chandika Devi. Set against a backdrop of mountains and groves of deodar, the temple has an unusual architectural style and fine sculpture. An exquisite gold image of the goddess is enshrined in the sanctum. KALPA (2,759m): Beyond Recong Peo (14kms from Powari), on the link road, is the main village of the district - Kalpa. Across the river, facing Kalpa is the majesty of the Kinner Kailash range. They are a spectacular sight early in the morning, as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and gold light.

PUH (2,837M): Lush green fields, orchards of apricot, vineyards and groves of almond trees, are to be seen on the route to Puh. Just 58kms from Powari along the N.H.22, puh has modern facilities for a comfortable stay. NAKO (3,662M): A little off the N.H.22 along a link road just short of Yang hang is the scenic village of Nako, the largest village in the desolate Hangrang Valley. A little lake reflects the stark grandeur of the surrounding hills.

The high snow clad Dhauladar ranges of the Himalayas from a magnificent backdrop to the hill resort of Dharamshala. This is the principal township of Kangada and overlooks the wide spread of the planes. With the dense pine and deodar forest, numerous streams, cool healthy air, and attractive surroundings and nearby snow line, Dharamsala has everything for a perfect holiday. It is full of life and yet peaceful. And not surprisingly, the headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are here. Covering a wide area in the form of a twin settlement, Lower Dharmsala (1380m) is a busy commercial center while Upper Dharamsala (1830m) with the suberbs of McLeodganj and Forsythia, retains a British flavor and colonial lifestyle. The charming church of St.John in the Wilderness is situated here and this is the final resting place of lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of India during the 19th century. There are also large Tibetan communities who have made this there home. Numerous ancient, temples like Jawlamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda lie on the planes below Dharamshala. ALTITUDE: Between 1,250m and 2000m TEMPERATURE: Between 35*C in Summer a 0*C in winter. SEASON: April to June and Sept. to Oct. CLOTHING: Light Woolens in summer and Heavy Woolens in winter. HOW TO GET THERE: Dharamsala can be approached by air from Delhi. The nearest airport is at Gag gal, Just 13 KM away. Pathankot, the nearest railway station is 85 KM away. Taxis for Dharamsala are available at both the places; from Pathankot the drive takes about 3 Hrs. Or you can drive from Delhi (526 KM) via Chandigarh, Kiratpur and Bilaspur this should take around 8 Hrs. From Delhi and Shimla luxury busses ply to Dharamsala. CLIMATE: In winter, the temperature can drop below freezing point when heavy woolens are required. During summer the climate is mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended. The variety Dharamsala offers ranges from temples, churches and monasteries to museums, ancient towns and places of natural beauty. Every season and every spot has its own special offering. War Memorial: At the very start of town, landscaped lawns and a web of narrow paths fill a pine grove where a monument has been raised to commemorate the post independence war heroes of Himachal Pardesh. Kangra Art Museum, Kotwali Bazzar: This treasures love of the Kangra valley's arts, craft sand rich past displays artifacts that date back to the 5th century. It includes gallery of Kangra's famous miniature paintings and a representative collection of sculptures, pottery and anthropological items. 'Shamianas' and dresses used by local royality, old carved doors, 'jails' lintels and 'pandals' are also on display. Coins, jewellery and manuscripts are included. A section houses the work of contemporary artists, sculptors and photographers. The library is just below this. DAL LAKE: 11kms from Dharamshala and surrounded by deodar trees, the lake fills a mountain bowl. On the motor road, this is an enchanting and serene picnic spot. ST. JOHN'S CHURCH: 08kms from Dharamasala, between Forsythganj and (Mcleodganj) is the charming dressed-stone church of St. John in the Wilderness. Under the shade of deodar branches, a memorial has been erected over the body of the British Viceroy, Lord Elgin who died at Dharamsala in 1863. There is a well-tended old graveyard on these grassy slopes. McLeod gang: Often called the "Little Lahaska" at 1770 m, this is the residence of HH the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan government in exile has been here for over three decades. The impressive monastery has larger than life images of the Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avalokteshwara. The large Tibetan community and the presence of traditional architectural designs drawn from Tibet

have enhanced the area. A host of Tibetan handicrafts, curious and garments are available on sale and every Sunday a flea market appears. Bhagsunath: Close to fresh water springs, this ancient temple is 11 km from Dharamsala. It is a popular picnic spot and the famous state quarries are close by. Kunal Pathri: A 3 km level walk from the Kotwali Bazaar leads to this rock temple. Dharamkot: On the crest of a hill this attractive picnic spot presents a paranomic view of the Kangra valley and the Dhauladar ranges. This is 11 km from Dharamsala. Trikund: Based on the foot of the Dhauladar ranges. Trikund is at a height of 2827m and is17km from Dharamsala. The snow line starts at plaque 5 km from here. This is a popular picnic spot and trek-route, with spectacular views of the mountains and valleys. There is a lovely forest rest house here. Kareri: 22km from Kotwali Bazzar, amidst sylvan surroundings, there is a rest house here. Surrounded by open meadows and thick woods, the Kareri Lake is 13 km ahead. Chinmaya Tapovan: 10 km from Dharamsala on the banks of Industries, does the late Swami Chinmayananda, a noted exponent of the Gita, establish an ashram complex. The complex includes a 9 m high image of Lord Hanuman, a magnificent Ragunath temple, a meditation hall, and a school, health and recreation center. Masrur: 13 km south of Kangra is this large, monolithic Temple, Similar to the temples of Ellora. With rich ornamentation, this is the only shrine carved out of live rock in North India. Images of Lord Rama, Laxman and Sita are installed here. Tirlokpur: 41 km from Dharmsala, on the highway to Pathankot, there is a cave temple with a stalactite and a stalagmite dedicated to Lord Shiva. Sujanpur Tira: 80 km from Dharamsala, this historic town is famous for its wall paintings, temples and fort. Here the festival of Holiday a major event. Andretta: 13km from Palampur, the famous artist S. Soba Singh lived here for several years. A gallery houses some of his major works. Also, there is a pottery center at Andretta. Other Attractions: The temple of Jwalamukhi, Chamunda Devi and Briheshwari Devi are other pilgrim centers close to Dharamsala. The forts of Kangra and Mangarh are other attractions. Adventure Activities and sports: Between May and October, The Dhauladhar ranges offer an enormous variety of trekking and rock climbing. Himachal's Mountaineering institute has a branch at Dharamsala. Fishing: The 20 km stretch of the river Beas between Nadaun and Pong Dam offers ample opportunities in angling for Mahseer. Shopping: for local handicrafts at Kotwali bazaar, Tibetan handicrafts and carpets at McLeodganj.

The Kangra valley of which PALAMPUR (1249m) is a major’s station was the "Triagrta" of old. It was one of the leading hill states and was once a part of the kingdom of Jalandara. In local parlance, the word for " Lots of water " is "pulam". This is what has given Palampur its name and it is water that has given the valley so much of its character. Countless streams and brooks crises-cross the landscape and in there intricate mesh, hold tea gardens and rice paddies. The town came into being when the tea bush was introduced in the 19 th century and Palampur became a focus for the planters. Kangra tea, with its center at Palampur, has been internationally acclaimed since then. To further bless this area with remarkable natural beauty, the Dhauladhar ranges rise dramatically from the earth, just beyond palampur. The town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts - and scores of picturesque hamlets.

HOW TO GET THERE: The airport at Gag gal (Kangra) is 37kms from Palampur. The broad gauge railway reaches Pathankot that is 125kms from Palampur - and the narrow gauge railway comes right upto Moranda, 04kms from the town. Taxis and buses are available at both palaces. By road, Palampur is 550kms from Delhi. CLIMATE: In winter, the temperature can drop below freezing point when heavy woolens are required. During summer the climate is mild and light woolens/cottons are recommended. THE FACTORY: At the very start of town, the tea factory of the co-operative society, offers an insight to the processing of Kangra tea. CHURCH OF ST. JOHN IN THE WILDERNESS (200M): This attractive church, very close to the hotel and surrounded by poinsettias, is built on a low rise. This was reconstructed in 1929 and has several memorial tablets. TEMPLE OF BUNDLAMATA (02KMS): One can walk through tea gardens and open fields or drive to reach this historical temple which was originally built about five centuries age. NEUGAL KHAD: Close to the temple of Bundlamata, is this 300m wide chasm, through which the Bundla stream flows? Immediately ahead are the Dhuladhar Mountains. GOPALPUR (13kms): There is a mini zoo here. CHAMUNDA DEVI TEMPLE: Legend has it that two demo Chanda and Munda tried to harass the goddess Ambika. Enraged, Ambika knitted her brows and from their folds emerged the terrifying form of Kali, who slew the demons. Pleased, Ambika declared that Kali would now be worshipped here as 'Chamunda'. Himachal Tourism runs a 'Yatri Nivas' at this sacred place. ANDRETTA (13 kms): This has been the home of artist Noarah orchards, Shoba Singh and B.C.Sanyal. In Shoba Singh's home, now a gallery, several of his notable works are displayed. Also, there is a pottery & crafts center at Anderetta. KANGRA FORT (27 kms): The most important fort of the region, it is enclosed by high ramparts and its walls have a circumference of approximately 4 kms. It was built about 1,000 years ago on the confluence of the Bangara and Manjhi rivers. Its various gates, shrines and remains of the old palaces are noteworthy. SUJANPUR TIRA (42kms): Built in 1758, the fortress of Tira has the remnants of old halls, places and temples. The town of Sujanpur is below the fort, has several old temples of which the Narbadadeshwar and Murali Manohar are exemplary. TASHIJONG (12kms): There is a Tibetan Monastery here. BAIJNATH (15kms): At the jewel - like temple of Baijnath, Lord Shiva is revered as vaidyanath the lord of Physicians. With a wealth of intricate carvings and graceful proportions, this temple is a big draw for pilgrims and visitors. It is aid that here; King Ravana supplicated Lord Shiva for the boon of immortality. BIR (24kms): There is a Tibetan Monastery here. SHOPPING: Kangra tea. Local handicrafts. Tibetan Carperts and pullovers. ADVENTURE: Serveral trek routes lead out of palampur, especially over the Dhuladhar Mountains towards Chamba. Some Holi and from Baijnath over the jalsu pass to bhamour.

Chamba town (915m) stands on the right bank of the river Ravi. As a former princely state, it is one of the oldest in the country and dates back to the sixth century. It is well known for its splendid architecture and as the base for numerous excursions. It is also a district head quarters. ALTITUDE: 996m TEMPERATURE: Ranges between 36*C in summer and 0*C in winter. SEASON: Throughout the Year CLOTHING: Light Woolens in summer and Warm Woolens in winter. HOW TO GET THERE: Chamba is connected by road and is 610kms from New Delhi. It is 25kms from Khajjiar and from Dalhouise via Khajjiar, the distance is 56kms. The closest railhead is at Pathankot, 160 kms away. Taxis / buses are available from these places. CLIMATE: In winter, the temperature gets very low because of cold winds. It is hot in summer upto 38*C and cottons are recommended. LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE: With six main "Shikhara' style temples and several smaller shrines, this is renowned for its finely executed classical forms. HARI RAI TEMPLE: This is dedicated to LORD VISHNU and dates back to the 11th century.

OTHER TEMPLE: The profusion of temples in Chamba and their craftsmanship is remarkable. Some important shrines are Chambavati, Vajeshwari, SuiMata and Chamuda Devi (Jai Mata Di). THE CHOWGAN: Chamba wide concourse is the hub of much of the town's activity and also serves as its promenade. RANGAMAHAL: This old palace is an interesting mix of Colonial and saracenic architectural styles. AKHAND CHANDI PALACE: Now a college, this imposing building once housed Chamba's ruling family. Much of the original Craftsmanship can still be seen. BHURI SINGH MUSEUM: Named after Raja Bhuri Singh of Chamba, this is treasure house of Chamba's rich past. The exhibits include copper plates, murals, doorways, costumes, paintings and stone carvings.

Other called 'India's Mini Switzerland’; the exquisite of Khajjiar (1960m) has a circumference of about 05kms. Along its fringes, thick forests of deodar climb the slopes. The snow- line rests above these woods and in the center of the glade, is a small lake fed by streams that traverse the green carpet. At khajjiar there is a 12th century temple dedicated to Khajinag. Within the temple are life-size wooden images of the five Pandava brothers. HOW TO GET THERE: Khajjiar is connected by road and is 26kms from Dalhouise and 25kms from Chamba. It is 625kms from New Delhi. The closest railhead is at Pathankot, 160kms away. Taxies and buses available from these places. CLIMATE: In winter, the temperature hovers around freezing point with snowfalls, heavy woolens are required. In summer, in the climate is mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended.

In western Himachal Pradesh, the hill station as Dalhousie is full of 'Old World' charm and holds lingering echoes of the 'RAJ'. It covers an area of about 14 esq. and is built on five hills- Kathiog, Potrey, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun. It is named after the British Governor General of the 19 th century, Lord Dalhousie. The town's height varies between 1,525m and 2,378m, and varied vegetation pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendron, surround it. Dalhousie has charming colonial architecture, including some beautiful churches. Its location presents panomic views of the plains - and like a long silver line, the river Ravi twists and turns below Dalhousie. The spectacular snow covered Dhauladhar Mountains are also visible from this enchanting town. HOW TO GET THERE: Dalhousie is 575 kms by road from New Delhi and 52 kms from Chamba. The closest railhead is Pathankot 135kms away. Taxis and buses are easily available from these places. CLIMATE: In winter, the temperature can drop below freezing point when heavy woolens are required. During the summer the climate is mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended. CHURCHES: There are four beautiful churches in Dalhousie. These are St.Andrew's church and St. Patrick's church at Balun, St. Francis church at Subash Chowk and St. John church at Gandhi Chowk. PANCHPULA: This is picturesque spot where a stream feeds a series of pools. A monument has been built here in memory of the freedom fighter, Sardar Ajit Singh. SUBHASH BAOLI: It was at this enchanting spot surrounded by majestic trees, that Subhash Chandra Bose spent a lot of time in 1937, contemplating and mediating. BARA PATHAR: There is a small temple amidst a thick forest. KALATOP: This wild life sanctuary is home to the 'ghoral' and Himalayan black bear. ADVENTURE: Numerous trek routes lead out of the Dalhousie - Khajjiar - Chamba triangle and there are several within it. Some Important ones are - Chamba to Bharmour, Chamba to Palampur (over the Dhauladhar ranges), Chamba to Pangi and Bharmour to Keylong via Kugti Pass. SHOPPING: Tibetan handicrafts including pullovers and carpets at Dalhousie. Chamba slippers, 'rumals' and shawls at chamba.


HPTDC has explored new treks in Kinnaur and Spiti areas, which were till now a forbidden land for tourists, and has now been opened for the daring and adventurous people. In a marked contrast from the beautiful alpine meadows in Kinnaur one finds the barren terrain of the "Cold desert" of Spiti with a land scope like beauty. HPTDC offers few exciting treks in HP each with a new experience, which leads from one Mountain to another of varying altitude, appearance and formation, from a pine covered slopes to cold deserts under the expert guidance and care. The well-trained camp team also offers warm hospitality and best services. KINNER KAILASH PARIKRAMA TREK: 8 days Trekking Package, 4 days by bus 4 days by Trek, Rs. 6390/- per person. Mount Kinner Kailash a majestic mountain (6050 m) has religious significance of huge "SHIVALINGAM' the representative of Lord Shiva. This mountain changes colors several times a day with change of weather conditions. The circuit around the whole range attracts many trekkers and pilgrims every year. The Parikarmas begins from Kalpa via Thangi, Kunnu,Chhitkul and terminates at Kalpa via Sangla valley. BHABA-PIN VALLEY TREK: 10 days Trekking Package, 5 days by bus and 5 days Trekking, Rs. 8990/- per person. The trek starts from Kafnoo (Bhaba Nagar) in District Kinnaur through lush green meadows and grazing fields on the bank of river Bhaba and extends to valleys of monasteries i.e. Spiti Divisions of District Lahul Spiti through the picturesque land, high passes, glaciers, wide pastures full of medicinal herbs and seasonal flowers. Geologically and archaeologically, Spiti valley is a living museum. The barren rock mountains are devoid of any vegetation due to erosion by wind. sun and snow over thousand of years.

THE PACKAGE: These packages are organized by HPTDC for beginners at Manali and Narkanda.Himachal Tourism, wholly owned by the State Government, is the largest hotel chain in Himachal Pradesh with 46 well-appointed hotels. It also has its own transport fleet of luxury and air-conditioned coaches, vans and jeeps. In fact Himachal Tourism meets all the requirements of tourists to Himachal Pradesh. For the more daring and adventurous, Himachal tourism organizes winter packages at Manali and Narkanda, which are the prime locations for winter sports. These fun-filled packages, have free Skiing Lessons for beginners. The package includes lodging at Himachal Tourism hotels at Manali and Narkanda on twin sharing basis, full boarding and free skiing lessons. The package cost of Rs. 3900/- is inclusive of all applicable taxes. It does not include transport to or from Manali/ Narkanda. INSTRUCTORS: We have qualified instructors trained by the Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports for imparting training in skiing. We also have imported ski-equipment like skies fitted with safety binding. DURATION: These packages of 7 days duration commence from 9th of January to March every year. PHYSICAL FITNESS: It is commonly believed that only athletes can aspire to be skiing. This is not true. However, good physical conditions will ensure quick all around progress and avoid accidents. It is, therefore, recommended that 30 minutes exercise for about 20 days prior to joining the courses will be of help to tone-up the required muscles and enable the trainees to pick-up skiing quickly and efficiently. Some suggested exercises are given below. 1. JOGGING 2. SKY JUMPS 60 TO 100 3. ABDOMINAL EXERCISE. 4. DEEP BREATHING/EXERCISE. 5. LIGHT YOGA EXERCISE. MEDICAL FACILITIES: Medical facilities are available in the Government dispensaries and private clinics at Manali and Narkanda.It is advisable to bring blood group card and any special

instruction regarding medicines for sprain,headache,cold and pain balm, foot powder and other relevant patent medicines. RISK: In the modern techniques of ski training and with advanced equipment. The chances of injuries are greatly reduced. However, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limited does not take any responsibility should any mishap or other unavoidable factors occur. Participants, who are below 21 years of age, will have to get the accompanying Information From signed by their parents/guardians. INSURANCE: Participants are advised to insure themselves against accident before joining the course. FEES & MODE OF PAYMENT: The charges for the package are Rs.3900/-per person subject to revision, which is inclusive of all taxes. Information Form along with 50% of the fee can be deposited in cash or by bank draft of any Himachal Tourism Marketing Offices/Representative Offices or unit. We will not be able to refund this amount if the participant fails to join the course. The remaining 50% of the amount would have to be deposited in the form of bank draft/ in cash at the time of joining the course. TRAVELLING CONCESSION: Participants should bring their own/rail concession certificates. Reservation of rail/air journeys are to be done by the participants though our offices will render all possible assistance. Information Form for Skiing Course with HPTDC ESSENTIAL ITEMS REQUIRED: Participants should bring the following articles with them: Gum boots/snow boots or mountain jersey, eering boots for walking on snow. Small torch with cells. Toilet articles as required. Woolen/leather gloves. Woolen clothing cap, including socks etc. Wind proof or padded jacket. Dark glasses. HOW TO REACH: Manali is (6500 ft) connected with regular Archana Airways flights from Delhi to Bhuntar airport (55 Km) from where taxis are available to Manali. By road, Manali can be reached from Delhi (570 Km) by Himachal Tourism’s regular deluxe coach services or by own car/taxi via Chandigarh,Ropar, Kiratpur and Bilaspur on National Highway No. 21, which takes around 11 hours. Nearest railheads are Pathankot, Joginder Nager (narrow gauge from Pathankot) and Shimla and then by road to Manali. Narkanda is situated at an altitude of 9000 ft. and is 65Kms from Shimla. It is connected by regular bus/taxi service from Shimla. Shimla is connected with rail service from Delhi (Delhi-Kalka broad gauge and Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge ). Shimla is also connected by direct Himachal Tourism Luxury coach service from Delhi. You can also reach Shimla by own car/taxi from Delhi in around 10 hours.

The main Tourism circuits in Himachal Pradesh are fairly well known and even remote districts like Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur are now coming into the tourist mainstream. Himachal has however many undiscovered spots with unspoilt charm that are worth a visit for a quiet rewarding holiday spent amidst the splendor of nature, away from the crowds.

District Chamba
BHARMAUR (2195 m): Linked by road to Chamba is 65 km away. Surrounded by alpine pastures, this is the summer home of the nomadic Gaddis. At a distance of 69 km from Chamba town, Bharmaur, once known as Brahampur, was between the 6th and 10th centuries, the capital of princely state of Chamba. It is renowned for its cluster of temples - collectively known as the 'Chaurasi'. Though of varying architectural designs, these temples are noted for their fine workmanship. From Bharmaur, the Kugti and Chobia passes and trek routs they offer can be approached. Other interesting places at hand are the temples of Bani Mata and picturesque Khundel. There are Forest and PWD rest houses in Bharmaur. MANIMAHESH (4170 m): Accessible from Bharmaur, 35 km away. Scared to Lord Shiva and his divine consort Parvati, the lake of Manimahesh is 35 km from Bharmaur. Past Gaddi villages and wide meadows that give way to bare rock and snowfields, this tarn is a three-day trek from

Bharmaur - via Hadsar and Dhanchha. The deep blue waters of the lake rest at the feet of the Manimahesh Kailash Peak - which is one of the mythological abodes of Lord Shiva. BHANDAL VALLEY (1730 m): Linked to Salooni (22 km) in the Chamba valley by road. The beautiful Bhandal Valley with its wealth of wildlife is at the western extremity of Himachal Pradesh. Approachable from Chamba, it is the base for a trek routes that connect Chamba to the Kishtwar region of Jammu and Kashmir over the Dagni Dhar. The route begins along the right bank of the river Ravi, goes past Pukhri, down to the Siyul stream, then rises to Salooni on the Prithvi Jor ridge to finally arrive above the valley. From Bhandal via Langhera one reaches Kishtwar. The highest point on the trek is the Padri Gali at 3049 m. There are rest houses at Sundla, Bhandal and Langhera. PANGI VALLEY (2438 m): 137 km from Chamba. Locked between the greater Himalyan and Pir Panjal ranges, the wild and beautiful Pangi Valley is 137 km from Chamba. Its subdivision headquarters at Killar is located in the deep and narrow gorge of the river Chanderbhaga (Chenab). The foaming river, the high crags of the gorge and the difficult terrain are a challenge for intrepid trekkers. The Sach Pass (4428 m) opens the way to several trek routes. Thick forest the habitat of varied wild life surround the Pangi Valley and the numerous side valleys - Saichu, Hunam, Sural Nallah, that are also endowed with remarkable natural beauty. The temple of Mindhal Basan Devi in Pangi is an important shrine. Appropriately, the people of Pangi are as attractive as the tract they inhabit. There is a rest house in Pangi.

District Kullu
INNER AND OUTER SERAJ: Accessible from Kullu and Shimla by road. The Jalori and Basil passes stand as markers between the Inner and Outer Seraj regions of Kullu. Outer Seraj faces Shimla district and reaches out to touch the river Sutlej and Inner Seraj turns towards Kullu. Anni near Sutlej provides the access point to Outer Seraj from Shimla. Some of the beautiful unspoilt spots in this area include Change, a wide meadow surrounded by thick forests and Takara and Pane, which have fine rest houses. Within Outer Seraj is Normandy known for its exquisite wood and stone temples. The 5155 m Shrikhand Mahadev Peak is a part of Outer Seraj. Beyond the Jalori Pass the scenic splendor of the Inner Seraj area unfolds. This area has variety of trek routes. JALORI PASS (3134 m): The Jalori Pass, which links Inner and Outer SERAJ is 76 km from Kullu? Its crest offers panoramic views of the area. The new pass is a man made one and was carved out of the mountain range in the early part of the Twentieth century. This is about 150 m lower than the old Jalori Pass. Surrounded by majestic forests, this area is home to the Himalyan brown bear and certain varieties of pheasant - including the Mona and Tarpon. The Shangri Rich Temple is close-by, and 5 km from the Pass is the jewel like Sloes Lake. SHOJA (2692 m): Shoja in Inner SERAJ is close to the Jalori Pass. A charming unspoilt location of exceptional beauty overlooking lush meadows and tall snow-capped ranges; Shoji is 69 km from Kullu via Aut. The Raghupur Fort and Dough Thatch, a lovely grassy meadow very close to Shoja is worth visiting. AUT: Aut on the Mandi-Manali highway is the entry point to the Kullu Valley where the road enters the Mandi - Largi gorge. Aut, the entire reservoir of the Pandoh Dam and Largi are excellent for angling. The rapids between Shamshi and Aut are splendid for river running. There are rest houses at Aut and Largi.

District Mandi
JOGINDER NAGAR (1220 m): Joginder Nagar is the last stop of the little toy train that runs from Pathankot on a narrow gauge line. Accessible by road from both Palampur and Mandi. In 1925, the enterprising Raja Joginder Sen. of Mandi created an elaborate hydel power scheme near the village of Sukrahatti - which was then, renamed Joginder Nagar after him. After tunneling and piping the water over several kilometers from the river Uhl to Joginder Nagar, the powerhouse at Shanan was built by a team of engineers. Joginder Nagar's attractions include the Macchiyal Lake, the Bassi Power House, Gumma and the haulage trolley. The HPTDC runs Hotel Uhl at Joginder Nagar and there are rest houses too. JHANTIGRI (2130 m): 12 km from Joginder Nagar is this enchanting spot atop a hill, surrounded by a thick forest of deodar trees. The remains of the summer palace of the former rulers of Mandi are located here. The spot unfolds breathtaking visats of the valleys below. There is a PWD rest house at Jhatingri.

BAROT (1830 m): Just 40 km by road from Joginder Nagar and 12 km by haulage trolley, Barot packs an enormous range of outdoor activities. The reservoir of the Joginder Nagar Hydel Power Project is located here. A trout-breeding center makes it a wonderful place for angling. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu wildlife Sanctuary - home to the ghoral, Himalayan black bear and a variety of pheasants. A trek route through thick forests links Barot to Kullu. There are rest houses at Thaltukhod and Silbadhwani in the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary. SHIKARI DEVI (2850 m): It is possible trek to Shikari Devi from Janjheli and Karsog. Through woods of assorted trees and shrubs - which include several medicinal herbs - two separate trek routes lead up to this ancient shrine which crowns the top of a hill. One approach is from Janjehli and the other from Karsog. Hunters in the area once prayed to the Goddess for success in their hunt - and here, perhaps, lies the origin of the name 'Shikari Devi'. The Goddess is worshipped in the form of a stone image. Interestingly, the temple, which is said to have been in existence since the time of the Pandavas, has no roof - for local legend has it, that all attempts to build one have been unsuccessful. TATTAPANI (656 m): On the bank of the river Sutlej, Tattapani is approachable from Mandi via Karsog. It is also approachable via Shimla. Resting deep in a scenic valley and surrounded by high hills, Tattapani is famous for its hot sulpher springs- noted for their therapeutic powers. The HPTDC runs a lodge and there are rest houses at Tattapani. PRASHAR LAKE (2730 m): Linked by road to Mandi. An interesting 14 km. trek is possible along a steep track from Kataula, which is easily accessible from Mandi. The beautiful Prashar Lake is located high in the mountains, 40 km north of Mandi. It is here that sage Prashar is said to have meditated. On the lake's edge is a three-storeyed pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage. Capped with a roof of slate tiles, the temple has a wealth of woodcarving. It is said to have been built by Raja Ban Sen. of Mandi in the 14th centaury. An entire panorama of snowy mountain ranges is visible from this location.

District Kangra
NURPUR: Once a principality of Kangra, Nurpur is 24 km from Pathankot and 66 km from Dharamsala. Nurpur was known earlier as Dhameri. It achieved its peak during the rule of Raja Basu (1580-1613). The remains of his impressive fort can still be seen. Raja Basu's son Suraj Mal rose in rebellion against the Mughal Empreror Jehangir. After the uprising was quelled, the town of Dhameri was renamed Nurpur after Jahangir's beautiful wife, Nur Jehan. Today, apart from the fort, the attractions of Nurpur include the Brijraj Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. There are few other old temples at Nurpur. The place is renowned for its fine pashmina shawls. MASRUR (800 m): Easily accessible by road from Kangra (15 km) and Dharamsala (40 km). Fifteen richly carved, monolithic, rock temples, dating back to the 8th century, are to be found at Masrur, just 15 km south of Kangra. Located on a hillock that rises above a well-watered and fertile tract of considerable natural beauty - they are framed by the snow-clad peaks of Dhauldhar mountains. These shrines similar to the rock-cut temples at Ellora and Mahabalipuram, are the only monuments of this style in northern India. With rich ornamentation executed over staggering proportions, the Masrur temples bring to mind the remark that Indian temple builders "conceived like giants and had the finish of jewelers". Images of Lord Rama, Laxmana and Sita are installed in the central shrine. MAHARANA PRATAP SAGAR: The Maharana Pratap Sagar can be approached from Pathankot via Jassur, from Chandigarh via Talwara and from Dharamsala via Dehra. The shimmering waters of the Pong Dam reservoir are clearly visible from the heights of Dharamsala. A man-made wetland over the River Beas, the lake, is the habitat of a variety of migratory birds from Siberia and Central Asia. Over 220 species of birds have been sighted here. It is also an excellent place to go fishing for mahaseer, there are numerous spots for the angler. BIR (2080 m) AND BILLING (2600 m): Just 16 km from Joginder Nagar and 19 km from Baijnath, Bir is located amidst verdant fields and tea gardens. There is a large a Tibetan community and beautiful monastery here. Facing Bir is the fort of Ahju to which a trek can be made. Surrounded by an amphitheater of low hills Bir is an ideal landing ground for hang/paragliders. The road to Billing goes past Bir and climbs through thick woods. Billing, 14 km from Bir with its arena of 200 km or more for high altitude and cross-country flying is an exceptional site for aero sports. An annual hang gliding festival is held at Billing.

District Bilaspur
BAHADURPUR (1980 m): Close to the town of Bilaspur (40 km), Bahadurpur range towers over lesser hills of the area. A small forest of deodar and Himalayan oak that spreads over it considerably enhances its beauty. The crest offers panoramic view and the Ratanpur Fort, Swarghat, the Fatehpur Fort, Naina Devi, the plains near Ropar and even the Shimla hills can be seen from here. The remains of a circular fort, which was built by Raja Keshab Chand in the 17th century, crown the Bahadurpur Hill. SWARAGHAT (1220 m): Swarghat is 40 km from Bilaspur on Chandigarh- Bilaspur road and 22 km from Nalagarh. It is surrounded by low rolling hills that are draped by forests of pine. An attractive picnic spot, it forms an interesting excursion. The shrine of Naina Devi and the Bhakra Dam are approachable from here. The link road for Nalaragh and Pinjor turns off from the National Highway at Swarghat. KOT KEHLUR: The square structure of the fortress of Kot Kehlur is 3 km from Ganguwal, close to boundary with Punjab this impressive fort, over 30 m high, has effectively withstood the ravages of time, it is said to have been built by Raja Bir Chand. Legend has it that at the site of the fort, a goat staved off an attack by a lion to protect its newborn kid. This was taken as an auspicious sign and the fort was constructed at the site of the struggle. GOBIND SAGAR (520 m): In 1963, the world's highest gravity dam, the Bhakra, was dedicated to the nation. Its huge reservoir, the Gobind Sagar Lake, on the River Sutlej, extending for 90 km up to the town of Bilaspur covers an area of some 170 sq km. Its clear waters hold a variety of fish and its banks are a draw for hopeful anglers. A large range of avian life can be seen in the lake. The Gobind Sagar Lake is also emerging as a major site for boating and water sports and a wide range of facilities and training courses are available. Every winter, the Mountaineering Institute holds a festival of water sports here.

District Sirmour
RAJGARH (2169 m): Just 30 km from Solan Rajgarh blessed with considerable natural beauty, is an unspoilt retreat set amidst apple orchards. Its entry into the tourist circuit is relatively recent. A rest house and eating-places made it convenient for a holiday. SHILLAI: Approachable by road from Paonta Sahib and Sataun and surrounded by woods, Shillai lies close to the River Tons. It is closely allied with the worship of local deities Shirgul and Gugga and is an important center of folk culture. A trek to the 3647 m peak of Choor Chandni also called the Churdhar, loosely translated as the 'mountain of the silver bangle', can be made from here via Haripur Dhar. A trek to Chakrata in Uttar Pradesh is also possible from Shillai. District Solan ARKI: Just 52 km from Shimla, once the capital of the princely state of Baghal. The elegant palace at Arki, picturesquely located against a wooded hillside, is famous for its Ast Bayaka frescoes, executed in the Arki Kalam style. Refurbished now, the palace is a Heritage Hotel. The Jakholi Temple, at Arki, is a remarkable archetectural specimen- a triple shrine of the 'shikhara' style. Other temples include those dedicated to Lutuur Mahadeva, the Shakni Mahadeva, Bhairon and Durga Mata. NALAGARH: 45 km from Pinjore in Haryana, and at the halfway point on the road to Swarghat, Nalagarh was the capital of princely state having the same name. The Nalagarh Valley is a long strip bounded by the heavily eroded range of the Shivaliks in the south and west and the spurs of the outer Himalayas to the northeast. Around the valley are the ruins of the Surajupur, Malaon, Ramgarh and Chamba forts. Nalagarh is best known for its fortified palace and its fine wall paintings. This palace, recently refurbished is now a Heritage Hotel and promises an unusual royal experience to visitors.

District Shimla
SARAHAN (2125 m): 184 km from Shimla, Saharan is well connected with bus service. Taxis are also available at Shimla and Rampur. The gorgeous spectacle of the Himalayan ranges with the unspoilt pastoral loveliness of an unpretentious village, Saharan is truly a haven tucked away in the foothills of the Himalayas. Situated in the Sutlej Valley, on way to district of Kinnaur, Saharan was the old capital of Rampur Bushair, one of the biggest princely states in Shimla hills. The major attraction in Saharan is centuries-old Bhimkali Temple and Raja Bushair Palace. Steeped in legend, the temple complex is a resplendent example of hill architecture. Saharan is also the gateway to Kinnaur.

CHANSHI (4220 m): This high pass that closes in October to reopen only in April, hides the fascinating tract of Dodra-Kwar, where time seems to have stood still for several centuries. From here one can descend to the Rupin River. One can also trek on via Natwar and Panog to Haripur Dhar, include the Churdhar and loop around to Chaupal. CHOPAL (2328 m): The little town of Chopal, 100 km from Shimla, has an authentic flavor of the Himachal hills, With wood and slate houses surrounded by forest of deodar tress, with high snow covered peaks in sight, Chopal has a perfect picturesque setting. This is one of the starting points of the trek to the churdhar Peak. Above Chaupal is an old temple dedicated to Lankra Bir (Bhairon), and at Sarain, there is the Bijjat Temple. Shri Raghavendra Tours has identified some exciting treks each with a new experience, which leads from one Mountain to another of varying altitude, appearance and formation, from a pine covered slopes to cold deserts under the expert guidance and care. The well-trained camp team also offers warm hospitality and best services. Following is a list of treks, herbal treks, jeep safaris treks and mountaineering expeditions.

Manali- Chamba- Sach Pass
Trek Difficult Maximum Height3600 mts. Requirements Experience in difficult Trekking/ Mountaineering essential. Period May- June, September- October Duration 08 NIGHTS & 09 DAYS Day 01: Manali- Udaipur- Raoli, drive by taxi, 8 hours Day 02: Raoli- Sach (2150 mts.), 6 hours trek on the way good temples to see Day 03: Sach- Kilar, one can go to Mindyhat temple in the morning before starting for Killar Day 04: Kilar- Bindrabani (2800 mts.), steep down to Chenab river and then 5 hours steep ascents to Bindrabani Day 05: Bindrabani- Bagotu (3600 mts.), 2.5 hours to climb to Duna Sarai (2500 mts.) and then 3 hours further to Bagotu Day 06: Bagotu- Satrundi (3400 mts.), 4 hours steep ascent to the Sach Pass and then 2 hours down to camp Day 07: Satrundi- Traila (2000 mts.), 4 hours down going to Always and 3 hours to Traila. Day 08: Traila- Chamba (996 mts.) by taxi, 5 hours drive Day 09: Chamba- Pathankot via Dalhousie by taxi, 6 hours drive TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 120 US$ per head per day, 4 to 8 persons @ 100 US$ per head per day, 8 and above @ 90 US$ per head per day Facilities Include boarding, lodging, transport, portage, camping equipment except personal equipment.

Bharmaur – Kugti – Udaipur- Manali trek
Trek Difficult Maximum Height 5040 mts. Requirements Experience in difficult Trekking/ Mountaineering essential. Duration 06 NIGHTS & 07 DAYS Day 01: Bharmaur (2130 M) – Hadsar (2320 M) 13 kms by Jeep, Hadsar – Manimahesh and back 13 kms trek Day 02: Hadsar – Kugti village (2590M) 12 kms Day 03: Kugti village – Kuddi Got (4000M) 12 kms Day 04: Kuddi Got – Khardu (3540M) over Kugti Pass (5040M) 10 kms Day 05: Khardu – Shansha village via Raape village 12 kms, Shansha - Udaipur by jeep Day 06: At Udaipur visit to Trilok Nath temple and Mrikula Devi temple Day 07: Udaipur – Manali via Rohtang Pass (3979 M) by jeep TOUR ENDS Cost: 4 persons @ 120 US$ per head per day, 4 to 8 persons @ 100 US$ per head per day, 8 and above @ 90 US$ per head per day Facilities Include boarding, lodging, transport, portage, camping equipment except personal equipment.


Dharamsala – Nayagraon trek
Trek Difficult Maximum Height 3693 Mtrs. Requirement Pass trekking experience essential Period June to October Duration 09 NIGHTS & 10 DAYS Day 01: Arrival at Dharamsala and acclimatization walk Day 02: Sight seeing to His Holiness Monastery, St. Joha’s Church in wilderness, Dal Lake, Bhagsu Shiva temple and water fall. Day 03: Drive to Bir by jeep, about 64 kms. From Dharamsala, sight seeing in Bir Day 04: Bir- Billing and rajgaunda- 14 kms. By road, Bir to Billing is along the road, the trek goes to the North of Billing along a spur above the Uhi River with an easy 2-hour trail to Rajgaunda. Day 05: Billing- palachak (2770 m)- 12 kms. Billing to Thamsar Jot and further to Barabhangal is a mule track, the Pass is comparatively higher than other passes of Dhauladhar but it is most frequented and well marked and generally used by the people of Baijnath and Barabhangal for want of any transport facility. Day 06: Palachak- Panihardu (3693 mts.) –9 kms. It takes about 3 hours to reach Panihardu over some Meadows and snowfields during May and June. There is steep climb at places; tent pitching is advised at this place. During summer season tea the local people put up stalls. Day 07: Panihardu- Udeg/ Marhu (3690 mts.)- 17 kms. This is a long haul, one must take an early start to avoid mid day winds and bad weather. The trek is arduous being steep. There is a small glacial lake a little below the Pass, after about 4 hours strenuous climb one reaches Marhu that has a flat land for camping Day 08: Marhu- Barabhangal (2550 mts.)-18 kms, this is again a long trek, which descended steeply over rock cliffs. Many steep ridges have stop be negotiated before reaching Khaner village, it takes about 3 hours to reach Dhardi village. There is one short tricky rock face about 200 ft. above the river; the rest of the trek is normal. Day 09: Dhardi- Nayagraon (2245 mts.)- 14 kms. A descent along the river at an easy pace and after three hours arrival at a Dhaba (small restaurants). The trek leads down towards a steel cable bridge on the south bank one Kilometer above Nayagraon where there is a rest house, Dhardi is being connected by a jeep able road from Nayagraon to facilitate the people of Dhardi and Khaner to reach Barabhangal comfortably. Day 10: Nayagraon- Deol (2020 mts.)- 8 kms. An easy trekking trail, rather jeep able path, to reach deol, THE BUS HEAD/ Deol is emerging as a big village with few shops and eating places. From Deol one gets bus to reach Kharamukh, Bharmaur or Chamba. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 100 US $ dollars per head per day, 4 –8 persons @ 90 US $ dollars per head per day, 8 to above @ 80 US $ dollars per head per day. Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Maidi to Nadaun (Hamirpur)
Trek Moderate Requirement Experience in Trekking/ Mountaineering essential Period November- March Duration 04 NIGHTS & 05 DAYS Day 01: Maidi- Rapho 3 Km, Trek small village, Maidi has a Temple and nice camping ground near temple Day 02: Rapho- Brobaddar 3 Km, Trek village Day 03: Brobaddar- Pirsulli 7 Km, Trek Temple to Nag Devta, Famous temple of Nag Devta and there is a camping ground near the temple Day 04: Pirsulli- Nadaun 12 Km, Trek/ Road small town, Nadaun is a small town from where one can go to Hamirpur, Una and Jawalajee Day 05: Nadaun-Jawalijee 18 Km, Road Temple of Mata Jawalamukhi, HP Tourism Hotel

TOUR END Note: The trek is Partly by road, Trekkers will handle an opportunity to stay in village’s enroute and study the local customs, manners, traditions, social life and culture etc. Cost: Per head per day for a group of four persons Indian @ Rs. 1000/- and for foreigners @ 60 US $ Facilities Include boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, and camping equipment except personal equipment Note Additional facilities possible on extra cost increase in total number of days possible.

Hamirpur- Deotsidh- Sri Naina Devi
Trek Moderate Requirement Experience in Trekking essential Period November- March Duration 08 NIGHTS & 09 DAYS Day 01: Hamirpur- Bhota 12 Km, village-to-village Bhota is a prominent town of Hamirpur district on the main road and is a junction to go to Shimla, Mandi, Hamirpur and Una Day 02: Bhota- Salon 8 Km. Day 03: Saloni- Bijhari 10 Km Day 04: Bijhari- Deotsidh 6 Km Day 05: Deotsidh – Shah Talai 5 Km Day 06: Shah Talai- Shiv Bari 5 Km Day 07: Shiv Bari- Kosrain 6 Km, All along the road Day 08: Kosrain- Khulmi/ Bhakhra 5 Km, by ferryboat Day 09: Khulmi- Sri Naina Devi 10 Km Trek, 20 Km by road TOUR END Note: The route as above is partly by road and by trekking many ridges have to be negotiated on the way to Deotsidh and in between the road to be crossed, Trekkers will have an opportunity to stay in villages enroute and study the local customs, manners, tradition social life and culture etc. Cost: Per head per day for a group of four persons Indian @ Rs. 1000/- and for foreigners @ 60 US $ Facilities: Include boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, and camping equipment except personal equipment Note Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Kinner Kailash Parikrama
Trek Moderate Maximum Height 5242 Mts. Requirement (Limited past experience in trekking essential) Period May- September Duration 06 NIGHTS & 07 DAYS Day 01: Kalpa- Thangi (2966 m-50 km) by bus, school building can be used for night, and tent age accommodation Day 02: Thangi- Lambar (289 m-12 km) trek slightly going down Day 03: Lambar- Charang (3506 m- 12 km) the trek is through different terrain Day 04: Charang- Chitkul (3450 m- 14 km) Over Charang Ghati (5242 m), gradual climbing to the Pass and then easy descending Day 05: Chitkul- Rakchham (2900 m-12 km) Jeep able road in operation during season, otherwise trek down to Rakchham Day 06: Rakchham-Sangla (2590 m-14 km) Along the Baspa river in the Sangla Valley. Rest house available Day 07: Sangla- Karchham (1982 m- 17 km) Through the Sangla valley with good view Of mountain ranges. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 75 US $ per head per day, 4 -8 persons @ 65 US $ per head per day, 8 to above @ 55 US $ per head per day

Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment, except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total No. Of days possible.

Manali- Hamya Herbal Trek
Trek Moderate Maximum Height 4268 Mtrs. Requirement Limited Past experience in trekking essential Period June to September Duration 07 NIGHTS & 08 DAYS. Day 01: Arrival Manali (2050 mts.) & Acclimatization walk. Day 02: Manali- Pandu Ropa- 10 Kms., Pandu Ropa is situated at 2800 mts. The camp is located on the left bank of Hamta Nullah. From here three trek leading to different valleys, which are abundant in herbal plants. Here one can find beautiful caves and tents can also be pitched. Day 03: Pandu Ropa- Chikka and back to Pandu Ropa – 6 kms, Chhika is situated at 3000 mtrs. Here and further above the tree line plenty of bushes and herbs e.g. gentian, Kurro, Swertia Chirata, Mantha- Sylvester’s, cannabis Sativa & Morchella are available. Day 04: Pandu Ropa – Balugera (base of Hamta)- 10 kms. Balugera is situated at 3800 mts. Approximately 3 km. Below Hamta Pass. Lots of minor forest produces available/. Day 05 & 06: In search of herbal plants e.g. Aconitum heterophuyllum, Gentian Kurroo, Discourage, Pdophyllum headroom, Valerian Wallichii, Mantha- Sylvester’s and many other medicinal plants. This herbal trek is gaining height unto Hamta Pass. At Pass, a panoramic view of peaks in Central Lahaul and close view of northern face of Deo Tibba (6001 mts.) and Indianan (6221 mts.) is available. Day 07: Return Journey- Hamta to Pandu Ropa. Day 08: Pandu Ropa- Manali. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 90 US $ dollars per head per day, 4 –8 persons @ 85 US $ dollars per head per day, 8 to above @ 70 US $ dollars per head per day. Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible

Trek Moderate Maximum Height 4116 Mtrs. Requirement Limited Past experience in trekking essential Period June to October Duration 09 NIGHTS 10 DAYS Day 01: Arrival Manali (2050 mts.) & Acclimatization walk AROUND Manali. Day 02: Drive from Manali to Manikaran (2653 mts.) by jeep Manikaran is situated on the right bank of river Parbati, there are several hot springs of water with the temperature above boiling point and the rice can be boiled and cooked if tied in cloth and thrown into water. The air is impregnated with a distinct odour of Sulphur, which is beneficial in rheumatic and skin diseases. Manikaran is frequently visited by hundreds of pilgrims/ tourists every year. Day 03:Manikaran- Pulga (2290 mts.). A gentle climbing to Pluga passing through Barshaini village and along the forest. Pluga is a beautiful Alpine pasture and resting place. Day 04: Pluga- Khirganga (2960 mts.), A gradual climb through forest, villages and passing through abundance of herbal plants. Day 05: Khirgana – Tundabhuj (3285 mts.), walk along the forest and lots of minor forest produce are available such as Gentian Kurroo, Swerita Chirata, Podophyllum, Haxandrum, Discolored and many medicinal plants. Day 06: Tundabhuj- Pandu Bridge (3700 mts.), a huge rock bridge to cross the river to other side and big caves is fascinating. Day 07: Pandu Bridge- Mantalai Lake (4116 mts.), the holy lake and source of river Parbati. Day 08: Trek back to Tundabhuj Day 09: Trek back to Manikaran Day 10: Drive back to Manali.

TOUR ENDS Cost: 4 persons @ 85 US $ dollars per head per day, 4 –8 persons @ 80 US $ dollars per head per day, 8 to above @ 75 US $ dollars per head per day. Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Dharamsala- Chhota Bhangal over sari Pass Kullu
Trek Moderate Maximum Height 3760 Mtrs. Requirement Experience in trekking essential Period May- June, September- October Duration 07 NIGHTS & 08 DAYS Day 01: Arrival Dharamsala (1800 mts.) and acclimatization walk around Dharamsala and visit to the monasteries. Day 02: Dharamsala- Bir, by jeep – 4 hours, Bir is emerging as a popular tourists destination now because of Buddhist monasteries. There are good Tibetan settlements, and foreigners are attracted to study the Tibetan Culture. There is beautiful tea garden and tourists enjoy the Kangra tea flavor. Day 03: Bir- Billing (2800 mts.) Billing is located on a ridge without any vegetation. There is a forest bungalow, which serves as a resting place for trekkers and tourists. Billing is famous for conducting hang- gliding, Para-gliding competition. It gives a panoramic view of the valley below. From this place one can choose to go to Barabhangal after a loosing Thamsar Pass. Day 04: Billing- Kothi Kohar village- 14 kms. Kothoi Kohar falls in the backward area of Chhota Bhangal enroute one can see many species of herbal plants. The catchments area of the nearby village i.e. Rumbling river and other tributaries from the Uhi river which later merges at barot in to Lama Dugh river which descends from Lohardi. Day 05: Kothi Kohar- Lohardi- 19 kms. Bus able route and frequently of buses is limited to 3-4 buses a day. Lohardi is a lovely village on the left side of the Lama Dugh River. This area is becoming more and more popular amongst foreign tourists for its quietness and exquisite beauty. Lohardi is now coming up with a small town. At a distance of 4 kms. Village Swar is perched on a hillside and has terraced field of potato cultivation and apple orchards. This region is visited by botanists for collection of rare species of medicinal plants of their interest. Day 06: Lohardi- lahesh Cave (3200 mts.)- 14 kms. This trek is moderate one and is visited by the local people and trekkers to cross Sari Pass, which paves the way to Kullu valley. Lahesh cave can accommodate 3-4 persons in emerging. To have a tent at this place will be a pride possession for a comfortable sleep. Day 07: Lahesh Cave- Tenu village (2750 mts.)-12 kms. Tenu village is the last village of Kullu valley. People are utmost orthodox cal and do not compromise with their customs and traditions. One can have good look of the Kullu valley all along the route Day 08: Tenu village0 Solang Village- 18 kms. , And to Kullu by bus, the trek descends to Raghol village and many small villages come in intervals. Sori Nullah meanders all along the trek route, which terminates at Solang village, which is the bus, head for Lagg valley people, Lagg valley has apple orchards in abundance. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 85 US $ dollars per head per day, 4 –8 persons @ 80 US $ dollars per head per day, 8 to above @ 75 US $ dollars per head per day. Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Wild Trek (Kullu Valley)
Trek Moderate Maximum Height 3980 Mts. Requirement (Limited past experience in trekking essential) Period May, June, August, September, October & November Duration 05 NIGHTS & 06 DAYS Day 01: Arrival Manali (2050 Mts.) and acclimatization walk around Manali

Day 02: The 11 kilometer trek passes through the different villages of upper Kullu valley to put individual at Solang (2480 mts) famous for winter activities and summer sports Day 03: Solang Nalla-Dhundi (2840 mts-8 km), the trek is gradual along with Beas river, a brand for camping site, one can have the glimpse of Indianan (6221 mts) Deo Tibba (6001 mts) and Hanuman Tibba (5930 mts) Day 04: Dhundi- Shagara Dugh (3600 mts- 8 km), the trek enters Gumeri reserve forest after crossing Seri Nalla, wild life can be noticed, further after loosing height and cross Mugheri Nalla, one will camp at Shagara Dugh brand Day 05: Shagara Dugh- Marhi (3380 mts.-10 km) 10 kms trek through a small pass about 4000 mts gets into Sheila Goru Nalla, witness dying glacier, the enroute upstream leads to another pass 3988 mts projects both side view Kullu & Rohtang, Bhrigu and Sela Sar, further descend can be unto Marhi camp Day 06: Marhi- Manali (20 kms), a steep descend puts individual to Rahla, again level walking via Kothi forest Rest House down to Kulung village and Nehru Kund to Manali. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 68 US $ per head per day, 4 -8 persons @ 63 US $ per head per day, 8 to above @ 58 US $ per head per day Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment, except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total No. Of days possible.

Chander Trail (Kullu Valley)
Trek Moderate Maximum Height 4480 Mts. Requirement (Limited past experience in trekking essential) Period May- June, September, October Duration 05 NIGHTS & 06 DAYS Day 01: Arrival Manali (2050 mts) and acclimatization walk around Manali Day 02: Manali- Khanol, drive to Jagatsukh, further trek upwards through the forests ends up a place known as Khanol on the left bank of Dhuangan Nalla Day 03: Khanol- Chhika (6 kms), trek through unspoiled lush green forests, Alpine plateau the camping site surrounded by beautiful rock climbing area Day 04: Chhika- Seri (5 kms), trek through alpine meadows with moderate climb for camp at Ser plateau Day 05: Seri- Chandertal (4480 mts) & back Seri with small pack one can visit to Chamdertal area skied mountain of the Himalayan. Day 06: Seri- Manali same trails follow back to Jagatsukh via Bhanara village, jeep drive back to Manali. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 73 US $ per head per day, 4 -8 persons @ 68 US $ per head per day, 8 to above @ 63 US $ per head per day Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment, except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total No. Of days possible.

Malana History Trek (Kullu Valley)
TREK MODERATE MAXIMUM HEIGHT 3960 MTS. Requirement (Limited past experience in trekking essential) Period May, June, August, September Duration 06 NIGHTS & 07 DAYS Day 01: Arrival Manali (2950 mts) and acclimatization walk around Manali Day 02: Drive from Manali to Naggar and trek to Rumsu village (2377 mts) on the way stop at Rorich Art gallery, camp at Rumsu Day 03: Rumsu- Chanderkhani (3960 mts-8km), a striking view of Deo Tibba over looking the view of Malana glen Day 04: Chanderkani- Malana (2617 mts- 7 km), day start with gradual climb with 360 degree view covering snowy peaks and down side the wide valley of Kullu and Parbati. Further

descending trek leads to mysterious village of Malam, a historical village with Greek origin settler history Day 05: Malana- Rashol (2598 mts- 19 km), flat walking with few ascends and descends provides Panoramic view of Pin Parbati range Day 06: Rashol- Kasol (1585 mts- 8 km), walk through deodar forests Day 07: kasol- Manikaran and back to Manali by jeep, one will drive to Manikaran, famous for boiling temperature water, evening can be reached Manali or nearby Air port Bhuntar. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 90 US $ per head per day, 4 -8 persons @ 85 US $ per head per day, 8 to above @ 80 US $ per head per day Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment, except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total No. Of days possible.

Hamta Trek (Kullu Valley)
Trek Moderate Maximum Height 3960 Mts. Requirement (Limited past experience in trekking essential) Period May, June, August, September, October Duration 04 NIGHT & 05 DAYS Day 01: Arrival Manali (2050 Mts.) and acclimatization walk around Manali Day 02: Drive from Manali to Pirni village, further steep walk via Pandu rope to Chhika (3000 mts) camping site Day 03: Chhika- Hamta (4268 mts- 10 km), one can have a close view of Deo Tibba and Indianan Peaks, further retreat the steps back to confluence of Patpori Nalla and Hamta Nalla Day 04: Pataori Nalla- Sarotu (3400 mts-12 km), during the traverse of hills one will gain maximum height of (4000 mts) and cross Jobri Nalla, the camping ground is a grazing place on the way one can visit the famous cave of Wangdwar Day 05: Sarotu- Bhanara- Manali- (13 kms), trail descend to Bhanara village a place for old beautiful temple and ruins of forts of Piti Raja. Gradual traverse on the way famous Arjun Gufa and Shabbri temple to Manali. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 98 US $ per head per day, 4 -8 persons @ 93 US $ per head per day, 8 to above @ 88 US $ per head per day Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment, except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total No. Of days possible.

History Trek (Malana- Kullu Valley)
Trek Moderate Maximum Height 3960 Mts. Requirement (Limited past experience in trekking essential) Period May, June, August, September, October Duration 05 NIGHTS & 06 DAYS Day 01: Arrival Manali (2050 Mts.) and acclimatization walk around Manali Day 02: Drive from Manali-Naggar and trek to reach Steling (2660 mts), on the way stop at Rorich Art gallery. The camp at Steling surrounded by pine trees Day 03: Steling- Ghankalari (3300 mts) trek through dense pine forests and rhododendron bushes, campsite near Ghankalari water stream. Provides open view of Manali valley Day 04: Ghankalari- Malana (2617 mts) via Chanderkhani Pass (3960 mts), day starts with gradual climb with 360 degree view covering snowy peaks and down side wide valley of Kullu and Parbati. Further descending trek towards mysterious village Malana, a historical village with Greek origin settler history Day 05: In around Malana to explore the history and catching the glimpse of the scenic views Day 06: Malana to Jeri- Manikaran- Manali, Route descend steeply towards Malana Nalla and from they’re to Jeri, from Jeri onwards by jeep to Manikaran with religious and spiritual background, Evening back to Manali or nearby Airport Bhuntar.

TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 89 US $ per head per day, 4 -8 persons @ 84 US $ per head per day, 8 to above @ 79 US $ per head per day Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment, except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total No. Of days possible.

Barot- Dansar Lake- Chhota Bhangal
Trek Moderate Maximum Height 4150 Mtrs. Requirement Limited past experience in trekking essential Period May- June, September- October Day 01: Arrival Manali (2050 Mts)/ Dharamsala (1800 mts) walk around and do the acclimatization. Day 02: Drive to Barot, there enjoy 5 kms trolley ride unto the winch camp gives a fantastic thrilling experience to enjoy beautiful valley FROM A HEIGHT. After the winch camp 3 kms trek is all along the trolley line and then 3 kms. Downhill trek to Barot. This is the loveliest trek extending view towards Bara Bhangal region; one can have a rare and exquisite view of the Barot town and reservoir from the top hill Day 03: Barot- Marahad- 15 Kms, buses are available from barot to Lohardi. The trek starts from Lohardi to Potang and then to Morad- a place where lot of timberwork is done. Morand valley is similar to the valley of flowers in Garhwal with plenty of wild flowers. Trek is easy and photogenic with greenery all around. Day 04: Marand- camping ground below the lake (3150 mts)- 15 kms. from Marahad the first camping place comes after a 3 hours strenuous climb between thickly wooded forest and bushes. A very flat area below the lake with numerous rivulets forms a beautiful camping ground. Bansar Lake has a circumference of about 800 mts. Just below the peaks at an elevation of 4150 mts. This lake is visited by devotees of the Lord Shiva to take holy dip in the sacred water for fulfillment of their desires; this pilgrimage comes after the Manimahesh yatra. Day 05: One has the choice to land to Kullu valley over sari Pass route or come back to Barot the same day. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 80 US $ dollars per head per day, 4 –8 persons @ 75 US $ dollars per head per day, 8 to above @ 70 US $ dollars per head per day. Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Baijnath- Holi (Ravi Valley) over Jalsu Pass –(3600 mts)
Trek Moderate Maximum Height 360 Mtrs. Requirement Limited past experience in trekking essential Period May- June, September- October Duration 06 NIGHTS & 07 DAYS Day 01: Arrival Manali (2050 Mts)/ Dharamsala (1800 mts) walk around and do the acclimatization. Day 02: Drive to Baijnath by Jeep, it is one of the pilgrim centers of Hindu because of a very ancient temple of Shiva Vaidyanatha (Lord of Physicians). Legend has it that this is where King ravana (from the epic Ramayana) supplicated Shiva for the boon of immortality. The lingam enshrined in this sanctum is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (Lord Shiva’s stone image) in the country, visit the town and nearby monasteries at Bir and tea gardens. The Ayurvedic College at parole has a research center for the herbal medicine, night halt at Utrala. Day 03: Utrala- Parai village (2390 mts.) –17 kms. the trek weaves all along the Parai Nullah having gentle climb. Parai is a small village with a school. The residents are frequent visitors to Yara Gote where they have improvised huts for temporary stay. Day 04: Parai to Yara Gote- 13 Kms (cross over Jalsu Pass-3600 mts.), Jalsu Pass is an accessible pass and is easy to cross, trekkers and pilgrimages who take part in Manimahesh

pilgrimage often cross this pass and stay at Yara Gote which has vast green meadows and flat area. Local people establish seasonal tea stalls to help the trekkers and pilgrimages. Day 05: Yara Gote- Surai village (2788 mts.)- 12 kms, the trek descends from Yara Gote to Surai having dense forest of mixed variety. This region is also famous for collection of medicinal plants. Day 06: Sarai- Deol- 14 kms, the trek passes through Nayagraon and Bhag and few villages at intervals, the trek descends steeply at places and from Bhag onwards a jeep able road is under construction which links to deol and Holi. One has the choice to trek to Bara Bhangal from Nayagraon, which further takes about 3 days. The people from Bara Bhangal village take this route to reach Kharamukh, Bharmaur and Chamba. Day 07: Deol- Bharmaur or Chamba or Dalhousie, by jeep/ bus. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 80 US $ dollars per head per day, 4 –8 persons @ 75 US $ dollars per head per day, 8 to above @ 70 US $ dollars per head per day. Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Dharamsala- Minkiani Pass Chamba
Trek Moderate Maximum Height 360 Mtrs. Requirement Limited past experience in trekking essential Period June to October Duration 06 NIGHTS & 07 DAYS Day 01: Arrival at Mcleodganj (1800 mts.) in Dharamshal, know about the town, sight seeing, visit to monasteries and temple of Bhagsu Naag. Day 02: Mcleodganj- Kareri villager (1800 mts.)- Shepherds who have smallholdings of terraced fields inhabit 13 Kms., this village. The trek passes through Tibetan Children village, Dal Lake, Satubari and Ghera along pine trees. Gentle decent unto Ghera and then followed by a steep climb of about 2.5 km to reach the rest house. Day 03: Kareri village- Kareri Lake (3150 mts.) 13 Km., the trek goes steeply up to Kali Mandir or one can trek via Rohli which is a longer trek with mild ascents. The trek goes all along Kareri Nullah between a valleys thickly wooded on both sides. There is a Naag Mandir (Shiva temple) on the entrance of the dried lake. Day 04: Kareri Lake- Minkiani Gote (over Minkiani Pass-3250 mts.)- 10 kms. It takes about 3-4 hours to reach the pass. Sudden weather change, blizzards and white out conditions are a common phenomena at this pass. Mililani Gote has a beautiful camping area; towards east the trek goes to the famous Lamdal Lake and north it descends to Chamba valley. Day 05: Minkiani Gote- Drakund (1900 mts.)- 18 kms. long tiring trek descends al, along the Lamdal Nullah to Drakund which has a forest rest house surrounded by apple orchards. The best season to visit this place is August and September, Gaddis and Gujjars are seen along with their sheep and buffaloes. Day 06: Drakund- Dunali – 9 kms, Dunali is located on the Chamba- Bharmaur road. Drive to Chamba, which is a traditional town with famous Laxmi Narayan temples in groups. Bhuri Singh museum, Chogan and Chamunda temple on the top of the town are historic places. Day 07: Drive from Chamba to Dharmsala or Pathankot or Dalhousie as per the convenience of the group. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 80 US $ per head per day, 4 –8 persons @ 75 US $ per head per day, 8 to above @ 70 US $ per head per day. Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Dharmsala- Indrahara Pass- Bharmaur
Trek Difficult Maximum Height 4350 Mtrs.

Requirement High altitude experience in trekking essential Period June to October Duration 07 NIGHTS & 08 DAYS Day 01: Arrival at Dharamsala/ Mcleodganj Acclimatization walk. Day 02: Sight seeing of prominent places, town, and monasteries and know about the area. Day 03: Mcleodganj- Triund (2975 mts.)- 9 Kms., it takes 3 hours to reach Triund, which is known for scenic grandeur presenting closest views of Dhauladhar. Below the valley one can enjoy the sunset and plains of Punjab and Shivalik ridges. The place is unique for stargazers; green meadows give a cozy feeling to a tried trekker. There is a forest bungalow constructed during the British regime. Day 04: Triund- Lahesh Cave (3350 mts.)- 7 kms. the journey takes 3 hours, the Lahesh Cave is located at the base of Indrahara Pass and it is a big rock overhang to provide shelter for 8-9 trekkers. One can also camp below the cave in flat open area. The trek cross all along Illaqa Gote. Day 05: Lahesh Cave- Chatta Parao (over Indrahara Pass)- 4350 mts., 3-4 hours steep and taxiing climb, this is the most frequented pass. Trekkers and shepherds choose this pass enroute to Chamba and Bharmaur, views towards central Himalayas and great Himalayan ranges is captivating from this Pass. One can have the glimpse of Chamba Kailash from this pass, camping is done at Chatta Parao under the rock shelter or pitch tents below Chatta Parao at Mondore after 3-4 kms. Day 06: Chatta Parao- Kwarsi (2730 mts.)- 18 kms. Kwarsi is a beautiful village perched on a slope and surrounded by forest of mixed variety. Lush green fields give a nice look; there is a Shiva temple here where trekkers generally retire for a night rest. Day 07: Kwarsi- Lamu & Choli villages- 14 kms. steep descent , dangerous narrow paths at few places. The trek joins the bus road below lame village or near Choli village. Buses at intervals are available towards Kharamukh and Bharmaur. Day 08: Bharmaur- Chamba – by bus, for journey to Dharamsala or Pathankot or visit the famous place Khajjiar and Dalhousie. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 80 US $ per head per day, 4 –8 persons @ 75 US $ per head per day, 8 to above @ 70 US $ per head per day. Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Mcleodganj- Triund- Illaqua Gote- Mcleodganj
Trek Moderate Maximum Height 3150 Mtrs. Requirement Little experience in trekking essential Period May to November Duration 06 NIGHTS & 07 DAYS Day 01: Arrival at Mcleodganj (Dharamsala) Acclimatization walk. Day 02: Sight seeing. His holiness Monastery St. John Church in Wilderness, Dal Lake, Bhagsu Shiva temple and waterfall, Naddi Talon. Preparation for trek and packing. Day 03: Mcleodganj- Gunna Devi (2310 mts.)- 8 kms. pass through Tibetan Children village, Dal Lake and then to Balh Nullah. Naddi to Balh Nullah is a thick deodar and oak forest and sight of a leopard is very common feature. After a steep climb so an hour one reaches at Galu on top and enjoys views on all sides. From here a 4 kms trek facing the sun traverses towards Gunna Devi and the Kali temple. Day 04: Gunna Devi- Jeri Gote via Kanjrala (3000 mts.)-12 kms. Very thick forest of mixed variety. Lot of medicinal plants and wildlife in abundance. This is also called bear and leopard prone area; Kanjrala has a flat green meadows where shepherds camp with their flocks of sheep and goats. Form here a steep ascent is followed unto Relu Gote and then a gentle climb and traverses to Jeri Gote, which abruptly opens after a long jungle walk. Jeri Gote is located at the base of Bhimaghasutri Pass. `

Day 05: Jeri Gote- Illaqa Gote (3150 mts.) 8 kms. In the month of June the whole trek is partially covered with snow up to Illaqa Gote that offers a view of the Pass and the Men Peak and other snow capped peaks. Day 06: Illaqa Gote- Triund (2975 mts)- 10 kms. Triund is base camp for trekkers going to Cahmba and Bharmaur. Lasu green meadows, closets view of Dhauladhat, sunset and panorama of Kangra valley, plains of Punjab and Shivalik range are the unique sights from this place. There is water scarcity at Triund. Day 07: Triund- Mcleodganj (1760 mts.)- 9kms.a lovely trek descends down the valley. Welldefended trail with picturesque scenes of Mcleodganj, Bhagsu and Dharamsala town. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 70 US $ per head per day, 4 –8 persons @ 65 US $ per head per day, 8 to above @ 60 US $ per head per day. Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Indrahar- Minkiani Pass circuit trek
Trek Difficult Maximum Height 3600 Mts Requirement Experience in difficult Trekking/ Mountaineering essential Period May- June, September- October Duration 09 NIGHTS & 10 DAYS Day 01: Dharamsala- Triund (2975 Mts) 10 Km, gradual trek and halt near Forest Rest House, water to be fetched one kilometer down the stream Day 02: Triund- Laka Got (3550 mts) 8 km, steady climb up, cave is enough to provide shelter for 30-40 persons near base of the pass Day 03: Laka- Got Chhata Hut (3600 mts) 10 Km, steep climbing to Indrahar Pass and gradual going to other side, from top, peaks of Pir Panjal and Mani Mahesh ranges are visible. Day 04: Chhat Hut- Kuarsi (2750 mts) 16 km, The route involves ascent and descent, view of Mani Mahesh Peaks Day 05: Kuarsi- Gehra (1925 mts) 18 km, steep ascent and descent, panoramic view of Pir Panjal range Day 06: Ghera- Drakund (2280 mts) 16 km, An enjoyable trek through thick forest Day 07: Drakund- Base of Minkiani Pass (3500 mts) 12 km, Steep climbing through forests, the route is rough and locals call this pass as Belani Pass Day 08: Base of Pass- Minkiani Got (3560 mts) 10 km, It is better to climb to Lamdal for a holy dip and then trek Down to Minkiani Got over Minkiani Pass Day 09: Minkiani- Kareri Rest house (1980 mts) 22 km, It is going down but very tiring, Charming view from the Kareri Rest house Day 10: Kareri- Dharamsala (1400 mts) 14 km, All descent down through Bhagsu and Mcleodganj. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 95 US $ per head per day, 4-8 persons @ 90 US $ per head per day, 8 & above @ 85 US $ per head per day Facilities: Include boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, and camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Baijnath- Bara Bhangal- Dalhousie trek
Trek Difficult Maximum Height 4739 Mts Requirement Experience in difficult Trekking/ Mountaineering essential Period May- June, September- October Duration 10 NIGHTS & 11 DAYS Day 01: Baijnath- Bir Khas by Taxi, the place is famous for aero sports Day 02: Bir Khas- Raj Gaunda (2530 mts) 13 Km Day 03: Raj Gaunda- Palachak Deota (2743 mts) 8 km Day 04: Palachak Deota- Panardu Got (3658 mts) 8 km

Day 05: Panardu Got- Thamsar Jot (4739 mts), The trek is via Bharpal Got (3964 mts), Thamsar Jot is gradual and can be crossed easily, and This divides Chhota and Bara Bhangal Day 06: Thamsar- Bara Bhangal (2548 mts) 14 km, Bara Bhangal has an area of 290 miles but contains only one village situated at the lowest point of the valley and inhabited by Kanet families, One more than three sides the mountains slopes steeply up from the very banks of the river and rises into peaks from 5182 mts to 6000 mts Day 07: Bara Bhangal- Dhardi (1830 mts) 23 km Day 08: Dhardi- Naya Gaon (1677 mts) 23 km Day 09: Naya Gaon- Holi (1524 mts) 15 km Day 10: Holi- Bharmour (2130 mts) and then to chamba by jeep visit to temples and culture trip to the village Day 11: Chamba- Baijnath via Dalhousie by jeep visit to Bhuri Singh museum and temples in Chamba. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 95 US $ per head per day, 4-8 persons @ 90 US $ per head per day, 8 & above @ 85 US $ per head per day Facilities: Include boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, and camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Pongdam- Dadasiba- Dehra Gopipur
Trek Moderate Requirement Experience in Trekking essential Period November – March Duration 03 NIGHT & 04 DAYS Day 01: Pongdam- Banuri 22 km, Easy grade trek through villages via Barnali, Bandhol, Sanda, Night halt at Banuri Day 02: Banuri- Dadasiba 15 km, Trek passes through Maira, Bashlahar, Gurala, and Baggar and thru Fort and a Fish Pond Day 03: Dada Siba- Khanoli Devi Mandir 12 km, The trek is via Nangal Chowk, Chadiah and to Khanoli Mandir Day 04: Khanoli Mandir- Dehra Town 13 km, The trek joins the main road at Dhaliara Nehran Pukhar and goes to Dehara bridge and then follow the road to Dehra TOUR END Note: There is another trek route from Pongdam to Chintpurni and Bhawain via Ghati Mandir, Riri chowk Jandour and Kotla and from Kotla to Chintpurni via Pucca Tiala, Shitla Mandir and Jalloh Barh. This trek can be covered in two stages easily, Pongdam to Dehra Gopipur can also be reached by power boat and the total distance comes to about 45 kms from Bhawain one can cover the trek to Pragpur or Dehra or board a bus, The trekkers will an opportunity to stay in villages enroute and study the local customs, manners, traditions, social life and culture etc. Cost: Per head per day for a group of four persons Indian @ Rs. 1000/- and for foreigners @ 60 US $ Facilities: Include boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, and camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Bankhandi- chohal- Manguwal
Trek Moderate Requirement Experience in Trekking essential Period November – March Duration 05 NIGHTS & 06 DAYS Day 01: Manguwal- Chohal 14 km, Police Check Post Manguwal to Chohal via Fatkan Salern village, all forest area covered with bushes camp below the dam. Chohal is a small township with hotel and a small market Day 02: Chohal- Nari 15 km, via Baroti 3 km, Nari Thaplan 8 km (with one house only) and then to Nari 4 km, night halt at Nari that has 2-3 houses with a small temple and camping ground

Day 03: Nari- Thaplan 14 km, via Barmen 4 km, Panwra 6 km, Thaplan 4 km, Thapaln is a boarder line of Himachal Pradesh & Punjab, forested area one can use the school for an overnight stay Day 04: Thapaln- Nagroli 14 km, via Thian 3 km, and then to Nagroli 11 km, camp above the village in the forest. Thaplan to Bankhandi is all forest and by trekking only Day 05: Nagroli- Badhera 14 km, via Bankhandi 4 km, Bankhnadi has a PWD rest house and PirBaba Temple, and then to Pandogha, Ishpur- Parshali- saloh, night halt at Badhera, there is a middle school at Badhera Day 06: Badhera- Gondpur 16 km, the route covers Maili, Balibal, Pubuwal, Kuthad beet, Pullian, Dulehed and Gondpur, there is a school at Gondpur village. One can trek to Santokhgarh from Gondpur or go by bus; there are regular buses from Santokhgarh to Una. TOUR END Note: The trekkers will have an opportunity to stay in the village’s enroute and study the local customs, manners, traditions, social life and customs etc. Cost: Per head per day for a group of four persons Indian @ Rs. 1000/- and for foreigners @ 60 US $ Facilities: Include boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, and camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Cannabis Sativa (Bhang) Trek.
Trek Moderate Maximum Height 12000 ft. Requirement Limited past experience in trekking essential Period June to October Duration 07 NIGHTS & 08 DAYS Day 01: Arrival Manali (2050 mts.) & Acclimatization walk. Day 02: Manali- Naggar- 21 kms. Manali to Naggar by transport, Naggar was an ancient capital of Kullu Raja and the castle where he lived is presently converted into a hotel with beautiful woodcarving. Day 03: Naggar- Chanderkhani Pass Base- 6 Kms., a beautiful camping ground. The trek is studded with rare Alpine lowers. Towards the east one can look at the base of Indianan and Deo Tibba and by climbing a little above on the ridge (about 500 mts. From the camping site) one can have glimpse of the mountains all around and the distant view of Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh in clear weather. Day 04 & 05: In search of herbal plants such as Gentian Kurro, Aconitum heterophyllum, Charasta- Swertia, Menrtha- Sylvaatris, Valerian, Wallichii, Podopghyllum haxandrum Discourage, morchella and Cannabis Sativa. Day 06: Camp site – Malana- (2652 mts.) Across Chanderkhani Pass- 6Kms, the Chanderkhani Pass derives its name from sickle shaped moon. The descent towards Malana is steep. Malana village is situated at 2652 mts. Above sea level. This village is the seat of god Jamul who is a kind old demon or sort supposed to have originally appeared at Hamta but now to have his headquarter at Malana. In the Malana temple there is a silver image of an elephant with a figure in gold on its back said to have presented by the Emperor Akbar. The houses of the village are picturesque –looking, generally standing on the green ground surrounded with cedar and other pine trees. Day 07: Malana- Manikaran (2653 mts)- 12 kms. walk along the Malana river and upstream Parbati to Kasol, Manikaran is situated on the right bank of river Parbati. There are several hot springs (Sulphur). Day 08: Drive back Manali. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 80 US $ per head per day, 4 –8 persons @ 75 US $ per head per day, 8 to above @ 70 US $ per head per day. Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Blue Poppy Trek (Miyar Valley- Lahoul)

Trek Moderate Maximum Height 4786 Mts. Requirement (Limited past experience in trekking essential) Day 01: Arrival Manali (2050 mts) and acclimatization walk around Manali Day 02: Drive from Manali to Udaipur (2743 mts) over Rohtang Pass (3980 mts) by jeep and visit to Triloknath temple of Shiva Day 03: Acclimatization walk around Udaipur and visit to 10th centaury old wooden temple Day 04: Short drive to Karpet and trek Urgos village (3810 mts) through the villages Chintpurni, Changut & Tingret Day 05: Urgos village to Khanjjar (4260 mts) the blue Poppy valley Day 06: Khanjjar village to Than Pattan (4760 mts) Day 07: Rest day in Thanpattan with a chance to venture further to catch a view of miyar glacier & peaks Day 08: Trek back to Shalling village Day 09: Trek from Shalling to Karpet and drive to Udaipur Day 10: Drive back to Manali. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 85 US $ per head per day, 4 -8 persons @ 80 US $ per head per day, 8 to above @ 75 US $ per head per day. Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment, except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total No. Of days possible.

Fairy Tale Trek (Chandra Valley- Lahoul)
Trek Moderate Maximum Height 4883 Mtrs. Requirement Limited past Experience in Trekking essential Period July to September Duration 07 NIGHTS & 08 DAYS Day 01: Arrival Manali (2050 Mts.) and acclimatization walk around Manali Day 02: Drive from Manali to Conium (4598 mts.) over Rohtang Pass (3980 mts.) and enter inhabitable World of Lahoul and descend down to Chandra valley, drive along the Chandra river to reach Batal. The enroute visit to catch a glimpse of the BARA SIGRI glacier. From Batal climb to reach Kunzum top and camp beside the mysterious temple of goddess Kunzum. Day 03: Kunzum- Chandertal (4270 mts.) we start our trek with a visit to the temple of the Deity who rules the area, with a gradual climb to the top from where one can get 360 degree panorama of the greater Himalayas all brown and the snow clad peaks. From here we had to go over a small Pass blarmola and then gradually climb down to reach Chanderatal (Moon Lake). Day 04: Chanderatal –this lake is set on a large meadow of " Edelweiss" flowers, early morning view of the mountains and the reflection in the still water of the lake is rewarding. One also gets the spectacular view of the majestic MULKILA (6517 mts.) high peak. The day is free to explore the lake and surroundings. Day 05: CHANDERATAL –TOKPO- YONGMA (4400 mts.) this day onwards we will be on the banks of river Chandra, this will be the longest day of trek and we crampon the banks of Tokpo Yongma. The alpine flowers can be seen in abundance Day 06: TOKPO-YONGMA-TOKPO-GONGMA (4640 mts.) This day we ford Tokpo Yongma and climb gradually towards Tokpo Gongma. This whole route is surrounded by Lofty Peaks of river TGongma Day 07: TOKPO-GONGMA-BARALACHALA (4883 mts.) Here we ford Tokpo Gongma or go 3 Kms. Up to reach the snow bridge and continue our trek upstream along river Yunam and continue for about 4 kms. To reach Baralacha La cairns and the hung pasture of the pass. This is a twin pass and just is the beautiful mountain Tran Suraj Tal (the sun lake) camp on the banks of the Tal, end of the trek. Day 08: BARALACHA-MANALI (2050 mts.) This day we drive back to Manali through the valley of Lahoul along river Bhaga and from Tandi, which is the confluence of Chnadra and Bhaga; we continue our journey on the banks of Chandra. Once again over Rohtang Pass from the rugged mountains to the lush green valley of Kullu also known as " The Valley of Gods".

TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 85 US $ per head per day, 4 –8 persons @ 80 US $ per head per day, 8 to above @ 75 US $ per head per day. Facilities: Include boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, and camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Spiti trek (Spiti Valley)
Trek Moderate Maximum Height 4370 Mtrs. Requirement Limited past Experience in Trekking essential Period July to September Duration 10 NIGHTS & 11 DAYS Day 01: Arrival Manali (2050 Mts.) and acclimatization walk around Manali Day 02: Manali-Schilling, by jeep Rohtang and Kunzum Pass, one will reach at Schilling. Day 03: Schilling- Dhankar Lake (4000 mts.)- 5 hours trek Day 04: Dhankar Lake- Lalung (4050 mts.) 4.40 hours trek Day 05: Lalung- Demuel (4100 mts.) –5 hours trek Day 06: Dumuel –Kaumik (4150 mts.)- 5.30 hours trek Day 07: Kaumik – Langza –5 hours trek Day 08: Langza- Kibber (4205 mts.) –4.30 hours trek Day 09: Kibbar- Kaza (3800 mts.) –5.30 hours trek Day 10: Kaza- Sangla by taxi via Kalpa Day 11: Sangla- Shimla via Saharan & Narkanda Note: - This trek can be taken vice versa. TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 103 US $ per head per day, 4 –8 persons @ 98 US $ per head per day, 8 to above @ 93 US $ per head per day. Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

Shimla- Jalori Pass- Manali Trek.
Trek Easy Maximum Height 3223 mts. Requirement Experience in Mountain walking essential. Period May- June, September & October Duration 09 NIGHTS & 10 DAYS Day 01: Shimla (2205 mts.)- Narkanda (2708 mts.) by jeep Day 02: Narkanda- Kumar Sain (1655 mts.) 16 Kms, descending through forests, apple orchards and fields, beautiful panoramic view of Kullu Saraj range. Day 03: Kumarsain- Luhri (792 mts.) 16 kms. descending through lush green fields and orchards and walking along the banks of river Satluj Day 04: Luhari- Anni (1240 mts.) 18 kms. , Gradual climb unto Anni Day 05: Anni- Chowai – 14 kms. Gradual climb in the beginning then steep climb to Chowai. Day 06: Chowai- Takrasi (2250 mts.) –15 kms. Walking through villages Day 07: Takrasi- Khanag (2530 mts.) –16 kms. , Good trek with view of hills and villages of Outer Saraj Day 08: Khanag- Soja (2683 mts.)- 14 kms. , Trek over the famous Jalori Pass (3223 mts.) breath taking view and scenic spots with small mountain lake Day 09: Soja- Banjar (1524 mts.) 15 kms, Descending to Jibhi and walking through Banjar valley villages Day 10: Banjar- Manali (2050 mts.), by jeep TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 80 US $ per head per day, 4 –8 persons @ 75 US $ per head per day, 8 to above @ 70 US $ per head per day. Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, and camping equipment except personal equipment.

Shimla- Rohroo- Sangla

Trek Moderate Maximum Height 4480 Mtrs. Requirement Limited past Experience in Trekking essential Period May, June, September & October Duration 10 NIGHTS & 11 DAYS Day O1 & 02: Shimla-Rohroo (1550 m) –6 hours drive by jeep, trout fishing can be done in the evening and next day stay in the rest house. Day 03: Rohroo- Chirgaon (1800 m) –15 km., moderate ascending through villages along Pabbar River Day 04: Chirgaon- Larhot (2440 m) -6 hours steep walking for 4 hours and then moderate climbing Day 05: Larhot- Dodra (2800 m) –6 hours steep climbing upto Chanshil Ghati (4220 m) and down Uai Gajani Thach and Kalapani` Day 06: Dodra- Kuwar (2300 m) – 6 hours down to Rupin river and climb via Pujar; I and Dhamdharwai village to Kuwar Day 07: Kuwar- Jakha (3100 m) – 7 hours going through Katol, Jishkum and Dhara villages Day 08: Jakha- Ruknal (4400 m) – 6 hours down to cross the river and then steep climb Day 09: Ruknal- Sangla (2590 m) – 6 hours across Rupin Ghati (4880 m) and then down to Sangla via Sangla Kanda. Day 10: Sangla- Karchham (1982 m)- 17 km. Through the Sangla valley with good view of Sangla valley Day 11: Karchham – Shimla (2205 m) –10 hours by jeep TOUR END Cost: 4 persons @ 105 US $ per head per day, 4 –8 persons @ 100 US $ per head per day, 8 to above @ 95 US $ per head per day. Facilities: Includes boarding, lodging, transport, porter age, camping equipment except personal equipment Note: Additional facilities possible on extra cost, increase in total number of days possible.

For sheer geographical diversity, few places in the world are as richly endowed as Himachal Pradesh. Low rolling hills, just a couple of hundred meters above sea level, climb on to touch the core of the Himalayan Mountains. Here lie peaks that are several thousand meters high and never lose their perennial snows. Then, past these forbidding heights, lie the visually stunning cold deserts of the Trans Himalayan. Rivers in deep gorges and placid mountains lakes, thick forest and acres of spree, mountain sides draped in snow, and green alpine meadows, all form a part of this immense spectrum. And the possibilities for a wide range of adventure activities are enormous. There are day-hikes by the thousand, and trek routes follow trails that last couple of days or can even extend over few weeks. These vary from gentle walks over easy terrain, to grueling expeditions. There is skiing, heliskiing and ice-skating. There is the thrill of paragliding and the test of stamina with mountain cycling. You can go camping and fishing and play golf or take a safari by car, jeep or on motorcycle. Then there is mountaineering and rock climbing. All you have to do is make up your mind and select your own activity. No special training is required for most things, age is no consideration and all you need is reasonable level of fitness. Equipment, training and instructors are available. And then, all this comes at a fraction of what it would cost elsewhere in the world. Sedentary or strenuous, for the experts or beginner, Himachal has a niche of adventure for everyone. GOLF: At Naldera, 23 km. from beyond Shimla is one of the oldest golf courses in India. The British Viceroy of India originally placed the course, whose topography is absolutely natural, Lord Curzon, at the turn of the centaury. He was so enchanted by the spot that he named one of his daughters 'Naldera' after the spot. This is a par 68, nine-hole course, which is regarded as one of the most challenging in the country. In the repeat nine, the yardage some - what increases.

Himachal Tourism maintains the links and accommodation is available at Hotel Golf Glade. There are other hotels in the private sector near Naldera. Annandale, in Shimla has nine-hole course managed by the army and there is another at the exquisite glade of Khajjiar, 22 km from Dalhousie and 24 km from Chamba. Putting greens are available at several resorts and hotels. Golf courses are also coming up elsewhere in the state. TREKKING: The main trekking areas in Himachal are the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, routes over the passes between the Shimla region and the Kullu valley, the numerous treks out of Kullu and Select tracks in the Trans-Himalayan regions of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti. Most trekking areas are between 1500 meters and 6000 meters. With well over two hundred and seventy defined trails, the variation in terrain is also enormous. Low scrubland and paths through paddy fields, give way to trails strewn with pine needles. Then come woods of oak and flowering rhododendron, which merge into forest of Himalayan cedar 'deodar' - and spruce. On most trails, small pastoral hamlets dot the way. Cunningly hidden between the high mountains are passes, which were once known only to migrant shepherds and dare all traders. These lead to the fabulous wastes and swift rivers of the arid Trans-Himalayan. A host of combinations and variations take the trails through changing countryside. The degree of physical output can also be changed to suit your requirements. For example, the same trek can be developed from a week to last longer. Or, the two ends of a trek can be the same, but the trails can be designed to be taxing, or gentle. There are several agencies that conduct treks. Guides, equipment, porters, pack animals and maps are available at major starting points. The old Forest 'dak bunglows' that are strategically placed along many trek routes, add a considerable measure of nostalgic charm and convenience for trekkers. Practically all have an aura of the past, and lie nestled in deep woods. In addition, the State Electricity Board and the PWD also have rest houses. Most of these are marked out on trekking maps and advance booking is possible. The area’s Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) and the PWD and Electricity Board ones are booked by the concerned Executive Engineer book the Forest Rest Houses. Training facilities, with basic and intermediate courses are available at Manali's (Kullu) Mountaineering Institute and at its Regional centers at Dharamsala (Kangra) and Bharmour (Chamba). Excellent camping facilities exist at these points. HELI-SKIING: For High Mountain thrills perhaps nothing can surpass the magic of heli-skiing. Under a deep blue sky, a helicopter to a snow-draped peak carries you. And after that there is nothing except steadily distancing whirr of rotor blades, the sky and the snow. It is a thrilling experience as you rapidly zoom down the slopes. The icy winds slaps your face and the swiftly slithering hiss of skies reminds you that you are racing away on your own steam. The sport is available in the area bound by Hanuman Tibba, Rohtang Pass, Deo Tibba and Chanderkhani Pass near the resort town of Manali (Kullu). A major feature is the compactness of heli skiing area. A sortie of ten minutes can carry the skiers to the top of a 14000 feet high slope. SKIING: Kufri, near Shimla is one of the oldest places in India to be associated with skiing and the slopes are still in use during winter. Above Kufri, the Mahasu ridge also has good slopes. Comprehensive facilities exist at Narkanda, 64 km from Shimla. There is a range of slopes, including a beginer's run, an advanced slope and a slalom run. Himachal Tourism offers ski courses, instruction and has equipment on hire at Narkanda. At Manali (Kullu), the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports offers a variety of courses and facilities for skiing are possible in the Solang area near Manali. There are also some companies in the private sector that offer ski courses and allied facilities. ICE – SKATING: The Shimla ice-skating rink has the largest open-air area with naturally frozen ice in this part of the world. The Ice Skating Club has already celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. Ice-skating normally begins in early December and carries on to February. Clear skies and low temperatures provide series of uninterrupted sessions. There are two sessions every day, in the morning and in the evening.

Membership is available for the season as well as for shorter terms and even for single sessions. Skates are available at the rink. Fancy dress carnivals, 'gymkhanas' ice-hockey and dances enliven every season. PARA-GLIDING: Riding the warm thermal currents of the air is perhaps the closest man has ever come to sailing the skies as free as a bird. Almost at will, you dip and wheel high over the hills and valleys. The bald peak of Billing, above the Buddhist monastery of Bir in Kangra, has been the venue for five national and three international hang-gliding rallies since 1984. The site is perfect for para-gliding too. And this sport is a mix of skydiving and hang-gliding. A fairly recent sport that is steadily gaining popularity, para gliding is possible at various places in the state. Places where para-gliding is done regularly are - Bundla Dhar near Bilaspur, in the kullu valley and at Intkali in the Pabbar valley near Rohru in Shimla district. Himachal Tourism sponsors training programmes and events at various times of the year, in different places. There is an Adventure Sports Hostel at Dharamsala (Kangra) and an Aero Sports Complex at Bir. For details of training facilities, contact sports associations or Divisional Tourism Development Officers of Himachal Tourism. ANGLING: An anglers paradise, Himachal has several spots for both trout and mahaseer as well as other fish. Acclaimed as the best sport fish in the world, both Brown and Rainbow Trout are to be found in Himachal's streams. Upstreams of Rohru in the Pabbar valley (Shimla), there are several spots ideal for fishing. Chirgaon has a trout hatchery and other sites are - Seema, Mandil, Sandsu, Tikri and Dhamvari all are within 5 to 25 km of Rohru (Shimla). Kinnaur's Baspa river in the Sangla valley also holds trout. Fish also abounds in Uhl river near Barot. Good spots on this beat are Luhandi, Puran hatchery, Tikkar and Kamand. The upper reaches of the river Beas in the Kullu valley and its side streams like the Sarvari, Parbati, Sainj, Hurla and Tirthan, especially the areas around Aut, Patlikuhl, Katrain, Raison and Largi are excellent for the sport. These are all upstream of the Pandoh reservoir and are close to, or on the Mandi-Manali highway. The picturesque Kangra valley has several spots that offer mahaseer river carp. The reservoir of the Maharana Pratap sagar right up to the town of Dehra has good spots. Nadaun along the river Beas has some good beats, besides Chamba Pattan near Garli (accessible from Nadaun or Jwalamukhi), Amtar (2 km from Nadaun), Harsi Pattan (30 km from Tira Sujanpur) and Lambagaon (15 km from Tira Sujanpur). On the river Giri, Gaura (30 km from Solan on the Rajgarh road) and the beat near Dadahu (5 km from Renuka lake) and the river Yamuna, downstream of Paonta Sahib (Sirmour) are good spots for mahaseer. The waters of the Gobind Sagar near Bilaspur also have a variety of fish. Fishing fee are nominal. The trout fishing season is from 31 March to 31 October. Generally best months for mahaseer are those that have an 'r' in their spelling - January, February, March, April, September, October, November and December. WATER AND RIVER SPORTS: The Maharana Pratap Sagar reservoir in Kangra with its 42 km length and 2 km breadth, offers a variety of activities in close collabration with the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports. Year long activities include swimming, water-skiing, surfing, kayaking, rowing, canoeing and sailing. Three levels of courses are conducted - beginner, intermediate and advanced. Similar activities are also available on the waters of Gobind Sagar near Bilaspur, the Chamera lake near Dalhousie (Chamba) and the Pandoh lake on the MandiKullu National Highway. River-rafting or white-water rafting as it is also called is swiftly making Himachal a focus for the sport. For a torrent of adrenalin to gush through every vein and surge over every muscle you can race over the State's river rapids in an inflatable rubber dinghy. Sport is now being held on the Sutlej near Shimla on the Beas near Kullu, the Ravi near Chamba and Chandra in Lahaul. Possibilities are also being explored on the river Spiti. This sport takes a break during winter and during the monsons. Himachal Tourism sponsors courses in river rafting and there are operators in the private sector also that offer this experience.

MOUNTAIN CYCLING: Gear yourself for high adventure with an expedition on cycles. You can pedal your way past high passes or simply make a day-adventure. Quite literally the whole of Himachal is your playground. The tour can be coupled with camping and can be carried on for several weeks over diverse terrain. The lower regions of the State - Kangra, Una, Hamirpur and Bilaspur offer gentle routes. Or you can streach your mind, muscle and stamina to reach out to the Trans Himalyan tract of Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur. Milder but no less interesting excursions can be done out at any holiday station. For the higher regions the summer and automn months are suggested. VEHICLE SAFARIES: By jeep, car or on motorcycle you can explore the variety Himachal has to offer. By jeep, the Trans Himalyan tract can steadily unfold their natural and man made wonders. Along one of the world's highest highways, you can drive out of Manali, cross the Rohtang Pass (3980 m) and move through arid Lahaul, you drive through the haunting landscapes of Spiti and over the Kunzum pass (4551 m), enter Lahaul. Himachal has an extensive network of roads and treks and apart from the routes mentioned above, there are several others you can traverse on. By car, driving over the more demanding routes may not be possible, but in no way does this curtail the range of experience. And motorcycles may impose some limitations, but are again a wonderful way of sharing the wonders of Himachal. All you have to do is buy a route map, plan your trip and you are on your way. MOUNTAINEERING AND ROCK CLIMBING: Rock climbing is often seen as the basic stage for mountain climbing. It can also be treated as an independent sport, since it is basically climbing a rock face, using only hands and feet with a safety rope. The area around Manali, presently forms the core of mountaineering in Himachal. The Beas Kund region and lower reaches of the Hanuman Tibba (5930 m), the Manali and Shitidhar peaks around the source of river Beas and Deo Tibba (6001 m) (Kullu) area are suggested for beginners with some experience. The Chandra Bhaga ranges, the Pir Panjal and Dhalaudhar ranges are existing. The State also has several other areas where mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute at Manali and its branch at Dharamsala (Kangra) offer this activity. Courses are also available with the institute. OTHER ACTIVITIES: Himachal also hosts a Winter Festival and Snow Carnival. Tobogganing is possible in winter. Various water sports competitions are also hosted. Especially during the monsoons at Naldera, several golf tournaments are held. Angling and para-gliding competitions are also hosted in the state. TREKKING - AN EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST: Comfertable walking boots with good grip on ankles. Waterproof warm jacket. Woollen/tennis socks and stockings. Personal toileteries and clothes. Sunglasses, Headgear, Rucksack other bags too if you plan to hire ponies and porters. Water bottle, Swiss army knife, Sleeping bag and foam ground sheet. Gloves, Umbrella, Rope, Medical and first aid equipment. SIMBALBARA SANCTUARY: This sanctuary is located in Paonta Valley of Sirmour District. This area bears beautiful dense Sal forests with grassy glades. This is probably the most picturesque area of Shiwaliks. There is a perennial stream in the area. Simbalbara Forest Rest House is connected by a fair weather road from Puruwala and provides a beautiful view of the valley. Goral, Sambhar and Chittal can be easily seen here.There are walking trails in the quiet adjoining forests.Winter is the best season to visit this sanctuary. [Sirmour] RENUKA SANCTUARY: This is a small sanctuary connected by motorable road. Renuka lake and the temples attract a large number of people from hills and plains. Forests and the catchment of the lake add to its beauty and attraction. Lion Safari and open Nature Parks with freely moving animals like Chittal, Sambhar, Kakkar, etc. are a big attraction. Tourist Bunglow and Cafeteria provide the comforts needed in a calm and quite place. Visitors come all round the year. [Sirmour] CHURDHAR SANCTUARY: Churdhar peak, with height of 3647 metres is the highest peak in outer Himalayas.It is like a Oasis of Alpine area in a ocean of temperate forests.This is an excellent area for trekking during summer and early winters. The view from Churdhar peak is unparalled. One is sure to come across a large number of multicoloured and agile Monals in the adjoining forests. Trekking from Nohra, Sarain and Pulbahal is tough but enjoyable. There are Rest Houses at Nohra, Choras and Sarain. There is also a Sarai and a Shiv Temple at Churdhar. CHAIL SANCTUARY: Chail is a hill station visited by many tourists.The Deodar

and Oak forests with grasslands around the township are the abode of wildlife. One can see Sambar, Goral and Cheer Pheasants at Blossom and Jhaja.Visitors are welcome to the Cheer pheasant breeding centre at both these places. Barking deer and Kalijin in the forests are sure to meet and greet the visitors at dusk and dawn. Trekking from Chail to Gaura and Chail to Jhaja is common and rewarding as one is sure to see wildlife and beautiful snowy peaks. Range Officer Wildlife Chail and his staff welcome the visitors and assists the wildlife lovers to see wildlife in the sanctuary area. [Solan] MAJATHAL SANCTUARY: This sanctuary has a very steep and rugged terrain away from habitation. This can be visited by travelling about 10 kms. on a kacha road Kararaghat (ShimlaBilaspur- Highway) to Kashlog and then walking on foot from Kashlog. This sanctuary has the highest concentration of Goral which can be seen in its natural habitat. This sanctuary is reported to have the maximum population of endangered Cheer pheasant. One has to stay in tents in the forest, Best season to visit is the winters. [Solan] MAHARANA PRATAP SAGAR: This lake sanctuary is a big attraction for migratory ducks from Siberian region during winter. One can see thousands of ducks in the swamp area between Shahnahar barrage and Pongdam and the surrounding shallow waters of the lake. Clean blue water all around with the panoramic view of Dhauladhar Ranges and Kangra Valley make the visit to Ransar Island an unforgettable experience. Black buck and Cheetal on the island along with Surkhab, Cranes, Pintails and variety of water birds welcome the visitors on the Island. [Kangra] MANALI SANCTUARY: This sanctuary starts about 2 km from Manali town. It forms the catchment of Manalsu khad. A bridle path from Manali log huts/ Dhungri temple passes through dense Deodar, Kail, Horse chestnut, Walnut and Maple forests. Night stay in tents at Lambadug or Gallant thatch is an unforgettable experience. Alpine lush green pastures and glaciers beyond Galant thatch are a romantic attraction for the enthusiastic but enduring visitors. One may see Musk deer, Monal and Brown bear digging or ploughing the land and also pug marks with scent of Leopard or Snow leopard. Those who venture up to snows can see herds of Ibex in the glacier zone in summers. [Kullu] KANAWAR SANCTUARY: This sanctuary is located in Parbati valley of Kullu district. There is a Rest House at Kasol. R.O. wildlife Kasol provides information and help to visitors. Uphill walk along Garahan Nala from Kasol through dense majestic Deodar and Fir forests is enjoyable. This sanctuary has large population of Himalayan Thar in Himalayas and seeing this big goat on high mountain cliffs is dream fulfillment of any wildlife lover. [Kullu] KALATOP KHAJJIAR SANCTUARY: This sanctuary area with its well laid out trekking jungle trails both at Kalatop and Khajjiar is a tourist paradise. Dense Deodar and Fir forests are places of solitude very close to Dalhousie town. Visitors should look for pheasants and Serow in these forests but should be beware of Black bear which can be encountered often in the area. [Chamba] DARANGHATI SANCTUARY: This sanctuary located in the upper area of Shimla

District has undisturbed forest area with plenty of wildlife. Monal, Tragopan, Koklas and Kalij are the pheasants found here. The area also has Musk deer, Goral and Thar. There is a net work of bridle paths and inspection paths in the sanctuary. Visitors are advised to seek assistance from the forest staff posted at Dofda and Sarahan. The area is ideal for those who love to trek along mountain heights. [Shimla] GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK: The National Park with an area of 620 sq. km. is located in Kullu District and has the representative area of temperate and alpine forests of Himachal. It has some the virgin coniferous forests of the State.Vast areas of alpine pastures and

glaciers cap this park. This area has many important wildlife species of Western Himalayas, like Musk deer, Brown bear, Goral, Thar, Leopard, Snow leopard, Bharal, Serow, Monal, Kalij, Koklas, Cheer, Tragopan, Snow cock etc. Trekking of Rakti-Sar, origin of Sainj river and camping in alpine partures is unforgettable. Similar is the trekking route to Tirath the origin of Tirthan river. Visitors can contact Director, National Park at Shamshi or Range Officer wildlife at Sainj or Range Officer Wild Life at Sai Ropa (Banjar) for assistance and guidance. Camping equipment and guides are provided by the Forests Department. [Kullu] PIN VALLEY NATIONAL PARK: This National Park is situated in the cold desert of Spiti Valley. In this area visitors come across large herds of Ibex and Bharal. Snow leopard is found in this park. This area can be visited only by those who have tough leg muscles and strong lungs. Visitors can contact Divisional Forest Officer Wildlife Division Sarahan, Assistant Conservator of Forest Wildlife Kaza or Range Officer Wildlife Tabo for information about the park. The area is closed to foreign visitors. Indian visitors are also required to obtain a permit for entry from Deputy Commissioner Shimla or Sub Divisional Magistrate Rampur. [Lahaul & Spiti] NATURE PARK, KUFRI: Kufri is a well known tourist resort near Shimla. A large number of tourists visiting Shimla also visit Kufri where a nature park has been established. In this park rare varieties of Hangal, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Brown Bear, rare species of Monal and other pheasants are kept in social groupings. NATURE PARK, MANALI: Manali is another tourist spot where a large number of visitors come. To expose visitors to the nature and to create awareness and love for wild life it is planned to develop many other facilities at Manali. There is a wild life sanctuary about 2 km away from Manali town. The tourists will be encouraged to visit this area and see the magnificence of nature here. [Kullu] NATURE PARK, GOPALPUR: Gopalpur is a village situated near Palampur on Palampur-Dharamsala upper road. Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh is another area where visitors come regularly. In this nature park animals will be kept in large enclosures and conservation messages will be conveyed to the visitors through audio-visual aids. FAIRS AND FESTIVALS: Ages of rich tradition, warm and hospitable people, a landscape of breathtaking variety and beauty - all combine to pack each year in Himachal with a variety of fairs, festivals and celebrations. There are some 2000 deities worshipped in Himachal and numerous fairs and festivals are held in their honor. There are others that began as if just yesterday - and have added their colours to the grand collage. From religion to trade, from seasons to sports - and month by month - here is a joyous celebration of life. JANUARY: A cliché if you will - but often laced with snow - the year opens with a heady cocktail. Thousands of revelers head to celebrate the New Year in Shimla, Chail (Solan), Manali (Kullu) and Dalhousie (Chamba). Around New Year comes Halda in Lahaul, which is a more private celebration of the event. Along the valleys of Chandra and Bhaga rivers, a few members of every household step out with lighted cedar twigs to a west oriented place selected by the 'lamas'. These slender branches form the first flames of a bonfire, which is then dispersed. Shiskar APA, the goddess of wealth is worshipped, and the dancing continues for a couple of days. There is greater sobriety, but no less joy, when Lohri or Maghi comes along in mid January. This is the traditionally mid winter day and also commemorates the last sowing of the Rabi crops. Community bonfires, folk songs and dancing, mark the festival. In tribal Spiti, Dechhang is celebrated at the height of winter, while the Lahaul area reserves it for early April. At Paonta Sahib (Sirmour) the major focus is on Guru Gobind Singh's birthday. The town and other gurudwaras close to it are closely linked with the Guru's life. On a mid-night towards the end of Push (December-January), Phagli begins in Lahaul's Pattan valley with snow being packed in a conical basket - kilta. This is upturned on the roof, this resembles a Shivalinga. Shiva, Naga and the goddess, Hadimba are worshipped, and the younger generation mark this by venerating the village elders. Chhang and lugari, locally brewed liquors flow freely, and ritual dishes are eaten. Kinnaur's Sazi (or Sazo) also comes at around this time.

More contemporary -events comes in the form of the National Snow Statue Competition at Kufri (Shimla), the Folk Dance Competition on Republic Day at Shimla. And the Water Sports Regatta at Kangra's Maharana Pratap Sagar. To make this wonderful time of year all the more attractive, Himachal Tourism offers special discounts and packages in its wide network of hotels. FEBRUARY: Snow continues to play a major part in February's festivals and Himachal's Winter Carnival is also held this month. Gochi in the Bhaga Valley is an unusual festival when the villagers celebrate the birth of male children. Token marriages of children below the age of six are also performed - comes when children throw snowballs at each other. Baba Barbhag Singh Mela is held in Una to honour the sage who was renowned for his magical powers. Basant Panchmi marks the arrival of spring in the lower areas, and every town seems to keep a reserve of colour for the occasion and the skies are filled with a medley of kites. Ritual dances and an unbelievably rich imagery mark Lossar. This is celebrated in Buddhist areas throughout the state while Lahaul's monasteries have some of the most spectacular performances. On its eve, the stylized chhaam dance with elaborate costumes and masks, commemorate the assassination of the cruel Tibetan king, Langdarma of the 9th century. Often though wrongly - called 'the devil dance', it symbolises the triumph of good over evil. MARCH: Centered on the temple of Trilokinath, Char is celebrated in Lahaul. The town of Mandi with Its ancient temples revels in the Shivratri fair for a whole week. On elaborately decorated palanquins, hundred of local deities are carried to the town. Accompanied by folk bands, they make their first stop at the Madho Rai Temple and then go to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva at the Bhootnath Temple. Festivities - music and song, dance and drama, follow this. Yet, all the while the atmosphere is surcharged with deep religious devotion. In third week of March, the fascinating Nalwari fair is held at Bilaspur. Cattle are traded, there are wrestling bouts – aero and water sport shows are recent additions. Holi Festival is a riot of colours and celebration of spring, along with it comes laughter and vitality. There are exuberant celebrations at Palampur (Kangra) and Sujanpur (Hamirpur). The banks of the river throng Yamuna the shrine of Paonta Sahib in Sirmour by Hindu and Sikh devotees. In Sirmour, the Balasundari fair is held at Trilokpur near Nahan, it coincides with the sacred days of the Navratras. The temple of Baglamata, near Bankhandi in Kangra is also a major focus during these days. Chait, the first month of lunar calendar is celebrated with dancing by women in Kullu and by folk singers in Chamba. At the shrine of Deothsidh (Seo) on the district border of Hamirpur and Bilaspur, a month long fair is held in March and April. APRIL: Held on the first Baisakh - the 13th April - Baisakhi is one of Himachal's very important festival. Rooted in the rural agrarian tradition, it bids final farewell to winter. At Tattapani near Shimla, at Rewalsar and Prashar lakes near Mandi, people take purifying dips in water. Numerous village fairs complete with wrestling, dancing and archery are also held on this day. In April, Rali with its clay models is marked in Kangra. Legend has it that the beautiful Rali was married against her wishes and on the way to her husband's home, she leapt into a stream. The husband jumped in after her and trying to save both, Pali's brother also dived info the fast flowing waters. All three died. Today, clay models are made in every house to mark that day, while unmarried girls pray for grooms of their choice and the newly wedded ask for happiness and prosperity, At Chamba, the Sui Mela is thronged by women and children and at the village of Taraur in district Mandi, the Mahu Nag fair Is held. The holy Markandaya fair is held near Bllaspur and the Rohru (Shimla) Jatar is held in honour of the deity Shikhru. This is also the time when fishing and low altitude trekking raise their winter barriers, while the Spring Festival Is celebrated in Kullu from April 28 to 30. MAY: May gushes In with a whole series of river rafting festivals and water sports Regattas, throughout the state. Focused around the goddess Hadimba Devi, Kullu celebrates the Dhoongri fair. In the same district, the Banjar fair and the Sarhi Jatar are held in May.

Near Shimla at the exquisite glade of Sipur below Mashobra, the charming Sipi fair is held. It is traditionally a time for matchmaking. Throughout Himachal the Department of Language, Art and Culture organize a variety of programmers. Dharamsala's (Kangra) summer festival and the programmers organized by the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts, lift their curtains. The skies are blue and clear for the Hang Gliding Rally at Billing near Kangra; white Summer Skiing glides smoothly at the Rohtang Pass. JUNE: A wide spectrum of national talent, a variety of programmers and a splendid setting make Shimla's Summer Festival - a memorable event. Shimla also hosts the Red Cross Fair, sport tournaments; flower shows, a photographs and posters exhibition and a fashion show based on folk costumes. The Kangra Festival is also held in June at Kangra, At Solan, on the third Sunday of the month, the Solan Fair honours the goddess Shoolini, the presiding deity of the region. On June's full moon night, the Ghantal festival is held at Lahaul's Guru Ghantal Monastery. And of course, given the time of the year and the possibilities it offers, there are various camping and trekking expeditions. JULY: In the arid trans-Himalayas. At Kaza's Ladarcha fair (Lahaul & Spiti), the old trade routes come alive as traders barter and sell a variety of goods and produce. At Keylong, the Lahaul Festival is also held this month. Elsewhere in the state, Haryali (Rhyali, Dakhrain) announce the advent of the monsoon rains. Shravana Sankranti is celebrated at Nahan (Sirmour), at Arki (Solan), buffalo fights mark the Sair fair it is held in honour of Banar Sevta of Shari, the Rampur (Shimla) Jatar is held near Jubbal in district Shimla. July also heralds the travelling and trekking season to Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti. AUGUST: Chamba's famous Minjar fair, which celebrates the bounty of nature and prays for a good harvest, is normally held in August. 'Minjars', maize shoots or silken strands are cast on the waters of the river Ravi and the town immerses itself in a week long of celebration. Also in Chamba, the Manimahesh Yatra to the sacred tarn of Manimahesh is held immediately after the festival of Janamashtmi. At Bharmour, 28 km short of the lake, the nomadic Gaddis hold a fair for six days. Celebrated in Chamba, Kullu and elsewhere, Chrewal, Badronjo or Patroru is a festival of fire and flowers - and a time for purification of the fields. In August, several places in Chamba, Bilaspur and Sirmour have the Gugga fair which is connected with the worship of Gugga, the Nag Devta. The same month witnesses the Dal fair in Upper Dharamsala in Kangra district. At Udaipur, in the Lahaul valley, the Trilokinath temple becomes a focus; this is sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike. The Shravan fair is held at the shrine Naina Devi in Bilaspur district, while the Ashapuri fair is held in Kangra. SEPTEMBER: As the rains end, autumn sends fiery colours racing through the hills. In Kinnaur, the festival of flowers, 'Fullaich' (Phulech) opens a window to its remarkable people and their beautiful countryside. Villagers scout the hillsides for flowers, which are collected in the village square. These are then offered to the local deity. Then comes a spate of revelry - singing, dancing and feasting. Kalpa has some of the most vibrant celebrations and every twelve years, there is a special festival. Also in September, at the village of Chhatrari, near Chamba - and centered around the exquisite temple of Shakti Devi - a fair is held and masked dances are performed. The Kangra valley celebrates the festival of Sair. This is also celebrated with stalls, singing and buffalo fights at Arki (Solan) and Mashobra (Shimla) both near Shimla. At Nurpur in Kangra, under the watchful walls of its old fort, the Nagini fair bids the summer farewell. In the same district on September 27, World Tourism Day is celebrated. In Sirmour, there is a Regatta at the Renuka Lake and Nahan hosts the Bawan Dawadashi fair. OCTOBER: There is a Regatta on the waters of the Gobind Sagar, anglers vie for the largest catch in the Sangla valley (Kinnaur) and paragliders sail the skies at Billing (Kangra). More traditionally, over two hundred deities converge on Kullu for its unusual Dussehra celebrations. They pay homage to Lord Raghunath while music

and colour fill the 'Silver Valley'. Numerous stalls offer a variety of local wares. This is also the time when the International Folk Festival is celebrated. The Jwalamukhi Temple in Kangra becomes the venue for a major fair. At Killar and Panai (in Chamba's Pangi valley), the Phool Yatra witnesses a remarkable display of neighborly affection and the Dehant Nag is worshipped. NOVEMBER: With winter just a hop and skip away, the age-old Lavi fair fills Rampur (Shimla) with a burst of activity. The town was once a major entry point on the old trade routes to Kinnaur, Tibet, Ladakh and Afghanistan. Even today, the Tradition is as vibrant as ever. By the churning waters of the river Sutlej, a variety of goods including wool, dry fruits and horses are bartered and sold. The Kharif crops have been harvested when at the legendary Renuka lake (Sirmour), a fair graces its banks. There is trade, recreation and amusement. Idols of Lord Parshurama and Renuka are ceremoniously dipped in the sacred waters of the lake – and it is a time when matchmaking is done. Water Sports Competitions are held at the Maharana Pratap Sagar and Gobind Sagar. DECEMBER: As winter arrives, anglers shift to the Pong Dam. With the blessings of Nobel Laureate, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the International Himalayan Festival is held in Kangra district. Troupes from the Himalayan Nations are invited. The winter winds carry the delights of ice-skating at Shimla. The extravaganza of the Ice-Skating Carnival is normally reserved for December. Christmas celebrations overtake Shimla and Dalhousie (Chamba) and as the church bells chime, they carry away another event-packed year. To visit the traditional fairs or to participate in the festivals, do confirm the dates as many vary from year to year. A range of accommodation is available at, or close to almost all the places.


Himachal was known since the earliest of times as "Devabhoomi", the abode of the Gods. The splendid heights of the Himalyan ranges, with its great scenic beauty and aura of spiritual calm seem the natural home of the Gods. Two thousands or more temples all over the State, reiterate this fact. Being a State full of isolated valleys and high ranges, several different styles of temple architecture developed and there are temples with carved stone shikharas, pagoda style shrines, temples that look like Buddhist Gompas or Sikh Gurudwaras etc. Several of them are important places of pilgrimage and each year attract thousands of devotees from all over the country. BAJRESHWARI TEMPLE: Just outside the town of Kangra is the temple dedicated to Bajreshwari Devi. Known once for its legendary wealth this temple was subject to successive depredations by invaders from the north. Destroyed completely in 1905 by an earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1920 and continues to be a busy place of pilgrimage. BAIJNATH: The ancient temple at Baijnath is particularly beautiful. Built of stone in the 9th century AD, in the shikhara style, it is a fine blend of sculpture and architecture. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Baijnath is close to Palampur and Kangra. JWALAMUKHI TEMPLE: Not too far from Kangra is this popular place of pilgrimage. An eternally burning flame that issues from a hollow rock in the sanctum, is considered the manifestation of the goddess Devi. During March-April and SeptemberOctober every year, colorful fairs are held during the Navratra celebration. Jwalamukhi temple is 30 km. from Kangra. CHAMUNDA DEVI TEMPLE: Not far from Dharamsala (Kangra) is the famous temple to Chamunda Devi. It is an enchanting spot with glorious views of the mountains, the Baner Khud, Pathiar and Lahla forest. LAKSHMI NARAYAN TEMPLE: The Lakshminarayan group of temples in the town of Chamba are of great archaeological importance. Six stone temples dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu with tall shikaras, finely carved, date from the 8th century AD. The Lakshminarayan Temple is the oldest in this group. Other temples around Chamba town include, those dedicated to Hari Rai, Champavati, Bansigopal, Ram Chandra, Brijeshwari, Chamunda, Narsingh, and Yogi Charpat Nath. CHAURASI TEMPLES: The 9th century temples at Bharmaur are among the most important early Hindu temples in the Chamba Valley. According to legend, 84 (chaurasi) yogi's visited Bharmaur, capital of King Sahil Varma. They were so pleased with the king's humility and

hospitality that they blessed him with ten sons and a daughter, Champavati. A cluster of shrines commemorates that visit. The temple square is the Centre of all activities in the little town of Bharmaur and the Lakshmi, Ganesh, Manimahesh and Narsing temples, the main shrines, are splendidly set off by the dramatic mountainscape. CHATTARI TEMPLES: Not far from Bharmaur (Chamba) is the Chattari Temple with early examples of carved wood and an 8th century brass image of Shakti. MANIMAHESH (3,950 m): The Manimahesh Lake, high up in the mountains near Bharmaur, is an important place of pilgrimage. The solitary Manimahesh Kailash Peak- the legendary abode of Shiva, is reflected in its still waters. A little temple in the shikhara style with an exquisite brass image of Lakshmi Devi as Mahishasuramardini stands near-by. Every year, following Janmashtami, the annual Manimahesh Yatra is undertaken. The pilgrimage starts from Chamba from the Lakshaminarayan Temple and devotees wend their way up the arduous track from Bharmaur to take a sacred dip in the waters of the lake. MANDI: Mandi has a picturesque group of ancient stone temples with tall vimanas, splendidly located below the town on the banks of the foaming river. The Tarna Devi Temple (Mandi), a new shrine up on a hill, overlooks the town and valley. REWALSAR: Around a natural lake with a floating island are a Shiva temple-the Lomesh Rishi Temple, Guru Govind Singh's gurdwara and a Buddhist monastery founded by Guru Padmasambhava. A spot that is revered by people of three faiths (Mandi). PRASHAR TEMPLE: This temple, built in the 14th century, is a shrine where the rulers of Mandi once worshipped. The pagoda-style temple stands in the little green hollow around the Prashar lake, above the town of Pandoh. The views of the mountains are spectacular. SHIKARI DEVI (2850 m): It is possible to trek up to Shikari Devi from Janjheli and Karsog (Mandi). Through woods of assorted trees and shrubs - which include several medicinal herbs two separate trek routes lead up to this ancient shrine located at the crown of the hill. Hunters in the area once prayed to the Goddess for success in their hunt - and here, perhaps, lies the origin of the name 'Shikari Devi'. The Goddess is worshipped in the form of a stone image. Interestingly, the temple which is said to have been in existence since the time of the Pandavas, has no roof for local legend has it, that all attempts to build one have been unsuccessful. HANOGI MAA & KOYLA MAA TEMPLE: Hanogi Maa temple in on the way from Mandi to Kullu near Pandoh and Koyla Maa temple near Sunder Nagar in Mandi district. RAGHUNATHJI TEMPLE: Built in 1651 by the Raja of Kullu, the temple has an image of Raghunathji that was brought from Ayodhya. During the Kullu Dussehra, all the temples in the area send their deities to pay homage to Raghunathji at Kullu. BIJLI MAHADEV TEMPLE: An unusual temple dedicated to Shiva-the Lord of lightning, is located on a height overlooking the Kullu and Parvati valleys. A 60ft staff above the temple attracts divine blessing in the form of lightning and breaks the stone linga in the sanctum. DHOONGRI TEMPLE: This four tiered pagoda, embellished in finely carved wood, stands sheltered in grove of tall deodar at Manali (Kullu). It is dedicated to Hadimba Devi, wife of the Pandava, Bhim. BHIMAKALI TEMPLE: A marvelous example of hill architecture, the temple complex at Sarahan is set against the incredibly beautiful backdrop of high ranges and forested slopes. Built in a mixture of the Hindu and Budhists styles, it was the temple of Bushair rulers of Rampur (Shimla). The palaces of the royal family are adjacent to the temple. From Sarahan there is a view of the Srikhand Peak, revered as the home of goddess Lakshami. HATKOTI: Along the River Pabbar, 104 km from Shimla, is the temple dedicated to Durga and Shiva. The gods are said to have fought a pitched battled at this spot. JAKHU AND SANKAT MOCHAN: These two temples close to Shimla have a commanding views of the hills.

NAINA DEVI TEMPLE: On a hill, close to Bilaspur and Kiratpur (34 km), is famous shrine of Naina Devi. A colourful fair, the Shravana Astami Mela is held in July-August CHINTPURNI: A winding road goes up to the temple dedicated to Bhagwati Chinmastika or Chinpurni-the goddess who grants all wishes. A popular place of pilgrimage, Chintpurni is about 75 km from the town of Una and 100 km from Jalandhar. RENUKA: The temple, dedicated to the immortal Renuka, stands near the picturesque Renuka Lake (Sirmour). TRILOKPUR: About 25 km from Nurpur (Kangra), at the confluence of the Bohar and Bhali streams, is another sacred spot popular with pilgrims of various faiths. There is a Hindu temple, a Buddhist monastery, a gurdwara and a mosque at Trilokpur. BABA BALAK NATH TEMPLE: A cave temple located in Deothsidth, in the Dhaulagiri Hills of Hamirpur, is a noted place of pilgrimage. People come here to seek the blessing of Baba Balak Nath whose image is located in the cave. Shahtalai, 46 km from the the district headquarters of Hamirpur and accessible by road, is about 10 km from Deothsidh BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGES The remote valleys of Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur have strong Buddhist traditions. Splendid gompas, Buddhist monasteries, built along bare mountain-sides seem to be a part of the rugged terrain. These are the repositories of a wealth of Buddhist art and culture. The dim, cool interiors of ancient monasteries glow with the brilliance of painted murals, stuccos and elaborate thangkas framed with rich borders of silk. In Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama has settled in exile, is a marvelous Tibetan township where an entire cultural tradition is being nurtured. It is a centre that attracts scholars, pilgrims and tourists. REWALSAR: Perhaps the most sacred spot for Buddhists in Himachal Pradesh, Rewalsar is 20 km south west of Mandi. According to legend, Guru Padmasambhava departed for Tibet from this beautiful spot, to spread the 'dharma'. A pagoda-style monastery stands along the edge of the lake. GURU GHANTAL MONASTERY(3020 m): This is on the right bank of Chandra river about 4 kms. above Tandi and is believed to be the oldest Gompa of Lahaul having wooden structure with pyramidal roofs, wood carving, preserving the idols of Padmasambhava & Brajeshwari Devi. On the full moon night in mid-June a festival called "GHANTAL" is celebrated by Lamas & Thakurs together. KARDANG MONASTERY(3500 m): It is about 5 kms. from Keylong across Bhaga river. It is believed to be built in 12th century. Monastery has a large library of Kangyur and Tangyur volumes of Budhist scriptures in Bhoti. Kardang village was once the capital of Lahaul. SHASHUR MONASTERY: Situated on a hill about 3 kms from Keylong (Lahaul & Spiti) towards north on the same slope. During June/ July this monastery attracts a large number of visitors when Lamas perform the devil dance. It was founded in the 17th century a.d. It belongs to red hat sec and is located among the blue pines. The paintings represent the history of 84 Buddhas. TAYUL GOMPA(3900 m): Tayul Gompa is 6 kms. from Keylong (Lahaul & Spiti) and is one of the oldest monasteries of the valley having a huge statue of Guru Padmasamhava about 5m high and houses library of Kangyur having 101 volumes. In Tibetan language Ta-Yul means the chosen place. There is an interesting story behind this. KYE MONASTERY: It is situated 12 kms. north of Kaza (Lahaul & Spiti) and serves the western population of Spiti. It is the oldest and biggest monastery of the valley and located at (4116 m) above Kye village. It houses beautiful scriptures and paintings of Buddha and other goddesses. Lamas practice dance, sing and play on pipes and horns. Relegious training to Lama's is imparted here. It has murals and books of high value. THANG YUG GOMPA: It is located 13 kms. above Kaza (Lahaul & Spiti) serving western part of central Spiti. Situated in a secluded place in the narrow gauge of Kaza Nallah, it generally has a Lama from Tibet. Above this there is a long plateau which leads to Shilla peak.

KUNGRI GOMPA: It is situated in the Pin valley about 10 kms. from Attargo where Spiti river has to be crossed to enter Pin valley. It is serves the population of Pin valley. DHANKAR MONASTERY: It is situated about 25 kms. east of Kaza and serves eastern part of entral Spiti. Dhankar is a big village and erstwhile capital of Spiti King. On top of a hill there is a fort which use to be a prison in olden times. The Monastery has about 100 Lamas and is in position of Buddhist scriptures in Bhoti language. Principal figure is a Statue of "Vairochana" (Dhayan Budha) consisting of 4 complete figures seated back to back. It has relics in the shape of paintings and sculptures. TABO MONASTERY: This is another large gompa serving the population of eastern side. It has its origin in the tenth century old and is located 50 kms. from Kaza (Lahaul & Spiti). In fame it is next to Tholing Gompa in Tibet. It has about 60 Lamas and houses a large collection of Scriptures, wall paintings etc. Murals of this gompa have similarity to that of the Ajanta paintings. NAKO: The legendary footprints of the Guru Padamsambhava are enshrined at the Lotsabaage Monastery at Nako. This high altitude village in Kinnaur is located near a limpid lake. TASHIGANG GOMPA: Can be visited by taking diversion from Khab to Namgya and then trekking to the Gompa. TILASANGH MONASTERY: 1 km. trek from Ka, it is 12 km. short of Yangthang. SIKH PILGRIMAGES The Sikhs came to the Shivalik Hills, in Himachal Pradesh in 1695, at the invitation of the ruler of Sirmaur, to help him fight the Mughals. Guru Gobind Singh with his army, settled in Paonta Sahib in the foothills. During the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, at the end of the 18th century, many of the western hill states also came under Sikh sovereignty. PAONTA SAHIB: This is the main centre of Sikh pilgrimage in Himachal. The gurdwara picturesquely located on the banks of the River Yamuna in district Sirmour, is venerated due to its association with Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru. In March, an important fair is held and the holy Granth Sahib is taken out in procession. REWALSAR: The gurdwara at Rewalsar, near Mandi, is located on the periphery of a lake sacred to both the Hindus and Buddhists as well. MANIKARAN: The serene location and the seemingly mysterious hot springs made Manikaran (Kullu) a place of pilgrimage in earlier times. Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs, visited this place to spend time in meditation. A gurdwara that was built to commemorate his visit, is now a place of pilgrimage for the Sikhs. CHRISTIAN PILGRIMAGES Christianity made a late appearance in Himachal Pradesh, after the arrival of the British. The churches here are not more than 150 years old. Tall churches-the relics of the Raj, are to be found mainly in the small hill stations that the British created as summer retreats. KASAULI: Still unspoiled and very much as the British left it fifty years ago, Kasauli (Solan) has a fine old church. The Christ Church, is a typically Anglican structure of the period. Its foundation stone was laid in 1844. Well proportioned, its spires, buttresses and gothic arches are framed against the stately deodars. SHIMLA: The Christ Church, with its tall spire dominates the ridge in Shimla. This imposing structure is visible from as far away as Tara Devi, 8 km away. It was built in 1844, when Shimla was slowly coming into its own as the premier hill station of India., the Christ Church was designed to accommodate the entire Shimla congregation. Various memorials and stained glass windows fill the somber interior with colour and light.

The first Catholic edifice of Shimla, St. Michael's Church, was built in 1850, at the western end of the Lower Bazaar. Later additions have made it an unusual piece of architecture. Inside the church are five marble altars, all brought from Italy in 1855 and fine stained glass windows. DHARAMSHALA: The stone church of St. John lies on a motorable road between Mcleodganj and Forsyteganj 8 Km from Lower Dharamshala (Kangra). It has a monument of Lord Elgin, one of the viceroys of India, who died in Dharamshala and was buried here. DALHOUSIE: Dalhosie (Chamba) is another hill station with a number of old churches. The church near the G.P.O. looks untouched by time. It has an angular roof of inter-leafed hexagonal slates. The Catholic church of St. Francis, built in 1894, is set against a backdrop of tall pines overlooking the Subash Chowk.

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