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Himachal Pradesh is one of the most charming and serene states in India. It is surrounded by the splendor of nature as seen in the many hill stations that are spread around the state. The snow-clad mountains make this place a tranquil haven for those looking to find a quick getaway.
There are many places of historic interest in the region like forts and Buddhist monasteries. The state has a developed road network meandering through the many hilly areas. These navigable roads make it easy to travel in the state. Tourists can hire cars or use their own transportation to visit various places in the state:
One of the most pristine hill stations in Himachal Pradesh and India, Dalhousie is named after Lord Dalhousie the British governor-General who established the town as a popular summer retreat. The town was established in 1854 by the British and is located at the western ranges of the Himalayas at an average elevation of 1,970 meters above sea level. The town is still exemplary of neatly planned streets and colonial era architecture of the buildings that are a marvel to witness amidst the lush green surroundings and snow capped peaks of the Himalayas.
Dharamshala is located in the upper reaches of the Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh and is placed at an average altitude of 1,475 meters above sea level. The city is surrounded a thick cover of deodar cedar trees and is one of the major strong holds for the Tibetan refugees and the seat of the 14th dalai lama of the Tibetan sect of Buddhism. The town due to its picturesque surroundings and the presence of the Dalai Lama has made the town a popular tourist destination, both for the Indians and the foreign tourists.
Kangra is an ancient town, which was founded by the Katoch Dynasty which is the oldest surviving Royal Dynasty in the World. The town was attacked and plundered by various warring dynasties and empires till it eventually became a part of the British colonial rule in India. The various temples and the marvelous fort are few of the major attractions in the town. The chief spoken languages here are Hindi and Kangri which is very similar to Punjabi due to the town’s proximity to the State of Punjab. Kangra is known for its scenic locations and flowery meadows which are a marvel to behold.
Kangra’s economy is majorly supported by tourism and agriculture. The various tea estates located across the town are also few of the major tourist places along with the industries that involve potato chips, packaged drinking water and construction material.
Located at an average elevation of 1,800 meters above sea levels, Kasauli is a cantonment town and a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Kasauli is often described as a hiker’s paradise and being a small town can be covered mostly by foot. The town was developed during the British during the prime of their rule in India and is famous for its colonial style architecture. The town is said to be visited by Lord Hanuman in the Ramayana, who placed his foot atop this town while looking for the herbs to heal the Injured Lakshmana. The town is famous for its lush green and picturesque surroundings of the mountains and its quiet and tourist friendly people. Here’s a list of the best places you can visit in Kasauli.
Kullu – Manali:
Located at the banks of the Beas River, Kullu valley is home to the picturesque towns of Kullu and Manali. Due to their close proximity, they are often considered as a single destination. The valley is known for its amazing hills and the various temples and sight-seeing locations attract a huge number of visitors each year. The Kullu valley is surrounded by deodar and pine forests and is located between the lower and the greater Himalayan ranges as well as the inner Himalayan ranges of the Pir Panjal. Kullu-Manali is one of the top most tourist places in Himachal Pradesh and is frequented by huge crowds of tourists and pilgrims
The capital city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is one of most visited hill stations in India and is located at an average elevation of 2,205 meters above sea level. The region was covered with dense forests and was first mentioned in the ancient Hindu scriptures of the Vedas as the place where Lord Hanuman rested while looking for the healing herb in Ramayana. The region remained a forest till it came under the British East India Company and was governed by the erstwhile Maharaja of Patiala who assisted the British during the Anglo-Nepalese war. In 1863, Shimla became the summer capital of the British Raj and provided an adequate refuge from the scorching heat of the lower regions of India.