The Home of Snow’ Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Prasesh
Written by Shirshendu Sarkar

‘The Home of Snow’ Himachal Pradesh

Have you been to the pristine snow-laden land of wide diversity of hills, valleys, rivers, glaciers, temples and wildlife? Yes, you have guessed it right. We are talking about ‘The Home of Snow’ Himachal Pradesh. If you haven’t, then you surely put it first in your vacationing list.

There are only a few places on this earth which holds serene nature, culture and spirituality all in one place. Himachal pradesh a unique charisma with its enigmatic meadows, shrines, spectacular waterfalls, snow covered peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, misty woods, flowing icy rivers, shimmering lakes, glaciers and enthralling lakes.

Located between the Jammu and Kashmir in the north, Tibetan plateau in the west and Punjab in the east Himachal Pradesh is a heaven for all nature lovers and explorers.

The romanticism is in the air and for those who want to spend some quality time with their loved ones away from their busy schedule, then mountains and valleys provide them with the gateway.

A small note for all the adventure lovers, Himachal has the Asia’s only natural ice skating rink in Simla.

Some of the places which you should not miss while visiting Himachal Pradesh, or your trip won’t be complete are –

  • Solang Valley,
  • Manali, located in the Kullu district at an altitude of 2050m, Manali takes your breath away by its snow capped mountain peaks and serene photogenic views of waterfalls and valleys. It is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh that attract many adventure lovers every year who can indulge in various sports activities like paragliding, skiing, rock-climbing and many more.
  • Shimla, present at an altitude of 2205m, it is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla provides a visual treat to its visitors with its lush green environment, pure scenic landscapes and the historically valuable heritage sites. The Viceregal Lodge, Christ Church, Sri Hanuman Jakhoo Temple, Ridge Road and Annadale are some of the tourist attraction spots there.
  • Khajjar, famous for the Khajjar Lake located at a height of 1920m attract tourists for its captivating lush green views and alluring sky which add picturesque views of the Lake. It is known as the ‘ Mini Switzerland of India’ for it topographical resemblance with Switzerland. The Khajji Nag Temple dedicated to the lord of Serpant located near the Khajji Lake is a beautiful example of mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture with images of Kurukshetra War depicted on the walls.
  • Dalhousie, though mistaken as a ordinary Hill station the most striking feature of Dalhousie is the European and Indian blended architectural excellence like the Rang Mahal. In addition to it many churches, temples, palaces and forts mesmerize all its visitors with their uninterrupted panoramic views.
  • Parwanoo, having breathtaking views of greenery along with beautiful fruit orchards, timber trails, cable car rides and attract large number of trekkers.
  • Sirmaur, famous for old temples and fossils that goes way back to 85 million years and not to forget the markets which attracts a lot of tourists.
  • Kasauli, famous for its Central Research Institute, Baptist Church, Kasauli Brewery, Monkey Point and Kasauli Club.
  • Kasol, popular for its thrilling treks, flavorsome Israeli food, alternative Hippie Lifestyle and culture along with the scenic beauty of the Parvati River flowing through it.
  • Tirthan Valley
  • Sangla
  • Una
  • Bhootnath Temple
  • Tara Devi Temple and many more mouthwatering cuisines and enthralling flora and fauna that really can’t be listed on a piece of paper.

Next coming to how to reach there and what is the best time to visit. The best time to visit depends on individual visitors. Some like to explore the beauty in a warm sunny day, however some tourist prefer the freezing cold beauty of Himachal Pradesh.

However we suggest you to plan your trip in between February and April when the winter is fading and the summer is yet to hoit with its full fury.

Himachal Pradesh is well connected to all the parts of India as well as the world through air, rail and roads. There are airports in Kullu, Shimla and Kangra district. The UNESCO World Heritage site ,Kalka-Shimla Express have gained the title of world heritage due to its path through 806 bridges, 103 tunnels and 18 stations along its distance of 96km travel.

So don’t waste much time in thinking, the snow-laden Himachal is calling for you!!!!

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