Thursday, December 8, 2011

Best Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh

This summer, take a break from the unbearable heat of the season. Hilly states in India welcomes you take nap in the lap of Mother Nature. Owning to your comfort and desire, let me bring to you a travel guide, which will offer you a snippet about the top 5 hill stations in Himachal Pradesh.

Dalhousie

Trip to Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh is just more than any leisure activities. The charming hill station is sandwiched between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. The hill station, now-a-days is gaining attention in the sector of travel and tourism in India. Tourists from different corner of the world visit the place all through out the year. A walk down the way to Satdara and Panchpullah offers the ultimate beauty of nature. Other attractions of note are Kala Tope Khajjiar Sanctuary, Jhandrighat, Chamera Dam and Lower Bakrota Hill, which is home to more than 50-odd Tibetan families.

Manali

Manali, a sought after destination for adventure seekers is not just a place to undergo adventure activities. This hill station in Himachal Pradesh is home to temples, gompas, tribal villages and lot more. Where adrenaline lovers participate in heli-skiing and explore the place, nature lovers dare to capture its eternal beauty on foot. Most popular place to visit in Manali are Hidimba Devi Temple, Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa, Gulaba Camp, Malana Valley, Solang Valley and Rahala Falls

Shimla

Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh is blessed with the indomitable beauty of nature. The summer capital of India was discovered by British Government in 1819 and since then, the place continue to attract tourist all the year round. Major attractions in Simla are Annandale, Chadwick Falls, Chapslee, Christ Church and St. Michael's Cathedraland Kotesvara Temple. Its worth a while to stay at popular resorts like Shilon Resort, Honeymoon Inn, The Cecil Oberoi Resort and Springfield and enjoy its scenic beauty.

Dharamshala

Perched high in the slopes of Kangra Valley, Dharamshala is dotted with tall pine trees Deodar forest. The hill station in Himachal Pradesh preserves the unique culture of Tibet in the form of colorful temples and Gompas. Tourist places to visit in Dharamshala are Chamunda Devi Temple, Maharana Pratap Sagar, Nurpur Fort, Dall Lake, Dharmkot, Namgyal Monastery and Pong Lake Sanctuary.

Palampur

Popularly known as the 'Tea Capital of North India', Palampur hill stations in Himachal Pradesh is a newly explored tourist destination in India. Legend has it that the place was a part of the local Sikh Kingdom and later came under the regime of British Government, during the colonial period in India. Till today, tourist can witness its glorious past, preserved in the form of colonial architecture. Besides, the place is highly explored by adventure trekkers and para-gliders all the year round.

Chail

Chail is heaven amidst the mountains, 43 km from Shimla. It was the summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala before India's Independence. It is surrounded by lush forests with a commanding view of the snow-capped Himalayas. Chail is also famous for its hotels. The forests near Chail have many species of birds and deer. Another unique feature of Chail is its cricket ground - the highest cricketing venue in the world.

Kufri

A scenic destination of Himachal Pradesh, Kufri is located at a distance of 13 km from Shimla. It is famous for its trekking and hiking trails. A large number of tourists throng to Kufri to participate in the annual winter sports festival organised every year in the month of February. Kufri is also famous for its nature parks and picnic spots.

Kangra

The natural beauty of the valley can best be enjoyed during the winters when freshly fallen snow spreads its white charm throughout. As far as the vegetation of the valley is concerned, it is mixed tropical and sub Himalayan varieties. There are oak and cedar growing at higher altitude. It is one of the most beautiful spots in the lower Himalayas.

Chamba

Chamba is a small town but its natural beauty will touch your senses and soul. It is a wonder in itself for every visitor. Chamba valley has magnificent sceneries with well defined snowy ranges.

Renuka ji

This place in the Sirmour district is famous for being the largest natural lake in Himachal. It is named after the Goddess Renuka who was the mother of the legendary sage Parashurama. The lake is believed to be sacred by Hindus as it is in the shape of a reclining woman, which is supposed to be the embodiment of the goddess. The lake is full of colorful fish and other aquatic animals and is surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary, a few other temples and green hills.

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