Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is a state in northern India. It is mostly mountainous in its geological composition, though cultivated valleys and glorious green hill slopes are spread liberally.

Himachal the word literally means 'The home of snow' has the mountains as a permanent background. It is spread over an area of approximately 56,019 sq km. Temperatures in Himachal vary from region to region. It is bordered by Indian states of Jammu & Kashmir (north), Haryana (south), Punjab (west), and the international border with Tibet (east). Himachal Pradesh is a popular destination for tourists. Exotic valleys, glorious lush green hill slopes, snow clad mountains, beautiful streams and the breathtaking Mountains of Himalayas greet tourists from all over the world.

Full of hill stations, pilgrimage site, adventures sports destinations, vibrantly rich culture and heritage, festivals and celebrations, and wildlife. Himachal Pradesh Tourism attracts wide range tourist traffic to the hill destinations. Himachal is also famous for excellent trekking and beautiful hill stations.

Himachal is one of the few places in the world with five distinct seasons. Spring, summer, the monsoon, autumn and winter pack a range of dramatic distinctions into every year. Snow, rain and bright sunshine create a range of options and combinations. Some of the more popular destinations in Himachal are :

Shimla : Queen of Hill Stations (called by the British), Situated in north-west Himalayas, Shimla the summer capital of India before independence is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh.

Palampur : One of the major hill stations in Kangra Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

Dharamsala : Blesses with marvelous natural beauty, Dharamsala is well wooded with oak, deodar, pine and other timber yielding trees.

Kullu Manali : Called as Silver Valley of Himachal, Kullu-Manali is blesses with natural beauty. Silver glow that shines over the snow and waters when sun's rays fall over them has given this valley this name.

Dalhousie : A beautiful hill station, surrounded by beautiful snow covered peaks Dalhousie is built on and around five hills. Various monuments of Colonial India era provide varied options to look around

A visit to hill-stations of Himachal Pradesh gives tourists the essence of what Himachal is all about. From beautiful hill-stations, Holy temples, unique festivals, exotic wildlife, thrilling adventure sports, trekking, breath stealing natural beauty, age old culture and heritage there is much to see and experience that attracts everyone. Himachal is indeed a fantastic destination for tourists. Tourists will hard pressed to find attractions like in Himachal Pradesh elsewhere.