One of the most popular hill stations in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is well-known for its amazing natural beauty and pleasant climate. The hill station owes much to its founder Lord Dalhousie for its fame and glory. Situated in the lap of the Himalayan mountain range, Dalhousie is situated at an average height of 8000 feet. One of the favourite places of the British during British Raj, this hilly terrain houses a large number of Victorian style mansions.
Often referred as Mini Switzerland, Khajjiar is a popular hill station located in the Himalayan mountain range about 26 km from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. Vast expanse of green meadows and dense forests besides vistas of majestic snow-clad Himalayan peaks make Khajjiar a popular destination with tourists. The picturesque landscape of Khajjiar has acted as a magnet for tourists from across the world.It is popular destination with trekkers too.
The Kalatop Wild Life Sanctuary is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh.It is expanded over an area of 1962 hectares the sanctuary is Kalatop Wild Life Sanctuary Dalhousie irrigated by the River which is known as Ravi.You can also see the beautiful or attractive hills,associated with snow-capped mountains,the valleys,the villages,the rich greenery and the hardness of the neighborhood from the place.Most visitors treat the place as a local picnic spot.
Panchpula is located at a distance of around 3 km from Dalhousie. One of the famous picturesque spots in the region, the word Panchpula means five bridges. It is the place where a descending stream pours into and feeds several pools.A monument or a samadhi has been built where several streams meet at Panchpula in the memory of Sardar Ajit Singh, who was a great revolutionary.Panchpula (means five bridges) is a site of natural beauty with lovely streams rushing into a number of pools.
A valley of flowers & A trekkers retreat. A 40 minutes soft trek surrounded by flowers leads you to the towering peak offering a birds eye view of the verdant valleys of the Beas, Chanab & Ravi Rivers. A beautifull place must visit.Dainkund Peak, perched at an altitude of 2755 metre, is the highest mount in Dalhousie. Tourists can enjoy 360° view of the entire valley from this peak. The sound of the breeze passing through the trees makes a musical sound.
The lake is an ideal place for water sports & angling. Picturesque lake is a nice spot picnics.The Chamera Dam impounds the River Ravi and supports the hydroelectricity project in the region. It is located near the town of Dalhousie, in the Chamba district in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India The reservoir of the dam is the Chamera Lake. The water level in the Chamera Lake rises to a maximum of 763 meters while the minimum water level is 747 meters.
Bhalei: Mata Temple of Bhader kali popularly known as Sri Bhalei Mata is located on a beautiful spur of 3800 feet height at a place called Bhalei which is now a Sub-Tehsil headquarter. It is about 25 km from Salooni Tehsil headquarter. The temple can be approached either from Chamba or from Dalhousie and is at a distance of 40 kilometers from Chamba and 35 kilometers from Dalhousie.Mythology has it that the temple of Bhadar Kali was built originally by Raja Pratap Singh during his reign.
Dalhousie is famous for its view of the Pir Panjal Range. As you drive from Dalhousie towards Khajjiar you can have a crystal clear view of these ranges which are usually snow capped all around the year.The Pir Panjal Range is a group of mountains in the Inner Himalayan region, running from east-southeast (ESE) to west-northwest (WNW) across the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh.
Manimahesh Lake (also known as Dal Lake, Manimahesh) is a high altitude lake (elevation 4,080 metres (13,390 ft)) situated close to the Manimahesh Kailash Peak in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, in the Bharmour subdivision of Chamba district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.The Manimahesh Kailash Peak, also known as Chamba Kailash, which stands towering high over the Manimahesh Lake, is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva.
Chamba is an ancient town in the Chamba district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, in northern India. According to the 2001 Indian census, Chamba has a population of 20,312 people. Located at an altitude of 996 metres (3,268 ft) above mean sea level, the town is situated on the banks of the Ravi River (a major tributary of the Trans-Himalayan Indus River), at its confluence with the Sal River.Chamba, is a small but attractive tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh, is known for its exquisite natural beauty.
Laxmi Narayan Temple is a famous temple of Chamba which is devoted to the Vaishnavite sect.The temple was built by Raja Sahil Verman in the 10th century.The major Photo Gallerys in the temple are ancient wooden chhatries, shikhar, mandapa, garbhgriha and antarala. There is a huge metallic image of Garuda, mount of Lord Vishnu which is encarved on a pillar at the entrance of the shrine.Lakshmi Narayan Temple is the largest and the oldest temple.
Bhuri Singh Museum is a major Photo Gallery of the Chamba valley that is worth visiting due to its exclusive paintings of Basholi and Kangra. The museum was established in the year 1908 to pay honor to Raja Bhuri Singh who was the last king of Chamba. The museum features an interesting collection of paintings and miniature artworksdepicting the life of Raja Bhuri Singh. Moreover, it also houses several artifacts such as coins, jewelry and costumes etc.
Set against the magnificent backdrop of the towering Dhauladhar ranges, which rise up to more than 4000 meters, Dharamshala, which literally means The Holy Refuge, lies perched up on the high slopes in the upper reaches of the Kangra valley. Founded in 1855, it is one of the 80 hill resorts developed in the seventeenth century by the British to beat the heat and dust of the sweltering plains.It is said that there are some 600 temples tucked away in this tranquil valley which is also home to Tibetan culture at Dharamshala.
McLeod Ganj is named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod who was the Lieutenant-Governor of Punjab under whom the area was developed. The place is known for its various Photo Gallerys including the residence of the 14th Dalai Lama. The place is one of the most frequented spots in Dharamshala and is famous for its Tibetan culture, handicrafts and temples.The Hanuman Tibba is the highest peak at the height of 5,639 meters above sea level and can be viewed from McLeod Ganj.
The Dal Lake in Dharamshala is named after its eponymous counterpart in Jammu and Kashmir. The lake is spread across 1 square kilometer and resembles the lake at Kashmir. It is one of the popular picnic spot and is surrounded by the thick deodar and juniper forests. The Kali temple located near the banks is home to a marvelous annual fair.
The Dalai Lama temple complex, at a walking distance from the McLeod Ganj bus stand in upper Dharamsala is on Temple Road. Across the Dalai Lama Temple courtyard visitors can find Namgyal Monastery. The Namgyal monastery is the private monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. No visitors are allowed to enter the temple premises. It is strictly open to Dalai Lama and his students. The temple complex is kept open from sunrise to sunset for the visitors to explore the peaceful ambiance of the surroundings.
Bhagsu nag Temple is one of the popular ancient temples, which is located at about 3 km east of the main city of McLeodganj and around 11 km from Dharamshala. It is surrounded by the famous Bhagsu Falls and is considered to be a popular place of Hindu pilgrimage. An annual fair is conducted in the month of September at this temple which attracts tourist from across the globe.
Bhagsu Falls is a beautiful waterfall, situated in the small village of Bhagsu, behind the Bhagsunath Temple. During monsoon, this waterfalls turns into a 30 ft cascade, alongside a mountain that features slate graffiti.The Bhagsu village is popular for organising picnics and is home to the famous Bhagsunath Temple and Bhagsu Falls. Tourists coming to this place can eat snacks at the small cafeteria located near the waterfall.
Bhagsu is just a little walk from mac leod and the walk offers you a best views on mac leod and dalai lama's center. Before the path to the waterfall you have a very nice hindi temple and a swimming pool in the middle of trees with beautiful view.
One of the most famous tourist destinations of India, Shimla located in Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill station. Also known as Simla, your travel to this place will be one event of your life that you shall never forget. This beautiful hill station derives its name from "Goddess Shyamla", who is supposed to be an avatar of Goddess Kali. This lovely hill station was 'discovered' by the British who immediately fell in love with this place. Infact, they went to the extent of declaring Shimla as their summer capital. Read about Shimla tourism and know more about Simla travel.
Popular as the 'Hanuman Mandir' among the localities of Shimla, the Jakhoo (or Jakhu) Temple has been on the 'must visit list' of most travellers. It is frequented by the devotees of the 'Pawan Putra' – Hanuman. One would get to hear about different versions of legend behind this temple that is mainly related to the phase of the Ramayana where Lord Hanuman rested on his way to fetch Sanjeevani Booti (a therapeutic herb) to heal Lord Ram's brother, Lakshman.
The Shimla State Museum houses a huge collection of magnificent paintings, sculptures, coins, handicrafts, photos, etc of not only the state of Himachal Pradesh but outside too. The state museum is a major Photo Gallery of the Mall area of Shimla built in the style of colonial edifice with sprawling lawns all around. This museum was inaugurated in 1974.The museum is open from ten in the morning to five in the evening. It is open on all days except Monday and the national holidays.
Ridge is located in the core of the fascinating Shimla and offers a large open space. The beautiful region is full of lush vegetation and panoramic scenic beauty. The Ridge joins the Scandal Point and leads to Lakkar Bazaar on the east side. It has become a popular destination for summer festival and local celebrations.
The Mall at Shimla is the shopping centre of the capital city. The Mall Road stretching from Scandal Point to Oberoi Clark Hotel features establishments like restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, post offices and tourist centres.Visitors can take a stroll along this popular street. It is also the centre of cultural and social events. One of the highlights of the Mall Road is its historic confectionery shops and restaurants.Lower Bazaar, the lower section below the Mall Road has hotels, restaurants, retail stores and a wholesale vegetable market.
Christ Church at the Ridge is the second oldest church in northern India constructed in 1846-1857. Designed by Colonel J. T. Boileau, the Church features a clock on the church tower that was put up in 1860. The porch along with the church was added in 1873.The church is visible from miles away. Its brass plaques and stained glass windows are an attraction that exhibit faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. The fresco surrounding chapel window was designed by Rudyard Kipling's father, Lockwood Kipling.
The Himalayan Nature Park in Kufri, one of the popular locations around Shimla, is located at a distance of 16 km. The site renowned for ts ski slopes is a natural habitat of rich flora and fauna with about 140 species. Along with the park, the state government has set up a Potato Research Centre.Spread over an areaof 90 hectares, the Himalayan Nature Park was set up in 1992. The park also houses 'Monal', the State bird of Himachal Pradesh, also an endangered Himalayan species.
Kullu and Manali have always been one of the favorite hill stations for tourists. Located in the heart of Kullu valley, Manali is at the altitude of 1950 m. Whether it's for honeymoon or for any holiday trip, these spellbinding cities of Himachal Pradesh have given great pleasure to visitors till now. The places are very popular due to its exciting Photo Gallerys and adventure activities. People from all across the globe come to see the snow-capped mountains and natural beauty of the city.
Hidimba Devi Temple is surrounded by thick deodar forests and was built in 1553. The temple is dedicated to the Rakshasa Hidimba who was also the wife of the Pandava Bhima. The temple structure is built in a distinctive architectural style that somewhat crosses Indian architecture with the one employed in the Buddhist monasteries.The structure is made primarily of wood and 70 meters from the temple also lays the temple dedicated to Ghatotkacha, the son of Bhima and Hidimba and a hero of the Mahabharatha war.
Another exciting destination that is always loved by tourists is Manikaran. It's only 5 Kms away from Kullu and is associated with Lord Shiva & Parbati. It is believed that she lost and found her ear rings at this place. The place is very much highlighted for hot water springs. There are large number tourists who come here to dip in its hot water. Manikaran is also famed for its hot water springs. The gushing water is so hot that one can prepare food in it. The water in the springs is radioactive and so it also has got some medicinal value.
The high mountain pass of Rohtang lies at an altitude of 3,978 meters above sea level and located in the eastern hills of the Pir Panjal Range. The pass lies at a picturesque location with the rivers Beas and Chenab that lies to the southern and northern side of Rohtang Pass. Rohtang Pass is famous for its picturesque views of the valley and various hidden waterfalls. Rohtang Pass is a must visit on your trip Kullu-Manali.
Solang Valley, popular as a picnic spot, has a 300 metre high ski lift, which is well known amongst skiers. Known as Snow Point, it is located between Beas Kund and Solang Village.At the valley, tourists can enjoy varied activities like horse riding, paragliding, skiing and zorbing. An annual winter skiing festival is held every year. On the top of the hill, a shrine of Lord Shiva is located.
Vashisht Village is situated on the banks of River Ravi. Natural springs and sandstone temples accentuate the beauty of the tiny locale. The springs of Vashisht are believed to possess medicinal properties. The waters of the hot brooks are believed to heal skin diseases. Separate bathing provisions for men and women have been arranged at the spring by the government.Below the temple, two additional springs also flow. By about a ten-minute walk from the downtown from Manali, the Hot Bath Complex can be reached. Shrines dedicated to Lord Ram and his Kula guru, Vashisht, are other attractions of this hamlet.
Located at a distance of 2 kms from Manali, the club house is an amusement zone. It has indoor game facilities and is situated on the left bank of river Manalsu Nallah. The structure of Club House finds resemblance from British style of architecture. It is managed by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) and offers avenue for playing popular indoor games such as carrom, table tennis, karting and skating. Tourists can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with some delicious snacks from their in-house restaurant. Adventure freaks can indulge in river crossing which can be done by ropeway.
Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, sprawling over an area of 180 sq. km, is located at a distance of 48 km from Srinagar. The biosphere in addition to being the home to some of the rarest and endangered species of animals and plants, is also privileged for preserving and nurturing them. Some of the rare species that tourists can spot in this reserve include musk deer, hangul, brown bear and other animals.Known for its rich vegetation, the forest of this reserve has around 90% conifers.
Dal lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in India, is the second largest lake of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Encircled by mountains on three sides, the banks of this lake are adorned by several blooming gardens and orchards. Some of the main features of this lake include five basins and numerable channels, which are well linked with each other.With a size of 6 km by 3 km, the embankments of this lake also house plenty of Mughal monuments along with the campus of University of Kashmir.
The green meadows and the lofty mountains are followed with tranquility and serenity in Pahalgam. The beauty of this small exceptional town does by no means can be a disappointment for an ardent nature lover. Blessed with good accommodation option, Pahalgam is indeed one of the best places to visit in Jammu & Kashmir. Expect a lot of greenery, hotels and resorts and lot of beauty surrounding you. Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, Baisaran, Sheshnag and the Tulian Lake excursion can invigorate your senses and activities like horse riding
Needless to say that without a visit to Sonmarg, a trip to Jammu & Kashmir would be incomplete. Blessed with unmatched landscape, Sonmarg make for an extravagant visual treat. Famed for many excursion options, there is a large number of trek and short routes that lead to places like Gangabal Lake, Kishansar Lake, Vishansar Lake, Naranag, Haramukh Mountain and the famous Baltal and Thajiwas Glacier. Baltal, which is located 15kms away from Sonmarg, is used as the base camp for pious Amarnath Yatra. Sonmarg.
The Golden Temple, located in the city of Amritsar in the state of Punjab,is a place of great beauty and sublime peacefulness. Originally a small lake in the midst of a quiet forest, the site has been a meditation retreat for wandering mendicants and sages s ince deep antiquity. The Buddha is known to have spent time at this place in contemplation.Two thousand years after Buddha's time, another philosopher-saint came to live and meditate by the peaceful lake. This was Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the founder of the Sikh religion.
The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, also known as the Amritsar Massacre was a massacre that happened in Amritsar, in 1919. It is named after the Jallianwala Bagh (Garden) in the northern Indian city of Amritsar. On April 13, 1919, British, Indian Army soldiers started shooting an unarmed gathering of men, women and children. The person in charge was Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, the military commander of Amritsar.