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With spectacular snowy peaks and plunging river valleys, beautiful Himachal is India’s outdoor adventure playground. Every pass crossing into a news valley brings you into a different world, with its own culture, deities and even language. Villages perched on staggering slopes enchant with fairy-tale architecture and their people’s easygoing warmth. Hill stations appeal with a holiday atmosphere and colonial echoes, while backpacker magnets lure with their blessed out vibe and mountain beauty.

There are various places we can traverse Himachal Pradesh like –

KANGRA VALLEY - Kangra is a lush valley with rich harvests of grain and a plentiful produce of fruit that includes peach, pear, plum and apricot. Famed for giving rise to the Kangra School of paintings, the Kangra valley has many temples and shrines. Prominent among them are Jwalamukhi, Chintpurni Chamundadevi, Brajeshwari Devi, and Baijnath temple.

PALAMPUR - Palampur is recognized as the tea capital of northwest India. Set amongst the rising slopes of the Kangra Valley. Palampur a very special resort town. An ambulance of natural sources of water and the close proximity of High Mountain have dewed it with a mild climate.

KHAJJAR - A pretty lake surrounded by an emerald meadow cropped carpet-soft by cattle and sheep, and enclosed in deeply woodmen hills is what prompted to the Swiss to christen Khajjar “Switzerland of India”. It’s a place to enjoy natural beauty of mountains, in its many walks though the forested countryside. Being within a wildlife sanctuary, it is also a naturalist’s paradise.

RENUKA LAKE - 60km from Renuka, is the historic gurudwara of Poanta Sahib on the banks of the river Yamuna. The tenth Sikh Gur, Gobind Sigh, lived here for four and a half years and also fought his first battle at nearby Bhangani.

THE GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK – The largest protected area in Himachal Pradesh, the Park is carved out of the splendid mountain terrain of the Kullu district. The secluded sainji and Tirthan Valley harbour a variety of animals common to this area – wild mountain goats, brown bear, leopard, snow leopard. Sainji River brings the added pleasure of seeing wildlife in this arresting natural territory.

Prime Phase to explore – April to June, September to October


Trekking in Himachal Pradesh is neither bound to a season nor a route. The varied mountain Landscape offers immense opportunities for trekking from the very exotic, to soft options suitable even for the uninitiated. The northern districts from Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur and the Pangi sub-division of Chamba, provide opportunities for high altitude trekking with mutes traversing heights above 5,000 mt. The Sangla valley trek in Kinnaur and the Grand Himalayan circuit of Lahaul are two very popular routes. The high passes on the Pri Panjal range are also favoured by seasoned trekkers. These regions, however, are accessible only in summer and autumn. The lower hills, on the other hand, are open to trekking throughout the year.


Winter is the time for fun and games! Large parts of Himachal Pradesh don a mantle of snow by about the middle of December. And this provides good opportunities for skiing.

Though skiing slopes are available at many places in the state, good facilities have been developed at Manali and Narkanda (Shimla district). These two places get enough cushions even in bad snowfall years to allow good ski runs. At Manali, the Solang Nallah ski slopes are among the best in the world and allow runs over 3km. At Narkanda, too, good slopes are available for about three months in the year. Skiing in Himachal Pradesh, however, is not limited only to winter. Short ski runs are possible even till July/August at Rohtang Pass (Beyond Manali).


Though Himachal Pradesh has a number of rivers with rafting facilities other water sports have lately been introduced. The Beas, one of the most easily accessible rivers of the state, is now regularly run between Shamshi and Aut (both downstream from Kullu town). The Chandra river, in Lahaul, also offers the advantage of exotic mountain scenery. The Ravi and the Sutlej, too have good possibilities for rafting and canoeing.


Of the various mountain ranges traversing Himachal Pradesh, the Dhauladhar is, perhaps, the most spectacular. The nearly 150km long range rises from the Kangra valley floor and at many places attains a height of over 5000mt. This makes the Dhauladhars one of the best launch-pads for the exciting sport of hang-gliding and parasailing. Billing (Kangra District) is one of the best sites for this adventure sport. The hang-gliding clubs in India are in Pune, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Shimla, Devlali and Bangalore. In Kangra, hang-gliders are seen in large numbers. Mountaineering has easy adaptability to paragliding. The 1500km long Himalayan range attracts a large number of international gliders to the country. The spacious fields ploughed by the Tibetans, about 5km from the main village of Bir, serve as the landing ground for gliders.


Himachal Pradesh is the land of mountains and snow. The state is traversed by four major ranges of the Himalayas. Of these, the Pir Panjal and the inner Himalayas are made up of many over-6000 mount high peaks.

Article by : Simple Vishwakarma



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