A State Guide To

HIMACHAL PRADESH

The picturesque state of Himachal Pradesh is nestled between the snow topped Himalayan ranges in North India. Known for its spectacular and panoramic landscapes, this traveler’s paradise is blessed with lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, verdant valleys, thundering rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower carpeted meadows, ancient temples, and magnificent monasteries steeped in time. Dotted with numerous hill stations, Himachal Pradesh proves to be a wonderful location for the tourists who want to relax and simply feel rejuvenated. The state also offers amazing opportunities for trekking, mountaineering, para gliding, skiing, golf , river rafting and ice skating.

Tourism in Himachal Pradesh has been given high priority by the government of Himachal Pradesh in recent years. Renowned for its striking natural beauty, Himachal Pradesh tourism attracts millions of tourists – both domestic and international, who love to spend their vacations in tranquility and serene sylvan surroundings.

To attract more tourists, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department is working towards the betterment of its infrastructure, conservation and preservation of historical monuments, and identifying new tourist destinations etc. There is a special focus on development of activities-based on tourism in order to increase the duration of the stay of the visitors/tourists.

Adventure tourism and pilgrimage tourism are already important aspects of Himachal Pradesh tourism. It is now laying greater emphasis on other areas, which include village tourism, history related tourism, cultural tourism and wildlife tourism.

Himachal Pradesh is known for its salubrious climate. The ideal time to visit Himachal Pradesh is between the months of April to June when weather is mild and sunny and is perfect for mountaineering or enjoying an idyllic nature walk.

Chamba valley, Spiti valley, Kinnaur, Shimla, Manali, Kullu valley, Lahaul, Kangra valley, Mcleodganj, Dalhousie, and Dharamshala Himachal Pradesh travel destination which are dotted with numerous churches, monasteries, temples, forts and other significant monuments.

By Air : Himachal Pradesh has three airports at Gaggal, Bhuntar and Jubbarhatti, which connect the state to Delhi and Chandigarh via regular flights by Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Red, MDLR Airlines, and Jagson Airlines.

By Rail : Kalka is the most important railway station in Himachal Pradesh. A narrow-gauge railway track connects Kalka with the capital city, Shimla. The longest railway line is from Pathankot in Punjab to Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh. There are a few other railway tracks also passing through important destinations in the state.

By Road :: Himachal Pradesh has a very good road network, which connect all popular destinations of the state to the major cities of North India. During monsoons, a few roads are closed in fear of landslides. Himachal Pradesh operates deluxe buses and luxury coaches from all prime cities of North India.

Getting around this hilly state is easy if you have your own transportation, be it a car or motorcycle. The State Government buses ply between various destinations in the state are small. They are driven at a snail’s pace because the vehicular machinery can only do so much, but private operators save the day for tourists with many buses and coaches, tours and MUVs.

Useful Information

Currency

Indian Rupee(Rs.)

Population

6.856 million

Area

55673 km2

Capital

Shimla

Language

Hindi

Time Zone

UTC+5:30

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