A Trip to Himachal Pradesh is truly pleasurable as it is one of the most famous tourist destinations of India. This land of mountains is a celestial tourist destination where there is no dearth of tourist attractions. Himachal Pradesh is a must see destination for those who love mountains. The state is proud of its glorious history and rich cultural heritage. There are several monasteries, temples, and forts, whose architecture is praise worthy. The views of the breath taking mountains, passes, valleys, lakes, springs, waterfalls and wildlife are sights to behold. Himachal Pradesh is a state in the northwest India. Covering an area of 56,019 sq km, Himachal Pradesh is bordered by the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir on north, Punjab on west and southwest, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh on south, Uttaranchal on southeast and by Tibet on the east………………….
In & Around
Vice regal lodge : Housed in the Gothic splendor of the Vice regal Lodge is the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, India’s premier academy for higher research.
Himachal State Museum : Very close to the Institute, in a colonial building set in spacious lawns, is the museum. It has collections of Pahari miniatures, stone sculpture, local handicrafts, textiles and embroidery.
Jakhoo Hill : Shimla’s highest point, is rewarding for there are superb views of the town and its surroundings. At the top is an old Hanuman temple.(2Km) from Ridge.
Glen : A pretty picnic spot beyond Annadale is located in the thickly Wooded Glen, beside a sparkling stream.(4 Km).
Summer Hill : The quiet and lovely suburb of summer Hill has secluded, shady walks and charming views. It was here that Mahatma Gandhi stayed on his visits to Shimla, in the elegant Georgian mansion that belonged to Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. Summer Hill is located on the Shimla – Kalka railway line.(5 Km).
Chadwick Falls : Just beyond Summer Hill is the 67 m waterfall, cascading into a deep gorge. The Falls are best seen after the monsoon.(7 Km).
Prospect Hill : A 15-minute climb from Boileauganj, Prospect Hill is another favorite walk and vantage point with breath taking views. There is a little temple to Kamna Devi on the top of the hill.(3 Km ).
Sanjauli : A serene location with delightful walks, Sanjauli is ideal for a tranquil weekend. There are fine vistas and the lights of Shimla and Chail can be seen twinkling at night. On the other side, Mashobra and Naldehra are visible.
Temples : Among the little temples dotted around Shimla is the ancient temple of Bihargaon – a splendid example of traditional Himachal architecture. Just short of Shimla are the temples of Tara Devi and Sankat Mochan, Vaishno Devi Goofa. (8 Km).
Mashobra (2,149 m) – Noted for its apple orchards and thick woods of oak and pine. Mashobra is a sylvan retreat with pretty walks and picnic spots. A little track leads down to Sipur a grassy glade with a stream wandering through it. Excursions are possible to Shali Peak – the highest point in the area or to Craig naino (3 km) with its elegant guest house set in a delightful flower-filled garden. (9.6 km) .
Kufri (2,622 m) – Kufri is a noted summer and winter resort with its glorious views of forested slopes and tall ranges iced in a covering of perpetual snow. A fine ski resort, Kufri has a winter season that extends from January to March. A sparkling winter sports festival is held each year in February. (16 km)
Fagu (2,509 m) – Just 6 km from Kufri, Fagu is a vantage point with panoramic views of the ranges and valleys. Picturesquely located amid forests and orchards, Fagu has a rest house and tourist bungalow overlooking the Giri Valley.
Naldehra – The scenic, nine-hole golf course with its springy turf and crown of deodar was laid out at the instance of the Viceroy, Lord Curzon. So enamored was he by the beauty of the spot, that he named his youngest daughter Alexandra Naldera. (23 km)
Tattapani – Tattapani is just 28 km from Naldehra, along a road winding through the scenic country side. The hot sulphur springs here, are hot for their invigorating and curative powers. (51 km) Now famous for Rafting Games.
Narkanda (2,708 m) – A hill road with superb views links Narkanda with Shimla Narkanda, located amidst fragrant pine forests is a ski resort in winter. It has a choice of slopes ranging from a beginners run and a slalom slope to sharper descents for the experienced skier. (64 km).Also Known for Hateshwari Mata Mandir At Hattu Peak.
Hattu Peak (3,400 m) – Rising above forests of spruce, the Hattu Peak is a vantage point with spectacular views. (8 km). The pretty orchard country of Thanedar and Kotgarh – beautiful in spring – are not far away. Khadrala and Bagghi with their dense forests and Kumarsain with an interesting wooden palace are also within easy reach of Narkanda.
Hatkoti (1,100 m) – In the picturesque valley of the River Pabbar, about 107 km from Shimla, is noted for its historic temple dedicated to Durga. En route to Hatkoti is the village splendidly located among apple orchards – a village with fine traditional architecture. Jubbal, once the capital of a princely state with its impressive palace is also on the way.
Beyond Hatkoti, 11 km away, is Rohru (1,149 m) on the River Pabbar – an excellent spot for angling, with fishing pools teeming with trout. The trout hatchery at Chirgaon, (13 km) upstream, ensures a well-stocked river.
Rampur Bushahar – Rampur was once the capital of the princely state of Bushahar and a major center on the old trade route into Tibet. The annual Lavi Fair, held in the second week of November, is still an important event for the inhabitants of the region. They gather to buy, sell and barter their produce – home spun blankets, shawls, wool and dry fruits – and to celebrate the event with music and dance. on the banks of the Sutluj, is on the N.H. 22 – the old Hindustan-Tibet Road that goes from Shimla into Kinnaur. The scenic village of Sarahan with its fascinating Bhimkali Temple is on this road beyond Rampur. (160 km).
Daranghati Sanctuary: This sanctuary located in the upper area of the Shimla district has an undisturbed forest area with plenty of wildlife-monal, tragopan, koklas and khalij pheasants and musk deer, ghoral and thar. There is a network of bridle paths in the sanctuary. Visitors are advised to seek assistance from the forest staff posted at Dofda and Sarahan. The area is ideal for those who love to trek & walking.
Kasoli – 77-km from Shimla and 35-km from Kalka, at 1,927m, Kasauli is a quaint little town that seems to exist in a time wrap of an era that reminds one of the 19th century. Its colonial ambiance is reinforced by cobbled paths, quaint shops, gabled houses with charming facades and scores of neat little gardens and orchards. Mixed forests of chirr-pine, Himalayan oak and huge horse chestnuts surround Kasauli. Its narrow road slithers up and down the hillsides and offer some magnificent vistas. This is a small pleasant village, which is a popular place with foreign travelers. It is a nice place to hang out and relax. There are several basic guest houses, Hotels, Newly built resorts here and many people stay in houses for a few months. It is a popular station in summers.