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Himachal Pradesh
Area 55, 673 sq kms. The Capital of the state is Shimla.
Boundaries   To the East of Himachal Pradesh is Tibet, to the Southwest is Punjab, to the North is Jammu & Kashmir, to the Northeast is Uttar Pradesh and to the South is Haryana.
Important Cities and towns   Solan, Shimla, Bilaspur, Chambal, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Kullu, Manali
Places of Tourist Interest
Shimla, Dalhousie, DharamShala, Solan, Kufri, Manali, Kullu
Best Time To Visit   April to October
Airports   Kullu, Shimla, Kangra
Indian states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and hills of Uttarachal, Bengal and Sikkim fall in the Himalayan and Trans-Himalayan regions. In this region, March to mid-July is pleasant; end July to end September is pouring rains (except for in Trans Himalayan regions of Ladakh, Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur which are beyond the reach of the monsoon clouds) and hence is rather uncomfortable to travel. October to February is rather too cold as it snows time and again; in the higher reaches of the Himalayas and Trans Himalayan regions temperature falls way below freezing points.
Required Clothing  
Lightweights to medium-weights from March to October. Warmer wears for the winter. Weather can change rapidly in mountains and it is therefore important to be suitably equipped.

Some of the must visit sites are - Dalhousie, Shimla, Kulu, Manali

Standing at the foot of the spectacular Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, is the popular hill-station of Dalhousie. Dalhousie has retained much of the British Raj style. It has been named after the famous British Governor - General, Lord Dalhousie.

Churches: The St. Andrew's Church, St. Patrick's Church at Balun, St. Francis' Church at Subhash Chowk, and St. John's Church at Gandhi Chowk, are some of the beautiful churches that Dalhousie houses.

Panchpula: An idyllic area where a charming stream feeds several pools, Panchpula ( Five Bridges ) is the site, where a monument dedicated to the great freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh's uncle, Sardar Ajit Singh, has been built.

Bara Pathar: The prime appeal of this spot is a fascinating little temple set in the midst of a dense forest.

Kalatope: A wildlife sanctuary, Kalatope, houses many species of animals, which include the ghoral, barking deer, and the Himalayan black bear, and a large avianfauna population. There is also a Forest Resthouse, for those who wish to spend the night in the sanctuary. >>TOP



Shimla, the summer capital of the British India, is situated at a height of 2,196 meters. Towards the north lie the snow-covered high ranges, while the valleys below hold streams and swaying fields. Within the town are splendid colonial edifices, quaint cottages and charming walks. You can go shopping on the fashionable Mall, visit its neo-Gothic churches.


One of the loveliest spot in the Himalayas, the Kulu Valley is known as the "valley of gods". Situated on the banks of the river Beas, Kullu, the headquarters of the district, serves as a nerve center of the valley and is the starting place for a number of treks.

There are beautiful spots and some lovely places to be seen in and around Kulu. The temples in the area are of particular interest. The Raghunathji temple is dedicated to the principle God of the valley. The Jagannathi Devi temple can only be reached after a stiff climb but from the top one gets a very good view of the region. Other attractions include Bijli Mahadev Temple, Basheshwar Mahadev Temple(Bajaura), Kaisdhar - is an idyllic meadow, embraced by lofty deodar trees and Manikarna - located at an altitude of 1737 m, in the valley of the river Parvati. >>TOP



Manali, located at an altitude of 2050 m, is situated along the banks of the Beas, close to the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley. It is the main holiday destination in the entire valley. The raw magnificence of Manali's natural beauty has to be seen, and experienced, to be believed. Proud, snowclad mountains, dense forests, emerald valleys, exotic flowers, gurgling streams meandering through meadows, it is sheer magic. >>TOP


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