Himachal beyond the mountains….

13 Aug 2021
Himachal beyond the mountains….
Posted by: Madhushri Jadhav

Great news everyone, the beautiful snow-clad state of Himalayas has been opened for tourism. Tired of COVID RT-PCR test???  Need not worry anymore, Himachal Pradesh government has announced that people who are vaccinated with atleast one dose are permitted to enter the state. So what are you waiting for lets go on a spectacular journey of wide valleys with snow-capped mountains, limpid lakes, rivers with gushing streams. 

Himachal Pradesh also referred as the Devbhumi meaning “Land of God” due to presence of various temples and monasteries in the state. It is also paradise for trekker’s water sports enthusiasts. It is one of the most popular destinations in India to go to. Feel like taking a break from the mundane life, Himachal is waiting for you with open arms. So hop on  Kalka – Shimla toy train one of the best ways to start your journey..

 

 

Shimla is the queen of hills covered with immense natural beauty, lofty ranges, and deep valleys. One of the few hill stations to have an airport. Shimla still retains its old-world charm with beautiful colonial architecture. The land so captivated the minds of the British when they ruled India that it was made their summer capital.

When you take stroll down the Mall road and reach the Ridge, you will lose yourself in panoramic view of Shimla.  Create wonderful memories by getting yourself clicked in traditional Himachal dress. At Mall road you get a chance to see the various local products and colourful handicrafts that tempt you to purchase them for sure and the local food is so yummylicious. Shimla in itself is a package deal which you will realize when you visit the Christchurch, Kali Bari Temple, Himalayan Bird Park, Viceregal Lodge, Kuthar Fort, Summer Hill, Chadwick Waterfall and many more amazing attractions.

 


Bilaspur is a hill town near Shimla, famous for its forts and Gobind Sagar Lake, a man-made reservoir considered the lifeline of the district. It is a beautiful lake where one can rejuvenate and participate in water sports and fishing. Also, this lake provides water to the very famous Bhakra Nangal Dam. Bhakra Dam is the highest dam in India and it is also the highest straight gravity dam in the entire world.



Manali, usually paired with Shimla is another beautiful destination, which reminds you of many bollywood songs. Manali offers the most magnificent views of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges covered with snow for most parts of the year. Whether you are on a solo sojourn in search of inner peace, an adventure backpack tour with your besties or a honeymoon trip with your beloved, Manali and its mountains will never cease to fascinate you.


The best places to visit in Manali is unique Hadimba temple, ride a yak if you are not afraid of it. The mesmersising Jogini waterfalls, Vashisht hot springs, Nehru Kund and the most beautiful Rohtang Pass. Indulge yourself in a snow fight, have lip smacking Maggie. Manali is one of the cleanest places. If you travel in winter, the best way to enjoy the cold is to have yummy softy ice cream. The serene Beas river will accompany you almost throughout Manali. It is hub for kayaking and white water rafting.



Speaking of Beas river, we arrive at Kullu, located on the banks of the river. Kullu is known for its Dusshera Festival, ancient temples and adventure activities. Kullu is generally coupled with its sister town Manali which is at a much higher altitude.

Located at a distance of 4 km from Kasol along the banks of river Parvati in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, Manikaran is known as a famous pilgrimage destination for both Sikhs and Hindus. A good number of temples, Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib and hot springs attract pilgrims and tourists alike.


Another popular destination of Himachal is Dalhousie, named after Lord Dalhousie. Boasting views of the snow-capped peaks of Dhauladhar ranges, Dalhousie is famous for its meadows, dense jungles and waterfalls.

 


The most memorable to places to visit here are Khajjiar (mini Switzerland) located in Chamba district. Khajjiar is known for its grassy meadows, deodar forests, and cottages. There is a small lake in the middle of the meadow. There is a small lake in the middle of the meadow and you could enjoy the scenery by yourself or take part in some of the adventure sports including paragliding, zorbing, and horse-riding. There are quite a few picnic spots nearby to Dalhousie. One of them being Panchpula, amidst the cover of green pine and deodhar trees enjoy a day out with yourself or family. If you are a wildlife fanatic, then visit the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. Your journey to Dalhousie won’t be complete without a visit to Satdhara warerfalls.  The place has derived its name from the seven beautiful springs believed to have therapeutic value. 

 

Spiti

Moving on further, we travel in long winding roads and valleys that present unforgettable glimpses of cold desert and snow-crowned mountains welcome you when you set foot into Spiti Valley. Bordered on all sides by the Himalayas, Spiti Valley, located in Himachal Pradesh, has an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level. The term Spiti means 'The Middle Land', as Spiti Valley separates India from Tibet. Scantily populated, Spiti is an adventure lover’s paradise, with a number of trekking trails that tourists can choose from. 

 


If you want to take break from all the adventures and move to more spiritual place, Dharamshala is the place to be. Home to Dalai Lama, the Buddhist leader who runs his government in exile from Now, what better place on earth to experience the rich and regal Tibetan culture than this little town set on the foothills of Dhauladhar ranges.  A visit to the Namgyal Monastery situated within the Tsuglagkhang complex. This complex also is the proud home to the residence of Dalai Lama, among various other shrines, temples, bookstores, souvenir shops etc. For cricket lovers, nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayan mountain range lies the quaint Dharamshala Cricket Stadium. There is a War memorial created to commemorate the memory of those who fought to save our motherland during the Indo-China war.

You can never get enough of Himachal Pradesh, there is so much to explore that you will never want the journey to end. There are many untapped places which are slowly becoming popular like Kasol, Chitkul, Bir Billing, Kasoli and so on.


Now is the perfect time to indulge yourself in a vacation, we all have had it with lockdown and corona and want to indulge ourselves with a change in backdrop. Time to pack your bags and enjoy yourself in Himachal and experience what goes on beyond the mountains.