Kinnaur Sightseeing – Temples & Monastries


Kinnaur Sightseeing – Temples & Monastries

Chandika Temple Kothi 
Durga Chandika – Kothi, Kinnaur
A handsome temple dedicated to goddess Chandika, more especially designated as Shuwang Chandika has spread the fame of village Kothi in greater part of the district.The local people hold the goddess in great reverence and consider her to be one of the most powerful goddess. For want of social contact by the local people with their more advanced and brahmin ridden brethren they have evolved their own peculiar procedure of ritual and worship to this presiding deity. There is an image of gold, seated in an ark. It is danced up and down by four persons at the time of worship. 

Her legend goes that she was the daughter of the demon devta Banaasur who presided over the Kinnaur. He had 18 sons and daughters. Chandika was the eldest among all. She presided over Sairag the heart of Kinnaur. But establishing her hold on the area was not so easy. The thakur of Chini ruled Sairag with a aid of a powerful demon. To defeat this enemy, Chandika took the aid of a cunning female relative called Byche. Byche duped the demon into placing his long hair between the grinding stones of a water mill. Then Chandika sprang on the helpless giant and severed his head with her sword. But a new head immediately replaced the old. Repeated swishes of her sword only brought forth more grinning faces. Frustrated and tiring, Chandika was soon in danger of drowning in the sea of blood created by her actions. Forsaking her pride, she appeared to her brothers for assistance. Chagaon Maheshwar responded and told her to kill the life sustaining beetle, hovering over the demon’s head. Chandika maintains her chief abode at Kothi in the middle of Sairag.
Mathi Temple at Chhitkul
Mathi Temple at Chhitkul, Kinnaur
Mathi is the local goddess of the people of chhitkul having three temples the main one said to have been constructed about five hundred years ago by a resident of Garhwal. The square ark of the goddess is made of walnut wood and is covered with clothes and surmounted by a tuft of yak tail. Two poles called bayanga are inserted into it by means of which it is carried. Her legend goes that she started from Brindavan and passing through Mathura and Badri Nath reached Tibet. Afterward she came to Garhwal, and via Sirmour reached Sarhan in Bushahr and ultimately reached the Barua Khad. Beyond Barua Khad she found the territory divided into seven parts. The deity of Shaung village was Narenas, her nephew. She appointed him to guard the territory.Then she proceeded to Chasu village. There too she appointed the Narenas of Chasu, her nephew as a guard. Then she visited the Kamru fort where her husband Badri Nath, was a guard of the throne of Bushahr. She further went to Sangla where her another nephew, Barang Nag, was responsible for safeguarding the Rupin Ghati. Thereafter she proceeded to Batseri village, where Badri Nath of Batseri, her husband was responsible for guarding a place named Dhumthan. Thence onward she arrived at Rakchham where Shanshares, yet another nephew was appointed as a guard of Dhumthan. Finally she arrived at Chhitkul and settled there permanently assuming the overall responsibility of safeguarding the seven divisions. After her arrival, people had plenty of food, animals had sufficient grass and the village began to proper. She had also a pujares. In the morning the pujares bring water from the nearby spring and worship goddess by burning incense, while musical instruments are played by Domangs.
Maheshwar Temple at Sungra
Maheshwar Temple at Sungra, Kinnaur
The portals of Maheshwar temple of Sungra have superb wood panels on either side. deeply cut images of prominent Hindu deities are a treat for the art historian. On the eastern wall are panels depicting the Vishnu Avatars and the symbol of the Hindu zodiac. The friezes on the eaves are beautiful and the buildings arround the temple courtyard are similarly embellished . A small stone shrine of eighth century stands a short distance from the temple doorway, evidence of the site’s antiquity. The Sungra Maheshwar was once said to have been attacked by an enemy of superhuman strength, often linked to the Pandava hero, Bhima. Bhima hurled a huge boulder at the temple from the mountain tops across the Satluj. The Maheshwar deflected the missile to one side. It now lies close to the road, a short way from the temple and still shelters the alpine flowers found only in the high mountains.
Chango Temples at Chango
Chango Temple at Chango, Kinnaur
Chango has three temples. In lower Chango, the red walls of Rinchen Zangpo temple stand out atop a little promontory  but contain little of note. Nearby, the village temple, in more regular use as a place of worship, has a large prayer wheel, clay idols and contemporary wall paintings. A large image of Avalokiteshwara, crudely carved in stone, lies on the path between these two shrines. It was found in some out of the way and the monks decided to place it in a temple but the combined strength of many men was insufficient to lift the stone. Then the present location was though. The temple in upper Chango is the best kept but of relatively recent vintage. Close by, a new prayer hall, library and guest rooms are nearing completion. Across the Chango stream, perched above yellow, alkaline cliffs, is an older collection of religious buildings.
Rarang Monastery at Rarang
Rarang Monastery at Rarang, Kinnaur
Just outside Rarang, on the Thopan side is the newly built Monastery of Tashi Choeling. This new monastery has come in the wake of post-1960 Tibetan influences from the Drugpa sect. Close to the monastery are older dwellings and temples, merging into the rugged surface of a rocky mountain side. These older units are traced to Nyingmapa adherents.

Durga Temple at Ropa
There is a Durga temple at Ropa also known as the Chandika temple. Chandika had apportioned to herself this semi-arid tract when she divided Kinnaur amongst her brothers and sisters. Her temple at Ropa, a new structure with a reinforced cement concrete frame, is an architectural malapropism.

Charang Temple
Just beyond Charang is a temple of the eleventh century known as Rangrik Tungma complex. The temple takes its name from the goddess Rangrik Tungma and her small metal image, astride a horse is the oldest at the temple. In all likelihood Rangrik Tungma must have been a pre-Buddhist deity, absorbed into the pantheon of the later religion. Two other bronze statues appear to be of considerable value; a Maitreya seated with legs pendant, in bhadrasana and a Buddha in bhumisparsha mudra. The walls of the main hall are linked with clay idols, in the same style as the mandala in the dukhang at Tabo. The wall paintings below are old although the wheel of life outside the door has been redone lately. There is also an interesting hoard of ivory and bonehandled knives and daggers at the temple. Many centuries ago, it is said a robber gang from across the Tibetan border raided the temple. The clay images of protective deities at the entrance set up a terrific noise, resembling the thundering hooves of galloping horses. The terrific robbers droped their weapons and took off, running up valley to vanish in the crevasses of the huge glaciers streaming down from the high peaks above.
Brelengi Gompa at Brelengi near Peo
  Near Reckong Peo in Brelengi there is a Buddhist Monastery also known as the Brelengi gompa.This is an impressive modern Buddhist edifice. The monastery of Mahabodhi society was constructed specially for the Dalai Lama to perform the Kalachakra ceremony in 1992. Next to the monastery is a 10 meter statue of the standing Buddha, which is visible from a considerable distance.

offbeat destinations-places to visit

You’ve seen the beaches and the hills, and know the way to these places like the back of your hand. But have you ever wondered about the offbeat destinations or the  hidden places that lie in-between – like the tiny cafe that serves that perfect cuppa, small hamlets that are overshadowed by grand mountains, or the monastery that houses the best of local art? Believe it or not, India is full of offbeat destinations or unseen places waiting to be discovered. Here’s our list of the first 10.


Chopta, Uttarakhand (offbeat destinations)
Chopta is the prettiest spot and another offbeat destinations on the Ukhimath-Chamoli road that connects Kedarnath with Badrinath via a clearly more picturesque, somewhat shorter route. This sleepy little place, 35km up from Ukimath, is really just a bend in a very narrow, thickly forested mountain road. It’s the quaintest place you are likely to see en route, along with the famed bugyals (meadows) of the state peeking through towering trees, framed by snowy mountains in the distance. Chopta is the springboard for a 5km trek to Chandrashila Peak and Tungnath – one of the Panch Kedar (sacred Shiva temples) in Garhwal, including Kedarnath, Rudranath, Madmaheshwar and Kalpeshwar. You can opt for a pony to carry you up at this offbeat destinations.

chopta (offbeat destinations)

chopta (offbeat destinations)


Moorang, Himachal Pradesh (offbeat destinations)
A land seeped in mythology, Kinnaur is believed to be home to the mystical Kinners (of Kinnaur); part human, part god and several offbeat destinations. It is said that the Pandavas chose this remote region to spend their last year of exile. Indeed, the prevailing polyandrous traditions among tribal communities, as well as most primordial edifices, are assigned to their mythical presence here. One of these, the Pandava Fort, reportedly built by them at Moorang village (about 40km from Kalpa) is remarkable for its distinct mud silhouette crowning a rocky hilltop. It comes into view at Jangi, your veer-off point from NH22 towards Moorang (10km), and it takes the better part of the day to get here from Kalpa. You should visit the fort that is presently home to the local deity, Ormig Devta.Kinnaur is a district that is still unknown and has the maximum number of offbeat destinations in india.

moorang (offbeat destinations)

moorang (offbeat destinations)

Phugtal Gompa, Jammu & Kashmir (offbeat destinations)
Possibly the remotest monastery in Zanskar, Phugtal Gompa is also one of the best offbeat destinations and most spectacularly located – it is set in a mountain cave on the sheer mountain face of a gorge through which a tributary of the Tsarap River (also known as the Lingti or Lungnak) flows. The gompa traces its history back to the 12th century and has at least one old chapel with relatively well-preserved frescoes. Since there’s no road to get there, trekking to Phugtal – possible in one long day, better in two – is easiest using the south-bank trail from Padum. Rather than returning to Padum, many trekking groups continue to Darcha on the Manali Road (around four days) but you’ll need proper gear and a guide to cross the 4980m Shingo La.

phugtal gompa (offbeat destinations)

phugtal gompa (offbeat destinations)

Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan (offbeat destinations)
One can take a jeep safari to the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, 32km away from Bikaner and sight antelopes, wild boar, chinkara, nilgai, black buck and fox. Admission to the wildlife sanctuary is through Gajner Palace and the hotel organises these wildlife safaris for non-guests as well. It costs Rs. 2500 per jeep. One can also take a boat ride on the Gajner Lake for Rs. 250 per person for half an hour.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka (offbeat destinations)
This small sanctuary, comprising six islets in the Kaveri River, is located a stone’s throw away from Srirangapatna town. With their riverine reed beds, these isles are the favoured nesting places of painted openbill and woolly-necked storks, common spoonbills and black headed ibis, amongst others. The trees are home to colonies of flying fox, while the odd marsh crocodile is routinely spotted. The best season for sighting water birds is June to November, while in December, you can spot migratory birds.

Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, West Bengal (offbeat destinations)
In the far southwest corner of Sikkim, close to the India–Nepal border, lies the Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, known to be the native habitat of more than 500 species of rhododendrons. Well off the tourist track, this exotic forest can be accessed by a two-hour trek through enchanted pine forests from the village of Hilley, about 28km from Pelling. Hemmed by the Singalila Ridge, the forest bursts into a riot of colours in April and May and is a sight to see.

Swamimalai, Tamil Nadu (offbeat destinations)
Located 31km from Thanjavur, this town is famous for its temple of Lord Muruga in his incarnation as Swaminatha, the mentor of Swami or Shiva. The temple commemorates the legend that even as a little boy, Muruga was so full of wisdom that he was able to explain the concept of ‘Om’ to his father, Shiva. Swamimalai is also where the world famous Thanjavur bronze icons are manufactured, especially the exquisite dancing Nataraja. Individual sculptors and little factories jostle for space in the small town to create the much-sought after icons. Many are willing to explain and demonstrate the actual process of making the icons, something that’s worth watching.

swamimalai (offbeat destinations)

swamimalai (offbeat destinations)

Velneshwar Beach, Maharashtra (offbeat destinations)
This can be covered en route to Ganpatipule, but it’s more enjoyable as a detour because it gives you a chance to take the backwater ride on the ferryboat – twice. Famous for its pastel-coloured Shiva temple, this fishing village ambles along at a quiet pace until March every year when all tranquility is disrupted for the Maha Shivratri fair. The beach hasn’t really made it to any major tourism map yet, which is probably why, when you go here, you may be the only one there.

velneshwar beach (offbeat destinations)

velneshwar beach (offbeat destinations)

Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, Karnataka (offbeat destinations)
Just 17km from Hampi, the immaculately clean and well-maintained Daroji Bear Sanctuary is home to (amongst other animals) 120 sloth bears; they can be seen roaming a wide gorge from a watch tower. The bears are given their food at 2pm, so it’s best to get here an hour later, when you can watch them from a relatively closer spot. You can even drive up to the watch tower.

Moodbidri, Karnataka (offbeat destinations)
The towns of Moodbidri and Karkala on NH13 make for a daylong detour from Mangalore. The epithet ‘Jain Kashi’ is attached to Moodbidri, a small town packed with Jain shrines. There are 18 important Jain temples in this seat of Digambara culture, of which the Thousand Pillar Basadi is the most important. Over 600 years old, its architectural features are a fascinating mix of oriental, Nepalese and Hoysala influences. The other two temples worth visiting are Guru Basadi and Vikarama Shetty Basadi.

moodbidri (offbeat destinations)

moodbidri (offbeat destinations)

TripAdvisor reviews – Himachal Pradesh

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 27 May 2014

During my May 2014 trip, I first stayed in Hotel Apple Pie in Rakchham (managed by Aman Ahuja). He only suggested me to stay in his hotel in kalpa by the same name and managed by his brother (Mukesh Sharma). Hotel Apple Pie, Kalpa is just opposite to HP Tourism rest house. The cook is from Pauri garwhal and has spent years in Hotel Samrat in Delhi. Excellent Egg Curry and other dishes. Food is good. There is NO room service. You will have to come down to the dining area which is just approx 15 metres. Mukesh bhai is very polite and cordial. Rooms are neat and clean (with TV and geyser). I would highly recommend this place to anyone travelling to Kalpa.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 22 June 2013

We reached Kalpa and were tired of driving around in the narrow lanes, when we saw the board of Hotel Apple Pie and went in to see it. I was traveling with my family and mother.
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Apart from that, the service and food were also at par with the kind of hotel this is. Food wasn’t excellent but not bad. Service was average.
The nearby store used to stock everything and for the duration we stayed there, we used to buy many things from that store, including water bottles. We stayed for 4 days.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family



5 of 5 stars Reviewed 20 May 2013

awesome place to stay in small hamlet kalpa….there is no way that you can complain about your stay…everything was so perfact in its place…i went in may,2013 with my son.we stayed in 3rd floor with excellent view of kinner kailash mountain.all the rooms have same view as a matter of fact.
awesome food with touch of home….all made very fresh….excellent cook.
on the top of it,mr aman ahujaa as a solo person in charge was added advantage….
we stayed two nights but it was far too less….u need atleast 4 nights to be fully satisfied….
kalpa is very quie place and persons who likes pollution free atmosphere and quite place will only like it…strongly recommend people to stay at apple pie…no better place than this….

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 18 September 2012

The serene beauty of nature…was xperienced by me nd my family at Kalpa ….though the roads that lead to Kalpa will give u a cricky xperience…bt the nature’s beauty will b smooth like a cake,,,,and to add to its flavour Hotel Apple Pie works as a cherry on top…
Apple pie serves it best regarding d comforts,infrastructure of each room wd perfection in sanitation…and good fooding…The best thing tat m sure u ll love about the hotel is its big windows tat evry mornin gives u a superb view of the snow covered kinnaur kailash mountain view,,,,awessuuummm view….n chilly climate….ll surely mesmerise u to the utmost…
Not to miss a d person in charge n ofcourse now a freind of mine Aman Ahuja his etequettes nd hospitality and guidance will surely help u to plan ur trip,,,
In all nyc trip…..

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family


“Great place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 October 2014

Great place to stay…view from the room was awesome…the managers and staffs were very friendly…great value for money. I would suggest people to stay here. The upper floor rooms are better, but believe others are good also.

  • Stayed September 2014, travelled with family


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Kinnaur – The Land of Gods – Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur – the Land of Gods – Himachal Pradesh


Kinnaur – the Land of Gods – Himachal Pradesh is surrounded by the Tibet to the east, in the northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh, about 235 kms from Shimla is a tremendously beautiful district having the three high mountains ranges i.e. Zanskar, Greater Himalayas and Dhauladhar, enclosing valleys of Sutlej, Spiti, Baspa and their tributaries. All the valleys are strikingly beautiful. The slopes are covered with thick wood, orchards, fields and picturesque hamlets. The much religious Shivlinga lies at the peak of Kinner Kailash mountain. The beautiful district was opened for the outsiders in 1989. The old Hindustan-Tibet road passes through the Kinnaur valley along the bank of river Sutlej and finally enters Tibet at Shipki La Pass. And it is not only the scenic beauty which appeals to the young and old alike but also the life styles of the people, their culture, heritage, customs and traditions.

Kalpa - Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur – the Land of Gods – Himachal Pradesh


The much honest people of Kinnaur – the Land of Gods – Himachal Pradesh which have strong culture and beliefs generally follow the Buddhism and Hinduism believe that the Pandavas came and resided in the land while in the exile. In the ancient mythology the people of Kinnaur are known as Kinners, the halfway between men and gods. Thousands years old monasteries still exist in the area. Both the Buddhists and Hindus live in perfect harmony symbolising the traditional brotherhood and  friendship of the people of both the faiths

The apples, chilgoza and other dry fruits are grown in Kinnaur – the Land of Gods – Himachal Pradesh are world famous. The high terrain here give way to great adventures sports of all kinds. Beautiful trekking routes includes the ‘Parikarma of Kinner Kailash’. Here is also the Beautiful Nako lake and three famous wild life sanctuaries.

Best Time to Visit

Kinnaur – the Land of Gods – Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful district to visit. Great natural scenes, rivers, valleys, high mountains, lakes and green pastures creates a mesmerising scenes for tourists.Best time to visit the district is from April to October

Weather during the year

Due to the Geographical conditions Kinnaur – the Land of Gods – Himachal Pradesh has long winter from October to May (the snowy season) and Summer from June to September. From April to May is Spring and September to October is Autumn. Only the Baspa valley, lower region of the Satluj valley and the area south of the Great Himalaya receives monsoon rains, while in the upper areas monsoon showers progressively.

Trekking route in Kinnaur

Kinnaur – the Land of Gods – Himachal Pradesh

What to Wear

Summers in Kinnaur requires light woolen clothes while very heavy woolen clothes are required in the winter season

Where to Shop

Kinnaur is famous for its Handloom and Handicraft items like shawls, caps, mufflers, article of wood carving, metal work and silver & gold ornaments . Kinnaur is also famous for apples, almonds, chilgoza, ogla, apricots and grapes.There are many wholesale shops at Kalpa, Reckong Peo, Karchham, Tapri etc. Besides this the co-operative societies, small production-cum-training centres and Khadi gram udyog centres are looking after the local products like gudmas, shawls,wool, neoza, zira, etc. Also there are many retail price shops in every village. Local fairs, mela and festivals are the main source of shopping.

Adventure Tourism


Kinnaur apples Boxes

Kinnaur – the Land of Gods – Himachal Pradesh apple boxes

Kinnaur has tremendous scope of adventure tourism. There are manytrekking routes in the district.

Ski slopes are available at Kalpa and rock climbing can also be started in this district. Walking has been a means of recreation and physical fitness. Trekking is essentially walking. In ancient times people walked through the dense., untouched forests and they walked across unknown passes and mountains in search of grazing grounds and game. Numerous passes connect the two valleys across the range. These passes have legends and even today they are mysterious, challenging and revealing to the world. The valleys have some of the most interesting meadows, view points, lakes and lush green pastures to add to its beauty and mystery. Chir, deodar, blue pine, rhododendrons and junipers covers its slopes up to 11,500 fts. numerous tiny colourful birds dwell in the forest.

Tourist Information Centre

The information regarding tourism can be gathered from the Tourist Information centre located at Deputy Commissioner Office, Recong Peo

Permits for Foreigners
Permits for foreigners visiting Kinnaur are available from the various Offices. These offices include the office of MHA Govt of HP;DM Concerened/ITBP/Spl. Commissioner (Tourism), Govt. of HP/ Resident Commissioner HP,Delhi/DGP,HP,Shimla. The places open for tourists under PAP include Poo, Khab, Sumdo, Dhankar, Tabo Gompa, Kaza, Moorang, Dabling.

The general guidelines include:

The PAP is valid for group tourists consisting of four or more persons only.
The tour needs to be sponsored by recogonised Indian Tourist Agency

Kinnaur- Land of Apples

Kinnaur – land of Apples

kinnaur apples

Kinnaur apples

Apples from Kinnaur, known for their natural sweetness, colour, succulence and prolonged shelf life, are grown at an altitude of over 10,000 feet. Among the popular varieties of Kinnauri apples are Royal, Golden, Red Golden, Red Delicious and Scarlet Spur. Major apple belts in Kinnaur district are in Sangla and Pooh blocks which have been worst affected due to flash floods.

Traders say the absence of this crop will put pressure on prices in the coming months. The plucking season in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand begins in July end and the crop hits the market in August. Kinnauri apples hit the market in mid-September when other apple varieties have already flooded the market. While other apples have a shelf life of two months, the Kinnaur fruits have a shelf life of four months.

Mukesh Jaiswal, owner of Rakesh Jaiswal Fruit in Mumbai’s Worli area, said: “Prices of apple have already climbed by 25%-30% this year. We are hearing that production in Kinnaur has been affected though other regions of Himachal have recorded a bumper crop. But going by the trend, prices are likely to remain firm for quality apple this year.”because Kinnauri apple is king of fruits

In Kolkata, prices of quality apple which traders say have come from Shimla cost Rs 170-180 per kg. “We do not see prices falling immediately. The Ramadan month is beginning tomorrow and apple prices surely will remain firm for the next one month,” said Mohammed Irshad, a fruit dealer in Kolkata’s Chandni Chowk fruit market. Added Jagdish Sharma, a fruit trader in Azapur mandi, said “There are reports that heavy to moderate rains have again lashed Himachal. If that affects the apple crop, prices will continue to remain on the higher side this year.”

kinnaur apples

Kinnaur apples

Apples are largely grown in the districts of Shimla, Sirmour, Kinnaur, Chamba, Manali, Solan and Kullu districts of Himachal. “Barring Kinnaur, apple production is extremely good this year. In fact, it has doubled this year. We are expecting a production of 3 crore boxes (20 kg each) of apples this year,” said Mukesh kumar Sharma. Kinnauri apple is king of fruits

Kinnaur apples Boxes

Kinnaur Apples Boxes

The much-awaited Delicious variety of apples from Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district, known for their natural sweetness, colour and succulence, have hit the markets and are fetching remunerative prices in Delhi and Chandigarh, as also in Punjab and Haryana, a horticulture official here said.

“A box of superior apple variety from Kinnaur is selling between Rs.2,200 and Rs.2,400 ($35-$39) in the Delhi market, which is 25-30 percent higher than apples coming from other districts,” said Jai Chand, a trader at Narkanda apple market, some 65 km from Shimla.

Kinnauri apples are known as per Quality as under

Superior grades like Royal Delicious, Red Chief, Super Chief, Oregon Spur and Scarlet Spur have just started arriving.

The price of a crate increases by Rs.50-Rs.100 in the Delhi and Chandigarh wholesale markets.

Gurdev Singh said the harvesting of apples in Kinnaur has picked up in orchards located at lower altitudes. “In the Chango and Kalpa areas the orchards are at higher elevation and the harvesting there will begin in the last week of this month.”

Apples in Kinnaur are grown at an altitude above 10,000 feet. The prominent apple belts in the district are Sangla, Kalpa, Chango, Nichar and Pooh.

Retailers and street vendors often sell apples from other parts of Himachal Pradesh as Kinnauri apples. But the reality is that Kinnaur apples start coming only in October.

Experts say the normal apple production in Kinnaur is around 2 million to 2.2 million boxes, which is six to seven percent of the state’s total yield.

Apple grower Ramesh Kumar, who is settled in Nako village in Pooh, said the crop is still maturing.

“It will take 10 to 15 days to start harvesting,” he said.

Another apple grower, Jagat Singh Negi, who is settled in Sangla, said most of the crop in the area has been harvested.

Traders in Shimla say apples from Kinnaur start arriving at that time when the crop from other areas in the state is almost over. That is why it commands a good price.

Besides apples, other fruits like pears, apricots, almonds and grapes – both green and black – are Kinnaur’s other major commercial crops.

The horticulture department estimates that the state is expected to produce 25-30 percent less apples this season compared to last year’s bumper production of over 32.2 million boxes.

So far, over 24 million boxes of various apple varieties have been sent to various markets in the country.

Horticulture department surveys say apple productivity ranges from six tonnes to 11.5 tonnes per hectare in the state, against 35-40 tonnes in more advanced countries.

The hill state is one of India’s major apple-producing regions, with more than 90 percent of the produce going to the domestic market.

Apples accounted for 90 percent of the Rs.35 billion the state earned last year from the sale of horticultural produce.




Vacation in India-a joy for ever

India is a vast country with an abundance of appealing attractions — mountains, desert, beaches, nature, temples, and history — scattered from one side of its soil to the other. Therefore, planning a vacation in india requires considerable thought as to the top places to visit.

vacation in india

vacation in india

There are so many different things see and do, it’s easy to want to fit as much as possible into one trip. However, vacation in India can be exhausting, particularly with the culture shock to deal with as well, and many people find themselves wishing for more relaxation time. That’s why it’s common for people to end up spending months at a time roaming around and exploring the country.

Of course, not everyone can afford to take months off work to travel. No one likes to waste valuable vacation time traveling between places either. Therefore, if you only have a limited time for vacation in india, it’s a good idea to choose one region and focus on its highlights.

vacation in india

vacation in india

Each region offers a diverse range of sights. For example, one of India’s most popular tourist circuits, the Golden Triangle, covers Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and Jaipur in the Rajasthan desert. Those who also want to spend time amongst nature can take a short detour and visit Ranthambore National Park, also in Rajasthan.

As well as backwaters, Kerala has some wonderful clean beaches, ancient temple complexes, and national parks that are home to large herds of elephants.

For a dose of spirituality and history, Varanasi is one city that’s high on visitors’ lists. Some important historical and architectural sites such as the Khajuraho erotic temples, and national parks are also not too far away from there.

vacations in india

vacation in india


Himachal Pradesh is the land of snow, lofty peaks, cascading streams, alpine meadows & lush fruit-laden valleys. Many parts of the Himachal state have a distinctly Austrian look with conifer-clad mountains, chalet-like huts with overhanging balconies and serene blue valleys watered by snow-fed streams. Shimla the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is still very much a Raj township in appearance and atmosphere.Plan your vacation in india with Hotel Apple Pie and Karvan travel.

Himachal also store numerous wonderful hill stations, which are particularly cool in summers. Kalpa, Sangla valley in Kinnaur  Shimla, Dalhousie, Kullu, Manali and Kufri are a few of the hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh which offer breathtaking scenery and countless options of adventure sports. Dharamshala, where the Dalai Lama lives, is another important centre on the tourist map.

vacation in india

vacation in india


As the sweltering summer approaches, students and teachers start rejoicing in the anticipation of the imminent vacations. At least the scorching sun brings good news for someone! With schools and colleges closed, you have a good opportunity to travel with your family to a place that has little to do with constantly rising temperature and is free from many constrains of city life. Most of us head out for a vacation in india to a hill station with our families and  the one thing that knits a beautiful bond between the family members is when they are out travelling together. Vacation in india to the northern himalayas can be most refreshing and a never forgettable experience in one mind.

Himalayan range covers the entire northern part of India, nestling five major states of the country within it. The ancient pilgrims who have travelled in these mountains in India since time immemorial coined a Sanskrit word for the Himalayas meaning “Abode of Snow”.

Some of the reasons why people have been so fascinated by the Indian Himalayas is because of the Hindu pilgrim routes, the low valleys that abruptly rise up in high mountain ranges, the lovely trekking hikes, densely forested areas lying just a mountain range away from barren cold deserts, and the lovely people of the mountains in India with their unique hospitable lifestyles.That is why most of the people plan their vacation in india to the northern himalayas.

Tour Packages for himachal pradesh


Tour Packages for Himachal Pradesh, Kinnaur and Lahual Spiti
April 2014 – March 2015

Hotel Apple Pie India offers Tour Packages for himachal pradesh . Himachal Pradesh is a most beautiful hill state in India, located in north-west region of western Himalayas. Himachal Pradesh is landlocked with the Tibetan plateau to the east, Jammu and Kashmir to the north, and the Punjab to the west gives you an opportunity to view the most scenic / iconic beauty. In Himachal Pradesh, there are variety of hill stations like- Kasauli, Kufri, Manali, Shimla, Palampur and Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Kandaghat, Khajjiar, Koti, Mashobra, Naldehra, Palampur, Parwanoo, Shilon Bagh as you get during Himachal Pradesh Holiday. Travel to the magnificent cities of Himachal Pradesh and stay at some of the nice hotel Apple Pie & Group in Himachal Pradesh and have a memorable family holiday with Magnate Tours & Travels India.

Hotel Apple Pie & Group, also providing complete customized tour packages for himachal pradesh, India. If you are looking for any specific requirements like Biking Tours / Trekking Tours / adventure tour, Hotel Apple Pie can also provide these kind of tour packages. We always try to create guest friendly tour packages for our guests. For our International Guests, to create a hassle free & friendly India tour packages we always start our tour packages for himachal pradesh from Delhi, India.

trekking tour packages for himachal pradesh

trekking tour packages for himachal pradesh


The Exotic Kinnaur — (5 nights 6 days Holiday Tour Packages for Himachal Pradesh)

Kinnaur is one of the most beautiful Himachal Pradesh / Himalayan Destination enriched with flora and fauna. If you are on a short trip / tour to Himachal Pradesh, INDIA and wish to explore the nature, then this package serves the best for your requirement.

himachal packages

Duration -(05 nights 6 Days)
Starting point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Ending point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Best Time – April to November
Highest Altitude – Chitkul 3610 mts
Accomodation – Hotels
Travel Map – Chandigarh-Shimla-Sangla-Rakcham-Chitkul-Kalpa-Chandigarh
Travel Mode – SUV

Day 1 :Delhi pick up n Transfer to Shimla. Stay in Shimla at hotel.
Day 2 :Early check out from Shimla n transfer to Sangla, Enroute Sarhan (Bhimakali temple) stay at hotel in sangla.
Day 3 :Local sightseeing (Chitkul, Last village of India between India & Tibet)
Day 4 :Early check out n transfer to kalpa. Stay at hotel in Kalpa.
Day 5 :Local sightseeing (Parikarma, Rogi village, Buddhist Temple)
Day 6 :Early Check out n transfer to Delhi
**The Starting and ending point can be revised according to the customers need for the tour packages for himachal pradesh.


Nature’s Paradise —( 7 nights 8 days Holiday Tour Packages for Himachal Pradesh, INDIA)

If you are travelling to Himachal Pradesh INDIA on a slightly extended time, then this is the best tour package for himachal, India. Traversing through the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh you will be able to catch the glimpse of some of the best gifts of nature.

himachal tours packages

Duration – 07 nights 8 Days
Starting point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Ending Point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Best Time – April to November
Highest Altitude – Nako 3662 mts
Accomodation – hotels
Travel Map – Chandigarh-Shimla-Sangla-rakcham-Chitkul-Kalpa –Nako-Sarahan-Chandigarh
Travel mode – SUV

Day 1 : pick up n Transfer to Shimla. Stay in Shimla/Fagu at hotel.
Day 2 : Early check out from Shimla n transfer to Sangla, Enroute Sarhan (Bhimakali temple) stay at hotel in sangla.
Day 3 : Local sightseeing (Chitkul, Last village of India between India & Tibet).O/N stay in the hotel in sangla.
Day 4 : Early check out n transfer to kalpa. Stay at hotel in Kalpa.
Day 5 : Local sightseeing (Parikarma, Rogi village, Buddhist Temple).
Day 6 : After Early breakfast visiting nako Lake and return by evening. O/ N stay in kalpa
Day 7 : After breakfast transfer to Sarahan visit Bhimakali temple in the evening.O/N stay in the hotel in Sarahan.
Day 8 : After Breakfast droping to Ending point.

**The Starting and ending point can be revised according to the customers need for the tour packages for himachal pradesh.


The Silk Route — (10 nights 11 days Holiday Tour Packages for Himachal Pradesh)
The bestest tour package for India’s Himachal Pradesh that lets you explore the hidden beauties and the raw nature of Kinnaur and Spiti valley. It traverses through the tribal districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti valley. Good for people who is seeking some adventure tour packages in Himachal Pradesh India.

India tour packages

Duration – 10 nights 11 Days
Starting point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Ending Point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Best Time – April to Oct
Highest Altitude – Komic 4582 mts
Accomodation – hotels
Travel Map – Shimla-Sarahan-Sangla-Rakcham-Chitkul –Nako-Tabo-Kaza-Kalpa
Travel mode – SUV

Day 1 : pick up n Transfer to Shimla. Stay in Shimla/Fagu at hotel.
Day 2 : Early check out from Shimla n transfer to Sarhan. Visit Bhimakali temple in the evening.O.N Stay in Sarahan.
Day 3 : After breakfast transfer to Sangla . leisure time in the evening. O/N stay in Rakcham
Day 4 : Local sightseeing (Chitkul, Last village of India between India & Tibet).O/N stay in Rakcham
Day 5 : Early Check out n transfer to Tabo (Enroute visit nako lake) stay at hotel in Tabo
Day 6 : After breakfast transfer to Kaza. Enroute visit Dhankaar Monastery. O/N stay in kaza
Day 7 : Local sightseeing (Kii, Kibber) stay in kaza.
Day 8 : After Breakfast droping to Ending point.
Day 9 : Local sightseeing Chini Gaon , Roghi Village ) . Leisure time in the evening. O/N stay at kalpa.
Day 10 : Local sightseeing Parikarma or Chaka trek. O/N stay at kalpa.
Day 11 : Early Check out and droping to ending point.

**The Starting and ending point can be revised according to the customers need for the for the tour packages for himachal pradesh.


The Himalayan Retreat —( 11 nights 12 days Tour Packages forHimachal Pradesh)

“Mountains have music for those who listen”, This tour package of ours takes you through some of the highest passes and ranges of the Great Himalayas. It covers Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti valleys completely giving you a complete glimpse of what the beauty of Himachal Pradesh has in store for you.


Duration – 11 nights 12 Days
Starting point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Ending Point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Best Time – June to Oct
Highest Altitude – Komic 4582 mts
Accomodation – hotels/Camp/Home stay
Travel Map – Shimla-Sarahan-Sangla-Rakcham-Chitkul –Nako-Tabo-Kibber- Mud-Kaza-Manali
Travel mode – SUV

Day 1 : Delhi pick up n Transfer to Shimla. Stay in Shimla/fagu at hotel.
Day 2 : Early check out from Shimla n transfer to Sangla, Enroute Sarhan (Bhimakali temple) stay at hotel in Rakcham.
Day 3 : Local sightseeing (Chitkul, Last village of India between India & Tibet). O/N stay at Rakcham
Day 4 : Early check out n transfer to kalpa. Stay at hotel in Kalpa.
Day 5 : Local sightseeing (Parikarma, Rogi village, Buddhist Temple).O/N stay at Kalpa
Day 6 : Early Check out n transfer to Tabo (Enroute visit nako lake) stay at hotel in Tabo.
Day 7 : Early checks out n transfer to Kaza (Enroute Dankhar Monastery, Pin valley ) stay at Kaza.
Day 8 : Local sightseeing (Kii, Kibber,Komic , Langcha ) stay in kaza.
Day 9 : Early check out n transfer to Chandrataal. Stay in chandrataal.
Day 10 : Check out after breakfast and transfer to Manali.
Day 11 : Local sightseeing in Manali
Day 12 : Check out and drpoing to Ending point

**The Starting and ending point can be revised according to the customers need for tour packages for himachal pradesh


Honeymoon Package — 11 nights 12 days Honeymoon tour packages for himachal pradesh.

Wishing to start your new life in the lap of nature? Kinnaur is the best place where you can take some cherishing memories of a new start with you. Our specially designed honeymoon package lets you capture few of the best moments of your life. ”A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. The memories of this tour with Apple Pie shall stay in your minds forever.

Tour packages

Duration -( 05 nights 6 Days )
Stating point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Ending point – Chandigarh/Kalka
Best Time – April to November
Highest Altitude – Chitkul 3610 mts
Accomodation – Hotels
Travel Map – Chandigarh-Shimla-Sangla-Rakcham-Chitkul-Kalpa-Chandigarh
Travel Mode – SUV

Day 1 : pick up n Transfer to Shimla. Stay in Shimla/Fagu at hotel.
Day 2 : Early check out from Shimla n transfer to Sangla, Enroute Sarhan (Bhimakali temple)* stay at hotel in sangla.
Day 3 : Local sightseeing (Chitkul, Last village of India between India & Tibet)
Day 4 : Early check out n transfer to kalpa. Stay at hotel in Kalpa.
Day 5 : Local sightseeing (Parikarma, Rogi village, Buddhist Temple)
Day 6 : Early Check out n Droping to Eng point
**The Starting and ending point can be revised according to the customers need for the tour packages for himachal pradesh.



Himalayas-where the gods reside

Himalayas, or Himalaya, Sanskrit word meaning “abode of the snow”) is a mountain range in South Asia which separates the Indo-Gangetic Plain from the Tibetan Plateau. This range is home to more than one hundred mountains exceeding 7,200 metres (23,600 ft) in altitude, and all of the planet’s peaks exceeding 8,000 metres, including the highest, Mount Everest. The Himalayas have profoundly shaped the cultures of South Asia. Many Himalayan peaks are sacred in both Buddhism and Hinduism.

the great himalayas

the great himalayas

The Himalayas are bordered on the north by the Tibetan Plateau, on the south by the Indo-Gangetic Plain, on the northwest by the Karakoram and Hindu Kush ranges, and on the east by the Indian state of Assam. The western anchor of the Himalayas — Nanga Parbat — lies just south of the northernmost bend of the Indus River, while the eastern anchor — Namcha Barwa — is situated just west of the great bend of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. The Himalayas span five countries: India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and Pakistan, with the first three countries having sovereignty over most of the range.

Lifted by the collision of the Indian tectonic plate with the Eurasian Plate, the Himalayan range runs northwest to southeast in a 2,400 kilometres (1,500 mi) long arc. The range varies in width from 400 kilometres (250 mi) in the west to 150 kilometres (93 mi) in the east. Besides the Greater Himalayas, there are several parallel lower ranges. The southernmost of these, located along the northern edge of the Indian plains and reaching about a thousand meters in altitude, are called the Sivalik Hills. Further north is a higher range, reaching two to three thousand meters, known as the Lower Himalayan Range.

another view of indian himalayas

another view of indian himalayas


Three of the world’s major rivers — the Indus, the Ganges and the Brahmaputra — arise in the Himalayas. While the Indus and the Brahmaputra rise near Mount Kailash in Tibet, the Ganges rises in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Their combined drainage basin is home to some 600 million people.

The flora and fauna of the Himalayas vary with climate, rainfall, altitude, and soils. The climate ranges from tropical at the base of the mountains to permanent ice and snow at the highest elevations. The amount of yearly rainfall increases from west to east along the southern front of the range. This diversity of altitude, rainfall and soil conditions combined with the very high snow line supports a variety of distinct plant and animal communities in the himalayas. For example the extremes of high altitude (low atmospheric pressure) combined with extreme cold allow extremophile organisms to survive.

view of higher altitude indian himalayas

view of higher altitude indian himalayas

The unique floral and faunal wealth of the Himalayas is undergoing structural and compositional changes due to climate change. The increase in temperature may shift various species to higher elevations. The oak forest is being invaded by pine forests in the Garhwal Himalayan region. There are reports of early flowering and fruiting in some tree species, especially rhododendron, apple and box myrtle in the himalayas. The highest known tree species in the Himalayas is Juniperus tibetica located at 4,900 metres (16,080 ft) in Southeastern Tibet.

The Himalayas are among the youngest mountain ranges on the planet and consist mostly of uplifted sedimentary and metamorphic rock. According to the modern theory of plate tectonics, their formation is a result of a continental collision or orogeny along the convergent boundary between the Indo-Australian Plate and the Eurasian Plate. The Arakan Yoma highlands in Myanmar and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal were also formed as a result of this collision.

During the Upper Cretaceous, about 70 million years ago, the north-moving Indo-Australian Plate was moving at about 15 cm per year. About 50 million years ago this fast moving Indo-Australian plate had completely closed the Tethys Ocean, the existence of which has been determined by sedimentary rocks settled on the ocean floor, and the volcanoes that fringed its edges. Since both plates were composed of low density continental crust, they were thrust faulted and folded into mountain ranges rather than subducting into the mantle along an oceanic trench. An often-cited fact used to illustrate this process is that the summit of Mount Everest is made of marine limestone from this ancient ocean.Thus the himalayas were made.

a view of himalayas in spiti

a view of himalayas in spiti

Today, the Indo-Australian plate continues to be driven horizontally below the Tibetan Plateau, which forces the plateau to continue to move upwards. The Indo-Australian plate is still moving at 67 mm per year, and over the next 10 million years it will travel about 1,500 km into Asia. About 20 mm per year of the India-Asia convergence is absorbed by thrusting along the Himalayas southern front. This leads to the Himalayas rising by about 5 mm per year, making them geologically active. The movement of the Indian plate into the Asian plate also makes this region seismically active, leading to earthquakes from time to time.

During the last ice age, there was a connected ice stream of glaciers between Kangchenjunga in the east and Nanga Parbat in the west. In the west, the glaciers joined with the ice stream network in the Karakoram, and in the north, joined with the former Tibetan inland ice. To the south, outflow glaciers came to an end below an elevation of 1,000–2,000 metres (3,300–6,600 ft). While the current valley glaciers of the Himalaya reach at most 20 to 32 kilometres (12 to 20 mi) in length, several of the main valley glaciers were 60 to 112 kilometres (37 to 70 mi) long during the ice age. The glacier snowline (the altitude where accumulation and ablation of a glacier are balanced) was about 1,400–1,660 metres (4,590–5,450 ft) lower than it is today. Thus, the climate was at least 7.0 to 8.3 °C (12.6 to 14.9 °F) colder than it is today.


Trekking in Himachal pradesh

The state of Himachal Pradesh is blessed with immense beauty. True to its name, the state lies in the lap of the Himalayas, surrounded by splendid natural beauty. The state has been a popular tourist destination for years now due to its flawless beauty and scenic splendour. However, it is gradually emerging as a popular trekking destination among adventure enthusiasts. The diverse terrain of the state allows for a number of adventure activities, of which trekking is the most popular.Trekking in himachal pradesh is one of the most famous adventure for the people.

Irrespective of your experience , trekking in Himachal pradesh  test your capability and limits while offering some of the best panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range. Thrillophilia lists out the following recommendations for trekking enthusiasts in the Himachal region.

Best time for trekking in Himachal Pradesh

All the trekking in  Himachal Pradesh has its own enthrallment, excitement and timings. While winter has their own charm and appeal, monsoons are considered to be the ideal time to undertake most of the treks. The period of June – September is the best and suitable time to undertake any of the treks in Himachal Pradesh, as the entire region starts blooming with varieties of colourful flowers and lush greeneries.

Trekking is the most upcoming adventure sport in Himachal Pradesh. The Himachal for centuries have been credited to be the mother of this sport. A trekking tour in Himachal Pradesh is the deepest and the most refreshing communion with nature. There are around 270 defined routes for  trekking  in Himachal Pradesh. You should try all of them as each promises something unique that will serve as beautiful remembrance. If planning to take various trekking tours, there is a wide option to choose from. You can enjoy difficult and grueling treks that will make your spine shiver, or you can also bask just walking around on the gentle slopes. Due to the presence of rugged terrains which makes it difficult to be reached by any vehicle, a person has to trust his feet if he wants to explore the camouflaged areas of the state.

Trekking in Himachal Pradesh is a unique experience . Take a trekking trip of Himachal Pradesh to enjoy the land that is best seen on foot.

Almost all the areas in Himachal Pradesh provides excellent opportunities for trekking. The sentence that there is a trekkers heaven at every point in Himachal Pradesh will not be an exaggeration. The most popular areas for trekking in Himachal Pradesh are the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, trails through the passes between the Shimla region and the Kullu valley, numerous treks out of Kullu, and select routes in the Trans-Himalyan regions of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti. You can take up these treks that can stretch from hours to days and weeks.

The mighty Himalayas in the Kangra valley makes this region the favored destination for trekking in Himachal Pradesh. The best time to enjoy trekking in the Dhauladhr ranges in from the month of April to September. Due to the presence of Dharamshala, which is a Buddhist hub, this trek can be categorized as a mix of cultural and natural treks. This trek is normally of 11 days which can be undertaken by a novice as well. Take the Dhauladhar trekking tour which is divided into various stages that will take a trekker to the concealed delights of the area. The popular destinations that you will encounter during this trek includes Dharamshala to Triundi (12 km), Triundi to Lakagot (7 km), Lakagot to Chatta (10 km), Chatta to Kuarsi (12 km), Kuarsi to Chanota (16 km), Chanota to Bharmour (40 km), Bharmour to Gehra (23 km), Gehra to Chamba (56 km by vehicle), Chamba to Khajjiar (17 km), Khajjiar to Dalhousie (17 km), Dalhousie to Pathankot (80 km by vehicle).

For all those who want to enjoy the temple heritage of Himachal Pradesh while trekking should take up this trek, that begins from Chamba and ends at Manali. At an altitude of 2,380 m this trek goes on for around 12 days and should be attempted by experienced trekkers. The main highlight of this trek is the Lahaul area, which is crossed by high mountain ranges and is extremely beautiful with mammoth glaciers and green valleys. The main areas covered in this trek are Chamba to Bharmaur (70 km drive), Bharmaur to Hadsar (12 km), Hadsar to Kugti (12 km), Kugti to Duggi (11 km), Duggi to Alyas (12 km), Alyas to Kugti Pass (6 km), Kugti Pass to Shansha (10 km), ShanSha to Tandi (15 km), Tandi to Sissue (2 km), Sissue to Khoksar (16 km), Khoksar to Rohtang Pass to Marrhi (15 km), Marrhi to Manali (30 km by vehicle).Trekking in himachal pradesh can rejuvenate your senses to a great extent.

The Isolated Trek of Manali Beas Kund Solang Trek

If you are looking beyond culture and heritage while enjoying the adventure of trekking, then this is the best options. While on this route you will encounter alpine meadows, high altitude passes, riotous streams and panoramic views of the glaciers and various hot water springs. While at Manali, the wearied trekkers can also enjoy a spa that will act as a medication for the tired minds. This trek basically comprise of 5 days which is best indulged during the months from early April to end June and mid September to mid-December. The trekking itinerary includes – Manali to Solang Valley, Solang to Dhundi (8 km), Dhundi to Beas Kund (6 km), Beas Kund to Shigara Dug (8 km), Shikara Dug to Marrhi (10 km), Marrhi to Rohtang (23 km), Rohtang to Manali.this is one of the most important route for trekking in himachal pradesh.

There are a total of 270 defined routes for  trekking  in Himachal Pradesh, but you should be assured of the fact there is still one more that needs to be explored by you. So do not waste any more time. If you want to enjoy a watershed route then begin your trek form Chitkul (11,000 ft). This is barely a five to six day trek that will take you to Rupin Pass – Naitwar in the tons valley – Borasu pass – Haridun valley – Lamkhaga and Chotkhaga passes to Harsil in the Bhagirathi valley.

Those who want to enjoy shorter treks can take the Hindustan Tibet road to Shimla, Kullu to Manikaran hot water springs and from Khirganga, Mantalai glacier to the top of the pass on the Kulu-Spiti divide.these are the easier routes for trekking in himachal pradesh.

You should be physical and mentally fit – is a fact that goes without saying. It you are at the pink of your health then trekking is your ultimate adventure option, but if you are overweight then there is not a better chance as well as options to shed those extra kilos. All the essential gears are available from the various government departments set across the state and if desired, you can always buy a map directing trekking routes. Trekking in himachal pradesh is an adventure options that requires nothing more than the will and desire of the adventurer. So take up trekking in Himachal Pradesh and challenge yourself to some excitement.