Best Itinerary kinnaur & Spiti

 

Best Itinerary Kinnaur & Spiti

 

 

Kalpa Night view

Day 01 – Chandigarh  – Shimla(130 kms).Shimla was the summer capital of The British India and most of the lords of the british empire liked utmost to spend their time here.The architecture of the city is also alike the one designed by the britishers.check in the hotel and relax.in the evening you can have stroll on the famous mall road .overnight at hotel.

 

 

Day-2— Shimla-Narkanda(65 kms) The drive to the upper Himalayas begin after breakfast.The drive to Narkanda shall take you from kufri and fagu, the snow spots of shimla during the winters.U can visit the fun world ,the zoo and enjoy at Asia’s highest go carting ground.A visit to the famous deshu temple is also on the cards where u reach after climbing 500 stairs.Overnight at hotel.

 

chitkul in summers

 

Day-3– After breakfast start your day to visit the famous Hatu peak of narkanda.From here u can have a distant look at the peaks of the  place you shall be travelling in the next few days.After Hatu peak proceed to Sarahan(80 kms) where you can sit idle in the evening and enjoy the peaks with Shrikhand mahadev in the close vicinity.Overnight at hotel.

 

 

 Bhimakali temple

Day 4 –  Sarahan – Sangla/Rakcham (100 kms/ 08 -09 hours) aprox
Early morning walk the Town followed by breakfast. We leave for Sangla in Kinnaur district, and on the way visit Sarahan Bheema kali Mata Temple and enjoy the Front View of Shri Khand Mahadev if weather clear. and later continue drive to Sangla and Reach in time for evening tea to enjoy the crisp twilight zone. Enjoy a dinner and evening at leisure. O/N HOTEL

 

Day 5  - Rakcham – Chitkul – Rakcham

Early morning appreciate the beauty of Nature followed by breakfast. Enjoy the beauty and adventure of Sangla Valley to the full on this day. We drive to Chitkul, a pretty village on the ancient Hindustan – Tibet route. There is also an option to try your hand at rock climbing, Rappelling and River Crossing – extra charges may apply for some of these. Sangla is known for its day hikes. Those looking for soft adventure can join the Raksham walk that takes you along rivers, through meadows and forests and over glaciers. And for the hardier lot, there is the challenging meadows walk that will have you seek a masseuse at the end of the day. Also visit the pretty villages around, and enjoy sitting along the Baspa river. Enjoy a dinner and evening at leisure. O/N HOTEL

 chitkul in winters

 

 

Day 6  - Rakcham to Kalpa vai Peo Market 65 kms

After breakfast transfer to Kalpa enroute visit Kaamru fort n peo market n transfer to Kalpa hotel. Leisure time in the evening with kinner kailash ranges.Kalpa is a very small and famous town as the agreement for the first train that ran bw mumbai and thane were signed here.An abode of the famous kinnaur apples its lush green orchards along with snow capped peaks give immense pleasure to the eyes.overnight at hotel.

Kalpa monastery

 

Day-7 — After breakfast full day tour to the local sight seeing of village kalpa.The roghi village,suicide point,the vishnu narayan temple,kothi temple,the buddha mandir, and the chini gompa.U can also purchase some world class dryfruits like almonds ,walnuts and chilgoza from the rekong peo market.Overnight at hotel

 

Nako

 

Day-8– Kalpa- Nako(104 kms) After breakfast you tend to leave the lush green valleys and enter the raw and barren desert travelling on NH21 further up.The highway stroddles along the mighty sutlej with picturesque villages in and around.From khab you take a turn towards spiti and reach one of the last village of Kinnaur-Nako.In the evening sit besides the Nako lake .Overnight at hotel.

 

 

Gue village

 

Day 9 –  Nako – Tabo –  (60 kms) aprox

early breakfast n visit The famous nako monastery n transfer to Tabo vai Nako lake.Enroute u shall visit the famous abode of The Mummy at Geu.an age old preserved dead body of a monk whose hair and nails still grew,is a belief amongst the locals and we cant abide by that fact .Reach tabo in the evening and at leisure.overnight at hotel.

 

Dhankar monastery

 

Day 10 – Tabo – Kaza (160 kms)

 

Early transfer to Kaza vai Dhankaar monastery n Pin valley.Though kaza is just 60 kms but we will take a few detours to reach there.First we shall visiit the one of the worlds top ten monastries the Dhanker gompa and other The famous pin valley- the starting and ending point of several treks in that region.overnight at kaza

 

pin valley


Day 11 –Kaza Local sightseeing Kii Kibber ,Komic Langcha.Kee monastery  is again one of the best monastries of the region and the komic village is the worlds highest motorable village.A drive to all of the shall definitely be remembered by you during your tour.Overnight at hotel.

Ki monastery 

 

Day-12– Kaza – chandrataal  (90 kms)

 

A drive after early breakfast to chandrataal will be the best drive of your life.The lake located in the upper hills of spiti makes you feel closest to the nature.A sleep in the tents with nature is the best gift a man can get in his entire life.

chandrtal lake

 

Day  13– Kaza – Manali (205 kms/ 07-08 hours)
We leave at dawn for Manali for yet another day of memorable driving via Rohtang Pass. We will drive along and over rivers, cross glaciers, and bump along undulating tracks. It may be dusk when we reach Manali – where we celebrate the journey over Enjoy a dinner and evening at leisure. O/N HOTEL

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Day 14 – Manali – Chandigarh  (320 kms/ 08hrs)
Time to head back to Manali – Chandigarh – Mumbai – or wherever one wants to head to. We part ways with a promise to meet again.

 

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year…!!!

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Greetings from Apple Pie Group of Hotels Kinnaur!!!
         Warm Wishes for the NEW YEAR 2016
We send our heartliest thanks for the continuous support and faith that you have showed in our services for both our hotels ( Apple Pie ) Kalpa and Rakcham in 2015.
We have closed both our  properties for the winter season this year and shall reopen them in march next year 2016.We would again seek your support for the next year also.
 
 
 
 
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Hotel in Kalpa

Hotel in Kalpa

A divine place of nature “Kalpa”

Hotel in kalpa by Applepie group Situated at the height of 2758 m above the sea level and 110 km from Sarahan, Kalpa is a beautiful and main village of Kinnaur. Across the river faces the majestic mountains of the Kinner Kailash range. These are spectacular sights early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and golden light. ACCESS : Nearest Airport (267 km) and Railhead (244 km) is at Shimla. The route is on NH – 22 (The Hindustan Tibet Road) which bifurcates to Kalpa from Powari. Buses and Taxis are available at Shimla and Rampur. One can also reach Kalpa via Manali – Rohtang Pass – Kunzam Pass – Kaza (400 km). CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature can drop to below freezing point when heavy woolens are required and for summers light woolens are recommended. Hotel Apple pie Kalpa

Best Hotel in Kalpa — Hotel Apple Pie

A place for a quite and memorable stay – built for the Customer who is king

Hotel Apple Pie : Our Hospitality

As compare to the other hotels in Kalpa, Hotel Apple Pie is the only one who has the newly constructed luxury rooms to suite all budgets. It has been catering to the needs of business, leisure, family and individual travelers. If you are looking for an economical hotel in kalpa but clean and comfortable accommodation while on a personal or a pleasure trip or wanting to put up your officers/staff on official work in Kalpa hotel, then Hotel Apple Pie is the place for you. We also offer long duration accommodation to corporate companies at very special rates. Besides offering spacious and luxurious accommodation at reasonable room tariff in the most prestigious and prime location of Kalpa area, we provide, to the best of our efforts, a very personalized service. Our simplicity and friendly attitude gives you all the more reasons to stay with us. You will never at any time feel staying in an over bearing, clinical strange environment. It is a family friendly, children friendly & pet friendly place. We have a reputation of providing a safe environment to families and female travelers. Guests are most welcome to talk to us and discuss about various places in and around Kalpa. Any kind of suggestions or help they need from us regarding Shopping, Health check ups, etc, we are always there.

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Hotel in Kalpa

Hotel in Kalpa

 

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Kinnaur – Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur – Himachal Pradesh

 

 

Kinnaur 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.

The much honest people 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 here 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.

Places to Visit in Kinnaur

KALPA

Kalpa is a small village at a height of 2960m in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. This place is at a distance of 230 Km from Shimla and at 13 Km from Reckong-Peo the district headquarter of Kinner district. This place is well connected by road only. It is recommended to stay minimum of two nights at Kalpa. Usually tourist arrive late afternoon from distance places like Simla , Sarahan or Sangla so next day stay can give you full day beauty of the majestic Kinner Kailash hills. From Kalpa we can get views of three peaks Roldang 5499m, Jarkanden ( 6473m) and the Kinner Kailash at 6050 m height.

Kalpa Village

Kalpa village is a small village with almost all facilities like post office, hospital, shops and small restaurants. These restaurants are offering Indian and Chinese foods for the tourists. There are many small guest houses inside the village offering rooms. Main attraction is Narayan-Nagini temple and Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar monastery. This monastery was founded by Rinchensang-po ( 950-1055 AD ). Walk along the narrow lanes of this village upto the temple and you will get a good glimpse of Kinnor culture and its color full villagers. Village is surrounded by apple trees and at one side the view of snow peaks makes this village the main attraction of tourists coming to Kalpa. From your hotel you have to use steps to reach the village but take care that you have to climb up again to return so conserve your energy. The steps pass through apple garden and reach the village. If you are scared of climbing up then you can use your vehicle as road is there up to the village end. 

A casual visit to this village will take one hour minimum from your hotel if you visit temple and monastery only. 

SarahanAs sun rises from behind the Jarkanden Peaks so photography of hills during morning time is not possible , however you can take photos as the sun comes out of the peaks and light falls on the valley. Around 11 AM as the sun climbs up and direct sun light starts falling on the peaks and gives beautiful view for the tourists to capture in their cameras. Suicide PointWithin 10 minutes drive from Kalpa village through apple gardens this place is known for its vertical slope and dangers ditch. Roghi Village Beyond Suicide point after 5 minutes drive there is Roghi village. Like other village this village has also one temple and apple gardens are there surround the village. Here also villagers main business is Apple cultivation. 

Airtel mobile signal is available at Kalpa along with BSNL which works in remote parts of Himachal Pradesh.

Road to Kalpa

We left Sarahan at 8.10 AM and reached Kalpa at 1.15 PM. 

The road to Kalpa is on NH22 (from Shimla ) upto Reckong Peo except last 27 KM. Most of the time Sutlej river will be at your left side and the road passes through many hydroelectric projects and dams under construction. After 45 minutes from Zeori we enter into Kinner district. On the way we crossed Tapri town and the reached Rockong Peo the district headquarter of Kinnor district. 

After Reckong Peo we climbed another hill through hair pin bend curve road. On both side of the road there are many apple gardens full with apples. Mostly the apples are Red in color but another variety of apple gives golden color. These golden color apples are the best in taste. You are welcome to take photos by standing below the trees but plucking of fruits is not allowed. 

The best hotel to stay is Himchal Tourism Development Corporation Hotel. The name is Hotel Kinner Kailash. You need to book in advance to get accommodation here. There are different ranges of rooms available here starting from 1000 to Rs 4000. The number of rooms are very less so you need to book in advance through internet or by calling HPTDC office by phone. For detail HPTDC hotel booking procedure read here This beautifully designed hotel has glass windows opening towards Kinner Kailash snow peaks, the restaurant located at second floor offers panoramic view of surrounding hills and valleys. This hotel closes during October -November and reopens in April month because of snow fall. The district headquarter shifted to Reckong Peo as road to Kalpa gets blocked due to snow fall in winter. 

One of the main attraction of Kalpa is the view of peaks, the most popular one is Kinner Kailash Peak at a height of 6050 m. There is a free-standing seventy-nine foot high rock ( in the shape of ShivaLinga ) This sacred shivlinga changes its color during the day with change in color of the sun light. From Klapa this Shivlinga is visible and is one of the main attraction of tourists. To reach the peak one has to join a trekking group for three days. To do a parikrama ( circumambulation ) going around the base mountain will take seven to eight days, this trek starts from Moorang.

Sangla Valley

Sangla is located at a distance of 214 KM from Shimla and it is 8 to 12 hours by road to reach Sangla. Usually tourist arrive here from Sarahan. You can come directly fromShimla to Sangla. After visiting Sangla valley you can go to Kalpa a three hours drive by road. However you can change your plan as per your requirements. Sangla to Kalpa is 51 Km
Karcham to Sangla is 18 Km

While traveling from Shimla on NH 22 you need to take right side diversion at Karcham. From Karcham Sangla is 18 KM. While traveling from Karcham to Sangla the river Baspa will be at your right side and the same road continues after Sangla till Chitkul the last village inside India before the Indo – Tibet border. 

If you are returning from Sangla to Shimla then you will pass through these places. 

Karcham ( You will join NH 22 here )
Tapori ( Hydroelectric Project Area )
Wangtoo ( From here Rampur is 62 Km and Shimla is 192 KM )
Bhavanagar ( Rampur is 50 Km from here )
After this you will enter to Shimla district 
Zeori ( Rampur 23 KM and Shimla is 153 Km . Sarahan road will be at left side) 
Rampur ( Shimla is 150 KM )
Narkanda ( 2 hours only from Shimla, go for Hatu peak if you have one extra hour ) 

Kamru Forteress at SanglaTo visit the Sangla village you need to walk down from the main road. There is a temple of Bering Nag and a Buddhist Monastery located in the same campus. After this you can go down upto the Baspa river and there is a bridge to cross the river. At the other side of this hanging bridge there is a heritage village of Batseri.

On the upper side of the main road there is a five storied fortress of Kamru. This tower like structure is visible from the main market and from the road before Sangla and on the way to Chitkul. This village remains snow covered during winter six months. 
Baspa river at  Sangla
The main source of income for the villagers is Apple plantation and tourism. From April month till November the villagers work in Apple plantations and tourism related business.

As Kinnaur district is a tribal area, the locals are permitted to prepare local wine by using Apple for their own consumption. Apple growing has the main contribution to the local economy. Kinnaur apple is famous in all parts of India. These apples are packed in trays and then inside boxes. One box can have 100 to 120 apples. Each exporter has its own boxes.

Chitkul – The Last Village

Chitkul is at a height of 3450 Meter. This is the last village of India to the side of Tibet border and this beautiful village si also by the side of Baspa river. This village is located at a distance of 28 KM from Sangla. Tourist stay at Sangla and go for half day trip to Chitkul. It will take one hour to reach Chitkul from Sangla and you can plan for one or two hour stay there and return. So, if you are starting at 9 AM from Sangla, then you can return before 2 PM to Sangla. Now there are hotels and guest houses available at Chitkul also to stay. 

While traveling to Chitkul valley, river Baspa will be at your right side. On the way you will pass through Rakcham village. There are several camp sites located within the apple gardens by the side of Baspa River.

Baspa river

This river will be at your right side while travelling towards Sangla and Chitkul. Sanglavillage is located by the side of this river. 

From the parking area you have to go down a bit to reach the river bed. It is better to walk a bit towards the village end and then walk down to river as you can avoid the stiff inclination of the steps. Baspa river joins Sutlej river at Karcham 28 Km from Sangla

Go for a walk inside the last inhabited village of India before the border. There is a temple of goddess Mathi at the center of the village. Total population of the village is around 700. 

Wheat fields are there around the plane areas surrounding the village. When we visited, villagers were busy in cutting the wheat cultivation and transporting them back to the village. 

Carry your woolen clothes with you even in clear weather conditions to face the cold wind blowing here. Click the image at the side to see the large road map indicating places in the tribal circuit of Himachal Pradesh

 

Nako

This is a small and beautiful village located in Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. This village remains cutoff from Shimla district due to snow fall in winter seasons. Tourists start coming here once the roads are opened from Reckong Peo. Peo remains open throughout the year. Being in a border, inner line permit is required for foreigners to enter into Nako. By the side of the village there is a lake known as Nako Lake. Like other villages of this area there is a Monastery at the center of the village. You can go for a walk to visit the Nako lake and the village after reaching Nako. The road passes through narrow lanes of the village and connects to main road. 

There are many hotels and guest houses in this village, some of them are constructed in traditional way with local materials, they are popularly known as Home stay. Price of these home stay guest houses are less and available at a range of INR 350 /- per day. Normal guest houses are available at a price of INR 750/- . Extra bed are at a range of INR 100 to 150/-. Room rent may vary.  These tents are promoted on Eco tourism concept. Tents are having all basic facilities with attached toilet but without TV facility. In Nako even good hotels does not have TV facility inside rooms. 

Many foreign tourists visit Nako and go for trekking around this place. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarahan , Himachal Pradesh

Sarahan , Himachal Pradesh

 

 

Sarahan, a beautiful hamlet located in the Sutlej Valley, is a major tourist destination situated in the Shimla District of Himachal Pradesh. This place offers visitors the opportunity explore nature at its best. Placed at an average altitude of about 2165 m above sea level, the place is popular for its apple orchards, pine forests, small streams, rustic settings and slate roofed houses.

Sarahan , Himachal pradesh

Bhimakali temple – Sarahan , Himachal Pradesh

 

The Gods were generous when they have gave Sarahan (2165m) its settings. Located halfway up a high mountain side, the road to Sarahan winds past flowering Pine trees that give way to stately Oaks. Dozens of small streams rush past. The fields and orchards that surround the small villages with their slate roofed houses, compose pictures of pastoral perfection. Above Sarahan, a many deodar trees rides the slopes and higher still, encircling the Bashal peak, are trees of smooth birch and variety of wild flowers and rare medicinal herbs. This sparsely populated tract is steeped in ancient legends and here is the famous Bhimakali temple regarded as one of the Fifty One sacred Shaktipeethhs. The temple’s unusual architecture and wealth of carvings have made it a resplendent example of what is loosely called the Indo-Tibetan style. Deep down the alley flows the river Sutlej and across lies the snow-clad Shrikhand peak.

Saharan is the base for numerous treks and is the gateway to Kinnaur. It is a place of pilgrimage, a heaven for nature lovers and the temple complex attracts a variety of admirers. Here is a place that offers extraordinary travel experience.

There are several myths and folklores associated with Sarahan. As the legend goes, the king of Kullu declared war on the neighbouring kingdom of Bushair. The king of Bushair won the war and killed the king of Kullu. He then brought the decapitated head of the dead king to Sarahan and laid it out for people to see. When the dead king’s family asked the king of Bushair to give them their king’s head so that they could carry out the last rites, the king declared that he would only grant their request under three conditions. One of the conditions was that the people of Kullu would have to promise to never challenge his rule. Another condition was that the land that was seized by him would be retained.

According to the final condition, the image of Ragunath; the chief god of the region, which was taken away from Sarahan would not be returned. The three conditions were accepted under the term that the ruler of Bushair would celebrate the festival of Dussehra. The king accepted the terms and thus Dussehra became a major festival of the region. After this, the image of Raghunath was placed alongside that of Goddess Bhimakali.

 

ACCESS : The nearest railway station (176 km) and airport (198 km) is at Shimla, where taxis and buses are available. By Car, Sarahan is 6 hours drive from Shimla. The route is on NH – 22 upto Jeori, from where the road bifurcates to Sarahan.

 

CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature can drop below freezing point when heavy woolens are required. The summer temperature is warm but pleasant and light woolens/cottons are recommended.

 

PLACES OF INTEREST

BHIMAKALI TEMPLE COMPLEX : This historical temple is a multistoried structured building, a fusion of Hindu and Buddhist architecture. The tall tower like structure and unusual roof of the temple dominate the complex. The centuries old temple is now locked and in the newly built temple, the goddess Bhimakali is portrayed as a maiden and as a woman. This temple complex includes other temples such as Narsingh shrine of Bhairon and Lord Raghunath.

BIRD PARK : Near the temple complex is a pheasant breeding centre. It also houses the State bird Monal which is of a great attraction.

 Sarahan weather

It is advised that trips to this place should be planned between the months of April and November. However, tourists can also travel to Sarahan during winters as the climatic conditions remains favourable for sightseeing.

BHABA VALLEY : 50 km from Sarahan, a beautiful valley along Bhaba river. Link road to valley originates at Wangtu. It has a beautiful landscape, reservoir lake, alpine meadows and is best famous for trek route to Pin Valley in Spiti.

 

 

Kalpa/Sangla/Rakcham – Himachal Pradesh

Kalpa/Sangla/Rakcham – Himachal Pradesh

 

Kalpa

Kalpa - Himachal Pradesh

Kalpa – Himachal Pradesh

 
Kalpa is a little known town situated in the lap of the mighty 19965 feet Kinner Kailash peak, around 240kms from Shimla. Situated at an altitude of 9711 feet, Kalpa is surrounded by snowy peak for almost the whole year. One gets a clear view of the sacred Kinner Kailash peak as well as its sister peaks. You can get a chance to bike to this place, band in the middle of winters!
Kalpa used be to a favourite haunt of Lord Dalhousie, who used to visit this place by travelling next to the Sutluj River in those days.. But nowadays you can easily drive down, although the road is quite tough! From Delhi, Shimla is a comfortable 9hour drive (355kms via Ambala and then NH22). From Shimla, things get interesting. Carry on the NH22 to Narkanda (64kms, an easy 2hr drive), then Rampur (another 73kms, 2 hours). From here on, for a while roads are good but mostly, turn into a bad shape with work going on (the hydro electric power station). But the views make up for it. From Rampur, you pass thru Jeori (23kms), Wangtu (37kms) and finally Karcham (20kms). The road from Wangtu to Karcham is in a bad state and occasionally the road is blocked for a couple of hours due to landslide.
At Karcham, a right goes to Sangla valley, take a left towards Recong Peo/Kalpa (35kms). At Recong Peo, there are two options, a longer 13kms or a shorter steeper 7km route. You can take another shorter 7km route, riding between apple orchads, narrow roads, in complete isolation. And if you are here between Dec and Feb, you will be greeted with atleast 5-6 frozen waterfalls by the road between Peo and Kalpa. If you are driving youself, taking a nights stop at Narkanda, around 420kms, 11 hours from delhi. Stay at Himachal Tourism’s hotel , Hotel Hattu. 180 degree view of the 18000-20000 feet peaks from Kalpa will keep you occupied for days. If you are into trekking, discover places around Kalpa by asking the locals around. – hide more about Kalpa

 

Sangla

sangla

 

Sangla
This valley starts 57 km short of Kalpa which has been named after a beautiful & populous village Sangla. Sangla is situated on the right bank of Baspa river 17 kms. from Karcham. Journey from Karcham onwards is enjoyable and adventurous throughout the valley. The natural scenery all around and the eternal snow view are picturesque and charming. It is also known as Baspa Valley since Baspa river flows through this area. This is the most charming valley in the entire District of Kinnaur. A temple dedicated to Nages god is worth a visit & other places are Sapni, Rackchham, Kilba, Kamru Fort which can also be visited. There are post offices, banks, rest houses for the convenience of the visitors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Himalayan National Park , Himachal Pradesh , India

 

The Great Himalayan National Park , Himachal Pradesh , India

 

OVERVIEW

The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is located in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Initially constituted in 1984, GHNP was formally declared a National Park in 1999, covering an area of 754.4 sq kms. In 1994, two major changes were made in land use around the Park. A buffer zone of 5 km from the Park’s western boundary, covering 265.6 sq km. and including 2,300 households in 160 villages, was delineated as an Ecozone. Most of the population (about 15,000 to 16,000 people) in the Ecozone are poor and dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods.

The second change was the creation of the Sainj Wildlife Sanctuary (90 sq km) around the three villages of Shagwar, Shakti, and Marore. On the southern edge of the GHNP, another Protected Area (PA) was declared, known as Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary. This covers 65 sq km and is without habitation. More recently, in 2010, both the Sainj and Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuaries were added to GHNP, but will not be formally incorporated until a process known as settlement of rights has occurred. Thus the initiated merger of Sainj and Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuaries with GHNP will be followed by a process of settlement to relocate inhabitants and make the area free of traditional pressures, which may take some time. The total area under Park administration (National Park, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Ecozone) is 1171 sq km, which is together referred to as the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (GHNPCA).

In 2010, an area of 710 sq km of the Parvati river catchment contiguous to the northern boundary of GHNP was initially notified as the Khirganga National Park, adding significant biological diversity, conservation value, and physical protection to GHNP. The boundaries of GHNP are also contiguous with the Pin Valley National Park (675 sq km) in Trans-Himalaya, the Rupi Bhabha Wildlife Sanctuary (503 sq km) in Sutlej watershed and the Kanawar Wildlife Sanctuary (61 sq km), adding additional protection and conservation value and opening up extended wildlife corridors.

ABOUT THE PARK

CLIMATE

The climate is typically the Western Himalayan temperate and alpine type. There are four distinct seasons recognized for GHNP: spring (April-June), rainy/summer (July-September), autumn (October-November) and winter (December-March). Precipitation is moderate over most of the year and abundant during monsoon from mid-June to mid-September. During winter, the precipitation is in the form of snow even in lower elevation (1,560 m) and higher elevation areas experience heavy snowfall of over 2 m depth.

Mean annual rainfall recorded at Niharni and Sainj in Sainj valley for the years 1992-1994 was 1155.7 mm and 1158.3 mm respectively. The maximum annual rainfall recorded recently was 1298 mm, which is not significantly different from the previous records. The ambient temperature varied from -10 to 40 C, January and June being the coldest and hottest months of the year respectively.

ECO-TOURISM

The Great Himalayan National Park offers the causal hiker and serious trekker a wide range of experiences in the natural wonders of the Park. Trails range from relatively easy day walks in the Ecozone to challenging week or longer treks through arduous and spectacular terrain. GHNP ranks as one of the best national parks in the world and reveals its beauty, diversity, and depth through time spent in exploration.

At GHNP, there are numerous habitats for exploration: from lush forests of oak, conifer, and bamboo, to gentle alpine meadows; from swift flowing rivers to high elevation glaciers. The terrain and geology are diverse. If one is lucky there are opportunities to observe endangered species of the Western Himalayas in their natural habitat.

 

The Ecozone is an area adjacent to the Park, which contains villages that have historically had some economic dependence on the resources of the land incorporated into the Park. The formal designation of the Park boundaries and the resulting loss of these resources has economically impacted these villages. In recognition of this adverse economic impact, various programs have, and are being, developed by the state government of Himachal Pradesh, NGO’s (non-government organizations), and the villagers themselves to create alternative sources of economic well-being.

The Ecozone offers and Kullu region offers excellent opportunities for bird watching, wildlife viewing, religious pilgrimages, cultural tours, and viewing local crafts and craft creation. There are options of rafting, climbing, fishing, attending a village festival, viewing local architecture, and sacred groves. The Park itself has two facilities for tourists: a tourist center at Sai Ropa and an Information Center at Larjee.

 

BIODIVERSITY / ANIMAL

MAMMALS

Among the large mammals, there are several species of herbivores that are characteristic of the Park: the Himalayan Goral, a small goat-antelope found in the lower forests, the Himalayan Tahr a wild goat, and the Bharal, or Blue Sheep above the tree-line. These mammals are prey for Common Leopards (in the forest zone) and Snow Leopards (above tree-line). Himalayan Black Bears inhabit the forests, while Asiatic Brown Bears are found in the alpine meadows.

Blue Sheep
Males are handsome with slate blue fur and black chests; weight about 60kgs, unlike smaller females. Prefers grassy slopes near cliffs from 3500m upwards to the limits of vegetation. Live in herds of about 5 to 20.
Blue Sheep

Blue Sheep

Himalayan Brown Bear
Usually herbivorous feeding on grass and herbs. Some become carnivorous killing sheep, gloats or ponies. Males may grow to 1.7m in length; females are smaller.
Himalayan Brown Bear

Himalayan Brown Bear

Snow Leopard
One of the most beautiful of the large cats with handsomely marked coat. Inhabits the highest inner portions of the Park contiguous with the Pin Valley National Park. Regular sightings of snow leopard are reported. First confirmed sighting in GHNP in Tirath, the headwater of Tirthan river, in July 1997
Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

Himalayan Tahr

Himalayan Tahr

Himalayan Tahr
A wild goat which lives in the steepest precipices. May go up to 5000m altitude. Males have a distinctive, dark, shaggy ruff and a long mantle of paler hairs: they weigh up to 100 kg; females about 60 kg. Live in groups as large as 20 to 30
Musk Deer

Musk Deer

Musk Deer
Member of deer family though different appearance. Does not have any antlers. Males have backward-curving tusk-like incisors in the upper jaw. Unlike other deer, they have a gall bladder and a uniquely developed scent gland in the abdominal region which produces valuable musk. In some parts of GHNP they reach a relatively high density of 6 to 9 Musk Deer per sq. km. Rated high on the endangered species list. Hunted nearly to extinction for its musk.
At the low to middle altitude in Tirthan, Sainj and Jiwa valleys (altitude of about 2000 to 3,000m) the following animals are found:
Serow
A goat-antelope which is heavily built and of about 1m height. One of the least studied mountain animals. Solitary life in moist gorges with thick vegetation; moves with amazing speed.
Serow

Serow

Rhesus Macaque
Common monkey of northern India. The Himalayan populations are larger, with longer fur than those in the plains. Large troops live near villages and forests. Mingles with humans, creating mischief. Has heavier winter coat in winters.
Rhesus Macaque

Rhesus Macaque

Barking Deer
Also known as Muntjac or Ribfaced Deer. Adult male 50 to 75 cms high to shoulders. Antlers small with short brow-tine. Females have bristly hair in place of horns. In GHNP seen in thickly wooded hills from 1,500 to 2,500m altitude.
Barking Deer

Barking Deer

Goral
A goat-antelope with yellowish gray or brown coat suffused with black. One of the best known Himalayan animals. Very well represented in GHNP. Lives in small groups. Best seen on grassy ridges at dawn and dusk. Throat has distinct white patch. Height at shoulder is 65 to 70 cms. Horns about 13 cms. Goral prefer elevations of 1000 to 3000m.
Ghoral

Ghoral

Certain mammals in GHNP prefer a wide altitude range, including:
Himalayan Black Bear

Himalayan Black Bear

Himalayan Black Bear
Associated with mixed broad leaf and conifer forests. Adult males weigh up to 180 kgs before hibernation; head-body length of 1.6m. A creamy white V pattern marks the chest. Well adapted for tree climbing. Can become carnivorous. Villagers close to GHNP dislike this animal as it destroys their maize crop and sometimes kills cattle.
Common Leopard

Common Leopard

Common Leopard
A sleek and agile cat with a tawny, reddish yellow coat marked with small close set black rosettes. Average length is about 215 cms. Lives in forests as well as in open country. Sighted up to 3,500m.

BIODIVERSITY / PLANTS

TREES

Trees largely predominate the temperate belt of GHNP. The conifer species are widely distributed at various altitudes (e.g., blue pine, cedar, spruce, and fir) in the successive low to high altitudinal zones. Each of the upper coniferous belt has its characteristic oak which provide acorns for birds and rodents. The white-oak is associated with Pinus roxburghii and blue pine; green-oak with fir and spruce. Brown-oak mainly forms the pure community at the treeline.

Deep Dark Brown Oak Forest in Sainj Valley, 3,400 m

Deep Dark Brown Oak Forest in Sainj Valley, 3,400 m

Fir Forest in Sainj Valley

Fir Forest in Sainj Valley

Khorli Poi Birch Forest Tirthan (3,300m)

Khorli Poi Birch Forest Tirthan (3,300m)

A number of lichens and fungi occur on the oak trees which in turn provide food material for mammals and birds. Himalayan yew is most abundant in the fir forest where they give an appearance of an old forest and provide a distinct cool microclimate. Rhododendron arboreum dominates between 1500-3000 m with a tendency of preference for the lower elevation on the north side. Four species of Maple occur with a wide range of altitude from 1500-3500 m. Aesculus, alder, poplar, birch, and willows are common near the streams.

Blue Pine Forest

Blue Pine forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairs and Festivals – Kinnaur , Himachal Pradesh , India

Fairs and Festivals – Kinnaur , Himachal Pradesh , India

 

Sazo

This festival is observed in the month of January. On this day the people take their bath in the natural springs and few even go to Satluj river for bathing if they happen to live near the river. Poltus, rice, pulses, vegetables, meat, halva, chilta and pug are the principal dishes prepared on this occasion. In the morning the family god is worshiped with the food except meat. The hearth is also worshiped near Noon time, the deity is brought out and worshiped with wine and halwa A fold dance is held. Thereafter the deity is believed to have gone to Kinner Kailash.

Phagul or Suskar

It is celebrated in the month of February/March. In this festival the sprit of Kanda (Peaks) called Kali is mainly worshiped, the festivals lasts about a fornight and is celebrated all over Kinnaur. Each day of the festival is called by different names and several peculiar functions are held each day. On the last day a feast is prepared and people worship kali on the roof of the houses and then partake of the food. It is believed that after the function and festival are celebrated with full zeal Kali the spirit feels happy and blesses the villagers with prosperity and plenty in the coming years.

Baisakhi or Beesh

It is celebrated in the month of April. The villagers prepare food like Poltu, Halwa and Keyshid. The image of the goddess is brought out of the temple and a fair is held in the Santang. It is an occasion to get together and to dance and drink. This festival marks the end of winter season also. New woolen clothes are worn from the wool spun during the winter.

Dakhraini

This festival is celebrated in the month of the July. On this day a feast is served. The deity is brought out and the villagers dance before her. Zongor and loskar flowers are brought from the kand peak and their garlands are offered to the goddess. After this these flowers are distributed among the villagers. One or two members from the family where death might have occurred before this festival go to the peak of the hill and ofter some food and fruits to shepherd in memory of the departed soul. A white flag on which some Buddhist mantras are written is fixes there as a sort of prayer for the peace of departed soul.

Flaich Ukhayang

It is a festival of flowers celebrated in the month of September. This festival is celebrated through the Kinnaur District on different dates. Generally people celebrate it on the hill peaks near their villages. The village deity led by band is carried to the place of in procession. One he-goat is sacrificed. A fair is held throughout the day. Flowers of shuloo which have been brought from peaks for this purpose are woven into garlands. At the end of the fair these garlands are offered to the deity. Immediately after that the people accompany the goddess to the village adorned with flowers. The people sing and dance on the return journey.

Losar

Loser is celebrated in the month of December to welcome the new year. On this day in the morning a special preparation of parched barley mixed with butter milk is taken by all the family members and they put on garlands of chilgoza visits to the neighbours and friends are reciprocated and greetings of losuma tashi meaning happy new year are exchanged. While the elderly person betow their losuma shalkid or blessings. Two or three days before the losar festival khepa is observed. On this day it is customary to fetch small branches of a throny bush and place it on the doors. It is meant to ward off evil spirits. On the next day these throny twigs are removed and thrown far away from the village and a feast follows in the night.

Tribal Festival
Tribal Festival is being celebrated since 1994 from 30 October to 2nd November every year at District Headquarter Reckong Peo and this festival has been declared as State Level festival and has been celebrated since 1987 under different names like Janjatiya Utsav, Phulaich Utsav and also as Tribal Festival. This festival not only depicts the panorama of rich culture heritage of district but also provides an opportunity to the local people to sell/exhibit their horticulture/agriculture produce, handicraft and artifacts. Besides the Kinnauri culture groups, participants from other districts/states also present and perform culture programmes symbolising national integration and brotherhood

Himachal Pradesh Sightseeing Places , India

Himachal Pradesh Sightseeing Places , India 

 

CHAIL – Paradise for hikers

Chail, an awesome hill station in Himachal bewitches you with its temples, palaces, natural beauty and landscape and a number of tourist attractions such as the renowned Chail Cricket Ground, the highest cricket ground in the world, Sidh Baba Ka Mandir, Maharaja’s Palace, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, etc. that together make it a worth visiting place

So finally you have come on the close decision of packing your bags to visit some of the fascinated places where there is no one between you and nature. Well, a great decision to forget office pressure and domestic tensions for some time. But, the main question is that where to go. If you are confused about the selection of right and picturesque place, you have a better place to make your dream come true to come close to Mother Nature in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Be the part of Chail tourism and you will feel the presence of Mother Nature. Chail, the most amazing and picturesque Chail hill stations in Himachal Pradesh has been the ever shining star in India tourism. Located at the distance of around 45 km from Shimla, the beautiful tourist destination attracts tourists from all over the country and worldwide.

This beautiful hill station that once used to be a simple and serene village today stands as a paradigm of beauty and serenity. The region is drenched in the most colorful hues of tranquility and material peace that go hand in hand. Chail is what calls every one a true paradise for travelers. The hill-station is nothing less than the Promised Land that every voyager longs for and wishes to visit.

Tourist Places in Chail Showing You the Real Picture of Chail Tourism

As far as tourist attraction and tourist places in Chail are concerned, they are abundant in number. Some of the picturesque places include Sidhi Baba kaMandir, Maharaja’s Palace, Chail wildlife sanctuary and cricket grounds are names a few that are famous to visit in hill station. It was the summer capital of king of Patiala named Maharaja Bhupendra Singh Ji. Later, the British Army Commander-in-Chief, Lord Kitchener sent Maharaja in Chail as his exile in the year of 1891.

Just like most of the famous attractions, Sidh Baba Ka Mandir is another highlight of Chail that every traveler must visit once. Another famous attraction here is the cricket ground that stands at a height of 2144 meter above sea level. The region is also home to some of the most varied species of flora & fauna like Ghoral, Khalij, Sambhar, Jungle Fowl, Cheer Pheasants and so on. The region is outnumbered with numerous trees and lush greenery that offers the most pleasant sight to every traveler.

Visiting Tourist Places in Chail is Easy and Accessible by Air, Rail and Road

Shimla is very close to Chail at the distance of 45 kms. The capital city of Himachal Pradesh – Shimla has a domestic airport where there are regular flights from Delhi and other cities. Chandigarh is also another main airport at the distance of 120 km from Chail. You can take taxi from Shimla or other cities of Himachal Pradesh along with Chandigarh, Ambala and Delhi. Regular buses are also run by Himachal Roadways to Chail from Shimla, Dharmshala, Solan and other cities.

 

 

CHAMBA – It’s magnificent scenery

 

Chamba’s charm is gets enriched with the lively River Ravi and Chamba’s art, culture, museums, temples as well as natural attractions are more than enough to let you glued to it. One can behold the arresting Dhgauladhar Ranges or can visit the Chaurasi Temple Complex or the famous Champavati Temple. People fond of historical findings can head towards the Bhuri Singh Museum…

Mother Nature has gifted some parts of India with her true beauty that lies in everything. Himachal Pradesh – the home of snow, sky-touching mountain ranges, deep dense valleys, greenery and crystal clear water rivers, is also one of them. The small yet beautiful hill state in Northern Part of India is blessed with natural beauty that lies in Pine, Deodar, Apple and different other orchards and forest ranges, deep valleys, snow-capped mountain ranges, monasteries, rivers and a lot more. As far as Himachal Pradesh is concerned, it is a home to different world-famous hill stations. Among all the beautiful hill stations, the popularity graph of Chamba tourism is always found on ever increasing. Having been on the forefront in Himachal tourism map, Chamba Sightseeing is sure to attract honeymooners, nature tour lovers, adventure tour enthusiasts and those who want to spend some days in serenity.

Chamba is one of the beautiful hill stations in Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of around 1000 meter above sea level. The beautiful town and hill station is located on the South Bank of River Ravi. From every point like crest of mountains, from the bank river and other places, you will visit amazing beauty and the real image of Chamba tourism. In addition, there are also a number of tourist places in Chamba that draw the attention of tourists and persuade them to visit the attractions again and again. According to historical records available, it was an ancient Pahari capital that was established by King SahilVerma of Chamba in 920 A.D.

King gave the small town or capital name Chamba on the name of her daughter Champawati. Moreover, he also built a temple after her daughter’s name. Still, you will see her statue in the temple. In other words, she is worshipped in the temple as Goddess Chamba where devotees from different parts of Himahcal Pradesh come to pay homage to her. Talking about places to visit in Chamba, they are in abundant and give enough reasons to stay for more days. In the real way, Chamba Sightseeing is showing you the real image of Chamba tourism.

Tourists Places in Chamba Must See Destination That Keep Tourists Mesmerized

Dhauladhar Range, PirPanjal Range, Zanskar Range are the main three mountain ranges that give a pleasing and amazing view to the hill station and add more spark in Chamba Sightseeing. Bhuri Singh Museum is one of the ancient museums in Himachal Pradesh that shows you the ancient artifacts. In addition, Minjar Fair is also famous to explore in Chamba. Chamba Devi temple is a must see tourist place in Chamba. Moreover, Chaurasi Temple is also another popular temple that is dedicated to Lord Ganesh, Goddess Lakshmi Devi. Bharmour town is also another popular place to visit in and around Chamba.

How to Reach?

The beautiful hill station is at the distance of 116 km from Pathankot in Punjab, which is a main Railway junction. Delhi is at the distance of 580 km from Chamba for tourists who come by air. Gaggal airport in Kangra is also another main airport where there are regular flights from Delhi.

 

DALHOUSIE – A gateway to the primeval Chamba Hill State  OR A place of Scenic Beauty

 

Dalhouse appears to be extremely charming due to the existence of Kathlog, Balun, Porteyn, Moti Tibba and Bakrota hills. The hill station is ideal for honeymooners, who can explore it by visiting the spots such as the Laxmi Narayan Temple, Satdhara Springs, various churches, picnic spot named as Dalhousie Panchpula, Kalatop, etc. and add an extra glitter to their honeymoon and holidays…

Getting bored due to hectic schedule at workstation? Looking for some rehabilitation activities to rejuvenate your mind and body? Or do you want to spend time in the environment where no one comes between you and serenity? Well, in India you have a plenty of options, but choosing the right one matters a lot. If you are on the verge of choosing which place is perfect for you, then here the name of Dalhousie would be the right one. Being one of the picturesque hill stations in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie tourism has a magical charisma that is for sure to keep tourists spell bound. There are a number of places to visit in Dalhousie that will fill your life with new hopes, new energy and positiveness.

As far as Dalhousie Sightseeing is concerned, it will keep you spell bound. Just stand on the crest of any hill or explore the panoramic view from chopper or plane, you will be speechless. Greenery and dotted small houses, deep dense forest ranges, snow-capped mountain ranges and western edge of Dhauladhar mountain range of Himalayas will persuade you to visit tourist places in Dalhousie again and again. Located at different altitudes (6000 to 9000 feet or 2700 meter) above sea level, it is an ever-rising star in the Himachal tourism map where Mother Nature never sleeps.

Talking about the tourist places in Dalhousie, they are abundant in number. Panchpula waters, for instance is one fo the fascinating lake here that is perfect for water sports. On the other hand, the beauty of mesmerizing scenic landscape, area of karelanu and the natural springs of Karelanu will take you to the land of greenery and picturesque beauty.

In addition, some of the amazing and naturally rich tourist places to visit in Dalhousie include Bakrota Hills, Village Lohali, Gandhi Chowk, Sadar Bazar, Panchpula, Tibetan Market, Khajjar and the list goes on. Small and sloppy streets, roads, deep dense valleys, and the panoramic view with the presence of serenity also add more spark in the popularity of Dalhousie tourism and make it a must see hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh. If you stay for a few more days (two or three days or more), then visit other popular tourist places in Dalhousie that include Kalatop, DakshinaMurti, Shivkul, Norwood Paramdham, Laxmi Narayan Temple, St. Francis Church, Radha Swami SatsangBhawan, St john’s Church, and the list goes on. Handicraft centers also make Dalhousie tourism shine on the global tourism map. For handmade chapels, woolen clothes, dolls, shawls and mats, it is the only destination in Himachal Pradesh.

Needless to say, Dalhousie sightseeing will keep you mesmerized for a long time and persuades you to visit the hill station again and again. Access to the beautiful hill station is also easy as it is very close to Pathankot that is the main railway junction in the state of Punjab. Chandigarh, Ambala, Shimla, etc are also the nearest cities and tourist destinations to visit Dalhousie sightseeing. So what you are waiting for, pack your bags to take a flight or train to visit tourist places in Dalhousie.

 

Dharamshala – Home in exile of the Dalia Lama

Dharamshala presents you with all the amazing charm of a hill resort. Dotted with awesome spots such as the St. John’s Church, Dal Lake, Kangra Art Museum, Namgyal Monastery, Nurpur Fort, Maharana Pratap wildlife Sanctuary, Chamund Devi Temple, etc., Dharamshal is there to fascinate you completely. No tourist can afford to miss out on exploring Dharamshala…

Your planning for the next holidays is on cards; but confused where to go. Grand wedding celebration is over, now, it’s time to book the tickets for honeymoon or get an affordable yet luxurious honeymoon package for a place where you, your darling and the serenity come close to each other. You want to feel the presence of Mother Nature, but still not decided which place would be suitable for you. Such questions often come in mind and sometimes confuse you, when you plan to spend out the time in luxury for the rejuvenation of your body. But, you search ends here; you have a better place full of natural beauty to explore the true beauty of Mother Nature. The Northern Indian State – Himachal Pradesh is filled with hill stations that are globally famous and develop a unique image of Himachal Tourism on the global tourism map. Dharamshala tourism is also one of them.

Being an indispensable part of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala Sightseeing is sure to keep tourists, especially honeymooners, nature tour lovers and adventure tour enthusiasts spell bound. Surrounded by lush greenery, cool climate, deep dense forest ranges, snow-capped mountain ranges, monasteries, and crystal clear water sources like springs, fountains, rivers and lakes, Dharamshala tourism brings new energy, new hopes and pleasing experience to your life. The beautiful hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh is on different altitudes ranging from 1300 meter to 1700 meter. McLeodGanj is the main town that adds more spark in the popularity of Dharamshala tourism. A picturesque and eye-catching slope spread in an area of 8 km is Dharamshala that is also counted as the main hub of Tibet culture and Buddhism. There are a number of places to visit in Dharamshala that will keep nature tour enthusiasts and honeymooners spell bound.

Tourist Places in Dharamshala – Choices Are Unlimited as the places to Visit in Dharamshala Are Abundant

Book Dharamshala tours for some more days as the entire hill station and its surrounding areas are full of natural beauty, golf courses, cricket stadium (the only one International cricket stadium in Himachal Pradesh) and a numebr of prehistoric to contemporary monuments. Chamunda Devi temple, Norbulinka institute, Nurpur Fort, St John’s Church in Wilderness Dall Lake, e and MaharanaPratapSagar or Wild life sanctuary, are names a few that will be perfect time-spending destinations in the hill station. In addition, Kangra Art Museum, war memorial and Namgyal monastery are also must see tourist places in Dharamshala to explore.

Access to Sightseeing in Dharamshala

Visiting tourist places in Dharamshala is without any doubt the right option of coming close to Mother Nature. Reaching to the popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh is also easy as it is at the distance of 95 km from Pathankot that is nearest rail junction to Dharamshala in the state of Punjab. Another narrow gauge line that joins Jogindernagar to Pathankot is also the right option of enjoying natural beauty of the valley. The narrow gauge line goes to Kangra from where Dharamshala is at the distance of around 17 km. Chandigarh, Jammu, Shimla and New Delhi are different airports to reach to the beautiful hill station.

 

Kangra – Dev Bhumi ( the valley of Gods )

Kangra is marked with the stunning views of the Dhauladhar Hills and the picturesque Kangra Valley. The place is marked with an array of attractions including the Jwalaji Temple surprising you with the natural flames emerging from the rocks, Brajesshwari devi Temple, etc. Adventure freaks can enjoy sports like rock climbing, fishing, trekking, mountaineering, etc., giving you a thrilling experience…

One of the most beautiful hill stations of Himachal Pradesh, Kangra is renowned in history for being the capital city of the Chand dynasty. Being one of the most scenic valleys of the lower Himalayas, sheltered by the moving Dhauldhar hills, Kangra offers various adventure sports like trekking, rock climbing, mountaineering and fishing to the fun seekers.

Kangra is very famous for an historic temple namely Jwalaji Temple. Located 34 kms in the south of Kangra, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Jwalaji. A miracle in itself, it is perhaps the only temple in India where natural flames come out from nine different rocks in the temple.

Abundant historical evidences state the importance of this temple dating back to the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar. The emperor under the influence of his royalty tried to test the prowess of the Goddess. He tried enormous ways to extinguish the flames but in vain. At the end, bowing to the Goddess, he tried to please her with a Golden Chhatra. But the Goddess did not accept it and the Chhatra fell on the ground turning into a colossal metal, the compositions of which are yet unknown.

Brajeshwari Devi Temple is another tourist attraction at Kangra. This Temple is a witness to the devastation by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1009. In 1905, Kangra was destroyed by an earthquake. Rebuilt in 1920, Kangra still is a legendary pilgrimage centre of Himachal Pradesh. Kangra also has a legendry fort belonging to King Kotch. The fort is situated at a considerable height overlooking Ganga and Manjhi rivers.

Access to Kangra

Kangra is easily accessible from rest of the country. It is well connected by rail, road and air. The nearest airport is Gaggal airport which is at 13 kms from Kangra. Other important airports of major cities like Jammu 200 kms, Amritsar 208 kms and Chandigarh 255 kms are well connected from Kangra.

The nearest broad gauge railhead is at Pathankot which is 90 km from Kangra. A narrow gauge railway line between Pathankot and Jogindernagar passes via Kangra, 17 kms from Dharamshala.

Apart from rail and air, Kangra is also well connected by road. This town is easily accessible from major cities of the region.

 

Palampur – Tea capital of North India

Palampur is rich with its tea gardens and has the beauty of the Dhauladhar Hills. Here, you find valleys, mountains, lush greenery and attractions including Mata Bundla Temple, Newgal Park, Saurab Kaliya Ban Vihar, St. John’s Church, Neugal Khad, etc., that together form the wonders to be explored in Palampur………..

Entire Himachal Pradesh is full of lush green forest ranges, valleys, snow covered mountain ranges and rich flora and fauna. Palampur Himachal Pradesh is also one of those beautiful places that attract people from all parts of the country and even from other parts of the world. Every year, thousands of honeymooners, nature lovers and couples prefer to explore the rich beauty of the small hill station yet beautiful city. Deriving the beautiful name from the popular word “Palum” that means plenty of water or abundant water. The most amazing city is located at the altitude of 1220 meters near Dhauladhar range just 35 km from Dharamshala.

As far as the history of Palampur tourism is concerned, it was unknown until the superintendent of biotechnological gardens, Mr Dr. Jameson who are also known to be the revolution person of Tea Plantation from Almpra in the year of 1849. According to history, this tea plantation was also considered as the main point that attracted European Tea Estate owners. And since then the place is known to be the tea capital of North India that is surrounded by tea gardens. In addition to the tea plantation, the estate and Palampur is also famous for ancient architectural wonders. And it is due to the fact of the influx of tourist and tea estate owners from Europe who developed their residential and commercial buildings.

Before the arrival of Europeans, it was the kingdom of Sikhs, the most stunning hill stations of Jalandhar. Today, Palampur has become the major tourist attraction and hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Today, the place and its surrounding area is full of major attractions that keep tourists mesmerized for a long time and persuade them to come here again and again. Talking about attractions in Palampur deeply, then Newgal Park is one of the main places to explore in Palampur that comes in the way of Mata Bundla Temple. In addition to this, Neugal Khad or Small River and Sourab Kaliya Ban Vihar are also worthwhile to explore in the city and hill station. In addition to this, St John Church is also an attractive place in Palampur. It was rebuilt in 1929 that is very close to the Government College.

The popular hill station of Palampur is very close to all the major hill stations and cities of Himachal Pradesh. Palampur is also very close to Gaggal airport in Kangra that is only 37 m from Palampur. However, it is well connected via rail and road to all the major cities of the country. Phathankot is the very close railway station to the hill station of Palampur. Moreover, Moranda is only four km from the hill station of Palampur. Moreover, Palampur is also well connected to Dharamshala ( 40 kms), Kangra (40 kms) Kullu (165 kms), Mandi (96 kms) and Shimla (259 kms).

In addition to this, there are also a number of hotels, resorts, lodges and other accommodation options here. There are also a number of restaurants and other local Dhabas where you can enjoy the best food of Himachal Pradesh. So what you are waiting for, come to Palampur and enjoy the natural beauty here.

 

 

Kinnaur – Land of Fairytales

 

Kinnaur enchants you with vineyards, valleys, orchards, snow covered mountain and their peaks, as well as various fruits such as apples, apricots, pine nuts, almonds, etc. Rivers such as Spiti, Baspa and Satluj add to the richness of Kinnaur and make it serene. One can visit the Recong Peo temple or can forget oneself amidst the Oak, Chestnut, Mangolia, Alder as well as Birch forests…

In fact, entire sate of Himachal Pradesh has been gifted with natural beauty, snow-covered mountain ranges and lush green forest ranges. But the attraction and the charisma of Kinnaur are unexplainable. Kinnaur is one o the most beautiful hill stations and district of himacal Pradesh that is known for lush green valleys, orchards, vineyards, snow capped peaks and cold desert mountains and all those you have wished to have at a beautiful and naturally rich place.

Located at the distance of 250 kms from the state capital Shimla and well connected via national highway number 22, Kinnaur is also a rich region in the state that is known as the land for growing fruits like Apple, almonds, peaches, pine nut, apricots and the list goes on.

Kinnaur tourism is also famous for local wine named Anguri that is formulated by fruits and certain grains. Naturally rich and full of lush green forest ranges of Oak, Chestnut, Maple, Birch, Alder, Mangolia, etc., Kinnaur is all time favorite hill station among honeymooners and those who love to explore the real natural beauty in their own way. In addition to this, there are also a number of adventure tour spots where tourists, especially adventure tour enthusiasts can enjoy the adventure sports in their own way.

Rivers are also the main attractions here that make it a one stop destination for river rafting. Sutlej, Spiti, Baspa River, etc, are some of the main rivers that covered the Kinaaur area and make it most rich region for fruits and crops in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Sutlej River also divides Kinnaur in two parts. On the other hand, the Spiti River is the second most important river of the Region that is also the main water sources of the country.

Talking about the attractions in Kinnaur, the entire state is full of attractions like temples. One of the most visited temples in Kinnaur is Recong Peo that is renowned for its Gompa, where His Holiness the Dalai Lama accomplished a ‘Kalchakra’ ceremony in 1992. Positioned at an altitude of 1,899 meters, another popular attraction is Karchham that is famous tourist spot for its picturesque view that also is a convergence point of the Satluj and Baspa rivers.

Needless to say, it is one of the most beautiful places to explore in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Now, there are also a number of luxury hotels, resorts and a number of other accommodation options here. In this way, accommodating here is not a major issue. Moreover, there are also a number of restaurants and other food options in Kinnaur where you will also get an opportunity to enjoy local foods. So what you are waiting for, come and explore the real beauty of Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh.

 

Lahual &  Spiti – Little Tibet

 

Lahual and Spiti showcase a number of heritage spots and primitive places. Here, you come across monasteries, lakes, valleys, rivers, gorges, mountains, temples, etc. that make the place completely arresting. One can explore the royal heritages of Gondla or can have the sacred essence of the Guru Ghantal Monastery. This makes Lahul and Spiti one of the best Himachal Pradesh tourist spots…

Earlier Lahaul and Spiti were two different districts of the State of Himachal Pradesh, Kardang was the capital of Lahul and Dankar the capital of Spiti. Finally the two districts were merged and found status of a district in 1960.

The district is popular for its heritages and ancient places. Snow covered peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, speedy flowing rivers, attracting mountain lakes, striking temples and monasteries are the main tourist attractions in Lahaul and Spiti. This district also can be visited for relaxing, sightseeing, trekking, mountaineering, fishing, para-gliding, skiing, ice skating and golfing.

Tibetan antelope, Tibetan argali, Kiangs, musk deer, and snow leopards are the rare animals which can be viewed in Lahaul and Spiti. Popular as the oldest monastery in the Lahaul valley, Guru Ghantal monastery is a wooden structure with pyramidal roof. The annual festival of Ghantal is celebrated in mid June with high spirit.

Keylong is a one of the most tourist attractions in Lahaul and Spiti valley. This place is a district headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti. Gondla is another tourist attraction near Lahaul and Spiti. This region offers some royal heritages. In Gondla, the eight storeyed house of the thakur of Gondla is a popular heritage to visit. This monument called the Gondla Castle or fort was constructed in the 17th century.

Access to Lahaul & Spiti Valleys

Lahaul and Spiti is well connected through rail, road and air network. Lahaul and Spiti is well connected from major cities of state like Manali, Pangi & Leh and so on. From here, buses and taxis are available to reach Lahaul and Spiti.

Lahaul and Spiti can be reached from shimla via Kinnaur because; Shimla is well connected through rail, road and air from rest of the state. Lahaul and Spiti can also be reached by Manali via Rohtang Pass because; Manali is connected by rail, road and air.

 

 

Tribal Circuit of Himachal Pradesh

Tribal Circuit of Himachal Pradesh

Tribal Circuit is located in the magnificent and beautiful State of Himachal Pradesh. You can enjoy the scenic landscape of river valleys, snow capped peaks, high passes, icy lakes, and have a look at the glaciers. The place is full of temples and you might come across priests, monasteries, lamas, and yaks.

Some of the places that are included in this circuit are Shimla, Sangla, Kalpa, Tabo, Dhankar, Kaza, and Pin Valley and others.

Tribal Circuit

Kinnaird

Located in Himachal Pradesh, it is known to be the land of beauty, where everything you see will mesmerize you. The beautiful mountain terrain, remarkable valley, orchard farms, and cold desert mountains are some of the things that will have enchanting affect on you. This place is also quite well known for flora and fauna, which is nowhere else. There are quite a few valleys that have always attracted tourists from all over the country.

Kalpa

Kalpa is another place in this circuit located at the height of 2578 meters above sea level. Here the tourists can enjoy the view of magnificent peaks and mountains. Every site is beautiful and will steal your heart. Recong Peo, Kothi, Riba and Sangla valley are some of the interesting places that are worth visiting here.

Shimla

Shimla is a beautiful hill town that is located at the height of 2788 meters above sea level. It has been quite famous since British era. There are many beautiful hotels, valleys, and tourists places that are worth visiting here. Due to pleasant climate, it is still the most favorite destinations’ of the country. It is usually chosen by honeymooners and picnickers. The Kinner Kailash range and other mountain ranges make it more memorable. One of the spectacular scenes that you can never miss here is the one where the sun rays touch the peak of snow capped mountains. The closest airport to this place is like 267 kilometers away from this place. Apart from that you can always hire private taxis and also board State transport to reach this place. You can also reach this place via Kalpa –Manali or Rohtang Pass route. The winters here are extremely cold, so the perfect time to visit the place is in the beginning of the year.

Kaza

This peaceful and beautiful place is located at the height of 3600 meters above the sea level. Also it is located on the banks of the famous River Spiti. The name has been given by both India and Tibet, due to the tie up between both of them.  It is one of the coldest regions, so you need to be very careful while planning to visit this place. The place is surrounded by beautiful mountains and peaks that makes it all more interesting and worth visiting. The valleys, snow covered mountain peaks, and green valley all are beautiful and attract people always. Since ancient times, this place is believed to be a place where Gods and Goddesses resided. The beauty of the place and its majestic scenic beauty authenticate this version. Some of the places that are close to it are Manali, Kulu, and Shimla. So you can plan an extended holiday and visit all these places at the same time. The climate here is extremely cold during winters, and barely gets any rainfall. The region gets water from melting snow, and during winter the temperature sometimes goes down the freezing point. So if you are planning to visit this place take along with you good warm clothes that will keep you secured. Some of the interesting places that are worth visiting here are Tabo, Key Gomap, Dhankar, and Chander Tal Lake. This lake is known to be one of the most beautiful lakes in whole Himachal Pradesh.

Keylong

This is another place that is located at height of 2250 meters. The place is quite exciting and has good numbers of mountains, peaks, and valleys that look beautiful throughout the season.  This place can be easily reached through roadways and it is quite close to Manali, which is 115 kms away from this place. It can be reached by air also whereby the nearest airport is located 175 Km away at Bhuntar. This place experiences heavy snow fall during June and thus the Rohtang pass remains close during this time.