Tourism in Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is infused with abundance of natural beauty. Interestingly, the literal meaning of the name ‘Himachal Pradesh’ is ‘Abode of Snow.’ However, it has range of tourists’ attractions varying from Snow Mountains, chilled river water, deep valleys, picturesque landscapes, to dense vegetation. There are more than dozens of hill stations. The state has many high-status boarding schools. On top of this, there are also many adventurous activities including ice skating, trekking, river rafting, paragliding etc.
Besides, the state has a rich heritage of handicrafts including woollen and Pashmina shawls, carpets, embroidered chappals, grass shoes, Kangra, silver and metal ware, and Gompa style paintings, horse-hair bangles, wooden and metal utensils, wood work, and various other house hold items that fascinates tourists equally.
Important Tourists’ Attractions in Himachal Pradesh
- Shimla: Hill station Shimla is capital of the state. It is popular since British period, at that time; it used to be summer capital. Major tourists’ attractions in Shimla are - Kali Bari Temple, Christ Church, Shimla Ridge, Mall Road, Summer Hill, scenic landscapes, and wildlife sanctuary.
- Kullu: Hill station Kullu is internationally popular for its natural landscapes. Major tourists’ attractions of Kullu are Jagannathi Devi Temple, Raghunath Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple, and the wildlife sanctuaries. The hill station Kullu has some fascinating adventurous activities including trekking and rock climbing.
- Manali: Hill station Manali is popular for its snow clad mountains. Major attractions of this place are Vashisht Temple (Hadimba Temple), Solang Valley, and Rohtang Pass.
- Kufri: It is pretty popular hill station; tourists love to see here snow clad mountain peaks including Mahasu Peak and Mahasu Ridge. In addition, it has also the adventurous tourism such as skiing, trekking, and site seeing.
- Chamba: It is popular for its traditional arts and cultures; however, other attractions are temples, museum, valley, and natural landscapes.
- Dalhousie: This hill station is popular since British period; major attractions are Laxmi Narayan Temple, Satdhara Springs, Dalhousie Panchpula, Kalatop, and Churches. Besides, the Moti Tibba, Balun, Kathlog, and Bakrota Hills are also popular.
- Dharamshala: Major attraction of this popular hill station are Chamund Devi Temple, Kangra Art Museum, St. John’s Church, Namgyal Monestery, Maharana Pratap wildlife sanctuary, Nurpur Fort, and Lakes.
- Kasauli: Popular for its varieties of flowers, Kasauli is one of the most visited places in the state. Major attractions are Dagshai, Dharampur, Monkey point, Sabathu etc.
- Chali: It is popular hill station because of having world’s highest altitude cricket play ground. Other major attractions are Sidh Baba Ka Mandir, Maharaja’s Palace, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, etc.
- Kangra: Known for its natural landscapes, Kangra is pretty popular hill station. Major attractions are Jwalaji Temple (known for its natural flames emerging from the rocks), Brajesshwari Devi Temple and many more.
- Lahaul & Spiti: It is popular for its heritage spots including Gondla Heritage and other primitive places.
- Khajjiar: It is popular as ‘Mini Switzerland.’ Along with natural beauty, Khajjiar Temple and Khajjiar wildlife Sanctuary are also popular.
- Kinnaur: Hill station Kinnaur is popular for its orchards, vineyards, and beautiful landscapes.
- Palampur: Located on Dhauladhar Range, it is popular for picturesque landscapes, valleys etc. Some religious places are also popular.
National Park & Wildlife Sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh
- Himalayan National Park
- Manali Wildlife Sanctuary
- Simbalbara Wildlife Sanctuary
- Pong Lake Sanctuary
- Chail Wildlife Sanctuary