Tourist Attractions in Himachal Pradesh
The Kullu Valley is also known as the Valley of the Gods. Rudyard Kipling has written, "Surely the Gods live here; this is no place for men". It is situated on the banks of the river Beas on the lower reaches of the Himalayas. Kullu is known for its ancient temples, apple orchards and the annual Dusshera Festival. Kullu is also famous for its handicrafts and woolens like shawl, caps, puhla, namdas and patoos. The best time to visit Kullu is during Dusshera in the month of October.
A few kilometers from Manali is the Rohtang Pass, a place known for the divergent landscapes. You will find the rich greenery of the Kullu valley along with bare, brown mountains, glaciers and snowfields. The place looks lovely in the crisp sunlight. The Rohtang Pass lies in the district of Lahaul and Spiti. Due to its difficult terrain, not many tourists have ventured into this region. The place is untouched by the outside world of modernity.
Chamba is one of the oldest princely states and dates back its origin to 6th century AD. The town of Chamba is located in the colorful valley surrounded by the Shivalik ranges and has the district headquarters. It is well known for its medieval temples and Chaugan, a public promenade. The architecture of the buildings of Chamba reflects the aura of its former rulers. Chamba is also famous for its local festivals.
Kangra is a small town and was the capital of the erstwhile rulers of the Chand dynasty. The hill station is placed at the foothills of the mighty Dhaulandhar range. There are many old temples to visit besides enjoying the picturesque environment.
Khajjiar is a modest grass-covered meadow located in the enchanting valley of Chamba. It is an ideal getaway for picnic while traveling between Dalhousie and Chamba.
Kinnaur is a land of rich green valley, ripe orchards, vineyards, snow-covered peaks and cold desert mountains. The place is ideal for adventure sports like trekking; mountain climbing etc. the place attracts both young and old equally. The colorful dresses of the Kinnauri women and their sweet folk songs make the valley all the more bright and cheerful.
Mandi is district made out of two princely starts of Mandi and Suket. It is situated on the left bank of the river Beas at an altitude of 800 m. above the sea level. It is comparatively hotter than other hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. Mandi means a market place. At one time, there were almost 360 forts out of which only 10 are left. There are aroung 81 Hindu temples in the area and a couple of lakes.
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