The North Indian State of Himachal Pradesh is known for its dense alpine forests, walking trails and frosty snow peaks. Himachal Pradesh has a vast array of hill stations and spell binding beauty which can make your summer a wonderful experience. With many popular summer retreats such as Manali, Kullu, Dharamshala and Shimla, Himachal continues to be the biggest holiday destination for people. Here are the top 5 reasons to Holiday in Himachal this summer:
1. Colonial Dalhousie:
This quant hill of Dalhousie was settled in the 19th century by the English. This hill is named after the India’s former Viceroy, Lord Dalhousie. People who are willing to avoid the crowded areas such a Shimla, Manali and Kulu, can visit the Dalhousie as this is a great gateway. It is dotted with panoramic view of the forests and hills. You can enjoy sightseeing tours and have picnics under the sun. And do not miss the Kalatop Wildlife sanctuary in the hill.
2. The complete beauty of Shimla:
Shimla has been declared as the summer capital of India. Shimla has the well-known Mall road which is one of the longest shopping mall in India. The city is unaffected by the heat which gives an edge over other holiday destinations. The city has cool climes, deodar clad and pine hills which gains a high population every year. This is the capital of Himachal which is situated 2200 meters high. You can visit the long stretch by going through Mall road, Shimla Ridge, Summer Hills town and Christ Church.
3. Water sports in Manali:
Manali is another great getaway like Shimla. This place is not recommended for faint hearted. The snow capped mountain peaks will await your arrival. Manali is gaining a good reputation as an adventure water sports destination. Manali is a perfect destination for the Adrenaline junkies as they can spend the whole day braving the zip lining, paragliding, parasailing and river rapids. It also is a great take off destination to other exotic places such as Spiti and Lahaul which is situated nearby.
4. Mandi’s Mahashivaratri celebration:
Mandi is known as the Varanasi of hills. The state is not only a beautiful summer destination, but also a great opportunity to participate in the Maha Shivaratri celebrations. Mandi is famous as it accommodates many Shiva temples. It celebrates the international Mahashivaratri fair, which is great attraction for international and domestic tourists. The event lasts for a week long starting on the month of February including fairs, cultural events, religious rituals and exhibitions.
Dharamshala is called the mini Lhasa. The place is surrounded by snow capped mountain peaks on all the three sides. The gorgeous valley of Dharamshala hosted its holiness Dalai Lama for some time. A number of Buddhist monks and Tibetan refugees continued to call it their home and visit the place. This would offer a tremendous insight into the lifestyle and culture of the Tibetan and Buddhist people.
These are the reasons which attract everyone to visit Himachal. It is a perfect holiday destination and enjoys the views of dense forests and snow capped peaks.