Himachal Pradesh is characterized by its high mountains, valleys and a taste of the East. Its legendary nature offers mountain relaxation and active vacations.
Himachal Pradesh offers a unique melting of high mountain and tropical garden, in fact the climatic conditions led the British to establish here their summer capital, Shimla, today the capital of the state.
To reach it comfortably, due to the difficult paths of the roads and the particular shape of the territory, a narrow gauge railroad traversed by the small and picturesque Toy Trains was inaugurated in 1903, still the main road to reach the city, today an important center for the winter sports and trekking, always a privileged destination during the stifling summer months for families who live in the plains.
One of the three national highways that take us to the region leads up to Ladakh via Mandi and Rohtang Pass, or following the NH 22 you reach Chandigarh and Shimla and then east to the Kinnaur valley and the Sino-Tibetan border .
The remote and fascinating Lahaul-Spiti district retains some of the earliest Hindu temples in the region ornamented with magnificent sculptures and wooden bas-reliefs.
Shimla the capital of the state has its center on the top, the Ridge, crossed by the main course, the mall, featuring the yellow Christ Church and the Post Office, and ends just beyond in the so-called Scandal Point.
Proceeding north you reach the beautiful valley of Kullu, where vegetation is legendary, but that the design of future pharaonic speculation for tourism purposes is seriously endangering. The town itself is of little interest, except for shopping opportunities, but you can still traverse the valley between stunning gorges to Manali, where the mild climate and spectacular nature are framed by perennial giants. In the ancient part there are numerous buildings with carved wooden verandas and richly crafted doors. In the city there are frequent workshops for tailoring and shoemaking, and for a long time there has been an abundant Tibetan community and an equally remarkable international community. It is considered, with the nearby and delightful medieval Vashisht village, the mountain version of Goa, with all that this can mean.
The same environment in the Manali area can also be found in McLeodganj; too small to be a city in itself and too international to be a village, McLeodganj has to much of its population to Western volunteers working for dozens of ONG for Tibet.
At Dharamsala, about sixty miles southwest, there are the ruins of Masroor's rocky rock complex, originally composed of 19 Hindu sanctuaries dating back to the 7th-8th century AD. and carved out of a giant sandstone block, in other ways in India, only in Ellora and Mamallapuram, but here from the top of an altar. Though severely damaged by an earthquake at the beginning of the twentieth century, which raged up to four floors, the elegant and evocative group of Nagara-style temples, surrounded by idyllic countryside and ritual bathtub, offers exquisite examples of decoration and bas-relief in the interiors and on portals, columns and shikhara.
Head towards the eastern part of the State you reach the Spiti Valley crossing the Rohtang Pass, 3979 m. often very busy; in addition to the unmistakable landscaping charm of this desert mountainous valley, here are some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries still in function of the world, such as the complex, or chos-khor, Ki and Tabo's.
Always from Shimla you can reach Sarahan where you will find the important shakti temple dedicated to Shri Bhima Kali, then from there to Chitkul, on the banks of the Baspa river, where you will find yourself in the picturesque last resort inhabited before the border with Tibet.
Even a brief stay in Himachal Pradesh will relax you and reconcile you with the country, if the inevitable and overwhelming overcrowding of humans would have been somewhat stressed on the plains. Its orchards, its waterfalls, its mountains and its discreet people are always a bargain, for the traveler as for the occasional tourist.
Destinations covered by our tours in Himachal
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Shimla with well developed amenities, easy reach and various tourist attractions make it one of India’s most popular hill stations.
Kasauli is a small hill station in Himachal Pradesh surrounded by dense forests home to several species of Himalayan flora and fauna
Dharamsala is an ideal retreat for nature lovers lcoated in the Kangra valley and set against the Dhauladhar mountain range in Himachal Pradesh.
Mcleod Ganj i is where they mean when travellers talk of heading up to Dharamsala to see the Dalai Lama.
Manali is the mecca for travellers that searching for adventure sports and adenalina in India.
Dalhousie, with its pleasant climate, is one of the most famous hill stations in Himachal Pradesh.
Chamba is a picturesque hill station located in Himachal Pradesh regions with a pleasant climate and breathtaking sights.
Kullu is a cluster of beautiful valleys in Himachal Pradesh known as the Valley of Gods.
One of the 160 places in the world that bear tropical resemblance to Switzerland Khajjiar is a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh
Chail is a beautiful hill station located in Himachal Pradesh and spread across three hillocks: Rajgarh, Pandewa and Sadh Tiba.
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Exotic Himalaya Tour
Tour 17 Days / 16 Nights
Price starts from 425 €
Exotic Himalaya tour with private driver to discover India hill station of Haridwar, Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Chandigarh and Shimla
Tour 11 Days / 10 Nights
Price starts from 277 €
Himalaya tour takes you to the discovery of the most beautiful mountain stations of Himachal Pradesh with visits to Chandigarh, Manali, Dharamsala, Shimla and Chail.
Himalaya Tour with Amritsar and Chandigarh
Tour 15 Days / 14 Nights
Price starts from 355 €
Tour to discover Himalaya region and visit the best India hill stations as Manali, Dharmsala, Meclodghanj, Dalhousie. Extenson to Amritsar and Chandigarh.
Tour Chandigarh and Shimla
Tour 4 Days / 3 Nights
Price starts from 115 €
This tour will allow you to discover the two most popular tourist resorts of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh: Chandigarh and Shimla.
The best of Himachal
Tour 9 Days / 8 Nights
Price starts from 224 €
9 days tour to discover the most beautiful places of Himachal Pradesh with visits to Chandigarh, Shimla, Manali and Dharamsala.
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