Literally the name of the state translates to “snow laden region” and the lap of the Himalayas in the Sanskrit language, Himachal Pradesh is spread across valleys and the flanked by the Himalayan mountain ranges. Known for its abundant natural beauty, here are a few of the beautiful hill stations found in Himachal Pradesh.
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Located in the upper reaches of the Kangra valley and the residence of the Dalai Lama, Dharamshala is the Tibetan exile centre in India. A much preferred spiritual abode and home to the Tibetan community, Dharamshala is also a starting point for many trekking trails and one can easily reach Chamba via the Toral Pass. The beautiful Kareri Lake is also a famous trekking spot. Kangra art museum, the war memorial commemorating the heroes of the independence war, Dal Lake surrounded by the deodar trees and Mcleodganj which houses an impressive monastery are all places that one must see when in Dharamshala.
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Declared as the summer capital of British India and the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla has immense historical importance, Rashtrapati Niwas, formerly known as “Viceregal Lodge” is one such example. Since most of the heritage buildings are preserved, the original “Tudorbethan” architecture can be seen throughout this city. It has an old world feel with its wooden houses with a stone base. The majestic Christ Church, the mall for shopping where one can buy local handicrafts, the beautiful walk from the Ridge. All in all, Shimla has an undeniable beauty which captures the hearts of visitors from all over the world.
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Located in the Beas River valley, Manali is a small town area where the legendary Hidimba Devi temple is located. The picturesque mountainous lake, Bhrigu Lake, the Great Himalayan National park which has been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO and the Solang Valley located northwest to Manali are all beautiful tourist spots in Manali. The Rahalla falls and the snow capped peaks all contribute to the beauty of Manali.
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Of Keylong, it has been said by Rudyard Kipling “Surely the Gods live here, this is no place for men.” Located in the Lahaul and Spiti district, this area remains cut off from the outside world and is thus, beautiful in its wildness and primitive scenic expanse. Udaipur, 53 kms from Keylong is famous for its wood carvings. It also faces the Kardang Monastery, the most important monastery in Lahaul.
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Located in the Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie derives its name from Lord Dalhousie who was the British Governor General in India. The area near Alla covered by potato fields is one of the most popular spots here as it has a spectacular view of the hills. Colonial era architecture, majestic churches and the sprawling greenery comprised of rhododendrons, pines, oaks and deodars are all a reason why Dalhousie remains a popular tourist destination.
Himachal Pradesh have always been a site of special tourist interest, due to their magnificence and the numerous gems of nature it houses. The charm of the colonial architecture, set in a picturesque location is sure to spellbind you with its splendour. Make sure you visit these places when exploring Himachal Pradesh to get the best from your trip.