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Simla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the more important hill stations of India. It is also called the queen of hill stations. The area of Himachal Pradesh came to be in its present form with the partition of Punjab and Haryana in 1966. Kulu Valley, the paradise on earth, is known as one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh.
This entire state is excellent for trekking and mountaineering, The trekking season here starts from May and ends in October.
Here in Himachal Pradesh valleys and streams, snow cloud mountains and temperate forests offer a sportsman as well as a tourist all they want. The tourists arrive at Simla during the hot season as it is a hill resort.
Simla was the summer capital of the British before independence. The residence of the viceroys is atop hill, west of Simla. This is a fortress like building with 6 storeys. This has good library. No traveler will miss to see the Jakhu temple which is at an attiude of 2,455 metres. This is the highest point of the Simla ridge and is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
Simla enchantens its vistors by providing good picnic spots. Chadwick Falls and the summer hill are two such places just 5 kms from Simla. The State Museum houses stone statues acquired from different places in Himachal Pradesh.
The wild flower hall, worth seeing is now converted into a hotel. Earlier it was the residence of Indian Commander-in-Chief, Lord Kitchener. Kufri is a Ski Resort, 16 kms from Simla.
A trip from Simla to Kalla in train is enchanting. The narrow gauge railway line was built in 1904. Kasauli which is 15 km from Kalka is a hill station. Here Central Research Institute do research in preparing Rabies vaccine. 4 kms from Kasauli is Monkey point a picnic spot
Narkanda, a popular spot of viewing the Himalayas has been developed as astitisking centre.
Bilaspur has ten caves and temples. Nearby is one of the World's largest dams, the Bhakra-Nangal dam. This dam provides irrigation water to a vast area in Punjab, Besides, it produces hydroelectric power. Nearby is Naina Devi. Govindasagar lake is worth seeing on the blanks of which are Lakshmi Narayan and Radha Shayam temples.
This town is the gateway to Kulu valley and is famous for a few stone carved Temples. This place is 110 km south of Manali, a hillstation.
The Kangra valley famous for the Kangra School of Painting starts from Mandi and runs northward then takes a bend eastward and proceed upto Shahpur near Pathankot.
Dharamshala is a hillstation in the valley. 35 kms from this hill station is Palampur which is surrounded by beautiful tea plantations. 16 kms from Palampur is Baijnath, a pilgrimage centre. The Kangra Town is 18 kms south of Dharamshala. The town is famous for its Bajreshwari Devi Temple. Dharamshala has one of the best schools in the world for a study on Tibet and its culture.
The Bhuri Singh Museum.
This Museum is situated at Chamba, and houses the art and cultural collection of this region, miniature paintings of the Basohli and the Kangra schools. The trekkers wish to visit chamba. Brahmaputra is 65 km from Chamba. There are some very old temples
The Kully Valley
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru very much loved this place. The chief towns Kulu and Manali are found in this Valley. Kulu town is at attitude of 1200 metres famous for fairs and festivals. Kulu is known as the Valley of the Gods. Dussehra is a famous festival celebrated here.
Lord Ragunatha temple, Jagannath temple, Vaishno Devi temple and Bijli Mahadev temple are some of the temples in and around Kulu.
Parvati Valley is to the south of Kulu. Here is Manikaran where sulphur hot springs are found.
Manali is 42 km from Kulu. This place is famous for its marijuana plantation. Near by is the Hidimba devi temple.
Manali is hill resort. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, one four tiered wooden temple with pagoda shaped roof are worth seeing.
Dalhousie a hillstation, Renuka Lake, Paonta sahlib, a Sikh pilgrim centre, Trilokitnath, a Buddhist pilgrim centre. Naggar Musuem is some of other places of tourist interest in Himachal Pradesh.
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Himachal Tourism, Block No.: 28, S.D.A Complex, Kasumpti. Shimla-171009. Ph.: 0177-2625511,2623959,2625924, Fax: 0177-2625864. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.himachaltourism.gov.in
For online bookings visit: www.hptdc.gov.in, www.himachalhotels.in Tourist Information Centres : Delhi: 011-23324764,23325320 • Mumbai: 022-22181123,22180080 • Kolkata: 033-22126361 • Chennai: 044-25385689 • Bangalore: 080-22876591 Ahmedabad: 079-27544800 • Chandigarh: 0172-2707267, 2708569 • Kalka: 01733-221079 • Pathankot: 0186-2220316 Dalhousie: 01899-242225 • Dharamshala: 01892-223325 • Manali: 01902-252175, 252325 Shimla: 0177-2832498,2652561,2654589.
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