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Kullu Manali

The Valley of Gods, as the Kullu Valley has come to be known, if perhaps the most delightful region in the Western Himalayas. Situated on the banks of the river Beas, Kullu, the headquarters of the district, serves as a nerve centre of the valley and is the starting place for a number of treks.

Kullu is famous for it's shawls, caps, gudmas, puhla, namdas, patoos and Handicrafts. Akhara bazaar is the best to shop out there. Kullu is best to visit during it's festival of Dussehra. Every year in October, tourists and Indians come for Dussehra, a massive, vibrant festival celebrating the gods of this glorious valley.

For a lavish display of natural scenery, it is one of the principal snow places of the Kullu region. And Manali is at an altitude of beauty and gateway to Dhauli and Spiti.



Shimla or the "Queen of hill stations", as it is often called is one of India's most popular holiday resorts. The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is named after its patron, Shamla Devi and was a tiny village until it was popularized as a hill resort by the British who established their summer capital here in 1864. Shimla is situated in the north-west Himalayas, Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Spread across 12 kms along a ridge that overlooks terraced hillsides and cultivations, Shimla is magnificently robed in dense forests of oak and pine, fur and rhododendron, and it is best to travel here on the slow train from Kalka. Shimla also is a convenient base for variety of adventure sports such as Skiing, Trekking, Fishing and Golfing etc.



Perched on a flat mountain shelf, the town of Chamba is known for its ancient temples and Chaugan - a public promenade. It is one of the oldest princely state and dates back to the sixth century . It is well known for its splendid and beautiful architecture and also has a district headquarters.



Mandi, which means 'market', is quite a good place to break the journey between Shimla and the Kullu Valley - a far better option to stay than Bilaspur. In Mandi, there are some cheap hotels, you will stumble across some of the 81 Hindu temples in the area, and can take a day trip to a nearby lake or two.
At less than 800m above sea level, Mandi is considerably hotter than other regional areas.



Dalhousie, nestling in the outer slopes of Dhaulandhar range, is a excellence hill station. It is known for its bracing climate and picturesque scenery.



Dharamshala stands on a spur of the Dhauladhar range amidst magnificent deodar and pine forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills. It is also known as 'The Lhasa in India'.


Kinnaur, Spiti and Lahaul

Located in the dizzy heights of the Himalayas, with passes that remain closed for six months, Kinnaur, Spiti and Lahaul were till now, a forbidden land. Now this area has been opened for the daring and adventurous who can discover what had been hidden from the world for centuries. From the riotous green of the Sangla Valley- filled with orchards of apricots, peaches, apples and Chilgoza pine forests, to the magnificent desolation of the Hangrang Valley, Mother Nature's portrait is everchanging in Kinnaur. This land lying on the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, ringed by the majestic mountains of the Himalayan and Dhauladhar range is a land of plenty.

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