Himachal Pradesh is a state in the north of India, just south of Jammu and Kashmir. The capital is Shimla surrounded with the Himalayan ranges, is known for its trekking, climbing and skiing, and scenic mountain towns and resorts in Dalhousie. Host to the Dalai Lama in dharmshala. Himachal Pradesh also has a strong Tibetan presence, reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, cuisine heavy on noodles and dumplings, and vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations.
Cities which is worth a visit in Himachal Pradesh is Shimla (capital),Dalhousie,Chamba,Dharamsala,McLeod Ganj,Manali,Naggar,Kullu,Kaza.Kalpa and Sangla.
Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh
Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts
Home of the Dalai Lama (McLeod Ganj)
Tibetan Government in exile (McLeod Ganj)
Kalka to Shimla toy train
Remote tribal Sutlej, Sangla, Spiti and Lahaul Valleys
Spectacular Mountain vistas
Thrilling mountain passes
Alternative lifestyles of Vashisht and Bhagsu
Events in Himachal
International Himalayan Festival is celebrated in the Kangra district of the state usually in the month of December. The festival is like a winter carnival.
Kulu Dussera is the biggest and most popular among all the festivals of the state. It is held in October in Dhalpur grounds of Kulu.The celebrations continue for seven days and the atmosphere is filled with dance and music.
Pori festival is celebrated in the Lahaul valley with much jest and enthusiasm. It is celebrated in the traditional way at the temple of Trilokinath. On this day the idol of the God is bathed with milk and yogurt.
Phulaich, the festival of flowers, known locally as Ookayand is mainly celebrated in the Kinnaur district of the state.The people gather to see the flowers and then the festivities begin. It is believed that the flowers are so intoxicated that at times people feel giddy in their scent. The idol of the local God 'Deota' is decorated with fine clothes and the locals dressed beautifully dance under the deodar trees. On the last day of the festival the image of deity is brought back to the temple and animals are sacrificed and offered to God.
November to February is wintertime, with snow in the higher parts. From March onwards, temperatures start to rise and lower places become very hot. From June to October is slightly cooler.