Nestled in the mightiest mountain range, the Himalayas, lies the country's most favourite tourist place - Himachal Pradesh - also known as 'Mini Switzerland'. Blessed with lush green flora and fauna, snow peaked hills, winding roads, high passes and valleys, it is a delight for those seeking adventure. The state demarcated from the plains by the Shivaliks has five mighty rivers flowing through it - the Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, Beas and Yamuna.
The country's highest dam, Bhakra Nangal, stands on river Sutlej in the Bilaspur district of this state, making it a major source of hydroelectric power.
Himachal Pradesh is also known as the 'Apple state' because the country's first apples(and potatoes) were cultivated here. It also has Asia's largest fruit processing unit located in Parwanoo.
Places to visit
Situated at an altitude of 2130m, also known as the 'Summer Capital' of the Britishers, it is now the state capital of Himachal Pradesh.
The 'Lakkad Bazaar' offers you the complete gamut of beautifully carved wooden items.
'Jakoo Temple' devoted to Lord Hanuman is the town's highest summit.
It boasts of the world's highest cricket pitch and polo ground. The palace situated here is now run as a luxury hotel by Himachal Tourism.
Is known for hot water sulphur springs.
At 2600m and 16 km from Shimla, it is famous for its wide views and snow peaked hills.
At 2044m, this is a nine hole golf course, designed by British Viceroy, Lord Curson.
This small hill station is encircled by mixed forest of pine, oak, deciduous forest. The 'Monkey Point' is the highest point of this place
Serves as the headquarters of his Holiness, Dalai Lama. Places like Mcleodganj have become a large Tibetian community. Numerous ancient temples like Jwalamukhi, Chamunda, Chintpurni, Brijeshwari lie on the plains of Dharamshala.
Is a small and developing valley with the famous 'Nagarkot' temple. Palampur, a major station of this valley, located at a height of 1219m is known for tea gardens and pine forests
At an altitude of 2039m and spread over five hills, this town was named after the British Governor general of the 19th century, Lord Dalhousie. Also can be seen from here snow peaked Dhauladhar ranges.
By the banks of the river Beas lay the 'Silver Valley'. At Manikaran are hot water springs that bubble next to the icy waters of Parvati river.
Is a prime holiday destination. The famous Hidamba Devi temple is known for its exquisite carved doorway.
At the end of the Kullu valley, 32 km from Manali, it serves as the gateway for trading routes to Ladakh and Central Asia. Other than this, it is a favourite skiing spot.
Offers a splendid view of snow capped mountains, glaciers, fine ski slopes. The winter skiing festival is organized here in addition to providing ski training
Situated at a height of 2700m, it has pict