Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh

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For all those who think Himachal Pradesh is best represented by pictures of mountain peaks and nothing else are quirkily right and wrong at the same time. Wherever you go, the mountains follow you. The sight of the snow-clad peaks, every time they peep out of naughty clouds, will always mean pure joy. Every dawn and dusk, and the hours in the middle, you will seek them out for comfort and reassurance. But, to still think that that’s all there is to this place is grave folly. Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful melting pot, edged by mighty peaks, with a belly full of touristy bustle. A traveller, range of experience notwithstanding, will agree that the true test of a place is the variety of company and loneliness it offers. Himachal can be your solitary escape as well as your boisterous get-away. It can give the fledgling or advanced taste of spirituality, and it can offer you decadence. If the choices confuse you, it can offer you fresh air, green meadows and occasional drizzles to calm your mind and show you the way.

Spiti Valley

The Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley located high in the Himalaya mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name "Spiti" means "The Middle Land", i.e. the land between Tibet and India. The Spiti Valley is another piece of Tibet transported to India.
Spiti offers a rare experience of discovering life in the high Himalayas. The introspective winters of Spiti make it a land of many legends, and its strong Buddhist influence is evident in the hospitality and warmth of its people.beautiful nature

Kangra Fort

Kangra Fort or Kot Kangra as it is locally called was the largest fort in India north of Delhi. This was the arbiter of much of Kangra's history for a millennium. The earliest definitive reference of the fort is in 1009 AD in the chroniclers of the invader, Mahmud of Ghazni. Built on a rocky hill over the confluence of the Banganga and Manjhi rivulets, its high ramparts and walls have a circumference of approximately four kilometresIMG_9775

Dalai Lama Temple

The Dalai Lama Temple complex is open daily, from sunrise to sunset, and visitors are welcome to explore the peaceful ambiance of the surroundings. Once one enters the main part of them temple one will notice thousands of people sitting on the floor praying and chanting with their prayer beads, prayer wheels or from their books. Tourists are allowed to join in the prayers or walk around and have a look at the unique sculptures and art work in the temple while the monks and locals are busy in their chants and meditation. One gets to know a lot about the struggle in Tibet, about the way of life of the Tibetan people and about their religionprayer wheels

Andretta Pottery

A drive to Andretta pottery which is a village nestled near Kangra. On arrival you will be accompanied by an expert who will teach you the basics of pottery and help you create something of your own.DSC01526 copy

McLeod Ganj

McLeod Ganj is the sum of many enchanting parts. It is one of the most flourishing grounds of Tibetan culture and Buddhism in the world today, even though it is tricky to count them to be mutually exclusive :)

It is blessed with such brilliant natural beauty that a vacation dedicated to just staring at the majestic Dhauladhar mountain ranges will be forgiven. Its streets, just 3 main ones and a few zig-zags, are crammed with touristy souvenirs and restaurants. But you will still not feel smothered by its sights and sounds; you will love your walks and you will surely bump into many interesting stories.

You will find a strong community fervour with which Tibetans are trying to preserve their culture, traditions and way of life. It will also, of course, give you generous time frames to explore the mountains and the beautiful paths that are sheltered by deodar canopies.
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From the moment you step inside the gates of Norbulingka, it is as if you are transported to a different world. Gurgling streams run through immaculately maintained Japanese styled gardens, while birds of all different species can be seen flittering among the treetops. The architecture, built in traditional Tibetan style gives a feeling of returning to old Tibet. There is much to see and do here, and you will want to allow for at least several hours to explore the institute.

Bir & Billing

Bir is considered as the best paragliding spot in asia, and it also witnesses the paragliding world cup.shutterstock_paragliding jpg

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