Nestled between the snow-capped Dhauladhar ranges and the great Indian Plains, the picturesque state of Himachal Pradesh is a traveler’s paradise. Panoramic landscapes cover its length and breadth. Draped in verdant valleys surrounded by lofty snow peaks and encircled by thundering rivers, the sights get stamped in one’s memory for eternity.
The countryside is spiced with flavors as diverse as they can get. Flower meadows, apple orchards, and many cropped fields co-exist with arid lands and cold desert that cover districts of Lahaul and Spiti. With plenty of tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh, people can enjoy lazing around sleepy towns and hamlets to relax and rejuvenate their tired minds and souls. Adventure enthusiasts can pump their adrenaline and go trekking, hiking, skiing, paragliding, river rafting and lots more.
Tourism is one of biggest income generating sectors in the state, its development is given top most priority by the government. Constant efforts are in progress for the development of infrastructure, and conservation of many historical monuments throughout the state. Apart from rapid development in the urban centers, eco-tourism, and village and rural tourism are also being actively promoted, increasing the number of tourist places in Himachal.
Travel in Himachal Pradesh has been made convenient over the years. All major hill stations like Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Kangra, Chamba, and Dharamshala boast of a good local transportations system. There are their airports in Himachal Pradesh at Jubharhatti, Bhuntar, and Gaggal.
Traveling in Himachal Pradesh by train can be an exhilarating experience. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Kalka-Shimla Railway line is one of the oldest in India and the most important in the state. Most of the important cities are well-connected with major North Indian cities like Delhi and Chandigarh. One can easily book deluxe and semi-deluxe buses from all prime cities in North India. Both Himachal Road Transport Corporation and private bus agencies run regular buses to all stations in the state.
The state of Himachal Pradesh is widely known to have a salubrious climate, an ideal time for visiting is between the months of April and June. The weather remains mostly mild during this time, with warm sunshine, idyllic for walks and mountaineering.
Winters at many places can be harsh. In fact, many districts including Lahaul and Spiti, and parts of Kinnaur remain closed for the winters. Snow is a major attraction, and people keep floundering around hill stations such as Shimla for the national highway connecting it with other cities remains active throughout the year.