Himachal Pradesh - the land of eternal snow peaks, is a charming
Blessed with charming crystal lakes, pretty
flowers, ancient shrines and beautiful people, Himachal Pradesh is one of
the loveliest states in India. This state lies in the lap of the Himalayas
towards the north, at an altitude of 460 to 6600 metres above sea level.
Surrounded by Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Tibet
and enveloped Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges in the northwest. Himachal
Pradesh is dominated by the great Himalayas in the north and east and marked
with lower ridges of the Shivalik ranges in the south-east. Himachal
has five mighty snow-fed rivers flowing through it - the Chenab, Ravi, Beas,
Sutlej and Yamuna.
Climatically, this state is divisible into two
regions - the south, which is as warm as the plains, and the north, where
the summers are temperate and winters are extremely cold.
snowy peaks, rugged slopes and wide valleys can make any adventure
enthusiast's day. They are splendid not only for mountaineering, rock
climbing and skiing, but also for hand gliding and river rafting. The
trekking routes in this region take you to remote, undisturbed areas and are
a not-to-be-missed opportunity for trekking lovers. Himachal
is also a popular site for winter sports.
Courses and competitions
in skiing and mountaineering, carnivals, cultural evenings, and open air
skating facilities form the traditional part of winter sports. Adventure
freaks can also enjoy recently added attractions including hand gliding and
the tourism enthusiasts, Himachal Pradesh offers a number of interesting
areas. The Dalhousie, Chamba and Bharmour area gives a glimpse into the
romance and tradition of the state; Shimla, Chail and Narkhanda, forming the
heart of Himachal, offers an excellent skiing base with eternal snowhives
and 'darshans' at famous temples; Nahan, Renuka and Paunta is a small area
which offers an enchanting array of lakes and legends. Kulu, Manali and
Keylong with picturesque surroundings are a must on the Himachal tour; and,
Palampur, Kangra and Dharamshala form the pilgrimage circuit.