Himachal Pradesh, renowned as the ‘Apple Land of India’ and the ‘Abode of Gods’, is an absolute paradise and a tourist’s dream and delight. It is situated in the north-west corner of India, right in the lap of the Himalayas. It is one of the most beautiful States in the country, where landscaping knows no bounds. Its geographical diversity ranged from green meadows and pastures to the stark grandeur of Himalayas. The State is endowed with mighty snow-capped peaks, deep gorges, picturesque valleys, flower filled meadows, maneuvering rivers, glaciers and enchanting lakes. Himachal Pradesh, a tourist’s paradise also provides great opportunities for adventure and fun seekers. There are facilities of trekking, mountaineering, angling, river rafting, skiing, paragliding, ice skating and golf. A visit to this enchanting land is the most relaxing and satisfying experience.
Main languages: Hindi, Pahadi, Punjabi, English
When to go: Mid February to May, October to mid December (July to October in Lahaul and Spiti)
Getting There & Away: How to reach Himachal Pradesh
Road: NH-20 connecting Pathankot (Punjab) to Mandi; NH-21 connecting Chandigarh to Manali; NH-22 starts from Ambala (Haryana) and goes upto Kinnaur.
Rail: Kalka-Shimla Railway, popularly known as Shimla Toy Train (an UNESCO Heritage Site); Pathankot-Jogindernagar Railway (narrow-gauge railways).