Located in northern India, Himachal Pradesh (Abode of Snow) is surrounded by
Jammu and Kashmir in the north, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh in the south,
southeast of Uttaranchal and the Chinese territory of Tibet to east. The state
is mostly covered by low range of hills south Shivalik and dramatic high
trans-Himalayan chain, as you go north. So you can spend the hill town of
Dharamsala in the south in 1700, the Lahaul and Spiti, the district further
north at 6500m. The geography and climate from snow to cool, set the sights and
Himachal, in fact, tourism and economy of Apple managed by the state. Sutlej,
Beas, Ravi and Parvati is the main watercourse.
Because of its mountainous nature, Himachal can be better understood in the
valleys. In the southern valley of Kangra, Dharamsala, and a sister city
McLeodganj are essential for the Dalai Lama of Tibet in exile. West is Chamba
valleys of Himachal Dalhousie, the British hill station of the time. To the
east, Tibet has always Kinnaur region that has been taboo for tourists until
1992 and includes the villages and lifestyles, which are still intact modernity.
Center, Kullu valley is famous for its apples, which produce about 9,000
truckloads of them every year. Here in town Manali is a good base for adventure,
such as paragliding, skiing, rafting and trekking. December to March are good
months for winter sports or to see the snow. The northernmost district
Lahaul-Spiti has been isolated, snow-covered terrain, accessible only from July
to October, some well-preserved 1000-year-old monasteries and Buddhist culture.
How to Reach Shimla
By Air: The airport is at Jubbarhatti, 23 km from Shimla city
and is connected to Delhi. Taxi/cabs are available.
By Rail: Shimla is connected by a broadgauge line up to Kalka
(90 km). The journey between Kalka and Shimla takes about six hours and is
one of the finest ways of enjoying the landscape. The quaint rail car, which
runs on this stretch, takes about five hours. A luxury coach that accommodates
six persons has recentely been introduced and can be attached to any train of
your choice. The Shivalik Express is a deluxe train on this route. Delhi (380
km), Chandigarh (120 km) and Kalka (90 km) from Shimla.
By Road: Shimla is connected by road to all major cities in
north India. Taxi cabs for Shimla are available at Delhi, Chandigarh, Ambala and
Kalka. Several state-run transport corporations including the Himachal Tourism
Development Corporations ply Volvo ac and deluxe buses from Delhi and
Chandigarh. Buses can also be chartered.
How to Reach Dharamshala, Kangra and Palampur
By Air: The airport at Gaggal is 14 km from Dharamshala, 10 km
from Kangra and 23 km from its twin town Mcleodganj. Palampur is 40 km away.
Taxis are available.
By Rail: Pathankot is the closest broadgauge railhead and is 85
km from Dharamshala and 124 km from Palampur. Taxis are available. You can opt
for the narrow gauge train for a taste of the area. It connects Pathankot to
Jogindernagar. The station feeding Dharamshala is Kangra Mandir (20 km) and the
one for Palampur is Maranda.
By Road: Dharamshala is accessible from National Highway No. 20
and is well linked to the region. It is 12 km from Gaggal town. Palampur is 38
km from Dharamshala and even independently is well linked. Dharamshala is 17 km
An interesting variation of the standard can be made by taking the train from
Delhi up to Jalandhar or Una and then traveling by road. En route you can visit
the shrines of Chintpurni, Jawalamukhi and Bajreshwari Devi (Kangra). The shrine
of Naina Devi is also easily accessible if you opt for the Nangal railway
station. The road distance from Jalandhar to Dharamshala is 165 km along this
How to Reach Kullu and Manali
By Air: The airport at Bhuntar is the common base that feeds
these towns. This is 10 km from Kullu and 50 km from Manali. Public transport
buses and taxis are available.
By Road: Kullu and Manali are connected by an extensive network
of road with the northen region. Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned deluxe
coaches are run by HRTC, HPTDC and by private sector operators. National
Highway No. 21 runs through the valley and connects Chandigarh and Delhi. Kullu
is 535 km from Delhi.
How to Reach Dalhousie and Chamba
By Air: The closest airport is at Gaggal (Kangra) near
Dharamshala which is 125 km (Approx) from Dalhousie and 170 km (Approx) from
Chamba via Banikhet route. Taxis are available.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is at Pathankot 85 km from
Dalhousie and 120 km from Chamba . Taxis are available.
By Road: Both Dalhousie and Chamba are well connected by road.
Taxis and regular coaches connect the towns.
How to Reach Nahan, Paonta and Renuka (Sirmaur)
By Air: The closest airport is at Chandigarh.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is at Ambala and Kalka . Taxi's
By Road: From Ambala, Chandigarh & Kalka and Dehradun. Regular
bus service connect the towns. Paonta Sahib is 45 km and Renuka is 38 km from