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Himachal Pradesh

Bajinath Mahadev Hindu Shiva Temple, Himachal PradeshJammu and Kashmir in the North, Punjab in the West, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in the South and Tibet in the East border it.

Climate & Best time to visit
The summer temperature varies from the maximum of 38º celsius to minimum 22º celsius and the winter temperature varies from maximum 15º celsius to minimum 0º celsius. The annual rainfall is 2909-3800 mm. Most of the adventure sports are conducted during June to September period. The months from September to March are best suited for a great trip to Himachal Pradesh.

General Overview
Sitting in awe splendor in the lap of the lofty Himalayas - Himachal Pradesh in the northern part of India calls one and all. Himachal Pradesh is divided into two parts Southern and Northern Himachal. The Southern Himachal or the Lower Himachal is quiet similar to the plains of India, while Northern Himachal or Upper Himachal is colder both in summer and winter as compared to the Lower Himachal.

The land of endless snow peaks and lush valleys, Himachal lies in the transition zone from the plains to the high Himalaya and in the trans-Himalayan region of Lahaul and Spiti, actually crosses that mighty barrier to the Tibetan plateau. The Kullu valley, with its developed and tourist-oriented economy, can be considered the backbone of the state. Off the east is thew Parbati valley, popular with long stay visitors. In the Chamba and Kangra regions can be found typical British hill stations and small but beautiful temple complexes.
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Mountains and their associated rivers and valleys dominate the topography of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh can be easily categorised by its valleys. Lahaul consists of the Chandra and Bhaga valleys. Further east, the Spiti River joins the Sutlej River in Kinnaur and flows all the way to the Punjab. In the west, the beautiful Kangra valley stretches from Mandi to Shahpur, near Pathankot.

Fact File

Area 55,673 sq km
Population 6,077,248
Religion Hinduism (95.89 %), Buddhists, Others
Annual Rainfall 180 cm
Capital Shimla
Language Hindi, English and Himachali
Per Capita Income Rs. 18,920 in 2000-01
Best Time to Visit March to October
Tourist Attractions Rohtang Pass, Kangra, Chail, Mandi, Manali

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City Guide
Shimla - Shimla, the Summer Resort of the Britishers is known as the Queen of the Hill Stations. Nature has bestowed immense This is the enchantment of nature's generous bounty. To the north, awesome snow ranges race across the horizon. In the cool breezes that flow down from them, they hold oak and rhododendron forests, stately cedars and wafting pines. There are tufts of ferns and wild flowers. There are strolling mists, spectacular sunsets and winter's deep blue skies. The air is clear crisp. A single day will bind you for a lifetime, for they say that Shimla is like a wonderful habit.

Kullu Manali - The city was once known as the Kulanpitha. Situated at an altitude of about 3, 900 ft, Kullu is known for many things like apple orchards, beautiful women, wooden temples and folk music and dances.Just 40 kms away from Kullu, you will find a Norther enticing hill station - Manali. Better known as " Queen of Hill Resort" , Manali is a cool retreat for anyone who exults in just being amidst unspoilt nature.

Kangra - Kangra is little town which is located just 17 kms away from Dharamsala. This is one of the prettiest valleys of Himachal with nature splendor at its best.
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Other look out destination in Himachal Pradesh are Dalhousie, Kufri, Dharamshala, Chail, Kinnaur.

Things to do
Trekking - Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges are the major trekking area of Himachal Pradesh. There are numerous treks which come out of Kullu. Himachal Pradesh is paradise for trekkers and offers a virtual bonanza for them. April-May for low altitude trekking & camping & June to October is season for treks (moderate to strenuous), which could range up to 11 days.

Skiing - Skiing in Himachal Pradesh has acquired a special place in Himachal Pradesh tourism. Kufri in Himachal Pradesh is known for Skiing especially in winter. The other regions famous for Mahasu ridge has good slopes. The hills of Himachal Pradesh have all the ingredients for adventure, packed with excitement and thrills, and lots of unexplored valleys, towering peaks and snow-capped mountains and glaciers.

Paradgliding - Paragliding is often confused with Parasailing. Paragliding and parasailing are almost the same with the only difference, that in paragliding you run down a hill and in parasailing you are tied to a boat with the big parachute and you are lifted up from the ground.

The best known para-gliding destination is done regularly are - Bundla Dhar near Bilaspur, in the Kullu valley and at Intkali in the Pabbar valley near Rohru.
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