Thousands of tourists visit Himachal Pradesh – a beautiful small state in the north of India; to charm its beauty and take beautiful memories with them. The mountains, rivers, trees and beautiful people in Himachal Pradesh can leave you mesmerized and you would never want to return back from there.
Why Himachal Pradesh is Known as the Dev Bhoomi?
People may surprise why Himachal is called “Dev Bhoomi”. Actually, there are more than 2500 temples in almost every village of Himachal Pradesh and you would find at least one temple dedicated to community Devtas(Dieties) called Kulja. Many times one can find temples made up of stones or a stone is worshiped as a god in temples.
It is said that the greatest number of Hindus are found in Himachal Pradesh. The place is full of natural beauty and scenery and has well developed flora and fauna.
Himachal Pradesh has not lost its cultural values and one can find the most loving and helping people here. The state is famous for its rich heritage, food and traditions. If you see its food, then will find it the most simple, healthier and tastier at the same time.
The food served in marriages and other functions has its own taste, like in Dhaam (day after marriage), the traditional food is served like chane ki daal, khatta, mitha bhat etc. on patar (plates made up of leaves).
Himachal Pradesh boasts about few of its famous food items one of which is Arabi ke Pathrode
Recipe to Make Himachali Arbi Patrode or Pathrode
Best Places to visit in Himachal Pradesh
There are many tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh like Kufri, Shimla, Kinnor, Dalhoji, Dharamshala etc. along with temples like Chamunda Devi temple, Hidimba Devi temple, Naina Devi temple, Jawala Ji temple, Chintpurni temple, Jakhu temple, Baijnath temple, etc. Below is a list of few places which are famous among tourists.
Manali is located in the Kullu district and is one of the most beautiful and must see location and a complete tourist paradise. The place provides wonderful sights, green valleys, trekking, fishing, para gliding and ice skating options. Manali is surrounded by few other beautiful places like Kothi, Rahal Falls, Hidamba temple, Manikaran, Manali Sanctuary etc..
Kullu is located on the banks of river Beas which is the main river in Himachal Pradesh. Kullu is around 40 kms from Manali and is equally beautiful as Manali, and is known as the “Valley of God”. Few of the places nearby Kullu and equally beautiful are Raghunathji temple, Jagannath temple, Kanawar Sanctuary, Largji, Naggar, Malana etc..
Solan is a hill area covered with snow and provides wonderful sights to the tourists. If you are planning to visit in winters, then can attend Winter carnival also which is organized in Solan from February 10th to 14th.
Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and famous for its tourist points. It is also known as the “Queen of the Hills“. The place is situated in Shiwalik mountain range and had also remained the summer capital of British empire during the time when they ruled over India. Few of the tourist places in Shimla are Hatkoti, The Ridge, Narkanda, Fagu, Mall Road, Viceregal Lodge, Himachal State Museum etc.
5) Rohtang Pass:
This is located at around 51 kms from Manali and at an altitude of 3980 meters from sea level. Best time to visit the place is between June and November, as it is closed for rest of the year due to heavy snowfall.
Dalhousie boasts upon its beauty and is one of the best known hill station in India. The beautiful valley is situated in Chamba and have beautiful temples, flower bed-locked meadows, beautiful climate and best sight scenes. The places you can visit here are Satdhara, Subhash Baoli, Bkrota Hills, Dhainkund, Khajjiar etc..
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Famous Facts about Himachal Pradesh
- Himachal Pradesh came into existence as a Union Territory in the year 1950 and was given the status of a state as per the Himachal Pradesh Act 1971.
- Himachal means Him ka Anchal (Sheet of snow) as it is a region of heavy snowy mountains which cover the entire area with white sheet during snow falls.
- The capital of Himachal Pradesh is Shimla which has beautiful spots like Hatkoti, The Ridge, Narkanda, Fagu, Mall Road, Viceregal Lodge, Himachal State Museum etc.
- Himachal Pradesh is spread over an area of 55, 670 square kilometers, and is bordered by Jammu and Kashmir on the North and Punjab on the West and South-West while Haryana and Uttar Pradesh on the South, and Tibet Region on the East.
- The state is surrounded by rivers and the main river that flows here is Beas. There are many hydro electricity plants in the state as the water is available in abundance here and it supplies electricity to Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan.
- The main sectors that strengthens the economy of the state are Hydroelectric Power, Agriculture and Tourism.
- As per the surveys, Himachal Pradesh is the second least corrupted state after Kerala.