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Land of LAMAS
Leh was the capital of the Kingdom of Ladak, now the Leh District is in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Ladakh is a high altitude desert, locked in between the mighty mountains of the Himalaya, Karokoram, Zanaskar and Ladakh Ranges and is one of the three Geo cultural regions of the Jammu and Kashmir state. Leh is the capital city of this region and one of the famous tourist and pilgrimage destination in the state. Located at an altitude of about 11,975 feet above sea level, this city can be approached from two highways that is from Srinagar and Manali. From Srinagar the city is 434 kilometers away while from Manali it is 473 kilometers. The commonality between these two roads is that, they have the hair pin bends and four wheelers are the best to carry you up to the steep gradients over the narrow and occasionally bad patched road, that marks its historic significance when it was used as an old trade route between, Tibet, Yarkand, China and Central Asia.
Leh Ladakh is famous by the name of Cold Desert of India. It is also known by the name of Little Tibet, as it is inhabited by Buddhist population. The main attraction of the regions is the ancient Buddhist monasteries. Its rugged terrains attract adventure lovers from all over the world to try their hands in various adventure activities like mountaineering, trekking, mountain biking, white water rafting and camping. A number of Buddhist fairs and festivals are organized in Leh Ladakh, which present the culture and traditions of the region.
Ladakh is the abode of rare Kiang & highland Yak. Leh its capital city lies at the Tri junction of the historic silk route from Sinkiang to West Asia and to the plains of India. Lah LadakhHemis Monastery is one of the largest monasteries in Ladakh. It is known for a huge painting of the Buddha displayed to the public only once in 11 years. Thikse Monastery is notable for its architecture. Shey Monastery has a huge gold-plated copper statue of the Buddha. The 1,000-year-old Alchi and 11th century AD Likir and Lamayuru Monasteries are also worthy of visit. You may go through the Khardungla Pass to reach the Nubra valley near Ladakh. The valley features desert, mountain and water together. You might spot the double humped Bactrian camel and Dzo, a hybrid of Yak and Cow. The Leh Palace, built in the 16th century AD, offers a panoramic vista of the Zanskar Mountains. Tsemo or the Red Gompa, built in 1430 AD, is above the Leh Palace and is a storehouse of beautiful paintings and manuscripts. It has a 3 storey high statue of seated Buddha built. Located in the main market is the magnificent Leh Mosque. King Deldan Namgyal granted the land in 1960s to construct the mosque. Sankar Gompa is a few kilometers away from the main town. Electrically lighted gompa has an image of Avalokiteshvara represented with 1,000 arms and heads.
Best time to Visit: May to November.Places of Interest:
- Leh Palace
- Stok Palace and Museum
- Shey Palace and Gompa:
- Thiksey Monastery
- Spituk Monastery
- Pangong Lake
- Tsumuriri lake
- Alchi Monastery
- Khardungla Pass
- Hemis Monastery
- Magnetic Hill
- Hall of Fame
The Land of GODS
Himachal nestled in the Himalayas in North India, the world's mightiest mountain ranges, Himachal is called Abode of Snow; the state is surrounded by Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and the Chinese territory of Tibet.This beautiful state is blessed with some of the most picturesque and amazing landscape everywhere. It is Tourist’s Paradise -high snow peaks of great Himalaya, lush green valleys, deep gorges, fast flowing rivers, misty woods, enchanting lakes and flower filled meadows. Its high mountains and valleys are connected by winding roads and high altitude passes. While the splendid valleys of Kullu and Kangra are a riot of colours, in marked contrast the stark and barren terrains of Lahaul-and-Spiti at altitude of 6500m. Lahaul and Spiti have stunning lunarscape like beauty. For centuries, the place has been called 'Devabhoomi' which means Abode of God.
Shimla is popularly known as “Queen of Hill Stations." Situated in the north-West Himalayas, Shimla the summer capital of India before independence is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla derives its name from "Shyamala"; the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century. The name Shimla is derived from the Himalayan Goddess Shamla a synonym of Kali. The English named it Simla. Shimla is Covering the area of 18 sq. km. at a height of 7,238 ft. Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. It’s well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of Indian's most popular and biggest hill-stations. During the monsoon, we see some of the best sunsets in the world. Surrounded by spectacular mountains and gorgeous valleys, Tourists can visit the Christ Church, the snow-covered Himalayas of Jakhu hills, Shimla State Museum and the township of Summer Hill. There's also an option to drive down to other close by destinations of Chail, Kufri, Naldhera and Mashobra.
Places Of Interest:Jakhoo Hill, Glen, Summer Hill, Chadwick Falls, Zoo, Navbahar, Sanket Mochen, Tara Devi Temple, Institute of Advance Studies, Aviary at Old Raj Bhavan, Tibetan Monastery, Dhengu Mata Temple.
At an altitude of 2036 meter this hill station is named after the British Governor General Lord Dalhousie. Dalhousie, offering spectacular views, this hill station really takes one away from the noise of the metros and towns. This summer retreat offers gateway to Chamba hills, where tourists can also enjoy visiting Kalatop-Khajjiar Trail, Punjpula, Palace, and Chamera Dam trail. Fewkms away from Dalhousie is a scenic picnic spot- Khajjiar, 23kms from Dalhousie by road and 13kms from Kalatop is the mini Switzerland of India i.e. Khajjiar, at a height of 6400 ft. Hutchison writes, "Khajjiar is a forest glade of great beauty, 6400 feet above sea level".Dalhousie has charming colonial architecture, including some beautiful churches. The spectacular snow-covered Dhauladhar Mountains are also visible from this enchanting town. This town of varying altitude rich in colonial look has many old churches and buildings reminding the tourist of past. St John's at Gandhi Chowk, St. Francis at Subhash Chowk, St Andrews and St Patricks at Balun are the four beautiful churches in Dalhousie. There are many big trees inside the town the view of valleys and snow capped mountains gives a spectacular. Places Of Interest: Panjpulla, Subhash Baoli & Jandri Ghat, The Round, Dainkund, Khajjiar, Kalatop Wild Life Sanctuary.
Chamba in Himachal lies in the bosom of the Himalayas between the mighty Zanskar and Dhauladhar ranges; the Chamba valley is one of the most popular destinations in India. Chamba is situated at an altitude of 926 metres. And spreads in the area of 24 km. Located on the banks of the Ravi River the township resembles an Italian village fortress. Chamba, the valley of milk and honey is known for its streams, meadows, temples, paintings, rumal (handkerchief) and lakes. Chamba has few rivals for its scenic beauty. The ancient Pahari capital was founded in 920 A.D. by Raja Sahil Verma, who named it after his favourite daughter Champavati. Chamba's temples are mostly dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu and are built of richly engraved stone. The town is also the base for Gaddi shepherds who, though nomadic in their way of life, return to Chamba periodically to stock supplies.Chamba valley is noted for the magnificence of it's scenery-touching the fringe of the Shivaliks and having three well-defined snowy ranges, the Dauladhar, constituting the outer Himalayas, the Pir Panjal or the mid Himalayas, and the Zanskar range or the inner Himalayas. Chamba is so sheltered by snow-clad mountain barriers that its monuments escaped destruction at the hands of invaders, which is why it still remains one of the best preserved heartlands of the Himalayan arts. Chamba houses some most beautiful hill stations like Dalhousie, Khajjiar, Bharmour, Banikhet, Kala tope, Manimahesh, Triund etc. Hill station Dalhousie and Khajjiar are most south after destinations among the Indian and overseas tourists. Places Of Interest: Lakshman Narayan Temple, Chamunda Temple, Katasan Devi Temple, Bhuj Singh Museum, Chaugan.
This is a hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range about 17kms north- east of Kangra town. It is charming town with elegant bungalows nestling in thick coniferous forests. Dharamshala is also the home of Dalai Lama, spiritual head of Buddhists. Little Lhasa is an enchanting world where spinning prayer wheels and fluttering prayer flags spread the message of peace and universal harmony.This hill station is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. The snowline is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamshala than at any other hill resort and it is possible to make a day's trek to a snow-point after an early morning's start. Dharamshala is also the headquarter of the Kangra district. Places Of Interest: MC leodganj , Tibetan Medical & Astro Institute, Bhagsunath, St. John's Church , Kunal Pathri, War Memorial.
Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha, which means the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled 'Silver Valley'. The 'Silver Valley' has nature's treasures that lie carelessly scattered as flowers on the high meadows. The town of Kullu has long been a centre of faith. In the 17th century, Raja Jagat Singh installed here an idol of Lord Raghunathji, which he brought from Ayodhya. As a mark of his penance, he placed the idol on his throne and it became the presiding deity of the valley.Here is the core of an intricate web of numerous valleys - each of which is a visual delight and seems more beautiful than the other. The mountain scapes remain spectacular whether in brilliant sunshine or in the haze of the mist. The 'Silver Valley' has nature's treasures that lie carelessly scattered as flowers on the high meadows. Places Of Interest: Manikaran, Banjar Valley, Manali, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Bhekhali Mata Temple, Raison.
Located in the heart of Kullu Valley in the Himachal Pradesh, Manali is one of the most beautiful hill stations of the country. The town provides ample opportunities for adventure sport and winter sports. Once known as “Dana Agha”, Manali was an old village, the signs of that period is even today present across the town. Manali derives its name from Manu Rishi, who lived here and wrote the first constitution of India called “Manu Samriti”. In olden days, the present town of Manali was the transaction point between the traders of Hoshiarpur and Kangra and also the traders of Yarkand, Smarkand, Tash Kand, Ladakh, Zanskar and Western Tibet.Manali is blessed with several gifts like a beautiful landscape, dense thick pine and deodar forests, ice-capped peaks, steep cliffs, rolling valleys, adventure and mystery and lush meadows of wild flowers and fragrant fruit orchard in full bloom. Besides, the Beas River with clear water meanders through the town, making Manali truly a paradise on earth for any traveller. Manali offers various sites nearby that can be visited easily on a daylong trip. The region around Manali also has some of the major passes of the country. The Rohtang Pass, Keylong, Naggar, Manikaran, Udaipur, Bhutty Weavers Colony, Kullu and the Bhuntar are some of the places that are worth a visit. Places Of Interest: Raghunathji Temple, Vaishno Devi Temple, Jagannath Temple Bijli Mahadev Shrine, Vashisht Bath , Hadimba Devi Temple, Tibetan Monastery, Arjun Gumpha, Nehru Kund, Jagatsukh.
Kinnour, Lahaul & Spiti
In Himachal Pradesh, human activity is dominated by rural life: 90% of the population live in small villages and make their living almost exclusively on agriculture. The "tribal belt" consisting of the districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti is predominantly Buddhist and the language spoken language is part of the Himalayan belt tibeto-Burman.Kinnaur is one of the most scenic but less known districts of Pradesh Located on the Indo-Tibetan border, it is surrounded by Tibet to the east, Garhwal Himalayas to the south, Spiti valley to the north and Kullu to the west. The Satluj River, which rises on the southern slopes of Kailash Parbat near Mansarovar in Tibet, flows through the Kinnaur valley. Lahaul and Spiti are two remote Himalayan valleys of Himachal Pradesh lying on the Indo-Tibet border. Strange, exciting, primitive, these valleys are incomparable in mountain scape, in the rugged beauty of their rocky escapements and the splendor of their snow covered peaks. Places of Interest: In Kinnaur: Bhabha Nagar, Nichar , Sangla Valley, Poari, Recong, Kalpa, Kothi, Ribba, Moorang, Pooh, Nako, Tashigang Gompa, Tilasangh Monastery. In Spiti: As Kullu is the valley of Gods we can say Spiti is the valley of Monasteries. Monasteries like Tabo, Gulling, Dhankar and Kee are located in this valley. Sumdo, Schichiling, Attergu, Kaza, Losar, Kunzam Pass. In Lahaul: Batal, Bara Singri Glacier, Koksar, Gondhla, Tandi, Bara Lacha Pass, Udaipur, Trilokinath Temple, Suraj Tal, Sarchu, Lake Chandra Tal, and some Monasteries viz. Kardang, Shashur, Tayl, Guru Ghantal.
One of the most popular states of North India, Uttarakhand is located in the hilly terrain of Himalayan Mountains. Known for its natural beauty, it was carved out of Himalayan and adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh on 9 November 2000, becoming the 27th state of the Republic of India. It borders the Tibet Autonomous Region on the north, Nepal on the east and the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh to the south, Haryana to the west and Himachal Pradesh to the north west. It is broken up into a western part, named "Garhwal", and an eastern part named "Kumaon". Garhwal is more easily accessed. A picturesque state, with a breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayas, Uttaranchal promises its tourists a visit full of fun and unforgettable moments. Comprising of eight hill districts and an area and population that equals the state of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand is an expression of divinity, austerity, meditation, penance and attainment, Uttarakhand has been blessed by nature with magnificent glaciers, majestic snow-clad mountains, gigantic and ecstatic peaks, valley of flowers, skiing slopes and dense forests. This land is known as Abode of Gods because of many shrines and places of pilgrimage like Char-dhams, the four most sacred and revered Hindu temples: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri nestled in the Mighty Mountains.
Some of the famous tourist attractions are the alpine and tropical rain forests that cover most parts of the state make natural habitats of some of the best-known wildlife creatures India has on offer. explore The Jim Corbett National Park , which homes Royal Bengal Tigers and ground for the plot of Jim Corbett's Man-eaters of Kumaon. Another rainforest in the region is Rajaji National Park famous for its large number of pachyderms. Alpine forests in the region include Valley of Flowers National Park (known for its amazing variety of flowers), Nanda Devi National Park, Govind National Park, Gangotri National Park. Berinag and Chaukori are tiny, pristine hill stations with spectacular views of the Himalaya peaks; Almora cultural centre of Kumaon and a picturesque mountain resort Dehradun nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalaya. Haridwar the sacred city situated on the right bank of River Ganga at the feet of Shivalik Hills; Rishikesh popular pilgrim centre and gateway to the Himalayan shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri; Mussoorie the queen of hill stations developed as a center of education, business, tourism and beauty; Nainital famous for 'Lake District' of India with awe-inspiring and pristine Mother Nature; Ranikhet known for its virginity and pristine charm and for many things Uttaranchal (Uttarakhand) is famous all over the world. The degree of joy and excitement reaches its zenith during the festive seasons and some of the famous fairs and festivals of Uttarakhand are Basant Panchami, Batsavitri, Ganga Dusshera, Dikar Puja, Olgi or Ghee Sankranti, Khatarua, Ghuian Ekadashi and Ghughutia.
The major destinations are Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Almora, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Jim Corbett National Park, Nainital, Ranikhet, and Pithoragarh. If you are adventurous and like tough challenges, you can go for high- and low-altitude trekking, river rafting, skiing, para gliding, hang-gliding, mountaineering, and other activities.
Almora is an exotic place to conveniently take pleasure in the spectacular snow scape of the Himalayas. Almora allows the tourists to enjoy great Himalayas together with ridge after ridge of hills. The terraced green fields, stone slatted, far put up a valiant fight against the encroachments of urban expansion.
The Badrinath temple is the pride of this temple town. Located at a breathtaking altitude of 11,268 ft on the banks of the Alaknanda, the temple is ensconced between the snowcapped Nar and Narayan peaks of the Himalayas. Reputable by Adi Shankacharya, an important Hindu saint of the 8th century.
Named after Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter naturalist, the Corbett National Park, is believed to be one of the finest habitats of the tiger in India. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the park extends over a tract of 520 sq. km.
Dehradun is one of the oldest cities of India and is recently declared as the Provisional Capital of newly created Uttrakhand State in the month of Nov'2000. Dehradun is located at the center of the Doon Valley is a part of the Garhwal Himalayan region.
Gangotri is one of the Char Dham of Uttarakhand. It is situated in the magnificent Garhwal Himalayas at an elevation of 3048 meters and is 105 kms. from Uttarkashi. Gangotri is an ideal location for the tourists looking for peace and adventure.
The history reveals that Haridwar's existence dates back to as early as the days of Buddha. The name of this holy city means 'Gateway to God' in Hindi. Haridwar is situated at the base of the Shivalik hills, where the mighty Ganga, flows down from the lap of great Himalayas.
Kedarnath Temple is one of the eminent pilgrimage destinations of India. This is another important holy town of Uttarakhand drawing thousands and thousands of pilgrims every year. At a height of 3,584 mts, Kedarnath is abode to one of the twelve major jyotirlings of Kedar or Lord Shiva in the country.
The name, Mussoorie is derived from plants of 'Mussoorie' which were found in abundance here. After its discovery, this hill station gradually developed as a centre of education, business, tourism and beauty.
The popular summer retreat of India, Nainital attracts innumerable tourists during the summer heat. The hill resort is indeed a pleasure. The gorgeous greens and the majestic mountains add to the beauty of the hill resort.
Ranikhet is a supreme holiday for nature lovers and its main attractions; apart from its natural beauty are a golf course, the orchids of Chaubatia and the Jhoola Devi temple. Located at 1829 mts this sylvan move away offers an interesting mix of hill and military cultures.
One of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is not just known for its religious connection but also for its beautiful landscape. Rishikesh is well-known for its ashrams on the banks of Ganga, at many such ashrams yoga is practiced and taught regularly.
Uttarkashi is a major pilgrimage destination of North India and is located on the banks of Bhagirathi River. Uttarkashi, the place holds distinct importance in Uttaranchal. Bordered by a range of snow capped peaks on the northern side, Uttarkashi district of Uttaranchal is located at an elevation of 1158 mts.