Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh

Things to do - general
Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas. It’s home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas.

Tourism in Himachal Pradesh is a major contributor to the state’s economy and growth. The mountainous state with its Himalayan landscapes attracts tourists from all over the world. Hill stations like Shimla,  Manali,  Dalhousie,  Chamba, Dharamshala and Kullu are popular destinations for both domestic and foreign tourists. The state has many important pilgrimage centres with prominent Hindu temples like Naina Devi Temple, Vajreshwari Devi Temple, Jwala Ji Temple, Chintpurni, Chamunda Devi Temple, Baijnath Temple, Bhimakali Temple, Bijli Mahadev, Manu Temple at Shenshar in Kullu district, Renuka Lake and Jakhoo Temple. The state is also referred to as “Dev Bhoomi”(literally meaning Abode of Gods) due to its mention in ancient holy texts and occurrence of large number of historical temples in the state.

Country India
Languages spokenHindi, English
Currency usedINR (₹)
Area (km2)55,673 km²

Culture and history info

Himachal Pradesh was one of the few states that had remained largely untouched by external customs, largely due to its difficult terrain. With the technological advancements, the state has changed very rapidly. Himachal Pradesh is a multireligional, multicultural as well as multilingual state like other Indian states. Some of the most commonly spoken languages are Pahari, Kullvi, Mandeali, Kangri and Kinnauri, Chambeali . The Hindu communities residing in Himachal include  the Brahmins,  Rajputs,  Kayasthas (Kaisthas),  Kannets,  Rathis and Kolis.  There are also tribal population in the state which mainly  comprise Gaddis,  Kinnars,  Gujjars,  Pangawals and Lahaulis.

Himachal is well known for its handicrafts. The carpets, leather works, shawls, Kangra paintings, Chamba rumals, metalware, woodwork and paintings are worth appreciating. Pashmina shawl is one of the products which is highly in demand not only in Himachal but all over the country. Himachali caps are also well-known art work of the people. Local music and dance reflects the cultural identity of the state. Through their dance and music, they entreat their gods during local festivals and other special occasions.

Apart from the fairs and festivals that are celebrated all over India, there are number of other fairs and festivals, including the temple fairs in nearly every region that are of great significance to Himachal Pradesh. The day to day food of Himachalis is very similar to the rest of the north India. They too have lentil, broth, rice, vegetables and bread. As compared to other states in north India non-vegetarian cuisine is more preferred. Some of the specialities of Himachal include Mhanee,Madhra,PateerChouckBhagjery and chutney of Til. Shimla, the state's summer capital, is home to Asia's only natural ice skating rink.

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Complete Himachal Pradesh 8 Days

Complete Himachal Pradesh 8 Days

Himachal Pradesh
Scenic Himachal Tour Package Duration:  – 07 Nights/ 08 Days Tour Itinerary: Day 01:- Chandig More info