Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is a state in the northern portion of India. The state is famous for its scenic hill stations and natural beauty. Himachal Pradesh was earlier a union territory, but was declared as a state in 1971. The state has many perennial rivers. Shimla is its capital city and the languages spoken are Hindi, Dogri, Punjabi, Pahari and more. Tibetan language is also used in the upper Himalayas.

The major industries in the state are tourism, agriculture and hydroelectric power. The total area covered by the state is over 55,670 sq. kilometers. Hindus constitute most of the state's population. Himachal Pradesh is also the second least corrupt state, the first being Kerala.

Himachal Pradesh is one of the most exotic tourist destinations in India. Shimla is the state capital and also was once the summer capital during the British Raj. The city has many tourist spots, such as Jakhoo Hills, Potters Hill, Mall Road, Tara Devi and many more.

Bir and Dalhousie are home to many Buddhist monuments and British era buildings. Dharmasala is a thriving centre for the Tibetan community and also is the home of the Dalai Lama. Kullu and Manali are some of the popular hill stations in India and they give you glimpses of the mighty Himalayas.

Joginernagar and Keylong are home to some of the most scenic hill stations in the state. Sundernagar, Mandi and Bilaspur are other tourist destinations in the state. The Rewalsar Lake is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Narkanda and Kunjum Pass are two major places on the Hindustan and Tibetan roadway.

People & Culture

The culture of Himachal Pradesh is extremely rich, which is reflected in the day-to-day lives of the local people. Noted for their colorful dresses and distinguished physical characters, the people of Himachal Pradesh exhibit a very warm and friendly nature and the 'untouched' simplicity which constitute an integral part of the beautiful Culture of Himachal Pradesh. About 90% of the population of Himachal Pradesh is Hindus. There main communities are Brahmins, Rajputs, Kannets, Rathis and Kolis. The tribal population of the state comprise of the Gaddis, Kinnars, Gujjars, Pangawals and Lahaulis.
PEOPLE: Most of the people in Himachal depend on agriculture for livelihood. Ninety percent of the people live in villages and small towns. Villages usually have terraced fileds and small two storey houses with sloping roof. The villages are mostly self-contained with a few shops to take care of basic necessities of life. Most villages have a temple, where people congregate for worship. In many parts of the Himachal the village Gods are carried on palanquins to village fairs. On Dussehra the largest congregation of village Gods takes place at Kullu.
The folk songs of Himachal Pradesh are full of charm. They are usually based on religious or a romantic theme. People gather in a circle in village fairs and dance to the tune of these songs. The dancing is usually spontaneous during a village fair and is symbolic of the peace and joy of the people. In general people of Himachal Pradesh are honest, truthful, gentle, and good humored.
CULTURE Himachal Pradesh has a very multicultural, multiregional and multilingual culture. The languages spoken include Pahari, Hindi, Dogri, Gojri, Mandeali Kangri, Kinnauri and Punjabi. The various castes in Himachal Pradesh include Rajputs, Brahmins, Gaddis, Gujjars, Rathis, Kohlis, Kannets and Girth. The tribal population in the state comprise of the Pangawals, Kinnars, Lahaulis and Sulehria.

The state is famous for its craft work. Himachali shawls, leather works, carpets, metal ware, paintings and woodwork are well known and the Pashmina shawl is one of the famous works of the Himachali weavers. Almost every household in Himachal Pradesh has a pit-loom. The shawls made in Kullu are widely popular throughout the state. Dharamshala and Kangra are known for the famous Kangra miniature art work.
The folk dance and music mirror the cultural identity of Himachal Pradesh. A number of festivals are celebrated in the state apart from the ones that are celebrated all over India. Shimla houses a natural ice skating rink, which is one-of-its-kind in Asia.
Some popular dishes in Himachal Pradesh include Chuck, Jhoul, Sidku, Patrode, Pateer, Bhagjery, Mahni, Khatti Dal, Madra, Pahri Aloo, Ambua and more. Adventure tourism is also extremely popular in Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Routes
  • Kinner Kailash

    • Duration: 16 Days
    • Best Season: November - May
    • Grade: Moderate
    • Route: Delhi - Dharamshala - Bathad - Bashleo Pass - Kullu Sarahan - Sarahan - Thangi - Lambar - Charang - Lalanti - Chitkul - Sarahan - Shimla - Delhi
  • Lahaul & Spiti Jeep Safari

    • Duration: 17 Days
    • Best Season: August - September
    • Grade: Moderate
    • Route: Delhi - Shimla - Sarahan - Sangla - Kalpa - Nako - Tabo - Kaza - Batal - Manali - Mandi - Chandigarh - Delhi
  • The Lahaul Travers - Hamta and Chandertal Trek

    • Duration: 22 Days
    • Best Season: May to October
    • Grade: Strenuous
    • Route: Delhi - Kullu - Manali - Sythen - Chhika - Balu Ka Gera - Hamta Pass - Chotta Dhara - Batal - Chandertal Lake - Topko Yongma - Topko Gongma - Baralacha La - Pang - Leh - Delhi
  • The Highlights of Kinnaur & Spiti

    • Duration: 15 Days
    • Best Season: June - September
    • Grade: Moderate
    • Route: Delhi - Chandigarh - Shimla - Sarahan - Sangla - Kalpa - Nako - Tabo - Kaza - Keylong - Manali - Delhi
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