Kullu, located on the banks of the Beas River was once known as Kulanthpitha – the end of the habitable world. Beyond its perimeter loomed the magnificent Himalayas, and by the Beas sprawled the ‘Silver Valley’ came to be accessible only after independence. Kullu valley is the meeting point of several trek routes, maily those from Chanderkhani Pass to Malana, over the Jalori Pass or Bashleo Pass to Shimla and over the Pin Parvati Pass to Sarahan.The Magnificent Beas also offers ample opportunities for some exciting white river rafting.
Situated at the northern end of the Kullu Valley, Manali has spectacular views of snow capped peaks and wooded slopes along the banks of the Beas.It is the main holiday destination in the entire valley. The Manali market is crowded with myriads of interesting shops selling Tibetian carpets and crafts. Manali is a popular base for trekking and mountaineering in summer and skiing in winter.
Spiti is linked by road with Shimla and Manali. A high altitude cold desert, Spiti is out of the land of fairy tales and fantasies. Small village of box-like houses along the river valleys, it is blanketed with snow and temperature falls below zero except during the three months of summer. Sipti is influenced by Buddhism and nearly 30 monasteries guard a rich cultural heritage. SUMOD is entry point into Spiti from Kinnur district. TABO, close to Sumod has a thousand year old Tabo Gompa, established by the legendary Rinchen Tsangpo. This Gompa is considered important next to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet and has priceless collection of manuscripts and thangkas. SHCHICHILING 50 km from Sumado is famous for Dhankar Monastery built on a high rugged hillside and has interesting murals and stuccos.
ATTERGU, a small village along the N.H.22 has another important Gompa at Kungri. KUNZAM PASS (4,590 m) is the other entry point into Spiti traversing through Lahul. KAZA is noted for its historic Kyi Gompa. Established in the 14'h century AD, it has breathtaking murals and valuable collection of 'Kangyur' -ancient Buddhist texts. Over 200 monks reside at Kyi.
Is the main hill station in the, Kangra valley. A fertile, undulating valley, lying between the gentle Shaivalik hills and the foothills of the mighty Dhauladhars - 'The white mountains' rising 400 m above sea level, a valley noted for the beauty of its scenery-lush terraces, wooded hills, manicured tea garden and sparking streams commands a splendid view of the surrounding country.
Place of Interest
(1) Macleodganj (2) St.John in the Wilderness (3) Triund Dharamkot (4) Kareri (5) Kunal Pathri (6) Machhrial (7) Tatwani (8) Chamunda Devi Temple.
Standing at the foot of the spectacular Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. Sprawled over five hills – Kathlog, Portrevn, Moti Tibba, Bakrota and Balum.Dalhousie is noted for the magnificence of its scenery. Set amidst the thickly wooded hills, clothed in deodar and pine, Dalhousie has marvelous forest trails and picnic spots with splendid vistas over the Chamba Valley.
Place of Interest
(1) Subhash Baoli (2) Satdhara (3) Bakrota Hills (4) Kalatope (5) Dhanikund (6) Bara Pathar.
The serene town of Chamba lies on the bank of the Ravi River. An erstwhile princely State, it was the capital of the former rulers of Chamba.
Chail was once the summer resort of the Maharaja of Patiala.Located on a wooded spur, hail (2150 m) overlooks the Sutlej Valley. There are excellent sports along the Gaura River with opportunities for anglers to tangle with Himalayan mahaseer.
Kasauli (73 km from Shimla)
Located 1927 m above sea level-forest of pines, oak and the crisp mountain air are incentives for picnics here. Monkey point, the highest point offers a panorama of green hills.