Crowned by the rugged peaks of the western Himalaya, Himachal Pradesh is North India for the thousands of foreign and domestic travellers who come here every year. Few states can match such incredible diversity – rolling foothills, lofty hill stations, madcap traveller towns, serene pine forests, endless apple orchards and the high-altitude deserts of Lahaul and Spiti, cut off from the outside world by snow for six months of the year.

The mystique of the mountains is overpowering. The mighty peaks of the Dhaula Dhar, Pir Panjal and western Himalaya ranges rise above Himachal, providing a setting for a host of adventure activities from treks and rafting to skiing and Buddhist meditation. Tibetan Buddhist culture abounds in the ancient monasteries of Lahaul and Spiti and the bustling traveller centre of McLeod Ganj, home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.

In the far east of Himachal, Shimla is India’s most popular hill station, and further north is Kinnaur, the eastern gateway to Spiti and an increasingly popular destination for domestic hill tours. In central Himachal, Manali and the Kullu Valley provide a base for hippies, honeymooners and thrill seekers. Across Himachal, the lower hills bristle with castles, forts, temples and palaces.

Manali is the start of the main overland route to Ladakh. Increasingly popular, the Great Himalayan Circuit starts in Kashmir, slices through the mountain valleys of Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti to Kinnaur and ends with some luxury in Shimla. Even the beaten track is a dirt road between mountain walls – no wonder Himachal is most people’s favourite northern state!

Trekking, Rappeling, Camping
Best time to visit Himachal is round the year for different tourists!

March to June are best as day time is more & weather is optimum cold.
July to September tourists come to visit green forests and valleys.
If you want to experience Snowfall, November to February are good months to plan trip.

Handicrafts
Carpets & rugs
Shawls, sweaters, dress materials & saris with embroidery
Paitings
Wood Carvings
Embroidered Items
Kullu shawls
Himachal caps
Woolen pullovers and cardigans
Jackets and gloves
Apples, pickles, jams and juices
Metalware
Silver and turquoise jewelry
Leather items
Traditionally, Himachali cuisine is dominated by red meat and wheat bread
Steamed Momos (Dumplings) – a delicacy made from rice floor covering and vegetables stuffing is definitely a delicacy not to be missed.
Noodles
Manee
Madira
Pateer
Chouck
Bhagjery and chutney of Til
Kullu Dussehra
Shivratri Fair (Mandi)
Shoolini Mela (Solan)
Minjar Fair (Chamba)
Mani Mahesh Chhari Yatra (Chamba)
Renuka fair (Sirmaur)
Lavi Trade Fair (Rampur)
Vrajeshwari fair (Kangra)
Jwalamukhi Fair (Jwalamukhi)
Holi Fair (Sujanpur)
Naina Devi Fair (Bilaspur)
Fulaich (Kinnaur valley)
In the lower regions of Himachal are temple Fairs in Una District such as the Peeplo Fair, the ‘Mairi’ Guruduwara Fair, the ‘Chintpurni’ temple Fair, the ‘Kamakhya temple’ Fair, including the annual Himachal Hill Festival in the village Polian Purohitan during the fourth week of October.