Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Unforgetabble himachal

CHAMBA VALLEY     perhaps the loveliest in himachal ,is known for its scenic attractions ,sprakling streams lakes, meadows and lush deodar forests. Crowned with high mountain ranges, Chamba rich in wildlife is home to animals like the elusive snow leopard ,ibex, brown bear and the musk dear. A splendid artistic heritage includes fine temples architecture beautiful miniature pantings and exquisite embroidered Chamba rumals . Chambas serene beauty makes it the ideal holiday retreat .


Chamba  Resplendent with historically and architecturally important buildings, chamba town in its temples and palaces preserves much of its rich medieval past.
  Perched on a platue over hanging the river  Ravi, the town is named after Champavati ,daughter of Raja Sahil Varma of the Bharmaur royal house who shifted his capital here in 920 AD . Isolated by high mountains in its beautiful valley, Chamba over the centuries was allowed to develop its own style of "Phari" art and architecture.

Much of this heritage has been preserved and Chamba , known for the splendour of its temples and handicrafts , is replete with artistic masterpieces.
 Still intact fine group of six ancient shikhara  style stone temples ( dating back to 8th century ) are decicated to Lord Shiva ,Vishnu and other Deties.
Among then the richly carved Lakshmi -Narayan temple is the oldest Structure.
Other evidence of chamba's heritage can be seen in the famous collection of miniature paintings from the kangra ,Basholi and Chamba school at the Bhuri Singh Museum ,as well in the murals and other Mahal Palace.
   Chaugan , the grassy medows at the heart of the town, is also the center of its cultural activities . in July/August each year , the minjar fair is held here.
Valley Gods and Goddess in their mahestic palanquins are brought down from the mountains to pay homage to Lord  Raghuvira the presiding deity of the valley . During the week long harvest fiar, the grounds come alive as villiages in colourful dresses celebrate with sport ,songs ,dance and music. The Hari Rai temple near the Chaugan (dating back to th 11th century) known for the four armed bronze statue of Lord Vishnu(Chaturmurthi) is masterpiece in metal craft.
Overlooking the town a little distance away, the temple of goddess Chamunda Devi has some of the finest wooden carvings that adorn its exterior and interiors. Chamba is 120 Kms from Pathankot(the nearest rail head)390 kms away from Shimla and 45 kms from Dalhousie .

Monday, September 3, 2012

Historical Background

Historical Background
:Himachal Pradesh came into being on 15th April,1948 as a centrally administered territory by the integration of 30 erstwhile princely States. At that time the State had four districts viz. Chamba, Mahasu, Mandi and Sirmaur and its area was 25,839 sq.kms.Later in 1951, it became a part “C” State under a Governor with a 36 Member Legislative Assembly and a three member cabinet. In 1954, Bilaspur, another part ‘C’ State was merged with Himachal Pradesh thereby adding one more districtwith an area of 1,168 sq. kms. And the strength of its Assembly was raised to 41.In 1956, despite the majority recommendations of the State Re-organization Commission for its merger with Punjab, Himachal Pradesh retained its separate entity. On November 1, 1956 it again became a Union Territory under an Administrator designated as Lieutenant Governor and its Assembly was abolished. In 1960, a new border district of Kinnaur was carved out of Mahasu district. Then in 1963, Assembly was revived and a popular Ministry was formed. Till October, 1966 the old Himachal Pradesh comprised the six hill districts of Bilaspur, Chamba, Kinnaur, Mahasu, Mandi and Sirmaur with an area of 27,007 sq. kms. Having a population of 13,51,144 persons(1951 Census).On 1st November, 1966, it was enlarged by merging the district of Kangra, Shimla, Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti, the Nalagarh tehsil of Ambala district, some parts of Una tehsil of Hoshiarpur district and Dalhousie of Gurdaspur district of the then Punjab State. With this merger the total area of Himachal Pradesh increased to 55,673 sq. kms. And its population to 28,12,463(1961 Census). Now it comprised the Districts of Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Kinnaur, Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti, Mahasu, Mandi, Shimla and Sirmaur. On 25th January, 1971, Himachal Pradesh attained Statehood.Reorganization of the districts took place on1st September, 1972 as a consequence whereof two more new districts namely Una and Hamirpur were created mainly as a result of trifurcation of the erstwhile Kangra district. Also from the then existing districts of Mahasu and Shimla, new districts of Shimla and Solan were formed by 9eorganizing the boundaries of old districts.Presently, the strength of Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh is 68. To the Union Legislature, Himachal Pradesh is represented by 4 Members to Lok Sabha and 3 Members to Rajya Sabha. The Pradesh has got a High Court and a Public Service Commission located at Shimla. There are three Universities in the Pradesh. One for general education with its seat at Shimla, the other Agricultural University with its seat at Palampur and the third is Horticulture and Forestry University with its seat at Nauni(Solan) .

Monday, July 11, 2011

What awaits on your honeymoon in Shimla

Shimla is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in India. It is rightly known as the queen of hill stations. Given its easy accessibility by road, rail and by air, Shimla is the first choice of honeymooning couples. The arboreal beauty of this place is beyond compare. The oak, deodar and pine make up much of the tree population of Shimla while the scenic landscapes make for an attractive background. The ambience and the charm of Shimla captivate the tourists’ imagination and add color to the romance of the honeymooners.

The Mall is the center for shopping which is the most well known in whole of Shimla. The honeymooning couples have at their disposal, all the amenities of modern city life. Popular clubs, restaurants, banks, bars and tourist offices are abundantly distributed in this happening part of Shimla. The Gaiety Theatre is the cultural hub while the Ridge is the coolest hangout zone.

The Christ Church is the second oldest church in this part of India. It constitutes a famous landmark in Shimla. The Jhakhoo Hill being the highest peak in Shimla provides for breath-taking sights of Shimla and the snow-covered peaks of the imposing Himalayas. The Jakhoo Temple is another must see at the top of the peak. The Summer and Prospect Hills are deemed conducive to enhancing the honeymooners’ experience of love and romance. An outing in the shady walkways of this part of Shimla is the idea of a romantic fooling around. The Tara Devi Temple situated atop the Tara Parvat is one of the major attractions in Shimla. The other recommended see around include the Sankat Mochan Temple, Shimla State Museum, St Michael’s Cathedral, Chadwick Falls, Botanical Gardens and the Kali Bari Temple.

As far as hospitality and transport are concerned, one can expect the best in their respective industries. Shimla tourism has witnessed tremendous growth and it has set standards in terms of living up to the tourists’ expectations.

The verdict is already out. Shimla honeymoon tours are more than just worth it. A tour to Shimla is the perfect gift for a honeymooning couple.





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Planning My Honeymoon in Romantic Destinations of Shimla Kullu Manali

am going to tie the sacred knot of marriage just after a month. After marriage I am planning for honeymoon. After many considerations, I decided Shimla Kullu Manali to be my honeymoon destinations. I searched too many romantic places online and I find these destinations to be most romantic. I hope my fiancée and then wife will surely praise my choice. I came to know that Shimla is very picturesque hill station and is described as “Queen of Hill Stations” so I planned to take my queen Simran there. I am sure Simran will like the romantic ambience and my decision for Honeymoon in Shimla. Shimla is referred as paradise destination for honeymooners.

We will visit there by Chevrolet Beat which has been gifted by my father-in-law. Perhaps I will hire chauffeur to drive the car. I will also book a luxurious hotel there to make my Honeymoon in Kullu Manali comfortable. During our honeymoon trip, we will fist Shimla first and then go for Manali honeymoon tours. Manali is beautiful hill town famous for displaying superb beauty of nature. At last we will visit Kullu, the end of habitable place. The place is very beautiful and still untouched by cruel modernization. It is ideal place to visit during honeymoon. It is sparsely populated place and we will get private moments to share romantic feelings.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is known as Nature`s Paradise. Located in the western Himalayas, it is bordered by Tibet and the states of Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. Himachal Pradesh is so beautiful and exotic with its eternal snow peaks, striking valleys, glorious green hill-slopes, snowcapped mountains and gushing streams. All these add to the natural beauty of the place. The state government is trying to make Himachal Pradesh as the flower basket of the world Tourists from all over the world are attracted by the hills of Himachal Pradesh. It is full of hill resorts, pilgrimages, adventure sports destinations, and wildlife that attract a wide range of tourist traffic. Himachal Pradesh is one of the most important tourist destinations in India.
A trip to Himachal Pradesh is truly pleasurable as it is one of the most famous tourist destinations of India. This land of mountains is a celestial tourist destination where there is no dearth of tourist attractions. Himachal Pradesh is blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscape anywhere, it is traveller’s paradise- mighty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, misty woods, fast flowing rivers, enchanting lakes and flower filled meadows. Its high mountains and valleys are linked by winding roads and high passes. While the picturesque valleys of Kullu and Kangra are a riot of colours, in marked contrast the stark and barren terrain of Lahaul & Spiti has stunning lunar and scape like beauty.
Himachal Pradesh is home to many species of animals. The state also boasts of 12 major National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, the largest number in the Himalayan region. The wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of the state are rich in the population of brown bear, goral, snow leopard, serow, ibex and bharal. Musk dear, leopard and snow leopard are also found here.
Alluring tourists from across the globe, the tourist attractions of Himachal Pradesh are many in number. The most remarkable attractions of the state are its fabulous hill stations such as Shimla, Kullu Manali, Dalhousie and Dharamshala. Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and also a beautiful hill station. Popularly known as the “queen of hill stations”, Shimla mesmerizes its tourists with its snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls, romantic lakes, beautiful valleys and pleasant climate. The best time to explore Shimla is between March-June and September-November. The wondrous Shimla is a famous destination for honeymooners.
Synonymous with love and romance, Kullu Manali overflows with romantic honeymoon destinations. In Himachal Kullu Manali is one of the most popular place where honeymooners come in great numbers. The romantic aura, sheer scenic beauty, salubrious climate, exotic wildlife, snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys and mesmerizing rivers of this destination invite honeymooners for making a record of their own golden memories. Walk hand in hand with your beloved and enjoy the pristine beauty of Kullu Manali. Many a couple flock to Shimla throughout the year not only to enjoy the scenic beauty but also to enjoy each others company in a blissful environment.
The best-time to go to this beautiful hill station is from May to October. In the winter season the temperature drops below freezing point. But in the summers the hill station provides great relief from the heat of the plains and is the best getaway. Manali is also famous for adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, Para gliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking. Kullu Manali is surrounding some of the beautiful places such as Rahala waterfall, Rohtang Pass, Solang Velley, Hidimba Devi Temple, Kothi, Jagatsukh Temple, Vashisth Hot Sulphur Springs etc. The Mall in Kullu Manali is one of the best Malls one would find in hill-stations. One can find from clothes to jewellery and gift items specific to the place. Kullu Manali is known for its beautiful and hand-crafted woolen clothes, especially the Shawls.
Kullu Manali is the best getaway from the normal routine of everyday mundane chores. It is also the favorite amongst the newly-weds, foreign travelers and the adventurous. We the leading tour operator of Tours in himachal ensure to provide you the best offers in the Kullu Manali Tour Packages, so if you want to visit this beautiful hill station then  book your holiday package now and experience the beautiful and pristine valleys of Kullu Manali. We also provide other packages such as- Shimla Manali Tour Packages
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

welcome to devabhoomi ( abode of the gods )

                              Knowing himachal is knowing paradise


Nestled in the Himalayas, the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, Himachal is blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes anywhere, it is a travelers paradise- mighty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, misty woods, fast flowing rivers, enchanting lakes and flower filled meadows.

 Situated in the north-west Himalayas, Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Spread across 12 Kms cultivations, Shimla is magnificently robed in dense forests of oak and pine, fur and rhododendron, and it is best to travel here on the slow train from Kalka. Shimla also is a convenient base for variety of adventure sports such as Skiing, Trekking, Fishing and Golfing etc. 

The land of eternal snow peaks , Himachal Pradesh is where the plains of the subcontinent are swept up into the peeks and folds of the mighty Himalayas. It's a truly dramatic state with deep valleys and rushing rivers,where Buddhist temples in stark mountain deserts contrast with fertile green orchards and laid -back hill stations. Such wonderful scenery makes the region a big draw for domestic and foregion visitor alike Shimla , summer capital of the Raj , is easily acessable by the unlikeliest of mountains railways 

From here the choices are myriad . Heading north takes you up to Kullu Valley to Manali , center for Himachal's tourist industry and popular with hippies and Indian honeymooners .In the east is the Kangra valley .Scorecard with river gorges and dotted with hill's, it's overlooked by McLeod      Gan j , home to the Dalai Lama and a larger Tibetan community , a popular traveler's haunt .

Westen Himachal Pradesh has been overshadowed by these big attractions , but its thrilling landscape deserve to be explored by those seeking to get off the beaten track . Fertile Kinnaur is a jumble of pretty mountains villages centered on the awe-inspiring Kinnaur Kailash massif.Closer to the Tibetan border the vistas change again to the arid peaks and valleys of Spiti .Culturally closer to Ladakh , the highway leads there from Himachal ,over some of the most dizzying mountain roads anywhere .
 
For activities , the region is hard to beat - the whole region begs to be trekked , and for those with more adrenaline , there's a host of adventure sports on offer
 
The Nepalese call Shimla (it was once part of Nepal), Shyamala, another mane of the Hindu goddess Kali. But the Himachal town became an important destination only after the British made it the summer capital of India. From then onwards every summer till 1939, it played host to the British administration, the scene of a hectic social life: balls, bridges and parades. Shopping is a wonderful experience here, such is the variety. Exquisitely designed shawls of Kunnaur, the distinctive woolen caps of Kullu, and the embroidered handkerchiefs of Chamba accent their colorful, festive clothing.
                                        HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take tea and a slice of Old England in the faded grandeur of Shimal , the Raj's favorite hill station 
  • Find peace amid the stunning mountain scenery and buddist culture of the remote Spiti Valley 
  • Follow the Manali -leh highway through the mountains , touching heaven on some of the highest motor-able passes in the world
  • Earn some good Karma working with Tibetian refugees in McLeod Ganj home to Dalai lama
  • Taste the outdoors by ski , raft or hiking boot around Manali adventure playground of the Indian Himalaya
  • Explore the lush orchards and wooded slopes of Kinnaur Valley ,Himachal"s best -kept secret 

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