Destination Details - Shimla

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About Shimla

Shimla was once a summer retreat for the British rulers and has become one of the most visited tourist destinations of India. It is also the capital city of the Himachal Pradesh located in the north part of India. Shimla has Kinnaur in its east, Kullu and Mandi in its north and Solan and Sirmaur on its south and the state of Uttarakhand in its south-east direction. Shimla has improved a lot in terms of education and economy. Many renowned educational institutes are here and many notable persons from India as well as outside have been educated here. Shimal houses many vintage architectural marvels and most of them were built during the British rules. The city has temples, churches and palaces which still bear the rich culture and heritage of our country. About Shimla Shimla is visited by hordes of tourists for its unparallel natural beauty. Known as one of the most popular hill stations of north, Shimal is also popularly called as “Queen of the Hills”. The name “Shimla” has been derived from the name of the Goddess “ Shymala Devi”, that is a form of Goddess Kali. Due to wonderful scenic terrains of Shimla, in the year 2005, MTB Himalaya biking Race has been started in Shimla. It is considered as one of the biggest events of South East Asia. Nestled among the lap of the nature, Shimla has a picture perfect look. The town is nestled among the snow-clad ranges of Himalaya and has many lakes and lush green plantation. The ambience created by this city is not found anywhere else in India. History of Shimla Shimla was discovered by the British Rulers in the early 19th century in 1819 when it was only a small village. Shimla was the part of Kingdom of Nepal. When Lord William Bentinck was the viceroy of India, Shimla was acquired by the Government. The local king was convinced to part with Shimla region in 1830 and then it was made the most attractive summer retreat of the British Era in India. History of Shimla Post Independence, Shimla used to be the capital of Punjab until 1966 and then it became part of Himachal Pradesh and became its capital. Read more on history of Shimla, right here Geography and Climate of Shimla Located in the south west ranges of the Himalays, Shimla is located about 2400 m above the sea level. The entire area of the city is spread over a ridge and seven spurs of the ridge. The entire city has a stretch of 9.2 km ranging from east to west. Jakhoo Hills is the highest peak of Shimla. The three important rivers flowing through Shimla are Giri, Sutlej and Pabbar. The entire forest around Shimla has plantations of oak, pine, deodar trees and rhododendron. Geography of Shimla Shimla enjoys subtropical highland climate. Winters are very cool where temperature ranges from -4-31 degree Celsius and summer temperature ranges from 19-28 degree Celsius. Landslides in the region takes place and become major concern especially after the rains.

Khajjiar Lake

Khajjiar Lake

In the shadow of the snow-covered Himalayas, Khajjiar Lake is the most spectacular of lakes. Surrounded by cedar forest, the lake is located at an elevation of 1920 m. The small water streams of the Himalaya act as a source for the Khajjiar Lake. One can also visit the Khajinag temple which features fine wood carvings and a gold dome. The lake is a popular tourist spot of Khajjiar where people can enjoy numerous recreational activities or can enjoy the beauty of the landscape. The site is perfect to spend some moments of solitude far away from the hustle and bustle of the modern crowd. It offers peace and tranquillity to the visitors. Khajjiar Lake holds a strong association with the legends. The lake is a paradise which makes one realize that there is no place like it in the whole world. On a clear and sunny day, tourist can enjoy the amazing view of Mount Kailash from the Khajjiar Lake. The main attraction of the lake is the floating island which is actually a cluster of grass and weed growing on the surface of the lake. Khajjiar is surrounded by saucer shaped meadows; beyond the pasture land there is a dense pine forest surrounded by high mountains, and fringed by gigantic deodars. The amazing sight of the stunning landscapes coupled with the shimmering lake, makes a visit to Khajjiar lake a must visit spectacle.

kalatop wildlife sanctuary

Kalatop is one of the most pristine destination in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, and is known for the lush green surroundings and snow capped Himalayan peaks.. This wonderful destination tops the list of almost every traveler who visits Dalhousie with an aim to explore the natural splendours that are available in abundance here. Kalatop is located approximately 12 kms from Dalhousie and it can be easily reached through trekking. The visitors often come here with family or friends, and spend hours gazing at the beautiful surroundings of Kalatop that embrace the amazing green landscapes and majestic mountains in its vicinity. Highlights Kalatop hill is famous for many reasons and one such reason is the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, which is one of the most beautiful places in Dalhousie that draws tourists and make them fall in love with the place. This high altitude forest area is located at an average elevation of 2,500 meters above sea level and offers stunning views of thick pine, deodar, and oak forests and a plethora of various fauna such as the Himalayan Black Bear, Pheasants, and Himalayan Black Marten. Trekking is the best way to explore the beauty of this forest, which is why the tourists come here in the months of October to March to catch a glimpse of snow covered valleys and dense forests. There is a forest guest house at Kalatop, where the guests can stay for a better experience as they can closely watch the mother nature and spend their holiday in absolute bliss. Tourists normally prefer to walk up to Kalatop from Lakkarmandi, which is approximately 4 kms from Kalatop, to take in the amazing views of the beautiful landscapes of Kalatop. This region is less explored compared to other area of Dalhousie, and so forest trailing, wildlife safari, and picnics are so much fun here. Other Facts The Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary or the Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary lies along the river Ravi and has a rich forest cover. It has a wide variety of animal species like bear, leopard, jackal, and langur and bird species like Eurasian Jay, Black Headed Jay, and the Black Bird. The route to Kalatop is via Lakkarmandi, which is another famous spot in Dalhousie, known for its Dhogri family population, who make charcoal for a living. Kalatop is an amazing place and it can be best visited in the months between September and April.

kalatop wildlife sanctuary
Camping

Camping

Chamba town arranged at banks of Ravi River in himachal Pradesh. Known as previous condition of august, this town holds being most seasoned for century and radiance of 6th century. With colossal and stunning engineering work chamba is one of the best places for visitor and enterprise mates for their experience outdoors program. With green destinations of slopes and entirely great spot for experience camp, Chamba is popular for shikara styled sanctuaries in unique exemplary structures laxmi narayana sanctuary complex. eleventh century's Hari Ram Temple of ruler Vishnu, neighborhood and pilgrim design combination Rang Mahal, Akhand Chandi Palace, bhuri singh Museum, St.Andrew's congregation , Bharmour( 84 Ancient Temples). Mani Mahesh is a hallowed lake; pioneers going to spot are some exceptionally well known spot here. The wonderful and dazzling nearby locales like Bhuri Singh Museum, Manimahesh, Rangmahal, Hari Rai Temple, St. Andrew's Church, and so on invites vacationers from great distances abroad. It's likewise a well known center of enterprise outdoors among occasion creator. The energized travelers can set up experience camps to add to their rush and excitement of investigating Chamba.

Trekking

Trekking in Chamba Chamba Treks and Water SportsThere are opportunities for a number of interesting treks from Chamba. The Pangi Valley and the ManiMahesh range offer exciting possibilities. A branch of the Mountaineering institute, Manali, at Bharmour organises treks and provides basic equipment like tents, sleeping bags etc. Trek to Chamba Valley Day 1 : Mcleodganj (1770m) to Truind (2800m): 9km, approx: 4hours Mcleodganj to Truind, gradual trek. The trek offers you panoramic views of Bhagsu village, Mcleodganj, Dharamsala, Kangra valley and distant views of shivalik hills and plains of punjab. Overnight at camp at Truind. Day 2 : Acclimatize to the high altitude at Truind, walk arround the area. Overnite camping. Day 3 : Truind (2800m) to Lahesh cave (3500m); 6 kms, 5 hrs Where the snow line starts, this trek mostly used by Gaddis (shepherds) is a moderate climb begins with rocky path with oak, tosh and birch wood, vegetation enroute ends at the elevation of 3200 km. And snow line starts. Hot lunch will be served at local café before Illaqua. Lahesh cave 3550m a natural rock cave shelter. After finishing the trek, quite evening, relaxing at campsite. Day 4 : Lahesh cave (3500m) to Chatta Parao (3700m), 7 kms, 6 hrs It is a day to go across the Indrahara pass. Chatta Parao is at the bottom of the Indrahara pass passing through the soft snow and icy streams usally in the month of May the trek passes over rock faces and and steep climbs. Many peaks i.e. Dromedary, Camel's slab, Rifthorn, Arthur's Stool and Mun (4650m), visible on both sides of the pass. There is magnificent view of the Kangra and chamba valleys and a distant view of Middle and Greater Himalays. From Indrahara pass trek heads downwards to Chhatta Parao overnight stay at the campsite at Chhatta Parao. Day 5 : Chhatta Parao (3700 m) to Kwars i(2730m), 14 km, 4 hrs This going to be long and challenging day since passing therough the glacier and steep and narrow trek descend to Chhatta Nullah (stream), which is 6km. Passing through the whole stretch we reach Kwarsi a beautiful Gaddi village surrouned by pine trees and lush green fields. After along tiring day day relax at the overnight campsite in the village known for its hospitable people. Day 6 : Kwarsi (2730m) to Lamu and Choli village. 8km approx, 4 hrs Before leaving Kwarsi visit to Shiva village temple, descend to village Lamu. At some spots the trek is narrow. Choli is a village just a km from Kwarsi which is our last destinationof treking. The village has the connective road to Chamba district (50km) and Bharmour (14km). End of Trek

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