Shimla, also known as Simla, is a tourism paradise located in the midst of Himalayan cedars and pines. Known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations'. The erstwhile summer capital of the British features dense woodlands, apple orchards and beautiful landscapes. Capitalising on grand old testimonies, colonial characteristics, peace-loving environment and adventure opportunities, Shimla welcomes tourists from around the world.
The city of Kullu nestles in the 'Valley of Gods', situated on the banks of River Beas. Its main attraction is the scenic surroundings - green carpeted hills, sparkling rivers, tall deodar forests, apple orchards and uninterrupted views of the Himalayan snow-peaks. Besides being blessed with abundant natural beauty, Kullu offers an excellent base for adventure sports.
Manali offers much in terms of natural beauty such as panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains, flower gardens and orchards with green and red apples; places such as Solang Valley known as a winter sports location; the Nehru Kund, which is a clear water spring; the Kothi Village, offering views of a deep gorge through which River Beas flows; and the Rahalla Falls. Manali is a haven for adventure sports enthusiasts like skiing, paragliding, trekking, river rafting and fishing.
Rohtang Pass (3979 m) is 51kms. from Manali on highway to Keylong/Leh. It offers a panorama and spectacular mountain view. It is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gatway to Ladakh. There are a beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river flows down in the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypan.
Vashisht Village is situated on the banks of River Ravi. Natural springs and sandstone temples accentuate the beauty of the tiny locale. The springs of Vashisht are believed to possess medicinal properties. Below the temple, two additional springs also flow. By about a ten-minute walk from the downtown from Manali, the Hot Bath Complex can be reached. Shrines dedicated to Lord Ram and his Kula guru, Vashisht, are other attractions of this hamlet.
Solang Valley, popular as a picnic spot, has a 300 metre high ski lift, which is well known amongst skiers. Known as Snow Point, it is located between Beas Kund and Solang Village. At the valley, tourists can enjoy varied activities like horse riding, paragliding, skiing and zorbing. An annual winter skiing festival is held every year. On the top of the hill, a shrine of Lord Shiva is located.
Dharamshala, the gateway to the Kangra valley. Located in the backdrop of the snow clad Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas. The hill station of Dharamshala is covered by thick woods of oak and coniferous trees and it is enfolded on its three sides by the Dhauladhar ranges. The geographical location of Dharamshala offers views of the snow capped Dhauladhar range above and the Kangra valley below.
Dalhousie offers interesting period architecture that range from ancient temples to Gothic styled churches. There are several places within and around Dalhousie that are good picnic spots. One can witness a blend of adventure, historic significance and natural beauty at all the major tourist spots in Dalhousie. It offers different experiences during different seasons.