Shimla, Kullu, Manali
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.
Manikaran is very important and holy for both Sikhs and Hindus. Towards the northern side of Manikaran, there is the Harinder Mountain and on the south is the Parvati River. Manikaran or 'Jewel of the Ear' is often associated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. One of the major attractions of the region is the temple of Lord Ramchandra. Other attractions include the Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara and the temple of Lord Shiva. The hot springs of Manikaran also attract a lot of tourists.