Himachal Tourist Guide

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Dalhousie

Dalhousie, Chamba, IndiaDalhousie is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj. Spread out over five hills. Named after Lord Dalhousie...

Dharamsala

Dharamsala, Kangra, HimachalDharamsala is bea- utiful & peaceful town, surrounded by forests of pine. Up there is Suburb of Dharamsala called Macleodganj or Little Lhasa...

Trekking in Himachal

Trekking in HimachalHimachal's main trekking areas are the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, routes over the passes between the Shimla region and the Kullu valley, the numerous treks out of Kullu and select tracks in the Trans Himalayan regions of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti. Most trekking areas are between 1,500 metres and 6,000 metres.

With well over two hundred and seventy defined trails, the variation in terrain and the experience they offer is also enormous. Low scrub-land and paths through paddy fields, give way to trails strewn with pine needles. Then come woods of oak and flowering rhododendron, which merge into forests of Himalayan cedar 'deodar' and spruce. On most trails, small pastoral hamlets dot the way. Cunningly hidden between the mountains are the passes that were once known only to dare-all traders and the migrant shepherds of the area, the gaddis and gujjars. Some lead to the fabulous wastes and swiftly flowing rivers of the arid Trans-Himalaya. A host of combinations and variations take the trails through changing countryside. The degree of physical output can also be altered to suit your requirements. For example, the same trek can be developed from a compact week to last longer. Or, the two ends of a trek can be the same, but the trails can be designed to be demanding, or gentle.

There are several agencies that conduct treks and may be contacted for complete trekking packages. Training facilities, with basic and intermediate courses are available at Manaii's Mountaineering Institute and at its Regional Centres at Dharamsala and Bharmaur. Excellent camping facilities exist at these points.

Guides, equipment, porters, pack animals and maps are available at the starting points of most treks especially around Kullu and Manali. The Forest-Rest Houses that lie along many of the trails may now be booked by tourists and trekkers and many are old fashioned 'dak bungalows' that add a measure of nostalgic charm to any trip. Details, along with booking information of these and of the 'rest houses' maintained by the State Electricity Board and the Public Works Department may be had from Himachal Tourism.


Trekking Equipment checklist.

Trekking EquipmentsComfortable walking shoes with a good grip on the ankles. Waterproof warm jacket. Woollen / tennis socks and stockings. Sunglasses. Headgear. Rucksack and other bags too if you plan to hire porters and ponies. Water-bottle. Swiss army knife. Sleeping bag and foam ground sheet. Gloves. Umbrella. Rope. Medical and first aid equipment. Photographic equipment. Torch and batteries. Tent. Compass. Binoculars. Cooking equipment. Food and rations.

Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and milk are rarely in short supply along the trails apart from the higher reaches and parts of the Trans Himalaya.

Chamba

chamba, himachal
Chamba valley, the most loveliest in Himachal, is known for its scenic attractions, sparkling streams, beautiful lakes and crowned with high mountains ranges...

Kullu Manali

Kullu Manali, Himachal

 Kullu - Manali, A honeymooners place, is gifted with every thing that one can imagine. Kullu "The end of habitable world" and  Manali "Queen of Hills"...

 

Shimla

Shimla, Himachal, India

 Shimla a tourist destination. A beautiful hill town in the lap of nature, surrounded by pine and deodar forests. At a distance of 45 km, a prettiest place Solan exists"...

 

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