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...

The land of Spiti

A part of district of Lahaul and Spiti, Spiti has its sub-divisional headquarters at Kaza. With mountains that form a part of the middle and greater Himalaya-several peaks across 6000m - the mean elevation of the area is 4570m. Spiti’s people have divided it into four units - 'Sham', the lower region, 'pin', which lies by the Pin river, 'bhar', the middle tract and 'tud' the high territories.

Spiti LandThe river spiti that flows with cold snow melt through the region is formed at the base of the Kunzan range. It flows eastward to meet the Sutluj at Khab in Kinnaur. En route it is fed by several streams – Pin, Chiomo, Gyundi, Rahtang, Ullah, Lungze, Mane, Surahi, Hanze, Tagling, Thumpa Lumpa, Kaza, Lingti, Parechu and Tabo. The area’s valleys are narrow-except for the portions of the spiti which at places has a width of up to 3 Kms.  Arable land is marginal and there are no trees except for a few patches of popular and willow.

In practical isolation for centuries, Spiti has had introvertive culture and life has remained focused around its several monasteries. It was loosely ruled by a hereditary wazir, styled ‘Nano’ and in between, for brief periods, this also came under the sway of various invaders. For example, Spiti was subjected to several attacks – first during the wars between the princely states of Kullu and Ladakh, and then parts were sacked by the armies of Jammu and Kashmir under the generals Ghulam Khan and Rahim Khan in 1841 AD – and this apart from being under the armies of the Punjab for a while. In 1846, Spiti passed under the East India Company – but no real changes occurred and the traditional ruler, the Nano of Kyuling continued excercising his powers.

The people of Spiti are largely Buddhists and followers of the Geluk-pasect. Religion plays a major role in everyday life as piles of ‘mani’ stones, prayer flags and 'chortens' testify. The repetition of the mantra "Om mani padme hum" (literally, 'Behold the Jewel is in the Lotus’), is said to bring good fortune and wash away all sins.

Spiti is connected to Lahual by the Kunzam Pass (4551 m) and to the state capital, Shimla, through the district of Kinnaur.

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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