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...

Grains and Pulses

Grains and pulses are given most respectable treatment in Himachal Pradesh. The first produce of the season is always offered to Gram Devta, the village deity.

Grains and Pulses, Culinary HimachalMaize, covering largest portion of the cropping area, is the staple food of the region, still boiled rice and pulses are preferred diets of the people. Rice is the most revered one and it is used to propitiate dieties in almost all the worships. A community lunch on any festive occasion in Himachal Pradesh starts with boiled rice. This typical lunch reserves a place apart dishes of pulses called madra, beans cooked in curd;  telia mah, whole urad or mah (a pulse) in oil; moong rai daal, mustard flavoured green grams; and mhani, sour whole grams. The festive meal is cooked larths of stone and mud, erected for the purpose, in which logs of wood are burnt to keep the giant pots humming by Botis, a caste of Brahmins who are heriditary chefs. The flavours, fragrances and aroma of these hot and spicy dishes have, now, brought these to the dining table of any modern home. While immunity lunch cooked in the traditional way has its own savours, the touch of housewife and mothers of famiilies make the dishes no less relishing in the in the kitchens equipped with gas stoves and burners.

Culinary HimachalThe people in hills, with little irrigation facilities, end heavily on the wind pattern that is harbinger of rains  in India called monsoons. It rains from June to September here and the chief crops sown and harvested during this season, called kharif, are rice, maize and pulses and those for Rabi-October to May are wheat, gram and mustard. Among these crops, Is grown widely and extensively because rains water it can be grown anywhere irrespective of height of the cultivated land. The peasants take three  meals  here- breakfast, which is called nohari or kalar; lunch called dopahri or dhiyan and dinner, biali, which is taken at sunset. Bread of maize flour with typical wooden smell, baked  in log-burning hearths, and daal is prominent in these meals supplemented by rice, whenever available.

No wonder, a festival called Minjar, ear or spike of corn, at Chamba, a picturesque town on the north of Himachal Pradesh is celebrated in honour of the maize crop. On a Sunday during monsoons, greetings and minjars are exchanged among the families in anticipation of a rich maize crop propitiating Varun, the rain God. Beautifully dressed women, singing and dancing immerse minjars in Ravi, a river of the north. Celebrations continue for a week.

One of the most liked steamed preparations of maize is Pacholtu.

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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