Himachal Pradesh is an Indian state. It is located in Northern India in the Himalayas. It’s home to scenic mountain towns. It houses resorts such as Dalhousie. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a good amount of Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries. It also has vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. The region is very well known and popular for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas.
1. Rohtang Pass
Rohtang Pass is a high mountain pass. It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys in the state. It is dominated by primarily Hindu culture, and the arid high-altitude Lahaul and Spiti valleys with Buddhist culture. The pass is located on the watershed between the Chenab and Beas basins. On the southern side of this pass there is an emergence of the Beas River. It emerges from the underground. It then flows southward.
2. Spiti Valley
Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley. It is located high in the Himalayas in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”. It stands for the land between Tibet and India. The valley is likewise cut off from the north for 8 months. It is because of heavy snowfalls and thick icing conditions. A southern route to India is periodically closed for brief periods in the winter storms.
3. Solang Valley
Solang Nala derives its name from an amalgamation of words Solang and Nallah. It is a side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley that is situated in Himachal Pradesh, India. This is famous for its summer and winter sports. Giant slopes of lawn comprise of beautiful Solang Valley. It provides its reputation as a popular ski resort. A few ski agencies offer courses and equipment to those who reside here and these operate only during winters. Snow melts during the summer months starting May. Skiing is then replaced by zorbing, parachuting, horse riding etc. An adventurous Ski Himalayas Ropeway was recently opened.
4. Hidimba Devi Temple
Hidimba Devi Temple is locally known as Dhungari Temple. It is located in Manali, a hill station in the State of Himāchal Pradesh, India. It is an ancient cave temple and has been dedicated to Hidimbi Devi. She was the wife of Bhima, a figure in the Indian epic Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest called Dhungiri Van Vihar that is located at the foot of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground. This was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in 1553 by the efforts of Maharaja Bahadur Singh.
5. The Great Himalayan National Park
The Great Himalayan National Park is one of the national parks in India. It is located in the Kullu region in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The park was established in 1984. It is spread over an area of 1,171 km². In June 2014, the Great Himalayan National Park was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The Unesco World Heritage Site Committee granted this park the status under the criteria of “outstanding significance for biodiversity conservation”
6. Bhrigu Lake
Bhrigu Lake is a lake located in Kullu district, situated in Himachal Pradesh, India. It can be reached by trekking from the Vashishth temple, which is famous for its hot water springs and is located close to the town of Manali. Actually, there is no settlement in Gulaba. It is an area of the Pir Panjal mountain range. This has been named after Maharishi Bhrigu. It is believed that the sage used to meditate near the lake. Hence it has been rendered sacred. It is believed that due to this the lake never freezes completely.
7. Chandra Taal
Chandra Taal or Chandra Tal is a lake in the Spiti part of the Lahul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, a state in India. It overlooks the Chandra River. The name of the lake originates because of its crescent shape. Mountains of scree overlook the lake on one side. A cirque encloses it on the other.
8. Prashar Lake
Prashar Lake lies 49 km north of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. It comprises of a three storied pagoda-like temple that is dedicated to the sage Prashar. Legend has it that Sage Prashar meditated on the banks of this lake. Therefore it is named as Prashar Lake. Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers, had created this beautiful lake. The story says, after the Mahabharat war, Pandavas were returning with Lord Kamrunag. When they reached this place, Kamrunag loved the tranquil surroundings. And at that point, he decided to live here forever. So, Bheem (the strongest of the lot) ramed his elbow on one of the mountains. He created a big dent in the land but ended up fracturing his own elbow and was hospitalized for a few days. This dent came to be known as Prashar Lake. Till now no one has been able to find out how deep is the Prashar Lake.
Jakhoo Temple is an ancient temple in Shimla. It is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Hanuman. It is situated on Jakhoo Hill that is Shimla’s highest peak. It lies 2.5 km east of the Ridge at a height of 2,455 m above sea level. Each year, a festival is held on Dussehra which is celebrated with fun and frolic. The temple is accessible by foot, horse, ropeway or taxi, as convenient to visitors.
10. Pin Valley National Park
Pin Valley National Park is a National park in India. It is located within the Lahaul and Spiti district, in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Pin Valley National Park was established on 9 January 1987. This park is steeped in historical and present-day Buddhist Tibetan culture. The area has many Tibetan Buddhist influences. These are evident architecturally in monasteries and stupas, and in the daily living of its residents and lamas.