Himachal at a Glance
Himachal, meaning the land of located 370 kilometers north of Delhi is one of the most beautiful States of the Indian union. Enchanting hills, deep and green valleys, popular pilgrim centers, unexplored Regions Bathed in pristine Beauty, culturally unique and rich tribal areas, gurgling stream and alpine flora all beckon travelers within and outside. Himachal has something for everyone in all season-from the casual visitor to the devout pilgrim; from those seeking a break from the busy city life to the solitude lover; from laidback holiday-makers to those who want to rough it out. Adventure seeker can choose from trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing, white water rafting, and paragliding, angling and skiing, including Heli-skiing. Idyllic landscapes, serene environment and cool, pollution-free, rejuvenating air-Himachal waits to be experienced, explored, enjoyed and cherished. Small hill villages located across lofty mountain passes that remain blocked for nearly six months in a year, ancient temples dating back to the seventh century; pre-Aryan rituals, customs and traditions; high altitude glacial lakes; national parks and wildlife sanctuaries-All combine to create a magical holiday for you. From fertile plains to lush green meadows and from thick forests to barren mountains, the landscape is rich and varied. The elevation ranges from 350m in the plains of Kangra and Una to 7000m in the second highest amount of rainfall in the country whereas Lahaul and Spiti valleys go without rain. The culture is as diverse as the landscape. More than two thousand local gods and goddesses are worshipped in the state and almost every village has its own deity. These gods speak through the chosen ones called chelas and gurs who regulate the lives of hill people. The dialect changes every few kilometers and customs and traditions also vary. Numerous fairs and festivals are held around the year celebrating the spirit of life in the most taxing circumstances. People are god-fearing and hospitable. There is a wonderful mix of tradition and modernity.