Himachal Pradesh means the land of snowy mountains. It is situated in the western Himalayan region in India. Its ancient name was Dev Bhumi or God's abode. During the rule of Raja Ranjit Singh, it was under Punjab, except for Siba State of Punjab Hills. It became the 18th state of India in 1971 after being a Union Territory from 1950 onwards. It is the beauty of the state that attracts tourists from far and wide and Himachal is one of the most sought after holiday destinations. The towns and hills of the state are the most picturesque destinations of the world.
The capital of Himachal Pradesh is Shimla. It was the British capital in India. The state comprises of 12 districts - Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra, Chamba, Kinnaur, Kullu, Mandi, Lahaul and Spiti, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan and Una. It is a mountainous state and is 350m - 6,000 m above the level of the sea. The mountains are criss-crossed by the rivers of the Himalayas. All these rivers are snow fed and so are perennial. These rivers are protected by the Himalayan forests, which is the residing place of a wide variety of animals and birds. The hill stations of Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Dharmashala, Kangra valley, Dalhousie, Palampur, Mandi, Solan and many others are the main attractions of the Himachal holiday packages.
Shimla is known as the Queen of all hill stations. It is surrounded by 7 picture perfect hills and is the hot favorite of tourists. Rhododendrons adorn the hills from March to May. From the meadows arise the rocky snow-covered mountains. The Himachal holiday packages are a perfect blend of nature's bounty and the beautiful Victorian architecture, created by the British rulers who had colonized Himachal Pradesh. The Christ Church is the 2nd oldest church in north India located on Ridge. The pure white piece of architecture standing amidst the lush green is a landmark in Shimla. The painted glass windows teach us the virtues of Christianity.
The Jakhoo temple is located at an altitude of 8,000 ft. It is the temple of the Monkey God. The area is filled with monkeys. The Tara Devi temple is the temple of the goddess of stars. It is located on a beautiful hill top and its surrounding beauty is filled with tranquility. One of the most happening places in Shimla is the Mall. It has some of the best clubs, bars, restaurants, bars, tourist offices and banks. There are good shopping opportunities in the mall and it is one of the best Himachal holiday packages.
You can get a look at the states rich historic and cultural heritage by visiting the Himachal State Museum and Library. It has some of the rare photos, coins, sculptures, paintings and coins in the museum that are related to the history of the state. Kullu and Manali are some of the most attractive tourist destinations. Manali is often known as the Switzerland of India. There are 12 main National Parks and sanctuaries that have about 359 animals and 1200 species of birds. The Pin Valley National Park and the Great Himalayan national Park are noteworthy. The snow leopard, leopard, musk deer, Western Tragopan and many more are the main attractions of the Himachal holiday packages.
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