Himachal Pradesh at a glance:
Have the bliss of the magnificent surrounding in the icy kingdom of world-famous lofty mountains, Himalaya that nestles the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh. Undertaking a trip to Himachal Pradesh would be akin to taking a plunge into the icy world of Himalayas, where finding all around the milky sheet of the white snows is order of the day. Himachal Pradesh is popularly called as ‘Devbhoomi’ that stand for abode of gods. Himachal Pradesh is situated in the north-west region of western Himalayas and is flanked by Tibetan plateau to the east, Jammu and Kashmir to the north, and the Punjab to the west. Himachal Pradesh tourism holds of untold amount of glamour and ecstasy for the visitors.
History of Himachal Pradesh:
The history of this mountainous region is as old as the Indus valley civilization. Several tribes such as Koilis, Halis, Dagis, Dhaugris etc. had populated the region. Later on, with the dawn of Vedic era, there was emergence of the new community that was called as “Janapada". Later on, this region had been brought under sway by kings and rulers belonging to Gupta Empire. After a short period of Gupta reign in this region, Himachal Pradesh was also subject to the invasions made by Muslim invader, who wrecked much destruction in the region, stripping it of all its wealth. Mahmud Ghaznavi, Timur, Sikandar Lodi had been some of the Muslim rulers who undertook several expeditions in these pristine and beautiful regions and caused much havoc. Himachal Pradesh had several temples rich in jewels and valuable stones but all of them were looted and many of the temples had been demolished during these invasions. During the period of 1773 AD, Himachal Pradesh had been under the reign of the Rajput king, named Sansar Chand-II. Later it, following an expedition led by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in year 1804, the kingdom set by the Rajput king perished making the path clear for the emergence of the new empire under reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Following years saw several battles in the scramble to set up the supremacy over this region by several kings and rulers and at last, it fell in the hands of Britishers.
Places to tour in Himachal Pradesh:
Himachal Pradesh is no less than a heaven on earth for the vacationers coming in this region to unwind. You will be overwhelmed with the congregation of so many worth touring spots in Himachal Pradesh featuring hosts of their own uniqueness and characteristics. This is the place where nature can be seen in its best of appearance. There is hotchpotch of valleys, ravines, forts, and what not. At the distance of 24 kilometer from Hamirpur town, stands the massive remnant of fort of Sujanpur. Though its in a dilapidated state, but it brings back the memories of those days when the palace used to be bustling with the royal activities. This fort had been constructed by Raja Abhaya Chand of Kangra during the period of 1758.This place used to be the capital of Katoch Dynasty. Apart from it, there is another most reputed fort dragging the fascination of the tourists is Kangra Fort.
If you have landed in this hilly region of icy abode, then your tour to Himachal Pradesh can never be complete, without having a look at the charming Kangra fort that contains hidden in its womb a tale of the past events that have the place of significance in the history of India. This hypnotizing castle has withstood myriad invasions. And the list includes the names of the most prominent figures such as Mahmud of Ghajani, Emperor Akbar, Emperor Jahangir and so on. Not, only this, this gargantuan structure has also borne the brunt of fury of nature and has survived the massive earthquake of April, 1905, which had shaken the whole of region. As and when, you scale up through the cobbled path, many of mysteries concealed in its belly will gradually unfold, that will leave you frozen under the hypnotic trance. Another great spot of prime significance that calls for the tourists’ attention is the Chail. The foundation of this palace was laid by great King Bhupendra Singh after he had been ousted from his kingdom of Shimala by the Britishers.
One of the most beautiful and exciting places to visit in Himachal Pradesh is Great Himalayan National Park. This is the place that encompasses number of elements that will leave you excited to the hilt, revivifying your spirit and soul. A visit to this park will land you in the world marked with countless hilly fauna crowding in the Himalayan backdrop, large expanses of the Alpine pasture, large blankets of milky white glaciers and what not. Musk deer, Brown bear, Goral, Thar, Leopard, Snow leopard, Bharal, Serow and myriad other kinds of animals will be there in wait to welcome your arrival. You can also take to hilarious trekking. Himachal Pradesh tourism will certainly leave an indelible impression your mind that will keep lingering for the years to come. There are varied articles that could be bought in Himachal Pradesh. For the travelers, there would be no dearth of shopping centers. Thus they can have the best of experiences as far as shopping in Himachal Pradesh is concerned. Also, you can indulge in wide range of exciting activities to do in Himachal Pradesh.
Best season to tour Himachal Pradesh:
Remarkable variations are sighted in the climatic conditions of Himachal Pradesh. There are the places that witness the heavy downpour during the rainy season and also there are the places that do not get the rain at all. The vast differences are found in the climatic conditions in the southern and the northern regions. While inhabitants in the southern tract undergo the hot and humid tropical climate, those living in the northern belt are exposed to the chilly climates due to the proximity with the hilly ranges. Baldly put, there are three main kinds of seasons are perceived viz. hot weather season, cold weather season and rainy season. The season of summer reigns supreme between months of April and June and all through the season the sun keeps raining the blaze with temperature fluctuating between 28 °C and 32 °C. Frosty season prevails between the months of November and march. The regions coming under Alpine tract register frequent snow falls. All parts of year have charms and glamour to lure packs of tourists and this is the reason, tourists keep flowing in for sight seeing in Himachal Pradesh, with marked continuity.