India >Himachal Pradesh
Capital : Shimla.
Area : 55, 673 sq.km.
Literacy : 77%.
Languages : Pahari, Hindi, Punjabi.
Roads : 29, 610 km.
Railways : 269 km.
Airports : Kullu, Shimla, Kangra.
When to visit : April to Oct.
Climate(in °C) : Summer 33 to 14 Winter 15 to 0.
Monsoon : July to Sept.
Districts :12, Bilaspur, Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kinnaur, Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, Una.
Places of Tourist importance : Shimla, Chamba, Kangra, Solan, Kullu, Manali, Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti.
Toy train for Shimla starts from Kalka. Shimla is 120 km from Chandigargh. The narrow gauge route has 107 tunnels and 96 km is covered in 5 hour, State museum & art gallery, hill resort, forest, The Mall - busy shopping area, at the top end of Mall is Scandal point and Christ church, Jakhoo hills (2438 m, 2 km) is the highest point and is half an hour walk from Christ church, Chadwick falls (67 m, 7 km), handicrafts, Kufri (2622 m, 16 km) - famous for summer and winter sports. Naldehra (23 km) - scenic beauty, 9 hole golf ground. Theog (32 km for fishing ), Solan - hill station, Karol Tibba and Meteol are pretty spots; Fagu - Scenic beauty; Chail - World's highest cricket ground; Narkanda (64 km) at 2707 m is famous for skiing, Jalori pass connects to Kullu via Aut; Tattapani hot springs (54 km).
BHAKRA - Dam, picnic spot.
DHARMSHALA - Head quarters of Dalai Lama at Macleodganj, Tibetan handicrafts, hill station. DALHOUSIE - Hill station, picnic spot.
JAWALAMUKHI - Temple with shining gas flame is revered as Goddess. Baijnath temple. KANGRA - Barjeshwari temple, fort . KASAULI - Hill station.
KULLU - Raghunath temple (Dussera), scenary, famous for Kullu shawls, Jagatsukh Shiv temple (8th C, 6 km), Naggar (30 km on Manali route) - Roerich's museum.
MANIKARAN - 45 km from Kullu, famous for hot sulphur springs.
Hadimba devi temple, hill resort, Vashist hot springs (3 km), Solang nala (14 km) for moutaineering and skiing.
KYELANG - Monastery on the scenic Manali-Leh route.
FESTIVALS - Dussera (Sept/Oct), Jawalamukhi mela (October).