Blessed with picturesque natural beauty, infectious culture, and welcoming people, Himachal Pradesh has all to leave a lasting impression on all who visit. Over that, there are country’s most best kept cultural secrets, beautiful gompas and adventurous offerings from trekking to rafting, paragliding and skiing. If you backpack through Himachal Pradesh, it’s likely that it will change your life.
You won’t believe what you see at times! What you will witness will remain with you for the rest of your life. Whether you are on a leisure visit, venturing in the wild or sightseeing around, the vistas are unforgettable. Travel tip: When you plan a visit, be sure you have a quality camera to take home all the memories. It is a shutterbugs dream!
Himachal Pradesh is referred to as the devbhoomi, land of the Gods. Kullu International Fair is a great testimony. Every valley or village has its own (isht dev) deity, culture and customs. Also, you’ll discover that the northern state of India offers more Buddhist culture than any other region in India. The oldest gompas (monasteries) located throughout the entire state, serve as testament to Buddha’s path.
Throwback to colonial times
Shimla, Kasauli and Dalhousie takes you back to the days of British Raj. You will know why Simla (as Shimla was called in colonial times) affectionately known as Chhota Vilayat or Little England. In Rudyard Kipling’s words, Simla was a “centre of power as well as pleasure”.
Zero clutter and complications
The life in villages of Himachal Pradesh is just the opposite of constant busy-ness and rushing. It will teach you to slow down, take a good look around and practice some basic living.
Sure Himachalis are one of the friendliest people in India. No matter where you go, you’ll be greeted with a smile. When you take their leave, they will be grateful for your visit. You’ll realise the true meaning of “Heart of Gold”.
You can spend days and months wandering in Himachal Pradesh without any hassle. Plans don’t have to be followed, all you need is time. Better thing is to listen to the advice of friendly locals and get guided toward a spontaneous but unforgettable experience. Impromptu will develop a desire to explore in you and you will be wanting more of it.
Pack your bag and get ready to explore!