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Himachal Pradesh    Shimla Kullu & Parbati    Manali   Festivals
 
 

Himachal Pradesh

Population: 6.15 million
Area: 55,673 sq km
Capital: Shimla
High season: mid-May to mid-October for trekking and late December to March for winter sports
Recommended: Mid November

Must see:

  •  Shimla
  •  McLeod Ganj
  •  Kullu & Parbati valleys
  •  Chamba
  •  Kinnaur, Lahaul & Spiti

 
 
 
 
 

Shimla - Capital of Himachal Pradesh

Population:            125'000
High season:         April - January
Recommended:    Early November

Must see:

  •  Viceregal lodge
  •  The Mall along Scandal point
  •  The billiards club - Bet sensibly, some of Himachal's junior national players prey here.

 
 

Kullu & Parbati Valleys

Population: 18,000
Altitude: 1200m
Trout fishing permits: Patlikuhl
Recomended herb village: Jari

Take the right from Bhuntar on the Kullu-Manali road to enter the Valley of the Gods.
The most popular valleys to hang out in, and with good reason.
Great views, a fiercesome river with superb trout and the local wollen clothing industry centred at Kullu.
Best fishing at Larji, Katrain and Kasol,.

Must see:

  •  Jari
  •  Malana
  •  Manikaran
  •  Pulga
  •  Khirganga

 
 
 

Manali

Population: 5300
Altitude: 1750m
 

Must see:

  •  Naggar Castle
  •  Vaishist (Refreshing walk from Manali using the old path)
  •  Solang Nullah (Skiiing and paragliding)
  •  Rohtang pass
Recommended: Riverview Music Cafe in Old Manali and the World Peace Cafe in Vaishist
 

Not much be need said about this legendary place, save that the best places to stay are in Old Manali.
 
 
 

Festivals of Himachal Pradesh
 
Festival
Location
Date
Features
 Losar - Tibetan New Year   McLeod Ganj, Rewalsar Lake   Feb/Mar  Teachings by the Dalai Lama & Buddhist  pilgrimages
 Sui Mata  Chamba  Mar/Apr Hindu procession & dancing
 Opera Festival McLeod Ganj Apr Music, folk dancing & theatre
Dhungri festival Dhungri Temple, Manali May Hindu sacrifices
Mashobra Fair Mashobra May Village Fair
TIPA Anniversary McLeod Ganj, Baijnath 27th May 3 day anniversaru celebration
Chaam Ki Gompa Jun/Jul Buddhist festival
Dalai Lama's birthday McLeod Ganj 6th Jul Buddhist celebrations
Ladarcha Kibber Jul Buddhist pilgrimage
Minjar Chamba Jul/Aug Colorful tribal gathering & procession
Manimahesh Yatra Brahmaur Jul/Aug Hindu fair & pilgrimage
Renuka Renuka Lake Nov Hindu procession, bathing & dancing
Lavi Fair Rampur Nov Horse and local produce trade fair