Tourism in Himachal Pradesh is the backbone of state because of its incredible natural beauty powered by the great Himalayan range in North India. Lush green forests, sky-top snow capped mountains, dancing rivers through the valley, serene lakes, pinnacle passes, and lovely landscapes are a major source of natural and famous tourist attractions under Himachal Pradesh tourism.
In recent time, Himachal Pradesh tourism officially, trying to identify other unique sites to boost the tourist traffic in off-beat destinations other than populous tourist place in the state. In past few years, Himachal Pradesh tourism has got a good boost in tourist arrivals for both domestic and international tourist in the state due to efforts made in the area of overall infrastructure development. Himachal Pradesh tourism department want to increase the average duration of stay basis on per traveler per night and therefore, they are working towards the various amenities at tourist sites related to accommodation, transportation, communication & safety and security of tourists. State Government is also giving their support to Himachal Pradesh tourism department to expand awareness along with tourism related information among travelers as well as a local inhabitant. This initiative of state government is really working fine in the area of sustainable tourism development in the state. Sustainable growth of rural or village tourism, historical & cultural tourism, and wildlife/eco-tourism is the key area kept by Himachal Pradesh tourism under this programme. Adventure tourism is one of the famous tourism activities in the state. It attracts a huge number of tourists from not only in India but also from the world. Himachal Pradesh tourism is also contributing to promote and provide a good platform for adventure lovers in this regard. Trekking in Himalayan range, mountaineering, skiing, river rafting, kayaking, paragliding and camping in a remote area are the main components of adventure activities under tourism in Himachal Pradesh.
Famous Tourist Attractions in Himachal Pradesh
The hilly state, Himachal Pradesh is full of various tourist attractions located in different cities such as Manali, Shimla, Kullu, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Mcleodganj, Khajjiar, Nahan, Kasauli, Solan, Lahaul-Spiti, Parwanoo, Hamirpur, Chamba, Kangra, Barog, Una, Chail etc with numerous tourist spots as tourism resources like monuments, temples, forts, churches, sacred monasteries, national parks, zoo, wildlife sanctuaries, lakes, hot spring etc.
Best time to Visit Himachal Pradesh
Obviously, the summer season is the best time to visit Himachal Pradesh. April, May & June is the best months and known as holiday season for Himachal Pradesh tourism. During this season, the climate is perfect and ideal for roaming in the forest or to go on trekking. If you keep interest in the high level of snow related adventure sports, then the best time to visit Himachal Pradesh in winter particularly from December to March.
How to Reach Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is well connected by Road network from all major cities. Regular Volvo bus services from Delhi and other main cities of north India are available. Beside it, Himachal Pradesh tourism department and state transport department provides inter-sate bus service to approx all the cities in North India.
Travel to Himachal Pradesh by Rail gives a very beautiful experience due to picturesque landscape throughout on the way from Kalka to Shimla. This train route is a heritage for Himachal Pradesh which connects to the capital city, Shimla from Kalka. Kalka is well connected through rail with Chandigarh & Delhi. Though there is narrow gauge line, therefore, it has been kept under toy train category & very famous among travelers and for Himachal Pradesh tourism.
Travelers can also reach Himachal Pradesh by Air. The major airport of Himachal Pradesh is located in Jabarhatti which is only 22 km away from the capital city, Shimla. There are regular flights of different airline’s operator available which directly connect from Chandigarh and Delhi.