Himachal pradesh is called as Dev – Bhoomi which means the land of gods. This beautiful north Indian state is perfect destination for any bagpacker who wants to feel the real Himalayas. There are number strange and unknown facts which this state hold to itself. Hence today Iam bringing you the list of few facts which I can bet that you might not be knowing so read, enjoy and don’t forget to share.
Malana village has recently become so popular in international stoners’ culture that every person wants to visit this little Greece in Parvati valley of Himachal Pradesh. Located at the interior summits of Kullu valley below Chanderkhani pass, at an altitude of 276 meters above sea level, Malana is so surreal and calm that one has to rub his eyes to believe that it actually exists. This place has different identity for different people, for some it is a paradise and for some it is the place where you get the world’s best hashish or marijuana. Read 10 interesting facts about Malana village
Kasol is what they call is the stoners Paradise or smokers Paradise. It is the relaxing getaway for people coming here. The town hasn’t got monuments or other such sightseeing points but the natural beauty that the heart craves for, is in abundance. Kasol is also known to be as the mini Israel of Himachal Pradesh because of the many Israeli inhabitants one can see there. The sign boards of many cafes and restaurants are in Hebrew. The food that you get here is to die for. You have options from Israeli, Italian, Indian cuisines. One should not leave the place before trying the famous food and desserts. Also, one can also try the famous rice beer which is alcohol free.
The Train route from Shimla to Kalka is considered as one of the most beautiful route in India. This route was declared as world heritage Site n by UNESCO and holds the world record of being the train to cover the steepest (5816 ft) lope in least distance (just 96km). I believe that if you ever visit shimla this rail route is one of the top things to do in Shimla as this route passes through 806 bridges, 103 tunnels and 18 stations.
Khajjiar is a beautiful hill station in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful place lies at a distance of 24kms from Dalhousie. Lush green meadows, tall deodar trees and a beautiful ground surrounded by high hills are something which Khajjiar is all about. Khajjiar is so beautiful that one has to rub his eyes to believe it actually exists and is also called as the Mini Switzerland or the Switzerland of India.
6.Some famous celebrities associated with entertainment and sports industry from Himachal Pradesh are:
The Great Khali – the famous professional wrestler whose actual name is Dalip Singh Rana was born in Dhiraina of Himachal Pradesh. is an Indian promoter, actor, powerlifter and professional wrestler best known for his time with WWE. Known for his great height, in 2014 he was described as the eighth tallest professional wrestler in history.
Anupam Kher – popular Bollywood actor whose has done numerous hindi films was born in Shimla. He has appeared in over 400 films and many plays. Mainly working in Hindi films, he has also appeared in acclaimed international films such as the 2002 Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham, Ang Lee’s 2007 Golden Lion-winning Lust, Caution, and David O. Russell’s 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook. Kher has won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role five times. For his performance in the 1988 film Vijay he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Preity Zinta – the famous bollywood actress was born in Shimla. She has appeared in Hindi films of Bollywood, as well as Telugu, Punjabi and English language films. After graduating with degrees in English honours and criminal psychology, Zinta made her acting debut in Dil Se.. in 1998 followed by a role in Soldier the same year. These performances earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut,
Kangana Ranaut – the famous hindi films actress who has bagged many national film awards was born in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. She has established a career in Bollywood and is one of the highest-paid actresses in India. Ranaut is particularly known in the media for expressing her honest opinions in public and is frequently credited as one of the most fashionable Indian celebrities. She is the recipient of several awards, including three National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards in four categories.Born in Bhambla, a small town in Himachal Pradesh, Ranaut initially aspired to become a doctor at the insistence of her parents. Determined to build her own career path, she relocated to Delhi at age sixteen, where she briefly became a model. After training under the theatre director Arvind Gaur, Ranaut made her feature film debut in the 2006 thriller Gangster, for which she was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
Vikram Batra – the hero of Kargil War who served as Captain in Indian Army was born in Palampur of Himachal. Captain Vikram Batra, PVC (9 September 1974 – 7 July 1999) was an officer of the Indian Army, posthumously awarded with the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest and prestigious award for valour, for his actions during the 1999 Kargil War in Kashmir between India and Pakistan. He led one of the toughest operations in mountain warfare in Indian history. He was often called as ‘’Sher Shah’’ in the intercepted messages of the Pakistan army.
5.Kullu Folk Dance Finds Place in Guinness Book of World Records.
The colourful Kullu folk dance (Nati), which saw participation of 20,000 dancers during Kullu Dussehra festival on October 26 last year, has entered the Guinness book of world records. In the Nati, 10,000 men and women attired in traditional Kullu dress performed at Dhalpur Ground during Kullu Dussehra festival on October 26 last year. The jamboree of over 20,000 people danced to spread the message of ‘Beti Hai Anmol’ (Girl child is precious).
Manali is second most visited tourist destination in India after Goa and hence called as abode for travelers. Have you ever thought how Manali got its name. The name Manali is derived from the world ‘Manualaya’meaning ‘Home of Manu’ (The power giver), the saint who gave the world the written laws for the first time. Manali is located in the upper Kullu valley, at an altitude of 6000ft. (2050m.), and is one of the most popular tourist resorts in Himachal Pradesh.The place is famous center for adventure sports like Skiing, Heli-Skiing, Para-gliding, River-rafting, Trekking and Mountaineering.Manali is also a launching pad for treks and expeditions in Dhauladhar range, Pir Panjal range, Lahaul, Zanskar and Ladakh regions.
3.Shilaroo hockey stadium
The famous Shilaroo hockey stadium is amongst the Asia’s highest hockey ground . which is located around 49 km from state capital Shimla with kinnaur. It is located at an altitude of 8000 feet and surrounded by picturesque Narkanda and Hatu peaks and also has the excellent indoor facilities for handball , volleyball , badminton , basketball , table tennis, fencing and wrestling apart from gymnasium and hostel facilities. Most of the other facilities are on the other side of the stadium . It is very well maintained and colorful stadium looks more magical with snow covered peaks in the background . Hills in the background are the famous Hatu peaks.
2.Highest Cricket stadium
The Chail cricket stadium Of Himachal Pradesh is the highest cricket ground in the world
Built in 1893 after leveling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea level. Built by Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh, who developed Chail as his summer capital, the ground was used to play friendly matches by him. It was later transferred to the military school.
1.Facts about Kinnaur
Kinnaur is one of the 12 administartive district of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful district stretch upto Tibetan border in southeastern Himachal. This district holds number of facts which are not known to the rest of the world like:
Chitkul in Kinnaur is called the ‘Last Village of India’.
And Shyam Saran Negi 97, is the first and oldest voter of Independent India.
Kinnauris were the first to vote in the first elections held in Independent India.
Kinnaur is the abode of Shiva himself; the Kinner Kailash at 6,500 m looks over the inhabitants of the valley.