The mountainous State of Himachal Pradesh can be called as little paradise on earth. In Himachal nature can be seen in its best form. If you want to witness the beauty of snow covered mountains and experience the best thrill of playing with snow or just watching and enjoying snowfall, Himachal Pradesh is ideal place to visit. Himachal offers amazing natural beauty, be it exotic snow covered mountains or dense lush green forests. Take a walk across meadows of wild flowers and orchids, spend the night under the clear starry sky which gives an amazing experience to its spectators. It’s an ideal place to lose oneself in lapse of Mother Nature and feel the rich natural beauty all around in form of gushing streams, stunning waterfalls, deep lakes and best landscapes.
If you are adventure lover there are best fun sport activities like paragliding, river rafting, Skiing and trekking which are fun and also thrilling. Let’s explore some more reasons why Himachal should be in your bucket list and what makes Himachal pradesh the best state in India for traveling.
Enthralling natural beauty
As I said earlier, Himachal Pradesh also known as “Land of Snow “is fascinating and attracts nature lovers and fun loving tourists from all over the world. If you are crazy about snow, go to Shimla in winters or visit beautiful Manali and Rohtang Pass, they are the most popular snow places and it is a heavenly sight for people who live in plains to view majestic Himalayan peaks all covered with snow. In Solang valley you can experience the pleasant weather and breathe taking beautiful views. The beauty of cold desert mountains in Spiti valleys are enough to make you fall in love with this place. Every destination in Himachal Pradesh has something special to offer to its visitors through its peaceful and pleasant climate, stunning waterfalls, gushing rivers, beautiful and quaint unexplored villages. It’s pure air and unbelievable natural sceneries and amazing views creates magical effect on people and makes unforgettable experience.
Experience the beauty of exotic lakes
The scenic lakes of Himachal Pradesh is must visit for nature admirers. They are charming, beautiful and refreshing for the soul.
Situated in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, this crescent shape lake holds special charm among its visitors. Also known as Moon Lake and it is also one of the sources of raging Chandra River. Everything about this lake is magical, the crystal clear water with meadows full of wild flowers. . Legend says that it is the same place where God Indra’s chariot picked up Yudhishthira , eldest of Pandavas brothers and thus makes this place holy for Hindu devotees. This is also favorite destination of campers and trekkers. The water of the lake keeps on changing from reddish to orange and then green and blue as the day sets.
Beautiful Dhankar lake is situated in Spiti valley .Dhankar lake is situated at above the village of Dhankar.This Lake is approached by a trek from the Monastery. It is a paradise for photography lovers. The lake with its ever changing colors makes the scenery ethereal and wonderful.
Being an explorer of Himachal Pradesh one thing which I have learned over an year is that if you are a lake lover than no other state in India can be as attractive as Himachal. Prashar lake, Tsomori-ri lake etc are among the most beautiful lakes in India and further makes Himachal pradesh most beautiful state in India.
Himachal Pradesh is not only about snow and breath taking sceneries, it also have stunning waterfalls which are amazingly attractive and quite fun to visit .
Jogini waterfall is sacred waterfall of Manali. It belongs to Village Goddess Jogini. Because of female power, It is a beautiful waterfall to explore. The trekking in itself is a wonderful experience.
Chadwik fall is a amazing waterfall situated near Shimla. It’s about 7km away from Shimla near Summer hills .It is a perfect place to enjoy the calmness and solitude of nature. Trekking toward Chadwik falls goes through dense forests and it’s a wonderful experience for nature lovers.
Unique Wild life experience
Himachal also offers rich wild life experience. It has famous National Parks and wild life sanctuaries. Dark wild forests of Himachal homes many interesting animals like Leopards ,Jungle cats, Black bear, Ghoral, Jungle fowls, Musk dear ,Barking dear etc.
The Great Himalayan National Park
If you love animals and wild life , want to experience the thrill of spotting the wild leopard in unusual way ,than you should head toward The great Himalayan National park. It is located in Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh. It has 31 mammals,181 birds,17 mollusks and 127 insects. It also gives great Trekking experience .Avoid wearing colorful clothes and wear jungle colors like green, cement and muddy colors. You can find here Leopard and many wild species. Snow leopard are among the most rarest species on Earth and the amazing fact about Himachal Pradesh is that you can even spot snow leopard here and hence I believe that Himachal Pradesh is best state in India.
Chail Wildlife sanctuary
Chail wild life sanctuary is popular among nature lovers not only for its exotic natural beauty but also because of large collection of interesting animals. It is huge in area and is the home of many rich varieties of wild life like wild boar,goral. sambar, spotted dear, Himalayan black bear, flyingsquirrel,White Oak ,Indian Hare etc.
Himachal Pradesh is also known as “Dev Bhoomi” abode of Gods because it has many beautiful Temples which attract visitors from all over the world. They have beautiful style and rich architecture.
Baijnath Temple – It is one of the most beautiful temple in Kangra valley. The Shiva temple has amazing architecture . It is believed that it was here that Raavan worshipped Lord Shiva to attain immortality.
Vajreshvari Temple – The Shree Vajrashwari temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Vajreshwari, located in the town Nagarkot in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. A legend says that after Goddess Sati sacrificed herself In the honor of Lord Siva In her father’s Yagna ,Shiva took her body in his shoulders and started Tandav .In order to stop him from destroying the world Lord Vishnu divided the body of Sati into 51 parts with Chakra. The left breast of Sati fell at this spot thus making it a Shakti Peeth.
Chamunda Devi temple – The Chamunda devi temple in H.p is located 10 km west of Palampur in the Kangra area of state .It stands on the banks of famous Ban Gang river, the temple has sacred idol of Chamunda Devi wrapped by a red cloth.
Naina Devi Temple– Shri Naina Devi temple is one of the most notable places of worship in Himachal Pradesh located is Bilaspur District.It is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths where limbs of Sati fell on earth.
Himachal pradesh is also known as Dev bhoomi due to the number of temples located in the state. Himachal Pradesh is home to unique ancients temples which have been known for it’s flawless architecture and mind boggling locations. So this also among one of the reasons why I believe that Himachal Pradesh is best state in India.
Mouth watering Himachali Cuisine
What makes Himachali Cuisine more tasty and unique is its local spicy ingredients from which it is made. Food is extremely tasty and also quite spicy. One can see the influence of Punjabi and Tibetan food here.
Dham – Dham is a traditional food of Himachal.It is prepared by the Brahmins of the region .It is prepared by cooking red kidney beans (Rajma) green lentils (mung dal ) and rice in curd.It is loved and relished by all.
Mittha – Mittha is the popular sweet dish of Himachal.It is tasty dish which is made by mixing sweetened rice with dry fruits and raisins.
Momos – Momos are well known Pahadi dish which is loved by all.They are easy to make, good for health and tastes delicious.
And if you are a food lover than no place is as better as Himachal Pradesh, here one can try Tibetan as well as local Shepard dishes about which many people are not aware. For me the rawness of food makes Himachal one of the best state in India.
Simple and loving people
People of Himachal are very simple and have a very friendly nature. They treat tourists kindly and with loving care. It’s a great experience to enjoy home stays with this simple and humble folks. They will win your hearts with their sweet and loving nature. They respect their traditions very much and are very proud of their culture. They are warm and hard working, befriend them and you will feel more happy in exploring this wonderful place in friendly company who will give you invaluable local insights about the beautiful Himachal.
Great Shopping Destination
Along with breath taking sceneries, Himachal is also shopping lover’s paradise. You can buy many interesting and attractive things here like handmade shawls, handicraft items, carpets, wooden toys, stylish caps, famous Kullu shawls, artistic paintings etc
Glimpses of Tibetan Culture
Its always enriching to know about different culture and to experience it. In Himachal , you can visit Tibetan Museums, relish Tibetan food and buy Tibetan handicrafts and paintings.
Dharmashala – In Dharmashala there are many places where you can study and know about Tibetan History and culture.
Tsuglagkhang Complex – It is the largest Tibetan Temple outside Tibet and a fantastic place to get the glimpses of Tibetan culture.
Tibetan Cuisine – You can also relish Tibetan dishes in cafes of Dharmashala like steamed Momos, Thupkaas ,noodles, Tofu and many other Tibetan delicacies.
In Himachal Pradesh one could get wide variety of dishes from Tibetan to local food and hence we can say that Himachal pradesh has best food in entire India and it’s not wrong to say that Himachal pradesh is best state to visit in India.
Fly like Bird in Bir Billing
Flying in Bir Billing is the best adventure in India. One should experience Paragliding in Bir billing to feel the magical thrill of flying in air. It is a nice adventure activity to undertake between beautiful hills. It’s amazing to feel floating in the air and the views of surroundings are simply stunning and extremely beautiful. So this is among the best reason why I consider Himachal Pradesh as best state in India.