Holi- Celebrate Festival of Colors in Himachal

HOLI HAI… Come holi and the streets will reverberate with the chants of Holi hai…

The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’.

Holi in Himachal Pradesh is celebrated with much enthusiasm. People light bonfires fires called Holika, symbolic of victory of good over evil. People rub ‘gulal’ and ‘abeer’ on each others’ faces and cheer up saying, “bura na maano Holi hai”. Pichkaris in various creative and innovative designs are specially bought by children to color anybody who comes in sight and even more to the one who tries to escape…all in good fun.

Colours will fill the atmosphere as people throw abeer and gulal in the air showing great joy and mirth in the arrival of this Spring Festival. Holi marks the end of the winter gloom and rejoices in the bloom of the spring time

The Holi melas held at Palampur, Ghughar, Paprola, Baijnath, Jaisinghpur and Sujanpur also have an attraction of their own. Kullu Holi is marked by mixing snow with colors making it an ‘Ice Holi’.

http://www.himachalhotels.in takes you on a colorful and fascinating tour of the popular Indian festival of Holi.

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Hill Station Himachal Pradesh: Himalayas,India

Nestled in the Himalayas, the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, himachal is blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes anywhere, it is a traveler’s paradise. 

Himachal Pradesh is dominated by successive ridges of snow Covered peaks, the outer ranges of the Himalaya themselves known across india for its early summer climate, its soothing cool mountain streams and its seemingly endless supplies of temperate fruit, Himachal Also has excellent trekking.

Don’t Miss

Ø      Stroll around the Faded Streets of Shimla and imagine the “poodle fakers” living it up in the time of Raj.

Ø      Climb behind Bhimakali Temple in Sarahan for a picturesque view.

Ø      For an immense sense of spiritual, the Chos Khor Gompa  at Tabo is unsurpassed in this region

Ø      Travel through the apple orchards in the kullu valley to reach Naggar with its interesting castle

Ø      If you have a head for height, take the manali to leh road and stop at Rohtang Pass for Spectacular views of precipitous cliffs

Ø      Many head for Dharamshala, now the home of Dalai Lama. This is a good place to consider a trek or a ride on the mountain railway railway.

Ø      Try Pragpur, a medieval “Heritage” Village, for a few days of complete relaxation

 Plan Your Trip First time Visitors are often at loss when faced with the vast possibilities for travel in the Indian Himalaya. We have a few suggestions for two to three week Trips on the basis that some journeys will be flown and for that air, Bus or Car tickets have been booked in advance. Himachalhotels.in can make the necessary arrangements for a relatively small fee saving your time & bother. It is now possible to book tickets Online for Buses & Flights in Himachal (For Bookings please visit  www.himachalhotels.in ) We have made various tour packages covering whole Himachal Pradesh.

Tourist Destination in Himalayas:Dalhousie

Dalhousie is built on and around five hills, located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas. It is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie is situated at 6000-9000 feet above sea level. The best time to visit is in the summer, and the peak tourist season is from May to September. Dalhousie is a gateway to the ancient Chamba Hill State. This hill region is a repository of ancient Hindu culture, art, temples, and handicrafts preserved under the longest running single dynasty since the mid-6th century. Chamba is the hub of this culture. Many trekking routes over Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges present a challenge to the serious trekker, while there are ample opportunities for the budding trekker.

 

Places to Visit:

 

Khajjiar: Khajjiar, located at an altitude of 1960 m, is often called the Switzerland of India, with its rolling meadows, majestic deodars, bubbly streams, and the sheer opulence of its natural beauty. The snow – line appears above its lush woods, and at the very centre of this divine glade, is a lake fed by countless streams that criss – cross the area.

 

Churches: The churches of Dalhousie are beautiful. These are St. Andrew’s Church and St. Patrick’s Church at Balun, St. Francis’ Church at Subash Chowk and St. John’s Church at Gandhi Chowk.


Panchpula: This is a very beautiful spot where a stream feeds a series of pools. A monument has been built here in memory of the freedom fighter,Ajit Singh.


Subhash Baoli: This place is surrounded by majestic trees under which Subhash Chandra Bose spent a lot of time mediating, during 1937.

 

BaraPathar: This is a famous temple at the middle of the thick forest.

Kalatop: Is a wild life sanctuary,home to the ‘ghoral’ and black bear.

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Dalhousie: Tourist Destination in Himalayas

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Dalhousie is built on and around five hills, located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas. It is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie is situated at 6000-9000 feet above sea level. The best time to visit is in the summer, and the peak tourist season is from May to September. Dalhousie is a gateway to the ancient Chamba Hill State. This hill region is a repository of ancient Hindu culture, art, temples, and handicrafts preserved under the longest running single dynasty since the mid-6th century. Chamba is the hub of this culture. Many trekking routes over Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges present a challenge to the serious trekker, while there are ample opportunities for the budding trekker.

 

Places to Visit:

 

Khajjiar: Khajjiar, located at an altitude of 1960 m, is often called the Switzerland of India, with its rolling meadows, majestic deodars, bubbly streams, and the sheer opulence of its natural beauty. The snow – line appears above its lush woods, and at the very centre of this divine glade, is a lake fed by countless streams that criss – cross the area.

 

Churches: The churches of Dalhousie are beautiful. These are St. Andrew’s Church and St. Patrick’s Church at Balun, St. Francis’ Church at Subash Chowk and St. John’s Church at Gandhi Chowk.


Panchpula: This is a very beautiful spot where a stream feeds a series of pools. A monument has been built here in memory of the freedom fighter,Ajit Singh.


Subhash Baoli: This place is surrounded by majestic trees under which Subhash Chandra Bose spent a lot of time mediating, during 1937.

 

BaraPathar: This is a famous temple at the middle of the thick forest.


Kalatop: Is a wild life sanctuary,home to the ‘ghoral’ and black bear.

How Shivratri Fair Is celebrated In Mandi, Himachal

Shivratri is celebrated all over the country, but it has assumed special significance for Mandi, once the capital town of a princely state. Week-long celebrations are held here amidst colorful festivities. Shivratri used to be grand royal celebration marked with religious fervor and gaiety.Over 200 hill Gods and Goddesses are likely to converge on the ancient town of temples on the eve of eight-day International Shivratri Fair being held here from March 6th to 13th this Year. How Shivratri Fair Starts:A Shoba Yatra marks the beginning of the fair, in which the images of gods and goddess are carried in palanquins. The devotees first visit the Raj Madhav temple, which is the shrine of the main god of the area, and then visit Bhootnath temple to worship Lord Shiva, during the fair.  The Shoba Yatra terminates at Padal ground, the venue of the fairs. Main Attractions:The Shivratri exhibition at Paddal is a major center of attraction. Sports events organized during the fairs also draw large crowds. Artists of national and international repute regale the audience during the evening cultural performances. The festival ends after performing Jagran, the nightlong puja. Predictions of the events of the coming year are made by astrologers during the occasion.  Sight Seeing Places in Mandi:Mandi has around 300 temples, with 81 stone temples known for their intricate carvings. The famous Gurudwara Gobind Singh, the Sunken Garden, also known as the Ghantaghar is another place you can explore. Excursions:Rewalsar Lake, 25 kms away, and known for its floating reed islands. Also located at Rewalsar is a Buddhist Monastery, three shrines, a gurudwara and a temple.Visit the temple styled like a pagoda and three storeys high at Prashar, 40kms from Mandi.  Sunder Nagar is a beautiful valley located at a height of 1,174 mts (26 kms from Mandi) and is known for its temples, especially Sukhdev Vatika and Mahamaya.

White Water Rafting: Adventure Sports in Himachal

River Rafting in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most favored adventure activities.The magic behind River Rafting also referred, as Whitewater. River Rafting is the extreme and never-ending thrills in the untamed rivers. The rivers in the upper Himalayas are among the best in the world for river rafting sports, with many staircase rapids that challenge the body and spirit of the river runner. The river cuts against the rocky banks, crash into rocks, crevices and breaking into white water rapids, foaming, swirling, and falling in a thunderous din. Himachal Pradesh’s snow-fed rivers offer tremendous opportunities for the challenging sport of rafting. The rivers Chandrabhaga (Chenab) in Lahaul, the Satluj near Shimla, the Ravi near Chamba and the Beas near Kullu offer immense whitewater rafting possibilities.River-rafting or white-water rafting, as it is also called – is swiftly making Himachal a focus for the sport The sport is now being held on the Sutlej Chamba and the Chandra in Lahaul. Possibilities are also being explored on the river Spiti. Non swimmers and novices can also experience this on some of the gentler rapids. The sport takes a break during winter and in portions of the monsoons near Shimla, on the Beas near Kullu, the Ravi near  Appropriate rafting gear on most rivers during the summertime is a simple swimsuit, nylon shorts, tennis shoes or sandals, and a hat. Spring and autumn rafting trips are the ones that require additional clothing. In any case be sure to dress in layers so that you can easily add or remove articles, as you need. Avoid cotton. For more details:www.himachalhotels.in

Winter Carnival in Manali Himachal Pradesh, India

Winter carnival is the most awaited event in the valley. This gay festival has been declare a state level festival. The annual winter carnival begins in Manali from January 11 to 16. Festival was kicked off on Wednesday and will run until Monday.  Massive participation by culture groups and students from various colleges of India marks the success of winter carnival.

 Second and third weeks of January in Manali are a feast for the visitors when the five-day long festival is held. The performers try to show their excellence and give their level best. Competitions conducted includes Indian classical music (vocal and instrumental), folk songs, folk dances, classical dances, group dances, group songs, fancy dress, film songs, film dances, one act plays, and street plays. The most awaited competitions are Men’s personality contest and Winter Queen Contest.

Apart from the traditional folk dances and dramas, the winter carnival offers good feats including snow sports and other competitions for tourists. To make the carnival a special attraction the district administration has tied up with the Western Himalaya Institute of Mountaineering and Trekking and Allied Sports, Manali to organise winter games. It will feature a slew of snow sports, including skiing competitions for the sub-juniors and juniors at Solang Nallah Ski valley about 15 kms from Manali.

 The Winter Carnival in Himachal Pradesh is an event that means all round entertainment. So if you are looking for something unique this winter, makes sure that you are a part of Himachal’s Winter Carnival. It is an event you will love to remember with great delight. For More Details:www.himachalhotels.in

Honeymoon Destinations In Himachal: Shimla,Manali,Kasauli,Dalhousie

India, the mystical east has become one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world today. The excitement, joy, and cute feeling of being with your love of life all alone in the lap of nature is magical. To Here is the list of secluded, exotic, warm and romantic honeymoon destinations in India. A maneuver for newly wed couples to celebrate marriage! 

Shimla: The pine forests and mountain sides swathed in maize terraces and apple orchids at an altitude of 2159 m, snowy peaks of the great Himalayas all make Shimla an ideal romantic destination. Shimla gives you the opportunity to stay close to nature. You can wander with your sweetheart along winding hill roads and view the most soothing green forests. Shimla is surrounded by thick growth of oak, pine, deodar and rhododendron forest.
St. Michael’s Chatedral, Kufri, Jakhoo hill,
Annandale, Chadwick Falls and Mashobra are some of the interesting locations for sight seeing.
 

Manali: Manali, tops the list of Indian honeymoon destinations for its pleasant and tempting weather and landscape beauty. Manali is a hill station located at the Himalayan mountains in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Other than the chilled beauty of nature, Manali has much more to entertain any visitor. Naggar Fort, Buddhist temples, Rohtang Pass, the museum of traditional Himachal culture, beautiful Himalayan valleys, various adventurous activities like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, paragliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking etc.. are among the major tourist attractions in Manali.
 

Kasauli: Kasauli is best destination for honeymoon. The charm of Kasauli is its old world ambience and chaste natural beauty. The hillsides are covered with pine and the ground thickly carpeted with resin-rich needles. Giant oak trees, firs, horse chestnut, wild cherry and several varieties of deciduous trees suffuse the countryside which is why spring is so beautiful in Kasauli, when trees and bushes turn into gossamer pink, green and silver as they sprout new leaves. 

Dalhousie: Dalhousie is clad in stately groves of deodar and oak. Its marvelous forest trails overlook verdant hills, waterfalls, springs and rivulets. Magnificent views of the Chamba Valley and the towering. A coating of Tibetan culture has added a touch of the exotic to this serene resort and along the roads there are huge rock frescoes painted in Tibetan style. The enchanting land from mountains to beaches, to forts and gardens, has drawn couples worldwide to start their relationship with a romantic essence. 

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Celebrate this Christmas with Himachalhotels.in

Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. Christmas festivities often combine the commemoration of Jesus’ birth with various customs, many of which have been influenced by earlier winter festivals. Traditions include the display of Nativity scenes, Holly and Christmas trees, the exchange of gifts and cards, and the arrival of Father Christmas (Santa Claus) on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Popular Christmas themes include the promotion of goodwill, compassion and peace.In most places around the world, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25. It is preceded by Christmas Eve on December 24, and in some countries is followed by Boxing Day on December 26. The word “Christmas” is a contraction meaning “Christ’s mass. In early Greek versions of the New Testament, the letter Χ (chi), is the first letter of Christ Since the mid-sixteenth century Χ, or the similar Roman letter X, was used as an abbreviation for Christ. So it is also knowns as X-mas.

Christmas is a time for Families, Fun, and Festivities! A time of family gathering and holiday meals. A time for Santa, stars, and singing carolers. A time for ornaments, gifts, and twinkling lights. Of sleigh rides, hot cocoa and gingerbread cookies.

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Ice-Skating in Shimla India-Adventure Sports

Shimla has the only natural ice-skating ring in India. The ice-skating rink of Shimla is located at Dalhousie. The skating club of Shimla has successfully completed its sixty years. An Ice-skating Carnival is arranged every year by the Ice-skating Club.

Ice-skating carnival of Shimla is a gala time for the Shimla people. This carnival starts off in the month of early December and continues till February. Two sessions are arranged everyday with one in the morning and another in the evening.

The Shimla ice-skating rink is the only Asian natural ice-skating rink. There is a hanging balloon at the Municipal building that works as a signal of whether the skating will take place on that day or not. The clear sky and cold climate accompanied by hard and dry ice makes Shimla ice-skating carnival a success every year.
A large number of enthusiastic skaters take an active part in the Shimla ice-skating carnival. Large number of foreigners participates in the carnival. Infact they carry their skating shoes with themselves.

 

During the ice-skating carnival of Shimla, fancy dress competition, ice hockey and dance performances make the town of Shimla very lively and colorful. Shimla ice-skating carnival is a favorite event for the sports freaks. During the sessions the place gets crowded with tourists and visitors from various corners of the country.

 The ice-skating carnival is celebrated in Shimla with extreme pomp and grandeur

 

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