Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh: Practical Information


Permit for a high altitude day driving adventure to Rohtang Pass

Permit FAQs for High Altitude Day Driving Adventure to Rohtang Pass

July 19, 2014. Rohtang Pass and its environs on a rainy day. Winter snow and ice have not completely melted yet. Tourists planning a high altitude day driving adventure to the Rohtang Pass need a permit from Kullu District Administration. They can get the permit online on the first come, ...
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Travel by road is the only option to reach Himachal Pradesh, India.

Current transport options for Himachal Pradesh

Since Kingfisher is facing financial problems, air transport has come to a halt in Himachal Pradesh. The airline was offering regular air services to Bhuntar (Kullu), Gaggal (Kangra) and Jubbarhatti (Shimla). Air India offers air services to Bhuntar (Kullu), but the service has been suspended. No other airlines offer regular air ...
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Himachali homestay

You can avail yourself of the benefits of a homestay in Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi and Shimla districts of Himachal Pradesh. To match your needs, single-, double- and 4-bed rooms, and family suites are available. Some accommodations offer attached bathrooms, whereas others feature common bathrooms. You can even use kitchens ...
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Minimum facilities provided by a home stay in Himachal Pradesh, India

5 FAQs about Himachali home stay

The Indian Himalayan state Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) offers accommodation in rural homes across various tourist places. Today, you will find answers to five (5) frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the home stays. 1. What is home stay scheme? The home stay scheme is based on “Incredible India Bed and Breakfast ...
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A Glimpse of Pragpur Pond: An Ancient Water System

Pragpur is a home to prag (pollen) that colourful blossoms produce in spring, an ancient water system, and old beautiful buildings. The people of Pragpur still maintain the ancient water system, consisting of a pond and nakki. Let’s take a look at the Pragpur Pond of the medieval village located in Kangra Valley, ...
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Bathing Ghat along Beas River, Kangra

Kaleshwar Temple: An Offbeat Destination in Kangra for Solitude and Water Lovers

Kaleshwar temple sits above the wide pebble sandy beach of the Beas in Kangra. The course of the river at the foot of the temple is very wide. The unspoilt beach is an option worth exploring for sunbathing, swimming, and playing in water. The old stone steps from the temple ...
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Eat traditional chats in Garli, India

What Do Kids Do in Heritage Village of Garli, Kangra?

Kids in the heritage village of Garli enjoy their time in an English medium school. However, the school is housed in a simple traditional building. A traditional chat shop is not very far. The vendor has a cart also. So the vendor can sell anytime anywhere. Let’s take a look ...
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Where to swim during Pragpur holidays

Judge’s Court: A Lush Heritage Hotel and Monument in Pragpur

Today I will take you to an historical building, Judge’s Court that doubles as a heritage hotel. This small luxury hotel in Pragpur, Kangra has an in-house restaurant and a swimming pool. Here is the photo review of the hotel: A barn in Judge’s Court, a heritage hotel in Pragpur A ...
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Delhi-Kullu flights in October: 11 questions

Q1. Which airlines ply Delhi-Kullu route? Air India (AI), the national carrier of India Q2. What is the duration of Delhi-Kullu flight? 1 hour 20 minutes Q3. How often does AI Delhi-Kullu flight ply? All seven days of the week except Tuesday Q4. How many flights does AI ply on ...
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Lunch at Hall Estate Restaurant

The Hall Estate Restaurant in Naggar (Kullu, Himachal Pradesh ) commands views of the Himalayan slopes rising against the blue sky embellished with silvery white clouds on a clear day. The wooden interior of the 40-seat restaurant is lighted with glass lamps decorated with glazed blue tile pieces. The simple ...
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Hall Estate: a window to Roerichs’ world

Where to travel Enthralled by the Himalayas, the world-renowned Russian artists Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich, Helena Ivanovna Roerich and Svetoslav Nikolaievich Roerich explored and settled in the range. They used different media to record their observations and interpretations, and some of their valuable works and collections are displayed at Hall Estate ...
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Play at Patalsu

Where to travel  You can trek to thePatalsuPeak(4,470 meters) in theSolangValley, Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh (HP),Indiaand ski down in just one day.  What to do & see:   Patalsu Peak  The PatalsuPeak, located at the head of the KulluValley, emerges from pine and oak forests and dominates the Solang skyline. The ...
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Lahaul and Spiti


Keylong hotels

A Candid Account of Keylong-Kardang Monastery Trail: A Photo Story

Today I have opened an online photo exhibition on Keylong-Kardang Monastery trail. The exhibition comprises 34 photos showcasing the sights of the trail. You can walk this easy trail on your own. This about 5-km long DIY hike will take you to the small town of Keylong and village of ...
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Bathroom, Chandra Bhaga Hotel, Keylong

Stay at HPTDC Chandra Bhaga Hotel in Keylong

Around seven pm on June 28, 2014, I climbed the steep flight of steps of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation’s (H.P.T.D.C.) Chandra Bhaga Hotel in Keylong, Lahaul Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh. The hotel manager asked my floor preference, a nice gesture. He showed me two rooms: 305 and 306 ...
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Kardang Monastery in Kardang Village, Lahul Spiti, India

Hike to Kardang Monastery from Keylong

The five-(5)-kilometre-walk from Keylong (3,350 meters) to Kardang requires about two (2) hours. At an altitude of about 3,500 meters, Kardang Monastery crowns a hill in Kardang village, the ancient capital of Lahaul located on the left bank of the Bhaga River. The nine-century old monastery, managed and maintained by ...
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Day hike to Dhankar Lake

Where to travel In Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, badlands make a backdrop to small Dhankar Village dotted with flat-roofed white houses. Terraced fields that are cropped during spring and summer seasons perk up the landscape. The age-old monastery complex and the fort overlooking the main route followed by the invaders from ...
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Which type of beverages will I get along HRTC Mandi-Chandigarh bus route?

Mandi to Chandigarh: Review of Ordinary HRTC Bus

The non-AC ordinary bus by HRTC connecting Mandi to Chandigarh is about 43% cheaper than the Himsutra bus. A seat in the ordinary bus costs just INR 293. The pocket friendly convenient bus starts at 06:30 am from Mandi Bus Sand. Online booking service is available for both the buses ...
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Which type of bed and entertainment amenities are provided in standard room of Raj Mahal Hotel in Mandi?

Raj Mahal Hotel in Mandi: A Standard Room Review

Raj Mahal Hotel, a centrally located mid-end hotel in Mandi, is a neighbor and competitor of The Regent Palms. I paid at the rate of INR 1,606 per person, per night, inclusive of luxury tax (10%) and service tax (8.70%) for a standard room in Raj on March 27, 2017 ...
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Restaurants in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

The Regent Palms in Mandi: A Review of Non AC Standard Room & The Saffron Restaurant

Mandi has a number of hotels. However, only a few are located centrally. A number of hotels, cheap and costly, stand on the Manali Highway. These highway properties are about two kilometres from the bus stand. The centrally located hotels are expensive. For instance, a non AC standard room in ...
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Eateries along Chandigarh-Mandi-Manali bus route

A Review of HRTC’s Himsutra AC Bus Plying from Chandigarh to Mandi

I traveled from Chandigarh to Mandi by Himsutra AC bus run by Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) on March 23, 2017. This Manali bound bus started at its scheduled time 08:30 am from ISBT 43, Chandigarh. It took exactly six hours to reach Mandi and dropped me at Mandi ...
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What is the minimum rate for a budget hotel room in Shimla?

In Shimla, you can find a budget hotel room for INR 450 to INR 1,300 inclusive of taxes per person on twin share / double occupancy basis. Rate of a bed in budget hotel dormitory is just one hundred rupees. Hotel reservation You will find a wide variety of hotels ...
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Picturesque panoramas, spacious ski slopes, walks in woods

Where to travel  You can enjoy soft and hard adventure activities at and around Narkanda, in Shimla District, Himachal Pradesh (H.P.). Short treks from Narkanda to the Hatu Peak and Sarra Meadow, and Thanedar (Thahadhar) to the Tani Jubbar Lake are for amateurs. During winter, ski Dhumri slopes located within ...
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Leisure in Shimla: enhance your looks

While spending holidays in a hill station, you will have lots of leisure at your disposal because primary attraction of a hill station is scenic beauty, salubrious climate and tranquility. Secondly, hill stations generally do not have many manmade attractions like monuments and museums. Then, how to spend leisure and ...
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Refreshment in Shimla

Where to refresh yourself while driving to Shimla

If you are planning to drive to Shimla, you can refresh yourself and have snacks and meals at Win Sum Hill Hotel Bar & Restaurant on National Highway (NH)22 in Parag Village, Solan, Himachal Pradesh. We have tried this restaurant many times. Its washrooms, which are required during long drives, ...
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