On the northern part of India lies the state of Himachal Pradesh – a land that attracts tourists and travellers alike.
A perplexing topography of intertwined mountain chains makes Himachal a spectacular place to explore. Every pass crossing into a yet another new valley brings you into a different world, with its own customs, gods, traditions and language.
Villages roosted on staggering slopes are bewitching with fairy-tale architecture and their people's ever smiling warmth. Hill stations appeal with holiday atmosphere and colonial echoes, while backpacker magnets seduce with their blissed-out aura and mountain allure.
With spectacular snowy peaks and décolleté river valleys, Himachal is India’s outdoor adventure theatre. From trekking and climbing to rafting, paragliding and skiing, whatever you can think of, if it can be done in the mountains, it can be done here.
That’s not all. Such is the variety of the Himachali maze that in McLeod Ganj, the Dalai Lama's home-away-from-home, and in Lahaul and Spiti, with their centuries-old Buddhist cultures, you might even think you’ve lurched into Tibet.
Himachal is also a land of dances, with varied and some complicated dance forms. These dances are integral part of tribal life that reflects the great perseverance and good humour of the human beings in the face of poverty and struggle. The Himachal folk music is the greatest relief to the people living in the remote and most challenging areas. The Mohna of Bilaspur , the Junju Sukrat Bhunkh and Roopshu songs of the Chamba valley, the Laman of Kulu, the Jhoori or Sirmaur are all rooted in the daily life and rich folk tradition of the area and each has striking features of its own.
The rich land of Himachal is also wealthy with diversified crafts and arts forms. Stone and metal sculpture, drawing, carpentry, jewellery making, dyeing and printing of fabrics, spinning and weaving and tattooing are the folk crafts of Himachal Pradesh. Studios in Chatarahadi, Bharmaur and Bojora has been producing several beautiful bronze sculptures. The Mangath region in Kangra district is well-known for brass utensils. The pottery and crafts society of Palampur area is now spread over the world potter communities. The carpets, leather works, shawls, paintings, metalware, woodwork and paintings are well appreciated and accepted all aorund. Pashmina shawl is one of the products which is highly in demand. Himachali caps are also famous art work of the people.
Defeating the cruel and tough natural environment, people always enjoy fairs and festivals round the year. Most of the fairs and festivals are connected with the various seasonal changes. There are many folklores connected with each festival. These fairs offer a clear glimpse into the lives, the beliefs and the popular customs of the rural life of the land. Each district has its own sequence of annual fairs which are connected with the historical and sociological background of that area.
Perhaps, most astonishing might be those remote Buddhist communities and monasteries. Tabo Monastery – the oldest monastery in India. Dhankar Monastery – sits atop a mountain peak more than 12,000 feet in the sky. Kye Monastery – rare one with vivid colors and rangoli designs after an imposing climb. There is of course also the mummy of Sangha Tenzin, a tibetian Buddhist monk, believed to be more than 500 years old, and preserved in the monastery 6000 meters above the sea level.
Needless to say, the roads less travelled in Himachal has so much to offer – from century old monasteries to most modern adventure acts. Our Himachal programs are results of earnest efforts to make you feel all the splendour of the land, to make you see the rich traditional spectrum of local and remote tribes, to make you wonder about the human kind resides there. Scores of races, communities and cultures have intermingled in Himachal. Their faiths are simple, beliefs primitive and myths difficult to fathom.
Our Himachal vacations invite you to a land divergent to all the lands.
Himachal Pradesh – whenever you hear the name – the pictures float before your eyes are all about royalty of Shimla, breathless natural artistry & adventures of Lahaul, Spiti & Kinnaur, family outings of Manali, Dharamsala, Dalhousie and so on.
But Himachal is blessed with much more than these, with rich history and heritage of handicrafts than any other Himalayans states in India. No other places in India has that much density palaces and forts under snow-capped mountains. The Buddhist and Tibetan culture blended with much prominent Christian legacy and old Hindu traditions makes Himachal a unique destination to experience.
This program takes you to unexplored places of Kullu, Mandi and Bilaspur – with show Himachal in a new avatar which is quite unalike from what you have seen about Himachal....
Chamba valley, perhaps the loveliest in Himachal, is known for its scenic attractions, sparkling streams, lakes, meadows and lush deodar forests. Crowned with high mountain ranges, richness in wildlife, fine temple architecture, beautiful miniature paintings and exquisite embroidered textiles – Chamba has a lot to offer to travellers.
Dalhousie is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj. Spread out over the five hills (Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun) the town is named after the 19th century British Governor General Lord Dalhousie.
Surrounded by high lush green mountains, this quaint little town known as Bharmour remained capital of the princely state of Chamba for over 400 years. The abundant alpine pastures in the region are home to the nomadic Gaddi tribesman.
These are the places this program packages for you to unleash a painting that covers Himachal as a whole....
Even though popular as a family hill station with an easy reach from Delhi or Chandigarh or any other nearby cities, Dharamsala is much more than that – the place is a living mirror of century old Himachal history, the Tibetan island in India, Arts & Crafts of Himachal, modern as well as traditional mountain living.
We will take you to experience the very core soul of Dharamsala and Mcloedganj. You will visit Kangra valley, the villages, old mansions. You will meet the Tibetan artisans, craftsmen, chefs; learn from them. You will stay in a Tibetan homestays, making your experience authentic and pure. You will work with himachali potters, visit the museums. You will converse with the lamas in their monasteries, in the places they work and they pray.
While this, we have not forgotten the regular and popular tourists spots. Adventure activities for adrenaline junkies also are offered....