Himachal Pradesh

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.

About Himachal Pradesh

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.