Shimla Hill Station Essay About Myself
Winter is almost here and the hill stations in Himachal Pradesh are soon going to transform into winter wonderland! The thrill of visiting the mountains in winters remains unmatched. As soon as you take the turn towards the Himalayan Highway, the cold breeze from the hills and their faint blue outline silhouetted against the sky uplifts your spirits. Driving in the hills, I turn off the music and roll down the windows to take in the breeze, the sights and the smell of mountain life. A vagrant tune of Himachali music keeps playing in my head to which I hum unrecognizable words. As a friend of mine often says “There is love in the hills of Himachal”.
When it comes to Manali I don't know where to begin! There is much to do and see here that I never quite tire of this beautiful valley. The beautiful views of snow, the plethora of adventure activities, Rohtang Pass and the splendid beauty of Manali keep taking me back year after year. Adventure activities in Manali include ice skating, paragliding on the Solang valley, and trekking to Malana. Rohtang Pass is a bit daunting but takes you to an unbelievable field of snow. Apart from these, the Hidimba Devi Temple and Sulphur Springs in Vashisht are a must-visit. Manali also has a number of small and big destinations around, especially Old Manali. Tourists from Israel and other parts of the world sure do add colour to life here. And while you are at it, do not miss the German Bakery on Mall Road, right opposite the SBI ATM. I love the music and ambiance there as much as I like the food.
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The drive to Shimla is a visual treat! Lush wooded hills and a broad highway that is a pleasure to drive on. The town is usually crowded so it makes sense to book your hotel in advance. The Mall Road is alive with colonial style buildings, restaurants and colourful tourists. I hang out there for hours eating, shopping and just generally taking in the lovely landscape. One of my absolute favourite things to do here remains the charming toy train ride. The Christ Church, government buildings from the British era and the surrounding hilly terrain present an exotic image that makes the ridge a great site for a leisurely stroll. The State Museum and Summer Hill are Shimla's other attractions. Visit the Tara Devi temple and the Sankat Mochan to seek the blessing of the Lord and to spend some time gazing at the mighty hills that have stood the test of time and witnessed history.
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Kufri & Chail
If you are travelling with kids, you must stop at Kufri Fun World. The amusement park set on a hillside has a lot to offer kids and adults alike. When you get to Chail, you should definitely pay a visit to the highest cricketing ground in the world. Apart from that, this tiny place is one of astounding beauty. On a clear day you can see the river Sutlej winding its way between rocky hills. The valley is beautiful and offers a view of both Shimla and Kasauli. The sight becomes mystical in the evening when the lights from these towns light up the horizon like a million stars twinkling in the distance. Chail is great for small treks and jungle camping.
Kasauli has an old world charm about it. It is a great place to chill over the weekend. The old Church has a quaint beauty. Take a hike into the forests or stroll around the marketplace; Kasauli is a laid back place with some great hotels. It is an army base so a number of areas have restricted entry. The most popular attraction of Kasauli is the "Manki Point". It is a hillock in the shape of a foot with a Hanuman Mandir. Legend has it that Lord Hanuman stepped on this hill on his way to the Himalayas for the 'Sanjivini Booti', thereby flattening it with his immense weight. The place is full of monkeys who believe everything edible is theirs by right. Spend your evenings visiting the local market and the small monastery or going for long walks in the hills.
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Kasol is about an eleven-hour drive from Delhi, best covered in Volvo and deluxe buses. The peaceful hamlet is an open space on the bank of delightful Parvati River, surrounded by hills and snow capped peaks visible on the horizon. Surrounded by the quieter villages of Malana and Tosh, Kasol is a popular destination with foreigners. The true culture of the city is laid back, happy and tranquil. Having said that, the pilgrimage town of Manikaran is very close to Kasol. It is famous for its hot spring right beside the chilly Beas river. Kasol is more of a hiking and trekking base for points like Sar Pass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parbati Pass and Khirganga. The Youth Hostel of India organises most of these treks. To embark on any of these treks is no easy feat, not for the old or the frail, as I found out.
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You can't miss these 5 hills stations in Himachal. If you are of a more adventurous spirit, visit the Lahaul and Spiti Valley. You can opt for quieter villages and hamlets if the hustle bustle of popular destinations does not appeal to you. Himachal has something for everyone.
Updated on January 21, 2014
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Distance from Delhi: 360 kilometers (approx)
Dense alpine forests, frosty snow clad peaks, walking trails fit for a romantic stroll – the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh with its spell binding beauty and vast array of quaint hill stations can make any summer retreat look pale in comparison. With such popular summer retreats as Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Dalhousie and Dharamshala in its repertoire, it continues to be as big a draw for modern India as it was for the erstwhile officials of the British Raj and with good reasons. Here are the top five reasons to holiday in Himachal:
The Sheer Beauty of Shimla
Declared the summer capital of Colonial India, Shimla has the famous Mall Road which one of the longest shopping enclaves in India. Unaffected by the tropical heat which takes the rest of the country in its sweltering grasp, Shimla’s cool climes, pine and deodar clad hills, and walking trails continue to draw large crowds each year. Explore the capital of Himachal located at a height of ,2205 metres by visiting the Mall Road, Christ Church, Shimla Ridge, Tara Devi Temple and Summer Hills town.
Settled by the English in the 19th century, this quaint hill retreat is named after India’s former Viceroy Lord Dalhousie. It is a great getaway, if you want to avoid the crowded streets of Shimla, Kulu and Manali. Chilly even in the summer heat, Dalhousie is dotted with beautiful colonial houses that offer panoramic views of the surrounding hills and forests. Go for lazy picnics under the sun, enjoy sightseeing tours, and don’t forget to visit the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary!
Dharamshala - The Mini-Lhasa
Surrounded by snow-capped peaks on three sides, the beautiful valley of Dharamshala hosted His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a while. Hundreds of Tibetan refugees and Buddhist monks continue to call it home and visiting this retreat will provide a wonderful insight into the history, lifestyle and culture of the Tibetan people. Dharamshala offers great trekking opportunities to surrounding hills and is the take-off point for the tiny, yet delightful hill station of McLeodGanj. There are beautiful temples, museums and a war memorial, besides gorgeously sloping tea estates and the Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, the highest in the world. With so much on offer, Dharamshala is sure to keep you busy!
Water Sports and River Rafting in Manali
Another great getaway, this place is not for the faint-hearted. While snow-capped peaks await your arrival, Manali is also gaining reputation as an adventure sports destination. Adrenaline junkies can have a field day braving river rapids, zip-lining, parasailing, and horse riding in Manali. It also makes for a great take-off point to exotic destinations such as Lahaul and Spiti which lie in close proximity.
Mahashivratri Celebrations in Mandi
Known as the Varanasi of the Hills, this erstwhile princely state is not only a beautiful summer destination but also a great way to participate in Mahashivratri celebrations observed across the country. Famous for its many temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mandi hosts the International Mahashivratri Fair, which is a great draw for both domestic and international tourists. A week long event that starts on February 18, 2015, it includes cultural events, fairs, exhibitions and religious rituals.
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