Imagine the picture-perfect roads that take you on those journeys less traveled. Imagine being surrounded by the clouds as you drive to your final destination point, & imagine being so close to nature that you almost forget the rote monotonous city lifestyle! All this and more becomes truly possible when holidays are planned on the mountains of Himachal Pradesh.
Undoubtedly, the one reason why it is known as the land of Gods is because each popular landmark houses some or the other deity in temples or monasteries. Due to this Himachal Pradesh at one point in time was considered as a travel destination by pilgrimages alone. During the British regime, Shimla was given the title of “the summer capital of India”, and ever since then, this city got known for far more than being just a holy site.
Today, Himachal Pradesh is not just a summer getaway. It is a destination that is frequented by hundreds of national and international tourists who seek adventure all throughout the year. It is that hidden reserve that has several hiking trails that lead to some of the most well-kept secrets that nature has to offer. Due to the influence of the Britishers, this city houses some of the best homestays that offer affordable and comfortable stay options that echo the lifestyle of the locals. Take a trip to the city of the mountains and fall in love with all the gifts that nature has to offer.
The countless valleys and the peaks of the Himalayas found in Himachal act as a hub of different ethnicities and cultures. History is proof that most of the mountains were privy to attacks from across the borders, and this is one reason why, if you choose to travel to Himachal, you will be fascinated by the rare cultures that you will find. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism have an equal hold on the foothills of Himachal.
Diversity in their culture and heritage is what impacts their food and architecture so much. Artists who travel can learn a lot from the people who practice lost forms of art such as Basholi Kalam, Chamba Kalam along with the famous form of Kangra paintings. Their folk songs and dances which are colorful and mesmerizing will leave you captivated. In fact, their dance form Nati is listed as the largest folk dance in the Guinness World record book as well.
Food is another important attraction for most tourists. Like every other Indian city, most places rely on traditional vegetarian food, however, there are certain areas where people rely heavily on a meat diet. Having said that it is easy to understand that there are some delicacies that come from the land of apple plantations. Some of the specialties include Chamba dham (lentils with rice), mittha (sweetened rice), or the famous Tibetian dishes such as momos, noodles, and thupa. Truly, people can enjoy flavors bursting with the touch of vibrant ingredients and spices. One can even try the famous butter tea which is a salty version of the favorite beverage tea. While traveling to these beautiful destinations, make it a point to be open to the new, because there is truly a lot that one can explore and enjoy.