A scenic hill station situated at a height of 1,970 metres above sea level. Offers panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks and dotted with charming meadows, dense jungles and cascading waterfalls. Established in 1854, it was named after Lord Dalhousie and was one of the favourite summer destinations of the Britishers during the colonial era.
The abode of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, Dharamshala is blessed with natural beauty. What sets it apart, however, is its strong Tibetan character. The air vibrates with chants from saffron clad monks and the place is dotted with monasteries. An ideal place to unwind and enjoy the unique culture.
Set against the beautiful Dhauladhar Ranges, Palampur has plenty to offer. From scenic tea plantations and rice fields to gorgeous little hamlets, from ancient Hindu temples and Tibetan monasteries to art galleries – it is a treasure trove of scenic and cultural delights. The adventurous can explore trekking and, at a distance of 35 km, paragliding at Bir.
This magnificent lake attracts pilgrims in large numbers because of its connection to the sacred Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. A popular attraction at the lake is the shrine of Sheshnag, the Lord of Serpents. In close proximity stand the Durga and Umapati Mahadev temples. Do take a boat ride on the lake bordered by pine trees and enjoy the sheer beauty of your surroundings.
Chamba, perhaps the loveliest valley of Himachal, is a treasure trove of scenic attractions, sparkling streams, primeval lakes, meadows, dense alpine tree covers, rich wildlife and fertile valleys. The land is populated with lively, hospitable people who are endowed with a vibrant culture that stretches back thousands of years. A splendid artistic heritage includes fine temple architecture, beautiful miniature paintings and the exquisite embroidered Chamba Rumal.
Set against the splendid backdrop of the legendary Dhauladhars, the spired temple of Baijnath is dedicated to Shiva Vaidyanath and is remarkable for its unique, highly imaginative design and skilled workmanship. Baijnath has retained much of its original mountain beauty with towering mountains, lines of hills and velvety meadows.
Home to the famous Golden Temple which is the holiest shrine in all of Sikhism, Amritsar is a deeply spiritual city. The stunning golden architecture of the temple and the daily Langar (community kitchen) is the focal point.
Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden that houses a memorial of national importance that was established by the government of India to commemorate the massacre of peaceful celebrators by British forces on April 13, 1919.
Dig deeper into this soulful, frenetic city, and you’ll find tons of other fascinating experiences. Adventure to the border of Pakistan and watch the daily Wagah Border Ceremony, tuck into incredible Punjabi food, or shop for beautiful local textiles.