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Shimla and Manali: Enriching and Enticing

By Sanjana Singh Subscribe to RSS | June 11th 2012 | Views:

Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, is rightly called the ‘Queen of all hill stations’. This place rose to prominence during the colonial rule when it was made the summer capital meant to provide solace to the Europeans from the sweltering heat in the plains. Till date, Shimla has managed to attract tourists from all over. If you want to know what prompted the Europeans to choose Shimla among the various other places, you must plan a Shimla tour during summers and witness the pleasant and cool atmosphere of this spectacular hill destination. With a wide range of hotels in Shimla, you can make your stay comfortable as well as affordable.

Located at the foothills of the Shiwalik range, this place is adorned with huge mountains covered with lush green pine and deodar trees with the snow clad mountains as the backdrop. The colonial dominance is quite evident from the old and great architectural buildings. The Vice regal Lodge is a perfect example of the beautiful architecture of the past. This building has now been converted to Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. The State Museum will further enrich you with the past history of this place.

A Shimla tour can never be complete without visiting the famous temples like the Jakhu Temple, Kali Bari, Sankat Mochan Temple and Tara Devi Temple. The Christ Church stands majestically on the ridge. The busiest place in Shimla is the Mall. Housing prominent shopping complexes and restaurants, this place is always full with activity. A number of hotels in Shimla are placed here. Kufri and Chhail are two beautiful places that are not very far from Shimla and are less crowded, thus allowing you to enjoy the beauty of nature amidst serene surrounding. For honeymooners, these are simply perfect.

Shimla, with various high peaks and low slanting mountains, provides the perfect landscape for trekking. Shimla receives heavy snowfall during winters, thus providing apt locales for winter sports such as ice-skating, skiing and heli-skiing. You can also add other outdoor activities like camping and golfing to your Shimla tour. Many hotels in Shimla will guide you regarding these outdoor expeditions.

Manali, located around 260 kms from Shimla, is yet another hill station that offers you with natural beauty that is beyond imagination. With snow peaked mountains, dense forests with pine trees, beautiful fruit orchards, huge stretches of meadows filled with flowers, mystic endless gorges and exotic valleys amidst vibrant rivers, make this place a perfect holiday destination. A Manali tour package can help you plan your trip effectively and see to it that you do not miss out anything.

Manali Sanctuary gives you a chance of camping in the midst of dense forest that will enable you to have a sneak peek into the habitation of the forest. Besides wildlife experiences, a visit to various temples and monasteries can also be added to your Manali tour package.The Rahla Falls and Solang Valley provide you with great sceneries. These places provide mountain trekking and skiing activities for tourists. A visit to the famous Rohtang Pass must be included in your Manali tour package. Located at an altitude of more than 4000 meters, the enchanting beauty of this place will keep you spellbound. Huge glaciers, deep and ethereal canyons and endless snow covered landscape make this place magical.

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A Manali tour package along with a properly planned Shimla tour can be easily arranged. Various hotels in Shimla will provide you with taxis that will help you to make a trip to the magnificent Manali.

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