HIMACHAL PRADESH TOURISM
| Monuments in Himchal Pradesh
Monuments/ Fort & Palace/ Historical Palace in Himachal Pradesh
On the Observatory Hills is located Viceregal Lodge which is also called Rashtrapati Niwas. This magnificent building was the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin. The palatial building was the venue for many important decisions which changed fate of the sub-continent. This lodge was completed in 1888. It is said that every brick for the building was carried by mules. This is a six storey building is surrounded by well maintained gardens and lawns. A cafe is also there. The lodge has now been converted into Institute of Advanced study. The lodge is further 2 kms from state museum.
The Kamru fort is a silent sentinel, situated at a fearsome altitude of 2,600m above the sea level. This place is at a distance of 229-km from Shimla, and is a dense cluster of houses, surrounded by fields and orchards.
Location - Dharamsala
Located at the very start of the town amidst landscaped lawns and a web of narrow paths filling a pine grove, is the memorial raised to commemorate the post independence war heroes of Himachal Pradesh.
The Maharaja of Chail built the Palace in Chail in 1891. The Maharaja's palace was converted into a heritage hotel when it was purchased by Himachal Tourism in 1972. It covers a wide area of 75 acres with a regal setting that offers spectacular views. You can have a perfect holiday at this majestic hill station in the luxurious and spacious rooms.
Once the capital of the princely state of Baghal, Arki has witnessed a good measure of turbulence in this area. Arki became the stronghold of an invading force of Gurkhas during the 'Gurkha Wars' that ended in 1815-16. The highlight of the fort are its muralled interiors, executed in1850 under Raja Kishen Chand.
Close to the district border of Kangra, is the fort of Sujanpur. Built by Raja Abhaya Chand of Kangra in 1758, in the early nineteenth century, it was the home of the famous Raja Sansar Chand – renowned patron of the Kangra School of miniature paintings. The fort has a ‘Baradari Hall', where Sansar Chand used to hold court. There are also some shrines and excellent wall paintings within the fort.
In Chamba, situated the beautiful Rang Mahal palace, which was built by Raja Umed Singh in the mid 18th century. An interesting mix of colonial and Sarcenic architure styles, this palace is now counted among the heritage palace hotels of Himachal Pradesh. Exquisite examples of wall paintings in the Punjab Hills style, depicting the life and times of Lord Krishna embellish the walls of the palace. May be this is the reson why Rang Mahal is populalry known as "The Painted Palace".
The most important fort of the region, it is enclosed by high ramparts and its walls have a circumference of approximately 4 km. It was built about 1,000 years ago on the confluence of the Banganga and Manjhi rivers. Its various gates, shrines and remains of the old palaces are noteworthy.
Within a short driving distance of Arki, and barely an hour away from the Jubbarhatti (Shimla) airport, is the fort of Kuthar. Its oldest sections are 800 years old while the most recent structures are barely eight decades old. Close-by are several scenic attractions like Kunihar, the Gurkha fort of Subathu and the hill station of Kasauli.
|Tourist Attractions of Himachal Pradesh|
The main tourist attraction of Kullu is the Raghunath Temple. And In Bajaura there is a famous temple of Basheshar Mahadev with fine stone carvings and sculptures.
Once called the "end of the habitable world," Manali is an important hill station of northern India and is the destination of thousands of tourists every year. Its cool atmosphere contains many beautiful sites & temples ie. Manali is known for its shiny gompas or Buddhist monasteries.
Shimla truly known as "Destination for all seasons". Christ Church is the second oldest church and is one of the landmarks of Shimla. Himachal State Museum & Library it has a good collection of ancient historical sculptures, Kufri this hill famous for its trekking and hiking trails.
| Other Tourist Destination in Himachal Pradesh|
| Kangra, Solan, Chamba, Kinnaur, Dharamshala, Mandi, Una, Lehul & Spiti.