Tourism in Himachal Pradesh is a major contributor to the economy and development of the state. Himalayas attracts tourists from all over the world. Hill stations like Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Chamba, Khajiar, Kullu, and Kasauli are popular destinations for domestic and foreign tourists. The state has many important Hindu pilgrimage sites with major temples such as Naina Devi Temple, Bajreshwari Mata Temple, JwalaJi Temple, Chintapurni, Chamunda Devi Temple, Baijnath Temple, Bhikali Temple, BijliMahadev, and Jakhu Temple. Manimahesh Lake, located in the Bharmour region of Chamba district, is an annual Hindu pilgrimage site held in August, which attracts millions of devotees. The state is also known as “DevBhoomi” (literally meaning the abode of the gods) due to its ancient Hindu texts and its mention as a large number of historical temples in the state.
Locally, it is called the land of gods because of some popular Hindu temples of Hindu deities. However, the neighboring state of Uttarakhand is famous as the land of gods because of the origin of sacred rivers like major Hindu temples such as Badrinath (one of the Char Dham), Kedarnath, Adi-Kailash, Ganga, Yamuna, holy city Haridwar, Rishikesh, etc. Khirganga is one of the most popular treks in Himachal.
Himachal is also known for ice skating in Shimla, Bir Billing and paragliding in Solang Valley, rafting in Kullu, skiing in Manali, boating in Bilaspur, and adventure tourism activities for trekking, horse riding, and fishing in different parts of the state. Shimla, the state capital, is Asia’s only natural ice-skating rink. Spiti valley in Lahaul and at a height of 3000 meters with its picturesque landscape, Spiti district is an important destination for adventure seekers. The region also houses some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in the world.
Tourist Places in Himachal Pradesh:-
- Spiti Valley
- Bir Billing