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Himachal

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•  Mandi
•  Kullu
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•  Bilaspur
•  Fagu
•  Narkanda
•  Taragarh
•  Palampur
•  Kasol
•  Kinnaur
•  Kalpa
•  Sangla
•  Chail
•  Solan
•  Manikaran
•  Mashobra
•  Nahan
•  Renukaji
•  Nalagarh
•  Parwanoo
•  Kasauli
 
 
Lahaul & Spiti
This is a mountainous area that is located between Ladakh and Tibet in the north and the Kullu valley in the south. Lahaul begins 51km north of Manali, right after crossing the 3978m (13,127 ft) Rohtang Pass. You go through this area when you travel north from Manali to Leh. Many of the peaks here are over 6000m, the highest being Mulkila at 6,500m. It is basically a dry barren mountainous area with some green areas. It has some interesting Buddhist gompas and secluded villages. There are some good treks in this area.To reach here from Manali you have to travel over the Rohtang Pass, which is closed a good part of the year because of heavy snow. You can also get to this area coming from Shimla going through the Spiti Valley.

It is approached from Zanskar by going over the Shinga La Pass and from Ladakh by going over the Baralacha La Pass (4,870m).About half the people in Lahaul are Buddhist and the other half are Hindu. The main local language is Bhoti, which is similar to Tibetan. A good word to know is "jule," which means hello, thank you and goodbye. Permits you only need a permit if you are going between Tabo and Rekong Peo, the capital of Kinnaur. You can get a seven-day permit at the Home Affairs Office in Delhi, the Senior District Magistrate Office in Rekong Peo, Kaza or Keylong or the Deputy Commissioner in Shimla or Kullu. Rekong Peo and Kaza are the best places to apply, so as not to waste any of the seven-day permit. In Kaza you are supposed to apply with a group of four, but this is often waived. You need three passport size photos, which you should have before going to Kaza or Rekong Peo, as you may not be able to get any photos taken in these places. There are conditions listed on the permit in reference to where you can stay and how you have to travel, which for the most part are not enforced.

KAZA Area Code: 01906Kaza is the main town in Spiti. It is a nice town that is divided into two basic areas, the "old town" and the "new town." New town is basically some government buildings (the District Magistrate office is there).

Manikaran
Manikaran (1700 m), 45kms. from Kulu and just 3kms. from Kasol, is famous for its hot springs. Thousands of people take a holy dip in hot waters here. The water is so hot that dal, rice & vegetables etc. can be cooked in it. It is also a well known pilgrimage place for both Hindus & Sikhs. Ramchandra and Shivaji temples besides a Gurudwara are there. According to an old legend, Manikaran is connected with Lord Shiva and his divine consort, Parvati, who lost her ear rings here, which gave birth to hot waters on the bank of Parvati river. Hearing this religious myth from the priests will be more rewarding and interesting.

Mashobra
A place of unique beauty is the oak and pine retreat of Mashobra, 9.6km from gaiety at an altitude of 2,149 metres (7,700 ft.), it is unbeatable for an ideal interlude beneath oak and pine. To dream the night away and enjoy the sylvan surroundings, is the equally beautiful rest house of Craignano and the Circuit House of Fair Lawns. On the top of the hill, for the naturalists, it is considered to be among the most beautiful rest houses in Shimla Hills.

Just 3km from Mashobra, Craignano is at an height of 2,279 metres (7,800 ft.). A winding path leads through the forest of pines up a gentle incline to the breath taking beautiful gardens filled with an abundance of flowers, amidst clumps of trees, in the spacious lawns, are stone benches and lovely secluded picnic spots. The area adjoining to Mashobra is famous for apples orchards


 
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