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Highlights of Himachal.

Kalka – Shimla Toy Train

Toy Train : Rising from the elevation of 684 meters to 2195 meters thejourney from Kalka to Shimla by the Toy Train has always fascinated the travellers. The idea of Toy Train had already come to a journalist’s mind in 1847, much before the railways were introduced on Indian land, but after that a number of surveys took place and finally the work was initiated in 1898. Most of the material was brought from Scotland, the labour was locally hired and the skillfull engineers of the British government were always ready to fight the hurdles. With 107 tunnels originally, not 102 are left, nearly 900 bridges, similar number of curves, twenty railway platforms, and the time period taken to complete the project as five years, Kalka Shimla railway is a marvel feet of engineering of Victorian era.



Kufri in Winter time

Kufri : once upon a time this famous tourist place to the north east of Shimla was known for its ski slopes. The British introduced skiing in India and Shimla – being the Summer capital, skiing was one of the major adventure sports for the British gentry. Now the ski slopes have been found in Narkanda – 64 km from Shimla but Kufri still remains attractive with its marvellous views of Himalayan peaks and  a Nature Park. In the Park, the leopards hold a major attraction for all. A horse ride upto the Mahasu peak is recommended, from where the view of the Himalayan peaks is much better.

Rohtang Pass during Summer time

Rohtang Pass : Himachal Pradesh is the land of high passes and there is no more famous than Rohtang Pass, to the north of Manali. A 51 km drive through the lush green grasslands takes one to the elevation of 13500 feet where you
hardly find any trees. Hanging above Manali town Rohtang is a gateway to Lahaul and Spiti Valleys and further on to Ladakh, to the North West of India. Generally remains covered with snow, it opens in the mid of June and remains open till October end. Rohtang holds and amazing attraction for the visitors due to its landscape and snow peaks in the surroundings. One can opt for snowboarding, skiing, para gliding and sledge skiing.



Kinnaur & Spiti valley

Kinnaur and Spiti : If you want to enjoy the creativity of Nature then there is no better places than Kinnaur and Spiti Valleys. Kinnaur is known for its green valleys and remote villages whereas Spiti is famous for its geological carving. Kinnaur  is the place where the legends for Hindu epic originated. Still there are some remote villages where the old traditions are followed and are the basic foothold of the life. You will have a chance to visit the old forts, wooden temples famous for their wood carvings, pine nut forests and traditional villlages. Spiti is the moonlike landscape. Once the seabed of Tythes ocean, from where the Himalaya aroused, Spiti offers a mind boggling landscape to the visitor. A place where the nature creates miracles without any vegetation. The area remains cut of from the rest of the world for nearly six months so the best time to plan a trip to Spiti valley is from May till October.



Monastery Spiti Valley

Tabo Monastery : Tabo is the oldest Buddist Monastery in indian Western Himalayas. In 10th century, Ranchen Dzongpa, the Tibettan preacher, decided to translate the Tibetan scripture into of the Himalayan languages. With this idea he established a large number of Monasteries in the Indian Western Himalayas, starting from Tabo towards the west. Tabo was established in 996 AD that as followed by many others. It still is the biggest Tibbetan education centre in the region. Inside the old Monastery the painting and the stukos are the major attraction for a visitor. They are protected from the light to save them from any damage. So only some light is made available to see them. There are about 35 stockos in the monastery depicting the philosophy of life. Tabo monastery is the first Buddhist monastery once you enter Spiti valley and the village around the Monastery is knows as village Tabo.

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