Wednesday, January 20

How to Plan a Trip to Kinnaur - Unexplored Hill Station in India


Kinnaur is one of the most beautiful regions in Himachal Pradesh. The place is a must visit for the adventure and nature lovers. Kinnaur is truly a mesmerizing place which is a captivating terrain of lush green valley, orchards, vineyards, snow clad peaks and cold desert mountains. Kinnaur has exotic valleys with panoramic views and dust free environment. It is also very rich with different flora & fauna.
Kinnaur is one of the tribal regions of Himachal Pradesh and here you will find a different culture and language as compared to other parts of the state. Kinnaur is located about 250 km from the state capital Shimla, and situated on the NH - 22 also known as Hindustan Tibet Road.
While on the way to this amazing place you will encounter various stunning and breathtaking landscapes. You will be amazed to witness the lush green orchards of the scenic Sangla Valley to the unadulterated splendor of the Hangrang Valley. The gigantic snow attired ranges that provide a regal dignity to the scene are dominated by the peak of Kinner Kailash.

Kalpa is one of the most beautiful villages of this region. Kalpa is located at an altitude of over 2750 meters above the sea level at a distance of about 100 km from Sarahan. Kalpa is the biggest village of Kinnaur. You will relish seeing across the river in Kalpa faces the grand mountains of the Kinner Kailash range. The best time to watch the great Kinnar Kailash Mountains is in the morning as you will be delighted to see the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and golden light.

Nearest Airport from Kinnaur is about 267 km at Shimla and the nearest Railhead is again Shimla Railway station about 244 km from Kinnaur. You can take the NH - 22 also known as The Hindustan Tibet Road which bifurcates to Kalpa from Powari.
You can also take a bus or taxi from Shimla to reach Kinnaur. Number of buses and Taxis are available from Shimla and Rampur to reach Kalpa Kinnaur.
Another route to reach Kalpa is via Manali - Rohtang Pass - Kunzam Pass – Kaza. The journey is around 400 km.

CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN KINNAUR: Winters are very chilled in Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh, the temperature can drop to below freezing point. The summers are pleasant but still very cold and woolens are required


RECONG PEO: Located at an altitude of 2670 meters above sea level Recong Peo is about 240 km from the state capital Shimla. Recong Peo is only 7 km from Powari and 13 km from the biggest village in Kinnaur, Kalpa. Rekcong Peo is also the head quarter of district Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh.

KOTHI: Kothi is only 3 km from the district head quarter Recong Peo. Kothi offers astounding panoramic view. It has a beautiful temple dedicated to the goddess Chanadika Devi. The Chandika Devi temple in Kothi is set against a backdrop of mountains and graves. You will love to see the uncommon architectural style and fine sculpture of the temple. A wonderful gold image of goddess is enshrined in sanctum.

SANGLA VALLEY: The magical valley of Sangla is really hypnotic. The beautiful landscapes so mesmerizing that you can never forgot the place. You would love to see the rushing waters of the Baspa river, that flow through its 95 km length, seem to absorb some of the magic and slow down to savor its snow-frame beauty. Apart from the scenic natural beauty you must not miss the fort of Kamru located about 2 km from Sangla. Watch out its tower like architecture resembles that of the Bhima Kali complex and this was the origin of rulers of Bushehar. Another beautiful place not to miss here is Chitkul at an altitude of 3450 m. It is the last village of the valley and beyond lies Tibet.

RIBA - Riba is situated at an altitude of about 2750 meters and is at a distance of only 18 km from Powari on NH-22 is famous for its vineyards and local wine 'Angoori' made from grapes.

JANGI: Jangi is located about 26 km from Powari. Please note that the foreigners would require permit to travel beyond Jangi upto Tabo in Lahaul Spiti. From Jangi  the Kinner Kailash Parikarama Trek starts touching Morang, Thangi and Kunocharang villages and entering Chitkul village in Sangla Valley.

PUH: It is located at a height of about 2850 meters and will captivate you with Lush green fields, orchards of apricot, almond trees and vineyards, on route to Puh. Puh is about 58 Km from Powari village. You can stay here at the government rest house which has basic hotel facilities.

NAKO: Located at an aamzing height of over 3660 meters above sea level Nako is around 117 km from Kalpa. Nako is the largest village above sea level in Hangrang Valley. The striking Nako Lake is fun to the eyes and you can also enjoy boating here. Nako lake is frozen during the winters and its surface is used for ice skating. Buddhist monastery is located here.

TABO: Tabo is located at an altitude of 3050 and is about 163 km from Kalpa. Distance of Tabo is around 27 km from Sando which is an ancient village. The spectacular Tabo is located on the left bank of river Spiti. Tabo is bordered on either side by enthralling hills and is one of the oldest and most important Buddhist monasteries in the world regarded by many as only next to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet.
Tabo is also known as the Ajanta of the Himalayas. Tabo is the largest monastic complex of Spiti which has since been declared a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.

KAZA: Height of Kaza from the sea level is about 3600 meters. It is located about 210 km from Kalpa. Distance of Kaza is around 47 from Tabo. The headquarters of Spiti sub-district, Kaza is on the bank of river Spiti. In earlier times, it was the capital of Nono, the chief of Spiti. It has a Buddhist Monastery and Hindu Temple.

KEY GOMPA: It is located at an altitude of over 4100 meters from sea level. Key Gompa is just about 7 km from Kaza. Key Gompa is also known as the largest monastery in Spiti Valley. It is one of the ancient monasteries and was established in the 11th century, it has ancient Buddhist scrolls and paintings. Also houses the largest number of Buddhist monks and nuns.

KIBBER: Kibber is located at a height of over 4200 meters. It is just around 8 km from Kaza. Kibber is alos known as the highest village in the world which is connected by a motorable road and also the highest village in the world which has its own polling station during elections.

KUNZAM PASS: Kunzum Pass is located at a height of 4550 meters above sea level. Kunzum Pass is one of the highest motorable passes in India. Goddess Kunjum keeps guard over the pass and wards of the evil.

Wednesday, January 13

General Knowledge about Himachal Pradesh - HP GK for Exams

Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh

हिमाचल प्रदेश




25 January 1971



Largest city



Lahaul and Spiti


- Governor

Urmila Singh

- Chief Minister

Prem Kumar Dhumal

- Legislature
(68 seats)


- Total

55,673 km2 (21,495.5 sq mi)

Area rank



2,319 m (7,608 ft)

Population (2011)

- Total


- Rank


- Density

123.2/km2 (319/sq mi)

Time zone

IST (UTC+05:30)

ISO 3166 code



0.681 (medium)

HDI rank

8th (2005)



Official languages



Friday, January 8

Unforgettable Trip from Delhi to Dharamshala Mcleodganj - Weekend destination

How to Plan your Trip to Mcleodganj Dharamshala from Delhi 

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It was month of May and the schools in Delhi NCR had declared their summer vacations for one and half month. Last year we had an exotic and amazing trip to Kashmir. This time around my son was again eager to go to some hill station. I just thought nothing better than Himachal Pradesh.Why not Mcleodganj Dharamshala this year. We decided that we will drive this time to Dharamshala all the way from Delhi.

The driving directions from Delhi to Dharamshala Mcleodganj are too simple. We need to take GT karnal road from Delhi. It will take about four hours to reach Chandigarh from Delhi via Panipat, Karnal and Ambala.

We stared our journey in the evening at around 5 PM so that we cross Delhi before the peak hour traffic. My advise to all the people driving from Delhi to Chandigarh is to maintain the speed limit. It is highly likely that the traffic cops would fine you for over speeding in this highway. Thanks to one of my old friend for this suggestions and it saved me.

Though you would be tempted to drive beyond the speed limit of 100 make sure that you do not exceed the limit otherwise you may end up paying heavy fine or meet with an accident. So mind it friends!!

On the way there are many outlets where you can have snacks, tea or dinner. It is up to you to decide where you want to have your meals. Here also I would like to give one suggestion. Please do not stop on the secluded place or a Dhaba where you do not find any customers. It is better you stop and enjoy at the places like Pind Baluchi, Nirulla's, Havelli or many other spots which offers good quality meals along with entertainment for your kids.

After having our dinner at Chandigarh at around 9PM we moved ahead and took the Ropar Nangal Una Road. Una is about 120 kms from Chandigarh. The roads are excellent and signal free and within two hours we touched Mehatpur which lies on Himachal Punjab Border. After crossing the Barrier we decided to spend the remaining time in a hotel. It was already 11 PM and though it is safe to drive in Himachal in the night we did not want to take a chance. If you are not expert in driving in hills please do not drive.

We stayed in a hotel that night 4 kms before Una city and next morning after having our breakfast the enchanting journey to the Himalayas began at 8AM. We crossed UNA, then AMB, Mubarakpur, Bharwain. The famous Chintpurni Temple is also located about 5 kms from Bharmai. You can take the straight route or if you wish to pay visit to the Mata Chintpurni Temple you can take that route and catch the Kangra route again.

We took the straight route and reached Dehra soon. The Beas River flowing down the bridge near Dehra was truly mesmerizing. I think that was the beginning of the heavenly feeling on the hills. Dehra is a small town in Kangra District. From Dehra you can go straight to Kangra or take another route via Jwalaji Temple. If you have sufficient amount of time you can always visit Jwalaji Temple either while going to Dharamshala or while coming back.

At 11 AM we were in the sacred Kangra town. The gigantic Dhauladhar ranges were so near we can see and feel that. Our destination was so near now, only 18 kms from Kangra. The AC in the car was switched off as the cool breeze was inviting and telling us to come fast.

The smell of the air was so soothing now and after every 2-3 kms we can see streams of water and rivulets with crystal clear water. The local people call these small rivulets, Khad.

The journey from Kangra to Dharamshala was enthralling and the pollution free atmosphere was delightful. Lets hope and wish that the beauty of the mountains and hills is maintained. All the tourists and travelers also need to understand that the need of the hour is to protect the environment from all kinds of pollution.

Finally we reached our destination and the feeling was altogether different in Dharamshala.

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Thursday, January 7

New Year 2016-2017 Celebration and Christmas Packages Dalhousie Khajiar

New Year 2016-2017 Celebration and Christmas Packages Dalhousie Khajiar
Celebrating Christmas and New Year at the beautiful hill town Dalhousie and Khajiar is really a fun. It generally snows in the upper regions of Khajiar and Dalhousie during Christmas and New Year. The entire Chamba valley, Kahjiar, Dalhousie and the near by mountains looks pure white due to snow during this time of the year.

The thrilling view of the snow clad Mountains and captivating snow in the upper regions of Khajiar Dalhousie is a treat to the watch during Christmas and New Year. Khajiar and Dalhousie is one of the most famous hill stations in Himachal and is a perfect destination to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Khajiar Dalhousie is Honeymooners paradise. People from Punjab, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana and other parts of the country throng  to Queen of Hills Dalhousie to enjoy the winters, snow and to celebrate the grand events of Christmas and New Year.
Khajiar Dalhousie is easily accessible from Punjab’s famous cities like Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Faridkot, Patiala, Ropar, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Delhi and other parts of Punjab and Haryana. Dalhousie is just a 2 hours drive from Pathankot, 4 hours drive from Jalandhar, 6 hours drive from Chandigarh, 10 hours drive from Delhi. Frequent buses are available from Delhi, Chandigarh and Shimla to Dalhousie and from all major Cities of Punjab.However if you are planning to celebrate Christmas or New Year at Dalhousie make sure that you have your advance bookings in place. Due to heavy rush during this time you need to book your bus or train tickets in advance apart from booking your Hotel rooms in Dalhousie.
Christmas and New Year 2016-2017 Celebration in Dalhousie Khajiar
Best Hotels in Khajiar Dalhousie for New Year 2016-2017 Packages
Hotel Mount View
Dalhousie - 176304 (Himachal Pradesh)
Tel: 91-01899-242120, 240610.
Fax: 91-01899-240741.
Mobile:- 09418010822, 09418511822, 09816040822, 9816831208
Dalhousie Heights
(A unit of J. Shakuntla Resorts) Lovers Lane, 100 Meters from Main Bus Station, Dalhousie (H.P.)
Telephones: 01899- 242810, 240742 Fax: +91- 1899 240731
Mobile: +91-98054-97888, +91-94180-02170,  +91-94184-79182, +91-94182-89210, Delhi Office: +91-92121 72170
For Corporate Inquiries :-
Mr. D.N.Dutta  +91 9311007374 Indian Passage Hospitalities 1, Chander Boss Complex Sec 17′C , Sukhrali Near IFFCO GURGAON email :
Grand View Hotel
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
Tel: (01899) 240760, 242823, 242194
Fax: +91(01899)240609.
Mobile: 9418010659, 9418040760.
Surya Resorts Dalhousie
Ballon Church Road,
Bathri view Estate,
Dalhousie (Himachal Pardesh)
Reception : +91-1899-242158
Fax         : +91-1899-242876
Mobile     : +91-94180-52602

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