Honeymoon in Himachal Pradesh – What could a state with a name that spells eternal snow be like? Visit Himachal, and discover the blissful arrangement of sky high mountains and gentle rolling hills hiding pearly lakes, icy glaciers and lush green valleys within their folds. Himachal Pradesh has been a popular haunt of vacationers ever since tourism began in India. Overwhelmed by the thick cloak of pines and firs that dressed the hills in Shimla, the British chose to make it their summer capital.
Himachal’s popular zones are defined by its valleys – the Kangra, the Chamba, the Lahaul – Spiti Valley and the Kinnaur-Parvati-Giri- Kullu cluster of valleys. Locked within these vales are the picturesque towns of Kullu Manali, Dalhousie and Chamba, Dharamsala and Palampur. For dare-devil adventure, the cold desert of Lahul-Spiti is quite a challenge. And, gurgling past these high mountains are the snow melted streams which only a yak can help you cross! Himachal is a cheerful blend of romance, adventure and spirituality. For close encounters with the state’s treasures, venture into its sanctuaries and national parks, which house a startling range of flora and fauna. An excursion to either the Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu, the Pin Valley National Park in Spiti, the Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary or the Churdhar Sanctuary in Sirmour packs in large doses of thrill and exciting activity, besides being spiritually and emotionally uplifting.
Most of Himachal can be visited any time of the year, except of course the higher altitudes of Lahaul-Spiti which remain out of bounds in winter. While summer is generally frequented by tourists from the plains, those looking for a unique holiday experience choose to visit Himachal during the wet monsoons and the snowy winters.