1 Himachal is a peaceful and hospitable state. The people are
friendly and helpful. Nevertheless, visitors are advised
not to take unnecessary risk that may lead
them to danger or allow/ provoke
anybody else to harm them in any way.
2 Change your money only at authorized foreign exchange
outlets / Banks / Hotels. Insist for receipt of money changed.
3 Keep identity card/passport handy while travelling
4 Some buildings and monuments require permission for photography
and filming. Contact the nearest Tourism office or the concerned
District Administration for guidance and assistance.
5 Keep your valuables in hotel lockers/safe deposit vaults wherever
6 STD/ISD/FAX facilities are available at small booths throughout
7 For medical assistance contact Government hospitals and dispensaries
or accredited nursing homes/clinics/hospitals or Call 108 free 24X7
8 For guide maps and information, contact Himachal Tourism Offices.
9 Ensure that your vehicle is securely locked before you leave it.
Don't leave cash or jewellery in your vehicle.
10 Do not encourage beggars.
11 Shop at Government emporiums. Prices are reasonable and quality
assured. Himachal Emporium outlets are located at Bilaspur, Chamba,
Dharamshala, Mandi, Kullu, Keylong, Reckong Peo, Nahan, Solan, and
Shimla. Outside the state, these are at New Delhi, Bangalore and
Chandigarh. You can also buy directly from craftsmen located
throughout Himachal. But if you plan to carry them overseas, do take
a receipt for customs.
12 For electrical appliances, check voltage, 220 V is the standard in the
state. Socket type-two pin/three pin.
13 Normal banking hours are 10.00 am to 2.00 pm from Monday to
Fridays, and 10.00 am to noon on Saturday. Some banks also
have eveningcounters but these rarely deal in foreign currency.
Banks remain closed on Sunday and gazette holidays.
14 It is advisable to cover yourself with travel insurance for theft,
loss and medi-claim.
15 Unleaded petrol is available at selected stations only.
16 Do not leave your cash and valuables in your hotel rooms. Keep your
cash divided in different pockets.
17 Do not trust strangers.
18 During the monsoon season (July-August), be careful while driving
on the road because of slippery conditions and land-slides/ rock-falls.
1 While visiting interior places, please inquire about local
2 Please keep important numbers of Tourist Information Offices/ Police
Station with you.
3 Do not stand at the edge of a cliff or on any bolder near a river
bank for photographs etc. The water current in rivers of
Himachal Pradesh is verystrong and highly deceptive.
4 Do not mix drink with driving.
5 Put on your seat-belts while driving.
6 Hill driving is not as easy as it looks. Always keep to the left to avoid
collision with on coming vehicles.
7 Avoid overtaking vehicles on bends. Reduce speeds at bends
8 Do not eat anything offered by unidentified persons on trains
or during road travel. It may contain sedatives or
9 Avoid night driving in the hills.
10 Use your common sense to avoid leading yourself into situations that
could harm you.
11 There is a good coverage of communication network in Himachal.
Please keep important numbers of tourist information offices
/ Police Station withyou. Important numbers are:
a) Police Station: 100 b) Ambulance: 108
1 Before partaking in long/short duration or high-altitude treks,
make sure to inform the local authorities such as
Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Police, Tourism office etc.
2 Ensure hiring only Govt. registered guides, porters and from registered
agencies details of which should be provided to local
authorities prior to departure.
3 Before taking part in any adventure activity such as trekking,
rafting, paragliding, ensure the agencies offering
such activities are authorized by the Government
for the purpose and have a valid license to operate.
4 Tourists intending to participate in adventure activities are
advised to hire the services of those travel agents and guides who
are registered with the Department of Tourism, HP Govt.
5 Do not take unnecessary risks, especially while partaking in
adventure sport activities. Insist upon usage
of life safety mechanisms. Please report
violation of safety rules by any agency to the
Department of Tourism.
6 In the main tourist centers, the rates of porters are fixed.
For hiring porters, especially for treks, these
are normally negotiated. Let the Department of
Tourism help you.
7 While on adventure trips, attire yourself with proper clothing,
shoes, stick, food, water, torch, match box/lighter
8 River Rafting for joy ride purpose in Himachal Pradesh is not
permitted beyond rapid class-II grade.
1 Dispose all litter carefully in dustbins. Use cloth bags
for carrying /shopping.
2 Clean the camp site before your departure, because
other people would also like to use
the same site.
3 Respect the natural environment. Never touch or
harass animals. Always follow
4 Support conservation by paying entrance fee to parks
and protected sites.
5 Do not leave non-biodegradable litter behind.
The use of polythene is banned in
6 Do not burn bushes during trekking in the high
7 Take care of proper disposal of your bio-degradable
/ non-degradable waste while you are
exploring Himalayas or anywhere else.
1 Do hire only authorized taxis and from Govt. registered
Travel Operators or Taxi Unions. It is
advisable to ask for Govt. approved fare chart.
2 For sight-seeing and excursions, contact Himachal
Tourism offices, or Gov ernment approved
travel agents and tour operators. HPTDC operates
its own fleet of coaches and taxis.
3 Do not be coerced into shopping or sight-seeing tours by touts,
taxi drivers or strangers. Let the Department of
Tourism, Himachal Pradesh Tourism
Development Corporation, approved travel agents
or your hotel help you.
4 In the main tourist centers, the rates of porters are fixed.
For hiring porters,
especially for treks, these are normally
negotiated. Let the Department of
Tourism help you.
1 Stay only in hotel/guest houses/home stays that are registered
with the Department of Tourism. A certificate to this
effect is prominently displayed by them. If overcharged,
please contact District Tourism Development Offices.
(Ph. No: Shimla: 0177-2653888, Solan: 01792-230044, Mandi:
01905-225036, Manali: 01902-250221, Dharamshala: 01892-224430,
2 You can get your Hotel accommodation booked from any Tourist
Information Centre or through Internet
(www.himachaltourism.gov.in). For accommoda
tion of state operated hotels, visit www.hptdc.gov.in.
Contact or write to: DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM & CIVIL AVIATION, Block No. 28, SDA Complex, Kasumpti, Shimla-9. Tel.: 0177-2625864, 2623959, 2925924, Fax: 0177-2625456. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Foreign tourists who wish to overstay should contact the nearest
Foreigners' Regional Registration Officer or the
Sadar Police Station in the town.
2 Foreign tourists require Inner Line Permits to visit certain inner
area of Kinnaur district and Spiti of the
Lahaul-Spiti district that borders Tibet-China.
The Permits are issued by Resident Commissioner of
Himachal Pradesh, Himachal Bhawan, 27, Sikandra Road,
New Delhi and at Deputy Commissioner’s office at Shimla,
Kinnaur at Reckong Peo and SDM office at Kalpa, Kaza, Manali.
3 If a document is lost, immediately contact the nearest
4 Park your vehicles only at designated parking lots. Vehicles
wrongly parked will be towed away. In case your
vehicle has been towed away, please contact Police
5 Do not consume alcohol at public places.
6 Do not disfigure or scribble over rocks, trees, building etc.
It could attract legal action against you.
7 Do not buy articles made from parts of rare or endangered
species or animals.
8 Do not smoke in public places/public vehicles. Doing so will
attract penaland / or legal action against you.
9 Do not take your vehicle on sealed/restricted roads.
10 Do not use or carry any prohibited psychotropic or contraband
drugs such as opium, heroin or marijuana,
which under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic
Substances Act is a crime and a punishable offence with imprisonment
1 Observe local traditions and custom especially while visiting
religious places. Do not touch or remove religious
2 Respect local customs and etiquettes.
3 Do not take photographs of local inhabitants without their permission.
4 Female should not be photographed without their consent
Himachal has an enormous range of weather conditions. Most areas of Bilaspur, Una, Solan, Sirmour, Hamirpur and Kangra are largely warm to hot in summer and mild to pleasant in winter. The district of Chamba, Kinnaur, Kullu, Shimla and Lahaul-Spiti are mild to pleasant in summer and cold in winter. Do check the clothing and other equipment you may require for the region you are visiting.