Escape from the sweltering summer heat and visit Himachal, the coolest summer getaway. Hike in the dense alpine forests or feel at the top of the world on the frosty snow-clad peaks, Himachal with its awe-inspiring charm and beauty and a vast array of hill stations can make any other summer retreat look pale in comparison. With such popular summer retreats as Shimla, Kulu Manali, Dalhousie and Dharamshala in its repertoire, the land charmed erstwhile officials of the British Raj and the magic continues.
The land of Himachal is designed for myriad activities suitable for every adventurer. Professional or amateurs, children or adult can participate in these activities heightening their holiday experience in the magnificent Himachal
Lahaul and Spiti
Lahaul and Spiti are two remote Himalayan Valleys of H.P. lying on the Indo-Tibet border. Strange, exciting, primitive, these valleys are unsurpassed in mountainscape, in the rugged beauty of their rocky escapements and the splendor of their snow-covered peaks.
Lahaul is marked by a central mass of uniformly high mountains and massive glaciers. The two rivers, Chandra and Bhaga which rise on either side of the Baralacha La, flow through the narrow Chandra and Bhaga valleys. Lahaul is a land of fascinating Buddhist art and culture. The monasteries of Lahaul-Spiti are rich repositories of ancient murals, thankas, wood carving and golden images of Padmasambhava.
The valley lies at a height of 2,745 meters above sea level. Summer in this valley is cool and pleasant with green grass and alpine flowers. There is little monsoon in both these valleys and this enables climbers & trekkers to enjoy a long and unbroken season in the perpetual sunshine to explore the wilderness and grandeur of the inner Himalaya. This unique feature makes Lahul-Spiti as an ideal destination for tourists and trekkers in the month of July, August, and September. Keylong is 115 Km from Manali and is the District Headquarters of Lahul-Spiti District. The month of July heralds the traveling and trekking season to Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti.
A wide spectrum of national talent, a variety of programs and a splendid setting make Shimla’s Summer Festival – a memorable event. Shimla also hosts thesportsCross Fair, sport tournaments, flower shows, photographs and posters exhibition and a fashion show based on folk costumes.
Chamba’s famous Minjar fair which celebrates the bounty of nature and prays for a good harvest is normally held in August. Manimahesh Yatra to the sacred tarn of Manimahesh is held immediately after the festival of Janamashtmi.
At Bharmour, 35 Km short of the lake, the nomadic Gaddis hold a fair for six days.
The Kangra valley summer Festival is also held in May/June at Dharamsala.
At Solan, on the third Sunday of the month, the Shoolini Fair honours the goddess Shoolini, the presiding deity of the region.