Himachal a very beautiful and well-natured place in north India, where the nature lovers come to get the relaxation, peace to their souls and unbeatable combination of lush green vellies and snow-capped peaks. Himachal is also called the “Dev Bhoomi”, all old and religious temples and treks are in Himachal. Himachal is famous for religious places, fairs and festivals, apple farms, colonial mansions, cricket ground, museums, monasteries, royal palaces. Himachal was reorganized as the 18th Indian state in 1971, Himachal is located on the north-western region of the Himalaya. Himachal is landlocked between Jammu and Kashmir to the north, Tibetan plateau to the west, and Punjab to the east; the state stands apart in terms of its sheer topographic diversity and breathtaking pristine natural beauty. Himachal possesses a unique charisma!
Himachal is the land of splendid mountains, a pristine place which feeds and provides solace to the mind and soul, a pious land which is associated with the supernatural, an enigma of a place which attracts people from every nook and corner of the world- It’s incredible, it’s beautiful, its enchanting- It’s Himachal. Himachal Pradesh is the place where the sun sets in paradise. It is said that the land possesses such magnetism that it attracts nature lovers and voyagers from not only India but across the globe.
Himachal has everything which can fascinate a tourist and this the reason it is called the paradise for trackers. Mighty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green and golden valleys, flower-filled meadows, misty woods, fast flowing icy rivers, glaciers, gushing water streams, steep waterfalls, enchanting lakes, rippling streams are a few manifestations of its unparalleled beauty.
Himachal has countless reason to be the top propriety of tourists who are looking for local handicrafts to take home. Stroll around the markets or mall roads and purchase Tibetan carpets and handicrafts, shawls, preserves and pickles, toys, wooden articles, semi-precious jewellery and baskets. Handmade wooden furniture, tea leaves, and natural roots known as medicines are very common in Himachal. The rare plants and flowers are the still point of attractions at treks.
McLeodGanj in Himachal Pradesh is the abode of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. The diverse side of the state is easily evident from its cities and the stories associated with them.
If the stories about Malana can spellbind the tourist then the barren terrain of Lahaul & Spiti can set them in heaven. Stunning beauties of these places and nature itself heals the tourist’s heart and soul with happiness.
Endless beauty and picturesque valleys of Kullu, Kinnaur and Kangra then on the other side there are scenic cliff-hanging, dangerous roads of Kinnaur, and the favourite part of every bike riders riding. A tour to Himachal, which is set amidst the lush green carpet of manicured trees with the 360-degree view of Himalaya, is always relaxing and rejuvenating. Some of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh are Shimla, Narkanda, Chail, Tattapani, Kasauli, Naldehra, Barog, Solan, Kullu, Manali, Naggar, Manikaran, Mandi, Joginder Nagar, Keylong, Chamba, Kangra, and Nahan.
While one can see riots of culture and colour in Dharamshala and McLeodGanj, then there are colonial hamlets in Dalhousie.
Major Towns: Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala, MacLeod Ganj, Spiti, Dalhousie, Solan, Pathankot, Kasauli, Mandi, Nahan, Nalagarh, Una, Pragpur, Jawalaji, Palampur, Bhagsu, Sarahan, Rampur
Language: Hindi, Punjabi, Pahari, Kanashi
Best Time to Visit Himachal Pradesh: April to October and December to January
Location: 46 Kms From Delhi, Haryana
Founded by: Dr. Salim Ali
Main Attractions: Migratory Birds, Kingfishers
Haryana’s Bird Paradise
Located 46 kms from Delhi, Sultanpur National Park, is just a short drive away from the Delhi – Jaipur Highway. A stretch of marshy land has been remodelled. The artificial mounds have turned into green glades. The marsh has been converted into a water body. A number of organisms like crustaceans, fish and insects thrive during floods, which attract a number of birds to this area.
The sanctuary potential of the place was first recognised by the world famous ornithologist, Mr. Peter Jackson. Keeping in view its importance and potential, the area covering 359 acres was declared a bird sanctuary in 1971 and was upgraded to the status of National Park in 1991 by Haryana Government. Sultanpur was a haunt of our very own birdman, Late Dr. Salim Ali.
The Avian Population With the years, hundreds of species of migratory birds have winged in to stay here. Winter brings in birds from as far as Siberia. Flock of geese from Europe also flit in. The local birds flap in, too. A world of darters, egrets, shovellers, gadwell, geese dominate. Teals, kingfishers, lapwings, sandpipers, demoiselle cranes and such other water birds flock in. Over 100 species have been identified here. The number of birds visiting the place has multiplied over the years.
Every year nearly 90 migratory birds arrive here in search of feeding grounds and also to spend the winter. In winter, the sanctuary affords a picturesque panorama of migratory birds such as rosy pelican, spotted sandpiper, starling, blue throat etc. in summer, 11 species of birds such as koel and cuckoo can be recognised by their melodious voice. Apart from birds, animal species like blue bull are also found in plenty in the area.
Innumerable bird watchers come in to observe bird antics. There are hideouts, watchtowers and a museum of sorts for those keen on serious study. Guestrooms and catering wing await the patrons.
Facilities: Guestrooms, restaurant, family cottages, a bar, hideouts and watchtowers.
The government is constantly endeavouring to improve the habitat so that more birds come to nest in this area and also to help the bird lovers to come and study the bird life. The bird lovers on their part are requested not to disturb the birds by creating noise or frightening them with music.