Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas. It's home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas.
State capital Shimla recalls the British Raj in the quaint colonial buildings lining the Mall, a ridgetop pedestrian shopping street. On a nearby hill is Jakhu Temple, a colorful Hindu complex home to rhesus macaques and a 108-ft., orange Lord Hanuman (monkey god) statue towering above the trees. Notable smaller towns include Manikaran, famed for hot springs; Sarahan, site of carved-wood temple Shri Bhima Kali Ji; and Kullu, set amid green hills and apple orchards. Great Himalayan National Park is home to snow leopards, snow-covered peaks, alpine meadows, trails and campsites
Language Spoken. Himachal Pradesh is one of the Indian States where the people are capable of speaking many languages. Though the official language of Himachal Pradesh is Hindi, majority of the people also speak well in pahari. They also converse in Punjabi, Kangri, Kinnauri and Dogri.
May–Jun is a peak travel period, before the Jul–Aug monsoons, with torrential rains. Dec–Apr is the ski season. The climate of Himachal Pradesh ranges from hot and humid in the lowlands to temperate in the foothills and cold in the Himalayas. Key events include Losar (Jan/Feb, dates vary), the Tibetan New Year, with Buddhist ceremonies. The Shimla Summer Festival (Jun), offers music and dancing. Kullu’s Dussehra Festival (Oct), with huge crowds, focuses on processions of temple deities.
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