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Ah, May – the time of the summer holidays. Don’t you wish you could just whisk away your family away for a nice, relaxing holiday away from all the heat? With temperatures soaring and the summer holidays right around the corner, Himachal Pradesh is a destination you simply cannot overlook in your plans! As the state is nestled in the shadows of the Himalayas, the evergreen and picturesque locations resonate with a magnificence reserved for some of nature’s greatest creations. Naturally, the place is known as the “Devbhumi” – “Land of the Gods.”

Visiting Himachal Pradesh is an experience that will stick with your forever. The lush greenery, the incredible sights and sounds and the truly awe-inspiring rivers are few of the many reasons why the North Indian State is one of the popular tourist destinations in India. 

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The best part about Himachal Pradesh is that there’s so much for you to see and do here. Nestled in the north-west part of India, the States of Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab along with the Tibetan Plateau surround Himachal. The breathtaking diversity, natural beauty and incredible topographic will leave you spellbound.

In spite of its small size, there are a number of places to visit in this man made heaven.

Shimla

The Capital & largest city in Himachal Pradesh is a popular tourist destination. While staying in Shimla City itself is a phenomenal experience, a large number of people are exploring resorts on the outskirts of the Capital. One of the best things about these resorts is that they’re amidst nature away and are the perfect picture of peace & tranquility. Mashobra is one such place, which has been a host to the British Raj. Mashobra gives our guests a taste of our history and scenic beauty. A stay here will make you relive the aura and history of the British Raj. That along with scenic beauty, awe-inspiring sights, churches, temples, rivers, a forest sanctuary, a gorgeous gold course and a pleasant, peaceful resort offer visitors a lovely holiday. This whole experience is best captured when staying at a resort that exudes these vibes and resonates with the town’s history. One of the most popular ones is Club Mahindra Mashobra.

Shimla has an interesting history, check out these facts –

  • The town of Shimla rose in the nineteenth century when the Gurkha Wars came to an end in 1815-16 and the victorious British decided to stay here.
  • In 1864 the Viceroy, John Lawrence anointed Shimla – then spelt Simla, as the summer capital of British India.
  • The influence of the British on this town’s architecture and ambience still exists.

Things to Do:

  • Go skiing at Kufi and pay a visit to to the apple orchards at Fagu.
  • Enjoy trekking at the Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary.
  • Visit famous landmarks such as Christ Church, Jakhu Temple and the Himachal State Museum. 

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Dharamshala

Lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range in the Kangra Valley, this picturesque destination is surrounded by oak and conifer trees.  Snowcapped mountains enfold three sides of the town and the Himalayan Peaks are best seen from Dharamshala. Naturally, trekking to a snow-point is popular and takes only a day if you have an early start. Lying in the vicinity of the town is McLeodganj. The Tibetan Government in exile calls this town their home and there are a number of Monasteries for you to visit. 

Naturally, given the two locations, wouldn’t it be great to have access to both? That’s why resorts such as Club Mahindra Dharamasala are fast gaining popularity. Here’s some more information about Dharamsala –

Quick Facts:

  • In 1905, tragedy struck Dharamshala when an earthquake levelled it completely. After its reconstruction, Dharamshala flourished as a quiet health resort.
  • Called, ‘Little Lhasa,’ the town has been home to the Tibetan Government in exile and since 1960 is the home of the Dalai Lama.
  • It’s also the home of the world’s highest cricket stadium.

Things to Do:

  • Go on some of the most exquisite treks at Triund and Ilaka, Aghanjar Mahadev Temple, Tea Garden and, Indru Nag Temple.
  • Visit monasteries in McLeodganj and soak in the vibe of Buddhist Culture. 

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Manali

One of the most popular destinations in India is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. The landscape here is breath taking and the grandeur of the Himalayas grabs the attention of every visitor. Since Manali is on the ‘must visit’ list of pretty much everyone, there are a host of options to pick from here. Many of them are of course top of the line hotels and resorts. But among the crowd, one resort stands out. The Club Mahindra Resort at Manali is unique because it’s settled in the heart of rosy apple orchards. The spacious resort affords guests foot-stopping sights of the hillsides dotted with the occasional herd and abundant fields. In short, it’s the perfect place to unwind and have a laidback holiday.

Things to Do:

  • Visit Prashar Lake, Hadimba Temple, Manikaran and Naggar Castle.
  • Enjoy the snowy Himalayas at Rohtang Pass where you can enjoy a gorgeous view of sentinel-like mountains rising far above the clouds.
  • Enjoy the Buddhist Monastery and pay a visit to the Solang Valley. 
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