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Bhimkali templeSandwiched between the plains of the Punjab & Harayana, and the high lands of Tibet, Himachal Pradesh is easily accessible from Delhi. With its vistas of snow peaks, rugged valleys, green meadows, rich forests, meandering rivers, and friendly people, it offers Nature, culture and adventure.
 
 Rising in tiers from the plains, various ranges rise up to elevations of more then 7000 m. The main ranges are the Shivalik, Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar, Bara Bhangal and the Great Himalayan Ranges. These mountain barriers form natural boundaries between the state's separate districts.
 
Himachal Pradesh comprises Shimla Hills, Kinnaur, Spiti, Lahaul, Kulu, Kangra, and Chamba Valleys
 
Shimla Hills, with the capital city of Shimla, was one time summer capital of India. At an altitude of 2159 m, it is blessed with cool crisp air and superb panoramas across verdant, undulating country to the snowy peaks of the Great Himalayas. Connected by road and train to Delhi, it is the starting point for jeep safaris to the rugged interiors of Spiti and Kinnaur.
 
Kinnar BeautyKinnaur, lies astride the valley of the Sutlej along the old trade route to Tibet, and is dominated by the 6050 m high holy Mount Kinner Kailash, The mainly Hindu, lower Valley has breathtaking scenery, particularly along the well watered side valleys of Kalpa and Sangla. Pine forests, alpine meadows, picture postcard villages, apple orchards, and maize fields are scattered below the mighty peaks. The upper reaches, sheltered from the monsoons are more austere with rocky cliffs and glaciers. Here Buddhism has been practiced for 1000 years. Quaint villages, ancient temples and monasteries, cling to the rocky terrain under the shadow of the 6770 m high Mount Leo Pargail, whose pinnacles mark the Tibet frontier. Camping in the isolated valleys, to enjoy nature, trekking up to altitudes of over 4000 m and glimpses of local culture are the main attractions.
 
The beautiful Kangra Valley is approached from Pathankot in the Punjab. It lies in the lower reaches of the Beas River Valley, and is flanked on the north by the majestic snow clad Dhauladhar Range. It is intensely cultivated, and there are many tea gardens. The population is mainly Hindu. The main towns are Kangra, Palampur, Baijnath and Jogindernagar. Mcloadganj, near Dharamsala is the Headquaters of the Dalai Lama, and has a large Buddhist population - this is also the main attraction of this area. Many hamlets offer a quite retreat, and the Dhaukadhar range has many trekking trails up to elevations of 4500 m, passing through nomadic encampments, meadows and forests.
 
The isolated Chamba valley straddles the upper reaches of the Ravi River, and lies across the Dhauladhar Range. It is approached through Pathankot, and the hill station of Dalhousie. It is famous for its Hindu temples, and nomadic herdsmen. Trekking routes lead over the Pirpanjal Range to Lahaul and over the Dhauladhar to the Kangra Valley.
 
The Kulu valley, and its offshoot the Parbati Valley is in essence the upper Beas River Valley. The Pir Panjal Range to its North, the Parbati Range to its East, and the Bara Bhangal Range to its West cradle it. Described as Himachal at its most idyllic; it has cascading rivers, orchards, pretty villages with terraced fields, Hindu temples, deep pine forests, and high snow-clad ridges. Connected to the Kangra valley at the Largi Gorge near the town of Mandi, the Kulu valley extends some 80 kms to the Rohtang Pass - gateway to the dry and extreme cold mountains of Lahoul & Ladakh. Kulu and Manali are the main towns in the Valley. The valley offers a relaxing holiday, and ski opportunities in winter, There are many comfortable trekking options, as also challenging treks, over the Hampta Pass, 4330m to Lahaul, and over the Pin Parbati Pass, 5319 m to Spiti.
 
Crossing over the Rohtang Pass to Lahoul & Spiti, is a dramatic transition from the lush Kulu Valley to the awesome vista of bare, chocolate-coloured mountains, hanging glaciers and snowfields. This is a region of nature at its wildest. Lahaul, fed by the waters of the chandra and Bhaga rivers is a massive trough between the Pir Panjal and Great Himalayan Ranges, at an elevation of 3500 m. Surrounded by high mountains on all sides, it is inhabited by a friendly Buddhist population, engaged in agriculture. They grow seed potatoes, hops, peas, buckwheat, and barley, along with a variety of herbs. Lahaul's favorite trekking route follows the River Chandra to Baralacha-la, 5100m, via the beautiful Chandra-tal Lake with superb views of the Bara Shingri, the world's longest glacier, and the Sail massif, 6446 m. It is also the starting point for treks to Zanskar.
 
The Kunzam Ridge separates the Spiti Valley from Lahaul. A rugged road connects the two Valleys over the 4551 m high Kunzam Pass, and goes on to link with the upper Kinnaur Valley. The Spiti Valley, and its offshoots the Pin and Lingti Valleys, lie astride the Spiti River, and its tributaries. It stretches for a distance of 130 kms, till the Spiti river joins the Sutlej River. At an average elevation of 4500 M, it is one of the highest and remotest inhabited places on earth - a desolate, barren tract scattered with tiny whitewashed mud and timber hamlets and lonely Buddhist monasteries. Its main attractions are the awesome landscape, the 1000 years old Tabo Monastery, the 11th Century Ki Monastery at a height of 4116 m, Kibber and Gete villages - the highest hamlets at an elevation of 4270 m, and the remote Pin Valley - home of Ibex, snow leopard, and Bhural. Exploration by jeep safari is the popular mode. For the keen and hardy trekkers, trails cross over Pin Parbati pass, 5319 m to Kulu Valley and via the Bhaba pass, 4865 m to Kinnaur. Other routes lead to Ladakh over the Parang-la, 5578 m.
 
Gurudongma Tours & Treks present two challenging treks and one jeep safari, chosen from many options. They offer the best of Himachal. Our experienced associates, who know the land and its people, will operate these treks according to our specifications. Many moderate and easy treks are available on request.

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