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Kullu-Manali : A refreshing Himalayan tourist destination





Who amongst all is unaware of the breathtaking scenic beauty of Himachal Pradesh. Besides Shimla-The queen of Hills there are lot many tourist destinations worth a visit. People residing in plains keep looking for smart options to beat the summer heat and have a refreshing break. Not only the hilly regions attract the people in summers, there are many people who plan out their winter breaks in places where they can witness snow covered mountains and enjoy the chilly winter nights.

We, as a Himachal Watcher team have set our goals high and plan to expand our horizon, With the aim to make our readers know about various tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh we plan to write about them not all in a go but one by one.So, if you are the one who is keen enough to know more about Himachal, its culture, tourism then you got to stay tuned in.

Here, I have chosen one of my favorite travel destination-Manali. Situated at an altitude of 2,050 m which is 6,726 feet in the Beas River Valley, Manali is one tourist destination that witness snow covered mountains (in winters) and superb weather (in summers). It’s a place worth visiting!


Manali is 40 kms away from Kullu to the north, and is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway that leads to Leh.

Climate :

Minimum temperature in Manali is below -05 C from Oct till March. December, January and February are coldest months but summers make Manali one of the best hill spot worth visiting to beat the scotching heat in plains. The minimum temperature is between 15 to 20 C during this time of the year.


Places that are worth visiting:

Hadimba Temple: Built in 1553, Hadimba is magnificently crafted temple with four tiered pagoda roof and beautifully carved doorway.

Hadimba Temple
Manu Temple: dedicated to the sage Manu is in old Manali and worth visiting.


Vashisht: is Well known for hot springs with old temples dedicated to the sage Vashisth and Lord Ram.

Jagatsukh: is one time capital of Kullu with few old temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri. Also, you can check out the Arjun caves nearby.

Solang Valley: is one picturesque setting that has good ski slopes and picnic spots.

Rohtang pass: is situated at the height of 3978 m and is one place that won’t want to miss out.

The Club House: is all set to appeal you with comprehensive facilities like roller skating rink, an auditorium, billiards rooms, library, bar and restaurant.
Also, there are many Tibetan monasteries that can’ be missed out.

How to reach Manali:

As obvious there are three ways to reach Manali. You can opt for road, rail or by air depending upon the best feasible option from the place you are putting up.

By Train

You can board a train from Chandigarh or Ambala a these are the nearest Broad Gauge Rail Head from Manali. Though Jogindernagar and kalka are not much preferred rail heads but can be chosen if these are feasible.

By Road

Manali is around 540 km from Delhi. So if you are residing somewhere near Delhi, you can opt for bus or hire a private taxi. Manali is easily approachable from Shimla, Leh, Dhramshala.

By Air

The airport nearest to Manali is Bhuntar which is in Kullu, about 50 km from Manali. Indian Airlines and Kingfisher airlines operate flights to Kullu from Delhi and Chandigarh. If you are ready to shell out good amount, then traveling by plane can be a good option.

Stay :
Being a tourist spot, Manali has innumerable hotels and resort. Hotels can be booked online through makemytrip, Expedia and like wise.

Suggestions :

It is suggested that you plan your trip well and book your hotel and other tickets well in advance so that you don’t have to face problem. If you are planning your trip to Manali in winters then don’t forget to carry warm clothes. Plan well in advance to avoid last minute rush and enjoy!


Himachal to Set up 100 Swachhta Cafés Worth Rs. 10 Crore to Promote Traditional Cuisine, Collect Tonnes of Single-Use Plastic



swachhta cafes in himachal pradesh

Shimla-Swachhta cafe would be set up in Himachal Pradesh with an estimated cost of around Rs. 10 crores by the year 2023. The State Government would set up around 100 such cafes. Ten such “Swachhta Café” would be set up at important locations of the state with an estimated cost of rupees one crore with a target to collect  25 tonnes of single-use plastic items from different parts of the state by end of this financial year.

It was informed by Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar recently.

Under this “Swachta Café” program, plastic waste will be purchased from the ragpickers, individuals collecting waste from households and urban local bodies at Rs. 75 per kilogram in exchange for food or other eatable items to motivate the ragpickers and individuals to keep their surroundings clean.

The Swachhta cafe will be constructed under “Village Haat Scheme” where women will be facilitated to sell medicinal plants, such as giloye, peppermint, powder of neem leaves and homemade pickles, murabba, wheat flour, pulses, spices and vegetable vat reasonable prices.

The women running the Swachhta Cafe will be given training in the hospitality sector to enable them to cook popular traditional cuisine to maintain original flavour and taste of the dishes. Around 100 such women will be trained by the hospitality experts during the current financial year, he informed.

He further informed that a target has been fixed to train around five thousand women belonging to self-help groups in the next three years in the hospitality sector to run these cafes.

The first Swachhta Café was inaugurated at Gram Panchayat Radiali in Nalagarh area in Solan, which is to be run by women self-help groups and another cafe would be opened at Naggar in Kullu Districts. Under the scheme, if a person brings more plastic waste then he can use the surplus money for dining in next time in the cafe.

Minister said that the programme aims that villages are made completely free of single-use plastic in coming years and the entire state will be covered under the scheme in a phased manner in coming years. 

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HP Tourism to Cook 1100 kg ‘Khichari’ at Tattapani to Promote Tourism  



Tourism Festival at tattapani shimla

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department will organise ‘Tourism Festival’ on the occasion of Makar Sakranti on January 14, 2020, at Tattapani. It would be organised in collaboration with district Mandi Administration. This was disclosed by Director Tourism Department Yunus while presiding a meeting today.

He said that the objective of organizing this tourism festival is to promote Tattapani as a tourist destination. He said that for first-time tourism festival was being organised at Tattapani to make it tourism destination for Indian and Foreign tourists.

He informed that during this event, Water Sports, Satluj Aarti and cultural programmes would also be organised. On this occasion, 1100 kilogram’ Khichari’ would also be cooked and it would be especially cooked in a single utensil, he added.

This is for the first time in Himachal Pradesh that Khichari would be cooked in such large quantity and will be served to about 12,000 to 15,000 people. Special buses would also be plied by the Transport Department to reach Tattapani Tourism Festival from Mandi and Shimla on Makar Sakranti.

SDM Karsog, District Tourism Officer Mandi, representatives of NTPC, HPTDC, Language, Art and Culture Department and Tattapani Panchayat participated in the meeting among others.


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ADB funds Rs. 1900 crore tourism project for Himachal



ADB Funds Tourism Project for Himachal Pradesh

The design of the project is based on the detailed baseline data, a study conducted of 324 sites in 12 districts of the state, suggestions obtained from about 90,000 tourists.

Shimla: The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India has approved a tourism infrastructure development project worth about Rs. 1900 crores to be funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for development of tourism infrastructure in the urban and rural areas of Himachal Pradesh.

With the help of this ADB funded project, the state would develop tourism in rural, unexplored areas and improve the infrastructure of the towns and also generate employment for the local youths and showcase Himachal as the best natural tourist destination state, the State Government informed.

Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism Ram Subhag Singh further informed the project would be completed in eight years.

The project is supposed to focus on diversification of tourism to new and rural areas by developing tourism infrastructure, create livelihood and employment opportunities through rural, adventure and ecotourism.

The project also mentions the application of innovative models like incentive-based mechanisms for community-based tourism activities, augmentation of services like water supply, sewerage, solid waste, skill development related to the tourism sector, advertising and marketing etc.

He claimed it would be one of the finest examples of sustainable tourism in the Himalayan States.

The project will have both hard and soft components and will include beautification of towns, development of unexplored areas, conservation and restoration of heritage buildings, infrastructure development in adventure, eco, rural tourism with an emphasis on community participation and employment generation.

The design of the project is based on the detailed baseline data, a study conducted of 324 sites in 12 districts of the state and suggestions obtained from about 90,000 tourists and designed in line with sustainable tourism guideline for the Himalayan States.

The Union Ministry of Tourism, Union Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs and Niti Ayog have also supported the project for tourism development in Himachal, it was informed. ADB Funds Tourism Project for Himachal Pradesh

The Government said the Department of Economic Affairs was satisfied with the performance and progress of the State on the ongoing ADB funded project of about Rs.600 crores.

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