I love the Himalayan State of India - Himachal Pradesh and proud to say that Himachal is one of the most explored state on Photo Journey. Here we are trying to start a series on places we have shared in last Four Years.
The very first photograph in this Photo Journey is showing St. John's Church near Mcleodganj. This Church comes on the way to Mcleodganj from Dharmshala in Himachal Pradesh. It's very near to Mcleodganj Market and most of the times people love to stop at this place to see this beautiful Church. More Photographs from the place can be checked at - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2009/12/st-johns-church-on-way-to-mcleodganj.html
Various wonderful places around this Church are - Mcleodganj, Bhagsu-Nag Temple, Waterfalls of Bhagsu, Dalai Lama's Temple and Museum. These are some of the nearest places to visit. Apart from these, if you have enough time in hand, you can think of exploring Palampur, Baijnath, Bir-Billing, Masroor Temples, Pong Dam, Chamunda Temple etc...
Here is a photograph of Hatu Temple, which is located in Thanedar region of Shimla District. Shimla is capital city of Himachal Pradesh and district headquarter. Hatu Temple is located on very high peak which gets snowfall earlier than other surrounding regions. Hatu Peak is quite popular among Adventure Lovers and Bikers. Nearest town to hatu Peak is Narkanda, where one can find decent place to stay and eating joints. More Photographs of Hatu Peak and temple can be checked at - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2011/12/hatu-temple-near-narkanda-and-tani.html
Some of the other interesting places around Hatu Temple are Tanni Jubber Lake, Narkanda, Skiiing place - Dhomri, Apple Orchards around Kotkhai, Shilaroo Hockey Stadium etc...
Here is a photograph of huge Shiva-Rock standing on top of hills at the height of 19000 feets. This is one of my initial treks in Kullu Region of Himachal Pradesh. The whole trek is wonderful and it takes approximately 5 days to complete. During end stretch of the trek, we literally crossed through clouds. So experience the most adventurous trek through photographs, check out - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2011/07/shrikhand-mahadev-abode-of-lord-shiva.html
Some of the interesting places around Shirkhand includes - Kullu-Sarahan - A wonderful village surrounded by snow covered hills, Nirmand - Asia's largest village, Narkanda, Tanni Jubber Lake, Kullu, Manali etc.
This photograph shows wonderful view of Sunset at Pong Dam Lake near Nagrota Suriyan in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India. This Photographs was shot during one of the recent trips to Himachal in 2012. It was basically a seminar on Birding, which is annual event of Himachal Pradesh Wildlife Department. More about Pong and its beauty can be checked at - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2012/03/winged-wonders-of-pong-wetlands-by.html
Some of the other main places to visit around Pong Dam are - Monolithic Temples of Masroor which are carved out of a huge mountain and now maintained by Archeological Survey of India, Kangra Fort, Nurpur Fort, Dharmshala, Mcleodganj, Palampur, Baijnath etc.
Another Maharana Pratap Sagar, here is a Photographs from Bhakhra Dam lake aka - Govind Sagar Lake. This Photograph was shot during March, 2012 at Lathiani, Una, Himachal Pradesh. It's a beautiful lake which covers some of the old temples under the water during monsoons and they come out during summers. April to June is best time to go and experience the amazing architecture of those Temples built by King of Bilaspur. More about Govind Sagar Lake and it's beauty, check out - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2012/03/colorful-journey-to-govind-sagar-lake.html
Approachable places from Lathinai are Una, Hamirpur, Baba balak Nath Ji, Jwalaji, Chintpurni etc...
A small but beautiful lake surrounded by hills and dense forest, where no one lives. One needs to trek through some hills and Forest to reach this lake. It's Sarolsar Lake near Jalori Pass in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India. It takes 2 hrs from main road to reach Sarolsar Lake. Apart from this lake, there is a small temple around it, but no one stays here. Apart from Lake and Temple, there is a small tea-shop by an oldman. To know more about Sarolsar Lake and it's beauty, check out - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2011/12/trek-to-sirolsar-lake-near-jalori-pass.html
Some of the approachable places around Sarolsar lake are Jalori Pass, Banjar, Kullu, Shaij etc.
Tanni Jubber lake is a small and beautiful lake surrounded by high deodars and some villages with lot of Apple Orchards. During this visit to Tani Jubber, we stayed in one of the Orchard-House and it was a wonderful experience to stay in a huge house surrounded by Apples and their fragrance. More photographs of Tani Jubber can be checked at - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2011/11/tani-jubber-lake-thanedar-near-narkanda.html
Here are some hues of Lahaul and Spiti. This photograph was shot during one of my trip to Trilokinath in Lahual District of Himachal Pradesh. It's near to Udaipur and route take opposite turn from Tandi. One road from Tandi goes to Keylong, district headquarter of Lahual and other leads to Udaipur and Trilokinath. This Photograph was shot on the way from Tandi to Trilokinath. This was one of most thrilling car-ride on hills during night. Roaring sounds of Chandrabhaga river from one side, huge hills standing on other side and car is moving on an extremely narrow road... More photographs of Trilokinath and other places in Lahual can be checked at - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2011/04/trilokinath-temple-lahaul-spiti.html
Here comes a photograph of my favorite place in Shimla and a must visit destination for folks who come to Shimla, Capital City of Himachal Pradesh. This huge building is now known as Indian Institute of Advanced Studies and also popular as Viceregal Lodge. There were two residences of british Viceroy in India - One in Delhi and other in Shimla. he used to stay in Shimla one during summer and in winters at Delhi. Current President House in delhi was Viceroy's house in Delhi during British Raj. This is a completely different place in Shimla and each tourist should visit Viceregal Lodge once. It's near to boileuganj and Himachal Pradesh University. More photographs of this place can be checked at - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2011/11/indian-institute-of-advanced-studies.html
Other interesting places around Viceregal Lodge are Bird-Sanctuary, Peter-Hoff Hotel on Hill-top, beautiful walk to Mall Road, Ridge and Himachal Pradesh University.
We shall be sharing more places from Himalayan State of India. Keep a close watch on this series to explore various parts of Himachal Pradesh, India.