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Himachal Pradesh is totally a mountain state and a delight for the visitors, particularly during the summer season when people flock to this tiny hill station to escape the scorching heat of the plains. It came into being in its present form with the partition of the Punjab into Punjab and Haryana in 1966. High points of Himachal are as follows. The winding roads and high passes link its high mountains and valleys. .  And More Details >>> 
CITIES / HILLS OF H.P
 Dalhousie
 Dharamsala
 Kullu
 Manali
Shimla
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HOTELS IN HIMACHAL
Dalhousie
Dharamsala
Manali  
Palampur 
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PILGRIMAGES OF HIMACHAL
Baijnath
Dharamsala
Jawalamukhi
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MONUMENTS OF HIMACHAL
Lord Elgin's Memorial
Maharaja's Palace
Padam Palace
Rang Mahal
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WILDLIFE OF HIMACHAL
Bandli Sanctuary (Mandi )
Churdhar Sanctuary (Solan )
Daranghati Sanctuary
Simbalbara Sanctuary (Paonta)
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Monuments of Himachal Pradesh
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Lord Elgin's Memorial

After the honors of 1857, India's First War of independence, Queen Victoria assumed the title of Empress of India. Her Prime Minister, Lord Canning made the proclamation and the Governor General's title was raised to that of Viceroy of India.

Though Shimla was the official capital of Imperial Delhi other beauty spots also got full quota of unofficial patronage and schools sprung up in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, such as Dagshai, Sanawar, Shimla, etc. Along with the schools came graceful Gothic Cathedrals with stained glass windows depicting episodes from the life of Jesus Christ and the Old Testament. Reproducing the famous religious architecture of Sir Christopher Wren who built St. Pauls in London and others, some were worthy copies.

One such is the elegant Church of St. John in the wilderness 8-km from town, containing some of the most priceless stained glass windows. One panel portrays Christ, the other St. John, the Beptist. It was in Dharamsala that Lord Elgin, the Scottish working-peer, and eighth viceroy, who succeeded Lord Lansdowne, in 1896, took his vacations from official Shimla.

The Lord loved the manifold charms of the area with its lakes and mountains, it reminded him of his native home in Scotland--rugged, wild and beautiful. He did not finish his four- year term, however, and died in Dharamsala, the town that he loved so much. Before he died, in 1862, he left instructions to be buried in the Church of St. John, dedicated to the patron saint of Scotland, and built in 1860. In the church is the monument to the viceroy who came to rule but chose to remain, even in death.

Maharaja's Palace

One of the smallest Himalayan Hill resorts, Chail lies at a height of 2,250m. When Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, was expelled from Shimla, he decided to create his own summer capital, which was Chail. His choice of Chail was perfect - a thick cover of majestic, soaring deodars surrounded it. Shimla was just 45-kms away, and most significantly, the hill of Chail was decidedly higher than the then British - controlled Shimla.

About 1.5 km away -- at 8, 000 ft, the highest point in the area from the downtown Chail -- is the famous Sidh Baba ka Mandir. Legend has it that this place located within dense, deodhar forests, was the original site for the Maharaja's palace. But a sidh (a saintly man) appeared in the Maharaja's dream and deemed the spot sacred because it was spot where he had meditated. The next day, the Maharaja relocated his palace and built a temple in honour of the sidh.

The magnificent Rajgarh palace, with elaborate furnishings, built in 1891. With comfortable log huts and cottages, dense forests and serene walks, sprawling lawns, a childrens park, a `lovers hill', and sports facilities, Chail is a resort in the real sense of the term.

One can opt for a room in any of the surrounding log huts or cottages, which are cheaper. The Rajgarh Cottage has four rooms available on individual basis. It is possible to hire the entire cottage with living-dining room and kitchen. The Wood Rose Cottage, the Monal Cottage and the log huts have double rooms with kitchen. Honeymooners can opt for the Honeymoon Den.

Padam Palace

Raja Padam Singh, a builder of stature in his own principality, assigned the task of building the palace to his chief engineer, Bir Chand Shukla. It took six years (1919-1925) for the building to take shape. Named after the Raja, the building witnessed the merger of Bushair State with the Indian union.

Reflecting the glorious past of the princely state, the palace is an outstanding example of the taste, style and architecture of the erstwhile hill states, and a tribute to local craftsmen who toiled to carve out its beauty.

The two-storey building is done in wood and stone, with a slanting tin roof with spiral projections. There is a big lawn, which was used for festivities and public functions. At one end of the lawn is Macchkandi, a masterpiece in woodwork, which was used for seating the royal family during the festivities. The Macchkandi was designed by Gurjit Singh Fishta and the woodwork done by the father-and-son team of Gurmail Singh and Gurdev Singh.

Stones for the building were quarried at Khaneri and the wood was brought down from the jungles of Munish and Dhamreda. Black gram paste was used for cementing the stone blocks. The stone arches of the lower floor and woodwork of the upper storey mark a striking contrast. The tipper storey wooden screen has floral and figurine designs so as to partially admit light without exposing those inside.

Rang Mahal

Chamba, situated the beautiful Rang Mahal palace, which was built by Raja Umed Singh in the mid 18th century. The palace walls here are lined with exquisite examples of wall paintings in the Punjab Hills style, all of which depict the life and times of Lord Krishna.

The architecture reflects Mughal influences. Additions were made by Jit Singh and Charat Singh. It became the women's residence until 1947 and now houses a college.

The Rang Mahal or the old palace, Rang Mahal also houses the Himachal Emporium. Here one can purchase rumals - small cloths featuring very fine silk embroidery, a traditional craft executed by the women of Chamba, which dates back almost 1000 years.
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The emporium is open from Monday to Saturday fro 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. and 2 to 5 P.M.

Tabo Monastery

The rugged hills around Tabo house a tiny hamlet that is home to some 350 people. The Tabo monastery, also referred to as Tabo Chos-Khor- 'doctrinal circle' or 'doctrinal enclave' is a complex that holds nine temples, 23 chortens, a monks' chamber and an extension that houses the nuns' chamber.

On the sheer cliff-face above the enclave are a series of caves, which were used as dwellings by the monks and include an 'assembly hall'. Faint traces of the paintings that once embellished the rock face can be discerned. Even today, Tabo holds the distinction of being the largest monastic complex in Spiti. Constructed in 996 AD, Tabo was the brainchild of the great translator and teacher, Rinchensang Po.

Viceregal Lodge

On the Observatory Hills is located Viceregal Lodge, which is also known as Rashtrapati Niwas. This magnificent building was the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin. The palatial building was the venue for many important decisions that changed the fate of the sub-continent. This lodge was completed in 1888.

It is said that mules carried every brick for the building. This is a six-storey building is surrounded by well-maintained gardens and lawns. A cafe is also there. The lodge has now been converted into Institute of Advanced Studies

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