Picture Postcard perfect Manali, with its fertile valleys, imposing forests and fast flowing rivers set against the backdrop of high snowy mountains provides everything a holiday maker desires. From temples of antiquity, to picturesque sight seeing spots and adventure activities, Manali is a popular resort for all seasons and for all travelers. Although the town itself is quite small, it acts as a base camp for varied excursions in the vicinity and into the inner Himalayas. Manali has a busy market where innumerable handicrafts, both local and from other states, are available with traditional woven shawls, Kullu caps and slippers being the most popular buys.
The former ‘Summer Capital’ of British India, Shimla is the present-day State Capital of Himacahl Pradesh, offering tourists breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks, snow capped mountains, inviting trails, the heady fragrance of flower… and a wonderful opportunity to take in all these leisurely, as the toy train from Kalka winds its way up slowly and steadily. The six hours, 96-Kms journey from Kalka to Shimla will take you through 107 tunnels, many arched bridges and several picturesque stations like Dharampur, Taksal, Barog and Solan.