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KASHMIR - The beauty of Kashmir can be best described by the phrase used by Mughal emperor Jahangir that if paradise is anywhere on the earth, it is here, Important tourist places and points include spots around the capital of Srinagar, Dal and Manasbal lakes, Mughal Gardens, the ski resort of Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonmarg, the Betaab valley and the frozen River Trek at Zaskar. With the reduction in terrorist insurgency, tourism in the Kashmir valley has picked up the state being one of the top tourist destinations of India. Added to this is the arid plateau of Ladakh and the spots like Vaishno Devi, Patni Top and Bhimgarh fort in Jammu.
HIMACHAL PRADESH - Himachal Pradesh is the place to visit for eternal snow peaks, exotic valleys and green hill-slopes, streams and rivulets of crystal clear water flowing down the hills of Himalayas. One can visit for stays in hill resorts, trekking, pilgrimages, adventure sports destinations, and wildlife that attracts a wide range of tourists. Main tourist areas are Shimla, Palampur, Dharamsala, Kulu-Manali, Chamba-Dalhousie Sangla-Chitkul (the last village of India). Temples of Bhima Kali, Sarahan, Taranda Mata on the way to Sangla, Hatkoti, Jwalajee, Chamunda Devi, Chintpurni, Renuka and Rewalsar, Deoth Siddh and Naina Devi are major attractions for pilgrims. Sports like Gliding and skiing are held in Kangra valley and Narkanda. Among collectors' items are unglazed earthenware of Kangra, beautiful embroidered shawls of classical and simple folk styles and designs and traditional jewellery.
UTTARAKHAND - often referred to as Devbhumi (literally "Land of the Gods") has some of the holiest Hindu shrines which pilgrims have been visiting since ancient times in the hope of salvation. The various temples and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state are places of turist attraction today. Gangotri and Yamunotri, the sources of the Ganga and Yamuna respectively, in the upper reaches of the state and together with Badrinath (dedicated to Lord Vishnu) and Kedarnath (dedicated to Lord Shiva) form the Char Dham, one of Hinduism's most spiritual and auspicious pilgrimage circuits. The second Sun temple in India is situated at Katarmal near Almora. One can also see the ancient cave paintings at Lakhodyar, also near Almora. Uttarakhand is known for its natural beauty of the Himalayas. famous hill stations of India like Mussoorie, Nainital, Dhanaulti, Lansdowne, Almora, Kausani, Bhimtal, and Ranikhet are located here. Forest reserves, national parks, hill stations, and mountain peaks Uttarakhand is a sought after destination for mountaineering, hiking, and rock climbing including adventure tourism like whitewater rafting, skiing, rock climbing, and paragliding.
SIKKIM - tucked away in the Himalayas, the erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim ruled by the Chogyals, now a state in the Indian Union, Sikkim has a lot to see. blessed by Guru Padmasambhava, the great Buddhist saint who visited Sikkim in the 8th century, still stand monasteries like Dubdi (the first monastery established soon after the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal located on a hill top above Yuksom), Pemyangtse and Sanga Choeling monateries in West Sikkim, Rumtek, Enchey and Phensang near Gangtok, Ralong in South Sikkim and Phodang and Tolung in North Sikkim. The Kirateshwar Mahadev temple at Legship it is situated on the banks of beautiful Rangit river. Sikkim has many beautiful lakes dotting its landscape most of which are considered sacred and revered by the people. Tsomgo Lake is the most visited one in East Sikkim with Menmecho Lake much larger in size and the Lampokari while west Sikkim has the holy Khechepalri Lake and the breathtaking Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim. It has a few wildlife sanctuaries notable among which is Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. Number of trek routes are there with magnificent views of the Sikkim Himalayas. The view of Kanchenjungha from West Sikkim is worth mentioning.
DARJEELING - The snow peaks of Kanchenjunga range looking down on the hill town, the beautiful tea gardens on the slopes of rolling hills, the odd waterfalls on the ways, flora including orchids and pines, fauna comprising of snow leopards and red pandas, the cute toy train negotiating its way through the bends combined with sightseeing tours with historical places that reflect the life & culture of British Raj days, food, shopping and other exciting activities comprises of the queen of the hills - Darjeeling.
MEGHALAYA - Carved from the erstwhile State of Assam, Meghalaya or "the abode of clouds" is worth a visit for its undulated hill ranges draped in the velvet of lush green grasses, a number of waterfalls around Shillong and Cherrapunjee, including its orchids and carnivorous plants like the Nepenthes (pitcher plant) and large number of wild animals the most common of which is the Asian Elephant. Known as the Scotland of the East, Shillong, its capital has a number of tourist attractions. At Cherrapunjee, noted all over the world for highest recorded rainfall you will find clouds billowing upwards from down the gorges, raining cats and dogs with such tremendous gust of wind which may be incredible to one who has no personal experience and varieties of cloud formations and quick change of weather fair to foul and vice versa. One may visit Mawjymbuin caves at Mawsynram, Hot spring at Jakhrem, the "cleanest village in Asia" at Mawlynnong, Meghalaya both explored and unexplored caves for those who enjoy caving. Some of the impotant caves are at Mawmluh and Mawsmai.
BHUTAN - The kingdom of Bhutan is a popular tourist destination with the most important centres for tourism being its capital Thimphu and the city of Paro near India. Near Paro the monastery of Taktshang perched on a high cliff, also called the "Tiger's Nest" is a major attraction.
NEPAL - A country of temples, art and culture, Nepal happens to be a top holiday destination of tourists all over the world. The capital Kathmandu has a number of spots like the famous Pashupatinath temple, the stupas of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath - one of the largest stupas in the world, Durbar Square with the nine-storied Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the new palalce of Narayanhiti and the old capital of Bhaktapur located 7 kms south east of Kathmandu. One can venture out to Pokhara, the second most popular tourist destination in Nepal tucked in a tranquil glacier-rock valley, enjoy the breathtaking Himalayas from places like Muktinath and also visit the wildlife trail at Chitwan.