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We had a wonderful family vacation in Bhutan from 3rd May -11th May 2014, thanks to the nice arrangements made by you. The airport pick-up and drop was very timely and very good. The hotel that we stayed in Phuentsholing, Paro, Thimphu and finally at Lataguri were at very excellent locations. We had very relaxed stay at all of them. The hospitality at the hotels in was one of the best we have experienced, including the room, food and overall service. The Innova car that you had arranged for us all along our trip - was in excellent condition. The driver was always prompt, neat, took good care and drove very well. The guide in Bhutan was very good, he knew well and explained us to the best possible he could - very happily. Overall, we are extremely satisfied with the customized arrangements done by you and would surely recommend the destination as well as your services to our relatives and friends. Let us meet sometime, to discuss in detail. – Mr. Divakar Gokhale.

This is just to thank you and your colleagues at Isha Travels for a wonderful trip to Bhutan! Actually , this was our first trip with Isha Travels, hence we were a little unsure about the service and arrangements. You surely, proved us wrong ! All the arrangements, right from New Jal paiguri and up to Bagdogra, were excellent. Specially the hotels and resorts chosen by you were of top class and situated at a very scenic and picturesque spots. You, as our Tour Leader deserve all the credit for making our trip a very happy and most enjoyable one! Looking forward to another tour with Isha Travels & you....may be Ladakh! – Mr. Madhav Deshmukh.

We had great experience and very nice and comfortable stay on all the seven days tour to Bhutan. We would like to record your best support and active participation during the entire tour and your possitive and flexible approach was the best part of the tour we will be definitely would like to join once again with ISHA tours mostly this year end. Thanks for making our tour memorable and wonderful!!!!!!!!! – Mr. Bipin Pandit.

Thank you very much for the wonderful trip arrangement for Bhutan. This trip was really as it is named - "Bountiful Bhutan". Bhutan is very clean country (motivation/ inspiration behind our PM's agenda - Swach bharat Abhiyan), treasured its sacred heritage and tradition and ofcourse very humble people. I would also like to specially thank your team members - Salim, Kadu, KB Gurung. Down to earth and very humble. They tried their level best to comfort us and took very good care of my family and friends. Thank you very much for the hospitality extended to my family and friends. Hotels in Phuentsholing, Paro, Thimphu and finally at Lataguri were really good, cozy, neat and at par services extended. Food - no problem, as suggested by you / Smita we discussed our dinner menu with chef. Thank you for the suggestion. Do treat your other groups in Kadu's Restaurant - The Taste Restaurant, in Thimpu. I would also like to thank Mr. Rigzin - Proprietor of Galling Resort, Paro as he had given a separte room to my cousin - Rohit and did not charge any extra charges for the same. Dinning hall ambience, food is just awesome. The excursion to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger nest) was an experience by itself. Thanks to KB who accompanied and motivated us. Similarly, the hotel in Lataguri - Suncity (Rosevalley) ambiance was just superb. It was really nice to hear the past experiences of Mr. Salim / Mr. Kadu / Mr. KBG / Mr. Rigzin. Would like to end at a happy note and once again thank you very much for everything. Looking forward for exploring more places. – Ms. Praneeta Honnalli.
GENERAL INFORMATION

Himachal is a state in Northern India. It is spread over 21,495 sq mi (55,670 km2),[3] and is bordered by Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west and south-west, Haryana andUttarakhand on the south-east and by the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east.
Himachal Pradesh is famous for its abundant natural beauty. Hima means snow inSanskrit, and the literal meaning of the state’s name is In the lap of Himalayas. It was named by Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, one of the great Sanskrit scholars of Himachal Pradesh. According to a 2005 Transparency Internationalsurvey. The state is also the first state in India to achieve the goal of having a bank account for every family. Himachal Pradesh is ranked the second-least corrupt state in the country after Kerala. Himachal Pradesh is divided into 12 districts namely, Kangra, Hamirpur, Mandi, Bilaspur, Una, Chamba, Lahaul and Spiti, Sirmaur,Kinnaur, Kullu, Solan and Shimla. The state capital is Shimla which was formerly British India’s summer capital under the name Simla.

  • CLIMATE
  • Due to extreme variation in elevation, there is great variation in the climatic conditions of Himachal . The climate varies from hot and sub-humid tropical in the southern tracts to, with more elevation, cold, alpine and glacial in the northern and eastern mountain ranges.[10] The state has areas like Dharamsala that receive very heavy rainfall, as well as those like Lahaul and Spiti that are cold and almost rainless. Broadly, Himachal experiences three seasons: Summer, Winter and rainy season. Summer lasts from mid April till the end of June and most parts become very hot (except in alpine zone which experiences a mild summer) with the average temperature ranging from 28 to 32 °C (82 to 90 °F). Winter lasts from late November till mid March. Snowfall is common in alpine tracts (generally above 2,200 metres (7,218 ft) i.e. in the Higher and Trans-Himalayan region)

  • AGRICULTURE AND ECONOMY
  • Agriculture contributes nearly 45% to the net state domestic product. It is the main source of income as well as employment in Himachal. About 93% of the state population depends directly upon agriculture. The main cereals grown in the state are wheat, maize, rice and barley. Kangra, Mandi and the Paonta valley of Sirmaur (to some extent) are the major producers of the first three cereals, while barley is mostly cultivated in Shimla.
    it has gained a lot in other spheres of agricultural production such as seed potato, ginger, vegetables, vegetable seeds, mushrooms, chicory seeds, hops, olives and fig. Seed potato is mostly grown in the Shimla, Kullu andLahaul areas. Special efforts are being made to promote cultivation of crops like olives, figs, hops, mushrooms, flowers, pistachio nuts, sarda melon and saffron. Solan is the largest vegetable producing district in the state. The district of Sirmaur is also famous for growing flowers, and is the largest producer of flowers in the state. Himachal has abundant growth of fruits like apple, peaches, plums and berries. It is rightly called the ‘fruit bowl of India’. There are plenty of fruit orchards and fruits are exported to various parts of the country and abroad.
    Hydro Power is also one of the major source of income generation for the State.[18] Identified Hydroelectric Potential for the state is 23,000.43 MW in five rivers basins[19] i.e. (Yamuna, Satluj, Beas, Ravi and Chenab).
    Tourism in Himachal Pradesh is one of its major contributor to the state economy and growth. State is endowed with variety of landscape and vivid topographic features which attracts tourists from all the parts of the world. The state is also known for its adventure activities which includes Paragliding in Bir-billing and Solang valley, Rafting in Kullu, ice skating in Shimla, Boating in Bilaspur and various other activities like trekking, horse riding, Skiing, fishing etc. Shimla, the state capital, is home to Asia’s only natural ice skating rink.

  • FLORA AND FAUNA
  • The complete vegetation of this region relies on two factors – height and rainfall. The southernmost part of the state is at a lower altitude level and it contains both humid and subtropical dry broadleaf woodlands, along with subtropical moist broadleaf forests. The majority of area is covered by Himalayan subtropical broadleaf forests. Apart from this we also have some of the vegetation which is abundant with sal, sisham, chir pine, dry deciduous and moist broad-leafed forests. The landscape which falls in temperate regions has some of the prominent trees like oaks, deodar, blue pine, fir and spruce. The places that lie in top elevation have numerous trees that are sturdy and contain roots that run deep into the earth. Some of the commonly found trees in these regions include Alders, birches, rhododendrons and moist alpine scrubs. The rhododendron is a common type of tree in the Shimla region and this is seen in abundance in months between March to May.
    Lush Meadows and paddock can be seen along hillocks and steep lying areas. Post winter season the hilly regions and orchards are full of fruits. The pleasant climate helps numerous flower varieties like gladiolas, lilies, tulips, chrysanthemums, roses, marigolds, carnations etc to grow in abundance. The state government is dedicated in making the state ‘the flower basket of the world’ and for this there has been good initiative from all corners towards this commitment.
    The state is house for numerous species of habitat. The state is the resting place for approximately 1200 birds along with 359 animal species. Some of the animals which form members of this vast list are leopards, ghoral, snow leopard, musk deer (state animal) and Western Tragopan (state bird). The state is an ideal tourist destination for animal lovers as it hosts 12 main national parks & sanctuaries. The state also has the distinction of hosting maximum number of sanctuaries in Himalayan region. The Kullu district hosts The Great Himalayan National Park, which was established with the main aim to protect endangered fauna and flora of main Himalayan Mountains. Similarly Pin Valley National Park conserves the flora and fauna of popular cold desert.

  • RELIGION
  • Hinduism is the main religion in Himachal Pradesh. More than 98% of the total population belongs to Hindu, spread all over the state. Muslims are mainly in the Chamba and Solan districts. Buddhist are in the Lahul & Sapiti and Kinnour districts. Some of the most commonly spoken languages includes Hindi, Pahari, Dogri, Mandeali Kangri,Mandyali, Gojri and Kinnauri.

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