Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas. It's home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas. State capital Shimla recalls the British Raj in the quaint colonial buildings lining the Mall, a ridgetop pedestrian shopping street. On a nearby hill is Jakhu Temple, a colorful Hindu complex home to rhesus macaques and a 108-ft., orange Lord Hanuman (monkey god) statue towering above the trees. Notable smaller towns include Manikaran, famed for hot springs; Sarahan, site of carved-wood temple Shri Bhima Kali Ji; and Kullu, set amid green hills and apple orchards. Great Himalayan National Park is home to snow leopards, snow-covered peaks, alpine meadows, trails, and campsites. Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It's also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting, and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass. Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. Once the summer capital of British India, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903. It’s also known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts.