About 2 million years ago some of the people lived in the foothills of Himachal Pradesh, mainly in the Bangana valley of Kangra, Sirsa valley of Nalagarh and Markanda valley of Sirmour. These people belonged to the Indus valley civilization and pushed the Kolorians towards north. They moved to the hills of Himachal Pradesh where they could live peacefully and preserve their way of life. In the Vedas they have been referred to as Dasas.
Later on the Aryans laid the base of history and culture of Himachal Pradesh. In the later period, the hill chieftains accepted the rule under the Mauryan empire, the Kaushans, the Guptas and Kanauj rulers. During the Mughal period, the Rajas of the hill states made some mutually agreed arrangements which governed their relations.
Places To Visit
About fifty one Kilometers from Manali and at an altitude of four thousand one hundred and eleven Meters, the Rohtang Pass falls in the highway to Keylong. The majestic Himalayan Mountains welcomes you and make you feel that you are on top of the world.
An enchanting Himalayan town and one of the best examples of the many Himachal Pradesh Attractions. The scenic town is a fifty Kilometers journey from Dalhousie. The town is not only gifted with unparallel landscapes but also some fine carved temples.
The capital city and an evergreen name in the tourism scenario of the country. Shimla enjoys the popularity as a hill station right from the British period. The numerous old buildings are reminiscent of the British architectural excellence, which gives an old world flavor to the modern city of today.
The months of March to June is the best time to visit the valley but if one desires to get a feel of the Himalayan winter, then December to February will be the best option. The mossy meadows, fast flowing streams, never before seen flowers and overall scenery makes Kullu - a heaven on earth.