Those travellers engaged in a constant search for that secluded spot of paradise in Himachal’ s hills, the Greek myth of Sisyphus should speak to you. Roll a rock to the top of one of the mountains; find hundreds of people already there; and the rock rolls right back down to the dusty plains again.


Shimla tops most Indians must-visit list: it is Indian’s only hill station to combine the beauty of the high Himalaya. At 6,890 ft, it offers lovely deodar forests and mountain views. As the capital of British India, and now of Himachal Pradesh, it is a treat of Heritage architecture and urban fun.


When take a 1800 spin-there must be a golf course around. There, in fact, is. All around you. Its Naldehra. Feeling sufficiently silly, park, find refuge in a café and camouflage your silly smile with a glass of beer. Welcome to Naldehra. Its spruce pines, plum trees and berries retain their charms.


Once upon a land, some 400 years ago, there Lives a community of men who, we are told, were hardworking, god-fearing and prosperous. These men set out in pursuit of commerce and travelled far, and you can imagine how the music of their horses hooves made those low rolling hills come alive.


As the road climbs from Gaggal to Palampur, the distant, snow-dusted Dhauladhars send up a cool welcome. All along the road, the rugged ranfe tantalises visitors with comes a little closer to greet you, at Baijnath it winks invitingly from afar, and at Bir-Billing you can kiss its rocky shelf.


An English garrison town during the Raj, Dharamsala’s only civilian areas used to be McLeodganj (named after Punjab’s Lt Governor David McLeod) and Forsytheganj. Viceroy Lord Elgin, who resided in what is now the Dalai Lama’s palace