Travel Tips for International and National Travellers



A proper VISA to enter and stay in India is a must. Foreigners who wish to overstay should contact the nearest Foreigners' Regional Registration Officer or the Sadar Police Station in the town.


Foreign, Nationals require Inner Line Permits to visit certain inner area of Kinnaur Distt. and Spiti of the Lahaul Spiti Distt. Bordering Tibet. The Permits are issued by SDM, Manali and SDM, Reckong Peo, Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul Spiti at Keylong and Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur at Reckong Peo.


Change money only at authorized Foreign Exchange Outlets/Banks/Hotels. Insist on receipt for money changed.


Observe local traditions and customs especially while visiting religious places. Contact your nearest Tourist office or your hotel for guidance.


Always enter a temple, mosque, tomb, dargah or gurudwara without shoes on and properly dressed. One should cover his/her head with a cloth while in a Gurudwara or Dargah.


Keep identity card/passport with yourself while travelling.


While visiting interior places, please inquire about local authority contacts


Himachal has an wide range of weather conditions. Most areas of Bilaspur, Una, Solan, Sirmour, Hamirpur and Kangra are largely warm to hot in summer, and mild to pleasant in winter. The district of Chamba, Kinnaur, Kullu, Shimla and Lahaul and Spiti are mild to pleasant in summer and cold in winter. Do check the type of clothing and other equipment you may require for the region you are visiting.


Stay only in hotel/guesthouses that are registered with the Department of Tourism. A certificate to this effect is prominently displayed by them.


In the main tourist centers, the rates of porters are fixed. For hiring porters, especially for treks, these are normally negotiated. Let the Department of Tourism help you.


Take care of proper disposal of your bio degradable/ non degradable waste while you are exploring Himalayas or anywhere else.


Dispose all litter carefully. The use of plastic bags is banned in Himachal.


Stop at Government emporiums. Prices are reasonable and quality assured. Himachal Emporium outlets are located at Bilaspur, Chamba, Dharamshala, Mandi, Kullu, Keylong, Kinnaur, Rekong Peo, Nahan, Solan, Arki and Shimla. Outside the state, these are at New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chandigarh. You can also buy directly from craftsmen located throughout Himachal. But if you plan to carry them overseas, do take a receipt for Customs.


For electrical appliances, check voltage, 220 V is the standard in the state.

Now book buses online

HPTDC Luxury buses can now be booked online by paying through credit/debit cards. The fleet of Luxury buses include Volvo A/c coaches, A/c and Non-A/c coaches. These buses are available for New Delhi, Manali, Shimla and Dharamshala.

Bus Reservation


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