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About Himachal Pradesh

About Baddi, Himachal Pradesh

Baddi is an industrial town and a nagar panchayat in the Southwestern Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, a hill state of northern India. The town lies on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana states in the Shivalik Hills, around 35 kilometers west of Solan.

Baddi in the Solon district of Himachal Pradesh is emerging as the pharmaceutical industry capital of India. More than half of India's pharmaceutical production, mainly formulations, would originate from Himachal Pradesh in few years as 200 odd medium and large-scale units are coming up in and around Baddi Baddi has surely made its mark on the map of North India with more than 3000 small and large industrial units lined all over the town. The government’s tax holiday for this area has attracted a whooping Rs. 25000 million in a span of only three years.

Pharmaceutical MNC, Ranbaxy, Dr. Reddy's, Cipla, Alembic, Zydus Cadila, Torrent, Wockhardt, Unichem, Alkem, Nicholas Piramal, Glenmark, Dabur, GSK or Johnson & Johnson will have a presence at Baddi. To add to the list are some manufacturing giants like Timex, Tsu-Kam; world class financial institutions including Western Union Money Transfer, ICICI Bank, HDFC, SBI; and famous food chains like MG Regency, 4Seasons.

The fortunes of Baddi began to change with the visit of the then Prime Minister to Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh during March 29 and 31, 2002, where he announced tax and central excise concessions to attract investments to special category states.

Himachal Pradesh was established in 1948 as a Chief Commissioner's Province within the Republic of India. The province comprised the hill districts around Shimla and southern hill areas of the former Punjab region. Himachal became a part C state on 26 January 1950 with the implementation of the Constitution of India. Himachal Pradesh became a Union Territory on 1st November 1956. On 18th December 1970, the State of Himachal Pradesh Act was passed by Parliament and the new state came into being on 25th January 1971. Thus Himachal emerged as the eighteenth state of the Indian Union.

How to Reach Baddi

By Air

Chandigarh is the nearest Airport from Baddi (around 40 Km). Daily flights from Delhi to Chandigarh are available.

By Road

Baddi is well connected via road from Delhi, Chandigarh, Solan, Kalka, Nalagarh, Nahan, Shimla and other major cities of Himachal, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. Frequent bus service is available from Chandigarh and Kalka to Baddi. Direct buses from Delhi to Baddi are also available from ISBT Kashmiri gate Delhi.

By Rail

Nearest Railway station from Baddi is Kalka (30km). Taxis and buses are available from Kalka to Baddi. Shatabdi Express and other trains connect Baddi to Delhi and other parts of the country.

Important Places to Visit

Shimla


The place derives its name from Goddess Shyamala, an incarnation of Kali. Shimla is a tranquil place and the only urbanized city of the Himachal. From noted hotel chains to luxury villas, capital city has many accommodation facilities. Tranquility and peaceful atmosphere makes it different from many urban cities in the country. There are number of temples, parks, and valleys to tour here apart from trekking trips.
Kullu Valley


This valley is nothing different from Kashmir in charm and elegance. Temples, apple orchards, gardens, and the festivals make it a worthwhile place of visit. The handicraft textile in the region makes shawls, caps, and other woolen accessories. Dusshera is celebrated infull spirit at Kullu.

Manali


A place in Kullu Valley at the foothills of the Himalayas and cradled amidst the natural beauty. Just a few kilometers from Manali is the Rohtang pass. Rich in greenery in summers, the place has a complete different look when it is snowing. The snow covered peaks, chunk of the glaciers in the streams, and the dry trees all appeals to the tourist’s eyes.
Dharamshala


The backdrop is that of the Dhauladhar ranges having a height of around 4,000 meters. The refuge of his highness the Dalai Lama, it is an important place of the Buddhist followers. Kangra Valley is another place that you can visit along with Dharamshala. In Kangra Valley, there were 80 hill resorts constructed in the 17th century. Little Lhasa is the place that the world knows today as the residence of the Dalai Lama.
Chamba


The ultimate attraction of the Shivalik range is the small hamlet of Chamba, famous for the temples of Shiva since several centuries. The architectural styles of these temples have great influence on the minds of the travelers. A seat of the erstwhile rulers of the state, Chamba is a historical site in Himachal.

The Sutlej Voyage


Circuit passes through the shiwalik foot hills through apple orchards, forests of pine, oak and deodar, majestic monuments of the Raj, snow covered ski slopes and the furious Sutlej river. This circuit covers Delhi - Rohru - Rampur - Sarahan - Narkanda - Naldehra - Tattapani - Shimla - Kiarighat - Delhi. This voyage also includes Renuka, Paonta Sahib and Nahan.
The Beas Voyage


Covers the highly picturesque Beas valley - the valley of gods. Flower covered meadows, terraced fields of apple, paddy, maize and the sparkling Beas river. It covers Delhi - Shimla - Mandi - Rewalsar - KulluManali - Rohtang - Nagar Manikaran - Delhi. One can also continue to Leh across the Baralacha pass.
The Dhauladhar Voyage


Circuit passes in the shadow of the mighty and majestic snow clad Dhauladhar ranges, which dominate the beautiful Kangra valley, dotted by flower filled meadows, temples, tea gardens and flocks of sheep. It covers: Delhi - Chintpurni - Jwalamukhi - Kangra - Dalhousie - Khajjiar - Chamba - Dharamsala - Chamunda - Palampur - Jogindernagar - Delhi.

Wildlife Parks and Sanctuaries


Great Himalayan National Park Parvati Valley, Kullu. High altitude Pin valley National park, Spiti. Renuka Sanctuary, Pongdam Sanctuary, Sarahan Phasentry, Kufri and Gopalpur zoo.
Dalhousie


Dalhousie (2036 m) is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj. Spread out over the five hills (Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun) the town is named after the 19th century British Governer General Lord Dalhousie.
Temples


Jwalamukhi, Chamunda, Brajeshwari, Chintpurni, Baijnath, Laxminarayan, Chaurasi, Chhatrari, Taranadevi, Rewalsar, Raghunath, Bijlimahadev, Dhungri, Bhimakali, Hatkoti Jakhoo, Sankatmochan, Kalibari, Nainadevi and Baba balak nath, Deothsidh.

Heritage Monuments


Kangra fort, Taragarh, Rampur, Nalagarh, Arki and Jubbal palaces, Bhimakali Temple, Naggar Castle, Kamru fort, Gondla fort (Lahaul Vice regal lodge, Christ Church, Chapslee, Wood villa palace, Chail Palace.
Rajgarh
Popularly known as the Peach valley, Rajgarh is a lush green valley in Sirmaur district. Rajgarh has two sub-divisions namely, Rajgarh and Sarahan, which is also a beautiful valley of Sirmaur. Rajgarh is a place of great natural beauty and is about 40 km from Solan. One can camp and trek in the valley. At Rajgarh, rest house of PWD and Forest Department are available for staying, besides private hotels and guest houses. The people of this valley are dynamic and hardworking. They are religious and worshippers of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. The local Shaya temple of Lord Shirgul has a mammoth following. According to a legend, Lord Shirgul had first come to Shaya village and later settled in Churdhar Mountain at height of 12,000 feet.