Himachal Pradesh Located in the northern India, Himachal Pradesh is well renowned as land of Gods & awesome snowy mountains. It is the home to some of the charming hill stations. Blessed with scenic natural beauty, the state of Himachal Pradesh features mighty snow-covered peaks, forests, beautiful lakes, bubbling streams, meadows and magnificent landscapes. The state is dotted with countless tourist destinations. Some of the popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh are Shimla, Kullu-Manali, Dharamshala, Palampur, Solan, Mandi, Dalhousie, Chamba, and Lahaul & Spiti. These destinations, each dotted with various natural beauties, temples and monasteries, attract plenty of tourists and devotees from all over the world. Himachal Pradesh is a state in Northern India. It is spread over 21,495 sq mi (55,673 km²), and is bordered by the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west and south-west, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh on the south, Uttarakhand on the south-east and by the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east. The literal meaning of Himachal Pradesh is Region of snowy mountains.
Himachal Pradesh was anciently known as Dev Bhumi (The Abode of Gods). After the Anglo Gorkha War, the British colonial government came into power. It was initially part of Punjab, except the Siba State of Punjab Hills which was under the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh until 1857. In 1950 Himachal was declared as a union territory but after the State of Himachal Pradesh Act 1971, Himachal emerged as the 18th state of the Indian Union. Himachal has many prestigious boarding schools. Hima means snow in Sanskrit. It was named by one of the great Sanskrit scholars of Himachal Pradesh, Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma.
Himachal Pradesh has one of the highest per capita incomes of any state in India. Due to the abundance of perennial rivers, Himachal also sells hydro electricity to other states such as Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan. The economy of the state is highly dependent on three sources: hydroelectric power, tourism and agriculture.
Hindus make up 95% of the state population, making it the most Hindu state (proportionally), in India. According to a 2005 Transparency International survey, Himachal Pradesh is ranked the second-least corrupt state in the country after Kerala.
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