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Himachal Pradesh , state (2001 provisional pop. 6,077,248), 21,629 sq mi (56,019 sq km), NW India, in the W Himalayas, bordered by the Tibet region of China on the east. Shimla is the capital. The state is covered with forested mountains, and the valleys are extensively cultivated. The forests have supplied large quantities of timber and wood products, but severe deforestation has led to a tree-planting program and the cessation of live tree-cutting. The emphasis in recent years is toward the protection of watersheds for future hydroelectric development. Potatoes, wheat, and corn are grown, as are most of India's apples, peaches, and apricots. Salt is mined and handicrafts are made. Pahari-speaking Hindus inhabit the lower hill area; peoples of Tibetan origin live in the high mountain regions.

Himachal Pradesh was formed as a union territory in 1948 by the merger of 30 former Punjabi princely states. The small state of Bilaspur was merged with it in 1954. In 1966 five more districts and parts of two others from Punjab were added to the territory. Himachal Pradesh became a state in 1971. It is governed by a chief minister and cabinet responsible to an elected unicameral legislature and by a governor appointed by the president of India.

Himachal Pradesh State in the w Himalayas, nw India; the capital is Simla. It suffered numerous invasions before coming under British rule in the 19th century. The state is mountainous and heavily forested, with highly cultivated valleys. Timber provides the main source of income. Area: 55,673sq km





Dalhousie - is a heavenly Himalayan tour destination ornate with beauty spots like Khajjiar, Satdhara springs and Kalatope. Tours to Dalhousie sets you on the gateway to the enchanting Chamba Valley. A serene colonial town Dalhousie offers you a unique hill station experience with low-roof tea stalls, colonial bungalows and exotic colonial grandeur.

Chamba - With a history that dates back to the 6th century, Chamba is one of the favorite tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh India. Tour local temples and meet the warm people of Chamba valley on Himachal Pradesh tours with Taj Mahal Tourism tours. Set at an altitude of 996 meters above sea level, Chamba nestles near the enchanting foothills of Shivaliks. See Chamuda Devi Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Rang Mahal and Bhuri Singh Museum during your Chamba tours in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Dharamshala- is a great favorite with newly wed couples and quietude seekers. Enjoy nature and freshen up with lush valleys, deep gorges and majestic snow-capped peaks that never cease to enthrall in Dharamshala- i.e. counted among the star tourist spots of Himachal. Enjoy para gliding, skiing, mountaineering and fishing while on Dharamshala tours. Visit Triund, Macleodganj, Kunal Pathri and Bhagsunath apart from a host of other hill attractions with Himachal Pradesh tours.

Shimla- is the capital city of picture pretty Himachal Pradesh India. One of the earliest hill resorts developed by the British to escape the scorching Indian heat, Shimla has many tourist spots such as the Viceregal Lodge, The Mall, Annandale, Chadwick Falls, Sanjauli, Glen, Jakhoo Hill and Daranghati Sanctuary.

Manali- is a serene tour destination blessed with magnificent Himalayan peaks, breathtaking gorges and gurgling hill streams. Tour Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Manali Sanctuary, Rahla Falls, Keylong and Kothi on your tours to Himachal Pradesh, India.

Kushinagar- is a popular Himachal tour destination that gives you the impression of having traveled back in time to a sleepy hamlet set in the midst of exotic nature greens.

Pragpur- is an ethnic haven of cobbled streets that wind their way through tortuous mountain tracts with magnificent palaces and old homes located all over the place.

Solan- offers you an opportunity to enter heaven. Wild apricots and walnut trees interspersed with Chir pine forests clothe the Himalayan rages all around you. Breathe in fragrant hill air and tour attractive destinations such as the Kamru Fort, Gurkha Castles, Arki Fort and Sholoni Devi Temple with Himachal Pradesh tours and Taj Mahal Tourism tour packages.

Chail- is a great favorite with holidaymakers during summer months. Experience a "Slice of Heaven," in Chail - a little village set in the midst of luxuriant forest greens.