Himachal Pradesh, situated in the western side of the mighty Himalayas is about 300- 7000 meters above the sea level. With Shimla as its capital city, Himachal Pradesh is surrounded by the states of Jammu & Kashmir on the North, Uttarakhand and Haryana on the south and Punjab on the west. It also shares border with Tibet Autonomous region on its eastern end. Himachal Pradesh received its name from Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, a prominent Sanskrit scholar of the state. The term Himachal comprises of two words- �Him� meaning Snow and �Anchal� meaning mountain. Both the Indus basin and Ganges receive water from this very Indian state.
Himachal Pradesh is among one of those few states which remained untouched largely by any external customs. It is a multicultural, multilingual and multireligional state where Hindi and Pahari are two of the most spoken languages. While the tribal community here include the Gaddis, Gujjars, Kinnars, Lahaulis and Pangawals, the hindu community include Rajputs, Brahmins, Kolis, Rathis and Kannets. Himachal Pradesh is also widely known for its diverse range of handicrafts. From leather works to shawls, carpets, metalware, paintings and woodwork, people here are involved in all. The most popular product of this beautiful state is the pashmina shawl. The cultural identity of Himachal Pradesh is reflected through its local dance and music, dedicated mostly to god.