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.

Art & Culture of Himachal

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.

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Places to Visit in Himachal

Himachal Pradesh is known for its peace, serenity, natural beauty as well as scenic locations which altogether make it one of the best tourism destinations. Shimla, Kullu ,Manali, and Dharamshala are some of the most prominent cities of this state. >Shimla: It is one of the beautiful hill stations in the country. The Tara Devi building, Potters hill, The Ridge, Mall Road and Jakhoo Hills are some of the most prominent places to visit here. >Kullu Valley: Being situated along the banks of River Beas, Kullu is famous for its apple orchards, woollen apparels, festivals, ancient temples as well as handicrafts. >Manali: Known for its breathtaking scenic beauty, Manali has always being one of the favourite destinations for tourists coming to Himachal Pradesh. Rohtang Pass, Rahala Waterfall, Solang Valley and Vashisht hot water springs are some of the things you will come across here.

Things to Do in Himachal

top things you can do in your visit to Himachal Pradesh are: Trek to Saru Tal to get a view of Kalanag, Swaragrohini and Banderpunch ranges River rafting in the popular Beas river. If you are willing to touch the sky, then you surely need to go ahead with Heli skiing at the famous Hanuman Tibba. Have a joyous evening with viewing the sunset over the Pirpanjal range, Dalhousie. Take a toy train ride from Shimla to Kalka and vice versa. So this summer, why not have a trip to this beautiful state of North India?

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