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Himachal Pradesh : A Paradise on Earth

Himachal, also known in the ancient scriptures as Dev Bhoomi - the Land of Gods, is a place of immense natural beauty and spiritual calm. Primarily a mountain country, Himachal is endowed with cool and clear lakes, lofty mountains, ancient and beautiful temples and of course people who are as innocent as nature itself. In Himachal, any day, any time is a good time to visit. Each month has its store of jewels. Himachal Pradesh is known for Eco-friendly environment, breathtaking natural scenery, culture, history, Wild life, Adventure Sports, rich traditions, warm and hospitable people and a variety of fairs, festivals and celebrations throughout the year. There are some 2000 deities worshipped in Himachal and numerous fairs and festivals are held in their honor. Nothing else one will find a state that gives you incomparable heritage, natural beauty, adventure and grand holidays

The origin of Himachal Pradesh lies in the era of the first ever human settlement that took place in India - Indus Valley Civilization. According to renowned historians, the influence of the Aryans in this region dates back to the time period preceding the Rig-Veda. The history of Himachal Pradesh is reflective of the accumulation of the varied culture that evolved as well as flourished here. There are evidences of the existence of pre historic humans in this region. Himachal Pradesh has also close relation with the Epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana too. Various legends and mythological depiction also have appraised this state with varied names.

Himachal Pradesh came under British control in the middle of the 19th century. The British annexed Kangra District, which includes present-day Kangra, Kullu, Hamirpur, and Lahul and Spiti districts, in 1846 at the conclusion of the First Anglo-Sikh War. The remainder of Himachal Pradesh was made up of a number of princely states. Under the British Raj, Kangra District was part of the British province of Punjab, and the princely states, then known as the Simla Hill States, were under the authority of Punjab until the early 1930's, when the Punjab States Agency was created, under the direct authority of the Governor-General of India. The Punjab Hill States Agency, which included most of the princely states in present-day Himachal Pradesh, was separated from Punjab States Agency in 1936. Shimla became the summer capital of India and even today, many old houses and buildings tell the story of English grandeur.

The beautiful mountain state of Himachal Pradesh (HP) was originally formed as a centrally administered territory on 15th April,1948 by the integration of 30 odd Punjab hill provinces. In 1951, it became a Part C State under a Lieutenant Governor, in 1954  Bilaspur, another Part C State, was merged with HP. On 1st November,1966 Punjab Hill areas were merged into Himachal as part of reorganization of Punjab. Himachal Pradesh became a full fledged state of the Republic of India on 25th January,1971. Till October 1966, HP consisted of only six hill districts Mahasu, Mandi, Chamba, Sirmaur, Bilaspur and Kinnaur. In November 1966, it was reorganized and enlarged into ten districts with the inclusion of some of the hilly areas of Punjab Shimla, Kangra, Kullu, Lahaul, Spiti, Nalagarh tehsil of Ambala district and areas of Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur districts. In 1972-73, the state was re-organized into 12 districts Bilaspur, Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kinnaur, Kulu, Lahaul & Spiti, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan and Una.

Himachal has now emerged as the power house of India when it comes to hydro-electricity. There are number of dams in this state that harness the hilly rivers to generate electric power. Every village in the state has electricity.

The art and crafts of the region as well as the famous music and dance practiced in the state are not free from foreign effects. The Rajputs who lived on the land, have gifted Himachal Pradesh with their colorful culture that is reflective in the various festivals when celebrated in Himachal spreads floods of colors on the white landscape of Himalayas.


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