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Himachal Pradesh - Place of Incredible Diversity

Himachal Pradesh in North India is armed with high mountain peaks of the western Himalaya. Thousands of domestic and foreign travelers come to visit Himachal Pradesh every year. Only few places can match such incredible diversity. Lofty hill stations, rolling foothills, enthralling traveler towns, endless pine forests, serene apple orchards and the high-altitude deserts of Lahaul and Spiti, cut off from the outside world by snow for six months of the year.

The charm of the mountains is overpowering. The mighty peaks of the Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar and western Himalaya ranges rise above Himachal Pradesh. It provides a host of adventure activities from trekking and river rafting to skiing and Buddhist meditation. Tibetan Buddhist culture flourishes in the bustling traveler hub of McLeod Ganj, home to the Dalai Lama and the ancient monasteries of Lahaul and Spiti.

Shimla, in the far east of Himachal Pradesh, is most popular hill station in India. And in the north is Kinnaur, gateway to Spiti, an increasingly popular holiday destination for adventure lovers. Manali and the Kullu Valley are perfect honeymoon destinations and a base for hippies, thrill seekers, located in central Himachal Pradesh. The lower hills bristle with forts, castles, temples and palaces. Manali is the start of the main route to Ladakh and is popularly known as Manali Leh Highway, even the route is a dirt road between high passes & mountain walls, no wonder Himachal Pradesh is most popular Indian State among the travelers.

Himachal Pradesh History

By the early 19th century, Sikh Rajas came to rule the region, signing agreements with the British Government to grow their power. The first ones from the west to visit the region were Jesuit missionaries. They came in search for the legendary kingdom of Prester John, a mythical Christian kingdom lost in the middle of Asia. More interestingly, there are several Aryan tribes in the region to this day, most following a mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism.

In the 19th century Shimla, Dalhousie and Dharamsala were started converting to a little bit of England by the British Government. In later years, Shimla became the Summer capital of British Government. During this period, small lanes of railways were established through to Shimla and the Kangra Valley.

After Indipendence on 15th April 1948, the state of Himachal Pradesh was formed, integrating many villages. In 1966 the districts including Kangra, Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti were added and full statehood was achieved in 1971. Initially neglected by central government, Himachal has reinvented itself as the powerhouse of India, with huge hydroelectric plants providing power for half the country.

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