A number of pilgrimage centers and Hindu temples are
situated in Himachal Pradesh.
Our preferred hotels in Himachal.
The Land of Himachal
Popularly known as the Devbhumi - "Land of the Gods", Himachal
Pradesh is a beautiful hill state in India, nestles in north-west region of
western Himalayas. The state is landlocked with the Tibetan plateau to the
east, Jammu and Kashmir to the north, and the Punjab to the west. However,
the state stands apart from its neighbours in terms of its sheer topographic
diversity and breathtaking pristine natural beauty. From vast tracts of
high-altitude Trans-Himalayan desert to dense green deodar forests, from
apple orchards to cultivated terraces, from snow capped high Himalayan
mountain ranges to snow fed lakes and gushing rivers.
Brief Socio-Political History of the State
The earliest known inhabitants of the region were
tribals called Dasas. Later, Aryans came and they assimilated in the tribes.
In the later centuries, the hill chieftains accepted suzerainty of the
Mauryan empire, the Kaushans, the Guptas and Kanuaj rulers. During the
Mughal period, the Rajas of the hill states made some mutually agreed
arrangements which governed their relations. In the 19th century, Ranjit
Singh annexed/subjugated many of the states. When the British came, they
defeated Gorkhas and entered into treaties with some Rajas and annexed the
kingdoms of the others. The situation largely remained the same untill 1947.
After Independence, 30 princely states of the area were united and Himachal
Pradesh was formed on 15th April, 1948. On 1st November, 1966, certain areas
belonging to Punjab were included in Himachal Pradesh. On 25th January,
1971, Himachal Pradesh was made a full-fledged State.
The State is bordered by Jammu & Kashmir on North, Punjab on West,
Haryana on South, Uttar Pradesh on South-East and China on the East.
Air ports of Himachal Pradesh:
- Shimla : The airport is at Jubbarhatti, 23 km from Shimla city and
is connected to Delhi
- Manali and Kullu: The airport at Bhuntar is the common base that
feeds these towns. This is 10 km from Kullu and 50 km from Manali.
Public transport buses and taxis are available.
- Dharam Shala, kangra and Palam pur: The airport at Gaggal is 14 km
from Dharamshala, 10 km from Kangra and 23 km from its twin town
Mcleodganj. Palampur is 40 km away
Railway head for Himachal Pradesh
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