Himachal Pradesh is situated in North West of India in the lap of the Great Himalayas. It is the land of the eternal snow peaks. The state is bounded on the North by Jammu and Kashmir, on the West and south-west by Punjab, on the South by Haryana, on the south-east by Uttaranchal and on the East by Tibet.
This beautiful state of lush valleys located in the Trans Himalayan region of Lahaul and Spiti is a feast for the eyes. Endowed with many picture perfect tourist spots such as the Kulu Valley and Dharamsala.
Kullu, is the district headquarters of the Kullu Valley. Today it is famous for its apple orchards, wooden temples, folk music and dance. Manali is situated at the northern end of the Kullu Valley along the banks of the Beas River. Manali presents some magnificent vistas of the Himalayas. It is also the centre of a flourishing orchard industry, a popular honeymoon destination. The nearby country and villages are truly beautiful and not to be missed.
Shimla is a beautiful hill station situated in the north-west Himalayas, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is pleasantly cool in summer and very cold in winter. The main shopping centre of Shimla is The Mall and most tourists prefer to take a stroll and to enjoy the breath taking beauty of this place.
There are many beautiful places in around Shimla which one must not miss. Mashobra, 13kms from Shimla has several picnic spots and is a perfect place to enjoy. 11kms from Shimla is the Tara Devi temple dedicated to the Goddess of Stars.
Himachal also store number of wonderful famous hill stations, which are particularly cool in summers. Shimla, Dalhousie, Kullu Manali and Kufri are the hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh which offer breathtaking scenery.
Dharamsala is one of the principle towns of the Kangra valley. With deodar forests, cool healthy air, numerous streams, attractive surroundings and the nearby snowline, this town has everything for a perfect holiday.
In this state Majority of the People are of Aryan origin while some of the tribes are the descendants of the Mongolian group of People. The population of this state consists of People of various tribal origin, all speaking in their own languages and follow their own cultural idioms.
Most of the People speak Pahari over here which is the main language of the state. Hindi and Punjabi are also spoken widely in Himachal Pradesh. The main population in Himachal Pradesh consists of Hindus they are dedicated to the customary Hindu way of life. Some of them are Muslims and a very few People follow Buddhism, Christianity and Sikhism.
Some of the important festivals, Navratras, Baisakhi, Haryali, Lossar and Shivratri are celebrated with great interest in Himachal Pradesh. These festivals are given the greatest importance also in temples. Even a small event is big enough to be celebrated for them.
There are several other places in Himachal Pradesh that forms an important part of the tourist attractions; these are Chamba, Kangra, Mandi, Solan, Manikaran, Kibbar Village and Khoskar in Lahaul.