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Himachal Pradesh

हिमाचल प्रदेश

STATE OF INDIA

WEBSITE
http://himachal.nic.in

TOURISM WEBSITE
http://himachaltourism.gov.in
http://hptdc.nic.in

STATE SLOGAN
Unforgettable Himachal

COUNTRY
India

CAPITAL
Shimla

ESTABLISHED
25-01-1971

AREA
55673 sq km/21495 sq miles

AREA RANK
18th

ISO 3166 CODE
IN-HP

VEHICLE REGISTRATION
HP

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Hindi

STATE DANCE
Kinnauri Nati

STATE ANIMAL
Snow Leopard

STATE BIRD
Western Tragopan

STATE FLOWER/TREE
Rhododendron

ABOUT
Himachal Pradesh is a state in Northern India. It is spread over 21,495 sq mi (55,670 km2), and is bordered by Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west and south-west, Haryana and Uttarakhand on the south-east and by the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east.
Himachal Pradesh is famous for its abundant natural beauty. After the war between Nepal and Britain also known as Anglo-Gorkha War (1814–1816), the British colonial government came into power. In 1950 Himachal was declared as a union territory but after the State of Himachal Pradesh Act 1971, Himachal emerged as the 18th state of the Republic of India. Hima means snow in Sanskrit, and the literal meaning of the state's name is In the lap of Himalayas. It was named by one of the great Sanskrit scholars of Himachal Pradesh, Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma.
The economy of the Himachal Pradesh is currently the third fastest growing economy in India. Himachal Pradesh has been ranked fourth in the list of the highest per capita incomes of Indian states. The abundance of perennial rivers enables Himachal to sell hydroelectricity to other states such as Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan. The economy of the state is highly dependent on three sources: hydroelectric power, tourism and agriculture.
Himachal Pradesh is the least urbanized state in India with nearly 90% of population living in rural area, but the Shimla district is comparatively urbanized with nearly 25% population living in an urban area. According to a 2005 Transparency International survey, Himachal Pradesh is ranked the second-least corrupt state in the country after Kerala.


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