A state in North India, Himachal Pradesh literally means a 'Region of Snowy Mountains'. It is also sometimes referred as 'Dev Bhumi' meaning Abode of Gods. In the year 1950 Himachal Pradesh was declared as one of the Union Territories of India. Later on however, with the passing of Himachal Pradesh Act of 1971, it emerged as the eighteenth state of India. The word 'Hima' actually means snow in Sanskrit terminology. Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, an eminent Sanskrit Scholar from Himachal Pradesh named the State.
The capital of the State is Shimla. It is a famous travel destination since it lies in the lap of the Himalayan mountain ranges and is known for its natural beauty. Dharamsala is popular both for its spiritual importance and tourist draws. Manali and Dalhousie captivate visitors with their picturesque vistas, spotless surroundings, and pleasant climate. The important towns in the state of Himachal Pradesh are Mandi, Kangra, Chamba, Kullu, and Hamirpur.
Every District of Himachal Pradesh is split into Sub-divisions, which are Again divided into Blocks. The State consists of 52 Sub-divisions, 20,118 Villages, 75 Blocks, and 57 Towns.
Himachal Pradesh bordering Jammu and Kashmir to the North and NorthWest, Punjab to the SouthWest, Haryana and Uttarpradesh to the South and Uttaranchal to the Southeast is spread in the area of 55,653 sq km. Shimla is the state capital and other major towns are Dharamshala, Kangra, Mandi, Kullu, Chamba, Hamirpur, Dalhousie and Manali.
The state boasts of Numerous Picturesque Tourist Destinations, which are responsible for generating much of the revenue for the state. Agriculture, textile and burgeoning hydroelectric power export industry are the other sources of income for the state.