Himachal Pradesh

HIMACHAL PRADESH

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Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas. It’s home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas.

CapitalShimla
Chief MinisterVirbhadra Singh
GovernorAcharya Dev Vrat
National ParkGreat Himalayan National Park
Pin Valley National Park
UNESCO World Heritage siteGreat Himalayan National Park
Famous Research InstituteMukteshwar
Dams & RiversGobindSagar, Reservoir – Sutlej River
MaharanaPratapSagar Reservoir
Nathpa Dam – Sutlej River
BhakraNangal Dam – Sutlej River
Chamera Dam – Ravi River
Folk DancesKariyala,
Bhagat,
Raslhanld,
Harnatra Haran or Harin
FestivalsKulluDussehra,
Shivratri Fair (Mandi),
ShooliniMela (Solan),
Minjar Fair (Chamba), Mani
Mahesh Chhari Yatra (Chamba),
Renuka fair (Sirmaur),
Lavi Trade Fair (Rampur),
Population Census 20116,864,602(increased by 12.94%)
Area (sq km census 2011)55,673
Density123
Sex ratio972
Literacy82.80%
Major Mineral resourcesTraces of iron gold,
Lignite,
Pyrite,
Natural gas

Hydro Power ProjectsBindwa Hidel project
Bassi hydroelectric project
Andhra Hydel project
NathpaJhakri project
Important StadiumsCricket Stadium – HPCA Cricket stadium, Dharmshala
Indhira Gandhi stadium, Una
Major CropsThe main cereals grown are wheat, maize, rice and barley.
Apple is the principal cash crop of the state