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Himachal Pradesh

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.

Himachal Pradesh
State
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Hadimba Devi Temple, Manali.jpg
Band at Bimakali temple, Sarahan.jpg
A Village near Trilokinath temple, Lahaul.jpg
Kinnaur Kailash with Monolithic pillar a 79 feet vertical rock formation that resembles a Shivalinga.jpg
Municipal Corporation Building - Ridge - Shimla 2014-05-07 0941-0945 Compress.JPG
Himachal Pradesh seal.svg
Seal
Himachal Pradesh

Location in India
State map

State map
Coordinates (Shimla): 31°6′12″N 77°10′20″ECoordinates31°6′12″N 77°10′20″E
State  India
Statehood 25 January 1971
Capitals Shimla
Dharamshala (Second Capital in Winter)
12 Districts
Government
 • Governor Acharya Dev Vrat[1]
 • Chief Justice Surya Kant[2]
 • Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur (BJP)
 • Legislature Unicameral[3] (68 seats)
 • Parliamentary constituency 4
Area
 • Total 55,673 km2(21,495 sq mi)
Area rank 18th[4]
Population (2011)[5]
 • Total 6,864,602
 • Rank 21st
 • Density 123/km2 (320/sq mi)
Language
 • Official Hindi[6]
 • Additional official English[6]
Time zone UTC+05:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 code IN-HP
HDI Increase0.720 (High)
HDI rank 9th (2017)[7]
Literacy 83.78%[8]
Website www.himachal.nic.in

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