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About Himachal Pradesh
Villagers - Himachal PradeshHimachal Pradesh is a captivating region of the Indian Himalayas. It is often referred to as the "Magical Showcase of Nature's Splendor" ideal for the travelers to travel, enjoy and relax. Abundant green grassland and wide valleys set against imposing snow-clad mountains; crystal clear lakes, flowing rivers and spurting streams a captivating region of the Indian Himalayas.

Himachal Pradesh has boundaries with the Jammu and Kashmir in the North, Uttararanchal in the Southeast, Haryana in the South and Punjab in the West.

People and Lifestyle
Traditionally majority of people consists of the Hindus. The main communities are Brahmins, Rajputs, Kannets, Rathis and Kolis. The tribal population of the state comprise of the Gaddis, Kinnars, Gujjars, Pangawals and Lahaulis. The Gaddis are the traditional shepherds .

Himachal is mainly religion-oriented, where gods are invoked during the festivals by singing and dancing. This practice of praising God has continued since ancient times. The major dance of the state are the Rakshasa (demon) dance, the Kayang Dance, the Bakayang dance. The bonfires of Lohri, a festival to mark the sowing of the Rabi crop light up the night sky on January 13 every year.

Places of Interest in Himachal Pradesh
Kullu Valley
Kullu is known for its ancient temples, apple orchards and the annual Dusshera Festival. Kullu is also famous for its handicrafts and woolens like shawl, caps, puhla, namdas and patoos The rich greenery of the Kullu valley along with bare, brown mountains, glaciers and snow fields gives it a charming look.. The place looks lovely in the crisp sunlight.

The Chamba Town
The town is well known for its medieval temples and Chaugan, a public promenade. The architecture of the buildings of Chamba reflects the aura of its former rulers. Chamba is also famous for its local festivals.

Important Cities in Himachal Pradesh
ShimlaShimla also spelt as 'Simla' derives its name from goddess 'Shayamla Devi', which is another manifestation of Goddess Kali. Shimla is one of the few places in the world where an enormous amount of history and heritage has been distilled into such a small place in so short a time.The Mall, Kufri, Viceregal Lodge are some of the attractions in shimla.

Dharamshala stands at the foot of snow wrapped lofty Dhauladhar ranges and offers a magnificent view of snowy peaks, deodar and pine forests ,tea gardens and beautiful hills . At a short distance. from Dharamshala, the church lies amidst the deodar forest between Mcleod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj. The church houses a monument dedicated to Lord Elgin, one of the viceroys of India,

Pilgrimage in Himachal Pradesh
The remote valleys of Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur have strong Buddhist traditions. Splendid gompas, Buddhist monasteries, built along bare mountain-sides seem to be a part of the rugged terrain. These are the repositories of a wealth of Buddhist art and culture. In Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama has settled in exile, is a marvelous Tibetan township where an entire cultural tradition is being nurtured. It is a centre that attracts scholars, pilgrims and tourists.

How to reach
By Air : There are three airports in the state of Himachal Pradesh. They are at Bhuntar, Gaggal and Jubbarhatti. The air routes connect the state with Delhi and Chandigarh.

By Rail : The Pathankot-Jogindernagar line is the longest railway line connecting Punjab with Himachal Pradesh. The other railway tracks pass through Shimla, Solan and Una. Shimla is connected with Kalka by a narrow gauge railway line, which in turn is connected with the major cities in India.

By Road : Most of the important places of Himachal Pradesh are well connected with the roadways. Few of the roads get closed during winters and monsoon seasons due to snowfall and landslides. Regular bus services connect Shimla with Chandigarh, Kullu, Manali, Delhi

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