Himachal the 'Land of Snow' is a veritable paradise endowed with great natural beauty and spiritual
calm. The verdant valleys surrounded by lofty snow - capped peaks, roaring rivers rushing through gorges or flowing placidly in the valleys,
dance forests of deodar and oak, flowering meadows, glaciers and hight altitude lakes literally bring an ethereal other worldly beauty
at your door steps. No doubt, this 'Himalayan Jewel' is a tourist's dream and delight.The earlist known inhabitants of the region were tribals
called Dasas. The Aryans came and assimilated in various tribes over here. in the later centuries, the hill chieftains accepted
suzeranity of the mauryas. the kaushans,the guptas and kannauj rulers.from 6th to 15th century there was a influx of rajput tribes
towards this region. they establish several states like Trigarta(kangra), kullu,
Chamba, Nurpur, Suket, Mandi, Bilaspur, etc. During the mughal period, the Rajas of the hill states made treatise with them and
governed their kingdom. The rise of Gurkhas in the later half of 18th century troubled the entire western Himalayan region. they
occupied kangra fort by 1805. in 1809, Raja Sansar Chand of Kangra with the help of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh pushed the Gurkhas beyond
Satluj river. But the Gurkhas were finally defectedf with the help of the British force and later the entire region was subjugated
to the British empire through various treatise ar annexation. After independence, 30 princely States of the area were united and Himachal
Pradesh was formed on 15th April, 1948. With the re-organisation of Punjab on 1st November, 1966, certain areas belonging to it were also
included in Himachal Pradesh. Finally, on 25th January, 1971, Himachal Pradesh attained full fledged statehood.
The simple peace-loving people of Himachal are renowned for their honesty, tolerance and hospitality. They are mostly Hindu by faith and each village has its own traditional deity. The state is dotted with thousands of temples and is also called as the 'Dev Bhumi' or the 'Abode of Gods'. Himachal is also land of colourful fair and festivals which are unique in style and attractive in display The most important fair are Minjar of Chamba, Shivratri of Mandi, Dussehra of Kullu, Lavi of Rampur and Renuka of Sirmaur. The beautiful state also provides great opportunity to adventure and fun seekers and is considered an ideal place of activities like trekking, mountaineering, fishing, river rafting, skiing, para gliding, ice-skating and golf.
A visit to this enchanting land is the most relaxing and satisfying experiance.