Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh, literally "Snow-ladden Region", is a state in Northern India . Its area is 21,495 sq mi (55,670 km2), and is bordered by Jammu and Kashmir to the north, Punjab to the west, Haryana to the south-west, Uttarakhand to the south-east and by the Tibet Autonomous Region to the east.

Himachal Pradesh is famous for its abundant natural beauty. After the war between Nepal and Britain , also known as the Anglo-Gorkha War (1814–1816), the British colonial government came into power and the land now comprising Himachal Pradesh became part of the Punjab Province of British India . In 1950 Himachal was declared a union territory , but after the State of Himachal Pradesh Act 1971, Himachal emerged as the 18th state of the Republic of India . Hima means snow in Sanskrit , and the literal meaning of the state's name is In the lap of Himalayas. It was named by Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, one of the great Sanskrit scholars of Himachal Pradesh.

The economy of Himachal Pradesh is currently the third fastest growing economy in India. Himachal Pradesh has been ranked fourth in the list of the highest per capita incomes of Indian states . This has made Himachal Pradesh one of the most wealthiest places in entire South Asia. Abundance of perennial rivers enables Himachal to sell hydroelectricity to other states such as Delhi , Punjab and Rajasthan . The economy of the state is highly dependent on three sources: hydroelectric power, tourism and agriculture.

Himachal Pradesh is spread across valleys and 90% of the population lives in villages and towns. The villages are well connected to roads, Public Health Center and now with Lokmitra kendra using High speed broadband. Shimla district has maximum urban population of 25%. According to a 2005 Transparency International survey, Himachal Pradesh is ranked the second-least corrupt state in the country after Kerala . The hill stations of the state are among the most visited places in country. The government has successfully imposed environmental protection and tourism development meeting European standards and it is the only state which forbids the use of polythene and tobacco products.