Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas. Its 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 is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas. Its 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.

From the underground waters to the peak of mountains, Himalayas has blessed Himachal with great natural riches. In between, the Passes, the Valleys and the Hot Springs are also the gifts of Himalaya to Himachal.

For countless centuries Himachal has been home to a variety of birds and animals. There are pheasants whose colors can place rainbows in the shade; then there are partridges and patient kites, ibex, antelopes, deer, bears, leopards, the rare bharal and thar – and the elusive snow leopard.

In Himachal, the freshest of leaves are nurtured by roots that go centuries deep – and the nourishment has come from scores of different strands. South of the Greater Himalaya, the presence of Hinduism is strong. In the mid-hills, pastoral presences appear in the worship or numerous local ‘devtas’ and ‘devis’. In the Trans Himalaya, Buddhism has thrived for over a thousand years. The presence of Christianity came with the arrival of the British and the state has over a dozen churches spread over its area. Similarly, there are several places across the state that are held sacred by the Sikhs. Islam registers its presence in and around Nahan and in some of the larger towns.

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