Literally. “Snow – Laden Province”) is a state in North India. Its area is 55,673 km (21,495 sq mi), and is bordered by Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west, Haryana on the South- west Uttarakhand on the south- east and by the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east. Hima means snow in Sanskrit, and the literal meaning of the state’s name is in the lap of the Himalayas.
It was named by Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, one of the most eminent Sanskrit scholars of Himachal Pradesh.
Natural Beauty & Temples
Himachal Pradesh is famous for its natural beauty, hill stations and temples. Himachal Pradesh has been ranked FIFTEENTH IN THE LIST OF THE DAY HIGHEST PER CAPITAL INCOME of Indian states and union territories for year 2013-14. There are many perennial rivers flowing in the state with hydroelectric projects set up.
Himachal owing to its great hydroelectric potential produce surplus hydroelectric and even sells it to other states such as Delhi, Punjab, and Rajasthan. Hydroelectricity projects tourism, and agriculture from an important part of the state’s economy. .
Heritage of Handicrafts
Himachal has a rich heritage of handicrafts. These include woolen and pashmina shawls, carpets. Silver and metal ware, embroidered chappals, grass shoes, Kangra and Gompa style paintings, wood work, horse-hair bangles, wooden and metal utensils and various other houses hold items.
These aesthetic and tasteful handicrafts declined under competition from machine made goods and also because of lack of marketing facilities. But now the demand for handicrafts has increased within and outside the country.