Himachal Pradesh

Capital: Shimla
Area: 55.673 km²
Population: 6.657.000 (2008)
Altitude: 350 - 7000 m
Language Hindi, Pahari-Languages, Panjabi, Nepali, Kinnauri, Kashmiri, Lahauli, Dogri, Tibetani, English

Himachal Pradesh is a tiny hill state whose pleasant summers make it a popular holiday resort. The Raj still lingers in Shimla, the state capital and former summer capital during British rule. Kullu-Manali are neighbouring resorts, surrounded by pine covered hills and lush meadows. Himachal has, in addition to popular resort towns, a series of secluded hill retreats ideal for interested anglers, trekkers and those wanting a quiet getaway. Many of these include: from Shimla – Mashobra, Kufri, Naldehra; those around Kullu-Manali include Manikaran, Naggar and Brighu Lake; the barely accessible valleys of Lahaul and Spiti are a trekker’s delight.