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Himachal Day in India

The land of snow -Himachal Pradesh lies in the western Himalayas and was formed after merging more than 30 princely states after independence in April 1948. Himachal Day is celebrated to commemorate its creation. Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, a renowned Sanskrit scholar coined the name Himachal. Himachal Pradesh is unquestionably, one of the most scenic, tranquil, peaceful and gorgeous states of India. It is the second least corrupt state after Kerala according to a Transparency survey. What’s more, it is the 3rd fastest growing state and ranks 4th in the list of the highest per capita income in India

The Himachal Day is celebrated in the state on 15th April every year. This year will be the 71st year of its creation. The chief minister of Himachal Virbhadra Singh will inaugurate the ceremony and the grand parade that takes place. You can also visit during this festival with your friends and family.

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Himachal Day Celebrations

Photo: Courtesy Hill Post

A peek into the past

Before independence, most areas of this state were a part of Punjab state. The regions were divided into Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Chamba -the most crucial. In 1864 Shimla became the official summer capital under the British. Later post-independence, parts of Haryana, Delhi, and Punjab were merged, and Himachal Pradesh was created as a union territory on 15th April 1948. However, it was later declared as a separate state on 25th January 1971.

Much to see

The land of snowcapped mountains, plummeting river valleys, spectacular hill stations and its proximity to Tibet on the east make Himachal Pradesh the best destination to visit. The outdoor adventure playground, Himachal offers several avenues for trekking, paragliding, skiing and white-water rafting. The topographical influences can be seen in the different culture, religion, and language are spoken in each new village or place in this verdant state. Himachal Day is celebrated with a lot of fanfare in different parts of the state.

Must-visits in Himachal

If adventure gets your heart beating faster then a visit to
1.The Rohtang Pass for paragliding, enjoying the snow scooter, skiing and mountain biking is a must.
2.The Leh-Manali highway is another place to be when you want to go cycling, try mountain biking, enjoy a safari or an adventurous activity.
3.The Spiti valley is known for its snow leopards, safaris, cycling and more. Called the trekking mecca this cold desert mountain nestles among the Himalayas, and is home to ancient monasteries, charming villages, and a natural beauty that is riveting and unreal. The Dal Lake, Khajjar Lake, Kangra Fort, Kinnaur Kailash are other fascinating places you must check out.

Spiti Valley

The food you must try

It’s not just natural beauty that you can look forward to in Himachal, but some of the best eating options you will find in the mountains. High up above the sea, you are bound to feel hungry quicker than you do in the cities. Himachal is known for its Himachali cuisine that combines unique flavours, liberal use of yogurt and slow cooking to offer delectable dishes you can savour.

Dham -a dish made from red beans(rajma), moong dal (lentils) and rice in curd served with mash dal, boor ki Kari and a tamarind -jaggery chutney. It is served during festivities and you must try it. Mittha -sweetened rice with dry fruits, Babru -kachori from Himachal, Chana Madra are some other dishes worth trying.

How to Reach Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is easily accessible through direct flights available from around the world. The nearest airports for Himachal are Shimla or Dehradun. You can then use local transport to visit other places in and around the state.

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