Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas. The State is bordered by Jammu & Kashmir on North, Punjab on West and South-West, Haryana on South, Uttarakhand on South-East and China on the East.
It's home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dharamshala, Shimla, Manali, Kullu, Dalhousie, Khajjirar and Chamba. It also has a strong Tibetan presence and is home to his holiness the Dalai Lama. It is situated in the heart of the western Himalaya, identified as "Dev Bhumi" and is believed to be the abode of Gods and Goddesses.
Tourism got its recognition when the British established their chain of hill stations and by declaring Shimla "The Summer Capital of India" in 1864. However, the biggest boost to tourism happened from the mid 90s.
Today Himachal is popularly renowned for its Himalayan landscapes and popular hill-stations. Many outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, ice-skating, trekking, rafting, and heli-skiing are popular tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh.