For those of you who do not know about Himachal Pradesh, it is one of the 29 states of India and is located in the Northern region of the country. Himachal Pradesh has officially declared a state on 25th January 1971 and became the 18th state of India. Himachal Pradesh is extremely famous for its lush green forests, epic landscape, and numerous tourist attractions not only in the country but all over the globe. There are so many things and facts to talk about the beautiful mountainous state, however, we will discuss only the top 10 facts about Himachal Pradesh and here it goes……
Amazing Facts About Himachal Pradesh
10. The Name
The name Himachal Pradesh was proposed by one of the well-known Sanskrit Scholars, Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma. FYI, the name of the state is a combination of Sanskrit words – Him and Achal, where ‘Him’ means ‘snow’ and ‘Achal’ means ‘land’.
9. Oldest Democracy
There is a village named Malana, which is located in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. The village is said to be among the oldest democracies in the world and has a bicameral parliament system. Additionally, the villagers claim that they are the descendants of the soldiers of Alexander the Great’s Army.
8. First Smoke-Free State and Polythene Bags Ban
Himachal Pradesh became the first Indian State to become smoke-free by imposing a ban on smoking in public places on 2nd July 2013. Moreover, to preserve the environment, the government of Himachal Pradesh enacted a law, which forces a complete prohibition on the production, sale, and usage of polythene bags.
7. Apple Producer
Himachal Pradesh is very well renowned for its high-quality apples and dry fruits such as almonds and walnut. The state is the 2nd largest producer of apples in India after Jammu and Kashmir.
6. 2 World Heritage Sites
Himachal Pradesh is home to 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites out of the total 37 sites in India. The first heritage site is the Great Himalayan National Park, which is located in the Kullu region. The National Park encompasses an area of 452 sq. miles (1171 km2) and is home to 375 fauna species including 181 bird species, 127 insect species, and 31 mammals. The Second heritage site is the Kalka-Shimla Railway Line, which is a narrow-gauge rail line between the city of Shimla and Kalka. The rail line has a length of 96.54 km and comprises 864 bridges, 102 tunnels, and 919 curves.
5. Dev Bhoomi
Himachal Pradesh is known as ‘Dev Bhoomi’, which means ‘land of Gods’. The title is justified by the fact that Himachal Pradesh has numerous major Hindu Temples and pilgrimage sites including Jwalaji Temple, Chintpurni Temple, Bhimakali Temple, Bijli Mahadeva Temple, Manimahesh Lake, Shrikhand Mahadeva, and Kinner Kailash.
4. Highest Cricket Ground
In the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, there is a town known as Chail, which boasts the highest cricket ground in the World. The cricket ground is situated at an altitude of 8018 ft. (2444 m) and is currently under the command of Chail Military School.
3. Asia’s Only Natural Ice Skating Rink
Himachal Pradesh is the proud host of Asia’s only natural ice skating rink, which is located in its capital city, Shimla.
2. Last Village of India and Sharing Border with China
There is a village known as Chitkul, which is located in the Kinnaur district and it is considered the last village in India before Tibet (China). Moreover, Himachal Pradesh shares a significant length of 200 km of border with Tibet (China).
1. Least Corrupt State
According to CMS India Corruption Study held in 2017, Himachal Pradesh is the least corrupt state in India. It means that you can expect minimal bribery in the state while approaching a government organization for work.
So, these were some of the facts about Himachal Pradesh. Hope you have found them interesting.
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