Himachal Pradesh

state in northern India

Himachal Pradesh (Panjabi: ਹਿਮਾਚਲ ਪ੍ਰਦੇਸ਼) is a state in northern India. Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. It covers an area of 55,673 square kilometres (21,495 square miles), although the border with China is still disputed. The land contains high mountains. In traditional Indian geography it falls under the North Indian zone. It borders to Jammu and Kashmir to the north.

Himachal, Uttari Panjab
ਹਿਮਾਚਲ ਪ੍ਰਦੇਸ਼
Northern Panjab
State of India
Himachal Pradesh
Kangra Fort, 20 kilometres from the town of Dharamshala
Kangra Fort, 20 kilometres from the town of Dharamshala
Location of Himachal Pradesh in the Republic of India
Location of Himachal Pradesh in the Republic of India
Map of Himachal
Map of Himachal
Coordinates: 31°6′12″N 77°10′20″E / 31.10333°N 77.17222°E / 31.10333; 77.17222
RegionNorth India
 • BodyGovernment of Himachal Pradesh
 • GovernorRajendra Arlekar[1]
 • Chief JusticeLingappa Narayana Swamy[2]
 • LegislatureUnicameral (68* seats)
 • Chief MinisterJai Ram Thakur (BJP)
 • Chief SecretaryAnil Kumar Khachi[3]
 • Total55,673 km2 (21,495 sq mi)
 • Total6,856,509
 • OfficialPanjabi[4]
 • NationalPanjabi[5]
 • AdditionalRajasthani
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
Official languageslanguages

Himachal Pradesh was part of Indian Punjab before 1966.

Administrative divisions of Himachal Pradesh


The State of HP is divided into three Divisions, namely Mandi Division, Kangra Division, Shimla Division. The divisions are further sub-divided into 12 districts. These are further divided into 73 sub-divisions, 172 tehsils and 35 sub-tehsils.

Districts of Himachal Pradesh

  1. Bilaspur
  2. Chamba
  3. Hamirpur
  4. Kangra
  5. Kinnaur
  6. Kullu
  7. Lahaul & Spiti
  8. Mandi
  9. Shimla
  10. Sirmaur
  11. Solan
  12. Una

Proposed districts


Following districts are proposed for creation in Himachal Pradesh:[6][7]

  • Mahasu
  • Surendranagar
  • Rampur Bushhar
  • Karsog
  • Palampur
  • Noorpur
  • Dehra

State symbols of Himachal Pradesh



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  2. IANS (6 October 2019). "Justice Lingappa Narayana Swamy Takes Oath As Himachal Chief Justice". NDTV.com. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  3. "Himachal Pradesh Chief Secretary". himachalservices.nic.in. 1 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  4. "Report of the Commissioner for linguistic minorities: 52nd report (July 2014 to June 2015)" (PDF). Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. pp. 33–34. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 December 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  5. Pratibha Chauhan (17 February 2019). "Bill to make Sanskrit second official language of HP passed". The Tribune. Shimla. Archived from the original on 18 February 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  6. "Himachal At A Glance - Information Data centre". Archived from the original on 2013-08-16. Retrieved 2013-07-25.
  7. "Top five places you should visit in Himachal Pradesh". Top five places you should visit in Himachal Pradesh. Archived from the original on 2021-04-22. Retrieved 2021-04-22.

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