Himachal Pradesh, literally "Snow-ladden Region", is a state in Northern India . Its area is 21,495 sq mi (55,670 km2), and is bordered by Jammu and Kashmir to the north, Punjab to the west, Haryana to the south-west, Uttarakhand to the south-east and by the Tibet Autonomous Region to the east.
Himachal Pradesh is famous for its abundant natural beauty. After the war between Nepal and Britain , also known as the Anglo-Gorkha War (1814–1816), the British colonial government came into power and the land now comprising Himachal Pradesh became part of the Punjab Province of British India . In 1950 Himachal was declared a union territory , but after the State of Himachal Pradesh Act 1971, Himachal emerged as the 18th state of the Republic of India . Hima means snow in Sanskrit , and the