From vast tracts of high-altitude Trans-Himalayan desert to dense green deodar forests, from apple orchards to cultivated terraces, from snow capped high Himalayan mountain ranges to snow fed lakes and gushing rivers. On 25th January 1971, Himachal Pradesh was made a full-fledged State.
The most famous town in this state is the small Himalayan settlement of Shimla, once the official summer capital of the British Raj, from where, for a certain amount of time each year, the British ruled over their empire.
Now it is the permanent capital of one of India’s smallest states, Himachal Pradesh, with growing resident and seasonal populations. The town itself stretches along a mountain ridge and centers around the Mall.