Himachal, the “Abode of Snow”, is a state located in the northern part of India covering an area of 55,673 sq. km.
The state shares common boundaries with Punjab to the west, Uttar Pradesh to the southeast, China to the east, Haryana to the southeast, and Jammu & Kashmir to the North
Himachal Pradesh is credited with rapid transformation
The state now ranks fourth in respect of per capita income
The state is also the first state in India to achieve the goal of having a bank account for every family
Himachal Pradesh is called the ‘Apple State’
Himachal Pradesh was also known as Deva Bhoomi
GEOGRAPHIC A total area under forest is about 21,325 sq. km i.e. about 38.% Himachal Pradesh are rich in vascular flora, which forms the conspicuous vegetation cover Himachal Pradesh is divided into three distinct regions, the Shivalik or outer Himalayas, middle Himalayas or inner Himalayas, and greater Himalayas or the alpine zone. Majority areas in the state come under seismic zone IV and V which is a very High Damage Risk Zone These rivers are perennial and are fed by snow and rainfall
The State Forest Department mostly concerns itself with planting and conservation of forests. The aim of this project is to raise fuel, fodder and small timber species to meet the basic necessities of the people so that they do not resort to depletion of forests for fulfilling these needs
These include woolen and pashmina shawls, carpets, silver and metal ware, embroidered chappals, grass shoes, Kangra and Gompa style paintings, wood work, horse-hair bangles, wooden and metal utensils and various other house hold items
now the demand for handicrafts has increased within and outside the country
Government efforts Efforts are being made by the government to avail irrigation facilities in most of the areas The Government of Himachal is doing its best to help the farmers by providing cheap credit, organization of marketing facilities provide facilities to entrepreneurs Single Window Clearance Agencies are functioning Parwanoo and Baddi in Solan The state government is gearing up to make Himachal Pradesh as the flower basket of the world.