* Himachal Pradesh was formed on 15 April,1948 as Chief Commissioner's Province of H.P. by integration of 28 princely states with four Districts Chamba, Mandi, Sirmour and Mahasu. Himachal got complete statehood on 25 Jan,1971 and became the 18th state of India.
* The word “Himachal Pradesh” comes from the Sanskrit word “Hima” which means “Snow”. And also the literal meaning of the State’s name is in the lap of Himalayas.
* The most exciting way to commute to Shimla is by the Kalka-Shimla Railway, better known as the Toy train. But what’s more amazing is that it declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and holds the world record of being the train to cover the steepest slope (5816 ft) in least distance (just 96 km)
* The Kalka-Shimla express is runs through a massive stretch of 806 bridges, 103 tunnels and 18 stations.
* Himachal Pradesh is the least urbanized state in India with nearly 90% of population living in rural area
* Himachal has 37,033 square km of forest area which is 66.52% of the total area of the state.
* Shigri Glacier in Lahaul is the largest glacier in Asia.
* Manali-Leh National Highway is the highest motor able road in the world.
* There are three airports in Himachal Pradesh namely Jubbar Hatti Airport near Shimla, Gaggal Airport near Kangra and Bhuntar Airport near Kullu.
* Shilla peak (7,025 mtrs) in Kinnaur is the highest peak of the state.
* Satlej is the longest and Ravi is the largest river volume.
* Shimla Kalka toy train and The Great Himalayan national Park in Kullu are the world heritage sites.
* Solan is known as the ‘Mushroom City’ for Mushroom Production, This is also one of the fastest growing hill town in Asia.
* Himachal Pradesh is the second largest producer of apple in the country after Jammu & Kashmir.