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Himachal Pradesh ~ हिमाचल प्रदेश
Himachal Pradesh is bound by the Himalayan and Shivalik ranges to its north and south and surrounded by the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. The towering snow clad peaks glistening in the glow of sunrise or gurgling waters in rivers and streams, a fragrant breeze whispering through pine forests, or stark brown mountains has made it a favorite destination for tourists.
Dussehra especially Kullu Dussehra in Oct, Sipi Fair held at Shimla in the month of May. Doongri Festival at Manali is dedicated to Goddess Hadimba in May are some of the festivals and events in Himachal Pradesh that are celebrated with much fervor across the state. The Minjar Festival is celebrated in late July / early August.
The arts and crafts of Himachal Pradesh state in India are carpets, shawls, leather works, paintings, metal ware, paintings and woodwork. Pashmina shawl is the creation which is extremely in demand not only in Himachal but all over the world. Colourful Himachali caps are also well-known art work of the people. One tribe, Dom, is skillful in making bamboo items like boxes, chairs, sofas, baskets and racks.
As Himachal is a cold land where the highland temperature dominates. That is why the cuisine of Himachal Pradesh is adapted in the manner that it delivers heat and energy to the people, to the maximum. Due to the cold weather meat is chosen by all. But in the diverse region of the state, the cuisine differs. Paddy, Rice and maize are the basic food of people, but the usage of spice is generous and dominant. Boasting of exclusivity, the cuisine of Himachal Pradesh is characteristically a mix of Punjabi and Tibetan culture.