Himachal Pradesh

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Himachal Pradesh State in the w Himalayas, nw India; the capital is Simla. It suffered numerous invasions before coming under British rule in the 19th century. The state is mountainous and heavily forested, with highly cultivated valleys. Timber provides the main source of income. Area: 55,673sq km (21,495sq mi). Pop. (2001) 6,077,248.