Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas. ’Him’ in Hindi literally means ice or snow and ‘alaya’ means home, which makes Himalayas ‘The Home of Snow’. From the underground Waters to the peak of mountains, Himalayas has blessed Himachal with great natural riches. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. Main popular cities are Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie etc. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas.