Himachal Pradesh, a picturesque mountain state, is a land of remarkable geographical diversity. In the south, the Shiwalik hills rise gently from the Punjab -Haryana plains. But to the north the altitudinal rise is dramtic. A series of parallel ranges rise like giant steps till the highest point is reached in the Greater Himalaya. Within these ranges ara a number of smaller ranges like the Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal and Zanskar. Himachal is a mosaic of different cultures. It is inhabited by one of most colourful people whose culture is as richly diverse and fascinating as the landscape. The developmental activities such as industrialization, road construction, hydropower projects, horticulture, urbanization, mining and growth of tourism have gradually transformed the state though the issues of environ-mental pollution, resource depletion and increasing incidences of natural hazards such as cloudbursts, flash floods, land-slides and erratic weather conditions are causing serious concerns. About Author : Dr.Manoj jreat was born at Kotgarh in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh.He completed his Masters degree in Geo-graphy from the Punjab University, Chandigarh and Ph. D. form the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Dehli. Dr. jreat has written numerous research articles on Himachal Pradesh that have been published in reputed newspaper and journals. He has also written a book Tourism in Himachal Pradesh (2004). Contents : Introduction Physical Setting Resources The Human Mosaic Economy Geography of Himachal Pradesh Natural Hazards
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