Located in the vicinity of Western Himalaya, Himachal Pradesh is one of the northern states of India. As shown in the given Himachal Pradesh Map, it shares its state boundary with Jammu and Kashmir in the north, Punjab in the west, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana in the south, and Uttarakhand in the south-east. Further, it also shares international boundary with Tibet Autonomous Region in the east.
Major source of revenue in the state is hydroelectric power, tourism, and agriculture. By virtue having favourable conditions and presence of many perennial rivers (snow-fed), it produces surplus electricity. Surprisingly, as the report of 2005 prepared by Transparency International Survey, Himachal Pradesh is the second least (only after Kerala) corrupt state in India.
Spread in 55,673 sq km, Himachal Pradesh is entirely mountainous state; its relief features ranging from 35 meters to 7,000 meters above sea level. Because of having so big variation in elevation, the climatic conditions also vary accordingly. It has wide range of climates ranging from hot and sub-tropical in the southern region to cold, alpine, and glacial in the northern and eastern mountain ranges. Rainfall also varies from low to high, depending upon the region. Season in the state is largely categorised into cold winter, warm summer, and rainy seasons. However, alpine regions also receive snowfall during winter. The important rivers of the state are Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, Beas, and Yamuna.