Himachal Pradesh, a mountainous state in the western Himalayas, is known for its beautiful landscape, and is spread across 55673 sq. kilometre. It shares borders with the states of Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, the Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir, and the Tibet Autonomous Region. The state has 12 districts, and is drained by many rivers such as the Sutlej, Beas, Ravi, Chandrabhaga or Chenab, and the Yamuna. The north and eastern parts of the state show alpine climate that harbour many glaciers and beautiful high-altitude lakes. While Himachal Pradesh shows a wide range of climatic variation owing to its unique geographical features, the regions situated at greater than 13,000 feet /4,000 m above sea level remain covered with snow for most parts of the year.

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