Himachal Pradesh is the land of eternal snow in the north-west of India. The literal meaning of Himachal is ‘Land Of Snow’. It is also known as ‘Dev Bhoomi’ ( the land of Gods). The capital of the state is Shimla and other major towns include Solan, Dharamshala, Kangra, Mandi, Kullu, Chamba, Hamirpur, Dalhousie and Manali. It takes in the frontier zone from the plain to the high Himalaya and in the trans Himalayan region of lahaul and spiti actually crosses that mighty barrier to the Tibetan Plateau.