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The state of Himachal Pradesh has boundaries with the Jammu and Kashmir in the North, Uttar Pradesh in the Southeast, China on east, Haryana in the South and Punjab in the West. It is located between 30"22' and 30"12' north latitude and between 75"47' and 79"4' east longitude. The mountainous state has altitudes ranging from 350 to 7000 meters (1050 ft. to 21000 ft.) above the sea level. Himachal takes its name from the Himalayas. Himachal literally means 'Land of snowy mountains'. Himalayas, the great mountain system extends almost 2,500 Km., from North-West to South-East and width of Himalayas is between 250 to 300 Km.

Climate in Himachal Pradesh
The Himalaya constitute the highest mountain system of the world. By October, nights and mornings are very cold. Snowfall at elevations of about 3000mtrs is about 3mtrs and lasts from December to March. About 4500mtrs, is perpetual snow. The main season is the spring from mid- Feb to March-April. The air is cool and fresh. Colourful flowers adorn the valleys, forest slopes and meadows. In the hill stations, the climate is pleasant and comfortable.The rains start at the end of June

Glaciers in Himachal Pradesh
Himalayas have nearly 15,000 glaciers and it is one of the largest continental area under ice. It is estimated that about 34,000 sq. km., about 18 % of the Himalayas is always covered with ice.

Bara Shigri Bada Shigri
is the largest glacier in Himachal Pradesh. It is located in the Chandra valley of Lahaul and it feeds the river Chenab.

Chandra Glacier
It falls in the Lahaul - Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the slopes of the main Himalaya. Chandra Nahan Glacier It is located on the South-Eastern slopes of the main Himalaya in the area to the North-West of Rohru in Himachal Pradesh.

Bhadal Glacier
Bhadal glacier is located on the South-Western slopes of the Pir Panjal range in the Bara Banghal area of Kangra district.

Bhaga Glacier
It is located on the slopes of the main Himalayan range in Lahaul area. This glacier feeds the river Bhaga. The Lady of Keylong The Lady of Keylong glacier is very popular among visitors. The name 'Lady of Keylong' was given by 'Lady Elashainghday' about a century ago during British ruling.

Lakes in Himachal
Himachal has dozens of large and small lakes spread over the state.

Maharana Pratap Sagar
located in district Kangra.

Gobind Sagar Lake
This vast reservoir lies in the district of Bilaspur and Una.

Khajjiar Lake
(in district Chamba, 16 km from Dalhousie and 25 km from Chamba)

Manimahesh Lake
(in district Chamba, 32 km from Bharmaur)

Prashar Lake
(in district Mandi, 30 to 40 km from Mandi town)

Chandra Tal Lake
(6 km from the Kunzam Pass that connects Spiti and Lahaul)

Suraj Tal Lake
below the summit of the Barachala Pass in the Lahaul division of district Lahaul and Spiti

Dashir Lake
(near the Rohtang Pass that connects district Kullu with Lahaul)

Nako Lake
(in the Pooh sub-division of district Kinnaur)

Rewalsar Lake
(in district Mandi, 24 km from Mandi town)

Lama Dal Lake
(In district Chamba 45 km from Chamba town)