Himachal Pradesh has been inhabited by human beings since the dawn of the civilization. It has a rich and varied history that can be traced even from the Indus valley civilization that flourished between 2250 and 1750 B.C. The history of present day Himchal Pradesh in the post-independent era can be outlined as under : -

  1. Himachal Pradesh become the Union Territory on 1st November 1956.

  2. Kangra and most other hill areas of Punjab were merged with Himachal Pradesh on 1st November 1966 though the status remained that of the Union Territory. .

  3. On 18th December 1970 the state of Himchal Pradesh Act was passed by the Parliament and the new state came into being on 25th January 1971. Thus Himachal Pradesh emerged as the 18th state of Indian Union.

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