Himachal Pradesh, also called “Dev Bhumi Himachal” is the northern state of India. Himachal Pradesh (55,673 km2) shares its borders with Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. It’s a beautiful state with lots of hills stations, mountains and temples to visit. There are total 12 districts of Himachal Pradesh.
Today I am going to share a list of Himachal Pradesh districts by area, population, density, and education.
Please note that the list is sorted by area only but you can read all other information according to the census 2011.
1. Lahaul and Spiti
Lahaul Spiti is the largest district of Himachal Pradesh. Most of the area remained covered by snow 12 months. That’s the reason Lahaul Spiti has the lowest population density.
Pin Valley national park, Tabo monastery, Spiti valley, and Kunzum pass are most popular tourist attractions of Lahaul Spiti.
Area: 13,835 km2
Borders: Chamba, Kinnaur, Kangra, Kullu, J&K, and China
Average Density: 2 persons/ km2
The second-largest district of Himachal Pradesh, Chamba is known for art, craft, painting, handicrafts, and textiles. Chamba is also called the valley of milk and honey.
Few tourist attractions of district Chamba are Khajiar, Banikhet, Manimahesh, and Chamera lake. There are also lots of temples to visit and worship.
Area: 6,528 km2
Borders: Kangra, Lauhal Spiti, Jammu & Kashmir, and Punjab
Average Density: 80 persons/ km2
The Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh is known for its mountain, Apple and road structure. Similar to Lahaul Spiti, more than 50% of its area is remained covered in the white snow. Kinnauri and Lahaul peoples are known for their lifestyle and culture.
Kinner Kailash, Nako Lake, Sangla Valley, Recong Peo, and Kalpa village are most popular tourist attractions of the Kinnaur.
Area: 6,401 km2
Borders: Shimla, Lahaul Spiti, Kullu, Uttrakhand, and China
Average Density: 13 persons/ km2
Kangra is the most populated district of the Himachal Pradesh with 14 tehsils. The district is fully loaded with the famous temples, tourist places, and Pahari culture. McLeodganj near Dharamshala is an internationally-recognized place due to Dalai Lama, a famous religious figure.
Jawalamukhi, Baijnath, Dharamsala, Palampur, Brijeshwari and Jawala Ji are famous tourist places of Himachal Pradesh.
Area: 5,739 km2
Borders: Chamba, Una, Hamirpur, Mandi, Kullu, Lahaul Spiti, and Punjab
Average Density: 263 persons/ km2
Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh is also known as “Valley of God“, is famous for its festival “Dushara”. Kullu is located in the middle of the Himachal. The district has a lot of temples and tourist places to visit.
Some of the famous tourist attraction of Kullu is Manali Trek, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Great Himalayan National Park, and Raghunath Temple
Area: 5,503 km2
Borders: Lahaul Spiti, Kangra, Mandi, Shimla, and Kinnaur
Average Density: 79 persons/ km2
Shimla, also known as “Queen of Hills“, is one of most famous tourist destinations of north India. Thousands of tourist visit beautiful places in Shimla everyday in winters. Shimla is capital of Himachal Pradesh and places for most of the administration offices. The famous Himachal Pradesh University is also in Shimla.
Shimla is known for its beautiful mountains, apple business, and some of the famous tourist attractions like Ridge, Kufri, Green Valley, Jakhoo Hill, Chail, and Christ Church.
Area: 5,131 km2
Borders: Kinnaur, Kullu, Mandi, Solan, Sirmaur, and Uttrakhand
Average Density: 159 persons/ km2
Mandi is the second most populated district of Himachal Pradesh. The district is the gateway of most famous valleys tourist destinations of Himachal like Kullu, Manali, and Spiti. The district is famous for some historical significance.
It is home of some famous Lakes in Himachal Pradesh. Some of its tourist attractions are Prashar Lake, Kumru Nag Lake, Pandoh Dam, Rewalsar Lake, Bhutnath temple, and Barot.
Area: 3,950 km2
Borders: Kullu, Kangra, Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Solan, and Shimla
Average Density: 253 persons/ km2
District Sirmour is famous for Churdhar Peak and largest producer of flowers in Himachal Pradesh. It’s believed that Lord Hanuman came here for the “Sanjeevni Booti” to save Lakshmana. The largest natural Lake (Renuka Lake) of Himachal Pradesh is also situated in the Sirmaur. Renuka Lake is Thousands year old.
Asia’s one of the biggest fossil park Shivalik is also in the district Sirmaur. Other than these famous places there are more tourist attractions like Nahan, Rajgarh, and many more.
Area: 2,825 km2
Borders: Solan, Shimla, Haryana, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh
Average Density: 253 persons/ km2
Named after the Hindu goddess Shoolini Devi, Solan is one of the fastest-growing (urban planning, Municipal corporation, and literacy) district of Himachal Pradesh. The oldest monastery of India Yungdrung Tibetan is also in the Solan.
Some of the tourist attractions of the Solan district are Kasauli, Nalagarh Palace, Shoolini Mata Temple, and Chail.
Area: 1,936 km2
Borders: Sirmaur, Shimla, Mandi, Bilaspur, Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana
Average Density: 298 persons/ km2
Una district is the mix of Punjabi and Pahari culture. Most of Una’s borders are attached with Punjab. Una is small in area but the second largest district of Himachal by population density. Una also holds 2nd position in the literacy rate following Hamirpur.
Chintpurni Temple, Sheetla Devi Temple, and Pir Nigaha are few best tourist attraction of Una district.
Area: 1,540 km2
Borders: Kangra, Hamirpur, Bilaspur, and Punjab
Average Density: 338 persons/ km2
Bilaspur district is known for Asia’s highest dam Bhakra Nangal Dam and Biggest manmade Govind Sagar Lake. Hence it’s the second smallest district of Himachal Pradesh but 3rd most crowded district of Himachal Pradesh.
If you have planned to visit Bilaspur, consider visiting the Bhakra Dam and Govind Sagar Lake. Don’t forget to enjoy paragliding to see a sky view of some of its adventures.
Area: 1,167 km2
Borders: Mandi, Hamirpur, Una, Solan, and Punjab
Average Density: 327 persons/ km2
Smallest but the most literate district of Himachal Pradesh, Hamirpur is the number one district in the literacy rate by maintaining the 88.15% with growth of 10%. The district is also on 1st spot for population density.
Some of the tourist attractions are Sujanpur Fort, Awa Devi Temple, and Tauni Devi Temple.
Area: 1,118 km2
Borders: Kangra, Una, Bilaspur, and Mandi
Average Density: 406 persons/ km2
You may have noticed that there are lots of tourist spots to enjoy in Himachal Pradesh. All districts are loaded with lots of temples, lakes, hill stations, and other tourist places.
Hope you got what you are looking for in this list of Himachal Pradesh districts by area. Let me know if there something you feel need to be added in the list.
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