Himachal Pradesh, a northern Indian state in the Himalayas, is known for its trekking, climbing and skiing, and scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie. Himachal Pradesh has been inhabited by human beings since the dawn of civilization. It has a rich and varied history which can be divided into several distinct eras. Culturally and geographically, the state has three fairly well-defined zones. The 'tribal belt' that holds the districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti is largely Buddhist and the language belongs to the Himalayan belt of Tibeto- Burmese. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh also has a strong Tibetan presence, reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, cuisine heavy on noodles and dumplings, and vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations.