Uttaranchal finds mention in the ancient Hindu scriptures
as Kedarkhand, Manakhand and Himavat. The Kushanas, Kudinas, Kanishka,
Samudra, Gupta, the Pauravas, Katuris, Palas, the Chandras and Pawaras and
the British have ruled in turns. It is often called the Land of the Gods
(Dev Bhoomi) because of its various holy places and shrines. The hilly
regions of Uttaranchal offer unspoilt landscapes to the tourist -pilgrim.
The present state of Uttaranchal was earlier as part of the United
Province of Agra and Awadh which came into existence in 1902. In 1935, the
name of the state was shortened to the United Province. In January 1950,
the United Province was renamed as Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal remained
a part of Uttar Pradesh before it came into being on 9 November 2000, the
27th state of India.