Apart from the beauty, serenity and freshness of nature, Himachal also holds the credit to giving our nation and world some great personalities. They are he ones you know very well of but never knew belonged to these mountainous terrains. Read on to find out about these famous people from Himachal Pradesh.
1. Captain Vikram Batra
Hailing from a small village called Ghuggar in the Palampur region of Himachal, he is the brave army officer of our country who showed his valour in the Kargil war, 1999. He was awarded the highest bravery award of the nation, the Param Veer Chakra posthumously.
2. Priety Zinta
The dimpled beauty with a number of amazing movies to her name too has her roots in the pahari terrain. Born in a small town of Rohru in the Shimla district she has done her schooling from the very celebrated The Convent of Jesus and Mary school and an another very famous all girls college in Shimla, St. Bedes.
3. Major Somnath Sharma
This brave soldier belonged to the Kumaon regiment and is the proud recipient of the first Param Veer Chakra ever given in our country. He was given this honour posthumously for his courage and dedication towards duty that he showed in the Kashmir operations in the year 1947.
4. Anupam Kher
Rightly counted in the elite group of actors of the Bollywood and a famous theatre personality, Anupam Kher has proved his unmatchable acting skills in many movies and dramas. He too was born in the state and spent his childhood days in the hill station of Shimla.
5. Sardar Shobha Singh
Sardar Shobha Singh is a renowned artist who lived in the quiet village of Andretta, Palampur of Kangra district for the inspiration that reflected in the beautiful paintings he made. He is well known for his paintings like Sohni Mahiwal and The Last Desire of Mumtaz Mahal amaong many others.
6. The Great Khali
Dilip Singh Rana, better known as The Great Khali is an internationally famed wrestler who needs no introduction. This 7 ft 3″ tall wrestler is famous for his unique fighting skills.
7. Tenzin Gyatso
The Noble Prize winner for peace, Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th (and the current) Dalai Lama. He is the highest monk of his community and well known worldwide for his advocacy of the Tibetan Buddhism, his spirituality and his sincere interest in the modern science.
8. Mohit Chauhan
The soulful singer from tinsel town, Mohit Chauhan comes from the small town of Nahan in Sirmaur district. Formerly famed as a pop singer, he has won many awards as a playback singer and is loved for his melodious voice.
9. Charanjit Singh
Born in Nehari town of Himachal Pradesh, Charanjit holds pride of serving as the captain of the Indian Hockey team that won the gold medal in the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan.
10. Ruskin Bond
This Padma Shree and Sahitya Academy award winner author is a well known name with children and adults alike. He has stretched out some fantastic characters and stories like Room on the Roof, A Face in the Dark, The Blue Umbrella and many more of which many have a plot rooted in the pahari region of Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand.
11. Kinkri Devi
This activist and environmentalist was born in the Ghaton village of Sirmaur district. She is remembered for her fierce protest against illegal mining and quarrying in her native state.
12. Rifleman Sanjay Kumar
This Naib Subedar of the Indian Army is the winner of the highest bravery award, the Param Veer Chakra for his heroic actions shown in the Kargil war, 1999. He is remembered for his courage and gallantry while trying to recapture the Muskoh valley situated at the height of 17oo ft, from the enemy.
13. Kangna Ranaut
The beautiful Kangna Ranaut has established her name in the Indian film industry through hard work, brilliant acting skills and her bold and upfront persona. The winner of many awards, she hails from a place called Bhambha in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.
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