Punjab Hill States Agency

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Punjab, 1909

The Punjab Hill States Agency was an administrative unit of British India. The agency was created under the direct authority of the Governor General of India in 1936 with its headquarters in Shimla.[1] It was composed of a number of princely states in the present-day Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The Punjab Hill States Agency was created out of the Punjab States Agency, which had been created in 1901.

The states came under British suzerainty after the Anglo-Nepalese War of 1814-16, and were known as the Simla Hill States. They later came under the authority of the British province of Punjab, with the exception of Tehri-Garhwal, which was under the authority of the United Provinces.[2]

After Indian Independence in 1947, the states acceded to the Government of India, most of the states became the new state of Himachal Pradesh, with Tehri-Garhwal becoming part of Uttar Pradesh. In 2000, the northern portion of Uttar Pradesh, including the former state of Tehri-Garhwal, became the new state of Uttarakhand.

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  1. ^ Ramesh Chandra Bisht, International Encyclopaedia Of Himalayas, Vol. 3, p. 104
  2. ^ V. Verma, The Emergence of Himachal Pradesh: A Survey of Constitutional Developments, pp. 41-42