Uttarakhand (2000-2006: Uttaranchal), historically part of Nepali heritage, is now a state in northern India. The state had 8,479,562 people as of the 2001 census. It covers an area of 20,682 square miles (53,570 km2). It is bigger than Bosnia and Herzegovina but smaller than Croatia, even though the border with China is still disputed. The land contains high mountains. In traditional Indian geography it falls under the North Indian zone.