The Queen Of Hill Stations
Known for its unparalleled glittering beauty, the entire town of Shimla is replete with forests of pine, rhododendron and oak. Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and one of the most popular hill stations in India. Earlier known as Syamala while an erstwhile state of Nepal, it emerged as a major tourist destination with the British rule in 1819. Cool climate, elegant streets, grassy slopes, and wonderful lakes make it a favourite place for honeymooners.
Shimla lies at the foothills of the Shivalik at an altitude of approximately 2100 m above sea level. Shimla, with its striking beauty and salubrious climate, serves as a perfect getaway for people living in plains. It also boasts of being a major travel & tourism destinations in Himachal Pradesh. From adventure point of view, Shimla is a dream place for golfers, trekkers and skiers.
Places To See
Situated on the Shimla-Kalka railway line, this hill serves as a great trek route at an altitude of 1283 m. People also visit the hill to see the Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur where Gandhiji used to live during his visits to Shimla.
Situated in the heart of Shimla, the Ridge is the highest point of the city. It offers a bird's eye view of the entire region. It is also the perfect place to get a clear look of the snow-clad mountain ranges.
Located at a 45 minute walk from the Mall, this temple lies at an altitude of 2455 m. the temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and witnesses the maximum crowd every Tuesday. Being located near the the highest point of Shimla ridge, the temple offers amazing views of the mountains, valleys and the changing skyline at dusk and dawn.
Being the main shopping area of Shimla, it is the most happening place in the region. Shopping lovers and sightseers reach the Mall by a passenger lift via Cart Road. Lakkar Bazaar (Wood Market) is situated quite close to the Mall.
The hill offers marvellous views of the entire city of Shimla and the nearby hills. Besides, pilgrims visit Prospect hill to seek for the blessings of Goddess Kamna Devi who resides here in a small temple.
Built in 1846-1857, this church is one of the most popular churches of Shimla. It is supposed to be the second oldest church in North India and is popular for its outstanding architecture.
Tattapani is a small village near Shimla and is famous for its hot water sulphur springs.
Chadwick falls are located about 7 km from the Summer Hill, surrounded by lush greens.
The wide range of goods that Shimla offers includes handicrafts, wood and metalwork, shawls, pullovers, local tweeds, caps, Tibetan carpets, pickles, jams and squashes.
How To Reach
The nearest airport is at Jubbarhatti (23 km).
Shimla has a narrow gauge railway line which is connected to all the major parts of India via Kalka.
Being the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is well connected to all the major cities of India by road.