Shimla | Shimla Himachal Pradesh | Tourist Place Himachal Pradesh

Shimla a hill town, situated at a an average height of 2400m, is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. This hill station is one of the famous tourist destinations in India. Shimla is popularly known as the 'The Queen of hills'.

This wonderfully cool and charming place sprawls along a mountain ridge, surrounded by oak, and pine forests, give a natural cool breeze.

Shimla town was built by Britishers after it was made the 'Summer capital' of the British India. Many Historical buildings are the evidence of colonial heritage. Viceregal Lodge, Advanced studies etc are some examples.

Jakhu (2454 m) is the highest point of the town. An ancient Hanuman temple is situated on the top and a 108 feet high statue of Hanuman stands on the top of the hills, which is also visible from the Ridge.

Lakkar Bazar, Ridge and the Mall Road is the perfect route for evening walk. Ridge and Mall Road remain packed with tourist in the evenings. Christ Church, Library, Gaiety Theatre and Goofa Restaurant are some buildings increase the beauty of the ridge. Mall Road starting from scandal point is the shopping hub in Shimla. You can find almost every brand there. there are also some very good restaurants on Mall Road. Lakkar Bazar is famous for its handcrafted wooden work.

Below Ridge is the Ice Skating rink which is the place for ice skating during winters. Jakhu Temple, Kalibari temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Tara Devi temple are some religious places to visit in Shimla.

Kufri, Narkanda, Naldehra are some more places to hangout near Shimla. State Museum, Indian Institute of Advanced study are beautiful Historic Architectural buildings to visit. Shimla-Kalka Toy train travel is something you should experience at least once in your Shimla visit. Accommodation:There are a number of budget and luxury hotel in Shimla. There are also some other cheap options like Gurudwara, Sood Dharamshala, Ram Mandir, Panchayat Bhawan etc.

Weather and Climate

Shimla is very cool and pleasant place. Evenings in Shimla are more and romantic. Temperature ranges from 28 to 28°C in summer and 0 to 10°C in winters. Snowfall is something any traveller wish to witness.

Places And Activities

THE RIDGE: This is a large open space in the town that presents excellent views of the mountain ranges. The neo- gothic structure of Christ Church and the neo - Tudor library building - are situated on the Ridge.

LAKKAR BAZAR: Popular for its wood crafts and Souvenirs, this is just besides the Ridge.

JAKHOO HILL (2.5 km): At 2455m, this is the highest point of the town and a famous point for Shimla's famous views. The summit is crowned with a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

STATE MUSEUM (3km): The State Museum houses a collection of Himachal"s rich culture and heritage. Exhibits include archaeological artifacts, carvings, paintings and sculptures.

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDY (4 km): This magnificent English renaissance structure was the former Viceregal Lodge. Its lawns and woodland are added attractions.

THE GLEN (4 km ): At 1830m, It is a thickly wooded ravine through which a stream flows. It is a popular picnic spot.

ANNANDALE (4.5 km): Surrounded by a thick deodar forest, this large glade has an ancient temple on the edge.

PROSPECT HILL AND KAMNA DEVI ( 6 km): At 2125m and crowned by a temple dedicated to Kamna Devi, the Hill offers spectacular wide views of the city and its environment.

SANKAT MOCHAN (7 km): This is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

TARA DEVI (11 km): 2044m, A thickly wooded hill with a temple dedicated to Tara Devi.

MASHOBRA (12 km): At 2149m, this beautiful suburb is surrounded by thick forests. From here, a track leads down to Sipur which is an exquisite glade shaded by ancient deodar trees. There are old temples a fair is held every April.

KUFRI (16 km): At 2501m, this is famous for its wide views and ski slopes. An enjoyable walk leads up to the Mahasu Peak.

FAGU (22 km): At 2510m, Fagu has some enchanting views. Himachal Tourism run Hotel Peach Blossom offers spectacular views.

How to reach?

The airport is at Jubbar-Hatti, 23 km away. Shimla is connected to Kalka by an enenchanting narrow gauge railway line where even a quaint rail car ply. By road, Chandigarh is 117 km, Manali is 280 km, Chail is 45 km and Delhi is at a distance of 370 km. From Delhi, Manali and Chandigarh, luxury coaches and taxis ply to Shimla. During tourist season HPTDC also operates regular deluxe buses from Delhi and Manali to Shimla.

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