Shimla - ‘Enthral Travelers of Every Taste’
Amongst India’s most exotic hill stations, Shimla is awe-inspiring. Once the summer capital of British Empire, place is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla has everything to amuse travelers of every taste and category; captivating nature, remains of rich British architecture, deep footprints of Indian History, UNESCO world heritage and many more.
Vice Regal Lodge, Christ Church, Gorton Castle, Peterhoff, Command House, Auckland House and Gaiety Theatre building in Shimla manifest’s the rich British architecture and Shimla’s bygones; visit to these places is truly a treat to eyes. Shimla has a strong mark in Indian history too, as place witnessed so many significant events including Gorkha war in the era of 1815-16, decision of formation of Muslim League in 1906, Indo-Pak partition drafting in 1945, Indo – Pak Shimla pact in 1972 and many more.
Kalka - Shimla Heritage Railway: Built in 1903, the UNESCO world heritage Kalka-Shimla railway line of 96.54 km does certainly take you to the glorifying British India epoch. Don’t miss it.
The Mall Road: With variety of restaurants, clubs, bars, heritage buildings and showrooms, mall road is certainly the soul of Shimla. The Gaiety Theatre located here is the place for art lovers, here one may enjoy world class plays and other performances.
Ridge: Well connected with the Scandal point, Lakkar Bazaar and Jakhoo Hills, Ridge is the most visited place in Shimla. Throughout the year, place hosts numerous cultural programmes and other events.
Annandale: Annandale is famous tourist spot situated at an elevation of 6,117 feet. Place is surrounded by most enchanting sights and offers a lot to travelers.
Kufri: Just 13 km away from Shimla, Kufri is the must visit place. You certainly find that sceneries and the landscapes only get better here. Place offers zoo, zoological park, Tara Devi temple, Mashru peak and many other attractions. It is also the hub for winter adventure sports.
Shimla State Museum: Museum is honestly a beholder’s delight for art appreciators. So many amazing things are placed in the museum including Pahari miniature paintings, stone sculptures, stone sculptures of 8th century, bronze items and others. It also has a doll gallery where you may find plenty of bride and groom dolls.
Jakhu Temple: Temple is must visit and is frequented by the devotees of the Hindu deity - Lord Hanuman. One finds hundreds of monkeys around it with so many different stories behind their presence.
Chail: Chail is also a must visit place, located about 55 km’s far from Shimla. Place offers diversity and nature’s uniqueness. Chail bird sanctuary, Chail Palace and Kali ka Tibba are the prominent attractions.
Other Must Visits: Vice Regal Lodge, Christ Church, Gorton Castle, Peterhoff, Command House, Sankat Mochan Temple and Auckland House. One must visit to witness amazing architecture and Shimla’s bygone.
How to reach Shimla…
BY AIR: At Jubbarhatti airport in Shimla, regular domestic flights are available from major cities of India.
BY RAIL: Nearest railway station is the Kalka railway station which is 96 km’s away from Shimla. Kalka station is well connected with rest of India. From Kalka you may board Heritage Toy Train to Shimla which takes 6 hours. Heritage railway travel is truly a gift of Englishmen, so must try it.
BY ROAD: Shimla is connected with national highway and have regular buses from major nearby towns including Chandigarh and Delhi. You may also drive yourself or hire a cab to reach Shimla as roads are fairly good.