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Also Known As: The
Places of Interest:
The Mall, Christ Church, Kufri, Narkanda
Best Time To Visit:
April To August & December To January
spelt as 'Simla') derives its name from goddess 'Shayamla
Devi', which is
another manifestation of Goddess Kali. The capital of
came into light when the British discovered it in 1819.
Till then, it was
a part of the Nepalese kingdom. In 1864 Shimla was declared
as the summer capital
of India. After Independence, Shimla became the capital of
Punjab and was later
named the capital of Himachal Pradesh .
In 1903 a rail line
was constructed between Kalka and Shimla.
Shimla has been blessed
with all the natural bounties, one can think of.
Dwelling on a panoramic
location, the hilly town is surrounded by green pastures
peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the
during the colonial era create an aura, which is very
different from other
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Bulging at its seams
with unprecedented expansion, Shimla retains its colonial heritage,
with grand old buildings,
among them are the stately Viceregal Lodge,
charming iron lamp
posts and Anglo-Saxon names. The Mall, packed with
shops and eateries,
is the centre of attraction of the town, and Scandal Point,
the former Maharaja of Patiala's escapades,
offers a view of
distant snowclad peaks.
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Christ Church &
St. Michael's Cathedral: Built in 1846-1857, Christ
Church is the second
oldest church of Northern India. The Church
overlooks the ridge
and is one of the landmarks of Shimla.
The clocks on Christ
Church were added later but none of them are functional now.
The Church's exquisite
beauty comes with the stained glasses that are fitted on
its windows. The
town's other important churches are St. Michael's
Cathedral and Roman
Catholic Cathedral, which is just off the Mall.
Himachal State Museum
& Library: The museum is located 2.5-km west
of the scandal point
and opens daily except on Mondays and public holidays.
It has got a good
collection of ancient historical sculptures, paintings, coins,
photos and other
items from all over the state as well as outside it. It has
also got a library,
which houses many historical books and manuscripts.
& Botanical Gardens: On the Observatory Hills is located
which is also known as "Rashtrapati Niwas".
building was the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin.
This lodge was completed
in 1888 and it is said that every brick for the building was
carried by mules.
This is a six-storey building and is surrounded by well-maintained
gardens and lawns.
The lodge has now been converted into Institute of
Advanced Study and
is further 2-km from State Museum.
The Mall: This is
the main shopping centre of Shimla with restaurants. The Gaiety
Theatre, which is
a reproduction of an old British theatre is a center of cultural
activities. A passenger
lift of HPTDC can be taken from the Cart Road and the
Mall. Lakkar Bazaar
adjacent to the Ridge is popular for its wood-crafts and souvenirs.
Prospect Hill: Crowned
by a temple dedicated to Kamna Devi 15-minutes
walk from Boileauganj
on Shimla-Bilaspur road.
The hill at an altitude
of 2,155m offers a spectacular view of the area.
The Ridge: The large
open space in the heart of town presents excellent view of
the mountain ranges.
Shimla's landmarks - the Neo-Gothic structure of
Christ Church and
the new - Tudor Library building is worth seeing.
Jakhu Temple: Dedicated
to Lord Hanuman, this temple is at an altitude of 2,455m
near the highest
point of Shimla ridge. It offers a fine view over the surrounding valleys,
out to the snowcapped
peaks, and over the town itself. The temple is a
45-minute walk from
the Mall. Jakhu is a vantage point for
witnessing the changing
skyline as the sun rises or sets.
Sankat Mochan: On
Shimla-Kalka road is the famous "Lord Hanuman" temple.
Situated at an altitude
of 1,975m, it commands an excellent view of Shimla town.
Tara Devi: On Shimla-Kalka
road this holy place is accessible by rail, bus and car
(11-km). From the
station / road - one can visit the temple either on foot or by taxi / jeep.
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Surrounded by thick forests, one can reach these falls by
taking about 45-minutes
(7-km) walk from Summer Hill Chowk. more...
Fagu (22-Km) 2,450m:
Situated on Hindustan-Tibet Road (22-km),
at a height of 2,450m
Fagu is gifted with some enchanting views.
Bharari Spur: It
is a less explored area within the town. From here, one can take a long
by foot through
the thick cedar forest to the Hot-springs of Tattapani, or to the ruins
of Kiar Koti.
Institute Of Advanced
Studies: Housed in the former Viceregal Lodge, it was built in 1888.
A spectacular English
Renaissance grey stone structure. The entry in the institute is
by ticket and only
on Sundays the grounds are open for the public.
by deodar trees, this glade has an ancient temple on the edge.
Summer Hill: At an
altitude of 1,283m, Summer Hill is a picturesque spot on
line offering shady walks in quiet surroundings.
The Father of Nation,
Mahatma Gandhi during his visit to Shimla lived in
the elegant Georgian
House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur located here.
HP University is
also situated over here.
Close to the Viceregal lodge is the Himalayan Aviary or the Himalayan
Bird Park. This
park is a natural habitat of numerous species of birds found in Himachal
such as Himalayan
Monal, Pheasants, Peafowls and National Bird of India, the Peacock
Shimla recorded a bone-chilling -2ºC on Sunday after two
days of heavy snowfall.