Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the popular hill stations in India and known as the "Queen of Hill Stations". It was the summer capital of British Raj in India. Located in the north-west Himalayas, the picturesque hill town of Shimla is today a popular tourist destination in North India. It draws tourists from all over the world. Very favorite among honeymooning couples it is also a popular destinations of nature lovers, vacationers and adventure enthusiasts. The city is surrounded by picturesque hills and forests of deodar, oak, pine and rhododendron trees. It offers spectacular views of snow covered mountain ranges toward the north. There are many colonial edifices, ancient temples, intricate churches, quaint cottages, etc within the city. The city is connected to the city of Kalka by Toy Trains on one of the longest narrow gauge railway routes still operating in India. The city derives its name after the Goddess Shymala Devi, a manifestation of the Hindu Goddess Kali.
Places of Tourist Interest
The Mall :It is the main shopping area of Shimla. It is one of the must visit attractions of the city. It boasts many clubs, restaurants, banks, bars, government buildings, tourist offices and post offices. The Scandal Points and the Ridge are the two main meeting points at the Mall.
Gaiety Theatre :It is located at the Mall. It is the reconstruction of the Old British Theatre. It is a centre of cultural activities.
The Ridge :The Ridge is road is a large open square, located in the heart of Shimla. It runs east to west alongside the famous Mall Road. The road leads to the Scandal Point in the west and to the famous Lakkar Bazaar in the east. It is famous noted as the venue of Shimla Summer Festival.
Christ Church :It is one of the major landmarks in Shimla. It is located at the Ridge Road. It is the second oldest church in North India. It is the place in Shimla where all tourists should spend some time in.
Jakhoo Hill :It is located at 2 km away from Shimla. It is the highest peak in Shimla and offers spectacular views of Shimla and of the snow-clad towering mountain peaks of mighty Himalayas.
Jakhoo Temple :At the top of the Jakhoo Hill, there is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Here visitors can see a number of monkeys. The path to the temple is zigzag and very scenic.
Summer Hill :It is situated at the distance of 5 km from the famous Ridge Road. Himachal Pradesh University is located here. Shady walkways offer charming and captivating views of the region.
Prospect Hill :It is a charming hill in Shimla. It is noted for the temple of Kamna Devi.
Tara Devi Temple :It is located at Tara Parvat (Tara Hill). It is about 15 km away from the main town of Shimla. The temple overlooks beautiful views of the city. Surrounding is scenic and serene. It is surrounded by wooded pine forests.
Other Attractions :There are many other attractions in Shimla. They are Sankat Mochan Temple, Shimla State Museum, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, St Michael's Cathedral, Chadwick Falls, Botanical Gardens, Kali Bari Temple, etc.
How to Reach ShimlaBy Air : To arrive in Shimla, the nearest Airport is at Jubbarhatti. It is about 23 km away from Shimla. It is well-linked to Chandigarh, Kullu and Delhi.
By Rail : Shimla is connected with a broad gauge railway line up to Kalka and after that by narrow gauge line.
By Road : Shimla is well connected by roads with major cities like Kalka, Chandigarh, Delhi, Ambala, Ludhiana, Dehradun, Amritsar, Jammu, Jalandhar, etc.