was the most important British hill resort, prior to India's
independence. It is named after its patron goddess, Shamla
Devi, a manifestation of Kali. Simla, located at an altitude
of 7,267 feet, is inhabited around a crescent - shaped ridge,
which is blessed with perennially cool air and amazing views.
It provides superb panoramic sights of the valleys, and
the lofty peaks of the great Himalayan range, on both sides.
The colourful local bazaars of Shimla are sprawled over
the southern slopes of the ridge.
was the country's focus for the better part of every year and
now, it is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. Today, its
well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions
make it one of India's most popular hill resorts. Placed in
the tower ranges of the Himalaya mountains, it is surrounded
by pine deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Towards the north
lie the snow covered high-ranges, while the valleys broad whispering
streams and swaying fields. Within the town are a host of splendid
colonial edifices,quaint cottages and charming walks. Shimla
holds a variety of shopping,sport and entertainment.
- April to Mid - July, Mid - September to Late October and Mid
- December to Mid - January. The best time to visit is Mid -
September to Late November.
large open space in the heart of town presents excellent views
of the mountain ranges. Shimla's landmarks the neo Gothic structure
of Christ Church and the Neo Tudor Library library building
Falls : Are
only really worth visiting during or just after the monsoons
(July to October). The falls are 7 km from Shimla and can be
reached via Summer Hill.
Bazaar : Popular
for its wood crates and souvenirs, this is just off the Ridge.
to the monkey god, Lord Hanuman. At 2455 m, this is the town's
highest peak and a vantage point for Shimla's famous views.
The summit is crowned with a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
The hill is full of paths and narrow roads which are enjoyable
Church& St. Michael's Cathedral :
dressed - stone church with fine stained glass has a cruciform
design. It is located just off the Mall, below the District
Courts. This is the second oldest church in northern India
(the oldest is in Ambala), Christ Church was build between 1846
and 1857. The church is one of the Shimla's major landmarks
and is renowned for its stained glass windows. You can have
a look inside the church or attend English-language services
every Sunday morning during the tourist season.
Institute of Advanced Study :
1983 m, this magnificent English renaissance structure was the
former Viceregal Lodge. Its lawns and woodland are added attractions.
Entry by ticket (nominal charge). A portion of the interior
is also open to the public, except on Sundays and holidays.
Glen : At
1830 m, this is a thickly wooded ravine through which a stream
flows. It is a popular picnic spot.
by a thick deodar forest, this large glade has an ancient temple
on an edge.
any other destination, Shimla has its own specialty to offer,
representative of Himachal's unique culture, craft and tradition.
You can buy handicrafts, wood and metalwork shawls, pullovers,
local tweeds, caps, Tibetan carpets and pickle, jams and squashes.
Himachal Emporium : People
interested in genuine local handicrafts must visit this place
located on the (western) Mall.
Tibetan Refugee Handloom Shop : Located
on the (Eastern) Mall, it showcases local development projects
apart from selling carpets, clothes and other Tibetan crafts. Besides,
there are a number of private shops and showrooms selling object
art and crafts.
for a Brewery Unit in 1835 and still running. It is said to
be the gateway to the most beautiful parts of Himachal Pradesh.
more because of it's all important toy train that runs to and