Probably the most popular hill station in northern India, Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh famous for its Mall road, the Ridge, toy train etc. among honeymooners and families alike. Situated at a height of 2200 m, Shimla is one of the most eminent tourist destination in the country. Set amidst beautiful hills and mystical woods, Shimla is one of most aesthetically planned cities in India. An erstwhile summer capital of British India, this town’s captivating natural beauty, and the atmosphere are bound to leave any tourist overwhelmed. The well-knit roads, impeccable cleanliness, and an efficient administration make for a perfect combination for any tourist destination in the world. This town has colonial-style buildings alongside the historic temples and the amalgamation of the worlds leaves everyone visiting this region spellbound. Within this city one must visit the Mall Road, The Ridge, Institute of Advanced Studies and Jakhu Temple. Shimla is also used as a base to cover other nearby places likeChail, Kufri, Naldehra, Mashobra, Tattapani and Narkanda. The toy train to Shimla from Kalka passes through beautiful hills and valleys and is one of the most beautiful train routes in the world.
The Ridge Shimla
The Ridge is a open wide street located on the side of mall road. The Ridge has everything from shops selling some exclusive artifacts to the beautiful view of mountain ranges. The place is a delight for all kinds of tourists. That_ã_s not it the place also has some old establishments which attracts a great of history fanatics.
Located at the heart of shimla the Ridge is the goto place for every kind of tourist. The Ridge is not only a market place but also the social hub of the city. The place garners a lot of visitors all around the year. The place is filled with different kinds of shops which attracts a great amount of shopaholic crowd.The lakkar bazzar located here is a shoppers delight. The Ridge is filled by tourists on various occasions especially in the summer festival, new year and christmas. The place has to offer a beautiful view of the mountain ranges in shimla. apart from just the beautiful location the Ridge is the home of many monumental buildings including the old christ church. With all other features the Ridge has, the food stalls nearby sell some good quality and must try north indian cuisines. The Ridge thus, is a complete package for a visitor.
Jakhoo Hill Shimla
The highest point of the city is Jakhoo Hill Shimla that is covered with Alpine trees. At the top of the flat hill is the colourful Jakhoo Temple and the newly constructed Hanuman statue. Jakhoo Hill Shimla is a favourite escape for visitors wanting peace and calm from the city far below. The walk up to the hill takes approximately 30 minutes and follows a pleasant route, just beware of the criminal minded monkeys that are waiting to rob tourist of food and shiny objects! The summit of Jakhoo Hill Shimla is 2,455m and approximately 200m higher than the central ridge of Shimla. The route to the summit follows a 2.5 km footpath with long sections of steps this walk is invigorating in the clean and crisp mountain air of spring and autumn but challenging during the height of summer. The monkeys of Shimla have learnt that tourists are easy pickings for food. Halfway up the path it is possible to rent sticks which are used to threaten the monkeys and prevent robbery. Visitors who do not possess a stick will have their pockets and bags rifled through on the hunt for food. It is very appropriate that Jakhoo Temple is dedicated to Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god, as the monkeys rule Jakhoo hill.
Mall Road Shimla
The Mall Road is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Shimla that enfolds many hotels, restaurants, clubs, bars, banks, shops, offices, post offices, and tourist offices. People can walk up and down the Mall road slowly and enjoy the scenic views of the nature while sipping their favorite coffee. A lot of people gather at the Ridge and Scandal point on Mall road to meet and talk with friends, see the views of the Himalayan range and to do some shopping. The Mall road is connected to the Ridge at the Scandal point, where a statue of the nationalist leader Lala Lajpat Rai has been erected.
Kalka to shimla through toy train offers a grand view of pine covered hill tops, flora and fauna, and the typical picture which makes the hills, queen of hills. Toy train is the best mode of transport to explore the treasuries of great Himalayas. Toy train has now come under the world heritage list of UNESCO and stands at fourth rank. It fascinates the visitors and there is no going back to their native places. The scenic beauty which starts from Kalka to Shimla is thrilling and wonderful throughout the route.
Christ Church Shimla
St Michaels Cathedral in Shimla is a throwback to the Victorian era, dating back to 1886. The interiors of the cathedral are decorated in typical French- Gothic style architecture. Currently, the cathedral can hold a service of at least 400 people. Like other churches in India, St. Michael’s Cathedral incorporates a nave, a vestry, a confessional room, a baptistery room and two aisles. Organ in the church is considered to be the finest in North India.
St. Michael’s Cathedral was once acknowledged as the ‘Ripon Place’ because the building was in a construction process when Lord Ripon (1880-1884) was the Viceroy of India. It was the first the first Roman-Catholic church to be built in the hill station and was designed under the guidance of Henry Irwin, the then Superintendent Engineer and Architect of PWD in Shimla. All thanks to its beauty, grandeur and mirror work, the church is a great sight to look at; moreover, it attracts devotees from all over India.
Summer Hill Shimla
The Summer Hill is one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing of the seven hills which make up Shimla, present in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of about 2100 feet above the sea level, this spot is frequented by visitors from all over the country for its cool, pleasant atmosphere and the lush greenery which dominates the area. The dense forest is a welcome spot to get in touch with nature and to enjoy the most amongst the varied fauna and flora within in. The white mountains which rise high, offer the perfect sublimity in such a location, for tourists to unwind and de-stress completely from the hustle of daily life. The hill is situated at about 5 kilometers from the famed Shimla Ridge, and has to be visited to enjoy its beauty.
Kufri is a small hill station in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh state in India. It is located 20 km from the state capital Shimla on the National Highway No.22. Kufri is a tiny hill station located near Shimla. It is famous for its trekking and hiking trails. Adventure-seeking travelers throng Kufri in winters to enjoy skiing and tobogganing along its snow-covered slopes. Kufri is also famous for its nature parks and picnic spots. Kufri’s proximity to the hill station of Shimla makes it an important place to visit.
A flat terrain in Shimla, Annandale has been developed as the playground of the city. It is located approximately 3 kilometers away from the Ridge and is used to play cricket and to organize picnics, Golf, and Polo. It is quite a scenic spot as it gives a picturesque view of the Shimla city and its surroundings are occupied by deodar trees, oak trees, etc. Annandale is famous because earlier the British used this as a play ground for racing, polo, cricket and other entertaining activities.
The Shimla State Museum
The compilation of paintings, handicrafts, sculptures, coins, photos and various other historical pieces in the Shimla State Museum is both mammoth and outstanding. The assortment consists of artifacts from outside Himachal Pradesh also. The chief draw of the Mall area of Shimla is this state museum. It has an imposing structure with a royal grandeur. The museum with lush lawns surrounding the whole perimeter was opened to public in 1974. The State Museum is a regal building amidst large gardens. It is situated at the Mall Road in Shimla. It is gargantuan in size along with its anthology of photos, indigenous crafts, ancient coins and a variety of other objects. Doll brides and grooms of Himachal Pradesh are displayed in the Doll gallery of the museum. There are tribal dolls along with mini Pahari painting which are worth looking at.
The former summer capital of the princely state of Patiala, Chail is a beautiful hill station located 63 km from Shimla in the Shivalik region of Himachal Pradesh. Chail is spread across three hillocks — Rajgarh, Pandewa and Sadh Tiba, covering an area of over 72 acres. Overlooking the valley of Sutlej, it enjoys pleasant climate throughout the year. Chail also offers magnificent and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and overlooks both, Kasauli and Shimla (45 km). Chail was a sleepy little mountain village till its transformation in 1893. It was founded by the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh. Banished from entering Shimla for eloping with the daughter of Lord Kitchner, the then Commander-in-Chief of the British Indian Army, the Maharaja resolved to build himself a new summer capital better than Shimla. The Maharaja ensured that Chail matched Shimla in every way. Majestic snow-capped Shivalik peaks, beautiful orchards and sylvan pine valleys cast a spell on everyone.
Known as the ‘Mushroom capital of India’, Solan is situated 50 km from Shimla. Solan is largely a forested land surrounded by hills and mountains. The hill station primarily serves as a gateway to other popular hill stations like Kasauli, Kalka and Chail. Solan is also called the ‘city of red gold’, because of the bulk production of tomatoes in the area. Located at an altitude of approximately 1467 m above sea level, Solan is surrounded by high peaks — to the east of the town is the Matiul Peak and to its north lies the Karol Peak which is the highest peak in the region at a height of 2,000 m.
Daranghati Sanctuary Shimla
The sanctuary lies on the Dhauladhar Mountain, an intervening range that forms part of the Middle Himalaya. It is divided into 2 parts- Manglab towards the north and Nogli Gab towards its south. This area was used as a hunting spot by the royal family of Rampur Bushahr. Now it is home to different species of pheasants. In the middle of the sanctuary, tourists can see a large number of wooden temples that Himachal Pradesh is famous for. The view of the beautiful landscapes from the sanctuary is simply breathtaking. The sanctuary bounded by coniferous trees such as blue pine, silver fir and spruce. The wild sanctuary is home to an incredible variety of animals namely Brown Bear, Flying Fox, Barking Deer, Goral, Indian Hare, Himalayan Ibex Leopard, Serow, Blue Sheep, Common giant flying squirrel, Himalayan Palm Civet and Himalayan Weasel. The sanctuary attracts bird watchers from across the globe. Jujurana namely ‘the king of birds’ can be sighted here easily. A vulnerable pheasant called ‘Western Tragopan’ is the main attraction of Daranghati Sanctuary.
Naldehra And Shaily Peak
Shaily Peak in Naldehra Hill station, combines splendid greenery with a magical climate, a match made in heaven. The beautiful view from the top of the hill will make the long and challenging trek worth it. The trek crosses densely covered forests, a beautiful experience in itself. The lush greenery and an expansive landscape will open up your senses to an unprecedented worldview, perfect to make your trip an unforgettable one. The climb to the top is a steep one, though worthwhile. The Shaily peak is a popular attraction in Shimla and will surely be one of the most memorable highlight of your trip.
Shimla remains spectacularly pleasant during all seasons. Therefore, you can visit it throughout the year to enjoy a lovely time. However, to have glorious views of the green valley from the very top of Shaily’s peak, best time to visit would be during the summers, when the hills are not covered with snow. Summer season would be the ideal time to escape the heat and enter the high altitude cool climate of Shaily’s peak.
Arki Fort Shimla
This fort was built by Rana Prithvi Singh and has now been turned into a heritage hotel. It has history full of bloodshed and has witnessed battles where the Gurkhas had displayed great valour and bravery.
This fort was built with a blend of Rajput and Mughlai styles of architecture and has is also influenced by Rajasthani aesthetics. Adorned with beautiful paintings which speak volumes of the Pahari style of art, the Arki Fort is the most eminent tourist spot in this town.