are heavily wooded with rhododendron, fir, pine and Himalayan
oak trees. It
is a major
tourist destination through out the year.
Shimla's attractions include the Mall
which runs along the Ridge and is crowded with tourists, scores of grand old
buildings including the Vice regal Lodge (now the Institute of Advanced Studies),
the Jakhoo Temple with its hordes of monkeys, the thickly wooded Glen and Chadwick
Falls, Annadale grounds and the Tibetan Bazaar.
Shimla also is a convenient base
for variety of adventure sports golf at Naldehra, and skiing at Kufri and Narkanda make Shimla an
Many tourists opting for a
dramatic journey Kalka-Simla
weaves in and out of tunnels and over
multi-level arched bridges that look like Roman aqueducts. The mountains were
conquered head on with heavy engineering and one goes through 103 tunnels on the
94 km journey
Places of Interest
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 are worth seeing.
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.
Kali Bari Temple
yards from scandal Point towards General Post Office. It is believed
that the idol of Goddess Shayamla is enshrined there.
JakhooTemple (2.5 Km) 2455 m:
Shimla's highest peak offers a panoramic view of the town. An ancient "Lord
Hanuman" temple. Way from Ridge near Church (on foot) One can also hire pony
or taxi to visit the temple.
State Meuseum (3 Km):
Ancient Historical Sculptors and paintings of
Himachal Pradesh. Visiting hours 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Monday and gazetted
Prospect Hill (5 Km) 2155 m: Crowned by a temple dedicated to Kamna Devi 15 minutes walk from Boileauganj on
shimla Bilaspur road. the hill offers a spectacular views of the area.
Summer Hill (7 Km) 1983 m: A picturesque superb on Shimla-Kalka Railway line. Offers 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. HP University is
Chadwick Falls (7 Km) 1586 m: Surrounded by thick forests. About 45 minutes walk from Summer Hill
Sankat Mochan (7 Km) 1975 m: On Shimla-Kalka road (NH-22) is famous "Lord Hanuman" temple. It
commands an excellent view of Shimla town. The place can be visited by Bus/Taxi.
Tara Devi (11 Km) 1851 m: Hop on to the “toy train” at Shimla
and alight at Taradevi station. A trek through magnificent cedars up to Taradevi
temple takes about two hours. The environment is serene and the view magnificent.
kms. This is a nine hole
golf course. It was designed by the British viceroy, Lord Curzon who was so
enchanted by this place that he gave his daughter Alexandra, Naldehra as her
second name. Ancient Nag temple is also situated here.
Summer in Shimla ranges from
March to May, with temperatures ranging from a maximum of 33°C and a minimum of
15°C. Winter here lasts from October to February, with temperatures rising to a
maximum of 8°C and a low of 0°C.
The best time to visit :- The best
time to visit is between is between April to mid-July and mid-September to the end
of October, which is the peak season.
||How To Get
||The nearest airport
to Shimla is at Jubbarhati (23kms)
is the nearest Rail Head on Narrow gauge
& Kalka on Broad Gauge
105 Km from Chandigarh,343 from Delhi.