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Shimla

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The hot summer of the Delhi plains was too much to bear for the doyens of the British Raj, and the decision to establish a summer capital of India was unanimous during the & British Raj. Now it is the Capital of Himachal pradesh. 

Shimla is  situated at an elevation if 2,100 meters above sea level , known for the natural beauty  with a clear view of the Himalayan ranges.

Its slopes 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 attractive destination. 

Many tourists opting for a dramatic journey Kalka-Simla line 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 

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 are worth seeing.

The Mall 

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 

Few
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 holidays.

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 situated here.

Chadwick Falls (7 Km) 1586 m: Surrounded by thick forests. About 45 minutes walk from Summer Hill Chowk.

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.

Naldehra 22 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. 

Climate

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 There
By Air  
The nearest airport to Shimla is at Jubbarhati (23kms) 
By Train 
Shimla is the nearest Rail Head on Narrow gauge & Kalka on Broad Gauge
By Road 
Shimla is 105 Km from Chandigarh,343 from Delhi.

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