Shimla Hill Station
Shimla used to be the summer capital for the British. It is now working as the capital of the state Himachal Pradesh. The natural beauty of Shimla is unparalleled. The scenic beauty, the great hills, mountains and peaks, the cozy atmosphere, the aura, the people are simply amazing. Shimla still holds on to the British charm through its architecture and being.
The pine deodar, oak and rhododendron forests that encircle Shimla bring out the real spirit. Shimla has gained a reputation as famous holiday destination. And every year thousands of tourists get here to enjoy and relax under the soothing embrace of the Himalayas. Shimla is also a hot destination for adventure activities. There are plenty of affordable hotels and accommodation is not a problem.
Visiting Places in Shimla
It is the wide exposed ground in the core of the town that offers clear views of the mountains. The Ridge road hosts functions, festivals and celebrations. You can take long leisure walks here.
This market is situated just off the Ridge. It is known for its wooden souvenirs.
It is the most happening place in Shimla. The main landmarks are located in the Mall. This works as the shopping and eating hub mainly. The evenings are very pleasant with lights and illuminations.
Tara Devi temple is located on the Shimla-Kalka road. The holy destination is very popular among pilgrims. It is advised to take a walk of 5 km through dense forests, to reach the temple. Roads also connect to the temple from town.
Christ Church can be counted as one of the major landmarks of Shimla. It was constructed long time ago, during 1846-1857. It is located over the ridge and exudes old charm and glory. The strategically placed stained glasses and clocks add more depth to the church.
Jakhu Temple is a great place to get a good view of the nearby valleys and towns. This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. You can hike or take taxi to reach the temple. It is perched on the highest point of Shimla Ridge, at an elevation of 8040 ft above sea level.
The hills and mountains of Shimla are mysteriously beautiful. The population of pine trees, serene lakes and welcoming meadows make trekking a very alluring choice. There are trek routes of both easy and tough terrains.
Fishing is also a very engaging sport. The Pabbar River in Rohru, offer good catch of Brown and Rainbow trout. The other sites known for fishing are Seema, Mandil, Sandsu, Dhamvari etc.
Skiing and Ice Skating
Skiing in Shimla can turn out to be really fun filled affair. Skiing can be done at Narkananda and Kufri, during Jan to March.
Ice skating begins on the eve of December and lasts till February. The Shimla ice-skating rink is very large with naturally frozen ice.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Shimla is all around the year. You can take a break from the scorching heat during summer and go to Shimla. The climate remains moderate during summer. There are beautiful natural gifts like flowers and natural beauty to be enjoyed during summer. You can go during winters if you are fond of snowfall. Shimla receives heavy snowfall during winter and tourists gather to enjoy and relax.
State- Himachal Pradesh
Altitude- 2,200 m above sea level
Population- Approx 1.25 million
Language spoken- Himachali (Pahari), Hindi and English
How to Reach
The nearest airport is at Jubbarhatti, at a distance of 23 km from the main center. Regular flights connect Shimla from New Delhi, Chandigarh and Kullu.
The nearest railway airport is at Kalka, at a distance of 90 km from the city. There are narrow gauge lines that Shimla to Kalka.
There is a very well connectivity to Shimla from New Delhi and Chandigarh through national highways. It takes around 8 hours to cover the distance from Delhi.