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Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
It is a beautiful hill town in
the lap of nature, surrounded by pine and deodar forests. Temperature is ideal
in summers and tourists flock it in great numbers and it is highly advisable to
get hotel reservations done well in advance despite the fact that there are
over 1000 hotels in Shimla. Shimla, the popular summer capital of the
British times is a proud capital city of the state of Himachal Pradesh and it
still retains the glory of its historic splendors; racing, golf and cricket
Among the adventure travel
activities that you can indulge at a leisurely pace include heritage walks and
hiking tours in and outside Shimla. First major walk area is the Prospect Hill
and to reach the temple dedicated to Kamna Devi that?s situated on this hill you
have to take up a 15-minute walk from Boileauganj on Shimla-Bilaspur road. The
hill is at an altitude of 2,155m and offers some spectacular views of the Shimla
valley. If you plan a trip to Shimla you getting there The airport is at
Jubbarhatti, 23 km away. Shimla is connected to Kalka by an enchanting narrow
gauge railway line - where even a quaint rail - car ply. By road, Chandigarh is
117 km. Manali is 280 km. Chail is 45 km and Delhi is at a distance of 370 km.
From Delhi. The driving time is about eight hours. Form Delhi, Manali and
Chandigarh, luxury coaches and taxis ply to Shimla.
The Mall, which runs along the
Ridge, is the main shopping centre of the Shimla. Filled with shops and
restaurants, you will find the Mall always crowded with tourists. The Gaiety
Theatre, which is a reproduction of an old British theatre, is a centre of
cultural activities. The Ridge, an open space in the heart of the town, presents
excellent view of the mountain ranges. The Mall further joins the Ridge at the
'Scandal Point' where a statue of the nationalist leader Lala Lajpat Rai has
At 2501m. this is famous for
its wide view and ski slopes. An enjoyable walk leads up to the Mahasu Peak. At
Kufri, Himachal Tourism runs the Café lalit.
About 2.5 km from the city lies
the Jahkoo hill at a height of about 2455 metres. The peak, highest in Shimla,
offers a panoramic view of the town. The Jakhoo temple, dedicated to Lord
Hanuman, is also located here.
Indian Institute of
At 1983m, 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.
About 7 km from the city, at a
height of 1983 metres, is the Summer Hill. This picturesque spot lies on the
Shimla-Kalka railway line and has pleasant shady walks in quiet surroundings.
The place is also associated with Mahatma Gandhi as he had stayed in the
Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur during his visit to Shimla. The Himachal
Pradesh University is situated here.
A popular picnic spot, the
Prospect Hill offers excellent views of the surrounding country. The Hill is a
15-minute climb from Boileauganj and is located at about 5 km west of Shimla.
Dedicated to Tara Devi, a Hindu
version of the Tibetan Goddess Drolma, the temple lies at about 11 km from
Shimla on the Shimla-Kalka road. This holy place is also accessible by rail.
Wildflower Hall - This building at Charabra, about 13 km from Shimla, was built as residence of
the then British Commander-in-Chief Lord Kitchener. The place was run as a hotel
by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation before it was severely
damaged in a fire in 1993. The hotel is under renovation and is expected to
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