Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Shimla is One of the most famous tourist destinations of India, Shimla is a beautiful hill station and the capital city of the state of Himachal Pradesh.. Several tourists visit Shimla every year due to the unique beauty of the city. It is located at 31.61°N 77.10°E with an average altitude of 2397.59 meters (7866.10 ft) above mean sea level.
Shimla is replete with forests of pine, rhododendron, and oak and experiences pleasing summers and cold, snowy winters. Besides, it is also highly acclaimed for its buildings styled in tudorbethan and neo-gothic architecture evocative of the colonial era. Shimla has been blessed with all the natural bounties, one can think of. Dwelling on a panoramic location, the hilly town is surrounded by green pastures and snow-capped peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era create an aura, which is very different from other hill stations.
How To Reach Shimla
|Shimla by Air:
Shimla has its own airport that offers connections for Delhi and Kullu. The Jubbarhatti airport is 23-km from Shimla and major domestic airlines cater their services from here to Shimla. One can catch direct flights from Delhi. Chandigarh also well connected with Delhi by many domestic flights, and is the gateway to Shimla.
Shimla by Rail:
Reaching Shimla by rail is also very convenient as Kalka is the nearest major railhead which is connected with Shimla on the meter gauge. Further, Kalka is well-connected with the other main cities of India on the broad gauge line. The train cruises its way through valleys and beautiful landscapes at a very slow pace making the journey very pleasant.
Shimla by Road:
Access to Shimla by road is made possible by the well-maintained and efficient network of roadways and National Highway 22 that links the town with Chandigarh. The transport system within the town is also good and bus or private vehicles can be used to travel from one part of the town to another.
Shimla Weather – Best Time to Visit Shimla
Shimla is beautiful throughout the year and can be visited in any month, however, September to June will be the best months for travelling to Shimla.
- Winter (October to February) are ideal for enjoying snowfall, skiing and ice skating. Average temperature during winter is 8°C and can dip as low as -2°C. This is a good time for honeymooning.
- Summer (March to June) are the suitable time to enjoy the scenic beauty. Temperature ranges between 15°C to 30°C and is ideal for indulging in paragliding, trekking, camping and rafting. There will be no snowfall, butsnow can be enjoyed on very high altitudes.
- Monsoon (July to mid September) are not the best time to visit as excessive rain can result in land slides.
Major Attractions Of Shimla
Shimla Mall –
The shopping hub of Shimla, Shimla Mall is the ultimate hangout zone in this town. It also has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, government offices, cinema complexes and tourist offices. The Gaiety Theatre is an important attraction on Shimla Mall road. It is host to several cultural activities now. The Mall road runs parallel to the Ridge and bends at the Lakkar Bazaar, the famous market for wood crafts and furniture.
The Ridge –
Situated in the heart of Shimla, presents excellent view of the mountain ranges. The Ridge is an open space running alongside Shimla Mall. The Shimla Summer Festival takes place here and New Year witnesses a grand celebration.
Himachal State Museum and Library –
Also known as the Shimla State Museum, is located atop a hill and a hike of 1500 m would lead you to the museum. Ancient sculptures and paintings form the largest collection here. This museum also houses a gallery of miniature Pahari style of painting, wood carvings, jewelry and costumes. It gives tourists a glimpse of the cultural wealth of Himachal Pradesh.
Christ Church, Shimla –
It is the second oldest church in northern India, constructed in 1857. Located on the Ridge, soon after the Sepoy Mutiny. It is another structure in the town built in the neo-Gothic style. Lockwood Kipling designed the chancel window of the central hall. The clock was donated by Colonel Dumbleton in 1860, and the porch added in 1873.
Chadwick Falls –
Beyond the Summer Hill and 7-km west of the ridge from Shimla are the Chadwick Falls, which was once the site of a 67-m aquatic spectacle.
Churdhar Sanctuary –
The sanctuary got its name from the Chur Peak, on the top of which sits a majestic status of Lord Shiva. One is sure to come across a large number of multi-coloured and agile Monals in the adjoining forests.
The Gurkha castles in Solan, Sirmour, Bilaspur and Shimla districts remind us of the life and time under the Gurkha regime. While most of the structures built by the Gurkhas have crumbled, the remaining few beckon tourists.
Summer Hill –
A 5 km drive from The Ridge will take you the township called the Summer Hill, situated at an elevation of 6,500 feet. The University of Himachal Pradesh is situated here and Mahatma Gandhi is believed to have stayed here during his visits to the state. It is also among the popular honeymoon locales in the city.
Kali Bari Temple –
This temple in Shimla has Goddess Shyamala Devi as the principal deity. Shimla derives its name from this goddess.
Tara Devi Temple –
This Hindu shrine in Shimla is located on the Shimla-Kalka road and around 11 km away from the Shimla bus terminal. This temple is dedicated to the Goddess of the heavenly stars. The hilltop offers stunning views of the city.
Daranghati Sanctuary –
Daranghati sanctuary located in the upper area of Shimla District, has undisturbed forest area with plenty of wildlife and was notified on 27th March 1974. The total covered area of this sanctuary is 16740 hectares. It is one of the most loved places to visit in Shimla.