Shimla is one of India's most spectacular hill stations, and called the Queen of Hills. Shimla is situated at 2,130 meters above sea level. In 1819, the British made it their camp due to its perfect weather. Shimla is named after its local Goddess
Shyamala. Its green valleys, the beauty of its trees, pine, oak and deodar and its beautiful weather in summer attract the tourists throughout the year. Although Shimla is beautiful all through the year, during winter due to landslides and snow, the roads get blocked and travelling becomes
tedious. Hence the best time is from April to October. Light woollens in
summer, and heavy woollens in winter would be the ideal clothing.
by air to Delhi, Chandigarh, Kangra and Kullu. The airport at Jubbarhati
is 23 Km/14 mile from Shimla. Shimla is linked by a narrow gauge line to
Kalka which is connected to Delhi, Calcutta and Amritsar by broad gauge.
Kalka-Shimla is 96 Km/ 60 mile and 6 hours by train but only 4 hours by
a quaint rail car. Shimla is well connected by road to most towns within
the state and to all major towns in Punjab and Haryana. It is linked by
bus and coach to Delhi and Chandigarh as well. Shopping
is an enormous range of goods that Shimla has to offer. This includes
handicrafts, wood and metalwork, shawls, pullovers, local tweeds, caps,
Tibetan carpets and pickles, jams and squashes.Sightseeing
How to reach
16km from Shimla, beautiful Kufri is also
called the "Chinese Bungalow". Many games are organised
here from February to March. In winter one can ski on its
snow-covered slopes and in the summer have a ride on the back of the
Yak. Kufri is well known for its natural scenic beauty.
- The Mall
All visitors to Shimla inevitably walk down
the Mall, the main promenade that runs along the top of the ridge -
a busy shopping area with old colonial buildings , souvenir shops
and restaurants. At the top end of the Mall is Scandal Point, a
large open square with a view of the town - a favorite rendezvous
for visitors and the local people. Overlooking it is the elegant
Christ Church with its fine stained glass windows. The laby-rinth of
Shimla's bazaars spill over the edge of the Mall.
- Himachal State Museum
Very close to the Institute, in
a colonial building set in spacious lawns, is the museum. It has
collections of Pahari miniatures, stone sculpture, local
handicrafts, textiles and embroidery.
Another scenic spot where the river Asani
flows. This adds to its beauty. The world's highest cricket field is
situated here. A story goes that due to some differences, the
British had forbidden the Maharaja of Patiala from going to Shimla.
Therefore, he laid the foundation for the town of Chail and since he
loved the game of cricket, a field was specially laid. Chail is
about 45 kms from Shimla.
22 kms from Shimla, it has the oldest golf
course in India. The pine and deodar add to its beauty.
- Gaiety Theatre
This theatre is one of the oldest
theatres in the world. It is on the Mall Road. Famous plays are
often staged here.
- Chadwick Falls
Just beyond Summer Hill is the 67 m
waterfall, cascading into a deep gorge. The Falls are best seen
after the monsoon. ( 7 Km/4 mile)
- Prospect Hill
A 15 minute climb from Boileauganj,
Prospect Hill is another favorite walk and vantage point with
breath-taking views. There is little temple to Kamna Devi on the top
of the hill ( 5 Km/3 mile)
A serene location with delightful walks,
Sanjauli is ideal for a tranquil weekend. There are fine vistas and
the lights of Shimla and Chail can be seen twinkling at night. On
the other side, Mashobra and Naldehra are visible.
You can reach Simla via Kalka. Kalka is 95
km from Shimla. The 6 hour journey from Kalka by a mini train would
take you through 103 small tunnels and give a scenic view. It is
advisable to reserve seats in advance. Kalka is linked with many
other Indian cities.
Shimla is connected to Chandigarh, Delhi,
Amritsar, Kalka and other cities of Haryana and Punjab by road. The
state transport operates regular services.