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For Food, sightseeing and shopping: The mall road is an amazing place, Kufri in winter is a great place to visit, Nice food especially paranthas. The experience of travelling in a toy train from Kalka to Shimla was exhilarating. The musical night program is a very good way to spend time. Activities & things to do: Boating, biking, snow skiing, tube ride, playing on the snow. Ride on the horse and yak and taking a picture with cobra snake. (no selfies! )
Travel tips: Shimla can be easily reached by air. The place has its own airport at a place called Jubbarhatti, which is located at a distance of 23 kilometers from the main city center. Flights from New Delhi, Chandigarh and Kullu operate on a daily basis. By Road, it is near to Chandigarh. Everyone should visit Shimla ones in his life. Hotels are safe and local people are also very nice.
Beauty of the Hills
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Shimla is ideally located, and though there is an air service to the town, it is best reached by road that takes in the charms of the HIMALAYAN countryside at its best. There is a sense of nostalgia about Shimla, with its old bungalows and their gabled roofs and beautiful gardens. Â
The Shimla back to the 19th century when it was founded by the British in the year 1819 after the Gorkha war. During that period, it was most popular for the temple of Hindu Goddess Shyamala Devi. In 1822, the first British summer home was constructed by Scottish civil servant Charles Pratt Kennedy. Shimla became the summer capital of the British Raj during the latter half of the 19th century and the soldiers of the British army, merchants and civil servants dropped in here to get relief from the scorching heat of the plains. Presently, it is the state capital of Michal Pradesh, with its population around 1. 6 lacs (Shimla town only) having Altitude 2202. 00 meters above sea level, Languages Pahari, Hindi and English, Best time to visit October to November & April to June and standard Code is 0177. Shimla has seen many important historical events such as the famous Shimla Pact between India & Pakistan which was signed here. The place is also famous for its natural beauty, architectural buildings, wooden crafts and apples.
A remarkable event took place in the history of Shimla when the Kalka-Shimla railway line was constructed in the year 1906 that significantly added to its quick accessibility and it gained immense popularity. Apart from this, Shimla was declared as capital of the undivided state of Punjab in the year 1871 and remained so until Chandigarh (the present-day capital of Punjab) was given the status of the region's capital. Michal Pradesh got separated from undivided Punjab in the year 1971 with Shimla becoming
Its capital. You will come across several British structures in Shimla such as the Viceregal lodge, Auckland House, Gorton Castle, Peterhoff house, and Gaiety Theatre that are the reminders of the colonial times. Some of the most prominent things to watch in Shimla are the Michal State Museum & Library, Viceregal Lodge, Botanical Gardens, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, The Ridge, Summer Hill, Glenn and Taradevi Temple. Everything in this quaint town has a unique appeal and never fails to impress even the most demanding tourists.
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History of Shimla
Nestled in the midst of the Himalayas, Shimla lies at an altitude of 2205 m above sea level. It is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Often referred to as the "Queen of Hill Stations", Shimla is known for its scenic beauty and pleasant climate. The erstwhile summer capital of British India, Shimla has a rich political and cultural history. It serves as an important political centre in the British era. Featuring beautiful orchards, rich landscape, colonial structures and old testimonies, Shimla receives tourists from all over the world.
People and Culture of Shimla
The major population of Shimla consists of Pahadis, followed by Punjabis. A small minority of Tibetans Buddhists, Christians and Muslims also reside in the city. Hindi, Punjabi and other Pahadi languages are spoken in the place. The Shimla Summer Festival is celebrated every year with great pomp and show in a span of 3-4 days.
Things To Do in Shimla
There are ample of places to visit in Shimla. Located in the heart of Shimla, the Ridge is a popular sightseeing in Shimla.Located at a distance of 16 km from Shimla, the Himalayan Nature Park is also among the popular places to see in Shimla. Home to over 140 species of flora and fauna, the major attractions of the place are the Musk Deer and Tibetan Wolf. It is also known for its ski slopes. During your Shimla tour, you must visit the Golf Course in Naldehra. Lying at an altitude of 2200 metres above sea level, it is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world. Among the other Shimla attractions, the Jakhoo Hill is also worth a visit. The highest point of Shimla, it lies at an altitude of 8000 metres above sea level and offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding region.
Food and Shopping in Shimla
Apart from sightseeing, there are many other things to do in Shimla such as shopping. The Mall Road is the main shopping destination in Shimla. It is a long stretch of street lined with shops selling a wide range of items such as exquisite jewellery, local handicrafts, woollens, Himachali shawls, etc. It also features other establishments such as restaurants, cafes, clubs and tourist centres. Located close to Mall Road is the famous Lakkar Bazaar which is known for wooden handicrafts and furniture.
After a tiring day of Shimla sightseeing, one can indulge in mouth watering food in Shimla. From dhabas to bakeries to fine dining restaurants, Shimla is brimming with eateries that serve a wide range of cuisines. Indian Coffee House is a well known café and a must visit. For some authentic Himachali food, head over to Ashiana and Goofa, two famous restaurants which are run by the Himachal Pradesh tourism department.