The once summer capital of the British, presently the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is surely a delight for the eyes. With its spectacular vista, Shimla is a region that is highly appreciated for its ethnic culture and eternal beauty. “Nati”, a local form of dance could be seen performed by the ever-friendly jubilant locals. Shimla is also an architectural paradise, flaunting many splendid colonial architecture buildings.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best season of the year to visit here is autumn but the early spring runs a close second, and when the North India plains are scorching with heat it’s still again a summer retreat. Moreover, Shimla under snow is a wonderful sight, and it allows the unique attraction of an open-air ice skating rink. Also, the legendary Ridge under snow and snow sports at Kufri make Shimla a wonderful winter holiday resort.
Major Tourist Attractions:
- Jakhoo Hill
- Shimla State Museum
- Summer Hill
- Mall Road
- Christ Church
- Tara Devi Temple
- Viceregal Lodge
- Shoolini Temple
- The Ridge
Popular Sightseeing spots around Shimla
Shimla city – The ridge and the nearby Mall form the heart of the city where vehicular traffic is not permitted a place to take a walk, besides the main shopping area with most of the shops are still housed in old time buildings.
Gaiety Theater – On the Mall, opened on the 30th of May, 1887, Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Year. Presently the Gaiety is primarily known for its social club.
Kufri – 19 km from Shimla, is the highest point in the surrounding region. Kufri has a Himalayan Wild Life Zoo which hosts rare Antelopes, Birds, and rare feline species. Monal, the state bird of Himachal Pradesh, is worth watching.
Tatta Pani – The name Tatta Pani, translates to “Hot – Water” in a local dialect. This is about half a square kilometer area on the banks of Satluj river along with boiling hot Sulpher water springs. Bathing with this water is considered to be good for skin. The place is also popular for the rituals of Tula Daan, which is acknowledged to be very effective if performed at tattapani on a specific day. Several pandas (people who perform the Tula Daan) can be seen sitting on the banks of river Satluj.
Naldehra – about 25 km from Shimla is popular for a nine-hole golf course, located on a gradual slope on a scenic hilltop surrounded by fir trees, and a picnic ground on the hilltop.
Chail – This was a former Summer Capital of the Patiala State. The Palace has been converted into a Luxury Hotel by Himachal Tourism.
Facts about Shimla
State: Himachal Pradesh.
Famous for/as Hill Station
Languages: Hindi. Also, English, Punjabi, and Pahari.
Religion: Mostly Hindu. Also, Sikh, Muslim, and Christian
Pin code: 171001
STD code: 0177
Restaurants in Shimla
- Wake & Bake Cafe
- Cafe Shimla Times
- The Restaurant
- Cafe Sol
- Krishna Bakery