Shimla- Unction for the frayed hearts
Discover what's beyond your backyard and jump-start your family trip to Shimla. Shimla can be described in one syllable - sensational. The town covers miles of snow with seemingly endless tress, topped by spectacular range of mountains. The capital city for the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is at a distance of 343 km from Delhi, 260 km from Manali, and 119 km from Chandigarh. Shimla is built on the central ridge, around which the seven peaks jut into the sky. Apart from adventure sports, this hill resort also offers picture perfect picnic spots in the lap of lovely nature. Blessed with India's best locales, Shimla derives its name from Goddess Shyamala, an incarnation of Goddess Kali, the deity of power and wrath. The large open space in the heart of town presents excellent view of the mountain ranges. Shimla's landmarks-the Neo-Gothic structure of Christ Church and the new-Tudor library building are worth seeing.
Shimla is a beauty that can be explored in all seasons especially in winters and summers. You may plan your trip to Shimla anytime of the year. Even during scorching summers, Shimla is cool with temperature less than 25 degrees. In winters it is the best sport for fun and frolic. The adventure sports simply take over the land. The Christmas and the New Year's Eve are best spent in the snowfall at Shimla with your near and dear ones.
A 15 minutes climb from Boileauganj leads up to Kamna Devi Temple at the summit of Prospects Hills, Shimla westernmost. A picturesque superb on Shimla-Kalka Railway line. Offers shady walks in quiet surroundings. The Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi during his visit to Shimla lived in the elegant Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur. Pause and halt to take in the views of the countryside. Summer hills on which sits the sprawling campus of Himachal Pradesh University.
Walk through the oak and rhododendron forests to emerge at Squire House near the Viceregal Lodge on the observatory Hills.
Inverarm and Bantony Hills
Inspect the decorative wood carvings, jewelery, manuscripts, arms and armoury at the Himanchal State Museums at the top of the Inverarm Hills, before crossing over towards the Grand Hotel. The goddess Shamla, from whom the name Shimla was derived, is the presiding deity of more than 150 years-old.
Elysium and Jakhoo Temple
Tucked behind the Jakhoo Hills, reaching out towards the Bharari spur of the Shimla Ridge, Elysiums Hills afford view of all of Shimla spread below. Lord Auckland chose this hills for his home. You will pass by it on the way to Lakkar Bazaar. Go further up Elysium towards the suburbs for the trek to the village of Pabo and Kamiana, which goes over very picturesque trails. Jakhoo hills, the tallest of seen hills, on which sprawls central Shimla, is crowned by the Hanuman Temple. Christ church can be seen for miles around, is also here. The stained glass windows are particularly intricate.
It is the main shopping center of Shimla, with various restaurants and the Gaiety Theater, which is a reproduction of an old British theater is a center of cultural activities. A passenger lift of HPTDC can be taken from the Cart Road and the Mall. Lakkar Bazaar adjacent to the Ridge is popular for its wood crafts and other souvenirs.
The State Museum has a good collection of statues, miniatures, coins and photos from in and around Himachal Pradesh. It was built in 1974.
Crowned by a temple dedicated to Kamna Devi 15 minutes walk from Boileauganj on Shimla Bilaspur road the hill offers a spectacular views of the area.
Once the capital of the Princely State of Bushahr, the town is situated on the banks of Satluj river, big commercial center and famous International Lavi fare which is held in November every year, Dumgir Buddhist Temple, Padam Palace, Raghunath Temple, Ayodhya temple and Narsingh Temple, are worth visiting.
- Shimla is accessible through air, road and rail. Jubbarhati Airport. 13 kms, is the nearest airport . The nearest railway station is Shimla and the 6 lane highway from Delhi to Ambala.
- Tough Shimla is bone chilling cold in winters, this is a place to be if you want to see snow.
- Tourist Office: HPTDC, The Mall, Shimla.