north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Book Now
Tourist Attractions :
The Mall, Viceregal lodge,
Himachal State Museum, Jakhoo Hill, Annandale, Glen, Summer Hill, Chadwick
Falls, Prospect Hill, Sanjauli, Temples, Daranghati Sanctuary.
Best Buys :
Wooden Articles, Toys, Kullu and Kinnauri
Shawls, Caps, Tibetan Carpets and other handicraft articles
Best Activities :
Trekking, Skiing, Golfing, Fishing
Nearby Tourist Destinations :
Chail, Kasauli, Kufri,
Solan, Nahan, Narkanda, Renuka Lake, Sarahan, Sirmour, Mashobra &
Craignano, Naldehra, Rampur, Sarol, Dharamshala.
When to Visit :
Any time of the year.
Shimla (also spelt as 'Simla') derives its name from goddess 'Shayamla
Devi', which is another manifestation of Goddess Kali. Shimla is one of the
few places in the world where an enormous amount of history and heritage has
been distilled into such a small place in so short a time. 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
spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the
colonial era create an aura, which is very different from other hill
Shimla retains its colonial heritage, with grand old buildings, among them
are the stately Viceregal Lodge, charming iron lamp posts and Anglo-Saxon
names. Apart from its natural beauty, Shimla is also famous for its
architectural buildings, wooden crafts and apples.
Major Tourist Attractions in Shimla Book Now
The Mall, packed with shops and eateries, is the centre of attraction of
the town. At the top end of the Mall is Scandal Point, a large open square
with a view of the town-a favourite rendezvous for visitors and the local
people. Overlooking it is the elegant Christ Church with its fine stained
glass windows. The labyrinth of Shimla's bazaars spill over the edge of the
Kufri is a tiny hill station located 19-kms from Shimla on the National
Highway No.22. It is famous for its trekking and hiking trails.
Adventure-seeking travelers throng Kufri in winters to enjoy skiing and
tobogganing along its snow-covered slopes. The Skiing season spreads between
November to February and the tourist inflow is at its peak during winters.
Housed in the Gothic splendour of the Viceregal Lodge is the Indian
Institute of Advanced Studies, India's premier academy for higher research.
Himachal State Museum
Very close to the Institute, in a colonial building set in spacious lawns,
is the museum. It has collections of Pahariminiatures, stone sculpture,
local handicrafts, textiles and embroidery.
Annandale Hill is Shimla's highest point, is rewarding for there are superb
views of the town and its surroundings. At the top is an old Hanuman temple
at a distance of 2 Km. A pretty picnic spot beyond Annandale is located in
the thickly Wooded Glen, beside a sparkling stream at a distance of 4 Km.
Hill is Shimla's highest point, is rewarding for there are superb views of
the town and its surroundings. At the top is an old Hanuman temple at a
distance of 2 Km.
The quiet and lovely summer Hill has secluded, shady walks and charming
views. Summer Hill is located on the Shimla - Kalka railway line at a
distance of 5 Km.
A 15 minute climb from Boileauganj, Prospect Hill is another favourite walk
and vantage point with breath taking views. There is a little temple to
Kamna Devi on the top of the hill.
Just beyond Summer Hill is the 67 m waterfall, cascading into a deep gorge.
The Falls are best seen after the monsoon.
Among the little temples dotted around Shimla is the ancient temple of
Bihargaon - a splendid example of traditional Himachal architecture. Just
short of Shimla are the temples of Tara Devi and Sankat Mochanb.
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.
Shimla has a narrow gauge railway line on which toy train
runs from Kalka to Shimla. Kalka connects Shimla to other parts of the
Roads connect the capital city of Himachal with other places
in the state as well as other major towns and cities. There is regular bus
service from Delhi and Chandigarh as well as ordinary; semi deluxe, deluxe
and AC coaches for Shimla are also available.
The capital city and commercial hub of Himachal Pradesh has got some of the
finest options of accommodation. The options range from luxurious, luxurious
five star hotels, cottages and holiday resorts to economy class and budget
hotels and lodging rooms. Shimla Tour Package.