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Home » Important Places in India » Shimla Travel Guide

Shimla Travel Guide

Shimla travel guideShimla, also known as Simla, is a breathtaking hill station and a tourist par excellence in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is the capital of Himachal Pradesh, India. This beautiful hill town is located at an altitude of 2213 metre. Superbly located in the lap of nature, and enclosed by deodar and pine jungles. Fancifully described, as Queen of Hill Stations, Shimla attracts tourists from all around the world. The beauty of Shimla is exceptional. Lush green surroundings; sky clothed with a peaceful, dulcet and melodious breeze; spectacular view of sunset; clouds kissing its hills; all these create a paradise like ambience in Shimla. Well-connections with other cities, excellent accommodations, comparatively safer tourist destinations, friendly people, adventure sports, all these make Shimla a very popular travel destination among tourists from all over the world. Tourists once visit here; surely have a desire to come here again.

Popular described as the “Queen of Hills” by British, Shimla derives its name form the local deity “Symala”, the other name of Hindu goddess “Kali”. During the time of British period Shimla was the favorite summer retreat of British. British came here to escape from blazing heat of plains. Apart from being a popular summer retreat, the lovely town of Shimla is also an idyllic spot for adventure and sports. Skiing, trekking, trout fishing, golf, hiking & climbing, camping, and river rafting are very popular among adventures and sports of Shimla. The major industries of Shimla are hotels, resorts, tourism, and health care. These days Shimla is emerging as mega health care industries.

The breathtaking hill town of Shimla also offers a brilliant opportunity to indulge you in shopping activities. While you will explore the bazaars of Shimla you will have a glorious opportunity to purchase handicrafts and handloom items. You can also purchase natural herbs carrying medicinal significance, woolen items, carpets, leather items, silver jewellery, leather craft, and many other items.

Shimla Attractions

The Mall: The Mall is one of the major attractions of Shimla. It is the main shopping area of Shimla. It also houses aGaiety Theatre (the reproduction of British Theatre). This is theatre is the centre of cultural activities. Lakkar Bazaar, here, is popular for its wood crafts and souvenirs.

Christ Church: This church was built in 1846-1857. It is the second shimla tour information oldest church of North India. It is one of the major attractions of Shimla.

St. Michael's Cathedral: One of the most important churches of Shimla

Roman Catholic Cathedral:
One of the most important churches of Shimla

Prospect Hill:
Prospect Hill is one of major landmarks of Shimla. Located at altitude of 2155, Prospect Hill offers a fabulous view of surroundings. There is a temple on the Prospect Hill. The temple is dedicated to Kamna Devi.

The Ridge: Perhaps the most popular a large open area in the heart of town which offers a spectacular view of mountain ranges

Other Attractions: Some other worth visiting attractions of Shimla are Jakhu Temple - dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Chadwick Fall - surrounded by forests, and Summer Hill - a picture perfect spot of Shimla which offers spectacular view of surroundings.

How to reach Shimla

By Air: To arrive in Shimla the nearest airport is Jubbarhatti Airport, 23 km away from Shimla. One can also take flight for Chandigarh, or Delhi. From Delhi and Chandigarh, Shimla is easily accessible.

By Rail: To arrive in Shimla by rail, the closest railway station is Kalka. Though, Shimla is on the narrow gauge railway line, one have to take toy train from Kalka to Shimla. The Toys train takes you to Shimla through the beautiful valley and landscapes. The toy trains runs at a very slow pace and makes you view to spectacular view of surroundings and offers you a pleasant journey.

By Road: Shimla is well-connected by road from all the cities of Himachal Pradesh and neighboring states. Regular bus services are available to Shimla from Delhi and Chandigarh.

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