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The diversity of the landlocked, natural bounties is the essence of Shimla
and gives this hill station its unique identity. Shimla is a holiday and
travel destination packed with variety. There's always something new to
discover and explore its spectacular countryside. Shimla also is a
convenient base for variety of adventure sports such as Skiing, Trekking,
Fishing and Golfing etc.
Situated in the north-west Himalayas, Shimla is the capital of Himachal
Pradesh. Spread across 12 kms along a ridge that overlooks terraced
hillsides and cultivations, Shimla is magnificently robed in dense forests
of oak and pine, fur and rhododendron, and it is best to travel here on the
slow train from Kalka.
Shimla (also spelt as 'Simla') derives its name from goddess 'Shayamla
Devi', which is another manifestation of Goddess Kali. The capital of
Himachal Pradesh came into light when the British discovered it in 1819.
Till then, it was a part of the Nepalese kingdom. In 1864 Shimla was
declared as the summer capital of India. After Independence, Shimla became
the capital of Punjab and was later named the capital of Himachal Pradesh.
In 1903 a rail line was constructed between Kalka and Shimla.
Situated in the North-West Himalayas, the climate of Shimla varies from a
maximum of 10-11 degrees in winter to a maximum of 25-26 degrees in summers.
In spring we see flowers of all kinds, both wild and cultivated, smiling in
each garden. Winter in Shimla becomes a frost glistening silent city.
Places of Interest in and Around Shimla
This large open space in the heart of town presents excellent views of the
mountain ranges. Shimla's landmarks - the neo-Gothic structure of Christ
Church and the neo-Tudor library building are here.
Popular for its wood crafts and souvenirs, this is just off the Ridge.
At 2455 m., this is the town's highest peak and a vantage point for
Shimla's famous views. The summit is crowned with a temple dedicated to Lord
Hanuman. The hill is full of paths and narrow roads which are enjoyable
St. Micheal's Cathedral
This dressed - stone church with fine stained glass has a cruciform design.
It is located just off the Mall, below the District Courts.
This houses a representative collection of Himachal Pradesh's rich heritage
exhibits include archaeological artifacts, carvings, paintings and
sculptures. Closed on Tuesdays and holidays.
Indian Institute of Advanced Study
At 1983 m, this magnificent English renaissance structure was the former
Viceregal Lodge. Its lawns and woodland and added attractions. Entry by
ticket nominal charge). A portion of the interior is also open to the
public, except on Sundays and Holidays.
At 1830 m, this is a thickly wooded ravine through which a stream flows. It
is a popular picnic spot.
Adventure and fishing
There are numerous walks within and close to Shimla. And there are many
soft to medium treks that can use Shimla as the base. Some treks are to
Shalipeak, to the Kullu Valley over the Jalori pass or the Bashleo pass,
Shimla to Chail, Shimla to Tattapani. angling for trout can be done on the
river Pabbar, near Rohru.
There is an enormous range of goods that Shimla has to offer. This includes
handicrafts, wood and metalwork, shawls, pullovers, local tweeds, caps,
Tibetan carpets and pickles, jams and squashes.
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