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General Information about Shimla

Probably the most popular hill station in northern India, Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh famous for its Mall road, the Ridge, toy train etc. among honeymooners and families alike.

Situated at a height of 2200 m, Shimla is one of the most eminent tourist destination in the country. Set amidst beautiful hills and mystical woods, Shimla is one of most aesthetically planned cities in India. An erstwhile summer capital of British India, this town's captivating natural beauty, and the atmosphere are bound to leave any tourist overwhelmed. The well-knit roads, impeccable cleanliness, and an efficient administration make for a perfect combination for any tourist destination in the world. This town has colonial-style buildings alongside the historic temples and the amalgamation of the worlds leaves everyone visiting this region spellbound. Within this city, one must visit the Mall Road, The Ridge, Institute of Advanced Studies and Jakhu Temple. Shimla is also used as a base to cover other nearby places like Chail, Kufri, Naldehra, Mashobra, Tattapani and Narkanda. The toy train to Shimla from Kalka passes through beautiful hills and valleys and is one of the most beautiful train routes in the world.


Connectivity :

By Rail : Shimla Railway station is the nearest to the city which is connected to major cities of the country.

By Air : The nearest airport is Shimla Airport at Jabarhatti at a distance of 14 km from the city.

By Road : From Delhi, it is easily available to reach Shimla by availing HPRTC buses. The buses run overnight on a regular basis from Delhi to Shimla covering the distance of 360 km in about 9 hours.

With tourism at the heart of this hill-station, Shimla is no less than brimming with option for food. There are a number of eateries here from Dhabas, Bakeries, Local eating joints, Restaurants as well as fine dining restaurants. Shimla has a range of restaurants which serve different cuisines like North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, Continental etc. Surprisingly one may not find a lot of places in Shimla which serve the local Pahari food, since the cuisine has somewhat shifted to meet he needs of the town's countless visitors.

Itinerary

Day 1- Reach Shimla by noon and unwind a little in the hotel room. Head out to the Mall Road by walking to enjoy the crisp air in the evening. Soak in the aura of the place and dine at local restaurants on the Mall Road. Day 2- You should consider visiting the Jaakhu temple, without which your trip to Shimla is not justified. If it's the winters, you could take a cab for half an hour to Kufri and enjoy the snow there with your loved ones. A perfect activity for the whole day. Or you could visit the Viceregal Lodge and lose yourself in the way the British indulged. Call it a day at the Church on the Ridge. Day 3- Wake up early, take a hike to the nearest hilltop and watch the sunrise. Walk into any bakery at the Mall Road for a continental breakfast; the British way. Head on for some local shopping at the Mall Road and the Lakkar Bazaar (also visit the Chota Bazaar for cheap overcoats, jackets, and blazers), to get little trinkets and curios. Head to the hotel by evening and call it a day, early.

 

Few Places of Interest :

Old Mosque:
Shimla is home to numerous religious destinations and one of them is the Old Mosque. This mosque is located on the connecting stair way between Lower Bazaar and the Mall road. It is referred to as the old mosque by locals because it is older compared to its other counterparts. It is believed to have been constructed around 1830. An important landmark, the mosque building is a beautiful white structure that offers the sanctity of a holy place of worship.


Vice Regal Lodge
The Viceregal Lodge, also known as Rashtrapati Niwas, is located on the Observatory Hills of Shimla. It was formerly the residence of the British Viceroy of India. It houses some of the most ancient articles and photographs going back to the times of the British rule. It was completed in 1888. At present, the bulk of the Estate, including its well kept lawns and rich glass-house, has remained in use for the Indian Institute of Advanced Study.

Christ Church
It is the second oldest church in North India. It was built in 1857. Christ Church is situated on The Ridge where is stands out as one of the prominent landmarks of Shimla. The silhouette of Christ Church is visible for miles around the vicinity of Shimla city. Christ Church remains one of the enduring legacies of the British Raj.

Gaiety Theatre
It is located on the Mall and was opened on the 30th of May, 1887. Many popular film personalities have performed on its stage.Today, the Gaiety is primarily known for its social club. Schools in Shimla use this theater for performing arts. The theatre has been renovated with the original structure untouched to keep its heritage preserved while making it more attractive.

Scandal Point
It a place is where the Mall road joins Ridge road on the west side. The name arose from the commotion caused by the supposed elopement of a British lady with an Indian Maharaja. The story goes that the then Maharaja of Patiala had eloped with the daughter of the British Viceroy. This had led to the Maharaja being banished from entering Shimla by the British authorities.

Mall Road
It is the main street in Shimla. Constructed during British colonial rule, the Mall road is located a level below the Ridge. The offices of Municipal corporation, Fire brigade and Police H.Q are located here. Automobiles, except emergency vehicles are not allowed on this road. For this reason, the locals and tourists are often found strolling on this road in the evenings. Mall road has a number of shops, restaurants and cafes.

Jakhu Temple
Jakhu temple is located at the highest peak of Shimla, at the height of 8000 feet above sea level. T This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and mythology behind Jakhu temple is Lord Hanuman stopped over for a while, on his way to search for Sanjivani Booti for Lord Lakshman. The temple is also houses the world’s largest statue of Lord Hanuman; this gigantic statue has a height of 108 feet.

The temple is not only attracts Hindu followers, but a large numbers of monkeys as well. These monkeys are usually well behaving and mean no harm to the pilgrims; unless they are teased. Jakhu temple has inscribed sculptures of gods, females in welcoming posture and diyas, on the pillars and walls. It is said that ringing the bell of this temple brings upon luck for at least following three days.

 

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