Shimla In the days of independence, Shimla was the main British hill station and was the summer capital of British India. The British in 1819 AD first discovered Shimla, but it was only in 1822 AD that the first permanent house was founded and not many years later that Shimla became the summer head. The name Shimla is derived from the Himalayan Goddess Shamla, a synonym of Kali.
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Area: 18 m²
Height: 2213 meters
Summer 27 0 C 16.5 0 C
Winter 16.5 0 C 5 0 C
Clothing: Summer – Light woolen, winter – Heavy woolen
Best season: April to mid-July, mid-September to mid-November
Languages: Pahari (Local Dialect), Hindi, English
Rich to The Mall in Shimla
The Mall – All visitors to Shimla unavoidably walk to the mall, the main promenade that runs past the top of the ridge – a busy shopping district with old colonial buildings, souvenir shops and restaurants. At the top of the shopping center is Scandal Point, a large open square overlooking the city – a favorite rendezvous for visitors and locals. Overlooking it is the elegant Christ Church with its nice stained glass windows. The maze of Shimla’s bazaars reads over the edge of the mall.
Rich to The Jakhoo Hill in Shimla
Jakhoo Hill – The steep climb to Jakhoo Hill, the highest point of Shimla, rewards a magnificent view of the city and surrounding area. At the top is an ancient Hanuman temple. (2 Km / 1.2 miles)
Rich to The Glen in Shimla
Glen – A beautiful picnic spot outside Annandale is located in the thick wooded Glen, next to a sparkling stream. (4 Km / 2.4 miles)
Rich to Summer Hill Station in Shimla
Summer Hill – The quiet and beautiful suburb of Summer Hill has secluded, shady walks and charming views. It was here that Gandhiji remained during his visits to Shimla, in the elegant Gergorian mansion that belonged to Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. Summer Hill is located on the Shimla – Kalka railway line. (5 Km / 3 miles)
Rich to Chadwick Falls in Shimla
Chadwick Falls – Just outside Summer Hill is the 67 meter waterfall, which runs in a deep gorge. The waterfalls are best seen after the monsoon. (7 Km / 4 miles)
Rich to Viceregal Lodge in Shimla
Viceregal Lodge – Housed in the Gothic splendor of the Viceregal Lodge, the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, India’s main academy for higher research.
Rich to Museum in Shimla
Himachal State Museum – Very close to the Institute, in a colonial building in spacious lawns, is the museum. It has collections of Pahari miniatures, stone sculpture, local crafts, textiles and embroidery.
Rich to Sankat Mochen in Shimla
Sankat Mochen – On the Shimla – Kalka road is the famous “Lord Hanuman” temple. It gives a beautiful view of Shimla city. The location is reached by bus / taxi. (7 kilometers)
Rich to Institute for Advance Studies in Shimla
Institute for Advance Studies (4 Km): This beautiful English Renaissance structure was the former Viceregal Lodge. Its lawns and forests are added attractions. Import per ticket.
Rich to Devi Temple in Shimla
A Devi Temple – On Shimla – Kalka Road (NH-22) this holy place is accessible by train, bus and car. From the station / road you can visit the temple or by taxi or jeep. (11 Km)
Rich to Prospect Hill in Shimla
Prospect Hill – Prospect Hill is 15 minutes from Boileauganj, another favorite walk and lookout point with breathtaking views. There is a small temple to Kamna Devi at the top of the hill (5 Km / 3 miles)
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