capital, is India's Largest and the most famous hill
station.While the city is a favourite spot for
Indian families and honeymooners, its size does
little to win popularity among western tourists who
tend to pass through on their way to Manali.Today,
it has well developed facilities, easy accessibility
and numerous attractions make it one of India's most
popular hill resort. Placed in the lower ranges of
the Himalayan mountains, it is surrounded by pine
deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Towards
the north lie on the snow-covered high-ranges,
while the valleys breathe whispering streams and
swaying fields. Within the town are host of splendid
colonial edifices, quaint cottages and charming
walks. Shimla holds a variety of places for
shopping, sports and entertainment.
ACCESS: The airport is at Jubbal Hatti, 23 km
away.Shimla is connected to Kalka by an
enchanting narrow gauge railway line where even a
quaint rail - car plys. By road, Chandigarh is 117
km, Manali is 280 km, Chail is 45 km and Delhi is at
a distance of 370 km. From Delhi, Manali and
Chandigarh, luxury coaches and taxis ply to Shimla.
During season HPTDC also operates regular deluxe
buses from Delhi and Manali.
CLIMATE: In winter, the temperature can drop
below freezing point when heavy woolens are
required. Summer temperature are mild and light
woollens/cottons are recommended.
PLACES OF INTEREST
THE RIDGE : 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 worth seeing.
LAKKAR BAZAAR : Popular for its wood crafts and
Souvenirs, this is just off the Ridge.
JAKHOO HILL (2.5 km): At 2455m, 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 walks.
ST. MICHAEL'S CATHEDRAL: This dressed-stone
church with fine stained glass has a cruciform
design. It is located just off the Mall, below the
STATE MUSEUM (3 km): This houses a representative
collection of Himachal Pradesh's rich heritage.
Exhibits include archaeological artifacts,
carvings, paintings and sculptures. The museum
is Closed on Monday
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDY (4 km): At
1983m, this magnificent English renaissance
structure was the former Viceregal Lodge. Its
lawns and woodland are added attractions. Entry by
ticket ( nominal charge ). A portion of the
interior is also open to the public, except on
Sundays and holidays.
GLEN (4 km): At 1830m, It is a thickly wooded
ravine through which a stream flows. It is a
popular picnic spot.
ANNANDALE (4.5 km): Surrounded by a thick
deodar forest, this large glade has an ancient
temple on an edge.
PROSPECT HILL AND KAMNA DEVI ( 6 km): At
2125m crowned by a temple dedicated to Kamna Devi,
the Hill offers spectacular wide views of the city
and its environs.
SANKAT MOCHAN (7 km): This is a temple
dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
TARA DEVI (11 km): At 2044m, a thickly wooded
hill whose peak has a temple dedicated to Tara Devi.
MASHOBRA (12 km): At 2149m, this beautiful
suburb is surrounded by a thick forests. From here,
a track leads down to Sipur which is an exquisite
glade shaded by ancient deodar trees. There are old
temples on a side and a fair is held every year in April.
KUFRI (16 km): At 2501m, this is famous for
its wide views and ski slopes. An enjoyable walk
leads up to the Mahasu Peak. At Kufri, Himachal
Tourism runs the Cafe Lalit.
FAGU (22 km): At 2510m, Fagu has some
enchanting views. Himachal Tourism runs the Hotel
Peach Blossom (presently under renovation).
CHAIL (45 km): This was the former 'summer
capital' of the Patiala State. The palace in now
run as a luxury hotel by Himachal Tourism.
TATTAPANI (51 km) : At 656m, there are hot
sulphur springs here. Himachal Tourism has a
restaurant and Tourist Bungalow at Tattapani.