Thursday, September 8, 2011

Shimla Hill Station - Himachal Pradesh

Shimla - Himachal PradeshShimla is capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the best hill stations in India. It is very popular destination for honeymoon. Located approximately 115 km away from Chandigarh & 365 km from New Delhi. It is a popular tourist destination. It is also known as "Queen of Hills". The Name shimla derives from Goddess Shyamala. We can experience snowfall during winter. This lovely hill station was 'discovered' by the British who immediately fell in love with this place. Infact, they went to the extent of declaring Shimla as their summer capital.

Tourists in great numbers visit Shimla all throughout the year. A place gifted with an abundance of natural beauty, the landscape of Shimla is known for its great diversity.

Best Period To Visit Shimla:

April To August & December To January

Places To Visit in Shimla:

Christ Church & St. Michael's Cathedral

Situated on the Ridge, Christ Church is the second oldest church in Northern India. It has a very majestic appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. Christ Church is a place all visitors should spend some time in.

Jakhoo Temple

2 km from Shimla, at a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak and offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, is an old temple of Lord Hanuman, which is also the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors.

The Mall

The Mall is the main shopping street of Shimla. It also has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, Post Offices and tourist offices. The Gaiety Theatre is also situated there. People walk up and down the Mall slowly, stopping to gossip, as it is the main meeting place for everyone. The Ridge and Scandal point are the two main meeting points at the Mall. The mall is dotted with many eating places .The most famous among them is Trishul bakery which is known for its pastries.

Shimla State Museum

The Museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to protect hill-out and the cultural wealth of the state. There is a collection of miniature Pahari paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood-carvings and also costumes, textiles and jewellery of the region.

Summer Hill

Situated at a distance of 5 km from the Ridge is the lovely township of Summer Hill at a height of 6,500 ft on the Shimla-Kalka railway line. Mahatma Gandhi lived in these quiet surroundings during his visits to Shimla. Himachal Pradesh University is situated here.

Tara Devi

11 km from the Shimla bus-stand. Tara Devi hill has a temple dedicated to the goddess of stars on top of the hill. There is a military Dairy Town here as well as the headquarters of Bharat Scouts and Guides.


16 km from Shimla at a height of 8,600 ft, Kufri is the winter sports capital and also has a small zoo.

Shimla Photos:

Shimla City

Christ Church - shimla

Shimla - Himachal Pradesh

Shimla Bound Train

Kufri Near Shimla

Snow Fall at Kufri

Shimla Hill Station - Shimla Himachal Pradesh - Hill Stations in India