Surrounded by lush green hills and snow capped peaks, Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill station. It is a wonderful getaway for people from the neighboring states of Punjab and Delhi. The beauty and grandeur of this town attracts tourists from across the length and breadth of the country including many overseas visitors. Shimla’s colonial heritage comprises of many buildings and structures built during the British rule. The beautiful temples of this town add a mythological touch to its splendor.
A visit to this town and one can experience all weathers ranging from harsh, cold, snowy winters to the beautiful spring followed by pleasant summers. The ideal time to visit Shimla depends on the kind of experience one wants to get. People from the plains come to these beautiful mountains to enjoy a snow clad Christmas and New Year. The town also offers respite from the blazing heat of the summers. The most ideal time of the year to visit this beautiful town is April-August and December-February.
A beautiful open place offering a majestic view of the surrounding mountains, the ridge is a favorite among tourists in Shimla. There are many ice cream parlors and other eateries/cafes on and around the Ridge. There are horse rides for kids and adults .As no vehicles are permitted in this area people enjoy the beautiful weather while munching popcorns or sipping a cup of coffee.
The mall is another open space and joins the Ridge at the ‘Scandal Point'. Mall as the word indicates is the commercial hub of Shimla. It has shops selling all kinds of goods and restaurants offering various cuisines. Lakkar Bazaar adjacent to the Ridge is another popular destination for shopping wood-crafts and souvenirs. On the Mall: There are a few Billiard Rooms and a few video game parlors for kids as well. The famous Summer Festival of Shimla attracts tourists form far and wide in the month of June. This festival boasts of creative and cultural activities performed by well know artists, gazal maestros and playback singers. Folk artists from the various districts of Himachal also perform in the festival. Be sure to go to lower bazaar just few min walk from the Mall road to experience street shopping at unbelievable prices (Depending on your bargaining power)
This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is built at an elevation of 8048 feet above sea level. Lord hanuman’s statue at the temple appears to bless the entire town of Shimla and is visible from the far corners of the city. There is a 45-minute walk to the temple from the Ridge for those who love to climb the mountains. However one can also hire a pony or take a cab.
The Indian Institute of advanced studies, as the name indicates is an institute of higher learning and research situated in a picturesque part of Shimla. It was built as a home for Lord Dufferin, the viceroy of India in 1888 and was called the Viceregal Lodge. The institute holds historical significance during India’s independence as the Shimla conference was held here in 1945.After India’s independence this building was renamed Rashtrpati Niwas that is the official residence of the President of India. Dr S Radhakrishnan then decided to turn it into a center of higher learning and research.
The state museum is located 2.5-km from the scandal point has got a good collection of ancient historical sculptures, paintings, coins and pictures.. It also has a library that stocks many historical books and manuscripts.
Situated at a distance of 1 Km from Summer Hill, this is beautiful Picnic spot and also ideal for camping.
Its’ about 4 km walk from the Ridge through the Forests.. The stream flowing through the forests offers respite from the summer heat and is a beautiful destination for nature lovers.
650 mt of altitude, on the bank of Satluj, one of the biggest rivers in India, Tattapani is away from mass tourism with the spirit of health and adventurous environment. Tattapani is famous for its natural hot sulphur spring gushing out at the temperature of 65 degree Celsius near the river. From the ancient time the local population has well known the miraculous property of this water and come from all over the state to take a dip into the sulphur spring: this provides relief to the people suffering from joint pains, fatigue and stress or any type of skin disease and hence has got a great medicinal quality.
This is Asia’s Natural Golf Course. This was originally placed by the British Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon. This is a par 68, nine hole course which is regarded as one of the most challenging in the country. It’s also a famous picnic spot for the locals. One can get pony rides across the Golf Course.
The most sought after winter sport in Shimla, this is the largest ice skating rink in India with natural frozen ice. The Ice Skating Club has already celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. Ice-skating normally begins in early December and carries on to February
There are many places in Shimla that offers skiing and tourists flock these places in winters to try out this adventure sport.
The ski resort which is perhaps the most easily accessible for anyone in northern India is Kufri. Just about 10 km from Shimla, Kufri’s a quiet little town which becomes a busy winter wonderland once the snow starts falling. The Mahasu Ridge, just above Kufri, has some good slopes which are worth a try. This place attracts ski enthusiasts from all over the world during winters.
64 km from Shimla is one of India’s oldest ski resorts, Narkanda. Narkanda lies at an altitude of 8,100 ft. The slopes at Narkanda run the gamut from beginner’s to advanced, from slalom to cross-country. Hattu Peak, 6 km from Narkanda, towers 2,000 ft above Narkanda and has popular ski slopes. It is less crowded and the slopes are virtually unexplored which is what makes Narkanda a haven for ardent skiers.
Himachal Tourism manages all the skiing facilities at Narkanda. They hire out equipment, conduct training courses, and provide everything from accommodation to transport. The Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports at Manali also plays a part in the skiing at Narkanda; they organize special skiing courses January onwards every year.
The swift flowing rivers of Shimla provide the ideal condition for the river rafting adventure sport. The Sutlej river near Shimla offers exciting river rafting opportunities. River rafting is done on an inflatable rubber dinghy. The sport cannot be conducted during the winter and the monsoons. The famous white water rafting place in Shimla is water rafting from Chabba to Tattapani a stretch of 12 km. and two hours river down challenging the rapids of aggressive Sutlej river.
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