Shimla: Visit the ‘Queen’, Shimla, to experience the bliss!
Known as the ‘Queen’ of hill stations, Shimla bounded by Kullu and Mandi on its eastern hinges and Uttarakhand on South-east is truly an abode of extreme calm and tranquillity. The snow-clad majestic peaks coupled with extensive lakes and lush greenery surely calls for a paradisiacal experience.
As summer capital of British, this place has a unique blend of pre and post-independence India with an endearing beauty. Touted as most visited hill station on northern fringes of the country, it hosts for its visitors a number of unique sites worth noting.
Best places to visit in Shimla
At centre of town is this domain running from eastern zone to western zone along the Mall. A place to best view the majestic peaks of the hill station, it is one of the most important tourist destinations. The Scandal point on this Ridge is that place that houses Tudor Library, Christ Church and Mall. Providing a perfect view of this place is time period between sunrise and sunset.
Mall Road is the main street in Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, India. Constructed during British colonial rule, the Mall road is located a level below the ridge. The offices of municipal corporation, fire service, and police headquarters are located here. Automobiles, except emergency vehicles are not allowed on this road. For this reason, often found strolling on this road in the evenings.
Believed to be the highest peak in Shimla at 8000 feet, this presents a mesmerising view for nature lovers. With a Hanuman Temple at the top, this is surely a treat for trekkers who can visit this domain within 7am to 8pm, for a great trek experience.
The Kalka Shimla Railway is a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway in North-West India travelling along a mostly mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla. It is known for dramatic views of the hills and surrounding villages. The Kalka Shimla Railway was built in 1898. to connect Shimla, the summer capital of India during the British Raj, with the rest of the Indian rail system. At the time of construction 107 tunnels and 864 bridges, were built throughout the course of the track. The Chief Engineer of the project was H.S. Herlington.
The Shimla State Museum is situated at the top of Mount Pleasant. Also known as Himachal State Museum and Library, it was built in the year 1974. It was constructed to preserve the cultural richness of the state and to record its rich past. The colonial style building amidst marvelous lawns in itself is an inspiring sight. It gives you an in depth view of the city’s glorious past.
Known also as Potter’s hill, this is a picturesque township that is carpeted with lush greenery of nature. As a major part of the seven hills that make up the hill station, this offers overwhelming beauty of hills from its peaks.
Kufri is located 19 kms away from Shimla. At an altitude of 2510 meters and in the Himalayan foothills, the hill station delights nature lovers and adventurers alike. Kufri along with some places around Shimla once belonged to the Nepal kingdom.
Annandale, also referred to as Annadale, is one of the star attractions of Shimla. It is around 4 kms from the Ridge. This flat terrain was once the playground for the British, who played cricket and polo here. Racing was also a popular sport conducted here. Now, the racecourse is converted into a small golf course, which is also used as a heli-pad.
Situated at a height of 1,586 meters, this waterfall is source of water in Shimla. The cascade is encaged within lush greens of deodar and pine, making it an enthralling view worth cherishing. The best time period to visit this domain is within period of sunrise to sunset.