Shimla is the capital city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, located in northern India. Shimla acts as a hub for India's tourism sector.
In 1864, Shimla was officially designated the summer capital of British India, succeeding Murree, northeast of Rawalpindi. After independence, Lahore was given to Pakistan and Shimla became the capital of Punjab and was later the capital of Himachal Pradesh.The name is derived from the goddess Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali.
Places to see in Shimla
The Mall, like most hill stations in North India, is the main shopping centre of Shimla. 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.
Situated on the Ridge is Christ Church, which 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.
Located 2 kms. from the hotel, 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 Hanuman. Jakhoo Temple is an ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to Hindu deity, Hanuman.
Shimla State Museum
The Museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to project hill-out and the cultural wealth of the state. Art objects in the Museum collection are mostly related to art, archaeology and cultural anthropology of Himachal and other states of India. At present Museum, has about 9000 objects in its collection.
Indian Institute of Advanced Studies
This institute is housed in the Viceregal Lodge, which was built in 1884-88 during the British times. It has spacious gardens and is ringed by beautiful pine trees. All is calm and serene just the right atmosphere for a student of literature or politics. This is the place where famous Shimla Agreement was signed.
15 kms from the hotel. Tara Devi 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. At a height of 6,070 ft. Tara Devi is an ideal place for a person wanting peace and some rest.
A popular Hanuman temple is located here. We get an excellent view of Shimla from the temple. It can be reached by car.
10 kms. From the hotel, Mashobra has several excellent picnic spots. Mashobra offers ideal walks amidst oak and pine trees. Mashobra is the site of the annual Sipi fair in June.
20 kms from the hotel, Naldehra offers a well groomed nine-hole Golf course; undulating hills and giant deodars, make it a unique spot for picnics.
15 kms from the hotel. Commands good views of inner Himalayas. Kufri has an added attraction of Mini zoo amidst dense forest to the tourists where a rare breed of wild animals and pheasants species commonly found in Himalayan forest region have been kept in natural habitat. The other attractions of this zoo are Tibetan wolf, Brown Bear, Barking Deer and 'Monal' the State bird of Himachal Pradesh.
40 kms. (via Kufri) and 65 km. (via Kandaghat). Chail, at a height of 2,250 metres, combines the charm and beauty of a remote and peaceful mountain resort with the splendour and elegance of a princely reserve. Chail was the summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala before Independence.
60 Kms from the hotel. Narkanda is located on the NH-22 at an average elevation of 2621 metres (8599 feet). Hatu Peak which is at 11000 ft is 5 km from this place. Narkanda is a skiing resort in winter and famous for its beautiful skiing slopes.