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Shimla - Queen of Hill Stations / Queen of Hills

Shimla Travel Guide

About Shimla

Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh which is a state in the northern part of India. Also known as the “Queen of the Hills”, the hill station is an epitome of natural splendor that lies in its snow-covered mountains, meandering rivers, long spread hayfields and deep-down green valleys. The hill station is bordered with Mandi & Kullu (north), Kinnaur (east), Uttarakhand (south-east), and Solan & Sirmaur (south). The hill was declared as a summer capital in the year 1864 during the reign of the Britishers. The hill station was named after the goddess Shyamala Devi, who is believed to be an incarnation goddess Kali. Visit more details of Shimla hotels and India tour packages

The region that comprises 19 hill states is home to numerous pieces of architecture that boasts of the architectural legacy of the olden times. The hill station has played a vital role in promoting tourism in the state.

Shimla Attractions

The Mall Road The Mall Road: The Mall Road is the shopping hub of the region. Apart from this, it is home to a range of restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, post offices and tourist offices. The Gaiety Theatre located here is the place enjoys some real time plays and performances.

Bhuri Singh Museum Bhuri Singh Museum: The Bhuri Singh Museum comprises various anachronisms such as old coins, Chamba rumals (handkerchiefs), beautiful jewelry, traditional costumes and arms and armors. Moreover, the carved doors boast the architectural excellence of the artisans of that period.

Ridge Ridge: The Ridge is one of the famous and most visited tourist attractions in Shimla. It is well-connected to the famous places like Scandal point, Lakkar Bazaar and Jakhoo Hills. Additionally, the Ridge hosts numerous cultural programmes and other events & celebrations.

Annandale Annandale: Annandale is situated at an elevation of 6,117 ft is a famous spot among travelers. One can bask out a game of cricket, polo and picnics at this place that is surrounded with the most enchanting sights.

Shimla State Museum Shimla State Museum: This museum is one of the famous places of interest where various historical items and objects are on display. One can come across different things that are stored in the museum such as Pahari miniature paintings, stone sculptures, bronze items and other items.

Religious places in Shimla

Christ Church Christ Church, Shimla : Christ Church is the second oldest church in the northern part of India. The church is a famous place where one can witness faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility.

Tara Devi Temple Tara Devi Temple : The Tara Devi Temple is built in honor of the goddess of stars (Tara in Hindi). The temple is a pious site and is thus visited by numerous pilgrims who wish to pay their honor to the deity.

Jakhu Temple Jakhu Temple : This temple is situated at a height of 2500 meters and worships the Hindu deity Lord Hanuman. The temple is surrounded with dense forests and provides the most mesmerizing views of the region. The statue of the Lord at such a great height is world’s largest statue to stand at such great height.

Sankat Mochan Temple Sankat Mochan Temple :The Sankat Mochan Temple was built in 1950 by Baba Neeb Karoriji Maharaj. A trip to the temple introduces one to beautiful meadows, dense forests and high hills that come on the way.

Events & Festivals in Shimla

Ice Skating Carnival Ice Skating Carnival : The snowfall during the months of December, January and February prepares Shimla for ice sports like skiing, ice-skating and many more.

Rhyali Festival : This festival is one of the important festivals of Shimla and is celebrated during the rainy season. The festival is a thanksgiving and celebration to please the rain gods so that the agricultural produce does not suffer any lose.

Summer festival : Summer festival is one of the awaited festivals of Shimla that takes place every year in the month of May.

How to Reach Shimla

  • By air : Jubbarhatti Airport is the nearest airport to reach Shimla. Delhi International airport is the nearest international airport that connects to different part of the country and world.
  • By train : The nearest meter gauge railway station is at Shimla. The nearest broad gauge station at Kalka is well connected to Chandigarh, Ambala, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
  • By road : Numerous government and private buses connect the rest regions of the state to Shimla. One can find numerous overnight buses that operate between Shimla, Delhi and Chandigarh.

Best Time to Visit Shimla

The best months for travelling to Shimla are September to June.

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