Sitting at 2200m above sea level, Shimla is the capital and largest city of Himachal Pradesh. Since the British rule in India, Shimla is a very beautiful and popular place. British govt. used to move their administration in Shimla during summer. This hill station became the capital of Himachal Pradesh after India’s independence. It attracts tourists from India as well as from abroad. Splendid snowy mountains, magnificently rich greenery and beautiful lakes of Shimla see people coming throughout the year and mesmerize them with beauty. Film industries use to shoot in Shimla, the ‘Queen of Hill Station’, to present a foreign background for the movies. This is not the only reason to come to Shimla. People also come to take part in winter and water adventurous sports held by Himachal Pradesh tourism or any private company. There are also some popular adventure activity organizers who schedule days with activities like rock climbing, rope walking, valley crossing, forest treks, rappelling and more.
Well, you can visit Shimla any time of the year, but in month of May weather stays pleasant. Snowfall is seen in winter and in the monsoon green mountains reveals the character. In October –to March, average temperatures stay between -2 and 5 degrees Celsius. The perfect time for skiing. In April to June average temperature stay around 15 degree Celsius and this weather is ideal for adventure sports such as paragliding, trekking and camping. Avoid July to September, because it is the monsoon time and raining and landslide will spoil the trip.
Shimla is around 1800 km away from Kolkata and it takes 1 day and 5-6 hours by train. Or alternately reach Chandigarh by air and get a bus or car to Shimla.
DESTINATIONS IN SHIMLA
Kufri is only 14 km from Shimla. Once this place was under Nepal. Kufri is a great location to visit during snowfall. It is also an adventurous spot. Visiting natural landscape, Skiing, Enjoying in Kufri fun world are the main attractions here. People also visit Himalayan mountain zoo, situated in Kufri to witness the Himalayan wildlife.
The ridge is a wide open road, next to Shimla Mall Road. This place is a delight for tourists of all kinds, and the ancient British buildings are the points to visitors and these often amaze the tourists. The Ridge is mostly known for shopping. It is also a social center of the city. It stays covered by pine, fur, Himalayan oak and rhododendron trees. The Ridge has another significance. There is a reservoir in the ridge and it provide water to the city.
Mall road is the heart of the city. It is one of the busiest and most commercial areas in Shimla. The stores on Mall Road are famous for simple wool clothing and exclusive handicrafts. Taste some local delicious dishes, shop the local handicraft things, know the history of the local heritage architects like town hall here.
Tattapani is a tiny city located about 66 km away from Shimla. It is famous for its hot sulphur spring which is believed to have healing powers for health like stress, joint pain, fatigue and other skin diseases. You can see the Lord Shiva’s caves located 3.5 km away, are renowned for their mystical and miraculous stories. You can also engage yourself in white river rafting here.
KALKA TOY TRAIN
Riding toy train is another fun here. The best route from Kalka to Shimla is by a toy train that runs on a narrow-gauge track. It takes 5 hours to 6 hours to reach its destination. On the way it shows the mind blowing landscapes of Shimla. During the British rule, this route was excavated through the abundance of nature, so the Kalka Shimla toy train will take you to the history. But tickets should be booked before 1 month.
Green valley can be visit on the way to Kufri from Shimla. Away from noisy locality this area is a quit and calm. Covered with green pine, cedar, oak trees this valley is evergreen and some rare species of animal are found sometimes. Many films are also shot here and it’s also a good photography spot.
This temple is situated 2 km away from the main city and located at 8000ft from sea level. This temple is dedicated to Hanuman. According to the epic Ramayana, to save Laxman, Hanuman was in search of Sanjivni buti and stopped here to take rest. It is an important deity to the Hindus of Shimla. The huge idol of Hanuman is seen from most of the Shimla.
HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK
It is one of the best national park in Shimla. It contains 180 rare species of birds and animals. It is a huge environmental tourist destination where tourists from around the world encounter rare species of creatures such as snow leopards, deers etc. In addition there are other mammals, including bharal, hangal, barking deer and sambar deer. The national park has a wide variety of plants such as oak, spruce, blue pine, deodar and holly.
Shimla State Museum is also known as Himachal State Museum and Library. It was built in 1974. It contains a stunning collection of art, cultural anthropological and archaeological objects.
One of the least crowded attractions is Theog of Himachal Pradesh, wrapped warmly in the hands of the mighty Himalayas. 32 km from the main city of Shimla, Theog is a beautiful spot to spend weekend. It is also a great camping site and adventurers often come for camping.
Fagu is a village sitting on a height of 2500 m above sea level. Locating on a high altitude this beautiful village is always covered in snow and fog. The name “Fagu” may be came from fog. There are many potato fields and apple orchids found in Fagu.
Along with these, there are many tourist objects are seen in Shimla.