- Himachal Pradesh
was the most important British hill resort, prior to India's
independence. It is named after its patron goddess, Shamla
Devi, a manifestation of Kali. Shimla, located at an altitude
of 7,267 feet, is inhabited around a crescent - shaped ridge,
which is blessed with perennially cool air and amazing views.
It provides superb panoramic sights of the valleys, and the
lofty peaks of the great Himalayan range, on both sides. The
colourful local bazaars of Shimla are sprawled over the southern
slopes of the ridge.
What to See
The main attractions of Shimla include the Rashtrapati
Niwas, formerly the residence of the British Viceroy,
the State Museum, which has a
modest collection of stone statues from different parts of
Himachal Pradesh, Jakhu Temple,
dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Summer Hill,
Chadwick Fall, Prospects Hill, Sankat Mochan, Tara Devi and
Windflower Hall. Kufri,
a well - known ski resort in Himachal Pradesh, is 16 kilometre
Around Shimla : There are many places around Shimla,
which a tourist can visit during the day. These places include
Craigano (16 km from Shimla), Chail (45 km), Naldera (23 km),
Narkanda (64 km), and Kasauli (77 km).
How to Get There
Air: Shimla has an airport, 22
km away, from the main city with regular flights to Delhi.
Chandigarh airport, 120 km away on the plains, has flights
at more regular intervals. The flights to Shimla may be called
off, during the winter months of December, January and February,
so you will need to check them up in advance.
Train: Broad-gauge trains run
till Kalka, from all the parts of the country. From Kalka
onwards, a rail car on narrow gauge takes you to Shimla which
offers some fantastic sights. You can also take a bus from
Kalka to Shimla.
Bus: Shimla is connected by road
to Chandigarh, Delhi, Dehradun, Kalka, and to many other places