Shimla is a well known and popular hill station in India. It is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and the summer capital of India.
Shimla derives its name from Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the dense forest covering the Jakhu Hill in the early 19th Century.
The city is included well-maintained buildings and roads and surrounded by pine, deodar, and oak forests. Traffic is banned from the central part of town, so walking is pleasant. The city has a very colorful market and a popular Mall road which extended to the famous Ridge. The city offers to tourists the best eye-catching views of snow-capped mountains and forests.
How to Reach Shimla?
Shimla is a very popular tourist destination. The place is well connected by air, by road and also by train.
By Air: The nearest airport is Shimla airport at Jubbarhatti. It distance about 23 km from the main city. The airport has a daily flight from Delhi. If you want to come to Shimla from the rest of India or the rest of the world, then you have to come first to Delhi, and then take Delhi to Shimla flight.
By Train: By train is a very good and adventure option to reach the place. If you want to come via rail, then have to come first to the nearest base railway station like Kalka, Chandigarh, and Delhi. But, the best option is Kalka, which is well connected by the Himalayan Toy train. From Kalka to Shimla, the journey will be the most memorable and enjoyable with high mountain railway track, long tunnel, and dense forests. Most of the tourists prefer this route.
By Road: By road is also a good option. You can come here by road from the rest of India. But the best option is from Chandigarh to Shimla bus / Delhi to Shimla by car/Bus. The two major cities are well connected by Ac/Non Ac Volvo and state buses regular basis.
Places to Visit
Shimla offers some of the best and unique tourists destination. The curiosity of a traveler to explore all that the district has to offer is relentless because of the comforting climate and the picturesque sights, wherever one sets eyes on. You can easily plan Delhi to Shimla trip.
Here I will explain only the best attraction.
The Ridge is the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. It is situated in the center of the main city and located along with the famous Mall road. The place is good to spend some quality time with the view of the whole city and surrounded areas.
The Mall Road
The Mall road is the main business center of the city. The roadside area covered by shopping malls, restaurants, food stalls, drinks shops, departmental stores, and local handicrafts showrooms. The front side of Gairty theatre and Town Hall buildings are on this street.
Jakhoo temple is an ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to the Hindu deity Hanuman. The temple is situated on the top of Jakhoo Hill with an altitude of 8054 feet. It is the highest peak in the city and located just 2.5 km away from the main city. Here tourists can enjoy wonderful panoramic views of Shivalik ranges and sister town of Sanjauli. The 108 feet tall Lord Hanuman located here, and it is a big attraction for tourists.
Legend and myth suggest that the monkey lord Hanuman rested here while on his search for the Sanjivani Booti. He met sage Yaaku on the hilltop and then moved shed in his journey. It is also believed that the sage built this temple.
Indian Institute of Advanced Study
The Indian Institute of Advanced Study is also called as Rashtrapati Niwas. It is housed in the famous Viceregal Lodge situated on the top of Observatory Hill. The building was constructed between 1880 and 1888 during the British reign. The year 1965 saw the establishment of the Indian Institute of Advanced study here by Dr. Radhakrishnan. Here tourists can visit the Manorville Mansion and Gardens.
Kufri is the must-visit Place in Shimla. It located 17 km away from the main city. The place is famous for the photographer and adventure lovers. In wintertime, some of the snow activity done here like Skiing. Here tourists also can visit Kufri Fun World, Himalayan wildlife Zoo.
Solan is located 50km away from the Shimla city. The town is well known as the “Mushroom Capital of India”. The hill station primarily serves as the gateway to other popular hill stations like Kasauli, Kalka, and Chail. Solan is also called the “City of red gold” because of the bulk production of tomatoes in the area. The temperature here remains just right throughout the year, the scenic views here would astound you every time and the cuisines here would satisfy the foodie in you.
Naldehra is a hill station, situated at 2044 m altitude above sea level. This is also a high peak point in the city and 23 km away from the city. Dense deodar trees and stunning greenery create magic in the atmosphere. The snow-clad Himalayan Mountains are a delight to watch from here. The place has an 18 hole golf course. A nature walk that traverses uphill offers very scenic views that are complemented by the emulsifying fragrance of the woods and bird chirpings.
Best time to visit
March to June is the best time to visit Shimla, when the weather is very pleashant.
November to February is also a very good time to visit for those people. During this time tourists can experience snowfall and snow activities.