Let’s visit the city which attracted the Britishers to establish it within the vicinity of Himalayas of Northern India. Let’s explore Shimla!!!
Shimla is a famous hill station in the Himachal pradesh of India lying in the foothills of Himalayas. Shimla is famous for its colonial architecture, surrounded with snow capped mountains, the churches, the classic institutions and the spirit of the hill town called the mall road in Shimla.
Shimla is like the best weekend getaway places for the people living in and around Delhi and Chandigarh. Shimla is highly appreciated for its good connectivity, hub for foodies and it’s festive fervour.
Himalayan Railways, Kalka to Shimla, the toy train
After all you are going to visit more than 806 bridges and 103 tunnels through the train route of Kalka to Shimla. Wow! That’s going to be a adventurous ride!
Although it will take more time to reach Shimla but the beauty around will keep you busy throughout the way with the magnificent view of deodar and pine trees and the lush green valley.
You can also see the people getting off the train in the midway, having some of their favorite clicks and getting back to the train. Enjoying the toy train ride is the must to do while going for Shimla.
The Ridge road, Shimla, Himachal pradesh
The first thing that attracts you in Shimla is the famous ridge road, a large open area, which is the hub of all the cultural activities of the place, lying just above the Mall road, Shimla.
Amongst the most remarkable landmarks of Ridge road, Shimla is the the neo Gothic style of infrastructure called the Christ Church, Shimla. Ridge road is connected with the Mall road which is the biggest shopping as well as hopping spot of Shimla.
The Mall road, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
The mall road, Shimla, is the main street lined up on both sides with restaurants, cafes, clubs, offices, shops flooded with tourists rush.
Also you can enjoy a lot of beautiful landscapes while moving through the Mall road having a cup of coffee with your favourite ice cream flavor. You just walk up the Mall road and return back down for having that Shimla feel.
Jhaku Temple in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Jhakhu Temple In Shimla is the highest point of Shimla and is steeply elevated. The Jakhu temple is about 2.5 km away from the ridge road of Shimla and is dedicated to Lord Hanuman that has an deity of about 108 feet. You can reach to the temple by hiking, ropeway, horse riding or by taxi.
I suggest you to go for hiking but just keep an eye for the monkeys around. The story relating to the Jhaku temple is among one of episodes of Ramayana. Here, Lord Hanuman has stopped for sometime to take the rest while searching for the Sanjeevani to revive Lakshmana.
Kufri, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Kufri is about 20 km away from the city capital Shimla. Kufri is best to visit during the winter season by the months of December and January to get the mesmerizing view of snow laden mountains with beautiful Himachal valley.
You can enjoy a adventurous horse ride, climbing you up though the snowy slippery roads and valley on the other side. Enjoy the thrilling experience!
Don’t even try walking up the hill top from Kufri, otherwise you could get a big blow from the climbing horses in the midway. I observed a number of visitors in the midway who started walking up the way but that is even more risky than the horse riding.
Kufri is famous for its skiing adventures and for its high skiing slopes. Yak ride is also available to take you more higher in hills. You can also enjoy amusement park, Himalayan Jeep Safari or Adventure park.
Narkanda Hills, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Narkanda Hills are about 60 km far away from Shimla and visitors arrive here mostly during winters to enjoy the tranquility of nature with the lush green forests and Snow White mountains. The place is famous for peach and apple plantations.
Tattapani, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh
Tattapani is about 60 km away from Shimla and is famous for their hot springs. It has been a long time, since I visited Tattapani but still I remember that it was really a good place. Tattapani is famous for its hot sulphur springs because of their medicinal and healing purposes.
In the winters of India, you will definitely going to enjoy the hot springs of Tattapani, Shimla.
Although in Himalayas, there is no limit for the places to be visited but I personally visited these places so far.
Do you know Shimla is the only place in South Asia that has natural ice skating rink in India? incredible-india
Also Annandale which is the helipad of Shimla is surrounded with large golf course lined up with deodar trees. So, for golf lovers here is the place for you!
Shimla is the starting as well as ending point for the famous MTB Himalayan Bike race in which 500 km needs to be covered in 8 days. Interesting! So, if you have that craze of bike riding in mighty Himalayan ranges, you can go for it.
Also you can visit the oldest boarding school of Asia called as Bishop cotton school which produced many renowned personalities.
So, a lot of things are still there for you to visit, but it all depends on your entire days of traveling.
Can you tell me that the Shimla comprises of 2 Shimla?
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