Shimla is one of the major hill stations of India and also a fascinating tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh. Popularly known as the Summer Capital of British India, it is blessed with all the picturesque grounds of nature. A place of divine temples, churches, especially the seven hills for which it is termed as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. Located at 90 kms from Himachal Pradesh, its panoramic beauty, pleasant weather and peaceful environment make it the most popular hill.
THE MALL ROAD
Constructed by Britishers, it is the main tourist attraction place in Shimla. The Mall Road has the major hotels, restaurants, showrooms, shops and cafes located making it the busiest place of Shimla. Various handicraft products of Himachal Pradesh are easily available here. The wood shops of Shimla near Lakkar Baazar are quite popular too. One of the interesting facts of this pace is that no vehicles are allowed on the road since the British.
SHIMLA SUMMER HILL
Located at an altitude of 1283 meter from the sea level and five kms from the Ridge of Shimla , it is also known as Potter’s hill. Covered with snow capped mountains it is situated between green hilly pine trees and deodar trees. It has a temperate forest and an age old Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur. The mountain terrains, greenery of nature with a variety of flora and fauna makes it a beautiful tourist destination in Shimla.
SHIMLA STATE MUSEUM
The Dalhousie – Shimla State Museum is one of the major tourist destinations because of its splendid architectures. Located amidst the streets of Mall Road, you can find various coins, paintings, sculptures and art and crafts of ancient times. The unique attraction of the museum is the dolls of Himachali Brides created by the local craftsmen. There is a statue of Lord Vishnu made up of bronze. Open from 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Mondays and National holidays.
It is situated 7 kms from Shimla and just 45 minutes walk away from the Shimla Summer Hills. Surrounded by dense woods, this beautiful spot is placed at a height of 1586 meters from the sea level. Visitors can have the best view of the refreshing waterfall just after the monsoon in September. There are also a number of ancient temples seen here. An annual festival is celebrated during the month of April by the local people. It is the ideal place
Built in 1845, this temple is named after the Goddess Kali (Shyamala). The name Shimla was derived from Shyamala Goddess. Earlier located in Jakhu hill, it was brought to the current site by Britishers. It has gained importance for being a religious place and is situated near the Mall Road.
It is situated near Jubbal, at a height of 8,770 feet from the sea level. This place is known for its scenic natural beauty and relaxing atmospheres. Lofty mountains provide the perfect site for trekking enthusiast. Deodar and Pine trees surround the area with apple orchards. There is a Giri Ganga Temple located along with the natural surroundings. The best season to visit this place is during the month of March-June and September-October.
The name Tattapani means ‘Hot Water’. It is located on the banks of Sutlej River at a height of 655 meters from the sea level. The Hot Springs of Tattapani with Sulphur content have curative power for various skin diseases. It lies on the Shimla-Mandi Highway in Mandi district. There is a Shiva Cave situated at Saraur, 3 kms from the mainland.
It is the highest hill point of Shimla. Lies at an altitude of 6117 feet, it is the largest flat ground in Shimla. This place is well known for sport lovers. It has a cricket ground with 9-hole golf courses. This place used to be the seat for British get-togethers and celebrations which later turned to be the Gymkhana Club. There is a Glen Forest nearby for trekking.