Shimla – The naturally beautiful abode
Situated at an Altitude of 2,159m, Simla is a favorite destination amongst Delhiites. The name is derived from the goddesses ‘Shayamla Devi’. It was declared the Summer capital of India in 1864. Very approachable from Delhi, people generally drive down to the beautiful destination on a weekend and enjoy the cool breeze and lush green surroundings.
Climate in Shimla
Since Shimla is located on the slopes of lower Himalayas its altitude from the sea level makes it very cool. The temperature rarely crosses 25 degrees during summers. Chilly winds from the upper Himalayas make winters very cold especially around Christmas. The best season to visit is between April and August. Avoid going there in monsoons.
How to reach Shimla?
Shimla By Air
You can get direct flights from Delhi. The Jubbarhatti airport is 23 km from Shimla.
Simla By Rail
Shimla has a narrow gauge railway line on which a toy train runs from Kalka to Shimla which chugs its way through valleys and beautiful landscapes at a very slow pace making the journey enjoyable. This toy train is of two types – one is the normal multi coach train and the other is the single car train, which has a glass roof giving an enthralling experience during the journey.
Simla By Road
Simla is very well connected with other places. So a road journey is not very tiring if you are traveling by bus or car. A regular bus service ordinary, semi deluxe, deluxe and AC coaches from Delhi and Chandigarh are easily available.
The capital city has got some of the finest options of accommodation. The options vary from luxurious, posh looking five star hotels, cottages and holiday resorts to economy class and budget hotels and lodging rooms.
Being predominantly a religious destination, the attractions of Mathura are unlimited. Not only the visitors get peace of mind through the beauties and pious belief of several temples, but also get the rejuvenating experience of inclusion in festivals and celebration making it a memorable experience. The hospitality of the city is undoubtedly splendid.
Annandale : Annandale, just 2 km below the Ridge in Shimla, offers a picturesque piece of ground, charmingly adapted for recreation in the days of the Raj. Today it affords a pleasant change from the perpetual slopes above.
Chadwick Falls : 7 km west of the ridge are the Chadwick Falls that was once the site of a 67-m aquatic spectacle.
Christ Church and St Michael’S Cathedral : The most prominent building on the Mall is the yellow Christ Church, reputed to be the second oldest church in northern India designed by Colonel JT Boileau in 1844.
Churdhar Sanctuary : The sanctuary got its name from the Chur Peak, on the top of which sits a majestic status of Lord Shiva. One is sure to come across a large number of multi-coloured and agile Monals in the adjoining forests.
Hatkoti : Around 105-km east of Shimla, in Jubbal Tehsil on the banks of the river Pabbar, lays the mysterious valley of stone temples Hatkoti. Close by stands a small village by the name of Parhaat.
Jakhu Temple : The Hanuman temple at the top of Jakhu hill is the highest point in town.
Karyali Lake : In district Shimla, Karyali Lake lies on the northern face of the peak of Chhoti Shali.
Kotesvara Temple : The Kotesvara (also spelt as Kotesvar) temple is a magnificient structure dedicated to Shiva who is represented there in the form of ‘Shivalinga’.
Padam Palace : Resting in a nest-shaped valley on the left bank of the Satluj River is Rampur’s Padam Palace, 125-km from Shimla.
Shirigul Temple : One of the oldest and the most important temples of Shirigul are situated on the Chur Dhar Peak.
Tattapani : Situated on the right banks of the river Sutlej, it is famous for its hot sulphur springs that are invigorating and have curative values.