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Shimla (Queen Of Hills)
Tour
 
Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
Area
 
55673 sq. km
Altitude
 
2,130 m above sea level
Temperature
 
Between sub zero in winters and 30 C in summer. Through out the year.
Clothing
 
Light Woollens/Heavy Woollens
STD Code
 
0177
Language
 
Hindi/English/Punjabi/Pahari
       
The British Called Shimla "Queen Of Hills" , Situated in the north-West Himalayas.Shimla derives its name from "Shyamala";- the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century. The English named it Simla. Shimla is well connected by air, road and rail with all parts of Himachal Pradesh, and the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashimir and the Union territory of Chandigarh. Covering the area of 18 sq. km. at a height of 7,238 ft. Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Its well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of Indian's most popular and biggest hill-stations.
This beautiful hill resort also offers a lot for those who would like to indulge in a shopping spree. The Mall is the place to check out for the best in garment and textile industry. Here the State emporium offers the himachali (local) handicrafts and handloom items. The hats that are available in a wide range of charges and colors make the perfect souvenirs. For the dry fruits and natural herbs carrying medicinal properties you may check out any of the local shops whereas the Lakkar Bazaar is the one stop market for the wooden items of all shapes and sizes.
 
Places For Visit
The Mall -
All visitors to Shimla inevitably walk down the Mall, the main promenade that runs along the top of the ridge-a busy shopping area with old colonial buildings, souvenir shops and restaurants. At the top end of the Mall is Scandal Point, a large open square with a view of the town-a favourite rendezvous for visitors and the local people. Overlooking it is the elegant Christ Church with its fine stained glass windows. The labyrinth of Shimla's bazaars spill over the edge of the Mall.
Sanjauli
A serene location with delightful walks, Sanjauli is ideal for a tranquil weekend. There are fine vistas and the lights of Shimla and Chail can be seen twinkling at night. On the other side, Mashobra and Naldehra are visible.
Summer Hill
The quiett and lovely suburb of summer Hill has secluded, shady walks and charming views. It was here that Gandhiji stayed on his visits to Shimla, in the elegant Georgian mansion that belonged to Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. Summer Hill is located on the Shimla
Glen
A pretty picnic spot beyond Annandale is located in the thickly Wooded Glen , beside a sparkling stream.
Jakhoo Hill
Hill, Shiml's highest point, is rewarding for there are superb views of the town and its surroundings. At the top is an old Hanuman temple
Indian Institute of Advanced Studies
About 4 km from the city lies the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, This magnificent English renaissance structure was the former Viceregal Lodge. Its lawns and woodland are added attractions. Entry by ticket.
Chadwick Falls
Surrounded by thick forests. About 45 minutes walk from Summer Hill Chowk.
Sankat Mochan
On Shimla-Kalka road (NH-22) is famous "Lord Hanuman" temple. It commands an excellent view of Shimla town. The place can be visited by Bus/Taxi.
Tara Devi (11 Km)
On Shimla - Kalka road (NH-22) this holy place is accessible by Rail, bus and car. From the station/road-one can visit the temple either on foot or by taxi / jeep.
Get Shimla
Visit by Road - 375 Kms from Delhi,Well connected with Delhi
Visit by Air - Shimla Airport is 23 kms from the city and is served by Indian Airlines flights during the summer months.
Visit by Rail - The nearest mainline station for Shimla is at Kalka, 95 kms away. From here, there is a picturesque toy train upto Shimla four times daily.

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