Shimla - Truly, A Magnificient Winter Destination Of India

The British empire in India might not exist now, but its echoes can still be heard in Shimla located at an altitude of 2130 m above sea level. As the summer capital of the British in India, it was one if the prime focus of British Government at that time. Today, its well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of India's most popular hill resorts. Surrounded by pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron forests in the Himalayan region, it offer a perfect destination for tourist. One can witness splendid colonial edifices, quaint cottages with a variety of shopping, sport and entertainment spots. Truly a magnificent winter destination of India.

Travel Information

The airport is at Jubbarhatti, 23 km away. Shimla is connected to Kalka by an enhancing narrow gauge railway line - where even a quiant rail-car plys. By road, Chandigarh is 117 km, Manali is 219 km, Chail is 45 km and Delhi is at a distance of 370 km. From Delhi, the driving time is about eight hours. From Delhi, Manali and Chandigarh, luxury coaches and taxis ply to Shimla.


In winter, the temperature can drop below freezing point when heavy woollens are required. Summer temperatures are mild and light woollens/cottons are recommended.

Attractions In And Around Shimla

The Ridge : This large open space in the heart of town presents excellent views of the mountain ranges.

Lakkar Bazaar : Popular for its wood crafts and souvenirs, this is just off the Ridge.

Jakhu Hanuman Temple: No visit to the state capital Shimla is complete without visiting Jakhu Hill. This hill looms over Shimla town and is the geographical nucleus. the Hanuman temple at the top of Jakhu hill is the highest point in town. The steep climb is rewarding for the fine views it offers over the surrounding valleys, out to the snow capped peaks and over Shimla it self. the temple is only 2 km from the Ridge but it could be an hour walk for a person not used to mountain climbing. the temple is one of the most favored spots for tourists apart from pilgrims. There are many monkeys around the temple, but surprisingly they don't attack people. Pilgrims offer them eatables which they readily accept. The approach to the temple is through a dense forest of deodars, though many find the climb tiresome. Ponies are available for a to and fro ride to the temple.

St. Micheal's Cathedral : This dressed - stone church with fine stained glass has a cruciform design. It is located just off the Mall, below the District Courts.

The Glen : At 1830 m, this is a thickly wooded ravine through which a stream flows. It is a popular picnic spot.

Annandale : Surrounded by a thick deodar forest this large glade has an ancient temple on an edge.

Bhargaon : Approached either past the cemetery below St. Edward's School, or through

Tutikandi: this village have splendid examples of traditional Himachal architecture.

1 comment:

  1. Nice blog..!! Shimla is the awesome place to travel in India and one of the famous tourist hill station all over the world.