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Shimla - The Popular Hill Station of India

Perfect destination for nature lovers and honeymoon couples

Shimla, a beautiful hill station located in the lower ranges of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, India, is the most popular tourist destination. It is situated at a height of 2,205 mt above the sea level.

Shimla is believed to have derived its name from "Goddess Shyamla", who is supposed to be an incarnation of Goddess Kali. This beautiful hill station was discovered by the British, and in 1864, Shimla was declared as the summer capital of British India. Because of its scenic beauty, Shimla is a perfect destination for the nature lovers and is also a popular honeymoon spot. During winters, the adventure lovers can enjoy trekking as the beautiful valley gets covered with snow.

Shimla also offers a wide variety of different experiences for the tourists. One can sit on the Ridge for hours looking at the great view of mountains; enjoy chatting and gossiping along with some snacks and yummy ice-creams. You can also enjoy horse riding on the Ridge. Visiting Ridge at night for a walk will also be a great experience. Tourists can spend a lot of time in shopping on the Mall road as Shimla provides a wide and unique range of shawls and other woolens, fruit juices and jams, artificial jewellery and handmade footwear. One can also spend quality time in the Lakkar Bazaar, shopping for handicrafts and wooden items, and eating at the roadside eateries.

Places of Interest

Below are the main places of attraction for tourists:

  • Christ Church

  • It is the second oldest church in Northern India located on 'The Ridge'.

  • Jakhoo Hill/Jakhoo Temple

  • Jakhoo hill is the highest hill which has an old temple with 108 feet (33 metre) statue of Lord Hanuman.

  • Kali Bari Temple

  • A temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali located near the mall.

  • Kufri

  • It is a winter sports centre located 16 kms from Shimla.

  • Lakkar Bazaar

  • A market famous for souvenirs and wooden-made craft items.

  • Naldehra

  • A nine-hole Golf Club located 22 kms from Shimla.

  • Sankat Mochan Temple

  • A Lord Hanuman temple.

  • Tara Devi

  • Tara Devi hill has a temple dedicated to the goddess of stars.

  • Tattapani

  • A hot sulphur spring that is believed to have medicinal value located 55 kms from Shimla.

  • The Mall Road

  • It is the main shopping street of Shimla.

  • The Ridge

  • The main attraction of Shimla to enjoy a walk and horse riding.

Below are the lesser known places of interest for tourists:

  • Annandale (Playground)

  • Chadwick Falls

  • Fruit Research Station

  • Mashobra

  • Shimla State Museum

  • Summer Hill

  • Wild Flower Hall

shimla in winter shimla

Best Time to visit Shimla

The best season to visit Shimla is from April to June; but if you want to see the beautiful snowfall, then you must go to Shimla in between December and February.

How to reach Shimla

The nearest airport is the Jubbarhatti airport, which is at a distance of 23 kms from Shimla. The nearest railway station is at Kalka, which is about 98 kms away from Shimla. Shimla also has its own railway station which is well connected to the Kalka railway station by The Himalayan Railway (Toy Train).

To see the other famous hill stations, visit Famous Hill Stations of India.

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