Shimla, once the summer capital of the British Empire, still holds the same charm for tourists as it did for the British. Located at an elevation of 2,100 to 2,300m, it is stretched over a series of seven hills and had its beginnings in the Gurkha Wars which ended in 1815-16.
For most people today, however, the allure of this city lies in its salubrious weather, colonial architecture and the Mall, which is a haven for pedestrian shoppers, among other things. If you are planning a Shimla trip or finding Shimla Family Holiday Tour Packages anytime soon, we bring you a short and useful travel guide to Shimla that promises to make your trip to Shimla all the more exciting.
Where is Shimla located?
Shimla is the capital as well as the largest city of Himachal Pradesh and is located at an altitude of almost 2,300m.
What are the places to visit in Shimla?
With its scenic landscape, colonial history and local culture, Shimla offers numerous options for those looking to have a great time during their Shimla holiday. Here are some of the most famous attractions in Shimla.
1.The Mall and Ridge
The Mall Road is one of the most famous spots for hanging out in Shimla, and one of the best places to visit during your Delhi to Shimla family holiday. Most of its social life revolves here. Dotted with shops, bars, post offices, shops, banks and restaurants, you can simply enjoy a stroll, enjoy a cup of coffee and munch on snacks at one of the restaurants, or you could simply observe everyday life at leisure. Situated adjacent to the Mall Road is The Ridge which is basically an enormous space providing impressive views of the mountain ranges.
Located about 2km from the city center, Jakhoo Temple is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Shimla. It’s definitely one of the places which you should visit with Shimla travel packages. Being one of the highest points of Shimla, you can enjoy outstanding views of the nearby surroundings. There is also a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman which houses an idol measuring almost 108ft. The temple is associated with a major episode from the epic Ramayana. According to that legend, it was here that Lord Hanuman made a stop while searching for the miraculous “sanjivani” plant.
There are many places where you can explore the colonial past of Shimla. One of them is Christ Church, believed to be the second oldest church in North India. Built in the neo-Gothic style of architecture, it is definitely one of the places you should visit with Shimla tour packages. With its spires and stained glass windows, the church certainly evokes admiration from onlookers and reminds everybody of her history and heritage.
Another building reminding visitors of Shimla’s colonial past is the Viceregal Lodge. It was designed by the renowned architect Henry Irwin and was the residence of the British viceroy of India. It is an incredible example of Jacobean architecture and consists of Tudor-style arches and exquisite brick detailing on parapets, pillars and porches. Viceregal Lodge also witnessed the signing of the historic Shimla Agreement.
It is places like Naldehra that make Shimla Tourism so attractive and successful with tourists. Located about 22 km from Shimla, it is home to the oldest golf course in the country. The golf course was developed under the supervision of Lord Curzon and is located at an altitude of almost 2,220m. The fabulous lush scenery at the gold course is admirable and quite beautiful. Naldehra also hosts several golfing competitions.
It would be a mistake to come to Shimla and not visit Chail, located at a distance of about 44km. Once a summer capital of the former princely state of Patiala, it is home to the world’s highest cricket and polo ground. While that is certainly admirable, there are more reasons to visit Chail with Delhi to Shimla tour packages. You can just enjoy the calmness in the surroundings, enjoy a leisurely stroll and visit the wildlife sanctuary which boasts an impressive variety of fauna.
7. Take a ride on Kalka-Shimla Railway
How can a list describing the “famous places to see in Shimla” not include the Kalka-Shimla Railway? After all, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and takes you through the picturesque beauty of this region.
Built-in 1898 to connect Shimla with the rest of Indian railway station, it slowly traverses its way through the wooded forests, bridges, and tunnels. The Kalka-Shimla Railway also featured in one of the episodes of “Indian Hill Railways” on BBC Four.
What are the local delicacies of Shimla?
Although you will find the usual North Indian delicacies in the various restaurants and hotels in Shimla, as far as local delicacies are concerned, you should try the “Guchhi Matar” and “Dham”. Of these, Guchhi Matar is a spicy combination of peas and mushrooms while Dham is a mixture of various ingredients like dal, rice, and rajma. However, if you are in the mood for some Tibetan and Chinese cuisines, then eateries like Aunty ka Dhaba and China Town are your best bet.
How to reach Shimla?
The nearest airport to Shimla is Chandigarh which lies at a distance of almost 115km.
One of the best and exciting ways to reach Shimla is taking a ride on the Kalka-Shimla railway. Kalka is well-connected through various trains from Chandigarh and Delhi.
One can also reach Shimla by road. While Delhi is located at a distance of almost 340km from Shimla, Chandigarh is almost 115km away.
We hope you found this short and useful travel guide to Shimla to be an interesting one. Plan a trip to Shimla with YOHO Travels and explore all these amazing attractions with incredible Shimla travel packages.