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Blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes, it is a travellers paradise - lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, fast flowing rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower bedecked meadows, beautiful temples and monasteries steeped in time. May it be for relaxing, sightseeing, trekking, mountaineering, fishing, para-gliding, skiing, ice skating and golf, Himachal has it all.

Shimla's salubrious climate, easy accessibility and numerous attractions have made it one of the most popular hill stations in northern India. The splendid views of the snow-clad ranges of the Himalayas, fine walks through oak and flowering rhododendron, enchanting resorts within easy reach, golf at Naldehra and skiing at Kufri and Narkanda make Shimla an attractive destination throughout the year.

Shimla is perhaps the most picturesque town that you would come across on your tour of north India. During the British era, Shimla was the summer retreat and was renowned as the “Queen of the Hills”. The old world charm still comes to life here as it is dotted with a number of colonial buildings and churches that also accentuate the exquisiteness of this town. Besides, you will also encounter several tourist attractions in Shimla that are worth catching a glimpse.



 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. The Intriguing Architectural Grandeur The core of the Mall is a row of shops that take the approximate mid section of the road and traverse for about a kilometre and a half along is length. At one point of time, it was regarded to be as fashionable as the finest streets of London, Paris or St. Petersburg. Architecturally, this stretch is often likened to an English small town market place.


 This place is an open space in the heart of town and offers outstanding views of the distant mountain ranges. The two prominent landmarks of Shimla, the Neo-Gothic structure of Christ Church and the new Tudor Library building are the other attractions located here.

Christ Church: Shimla is dotted with a number of churches. The most attractive ones are the Christ Church and St. Michaels Cathedral. The Christ Church has a massive structure. St. Michaels Cathedral, built in 1850 was the first Catholic church of Shimla. It is the only one boasting of five marble altars, all brought from Italy.  There are also statues of sacred hearts of Jesus, immaculate heart of Mary, St Theresa. A marble statue of Christ on the outer wall attracts visitors by its sheer beauty

VICEREGAL LODGE: This magnificent English renaissance structure was the former Viceregal lodge.  Gothic splendor of the Viceregal Lodge now houses  the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, India's premier academy for higher research.  Also famous as “Rashtrapati Niwas”, it is a spectacular building located on the Observatory Hills and was formerly the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin. Its construction was accomplished in the year 1888 and every brick for the building was carried by mules according to the sources. The massive six-story building is surrounded by well manicured gardens and lawns

HIMACHAL STATE MUSEUM: Very close to the Institute, in a colonial building set in spacious lawns, is the museum. It has collections of Pahariminiatures, stone sculpture, local handicrafts, textiles and embroidery.

SUMMER HILL: It is a scenic spot located near Shimla at an altitude of 1,283 meters and is much visited by the tourists. The legendary Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi during his sojourn in Shimla spent some time in the elegant Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur located here.

PROSPECT HILL: A 15 minute climb from Boileauganj, Prospect Hill is another favorite walk and vantage point with breath taking views. There is a little temple to Kamna Devi on the top of the hill.

WILD FLOWER HALL: Wild flower hall is situated at a distance of 13 Kilometers from Shimla at an altitude of 2,498 mts. on Hindustan – Tibet Road. Nestling among thick flora and fauna, the Wild Flower Hall commands a breath taking views of snow caddied mountains.  

MASHOBRA : Noted for its apple orchards and thick woods of oak and pine. Mashobra is a sylvan retreat with pretty walks and picnic spots. A little track leads down to Sipur a grassy glade with a stream wandering through it. Excursions are possible to Shali Peak - the highest point in the area or to Craignano with its elegant guest house set in a delightful flower-filled garden.

FAGU:  Just 6 km from Kufri, Fagu is a vantage point with panoramic views of the ranges and valleys. Picturesquely located amid forests and orchards, Fagu has a rest house and tourist bungalow overlooking the Giri Valley.

KUFRI : Kufri is a noted summer and winter resort with its glorious views of forested slopes and tall ranges iced in a covering of perpetual snow. A fine ski resort, Kufri has a winter season that extends from January to March. A sparkling winter sports festival is held each year in February.

NALDEHRA: The scenic, nine hole golf course with its sparingly turf and crown of deodar was laid out at the instance of the Viceroy, Lord Curzon. So enamored was he by the beauty of the spot, that he named his youngest daughter Alexandra Naldera. This is a par 68 nine hole golf course which is regarded as one of the most challenging in the country.

TATTAPANI: Tattapani is just 28 km from Naldehra, along a road winding through the scenic country side. The hot sulphur springs here, are famous for their invigorating and curative powers.
CRAIGNANO : By road on Shimla-Naldhera road, Ideal picnic spot with lawns and garden.

NARKANDA : A hill road with superb views links Narkanda with Shimla. Located amidst fragrant pine forests Narkanda is a ski resort in winter. It has a choice of slopes ranging from a beginners run and a slalom slope, to sharper descents for the experienced skier.

HATTU PEAK: Rising above forests of spruce, the Hattu Peak is a vantage point with spectacular views.  The pretty orchard country of Thanedar and Kotgarh - beautiful in spring - are not far away. Khadrala and Beghi with their dense forests and Kumarsain with an interesting wooden palace are also within easy reach of Narkanda.

CHAIL: Situated at 45 kilometers from Shimla, Chail  is a lush green setting and was the former capital of the Patiala State. It has the world’s highest cricket ground at a height of 7220 feet situated in the cantonment area , as such, is out of bounds to civilians. There is a wildlife sanctuary at a distance of 3 km from here. It is one of the few notified regions in the state where humans and wild beasts live side by side. The Palace of Maharaja Of Patiala has been converted into the popular Palace Hotel. Chail is for leisurely walks in summer and autumn, and fun in the snow in winters.

CINEMA HALLS: Shimla has three cinema halls. These are old ones and have limited seating capacity. Ritz being the best in ambience. 

  • Rivoli Theatre :Located near Ice skating Rink, Lakkar Bazaar 

  • Ritz Theatre : located at the ridge behind Christ Church and

  • Shahi Theatre Located near Bus Stand

GAIETY THEATRE : Gaiety Theatre is a prehistoric building in Shimla located on the mall road.  It is one of the major attractions of Shimla. It has been renovated recently to make it more attractive. Many movies have been shot in the old theatre (like Gadar) and it is witness to some of the finest stage plays of its time.  Many popular film personalities have performed on its stage. Attached to the theatre is a club known as Amateur Dramatic Club (ADC) meant exclusively for members. Various shows and events are organized here from time to time. Schools in Shimla also use this theater for performing arts.

Shimla Town
Panoromic view of Shimla
Strolling on the mall shimla
the ridge
surroundings of deepjyoti
NALDEHRA golf course
enjoying in snow
sun set on mountains

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