Shimla is called the Queen of Hills. It is one of India’s most spectacular hill stations. It is situated at 2,130 meters above sea level. In 1819, the British made it their camp due to its perfect weather. Shimla is named after its local Goddess Shyamala. Its green valleys, the beauty of its trees, pine, oak and deodar and its beautiful weather in summer always attracts the tourists.
The Mall is the most famous road in Shimla. 1 km from the bus stand is Hotel Combermayor near which one can get a lift car to go to the Mall Road. This is an economical way to get there. This lift service closes at 9.00 P.M. Tourists can come down using the steps.
Tourist Season: Although Shimla is beautiful all through the year, during winter due to landslides and snow, the roads get blocked and travelling becomes tedious. Hence the best time is from April to October. Light woollens in summer, and heavy woollens in winter would be the ideal clothing.
Places of Interest:
Gaiety Theatre: This theatre is one of the oldest theatres in the world. It is on the Mall Road. Famous plays are often staged here.
Himalayan Bird Park: Situated 1km from the Mall Road, in this park one finds rare birds. Models of some endangered species (animals and birds) are also found here.
Viceregal Lodge: This hall is the most beautiful building in Shimla. It houses some of the most ancient articles going back to the times of the British rule.
Jakhu Hill: This is Shimla’s highest Peak, situated 2km from the town. One can drink in the breathtaking view of Shimla from here. A Hanuman Temple is also found on this peak.
Chadwick falls: 7km from Shimla, this is an ideal picnic spot. At 1,586 meters above sea level, it is surrounded with waterfalls.
Summer Hill: Another picnic spot 4 kms. from Shimla,it is located at 1,851 Mts., above sea level. It has a beautiful temple of Goddess Taradevi.