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Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and a beautiful hill station in north India. Every year a number of tourists from across the country and outside tour Shimla. The hill station teems with tourists during summer when people head towards Shimla to escape from heat of the plains. The word 'Shimla' is derived from 'Shyamala', which is the other name of Goddess Kali. Shimla is easily accessible by air, rail and road transport. The toy train that chugs between Kalka and Shimla is a wonderful mode of transport to reach Shimla. The train runs on a track that was laid back in 1924, passing through various scenic spots and crossing 105 tunnels.
Shimla dons a different look at different times of the year. Spring colors the hill station with different hues of red, white, blue, green as flowers bloom. In winter, Shimla wraps a white seat of snow. No matter, which part of the year you tour Shimla on your luxury Shimla travel, the hill station welcomes you with open arms.
Places to See :
The Mall : Christ Church & St. Michael's CathedralThis is the main shopping centre of Shimla with restaurants. The Gaiety Theatre, which is a reproduction of an old British theatre is a center of cultural activities. A passenger lift of HPTDC can be taken from the Cart Road and the Mall. Lakkar Bazaar adjacent to the Ridge is popular for its wood-crafts and souvenirs.
Christ Church & St. Michael's Cathedral : Built in 1846-1857, Christ Church is the second oldest church of Northern India. The Church overlooks the ridge and is one of the landmarks of Shimla. Shimla's other important churches is St. Michael's Cathedral and Roman Catholic Cathedral, which is just off the Mall.
Prospect Hill :Crowned by a temple dedicated to Kamna Devi 15-minutes walk from Boileauganj on Shimla-Bilaspur road. The hill is situated at an altitude of 2,155m offers a spectacular view of the area.
The Ridge : The large open space in the heart of town presents excellent view of the mountain ranges. Shimla's landmarks - the Neo-Gothic structure of Christ Church and the new - Tudor Library building is worth seeing.
Jakhu Temple : Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, this temple is at an altitude of 2,455m near the highest point of Shimla ridge. It offers a fine view over the surrounding valleys, out to the snowcapped peaks, and over the town itself. The temple is a 45-minute walk from the Mall. Jakhu is a vantage point for witnessing the changing skyline as the sun rises or sets.
Chadwick Falls : Surrounded by thick forests, one can reach these falls by taking about 45-minutes (7-km) walk from Summer Hill Chowk.
Summer Hill : At an altitude of 1,283m, Summer Hill is a picturesque spot on Shimla-Kalka Railway line offering shady walks in quiet surroundings. The Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi during his visit to Shimla lived in the elegant Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur located here. Himachal Pradesh University is also situated over here.
How to Reach :
Air :The Jubbarhatti airport is 23-km from Shimla and major domestic airlines cater their services from here to Shimla. One can catch direct flights from Delhi.
Rail : Shimla has a narrow gauge railway line on which Toy Train runs from Kalka to Shimla. The train cruises its way through valleys and beautiful landscapes at a very slow pace making the journey very pleasant. From Kalka one can take trains to other parts of India too. The Toy train from Shimla is of two types - one is the normal multi coach train and the other is the single car train, which has a glass roof giving an enthralling experience during the journey.
Road : Roads connect Shimla with other places in Himachal as well as other major towns and cities of the neighbouring states. There is regular bus service from Delhi and Chandigarh as well as ordinary; semi deluxe, deluxe and AC coaches for Shimla are available too. One can also cross over to Leh and Ladakh via Rohtang Pass from here.