to Shimla : 370 Kms
to Kufri : 15 Kms
Bagh to Shimla : 26 Kms
to Manali : 260 Kms
to Chail : 43 Kms
to Shimla : 117 Kms
to Parwanoo : 90 Kms
to Chandigarh : 320 Kms
British empire may have ceased to exist, but its echoes
linger on in Shimla (2130m). As the 'summer capital'
of the British in India.
was the country's focus for the better part of every year
and now, it is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh.
Today, its well developed facilities, easy accessibility
and numerous attractions make it one of India's most popular
hill resorts. Placed in the tower ranges of the Himalaya
mountains, it is surrounded by pine deodar, oak and rhododendron
forests. Towards the north lie the snow covered high-ranges,
while the valleys broad whispering streams and swaying
fields. Within the town are a host of splendid colonial
edifices,quaint cottages and charming walks. Shimla holds
a variety of shopping,sport and entertainment.
: This large open space in the heart of town presents
excellent views of the mountain ranges. Shimla's landmarks
the neo Gothic structure of Christ Church and the Neo
Tudor Library library building are here.
Falls, 67 m high : are only really worth visiting
during or just after the monsoons (July to October).
The falls are 7 km from Shimla and can be reached via
Bazaar : Popular for its wood crates and souvenirs,
this is just off the Ridge.
Hill/Temple - dedicated to the monkey god, Lord Hanuman
: At 2455 m,this is the town's highest peak
and a vantage point for Shimla's famous views. The summit
is crowned with a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
The hill is full of paths and narrow roads which are
Church & St. Michael's Cathedral : This
dressed - stone church with fine stained glass has a
cruciform design. It is located just off the Mall, below
the District Courts. This is the second oldest
church in northern India (the oldest is in Ambala),
Christ Church was build between 1846 and 1857. The church
is one of the Shimla's major landmarks and is renowned
for its stained glass windows. You can have a look inside
the church or attend English-language services every
Sunday morning during the tourist season.
Institute of Advanced Study : At 1983 m,this
magnificent English renaissance strudure was the former
Viceregal Lodge. Its lawns and woodland are added attractions.
Entry by ticket (nominal charge).A portion of the interior
is also open to the public, except on Sundays and holidays.
Glen : At 1830 m,this is a thickly wooded ravine
through which a stream flows. It is a popular picnic
: Surrounded by a thick deodar forest, this
large glade has an ancient temple on an edge.
Mochan (7 km) : This is a temple dedicated to
(16 km) : At 2501m, this is famous for its wide
views and skislopes. An enjoyable walk leads up to the
km): At 2510 m, Fagu has some enchanting views.
(45 km) : This was the former summer capital'
of the Patiala State. The palace is now run as a Luxury
hotel by Himachal Tourism.
(4 km) :
Approached either past the cemetery below St.Edward's
Schoot,or through Tutikandi, this village has splendid
examples of traditional Himachal architecture.
Hill and Kamna Devi(6 km) : At 2125 m and crowned
by a temple dedicated to Kamna Devi, the Hill offers spectacular
views of the area.
Falls (8 km) : At 1586 m,these rained falls are
approached through Summer hill.
Devi (11 km) : A thickly wooded hill whose peak
has a temple dedicated to Tara Devi.
(12 km) : At 2149m, this beautiful suburb is
surrounded by a thick forest. From here, a track leads
down to Sipur which is an exquisite glade shaded by ancient
deodar trees. There are old temples on a side and a fair
is held every April.
(22 km) : At 2044 m, this is a nine hole, golf
course. It was designed by the British Viceroy, Lord Curson
who was so enchanted by the place that he gave his daughter
Alexandra, 'Naldehra' as per second name.
(51 km) : At 656 m, there are hot sulphur springs
here. Himachal Tourism has a restaurant and a Tourist
Bungalow at Tattapani.
and fishing : There are numerous walks within
and close to Shimla And there are many soft to medium
treks that can use Shimla as the base. Some treks are
to the Shalipeak, to the Kullu valley over the Jalori
pass or the Bashleo pass, Shimla to Chail, Shimla to Junga
and Shimla to Tattapani. Angling for trout can be done
on the river Pabbar, near Rohru.
TO REACH SHIMLA?
well connected with New Delhi, the national capital and
other centres in UP, Haryana and Punjab by rail, road
you want to enjoy the green mountain slopes, covered with
fir, rhododendron, pine and the Himalayan Oak and traditional
homesteads nestling amount the foliage, do try cover your
journey by train
Queen is the best option for those travelling from Delhi.
At Kalka you change from broad to narrow gange and board
Toy Train" to
cover next 25 km to Shimla. So many options are available
from New Delhi Railway Station.
The Kalka-Shimla Railway built to connect, the summer capital of India in 1903 at an altitude of 2076 meters offers a panoramic feast to experience the grandeur of the picturesque Himalayas from the shivalik foot hills at Kalka to several important points such as Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Taradevi, Barog, Salogra, Summerhill, Shimla and beyond up to the silvery snow line near the towering peaks.
The 96.54 kilometer line, built on a 2 feet six inches gauge, was opened for traffic November 9, 1903.Because of the high capital and maintenance cost, coupled with peculiar working conditions, the Kalka - Shimla Railway was allowed to charge fares that were higher than the prevailing tariffs on other lines. However, even this was not good enough to sustain the company and the Government had to purchase it on January 1, 1906.
Spectacular scenery along the whole route, and the marvels of it's construction, keeps the traveler on this line spell bound. On leaving Kalka, 656 meters above sea level, the railway enters the foothills and immediately commences it's climb.
Kalka-Shimla-Railway runs through 102 tunnels, some of which have hoary tales to tell. For instance, the longest tunnel at Barog, named after the engineer in charge of construction, bears the blood of it's creator who apparently committed suicide after making a mistake in laying the alignment. This tunnel is 1143.61 meters long and remained the second longest tunnel on Indian Railways for a long time. It is a straight tunnel, passing through fissured sand stone.
Lying on NH
22, Shimla is well connected with a number of parts in
the area, both within and outside the state. Overall,
roads are good and enjoyable drive. Click
here for distances
BY AIR ||
Jubbarhatti Airport is about 25 km from the town.
Jagson Airlines and Indian Airlines are offering daily
flights to/from New Delhi.
the temperature can drop below freezing point when heavy
woollens are required. Summer temperatures are mild and
light woollens/cottons are recommended.
season : is mid - April to mid - July, mid - September
to late October and mid - December to mid - January. The
best time to visit is mid - September to late November.