Snow clad magnificent Himalayas, cascading fresh greenery and roaring waterfalls are some of the highlights of surreal Shimla. With torrid climate simmering the country, this time Shimla is the most sort out destination by many. It was also the summer capital for British. With tourist beingthe common sight, Shimla has no dearth of lodges, hotels and motels . From 5 star, 4 star to 3 star hotels one can find an abode to crash post a long day.
Shimla is a place where places to visit are numerous these are just highlights. But once you visit this place you will not only be captivated by the beauty but would be astonished with the treasure trove of nature that this place holds. Hence, it commands your visit, this summer get out of your house and hit this dream-like destination-Shimla.
Let us list out for you the famous and breath-taking places around the queen of hill stations-Shimla.
Jakhoo Hills: The highest peak of the hill station, located at an altitude of 8500 feet above the sea level. This place is visited not only for awesome view of stunning Himalayas. But also by pilgrims. There is an ancient Jakhoo Temple, where a mammoth deity of Lord Hanuman, the chief deity of the city, is worshipped.
The Ridge: This place is the centre point of the city giving you an astonishing view of the mountain peaks around. It is a wide space that runs from east to west along the famous Mall Road. The Scandal Point on the west is another tourist attraction.
Summer Hill: Situated at the height of 1283 meters above the sea level, this hill is also called Potter’s Hill. In the past potters use to come here and collect the clay to make pots. This hill is a part of the cluster of seven hills. Hence, you are sure to witness spectacular view of the valley.
The Shimla State Museum: Built in the year 1974, in order to preserve the cultural richness and manifest fascinating past of the city. It is located at Mount Pleasant. The colonial style building amidst well manicured lawns is a beautiful sight. The collection here is awe-inspiring and eclectic, includes sculptures, paintings, handicrafts and coins.
Daranghati Sanctuary: A must spot in Shimla, it was a hunting reserve for the royals butdue to its rich wildlife it was recognised as sanctuary in 1962. It is 150 kms from Shimla and is spread across 167.40 kms.
Annadale: The only golf course and heli-pad of Shimla, Annadale was once upon a time the playground of British. It is one of the star attractions of Shimla and is located 4 kms away from The Ridge.
Chadwick Falls: Surrounded by dense forest, pine and deodar trees fenced around, it is a place where you are sure to be enchanted. It is 7 kms from Shimla and is falling from the altitude of 1586meters. If you are at Summer Hills, Chadwick falls are 45 minute walk away.
The Shimla airport offers connectivity with both Delhi and Kullu. Also, 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. Chandigarh also well connected with Delhi by many domestic flights, and
A network of efficient and well-maintained roads and National Highway 22 links the town with Chandigarh. Chandigarh is well connected to New Delhi by road.
Indian Railway makes reaching Shimla extremely convenient. Kalka is the nearest major railhead which is connected with Shimla on the narrow gauge. The city boasts of three railway stationsincluding the ones at Summer Hill and Totu (Jutogh) respectively.
As it is beautiful throughout the year, Shimla can be visited throughout the year. July and August are to be avoided though, owing to monsoons. Summers are cool and pleasant. Winters, on the other hand, are an adventurer’s delight.