Shimla: The Summer paradise
It’s Summer and the perfect destination for cool and comfort is Shimla.
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Exquisiteness and Shimla are synonymous. The awesome city on hills showcases its natural splendor in such a manner that one gets hooked to its charm coming here.
Encircled by hills this tranquil, panoramic and wonderful hill station of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla has always remained as the most sought after tourist destination in India and abroad.
The snow capped hills while enhance the vivacity of the place, the art galleries, museums and religious sites add to its grandeur. Truly, the erstwhile summer capital of India prior to independence, set up by the colonial rule, is called as the ‘paradise’ on earth.
The picture perfect hill station amidst the lofty snow-clad Himalayan ranges, surrounded by lakes and lush green pastures appear as an artist’s impression.
Shimla is one of the few hill stations in India which can be toured round the year for its salubrious climate.
Its summers are enjoyable as warm with cool and pleasant evenings; on the other hand winters are bone chilling with mercury often dipping down zero. But this is how Shimla rocks for the visitors.
Boarding at Shimla is just not another itinerary on tourist calendar but it’s a phenomenon which can be cherished throughout the life. Shimla derives its name from “Goddess Shyamla”, who is supposed to be an avatar of Goddess Kali. The British, who discovered the hill station, were so fascinated by its abounding pristine natural bounty that they declared the place as the summer capital of India.
Christ church, the second oldest church in north India, in the city is a most preferred site for the visitors. The design and beauty of the holy edifice has five glass windows which fascinate visitors to have a glimpse of these. These windows are supposed to represent different virtues of Christianity including faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility.
The Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, designed by renowned architect Henry Irwin in Gothic Victorian style, is another point of attraction for the visitors. It comprises of a City Museum, amphitheatre, multipurpose theater and conference hall. The centre of attraction of the Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is Victorian theater where well-known artists like Rudyard Kipling, Prithvi Raj Kapoor and Baten Powel have performed. The Jakhu temple, where 108 feet Lord Hanuman statue stands tall, attracts religious aficionados and is famous destination in the city. The Tara Devi temple settled on lush green hill, one kilometer away from the city, is also hugely thronged by the tourists. Goddess Tara is considered as one of the nine sisters of Devi Durga.
The Viceregal Lodge, commonly known as Rastapati Bhawan , settled on the picturesque observatory hill of Shimla , is another attraction of the town for its spectacular architecture, exquisitely designed in Jacobean styles and English styles depicting renaissance revival.
The 18-hole Naldehra Golf course in Shimla is one of the oldest golf courses in India, best-known for charming beauty, has a design akin to Scottish links courses. The followers of game make beeline for the golf course round the year. The Chadwick waterfall where water gushes down from a height up to 1587m is also a hot destination in Shimla.
Apart from these natural beauties, Shimla is also regarded as a shopper’s paradise for those who have thirst of shopping. With number of awe-inspiring departmental stores, shops and showrooms the mall road at Shimla, considered as the heart of the city, displays the vivacious culture of urban life.
How to Reach:
By Air: Nearest airport to Shimla is at Jubberhatti, 26 km from Shimla. It has connecting flights to Delhi and Kullu. The nearby Chandigarh airport is, however, more handy as it is connected to all the major airports in India.
By Train: Shimla is connected by a broad gauge line up to Kalka. From Kalka to Shimla, a narrow gauge line covers 96 kilometers, of track. The journey by train, which takes about six hours, crossing 103 tunnels is one of the finest ways of enjoying the scenic beauty.
By Road: Shimla is well connected by road with Kalka, Chandigarh, Ambala, Delhi, Dehradun, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Jammu and other towns of Punjab and Haryana.