Shimla will definitely be at the top of this list if one wishes to prepare a list of the most popular and visited tourist destinations in our country. For almost two centuries, this small hill town has been the preferred one. In the early 1800s, Britons arrived here and liked the place so much that in 1864 they declared it a summer capital. They even went all the way to Shimla to build a railway.
While the British have left long ago, Shimla remains the same. Even a century ago, the beauty of this place is still attracting thousands of tourists from all parts of the country every year.
I Will give you some tips on how to plan a trip to Shimla in this article when you too think of visiting Shimla in the near future. The last time you plan your trip will depend, of course, on several factors, like how you travel; how many days you’re in hand; the time of your trip, but I’ve added a few things in this article that will remain unchanged.
The capital and largest town in the Himachal State of Pradesh is Shimla, also known as Simla. It is named after Shyamala Mata, a divine Kali embodiment. Next to the Ridge there is a temple dedicated to the Goddess and called the temple of Kali Bari.
The town is at 2,276 meters and has been called the “queen of mountains.” The town is at 7,467 ft. It was the summer capital of British India before independence. After independence, the capital of Punjab was made, and then after the state came into existence, the capital of Himachal Pradesh.
Reasons for Shimla visit
But for thousands of people, Shimla is the desired destination because it is ideal for every kind of holiday. The town is a lovely retreat for a large number of people, from honeymooners, adventure-seekers, and families. Countless filmmakers and cinematographers were attracted by the beautiful hill station. This British summer capital, through its spectacular churches and historic centers, as Christ Church, the Indian Institute for Advanced Studies, and more, retains its colonial charm.
The road is very well connected so it is no problem to get here. You never go too far and Shimla’s famous market is perfect for a shopping evening. Every modern facility, including good hospitals, is available in the event of a medical emergency. Shimla works with all cellular telephone networks so that you stay connected to family and friends.
How to Reach Shimla
The easiest part of your holiday here will really be Shimla. The city is very well connected and depending on your preferences you can reach it by road, air or train.
How to get to Shimla
First, let us see how Shimla can be reached if you’re driving with your own car or motorcycle. I’ll assume that you’ve been from Delhi for purposes of explaining the route. Although you came from another city, it can only change the trip to Chandigarh. The remaining details remain valid.
Depending on your speed and breaks, the total travel time is about 7-8 hours. From Delhi to Chandigarh, you will follow NH1. However, don’t enter the town. Take a right on the Himalayan Expressway just before Chandigarh. Take the highway up to Shimla.
All this road is in good shape all year round. Between Kalka and Shimla, there are some works of increased roads that can make traffic slow. Upon completion of this work, Shimla’s entire road is a four-lane highway.
What’s to See in Shimla
Shimla has a long list of places to visit. You can stay here for days and not all of that is done yet. Some places in the town are right, while others like Kufri are a little far away. You might even visit settings such as Narkand and Thanedar, just as beautiful and even quieter than the main city when you drive a little further.
In another article, the full list of tourist attractions in Shimla and its surroundings, I covered sightseeing, which I will urge you to see. In this one page, adding all these details would have made this article infinite.
Shimla to see places
To summarise briefly, however, below are some of the best places to visit while you travel.
Mall Road: The Mall or “Mall Road” are the main shopping roads. Here it is more or less the focus of all activity and the lifeline of the city. Cafes, restaurants, and social restaurants on Mall Road, both local and tourist, are particularly popular.
Christ’s Church: It is Northern India’s second-oldest church dating from 1857. It is located on the Ridge and is one of Shimla’s main landmarks and a beautiful show of the neo-gothic.
Place of Scandal: This is known as the Patiala Maharaja eloped with the British Viceroy’s daughter. It was the highest order scandal at the time.
Hill Jakhu: the highest peak in Shimla at an altitude of 8,000 ft, with a beautiful view over the surrounding valley.
Shimla State Museum: Plenty of ancient artifacts showing Himachal Pradesh’s cultural wealth
Lord Hanuman Statue on Jakhu Hill: this statue is 108 feet high and stands 8,500 ft high above sea level.
Viceregal Lodge: Built by British architect Henry Irwin in 1888, this lodge has served as the British Viceroy of India residence.
Castle Rothney: Castle Rothney was home to the British civil servant Allan Octavian Hume who established Congress in 1885