The Located at an altitude of 2159 m above sea level, its a beautiful hill station of the north Indian state Himachal Pradesh. Its salubrious climate and picture perfect surroundings make it one of the best place to spend a splendid summer holiday. Its first slowing rivers, lush green mountain, monasteries, temples, mountain lakes, snow clad mountain peaks are the prime attractions for tourists. The city derives its name from the goddess “Shayamla Devi” another form of Goddess Kali. It was also the Summer Capital of British India.
Climate of Shimla :
Shimla experience a pleasant climate throughout the year. Summers here lats from April to June with temperatures varies between 28 and 15 degrees C. In winters(November-February), its maximum temperature is recorded around 8 degrees C and the minimum temperature is 0 degree or even low. In the month of December, Shimla experiences heavy snowfall. Its monsoon months lasts from July to September and the city receives an average annual rainfall of 166 cms. The most ideal time to visit the hill station is between April to July and from mid September to the end of October.
Tourist Attractions in Shimla :
The Ridge - The ridge is one of the most popular hangout zone in Shimla. The wonderful backdrop of the snowcapped peaks makes it an attractive place for weekend holidays for the locals.
Lakkada Bazaar - The Mall is the major shopping area for Shimla having numerous shops and restaurants selling woolen garments, shawls, handicraft items. It is also an ideal place to buy items like wooden items, key chains, jewellery box and many more which make wonderful souvenir.
St. Michael's Cathedral - Built during the late 19th century, this yellow painted Christ Church is one of the oldest churches in North India.
Tudor Library - Located near the church, this library was established in 1910 and has a good collection of historical books and major old English language dailies.
State Museum - It has a rich collection of traditional and contemporary art including miniature paintings, costumes, jewellery, stone sculpture etc. Some part of the museum is devoted to Mahatma Gandhi, who had spent some time here in Shimla. It displays pictorial and literary representation of Gandhi and his meetings with British rulers.
Taptapani - This natural hot spring is situated on the banks of the River Sutlej. It has religious importance and invites pilgrims to take a holy bath in its hot water. The water also known for its medicinal qualities.
Accommodation in Shimla :
The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla has got some excellent hotels and resorts ranging from luxury to budget class to cater its tourist needs. These offer some of the finest options for accommodation with all kinds of modern facilities. Some of the major hotels in Shimla are : The Cecil, The Destination, Radisson Jass Hotel, Woodville Palace, Hotel Himdev, Shimla British Resort and many more.
Getting to Shimla :
By Air - Jubbarhatti Airport (23km) is the nearest one and has direct flights to Delhi.
By Rail - Shimla is connected by a narrow gauge railway line on which the popular Toy Train runs from Kalka to Shimla. From Kalka one can take trains to other parts of India. The Toy Train offers a pleasant journey through the picturesque valleys.
By Road - A good road network links the city with other major cities and towns of the state Himachal Pradesh and also the
neighboring states. There are direct services available from Delhi and Chandigarh.