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The Queen of Hills: Shimla | Tour Guide 2020 1

You must have seen Jab we met, one of the best movies yet. For sure you must’ve also wondered where those exquisite movie locations are that ignited the wanderlust in you.

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Well, the green valleys, snowcapped mountains and picturesque houses were nothing but glimpses of one of India’s most beautiful and famous tourist locations, Shimla.

Shimla, the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh is one of the remaining places in India that still emanates the beauty of European architecture and the livelihood that was developed during the British Raj.

No wonder, why this city was the summer capital during the colonial period, for it allows you to explore and unravel gems of nature. If you’re looking towards escaping sweaty summer mornings and instead wake up and bask the warmth of misty summer mornings, head over to Shimla, for an unforgettable experience.

How To Reach Shimla?

Railways:

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Shimla isn’t directly accessible through the rail route, hence one can reach Shimla by alighting at the nearest railway station Kalka, about 89 kilometres away from Shimla. From there one can take a taxi or the local bus to reach Shimla.

One can also alight at Chandigarh and reach Shimla by roadways, which is about a 3-hour drive.

Airways:

Chandigarh Airport (123.4 kilometres) and Delhi airport (350 kilometres) the nearest one near Shimla. One can easily find taxis or local buses from the airports to Shimla.

Best Places To Visit In Shimla:

Christ Church:

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The second oldest church in north India reflecting exquisite European culture, the Christ Church of Shimla is the perfect place to start your day with. A visit to church on misty Shimla mornings fills you with bliss and positivity.

Kufri:

As unique as its name, Kufri is the winter sports capital located 15 kilometres away from the main city of Shimla. Once a territory of Nepal, Kufri is a must-visit for photographers and adventure enthusiasts.

Spanning at the foothills of Himalayas, Kufri is the place where you can enjoy ice skating and skiing amidst chilly snow-covered slopes and picturesque mountains.

Kuthar Fort:

Amidst nature’s surprises, Shimla also offers a trip down the national history. The Kuthar fort, spanning in area of 52 sq. kilometres is surrounded by high rise pine trees and has freshwater springs, sprawling gardens and ancient temples within its complex.

Once the royal residence, Kuthar fort today is a Royal resort, offering its tourists a royal experience amidst the mighty Himalayan valley. Kuthar’s ancient Rajasthani architecture, impressive wood carvings and fine paintings leave you awe-inspired.

The Ridge:

The ridge is the main hub of all cultural activities in Shimla. located at the centre of the city, the ridge is a large open space that connects various famous tourist locations such as the scandal point, Jakhoo hill to name a few.

The edge is strategically very important to this British tourist town. it houses large reservoirs of water that serve as a lifeline for the people of Shimla.

Mall Road:

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A rejoice for shopaholics, Mall road in Shimla offers a treat to the tourists. From unique handicrafts to gorgeous woollen fabrics, from local sizzling cuisine to your favourite pizza all and everything is available at the mall road in Shimla.

Scandal point:

Scandal point, as opposed to its name, is a quiet peaceful tourist spot located at the Mall road in Shimla. The intersection between the mall road and the ridge is where the modern scandal point is located, which got its name after romantic folklore.

It is said, during the colonial period in 1892, the Maharaja of Patiala, fell in love with the viceroy’s daughter and eloped from this point back in 1892 and was banned from entering back. Hence the common intersection came to be famously known as scandal point.

Lakkar Bazaar:

Connected to the ridge, Lakkar Bazaar is a famous wooden handicraft market. This market is always buzzing with tourists trying to get a hand on the intricately carved local wooden items, that portray the beauty of the hands of a craftsman.

Gaiety heritage cultural complex:

Located at the mall road, it was designed by Henry Irwin and was opened for the general public on 30th May 1887. Exuding Victorian-style gothic architecture, this club is popular today for its impressive theatre performances. Grab a seat and end your day in Shimla with a mesmerizing theatre show.

Mashbora:

If you wish to escape the hustles of the city and experience peace and serenity Mashbora is the place for you. An ideal weekend destination, Mashbora allows you to dive into serenity and peace among nature’s wonders. Mashbora is one of the famous tourist destinations of Shimla. Resting at a height of 7700 feet, the place is devoid of commercialization and the perfect place to rejuvenate yourself.

Best Time To Visit Shimla:

The best time to visit Shimla for a summer getaway is from February- June.

For those who wish to enjoy snow November to February is the best time to visit to enjoy the beauty of majestic Himalayas.

Frequently Asked Questions About Shimla:

Q.Where is Shimla?

Ans. Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. It is located in the Middle Western range of Himalayas.

Q.What is Shimla famous for?

Ans. Shimla is famous for its picturesque beauty amidst the Himalayas, Victorian architecture and natural paradise serving as one of the most sought after hill stations in India.

Q.What is the best time to visit Shimla?

Ans. One can visit Shimla from February to June or between November to January.

Q.How many days are required to cover Shimla?

Ans. One can take a trip for about 3-5 days to witness each scenic beauty in Shimla.

Q.Where can I find a toy train in Shimla?

Ans. You can take a toy train trip from Kalka station to reach Shimla, which is one of the most beautiful railway journeys on earth.

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