I have visited most of the hill stations in India and find Shimla most fascinating amongst all.Shimla is the capital city of the state Himachal Pradesh.Situated in the lap of Great Himalyan Range Shimla was once ‘summer capital’ of India during British rule.It is located at a height of about 2200 mts. and draws lakhs of tourists from all over the world.The pine and oak covered mountains,water falls,temples and excellent panormic view makes this place a worth place to see.
When to visit- The excellent time to visit is between months of April and July.Most of the visitors from within the country visit durig these months as these are the peak summer months in India.Semptember to november is another good time to visit.During months of December to February the temperature may fall below the freezing point and heavy snowfall occurs.So,it is advisable to avoid travelling here during these months.
How to reach- Shimla is well connected with rest part of countries through road ,railways and by air.You can hire a taxi from from Delhi or Chandigarh or alternatively you may go through bus.By far I find railway as the most suitable and convenient means to travel.During my past visit to Shimla I travelled by ‘toy train’from Kalka to Shimla.And believe me it was the most fabulous journey I have ever undertaken.Kalka is 90 kms. from Shimla and travelling through mountains,pines and oaks by a ‘toy train’ was an absolute pleasure.The views were just fantastic.
Places to visit in and around Shimla-At present I am just giving you the list of places to be seen in Shimla.In my forthcoming Articles I will go in detail of each and every place.Here is the list-
5)Jakhoo hill and temple
6)Indian institute of advanced study
7)Christ Church and St.Michaels Cathedral
10)Prospect hill and temple of Kamna Devi
11)Temple of Tara Devi