Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh in India and is also the largest city of this state. This city is surrounded by Mandi and Kullu. In 1864, it was also declared as the summer capital of British India. Not only this, it is also considered as the principal commercial, cultural and educational centre of the hilly areas of this state. Furthermore, it was the dense forests of Himalyas as well as the climate that attracted Britishers to this city. There are ample numbers of places to visit in Shimla, this beautiful city.
Places to visit in Shimla
While visiting to Shimla, you must visit The Ridge Road that is located in the heart of Shimla. Here, you will find all cultural activities of Shimla. Moreover, near this road, there is also a Mall Road. You can also visit snowdon, Mall Jakho Hill and many more beautiful places through this road. Here, you can also visit Lakkar Bazaar where you can purchase wooden crafts. Further, there are also some statues built on this road like of Mahatama Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and of Dr. Y.S. Parmar, who was the first chief minister of Himachal Pradesh.
However, you should also visit Christ Church of Shimla which is the second oldest church in North India after St. John’s Church in Meerut. The worship in this church is conducted in two languages, Hindi and English. This church has the design influenced by neo gothic style. It has five fine stained windows that are symbol of faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. Apart from these, the pipe organ of this church is the largest one in Indian subcontinent. For those who love to read, they can go through the collection of ancient scriptures kept in this church.
Jakhoo Temple is also one of the amazing place to visit in Shimla. This temple is dedicated to lord Hanuman. This temple is situated at the height of 8000 feet above the sea level. After visiting this temple, you will get a chance to have an outstanding view of Shivalik Range. You can visit this temple either by foot by a steep climb from the Ridge or by a horse. In this temple, you can easily find so many monkeys that are considered the symbol of lord Hanuman.
Apart from these, you can also visit Rashtrapati Niwas, Kalka Shimla Highway, Mall Road, IndiaN Institute of Advanced Study, Himalayan Bird Park, Scandal Point, Himachal State Museum, Sankat Mochan Temple, State Museum, Gorton Castle, Lift to Mall, Shimla Heritage Museum, Kamna devi Temple, Ram Mandir, Vaishnu devi temple, Baba Bhalku Rail Museum, The Army Heritage Museum, Hawa Ghar. Moreover, you can also visit Himalayan Bird Park, Prospect hill, Rani Jhansi Park, Daulat Singh Park, Jakhu Temple, Rivoli temple, Arki, Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary and Durga Temple.
If you want to visit Shimla, the best time to visit this beautiful place is from March to June. It is the most pleasant season for this place because the weather at this time is very nice and is ideal for many activities. For those who are interested for adventurous activities, they can do paragliding, trekking, camping as well as rafting in this city.