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The capital of Himachal Pradesh and former summer capital of British India, Shimla is the state’s most important center. Bulging at its seams with unprecedented expansion, Shimla retains a colonial aura, with its grand old buildings, among them the stately Viceregal Lodge, charming iron lampposts and Anglo-Saxon names. The Mall, packed with shops and eateries, is the center of attraction, and Scandal Point, associated with the former Maharaja of Patiala’s escapades, offers a view of distant snowclad peaks.

Shimla’s mood changes with the seasons, each having its own charm. Perhaps the best time of the year is autumn. When the days are warm and bright and the nights crisp and cool.

In spite of changes and considerable growth since independence, Shimla, perhaps more than any other place, still presents substantial evidence of an attempt by the sahibs to build an English town in India. Architectural style of buildings long forgotten are still evident here. Shimla, originally a small obscure village surrounded by splendid forests, is said to have been the abode of goddess Shamla. History records that in 1822, a young officer, Major Kennedy, built the first permanent residence in Shimla. By 1831, Shimla was already established as ‘the resort of the rich, the idle and the invalid’. In 1870, the Viceregal Lodge was built as the summer residence of the Viceroy of India, and since then there has been no looking back for the hill resort. The capital was even further established when, in 1904, the longest mountain train in India commenced its maiden Journey from Kalka to Shimla.

Lets Explore The Hill Station of Shimla - Sightseeing in Shimla:
The Mall: The Mall is the main promenade of Shimla, and it’s lifeline. The mall has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, Post Offices and tourist offices, as well as the Gaiety Theatre, designed by Henry Irwin, the architect who also designed the Viceregal Lodge. The Ridge and Scandal point are the two main meeting points at the Mall.

Jakhu Hill - 2 kms. from Shimla, at a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak and offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, is an old temple of Hanuman, which is also the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors.

Viceregal Lodge -
At one end of Shimla, on the Observatory Hills is located the Viceregal Lodge, the former residence of British Viceroy Lord Dufferin. It was here that several important decisions and announcements were made, that eventually affected the fate of the Indian sub-continent.

World Heritage Toy Train Kalka - Shimla – One of the many attractions of this region, is the World Heritage Toy Train that makes the 100 km journey from Kalka to Shimla in about 6 hours. On its journey, the train passes through 103 tunnels and across more than 800 bridges and viaducts, and is one of the most beautiful hill railways in India.

Where is Shimla?
By Air - Shimla does have its own airport, 26 kms from the city, which is connected to Delhi and Kullu by Turbo- prop aircraft. The nearby Chandigarh airport is, however, more handy as it is connected to all the major airports in India.

By Train - Kalka, the nearest main line rail station for Shimla, is connected to Delhi by Superfast Shatabdi Express trains. From Kalka to Shimla, there is a Himalayan train, also called a toy train, which covers the remaining 96 kilometers. The journey by train, which takes about six hours, crossing 103 tunnels is one of the finest ways of enjoying the scenic beauty.

By Road -Shimla is well connected by road to Kalka (100 kms), Chandigarh (120 kms) and Delhi (385 kms).

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