Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
About Shimla, India
Shimla is all weather famous hill station in North India. It is capital and largest city of Northern State Himachal Pradesh. However in 1864 it was declared as summer capital of British India. After independence in 1947, the city became the capital of Punjab and after that it became the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Now it’s main commercial, cultural and educational center of the state.
Firstly, It still has narrow gauge Kalka-Shimla railway route.The Himachal Pradesh government in 2007 declared the railway a heritage property. And after that as on 8 July 2008, it became part of the mountain railways of India World Heritage Site by UNESCO. And secondly, it also known for wooden toys and handicrafts market. Thirdly, and most importantly, Shimla has many tourist attraction place for family, friends and honeymoon couples.
Attractions in Shimla
This is to say that this Temple is an ancient temple at its highest peak, named Jakhu Hill. Jahku Temple dedicated to Hindu Deity Lord Hanuman Ji. Can access this temple by foot (starting from The Ridge) and Taxi.
As per ancient history, according to Ramayana, Hanuman ji stopped at this place while searching for Sanjivani Booti for Lakshmana.
A 108 feet high idol of Lord Hanuman ji was placed at Jakhu Hill as on 05 Nevember 2010. The cost of construction of idol was approx. Rs 1.5 crores.
Kalka – Shimla Railway
The Kalka–Shimla railway is a 2 ft 6” narrow-gauge railway track, travel in mountain route with scenic views of pine covered hill tops, flora and fauna and beautiful valley and mountains in North India from Kalka to Shimla.
This railway route was built by Herbert Septimus Harington during 1898 and 1903 for connecting to Shimla with rest of India by rail route.
On 8 July 2008, UNESCO declared the Kalka–Shimla railway to the World Heritage Site of India.
Time taken by toy train from Kalka to Shimla is 5-6 hours and it is 96 km long (approx..) route and pass 103 tunnels, including the longest tunnel of Barog will take around 3 minute to pass it.
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Mall Road is the main street of capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is a level below road of The Ridge. Constructed during British Rule. All the main Govt offices e.g Municipal Corporation, Police Headquarter and Fire Services etc are located here after that vehicle expect emergency services are not allowed here.
Mall Road is one of most popular tourist place in Shimla, it has many showrooms, shops, cafe and restaurant etc. People can walk with their friends and family up and down and enjoy scenic view of Himalayan range during shopping and sipping their coffee, tea and cold drink.
The Ridge road is wide open street and situated in heart of British Capital of Summer – Shimla. Its along and level up road of Mall Road. All cultural and other major activities happen at this place. It is social hub of the city.
The Ridge has spectacular view of snow capped mountain ranges in Winter with connecting huge sky. It runs from east to west along with Mall road and connect it to the Lakkar bazar at East end and famous Scandal Point on west end.
This Church is 2nd oldest church in North India after St John’s Church in Merrut, Uttar Pradesh, India. It’s located at The Ridge Road. It has become an important landmark in city.
The foundation stone of this church was laid as on 09 September 1844. Built in Neo-Gothic style of architecture, it took approx. 13 years to build.
The church is painted with light yellow colour and stands at the east end of the main street that is called The Ridge along with Tudor Library.
Kali Bari Temple
The famous Kalibari Temple, Shimla is dedicate to Goddess Kali, is also known as Shyamala. The name Shimla derive from Goddess Shyamala. This majestic temple built in the year of 1845.
Above all, most importantly this religious spot is very famous among tourist and local peoples. It is located near scandal point at walking distance.
Most importantly, many budget and luxury hotels available in Shimla. In addition, I would like to suggest if going there or anywhere with family, pls do book hotel in advance, to avoid on the spot negotiation.
How to Reach
In conclusion, one can either take a taxi, local bus or the toy train to Shimla. The nearest broad gauge railway station from Shimla is in Kalka which is 95 km away. It is easily accessible via road and Chandigarh-Shimla highway is in a good condition and it only takes around 3 and a half hours to reach here from Chandigarh.
Have a safe and joyful journey
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