Shimla Hill Station
Summer capital of the Raj
the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, came into prominence nearly a
century ago as the summer capital of the British Raj. Many of the buildings
of Kipling's days exits even now.
Shimla is, today, a beautiful
mountain resort. In summer there is the attraction of excellent walks and
treks with the scenic beauty of flowers, wooded ravines and evergreen trees.
Golf and fishing are popular sports.
In winter, known as the
season of "long moon nights", here is snow and winter sports at
Kufri and Narkanda. The only natural ice-skating carnival is held during the
The unusual narrow-gauge rail journey from Kalka to Shimla
is a great experience. WHAT TO SEE»
(2455 meters) offer an excellent view of the snow-clad
Himalayas. » Himachal State Museum.
Has a collection
of Pahari miniature paintings of this region. » The
erstwhile Vice regal Lodge
and Chaura Maidan. » The
, Summer hill, Prospect Hill, Tara Devi and Sankat Mochan are picnic
spots from where there are excellent views of Shimla and the mountains.
(13 km.), now a hotel, has wonderful mountain flowers and
magnificent views of the Himalayas. » Mashobra
km.), has picturesque walks through forests of oak and pine. »
(16 km.) and Narkanda (65 km.), are excellent skiing bases in
winter. » Fagu
(22 km.) at a height of 2510 meters,
has interesting views of the valley. » Chail
km.), former summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala, is a peaceful heaven
in the mountains. » Tattapan
i hot spring (51 km.).
(55 km.), another beautiful spot. »
(77 km.), a hill resort of special interest to bird-watchers.
(104 km.), ideal for fishing holiday. »
(117 km.), city designed by French architect Le Corbusier.
(234 km.), Manali (274 km.), in the Valley of
the Gods, are two of the most beautiful hill resorts of the Himalayas. SHOPPING
Shawls, embroidered woollens, hand-made shoes, wooden toys and other
articles made of wood. SPORTS
Shimla is the base for treks to the Kulu Valley via Jalori Pass or via
Bashleo Pass and to the Kalpa and Kinnaur Valleys.
Golf is popular in
the scenic golf course at Naldehra.
Fishing for trout in the Pabbar
river is allowed from February to October.
Skiing at Kufri and Narkanda
Ski Resort from end December to early March.
Ice skating in water and
roller skating in summer