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Once a British summer capital, Shimla still has enough colonial style cottages, mansions, bungalows and churches to make it look like a typical English village. The temples of Shimla, on the other hand, are evidence of a culture that is typically Indian, while the large Tibetan population has made the town famous for its cheap Tibetan goods. Students and researchers from all over India come to study and work at the Indian Institute of Advanced Sciences, 5 kilometers away from the Mall. Shimla, is at a distance of 343 km from Delhi, 260 km from Manali, and 119 km from Chandigarh. The temperature range is not very high and the maximum temperature rarely crosses 25°C during summers. Winters are cold due to the chilly winds from the upper Himalayas.
The name Shimla has been derived from the word 'Shyamala' the other name of Goddess Kali, whose temple was located in the dense forests of Jakhu Hill in the 19th century. The English used to call it Simla. During the times of the Raj, Shimla was summer retreat of the British. Capital of the beautiful north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla nestles amongst the hill of the Himalayas. Shimla is one of the most popular hill stations in India. The hill station was referred to as the 'Queen of Hill Stations' during the Raj era. Shimla is the favourite haunt of honeymooners, families and youngsters who escape to sylvan heights to spend some time in the lap of hills. Shimla, is situated at a height of 2,196 metres. While the British have left the echoes linger on. Today, itís well developed facilities, easy accessibility and many attractions make it one of India's most popular resorts. In the Himalyan lower ranges, it is surrounded by pine, cedar, oak and rhododendron forests.

Best Attractions
Shimla is a popular hill station among tourists mainly from the plains of northern India. The hill station has pristine beauty, peace and pleasant weather, which attract the tourists.

Christ Church - This church is the second oldest church in north India. Inside it has beautiful stained glass windows each signifying different virtues like faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. The church is located on the Ridge.

The Mall - Like every major hill station Shimla too has a Mall Road, which is the nerve center of the town. Complete with well stocked shops, banks, clubs, hotels and restaurants, the mall has two main meeting points called Scandal Point and The Ridge.
Shimla State Museum - The museum is a treasure trove of local arts and crafts. It has a great collection of miniature Pahari paintings and a good variety of costumes, ornaments and artifacts..

Jakhu Hill - Located at a distance of 2 km from Shimla is Jakhu Hill. It is the highest peak in the area with a height of 8000 feet above sea level. On top of the hill is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The surrounding area is heavily infested with monkeys.

Summer Hill - At a distance of 5 km from the Ridge lies the township of Summer Hill. This calm and mellow area is 6500 feet high on the Shimla-Kalka railway line. This is the ideal place to escape to away from the hustle and bustle of central Shimla. While here, you can tour the campus of the Himachal Pradesh.

Annandale - Annandale is also referred to as the 'playground of Shimla'. At a height of 6117 feet, close to the Ridge, many games like polo and cricket are organized here.

Tara Devi - In the Hindi language Tara means star, so as the name suggests Tara Devi is a hill that gets its name from a temple dedicated to the Goddess of the Stars, which is located here. Tara Devi is located a mere 11 km from the Shimla bus stand. The area is also the headquarters of Bharat Scouts and Guides

Sankat Mochan - Another popular Hanuman temple is located at Sankat Mochan.

Best Time to Visit : In Summer - May to July
In Winter - September to November

How to reach

Shimla can be easily accessed through air, train or road.

By Air
: Shimla Airport is 23 kms from the city connected by daily flights from Delhi and Kullu.

By Rail
: Broadguage Railway line upto Kalka connecting Delhi,Calcutta and Amritsar. Kalka to Shimla (95 kms.) by Narrow gauge railway.

By Road
: Well connected with Kalka. Chandigarh,Delhi, Amritsar and Jammu etc.

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