Shimla is the capital of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is also known as the queen of hills. Shimla has an elevation of 2205 m above sea level. Surrounded by pine and oak forests and the snow-capped peaks in winters. Shimla is a popular retreat for the honeymoon couples and international visitors. The colonial buildings in this city reflect the neo-Gothic architecture.shimla is home to a number of natural, historical, and religious sites drawing tourists throughout the year. This city is home to Asia’s largest natural ice skating rink.
Tourist places around Shimla:-
Christ Church and St. Michael’s Cathedral:- it is the second oldest Christian house of worship in north India. Located on the ridge, it was constructed in 1857, soon after the sepoy mutiny.it is built in neo-gothic style. Lockwood Kipling designed the chancel window of the central hall. In 1860, a clock was added to the church tower.
Jakhu Temple:-Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, this temple is situated at an altitude of 8048 ft above sea level near the highest point of Shimla ridge.it offers a panoramic view over the surrounding valleys, out to the snowcapped peaks, and over the town itself.
The Ridge:-Located in the heart of Shimla is the famous tourist attraction known as The Ridge. The Ridge is in the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. It is situated along the Mall road, which is the famous shopping centre of Shimla. Most major places of Shimla like Lakkar Bazaar, Scandal point, Jakhoo hill, etc are connected through The Ridge.
Kufri:– Kufri is situated at a distance of 16 km from Shimla and at an altitude of 2510 m above sea level it attracts bands of ski enthusiasts from all over the country of the finest ski slopes. The Himalayan nature park here has a good collection of animals and birds found in the region.
Shimla State Museum and Library:-The Shimla State Museum and Library is a famous tourist attraction that is located at a distance of around 2.5 km from the centre of Shimla. It was opened in 1974. The Museum is famous for its collection of ancient sculptures, paintings, coins and photographs. Furthermore, the museum has samples of the famous Pahari miniature art form, therefore which ceased to exist when the Western art form took over.
Viceregal Lodge and Botanical Gardens:-The Viceregal lodge is located at the top of observatory hills and was constructed by the British. This brilliant building served as the residence of the Viceroy, Lord Dufferin. Also, it was completed by the year 1888 and it is still well maintained. This lodge has now been transformed into the famous institute of Advanced Studies. The lodge has famous gardens and perfectly manicured lawns.
Kali Bari:- The temple is situated near to the mall and it is 5 min walk from the mall. The temple is dedicated to Shyamala Devi(Shimla is named after this Goddess), an incarnation of Goddess Kali. Temple faces heavy rush during Diwali and Durga Pooja.
Chail:– Chail is a lush green setting and was the former capital of the Patiala State. Also, it has the world’s highest cricket ground at a height of 2250 m, built in 1893.it is also a hiker’s paradise and there is a wildlife sanctuary at a distance of 3km from here.
Narkanda: -Narkanda offers spectacular views of snow ranges. At an elevation of 2708m, it has dense pine forests. Hatu peak,8 km from Narkanda, provides a striking panorama of the plains below.
Naldehra:-Naldehra at an altitude of 2050 m and 23 km from Shimla on Shimla-Tattapani Road, houses the oldest and the highest golf course in India. In the middle of the course is a temple, Mahunag amndir.it was favourite pastime spot of Lord Curzon.
Other places:–Annadale and Glen picnic spot, Prospect Hill, Potter Hill, Chadwick fall, Wild Flower Hall, Kotgarh, Summer Hill, Elysium hill, Rampur, Tara Devi, Rohru.