Shimla is the beautiful capital of Himachal Pradesh, which offers wonderful holiday experience full of adventure, romance and complete spiritual as well as inner relaxation. Britishers were so incapacitated by its beauty that it remained their summer capital for over 75 years. It is situated at an altitude of 2205 m and has a population of over 171,817 people. Shimla is engulfed by snow-capped mountains, green pastures, dense forests and a round-the-year pleasant climate and these conditions attracts legions of tourist every year. Perfect time to visit Shimla starts from April till mid-July and mid-September till October end. But, for snow lovers, winter is the best time to visit.
One of the most appealing reason to visit Shimla is the warm and cordial nature of the locals. They receive you with such warmth that is unmatchable. In order to take breathe in Shimla in a few hours, you can take the toy train ride from Kalka station to Shimla, which takes you through a picturesque route, which is going to make you spellbound. Apart from the snow covered mountains , Shimla also has a dense forest cover that comprises of oak, deodar, pine and rhododendron forests. These forests are a treat for nature lovers. Shimla is also famous for its apple trees and are relished all over the country. Visiting the apple garden is a must, who knows, you might get the first hand taste of the fresh fallen apple!
In Shimla, you can go for a nature walk, go fishing, golfing, ice-skating, trekking, skiing, adventure sports and much more. The major places to visit for trekking and adventure are Fagu, Kufri and Naldhera. Kufri is a ski resort for winter's only. If you are in the mood to take on a game of golf, you can pay a visit to the Nalendra Golf Club which is 22km away from Shimla. One can enjoy the pleasures of roller skating at Lakkar Bazar and open air ice skating at Rivoli bus stand. Unbelievable it might sound, but Shimla has Asia's only natural ice skating rinks. Those who are in love with the view of sunset, The Ridge is a popular place to visit which even provides a panoramic view of the seven hills of Shimla. In order to rekindle spirituality within ,you visit the second oldest Church in the northern India Christ Church and St Michael's Cathedral as well as Dorje Drag Monastery.
Shimla offers a host of temples such as the temple of Tara DeviGoddess of Stars, Jakhu Templebeautiful temple of Lord Hanuman , located at a height of 2455m, Sankat Mochan the temple of Lord Hanuman which is famous for the numerous monkeys that are always found in its vicinity, Kali Bari Templededicated to Goddess Shyamala, Anand Vilas or the temple of all faiths Sarva Dharma Mandir etc.
Tatta Pani, 55 kilometres from the main city, is the name of hot sulphur springs that are believed to have medicinal value is located on the banks of river Satluj. You can even shop till you drop at The Mall and buy jewelry, embroidered shawls and garments and take away souvenirs for your loved ones. The Mall is a reminiscent of the British who have actually designed it as a tranquil hideout so that some escape can be felt from the surrounded sultriness. Consequently,it is an inspiration for locals, foreigners, school children, adults, and especially for the honeymooners and you should definitely carry camera to capture the exclusive moments. Along with the shopping experience , you can even indulge in the ious eatery joints and the striking pieces of architecture found around the place. Lakkar Bazaar is famous for souvenirs and crafts made of wood. So pack up your bags as Shimla is the your ultimate destination that pampers you, enthralls you, excites you and might even help rejuvenate.