was one a string of hill stations that the British
established to escape from the scorching heat of the
plains. The 12 km, crescent shaped
ridge on which it is located was first occupied by
the British troops, in the early part of the 19th
century, during the Anglo-Gurkha War.
The little village of Shymala, a retreat for British
officers, soon grew to become the glamorous summer
capital of the British, in India. Shimla's
salubrious climate, easy accessibility and numerous
attractions have made it one of the most popular
hill stations in northern India. The splendid views
of the show-clad ranges of the Himalayas, fine walks
through oak and flowering rhododendron, enchanting
resorts within easy reach, golf Naldehra and skiing
at Kufri and Narkanda make Shimala an attractive
destination throughout the year.
THE RIDGE: The
large open space in the heart of town presents
excellent view of the mountain ranges. Shimla's
landmarks-the Neo-Gothic structure of Christ Church
and the new-Tudor library building are worth seeing.
THE MALL: Main
shopping centre of shimla with restaurants. the
Gaiety Theatre, which is a reproduction
of an old British theatre is a center of cultural
activities. A passenger lift of HPTDC can be taken
from the Cart Road and the Mall. Lakkar Bazaar
adjacent to the Ridge is popular for its wood crafts
KALI BARI TEMPLE: Few
yards from scandal Point towards General Post
Office. It is believed that the idol of Goddess
Shayamla is enshrined there.
JAKHOO TEMPLE (2.5 Km) 2455 m: Shimla's
highest peak offers a panoramic view of the town. An
ancient "Lord Hanuman" temple. Way from Ridge near
Church (on foot) One can also hire pony or taxi to
visit the temple.
STATE MEUSEUM (3 Km): Ancient
Historical Sculptors and paintings of Himachal
Pradesh. Visiting hours 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on
Monday and gazetted holidays.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDIES (4 Km) 1983 m: This
magnificent English renaissance structure was the
former Viceregal Lodge. Its lawns and woodland are
added attractions. Entry by ticket.
PROSPECT HILL (5 Km) 2155 m: Crowned by a temple
dedicated to Kamna Devi 15 minutes walk from
Boileauganj on shimla Bilaspur road. the hill offers
a spectacular views of the area.
SUMMER HILL (7 Km) 1983 m: A
picturesque superb on Shimla-Kalka Railway line.
Offers shady walks in quiet surroundings. The Father
of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi during his visit to Shimla
lived in the elegant Georgian House of Raj Kumari
Amrit Kaur. HP University is situated here.
CHADWICK FALLS (7 Km) 1586 m: Surrounded
by thick forests. About 45 minutes walk from Summer
SANKAT MOCHAN (7 Km) 1975 m: On
Shimla-Kalka road (NH-22) is famous "Lord Hanuman"
temple. It commands an excellent view of Shimla
town. The place can be visited by Bus/Taxi.
TARA DEVI (11 Km) 1851 m: On
Shimla - Kalka road (NH-22) this holy place is
accessible by Rail, bus and car. From the
station/road-one can visit the temple either on foot
or by taxi / jeep.
FAGU (22 Km) 2450 m: On
Hindustan-Tibet Road. It has enchanting views.
Himachal Tourism runs the Hotel peach Blossom.
NARKANDA (60 Km) 2708 m: On
the Hindustan Tibet road, Narkanda offers
spectacular views of snow ranges. An uphill trek
through Deodar woods leads to Hatu Peak (8 Km).
Ancient temple of Hatu Mata is alive with skiers.
HPTDC runs Hotel Hatu and in winters short skiing
courses are organised.
KOTGARH (82 Km) 1830 m: Motorable,
bifurcation from Narkanda (18 Km) Land of apples and
SARAHAN (176 Km) 1950 m: On
Hindustan Tibet Road from Jeori Sarahan is (17 Km)
with spectacular view of Srikhand range. Sarahan has
the majestic Bhimkali Temple. Himachal Tourism runs
Hotel Shrikhand. Saharan is the gateway to Kinnaur.
A Pheasant Breading Centre and stadium are worth
KHARAPATHHAR (85 Km) 2673 m: Motorable
on Shimla-Rohru road. A famous religious shrine
Giriganga is 7 Km on foot or by jeep. HPTDC Tourist
complex Giriganga Resort under construction.
JUBBAL (90 Km) 1892 m: Headquarters
of the erstwhile Princely State, Jubbal has a
superbly maintained Palace which was designed by a
French architect in the 1930 and is remarkable mix
of European and indigenous styles.
HATKOTI (104 Km) 1400 m: Motorable
on shimla-Rohru highway. Famous for ancient temple
of Mata Hateswari in the midst of paddy fields on
the right bank of the Pabber river. HPTDC runs Hotel
MASHOBRA (12 Km) 2148 m: Motorable
on Shimla-Naldehra road. Surrounded by thick forests
and offers ideal walks. Goddess Durga temple is
CRAIGNANO (18 Km) 2149 m: Motorable
on Shimla-Naldhera road, Ideal picnic spot with
lawns and garden.
NALDEHRA (22 Km) 2044 m: Motorable
On Shimla Tattapani road. this is a nine hole golf
course. It was designed by the British viceroy, Lord
Curzon who was so enchanted by this place that he
gave his daughter Alexandra, Naldehra as her second
name. Ancient Nag temple is also situated here.
Himachal Tourism runs Hotel Golf Glade here.
TATTAPANI (65 Km) 680 m: Motorable
on Shimla-Mandi Highway via Naldehra. Tattapani has
hot water springs having sulpher contents, also
Hindu temples and Shiv Goofa at Saraur (4 Km) are
worth seeing places
CHINDI (94 Km) 2010 m: Motorable
on Shimla-Mandi highway via Tattapani - A beautiful
place in Karsog Valley. Himachal tourism's tourist
Resort is opening shortly. One can also visit famous
mahunag Temple (18 Km). Mamleshwar mahadev Temple
(13 Km) Kamaksha Devi temple (19 Km) Pangna Killa/temple
(8 Km) and Shikari Devi Temple (18 Km).