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Known as the Queen of Hill Stations, Shimla became the summer capital of the British Raj during the latter half of the 19th century when the soldiers of the British army, merchants and civil servants moved up here to get relief from the scorching heat of the plains.

One of the most popular tourist destinations of India, Shimla is also the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. This hill station derives its name from "Goddess Shyamla", an avatar of Goddess Kali. 

Shimla still retains its colonial charm and ambience that is not found anywhere else in India. Shimla is one tourist destination that can be visited any time during the year. Summers are warm with cool and pleasant evenings while the winter temperatures  can fall below zero and provide the perfect ambience for snuggling in front of a roaring fireplace.

Major Tourist Attractions in Shimla

The Mall
Mall Road is the lifeline of Shimla, as it is the point where the people of Shimla socialize. It is mainly the center of all activity that tourists can enjoy. The streets are lined with various shops that sell various items. The popular hotels, showrooms, departmental stores, and restaurants

Kufri, a small hill station just 19-kms from Shimla on the National Highway No.22, catches the attention for its trekking and hiking trails. Enjoying skiing and strolling along its snow-covered slopes in winters, Kufri lends a wonderful option to relish natural delights.

Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, Chail
A former hunting reserve of the Royals of Patiala Kingdom, Chail Sanctuary was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1976. This sanctuary perched at the top of the mountains, at varying altitudes from 701 meter to 2180 meter above sea level provides for great views.

Himachal State Museum
Himachal state museum attracts visitors for its range and collections of Pahariminiatures, stone sculpture, local handicrafts, textiles and embroidery.

Skiing, Kufri
Skiing in Kufri is a highly entertaining adventurous sport beckoning the adventurous tourists to participate. In winter, thousands of travelers flock to Mahasu Bridge in Kufri for Skiing in the snow capped slopes. A winter sports festival is held every year in Kufri in the month of February.

Lakkar Bazaar
Adjoining the Ridge, Lakkar Bazaar is a marketplace which offers wooden articles targeted mainly towards tourists. The handcrafted wooden items are truly worth the money and sell like hot cakes. Tourists take them back as a souvenir of their trip. Lakkar Bazaar is also famous for its dry fruits .

Mahunag Temple, Naldehra
Mahunag Temple is placed in the midst of the famous Naldehra Golf Course. Set amidst picturesque surroundings, Mahunag Temple is dedicated to Mahunag, the serpant god Lord Ananta Sesha noted in Hindu mythology.

Arki Palace, Arki
A dazzling citadel on the backdrop of a wood side hill, Arki palace is quite famous for its lovely frescos of the Arki Kalam style. This gargantuan structure displays splendid architectural works with intricately designed roofs and motifs depicts various themes of contemporary importance.

How to reach

The Jubbarhatti airport is the closest airport to Shimla. It is located at a distance of 23-km from the city. You can get direct flights to the Jubbarhatti airport from Delhi. 

Shimla also connects to most of the Indian cities and towns by rail. Kalka is the nearest railway station to Shimla. It is situated at a distance of 96 km from Shilmla.

Shimla is also well connected to most of the cities and major towns in India. There are regular buses that ply from Delhi and Chandigarh to Shimla.

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