Places to visit in Shimla

by admin on April 4, 2012

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Shimla Awesome Weather

Shimla Floating in Clouds

Come April, and the temperature of Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh varies strangely from 28 0 C to 110 C, and weather much more pleasant than Delhi I mused.  After all, it was declared the summer capital of India by the British in 1864. But which way to Shimla I wondered. Take the serpentine breathtaking journey on the narrow gauge railway from Kalka to Shimla through 102 tunnels and 806 bridges? Or take a quick flight from Delhi and reach in 1 hour plus 1 hour by car? Get away from boiling Delhi fast and get an aerial view of the mountains as well I thought. Maybe I could return by rail. I took the quick flight and went up to the city dubbed as the Queen of Hills by the British. Built on a ridge and surrounded by seven peaks, Shimla lies 2,205 metres high above sea level.  Previously, this city was called Simla, a rephrase from goddess Shyamla Devi -an incarnation of goddess Kali. The British India Company began to develop the area and the first summer home was built by Civil servant Charles Pratt Kennedy in 1822.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As I had already booked in at the Woodville Palace Hotel, (which was built in 1926 by the Maharaja of Gondal Sir Bhagavat Singh and later destroyed and reconstructed by his daughter and her husband Raja Rana Bhagat Chand into a finely crafted mansion). I enquired at the reception on where to start. Observatory Hill, the good receptionist said.

So off I went through the rhododendron and oaken possessed pathways to arrive at Squire House and Viceregal Lodge built by Lord Curzon. After getting a panoramic view of all the surroundings, I stepped into the Viceregal Lodge after paying an entry ticket for Rs.10 to Himachal Tourism. It was really impressive! Next stop was the Gaiety Theatre which was graced once upon a time by Rudyard Kipling and Lord Robert Baden Powell the founder of the Boy Scouts. It made me remember my old Boy Scout days in school. It still hosts excellent plays I was told, and recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Later on, I went off to Inverarm and Bantony hills where the state museum has an impressive display of arms and armory, and rare manuscripts. Also on Inverarm Hill stands the Grand Hotel, once the residence of Governor General William Bentinck. In Bantony hills, I was really impressed by the style and beauty of St. Michael s Cathedral.

church in Shimla

The Church in Shimla

Looking forward to taste local dishes I went to Himachal Tourism’s Goofa and Ashiana restaurants, around where I managed to get a bite of Sidku( sometimes Sidu) a thick fermented flat Roti topped off with a paste of opium seeds and jaggery or salt. I enquired about Patandey, a type of thin roti made with wheat flour paste but disappointed not to find any.

Early next day I was overwhelmed  by the magnificent sunrise from the Elysium and Jakhoo Hills, and the astronomical view of Shimla down below. On Jakhoo Hill, an ancient Hanuman temple caught my eye and I took a few photos. Not far away was Christ Church, resplendent with stained glass windows and adorned with intricate artworks. On my way down I saw Rothney Castle which was once home to founder of the Indian National Congress and a celebrated ornithologist. Quite nearby was St. Mary’s Church.

Wanting to go further, I took a trip from Cart Road to the Mall in the Lifts. It was awe inspiring. Getting into a shopping mode, I brought a Kangra miniature painting of Radha and Krishna.  I saw the Scandal Point where the Maharaja of Patiala kissed an English lady and got banished from Shimla. Onward ho to Kasauli I exclaimed to myself.

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  • suraj yadav

    i was visit shimla
    two time.Best time to visit May–July and September–November .Some interesting
    spots around the city are Naldhera, Tattapani, Wildflower Hall, Mashobra,
    Craignano, Kufri and Chail.

  • suraj yadav

    i was visit shimla
    two time.Best time to visit May–July and September–November .Some interesting
    spots around the city are Naldhera, Tattapani, Wildflower Hall, Mashobra,
    Craignano, Kufri and Chail.

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