Located: Himachal Pradesh A North Indian State
Main Tourist Attractions: Vashisth Hot Sulphur Spring, Rohtang Pass, Hadimba Temple
Best Buys: Woollen goods
Best Time To Visit: May to July and September to November
sShimla, was the Summer capital of India under British rule . Presently, it is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh, with its population around 1.6 lacs (Shimla town only). Shimla has seen many important historical events such as the famous Shimla Pact between India & Pakistan which was signed here. The place is also famous for its natural beauty, architectural buildings, wooden crafts and apples.
Major Tourist Attraction
Jhaku Temple The Golden temple is famous for its full golden dome, it is one of the most sacred pilgrim spots for Sikhs. Built on a 67-ft square of marble and is a two storied structure. Maharaja Ranjit Singh had the upper half of the building built with approximately 400 kg of gold leaf.
Kufri Zoo The Kufri Zoo at Kufri is a showcase of the wildlife found in the Himalayas.
The Mall The Mall Road, This is the center of Shimla’s social life.
Kali Bari Temple
This 150 years old temple houses the deity of Shyamala Devi, from whom Shimla has derived its name. A visit to the temple is a must for all visitors to Shimla.
State Museum (3 Km) Ancient Historical Sculptors and paintings of Himachal Pradesh. Visiting hours 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Monday and gazetted holidays.
How to Reach
Air: Shimla Airport is at Jubbarhatti, 23 kms from city and is connected to Chandigarh, Kullu, Delhi. It has daily flights from Delhi and Kullu. On Tuesday and Thursday Jagson Airlines flies Delhi-Shimla-Kullu-Gaggal and return. Archana and KCV fly between Delhi and Shimla on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Train : Shimla is connected to Kalka (96 kms) on Meter Gauge and it takes around 6 Hrs from KALKA to reach Shimla. There are 3-4 trains daily from Kalka to Shimla narrow-gauge train to Shimla. There are 103 tunnels on the route with longest being 1.2 K.M. long.
Road: Shimla is connected by road to all the major towns.
Kalka 80Km,Chandigarh 110 Km, Jaipur 630 Km, Kullu 235 Km, Chamba 401 Km, Dalhousie 345 Km, Dharmshala (via Mandi) 270Km, Dharamshala (via Hamirpur) 235 Km, Manali 280Km..