Shimla 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
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 and souvenirs.
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
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 Hill Chowk.
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
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 apricots.
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 visiting.
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 Pabber here.
MASHOBRA (12 Km) 2148 m: Motorable on Shimla-Naldehra road.
Surrounded by thick forests and offers ideal walks. Goddess
Durga temple is worth seeing.
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).