Shimla is the summer capital of India, set amidst cool pine clad hills with plenty of crumbling colonial charms, breathtaking landscapes, snow covered mountain peaks, beautiful ravines and a salubrious climate. Discovered by the British as a favorite summer retreat, this cool, sleepy hill town makes a perfect abode for those who want to escape the heat of the plains. Simla is situated at an altitude of 2159 meters, in the north west of the Himalayan Range. If you are on a honeymoon trip, the best way to reach Shimla is by a scenic train ride from Kalka station. Simla is also a paradise for adventure lovers with variety of adventure sports such as Skiing, Trekking, Fishing and Golfing to name a few.
The Mall - A premier shopping area and the center of attraction of the hill town, packed with shops, restaurants, clubs, banks, bars and government offices. The mall has a large open area known as Scandal Point that offers spectacular view of the Shimla Town. Spill over the edge of the mall are the local bazaars.
Himachal State Museum - Set in spacious lawns, the museum offers a fine collection of miniature Pahari Paintings, stone sculpture, local handicrafts, textiles and embroidery.
Viceregal Lodge - The Viceregal Lodge is the most impressive colonial edifice to be seen in Shimla. Within the premises of this gothic splendor is the Indian Institute of advance Studies, India’s premier academy of higher research.
Christ Church - It is the second oldest holy site of the Christians in North India. The Church is among the major landmarks of Shimla and is renowned for its stained glass windows.
Jakhu Hill - Set at a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak and offers a fine view of the town, its surrounding areas and of the snow-covered Himalayas. The Hill houses an old Hanuman temple called the “Jakhu Temple”, which is also the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors.
Annandale - The erstwhile royal playgrounds of Shimla, where horse racing, polo and cricket entertained the British dignitaries. Today this beautiful glade surrounded by thick deodars is used by the Indian Army for landing of helicopters and small planes. Some of Simla’s popular picnic spots like Glen and Chadwick Falls fall en-route to Annandale.
Air: The airport is situated 23 km away from Shimla town with regular flights to and from Delhi.
Rail: A narrow gauze railway line from Kalka connects Shimla with other important cities of India.
Road: There is regular bus service from Shimla to Chandigarh, Delhi, Dehradun, Kalka, and to many other places as well.