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Shimla - Queen of Hill Stations OR Queen of Hills

One of the most visited tourist destinations in India which has almost become synonymous with the word “hill station”, Shimla is the capital of the Himachal Pradesh and picturesquely located in the lap of the north-west Himalayas. Famous as the "Queen of Hill Stations", Shimla is blessed with an amazing natural splendor and all the gifts of nature, one could conceive of.

Snow-draped mountain peaks, thick and verdant forests all around, inviting valleys, gurgling streams, rich colonial buildings which reminds one of the place’s great architectural heritage, religious shrines…Shimla has almost everything which make it an attractive tourist destination. No wonder, tourism in Shimla remains robust and thriving almost throughout the year.

The hill station which got its name from the word “Shyamala” also has a rich and varied history which dates back to 1819 during which it was discovered by the British who so much fell in love with this incredible natural beauty that they eventually went on to make it their “summer capital” in 1864. Prior to that, the control of Shimla was with the Gorkhas.

Shimla Tourist Attractions

Shimla has so many tourist attractions that one becomes somewhat confused as to how to cover all within the brief period of his stay at the place. However, these are some of the famous tourist hotspots of the region which must just not be missed during one’s stay at this scenic and enchanting hill station.

Ridge: It offers mind-blowing views of the snow-covered mountain peaks. Visitors have also the option of casting a glance or two at the Tudor Library and the Christ Church from this place.

Mall: Another lovely tourist hotspot, the Mall is just perfect for shopping and having a great time. It also has a theater and numerous nice eating joints.

State Museum: It houses lovely paintings, handicrafts and textiles, apart from some excellent stone carvings of the state.

Chadwick Fall: This beautiful waterfall is surrounded with thick forests and bushes from all around.

Summer Hill: This hilly tree-lined and well-shaded path is just perfect for an enjoyable, leisurely walk and a great hit with the honeymoon couples.

Viceregal Lodge: Earlier the President's house, now this place is the center of the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Places around Shimla: Other Prominent tourist Places around Shimla are Kufri; Chail; Fagu; Narkanda; Naldhera Golf Course; Mashobra ;Soghi & Tattapani.

Shimla has several religious spots and famed temples as well which much inspire the spiritual and religious visitors to the place. Jakhoo Temple -- dedicated to Lord Hanuman -- is one such attraction. This temple, thanks to its strategic location, at the highest peak of the hill station, also offers panoramic vistas of the Shimla Town. Raghunath Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Ayodhya Temple, Tara Devi Temple and Kali Bari Temple are some of the other famous temples of Shimla which must not be missed by the (Hindu) visitors to Shimla. Shimla is well connected by rail, road and air. A good road network links the tourist place to almost all the key towns. Kalka located 96km away is the nearest railway station from where one can board trains to most of the key destinations of India. Shimla is connected to Kalka by a toy train. It takes nearly six hours from Kalka to arrive at Shimla. The nearest Airport is at Jubbalhatti, located 23 kms from the Shimla City and connects it connects the place with several major places, including Kullu, Chandigarh and Delhi.

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