Snuggled in the lap of the Himalayas, Shimla is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. The capital of the North Indian State of Himachal Pradesh is nestled at 6500 ft. above sea level. Formerly, the official summer capital of the Government of India right up until 1947, when India gained Independence. The era of the British Raj witnessed the development of the scenic hill station to a getaway of tourists. Even years later, it is one of the favourite holiday destinations in India. Shimla tours offers amazing opportunities to bask in the bliss of the hills.
Originally a small village in the hills, it was named after the Goddess Shamla Devi, a manifestation of Kali. In 1819, the days of the British Raj it became a popular refuge, especially from the heat of the plains of North India. Owing to the pleasant weather and the scenic location, it gradually became a tourist town. In 1903, to make the town easily accessible, a railway line, a marvel of engineering was laid, connecting it to the plains. The Toy Train that stills runs on a narrow gauge train track from Kalka to the foothills was one of the major tourist attractions of Shimla. It later got the status of UNESCO World Heritage. The beautiful journey through the mountains is simply amazing! The salubrious weather of the hill town equally contributes to lure visitors. The summer months have blissful weather while winters bring in snow. Also, being one of the closest hill stations from Delhi its popularity is quite high.
The colonial charm of Shimla is kept alive in the British era monuments and buildings can be seen till date. Jakhoo Temples, Christ Church, the Mall, Ridge, the Himachal State Museum, Gorton Castle, Old Viceroy Hall, etc. Shopping for beautiful handicrafts is a delight in Shimla. Walk through the Mall Road, the major hub of tourism in the town. Grab a bite at the cafes and eateries. Kufri is a scenic getaway as is Chail, which has beautiful cricket ground and the palace of an Indian King. Chadwick Falls, Summer Hill and many other scenic places to visit in Shimla.
Owing to its status of being one of the favourite getaways in India, Shimla too treats its guest well. The hill town is dotted with many scenic accommodations that offer the best of views, comfortable amenities and best of all cherished experiences.