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Hill Station-Shimla

Dear visitors, summer vacation going to start soon and you all planning to going to hill station to enjoy summer vacation. Shimla is most popular hill station which attract tourist in the summer.
Hill Station-Shimla
Shimla is located in the north-western ranges of the Himalayas at an altitude of 2397.59 meters. Shimla which was once part of the Nepalese kingdom got its name from the goddess Shyamala the other name for goddess Kali. British were the founders of Shimla in the year 1819 and after which they laid down the Kalka-Shimla railway line in 1903 and soon it became the summer camp for the british. After independence, shimla became the capital of Punjab and was later named the capital of Himachal Pradesh.Old times say that once Shimla gets into your blood, it never leaves.

It calls you back time after time and at every moment, the town is capable of showing its rich and varied character. As the former summer capital of British India, Shimla has a rare range of built heritage and is surrounded by thick forests of pine, Himalayan oak, flowering rhododendron and tall cedar-the almost-legendary deodar trees. Todays' Shimla retains a substantial measure of a distinct lifestyle that had grace, leisure and elegance as its hallmarks. But unlike a place that lives on memories alone, the town has youthfull vigour in its step and it's well developed facilities and numerous attractions and activities have ensured its popularity down the decades. It is perhaps the biggest hill station in the world, located at an altitude of 2,421 meters above sea level.

Place to visit

Ellerslie:- A walk over Shimla's main spur will dispaly some of Shimla's finest colonial structures. Starting in the east, Ellerslie in Chotta Shimla was former Secretariat of Punjab and now houses the government oh Himachal Pradesh. This is largely a dressed stone and iron building that was completed in 1902. An interesting structure near this Tudor framed Police station.

Barne's Court:- Barne's Court now Raj Bhawan lies above this and is a splended example of a neo-Tudor tmber framed building that is evocative of an English country house.

Oak Over:- This is the official residence of the chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh which was once the property of the Maharaja of Patiala.

The Gaiety Theatre:- The Gaiety Theatre abuts both the Mall and the Ridge. The first recorded amateurdramatic performance in Shimla was on 9th june 1838. The Amateur dramatic club was formally housed in the Gaiety thaettre in 1887.

Scandal Point:- This remains the hub of Shimla's social life and is said to be named after a British Commander in Chief's daughter eloped form the sport with the Maharaja of Patiala. The story is unconfirmed and quite untrue.

Christ Church:- On Shimla's prominent ridge lies the Neo-Gothic Christ Church where the first cornerstone was laid on 9th september 1844 and the church was conserated on 10th January 1857. Even today the church has some interesting memorial tablets while the pews still mark the seats of British Viceroy of India, the commander-in-cheif and the punjab's governor.

St. Andrews Church:- The hill immediately behind the post office holds the deconsecrated Church of Scotland. Built in 1914, decorative cornerstone are the only concession to its Spartan brick facade. The building now houses a wing of the State Libary and is a treasure trove of rare books.

St. Michael's Cathedral:- Just below the telegraphic office is the St. Michael's Cathedral. Built with a partial though elegant vocabulary of the French gothic style, the exterior of St. Michael's is of dressed grey stone. A statue of Our Lady of Guadulupe, presented by the people of Mexico has also been installed in the Church.

Jakhu Temple:- Dedicated to Lord Hanuman; this shrine is situated 2kms, east of the city at an altitude of 2680mts. This is the highest point on the ridge and half and hour of brisk walk can take you to this temple. The shrine abounds in monkyes and offers the visitor an excellent view of the city and the surrounding scenic hills and valleys.

Kali bari, Sankat Mochan Temple, Kamna Devi Temple, Tara Devi Temple, Glen, Mashobara, Kurfi, Wild flower hall, Mashobra, Naldera, Chail, Daranghati Sanctuary and Kalka Shimla Train is other attraction in Shimla which attract to tourist.

How to reach:- 

By Air:- The jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, is situated 23 Km from city centre and is connected by regular flights to Delhi, Chandigarh, Kangra and Kull. From Delhi, the journey takes around 1 hours and form Kullu, it takes 30 minutes by means of air. The airport has capacity on one small(17-19 passengers) aircraft, and offers basic facilities only. From the airport, one can take taxi to reach Shimla, which take about 1 hour.

By Trains:- One has to visit Kalka, from where narrow gauge trains to Shimla can be boarded upon. The train takes around 6 hours to reach Shimla form Kalka.

By Road:-One can also take a train for Shimla up to Kalka and then take to Kalka-Shimla toy train for a memorable journey through meandering rail tracks with quaint little station on the way.

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