Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is one of the top tourist destinations in India. Situated in the northwestern part of the Himalayan Mountain Range at a mean elevation of 7,234 feet, the town used to serve as the summer capital of British India. While the British Empire may not exist in India any more, but the architecture and ambience of this hill resort is a stark reminder of that era. Easy accessibility and other attractions have ensured that the place remains one of the most popular hill resorts in India.
Here are the list of Must-See places in Shimla:
A well-known landmark in Shimla, it is also the second oldest Church in India. It was designed by Colonel JT Boileau in 1844 and remains one of the stunning legacies of the British Raj. Surviving through India’s struggle for freedom and the subsequent political upheaval, this church still retains it’s majestic appearance. There are stained glass windows inside the church which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. Christ Church is a place all visitors should spend some time in.
Situated 2 kms. from town, at a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak in Shimla. It offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-capped Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, is an old Hanuman temple which is also home to numerous monkeys who are waiting for the visitors to feed them.
The Ridge of Shimla:
The Ridge of Shimla is a large open space from where you can have a picturesque view of the snow covered mountains of Shimla. The Ridge at Shimla also provides the tourists a view of the two notable landmarks; Christ Church and Tudor library. Movement of vehicle is strictly prohibited and the place is always flocked with hundreds of people. Every tourists who is visiting Shimla must also visit this place if he/she wants to experience the unforgettable view of the sunset at dusk.
Shimla State Museum:
Inaugurated in 1974, the museum has tried to showcase the hill-art and the cultural wealth of the state. At present the Museum, has about 9000 objects in its collection which are mostly related to art, archaeology and cultural anthropology of Himachal and other states of India. A visit to Shimla is incomplete without visiting this museum, which offers a peak into Himachal’s grand past.
Located 5 km from the Ridge and sitting at an altitude of 5600 feet on the Shimla- Kalkarailway line is the beautiful little township of Summer Hill. This is the place where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay when he used to visit Shimla. The Himachal Pradesh University is also situated here.
Tara Devi Temple:
Tara Devi is temple dedicated to the goddess of stars on top of the hill. . There is a military Dairy Town here as well as the headquarters of Bharat Scouts and Guides. Situated at a height of 6,070 ft. Tara Devi is an ideal resting place for people looking for peace and calm.
It is the main shopping center of Shimla housing many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, Post Offices and tourist offices. The Gaiety Theatre is also located there. It acts as the prime spot for everyone to hang out and spent the day shopping and taking leisurely walks. The Ridge and Scandal point are the two main meeting points at the Mall.
Indian Institute of Advanced Studies: This institute is located in the Viceregal Lodge, which was built in 1884-88 during the British times. It has spacious gardens and is ringed by beautiful pine trees. It’s an imposing building in Summer Hill containing beautiful gardens.