With all its intricacies, history seems to have been the mortar for every brick and stone that has built Shimla. As the Summer Capital of the British in India, Shimla was the country’s focus for the better part of every year and now, is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. Today the town is distinctive for its variety of architecture. It has one of the rare surviving urban forests, made all the more unique, for its species are temperate to alpine ones in what is otherwise a tropical zone.

Places in Shimla

The Mall

This is the hub of Shimla’s social life. Lined by shops and restaurants this pedestrian thoroughfare loosely resembles an English Home County’s marketplace. The Gaiety Theatre, which is a reproduction of an old British theatre is a center of cultural activities. A passenger lift operated by HPTDC can be taken from the Cart Road to The Mall. Lakkar Bazaar adjacent to the Ridge is popular for its wood crafts and souvenirs.

Christ Church

Standing tall through the tough rapids of time, the Christ Church is one of the most important buildings of Shimla.

The Ridge

The large open space in the heart of town presents excellent view of the mountain ranges.

Jakhoo Temple

Shimla’s highest point and offers a panoramic view of the town’s hills and distant mountain ranges. There are spectacular views at sunrise and sunset especially during the monsoons. The peak has a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Legend has it that he stopped here while searching for the sanjivini plant – the herb required to cure Laxman who lay mortally wounded on a battlefield in Lanka in an episode from the epic Ramayana.

Kamna Devi Temple

Situated above Boileauganj, the temple offers splendid views of the town, the airfield and the ranges.

Anadale

This large glade has a golf course surrounded by thick deodar woods and has a charming temple by an edge

Naldhera

The well groomed Golf Course is a lovely verdant, perhaps one of the finest and sporty in India. The Nag temple is also situated here and Naldehra derives its name from it.

Summer Hill

A picturesque superb on Shimla-Kalka Railway line. Offers shady walks in quiet surroundings.

The Glen

This is a popular picnic spot and is especially attractive after crossing the initial two hundred metres or so.

Chindi (2,010 m)

Motorable on Shimla-Mandi highway via Tattapani – A beautiful place in Karsog Valley.

Chail

Chail was the summer capital of the former princely state of Patiala. There is a famous shrine known as the Sidh Baba Ka Mandir and is revered by many who claim that the sage has the power to grant boons. The small wild life sanctuary has a variety of wild life that includes the ghoral, kakkar, sambhar, red jungle fowl, and the khalij and cheer pheasents.

Rampur

On the Hindustan Tibet Road. Once the capital of the Princely State of Bushahr, the town is situated on the banks of Satluj river, Big Commercial Centre and famous International Lavi fare which is held in November every year, Dumgir Buddhist Temple, Padam Palace, Raghunath Temple, Ayodhya temple and Narsingh Temple, are worth visiting.