Altitude : 2050m.
Attractions : Kali Bari Temple, Jakhoo Temples, state
Museum, Prospect Hill
Best Time To Visit : May to October.
History of Shimla
started from Stately Windsor Castle where the "Widow of Windsor"
reigned in lonely, isolated splendour after the death of her
beloved consort, Prince Albert, to the small, but ancient temple
surrounded by thick woods where the himalayan Goddess, Shamla, a
synonym of Kali, reigned her celestial realm on earth is indeed,
distant cry, but for well over a century, the two places, almost
inter-linked, ruled the destiny of this sub-continent. In the year
1818, when Queen Victoria's uncle, William IV, was King of
England, Lord William Bentick,the Governer General, had
transformed the Company's dominion in India to the Dominion of
India, and it was accurate to speak of Britain's Indian Empire.
The frontier ran from bengal to Kathiawar, to the north it ran
through the Thar desert and along the Sutlej nearly to the
Himalayan range. The great hills were the northern boundary except
for the Gurkha state of Nepal. Beyond this line lay the Punjab,
Kashmir and the kingdom of Afghanistan. In 1814, the Nepalese king
brought about the first war with Nepal over Sikkim, the Gurkhas
had marched into Sikkim, whose ruler appealed, to the East India
Company for help. The Sikkim ruler was installed and his
territorial status was guaranteed but during the conflict the
British discovered the beauties of Darjeeling and accidentally
also the thickly wooded spot, abode of the goddess Shamla, and a
part of the Kingdom of Nepal. When war broke afresh in 1819, the
British took the place with its cool and healthy climate.
Shimla is capital of Himachal Pradesh.
PRIME ATTRACTIONS :
RIDGE: The large open space in the heart of town presents
excellent view of the mountain ranges. Shimla's landmarks-the
Neo-Gothic structure of Christ Church and the new-Tudor library
building are worth seeing.
THE MALL: Main shopping centre of shimla with restaurants.
the Gaiety Theatre, which is a reproduction of an old British
theatre is a center of cultural activities. A passenger lift of
HPTDC can be taken from the Cart Road and the Mall. Lakkar Bazaar
adjacent to the Ridge is popular for its wood crafts and
KALI BARI TEMPLE: Few yards from scandal Point towards
General Post Office. It is believed that the idol of Goddess
Shayamla is enshrined there.
JAKHOO TEMPLE (2.5 Km) 2455 m: Shimla's highest peak offers
a panoramic view of the town. An ancient "Lord Hanuman" temple.
Way from Ridge near Church (on foot) One can also hire pony or
taxi to visit the temple.
STATE MEUSEUM (3 Km): Ancient Historical Sculptors and
paintings of Himachal Pradesh. Visiting hours 10 AM to 5 PM.
Closed on Monday and gazetted holidays.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDIES (4 Km) 1983 m: This
magnificent English renaissance structure was the former Viceregal
Lodge. Its lawns and woodland are added attractions. Entry by
PROSPECT HILL (5 Km) 2155 m: Crowned by a temple dedicated
to Kamna Devi 15 minutes walk from Boileauganj on shimla Bilaspur
road. the hill offers a spectacular views of the area.
SUMMER HILL (7 Km) 1983 m: A picturesque superb on
Shimla-Kalka Railway line. Offers shady walks in quiet
surroundings. The Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi during his
visit to Shimla lived in the elegant Georgian House of Raj Kumari
Amrit Kaur. HP University is situated here.
CHADWICK FALLS (7 Km) 1586 m: Surrounded by thick forests.
About 45 minutes walk from Summer Hill Chowk.
SANKAT MOCHAN (7 Km) 1975 m: On Shimla-Kalka road (NH-22)
is famous "Lord Hanuman" temple. It commands an excellent view of
Shimla town. The place can be visited by Bus/Taxi.
TARA DEVI (11 Km) 1851 m: On Shimla - Kalka road (NH-22)
this holy place is accessible by Rail, bus and car. From the
station/road-one can visit the temple either on foot or by taxi /
FAGU (22 Km) 2450 m: On Hindustan-Tibet Road. It has
enchanting views. Himachal Tourism runs the Hotel peach Blossom.
NARKANDA (60 Km) 2708 m: On the Hindustan Tibet road,
Narkanda offers spectacular views of snow ranges. An uphill trek
through Deodar woods leads to Hatu Peak (8 Km). Ancient temple of
Hatu Mata is alive with skiers. HPTDC runs Hotel Hatu and in
winters short skiing courses are organised.
KOTGARH (82 Km) 1830 m: Motorable, bifurcation from
Narkanda (18 Km) Land of apples and apricots.
RAMPUR (140 Km) 924 m: 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. Himachal Tourism
runs a tourist Complex and air conditioned Cafe, Satluj.
SARAHAN (176 Km) 1950 m: On Hindustan Tibet Road from Jeori
Sarahan is (17 Km) with spectacular view of Srikhand range.
Sarahan has the majestic Bhimkali Temple. Himachal Tourism runs
Hotel Shrikhand. Saharan is the gateway to Kinnaur. A Pheasant
Breading Centre and stadium are worth visiting.
KHARAPATHHAR (85 Km) 2673 m: Motorable on Shimla-Rohru
road. A famous religious shrine Giriganga is 7 Km on foot or by
jeep. HPTDC Tourist complex Giriganga Resort under construction.
JUBBAL (90 Km) 1892 m: Headquarters of the erstwhile
Princely State, Jubbal has a superbly maintained Palace which was
designed by a French architect in the 1930 and is remarkable mix
of European and indigenous styles.
HATKOTI (104 Km) 1400 m: Motorable on shimla-Rohru highway.
Famous for ancient temple of Mata Hateswari in the midst of paddy
fields on the right bank of the Pabber river. HPTDC runs Hotel
MASHOBRA (12 Km) 2148 m: Motorable on Shimla-Naldehra road.
Surrounded by thick forests and offers ideal walks. Goddess Durga
temple is worth seeing.
CRAIGNANO (18 Km) 2149 m: Motorable on Shimla-Naldhera
road, Ideal picnic spot with lawns and garden.
NALDEHRA (22 Km) 2044 m: Motorable On Shimla Tattapani
road. this is a nine hole golf course. It was designed by the
British viceroy, Lord Curzon who was so enchanted by this place
that he gave his daughter Alexandra, Naldehra as her second name.
Ancient Nag temple is also situated here. Himachal Tourism runs
Hotel Golf Glade here.
TATTAPANI (65 Km) 680 m: Motorable on Shimla-Mandi Highway
via Naldehra. Tattapani has hot water springs having sulpher
contents, also Hindu temples and Shiv Goofa at Saraur (4 Km) are
worth seeing places
CHINDI (94 Km) 2010 m: Motorable on Shimla-Mandi highway
via Tattapani - A beautiful place in Karsog Valley. Himachal
tourism's tourist Resort is opening shortly. One can also visit
famous mahunag Temple (18 Km). Mamleshwar mahadev Temple (13 Km)
Kamaksha Devi temple (19 Km) Pangna Killa/temple (8 Km) and
Shikari Devi Temple (18 Km).