British referred Shimla the “Queen of hill stations”, which is situated in the North-West Himalayans and was also known as the summer capitals of Himachal Pradesh. It got its name from “Shyamla” which is the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the forest which were dense and did covered Jakhu hills in starting of the 19th century. The weather in Shimla during winter is referred to as “Long moon –night” as it becomes frost glistering silent city. When you see the dark gathering of the clouds it represents that the snow fall is about to arrive which could be first fall and rest would be following it. It is top ten Entrepreneur locations which are preferred in India. The style of city’s building is in the form of Neo-Gothic and Tudorbethan architectures which are dating from the colonial era. It is surrounded with the natural beauty and seems to be picture perfect.
How to reach Shimla?
Even though it is surrounded with the lofty hills and mountain ranges it is having appropriate means of transportation. There is no specific restriction with respect to commuting and could be easily travelled.
- Via Air
Shimla is having its own airport which is offering connectivity from Kullu and Delhi. The Jubbarhatti airport is just 23-Km from Shimla and most of the domestic airports are catering to the services from here to Shimla. Even one could catch the direct flights from Delhi. Chandigarh is also connected with Delhi by domestic flight and is known gateway to Shimla.
- Via Train
It’s quite convenient if you are reaching Shimla via train as Kalka is the nearest location for rail which is connected through Shimla on the narrow gauge. It does boosts of 3 railway stations with Shimla being the major one with two other which are located at Totu and Summer Hill respectively.
- Via Bus/Car
Through roads it has been made quite possible as they are quite well-maintained and are having an efficient network of National Highway 22 and roads ways which are linking the town with Chandigarh. The system of transport is also quite good and buses along with private vehicles could be used for travelling from one location to another.
Top 10 places to visit in Shimla
- The Mall
- Christ church
- Jakhu hills
- Shimla state museum
- Summer Hill
- Tara Devi
- Anand Vilas
Where to stay and eat?
As the temperatures in the hill stations are soaring at the higher end touching the mark till 30degree, it’s time for the locals to hit the street for the food. Even if you are sitting inside the posh location of the restaurants cannot be savouring as when you are stumbling upon the street side of the kiosk which are serving the crispy gol gappas which are filled with sour and sweet pudina water. For example, the Bhihari Lal Sharma stalls at the Takka bench which is above the Ridge (First fruit chat seller) of the city which started its operations in the year 1948. Climbers who are moving towards Jakhu temple do religiously pause over here for the break of chat. If you are moving towards cold delicacies, how could you miss the delicious “Embassy ice creams”? For ice-cream lovers it doesn’t matter whether it’s summer or winter. Here you could have ice creams from Rs 15 to 100. Shimla is having numerous restaurants across the cities, which are offering unique cuisines which could attract tourists. They could range from South Indian, Mughali, North India, Tibetean, Punjabi, Chinese etc.
There are wide range of options which are available starting from dormitories to luxurious hotels and restaurants. The best means to get your booking done is via online, so that based on the requirement they could accommodate the customers. Some of the well known hotels and restaurants are- Hotel white, Amar palace, Hotel Mayur, Dalziel, Woodville palace, Hotel Landmark etc.