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Shimla

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Shimla

Himalayan Nature Park:

One of the most famous tourist destinations in the region, the Himalayan Nature Park contains of almost 180 different species of rare mammals and birds. The national park serves as a great bio-diversity along with a hub for eco-tourism. Tourists can catch a glimpse of the rare snow leopard and the musk deer. The park arranges treks of five to eight days conducted by the rangers. Several temples are located near the area but those are accessible only during the fall and summer season.

 

Christ Church:

The most stunning building on Mall Road, the Christ Church happens to be the second oldest church in the northern part of India. The clock present on the tower of the church was donated in the year 1860 and the porch was added in the year 1873. The structure, visible from several miles away, has a grand design. The beautiful stained glass windows and the brass plaques are the main attractions of the church.

 

Himachal State Museum:

The State Museum boasts of a great collection of photographs, coins, local handicrafts as well as other items. The museum is a huge colonial building set in sprawling lawns. The doll gallery possesses a collection of tribal and bride dolls of the Himachali region while the Pahari miniature painting collection deserves a look. Many damaged sculptures from different parts of the state are housed in the museum, including stone images from Masrur and Bajaura which date back to the 8th century. The rare specimens in the museum are very attractive. 

 

Mahakali Temple:

The Mahakali Temple, situated on the banks of the calm Mahakali Lake, is dedicated to the Goddess Kali Devi. Both the spot and the lake present a quiet surrounding and almost any person can relax here without being disturbed. The lake is believed to be sacred and offers a panoramic view of the meadows and the mountains, greatly enhancing the beauty of the site.

 

The Ridge:

Situated in the central part of Shimla, Ridge Road happens to be a large open region running from the east to the west along the Mall Road and converges with Scandal Point on the western part. The Ridge Road connects to Lakkar Bazaar on the eastern side. There is a huge water reservoir located here that serves as the main supply for the town of Shimla. This is also the site of the annual Summer Festival and is perfect for taking long walks. A church and a library have been established at the site.

 

Nalagarh Palace:

One of the most attractive destinations for tourists, the Nalagarh Palace is a grand structure situated atop a hillock. The palace is worth a visit for the well-maintained gardens, combined architectural style exhibiting Indian and Mughal influences, and the awesome view of the Shivalik Mountains. The palace has been transformed into a heritage resort and several renovations have helped retain some of its lost glory.

 

Arki Fort:

The Arki Fort was erected by Rana Prithvi Singh as a stronghold for the Gurkhas against the British. The historical significance and artistic grandeur of the fort draws many visitors. A blend of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles are evident in the fort which happens to be overly influenced by Rajasthani structural designs. The Pahari style of painting decorates the walls of the fort, depicting the contemporary lifestyle of the hill folk. The elegantly decorated rooms of the fort hold beautiful paintings of the snowy peaks and other natural wonders of the region. The fort has now been designated as a heritage hotel.

 

Hanuman Temple:

The main deity of the Hanuman Temple is the Anjaneya. The ancient temple lies in ruins and has been recently renovated. Locals believe that praying at the temple and presenting offerings assures prosperity and good health.

 

Scandal Point:

This popular tourist site boasts of great connectivity either by taxi or by bus. The place derives its name from the actions of the king of Patiala, who being smitten by the daughter of the viceroy, had her kidnapped from this point. The highest point in the entire Shimla region, Scandal Point has many different shops and restaurants. The highlight of the point is the renowned Alfa restaurant, the Scotland Church and the majestic view of the valleys overlooking the site.

 

Jakhu Temple:

Located at the highest peak of the Jakhu Hill at a height of 2.5 km, the Jakhu Temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman, is a spiritual edifice, dating back by almost a century. Mountaineering activities and trekking expeditions are organized at the site by the government of Himachal Pradesh.

 

Golf Course:

One of the world's oldest golf courses, the Naldehra Golf Course is maintained by the Himachal Tourism Department. Established in 1920, the well-groomed golf course has 9 holes and is perhaps one of the best golf clubs on the hills of the country. A springing turf is the crowning glory of the course. The course is considered to be one of the most challenging in the entire country and is affiliated with several golf clubs in India. The course remains open from the month of April to November.

 

Viceregal Lodge:

This huge structure enclosed by tall pines is situated on the Observatory Hill. Erected in the year 1888 as the dwelling place of Viceroy Lord Dufferin, the Viceregal Lodge houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study and happens to be the sole building in the city that occupies an entire hill by itself. The architectural style of the lodge is wonderful. A grand staircase and fireplace add an old world charm to the building. Tourists are drawn to the different terraces and verandas surrounding the whole building.

 

Diwan-i-Khas:

Built by Ram Shara Singh, one of the famous patrons of art among the rulers of the Arki dynasty, the Diwan-i-Khas happens to be an astounding room of art designed with wall friezes, encompassing the Arki, Kangra, Kullu, Rajasthani and European styles of miniature paintings. The subjects of the murals are vastly diverse ranging from contemporary European towns to Indian mythology. Chinese pictures can be seen in the frescos. Traces of Punjabi folk art and the Guler style are present in these lovely pieces of art.

 

Observatory Hill:

One of the famous destinations in Shimla, Observatory Hill is located on the western side of the city. It is a high peak offering a stunning view of the surrounding region. A great portion of the institute happens to be closed for public view. Observatory Hill happens to be the spot from where the British government convened meetings on their actions on ruling India. 

 

Gurudwara Sahib:

Constructed in the year 1907, Gurudwara Sahib is small yellow structure with a beautiful lawn. The construction is similar to a few churches in Goa since the twin towering structures supporting the grand entrance to the building offers a stunning view and religious austerity.

 

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex:

One of the most historical monuments in the capital city of Shimla, the Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex dates back by 122 years. The building is a stunning example of Victorian Gothic architecture. Conducted tours are carried out at the site for tourists.

 

Toy Train Ride:

Shimla’s toy train journey passing through 103 tunnels and crossing more than 800 bridges and viaducts is world famous. Starting from Kalka it goes 96 kms and covers Shimla in 5 hours. As it moves slowly between several snow capped mountains, beautiful valleys and forests full of picture like pines, firs and deodars. As it climbs peaks and make site seeing intervals, travelers are taken to a dream world. It is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Mall Road:  

This is the center of the town with many interesting shops and restaurants for tourists.