Situated on the foothills of the Himalayan mountains; Shimla is the capital & largest city of Himachal Pradesh. It has been summer capital of India in colonial time. The town still has numbers of British architecture as a reminder of the past. The focal point of the town is the Mall & the Ridge; a flat ridge which is embellished by beautiful architecture, souvenir shops, & Lakkad market. Mostly tourist visit here in summers but at winters the town looks like a fairytale city of a different world. Shimla is a junction point of narrow-gauge Shimla-Kalka railways as well.
Places of Interest at Shimla:
The Ridge road is a large open space, located in the center of Shimla. The Ridge is the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. It is situated along the Mall Road, which is the famous shopping center of Shimla. At west the ridge meets with the Scandal point which is another visiting point here.
Mall Road is the main street in Shimla. Constructed during British colonial rule, the Mall road is located a level below the ridge. The offices of Municipal Corporation, fire service, and police headquarters are located here. All these buildings are the reminder of the colonial past.
Christ Church is one the oldest churches in North India and was built by the British in 1857 to serve the large Anglican British community in the area. The majestic appearance of the church and its stunning location makes it a prime attraction in Shimla. The church has stained glass windows, which represents faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience, and humanity. It is one of the long lasting legacies of British rule in India and also Shimla’s most popular landmark. The church building is constructed in the Neo-Gothic style of architecture and anyone visiting Shimla should spend some time in this glorious structure.
Jakhoo Temple is an ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to Hindu deity, Hanuman. It is situated on Jakhoo Hill, 2.5 km /1.3 miles east from the Ridge, Shimla at a height of 2,455 m above sea level. Shimla’s highest peak offers a panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the town of Sanjauli.
Apart from these major tourist spots Shimla has much more to offer.