Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh which is located in the footsteps of the great Himalayas. The city is at an elevation of 2,205 meters and covers 25Km2 area. Shimla or Simla was named after Shyamala devi, an incarnation of goddess Kali. The city is surrounded with forests of oak, pines and deodar and is a treat to watch in snowfall. Based in between mountain ranges, the city experiences cool climate throughout the year which is why it served as the summer capital of British India. When most of India experiences harsh climate during summers, Shimla welcomes you as the most accessible getaway.
The neo-gothic architecture from colonial era offers a classy look to the city as various buildings can make you feel the British aura. The city is built on seven hills, namely: Inverarm Hill, Observatory Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Bantony Hill, Elysium Hill and Jakhoo Hill. Jakhoo Hill is the highest among all with a height of 2454 meter height.
Trekking and Adventure:
Shimla is a great adventure site. It hosts an excellent trek covering hills all around, good rafting facilities in the river Sutlej and trout fishing opportunity at Tatta Pani. Shimla is home to the only natural ice skating rink in South Asia. Also, it hosts a mountaing biking race MTB Himalaya and is the biggest even of its kind in South Asia.
In winters skiing can be enjoyed at Kufri and Narakanda from January to March.
The city is home to a rich heritage and hence a diverse culture. A summer festival is celebrated when the tourists gallop in numbers and it lasts about 3-4 days showcasing the culture and heritage. Shimla is famous for its handicrafts; Thapada and Kohana embroidery in particular are famous throughout the world. Dom tribe of the region designs these bamboo items which are also quite famous. Other than that, the shawls and carpets of Shimla are well-known for their impeccable quality.
The art of Shimla is also in high demand throughout the year. Also, the music is soothing and instruments like Iktara, Jhanjh, flute, Ghungroo etc. are used to compose. Music goes hand in hand with the famous folk dances like Chohara, Rasa, Bakayang, Jhoor, Jhanjhar, Shand, Shabu etc.
The mall is the main shopping street in Shimla and is world famous. Here you can find restaurants, bars and shops that promise the best shopping experience around. There are many government-run emporiums as well, other than that there is also a lower bazaar which is very famous too. It is also called as Sabji Mandi sometimes. Jewelries, Shawls, Carpets, Paintings, Handicrafts etc. can be purchased here.