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Shimla is one of the most enchanting hill stations in India as well as well the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Popular for its Victorian architecture, Shimla was previously the summer capital of the British Empire. It is a wonderful retreat during the hot summer months. It is popularly referred as the 'Queen of Hill Stations' because of its picturesque natural beauty.

Shimla is situated in the north-west Himalayas at the height of about 2,213 meters. Since it is frequently visited by the plenty of tourists from all over the world throughout the year, travel and tourism is the most prominent industry in Shimla.

Shimla is well-connected to other main cities in India by train, by plane or by road. Kalka is the closest broad gauge head that can be accessed from Delhi. One can get to Shimla from Kalka by toy train. The city has its airport at Jubbarhatti. One can hire a taxi from Kalka to get to Shimlaor travel by own car. The taxies are available to get around the city.

When on Shimla tours, the tourists will come across numerous tourist attractions including heritage sites, malls, magnificent landscapes and picturesque hills. The Mall is the most prominent shopping center in the city. It consists of several restaurants, bars, clubs, banks, tourist offices and post offices. There is also the Gaiety Theatre. Two chief meeting points at the Mall are Scandal and Ridge point. Located on the Ridge, Christ Church is the second oldest church in North India. It attracts the tourists by its majestic appearance. The glass windows inside the church represent hope, fortitude, humility, faith and patience. Situated 2 km away from Shimla, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak with an altitude of about 8000 feet. It offers a breath-taking view of beautiful town and snow-capped Himalayas. The Summer Hill, located at the distance of about 5 km from the Ridge, is another tourist attraction. It lies at the height of about 6,500 feet. It houses the Himachal Pradesh University.

Shimla State Museum is another place of interest. It was established in the year 1974. It is the cultural wealth of the state of Himachal Pradesh. It exhibits about 9000 art objects associated with archaeology, art and cultural anthropology of the state. Newly added galleries display Indian Archaeology, Pahari Miniature Paintings Monuments, Rajasthan Paintings, wood carvings, Gandhi Gallery, wall painting gallery and contemporary art.

The Viceregal Lodge, which now houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, was constructed during 1888. It is encircled by the lush green pine trees and has a spacious garden. The city of Shimla houses an interesting spot for the sport lovers namely Annandale. Developed as the playground, Annandale is located at an altitude of about 6117 feet, approximately 2-4km away from the Ridge. It is an ideal spot for cricket, polo and picnics.

There are numerous interesting places around Shimla. Tara Devi Temple, 11 km away from the bus stand of Shimla, is a temple devoted to the goddess of stars. There are also the head-quarters of Bharat Scouts and Guides as well as a Military Dairy Town. Another interesting tourist destination, Kufri, is located about 16 km away from Shimla. It is very popular for its ski slopes. It houses the Potato Research Station.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/07