Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is located in the north-west Himalayas. Tourist attractions in and around Shimla offers an opportunity to view the natural beauty of the Himalayas. The hills of Shimla are popular for apple orchards, snow-covered peaks, lush forests and wonderful flora and fauna. Tourists come to Shimla to experience the scenic beauty of the city, which includes autumn vegetation, calming greens and mild winds of summer, and winter snows. In a way, Shimla is a destination for all seasons. The journey to Shimla from Kalka by the toy train is in itself an enjoyable experience. The toy train passes through 103 tunnels of around 90 km trip up the mountains.
Christ Church is one of the important tourist attractions in and around Shimla. This famous church is considered as the second oldest church of northern India. The tainted glass windows of the church add to the beauty of the building. The building appears more attractive at nights when the it glows with bright lights.
Various tourist attractions in and around Shimla include Chadwick Falls, Himachal State Museum and Library, Botanical Gardens, the Mall, the Prospect Hill, Jakhoo Temple, Tara Devi, Naldhara, Tattapani and Mashobra.
The 67-meter high Chadwick Falls are set between dense forests and it is better to visit here after the monsoons to view this aquatic splendour in its bloom. The best time to visit the site is during July to October. There are some ancient temples near the falls. The Himachal State Museum and Library is one of the tourist places in the city. The museum houses a wide collection of paintings, stone sculptors, coins and pictures that portray the rich legacy of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Besides, there are various Rajasthani and Mughal miniature paintings in the museum.
The mall, which is known as the heart of Shimla, is a famous place where everyone loves moving and shopping around. The place is always teeming with domestic and international tourists. The Prospect Hill is another beautiful place on the Shimla Bilaspur road. There is an ancient shrine of Kamma Devi on the top of the hill. Jakhoo temple is devoted to Lord Hanuman and it is considered as the uppermost point in Shimla. The temple creates a soaring impact.
Tara Devi temple is one of the major tourist attractions in and around Shimla. The temple is located approximately 15 Kms from the city. The temple offers some fascinating views of the surrounding areas. Naldhara is another beautiful picnic spot, around 23 Kms from Shimla city. It is said that Naldhara houses the oldest and the highest golf course in India. Tattapani, which is located around 65 Kms from Shimla, is located on the Shimla-Mandi highway. The hot water springs at Tattapani are famous all over India. Mashobra, a quaint little village, is situated about 13 Kms from Shimla. Some dense forests surround the village and offer pleasurable walks. The Durga temple at Mashobra is another attraction of the village and is a worth visiting place.
Last Updated On: 2011/09/02