Located on a dainty ridge along the mighty Himalayas, Shimla is one of the famous hill stations and holiday resorts located in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. In the days of the Raj, it used to be a popular tourist destination and was declared as the Summer Capital of British India in the year 1864. Although the British have left India many years ago ago, this quaint hill station of many beauteous scenic wonders has not lost out on its sheen. And while British have left, their influence still resonates in this lovely town still laden with a heavy dose of the old world charm.
Even though the focal point of the town is its centrally located Mall Road, the actual beauty of Shimla can be felt while you are on way to the town on a car, winding along the meandering roads, or moving away from it. This experience is duplicated when you travel to Shimla from Kalka station via the famous toy-train, along an exotic trail and through various stretches of tunnels. The sight of gurgling rapids, local green vegetation and the sight of the distant snow-clad Himalayas will fill up your senses. It will imprint on your mind, compelling you to visit over and over again.
See, shop, eat at Shimla
You can go on strolls or trek along resplendent trekking trails to Jakhoo Temple, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Summer Hill, Christ Church and the Baijnath Temple. It is however, advisable to travel in cars to far-off destinations such as Kinnaur Kailash. Strolling along the lovely stretch of the Shimla Mall Road constitutes a big part of a Shimla tour charm.
Shopping along the Mall Road in Shimla is another best feature of Shimla holidays. Such is the lure that even non-shopaholics get addicted. The market place offers a wide variety of fares, ranging from clothes, woolens, shoes, accessories and bags. You might have a hard time fighting over zealous shoppers thronging shops and haggling with stoic storekeepers over a good bargain.
Experience the Best of Himachal through the unique cuisine of the state. The rich flavors will enslave your taste buds. There is also ample availability of other Indian and western as well as Chinese and Tibetan food options. Sample the delicious momos available at some of the local stalls around the town; they will be among the best you have tasted ever.
Anuradha Shankar is a mother, traveller, freelance writer, compulsive bookworm.. not necessarily in that order. She lives in Mumbai and aims to travel as much as she can across the country, 10 year old son in tow. Her blog 'A Wandering Mind' is primarily a travel blog, but true to its name it wanders all the time - from events to random thoughts, book reviews to her son's latest peccadilloes!