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Shimla

Shimla " The Hill's Queen" is situated in the lower ranges of the Himalayan Mountains; it is surrounded by pine deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Towards the north lie the snow-covered high-ranges, while the valleys breathe whispering streams and swaying fields. Within the town are most splendid colonial edifices, quaint cottages and charming walks. Shimla offers a variety of shopping, sport and entertainment activities.

Shimla town is located in mid hills of western Himalayas. Shimla's cool climate is the precise reason why it is such a popular summer retreat. You can enjoy the Shimla’s cool Climate with your Shimla trip or Shimla tour package and  get relief from the scorching heat of the plains. Located at an altitude of approximately 2200m above sea level, the region has a hilly terrain and is covered by dense evergreen forests. A few visitors choose to visit Shimla during spring or autumn when the place is less crowded and the views are too spectacular for words.

    Some must visit places are:

  •         Mall Road Shimla
  •         Shimla Ridge
  •         Annandale
  •         State Museum & Library
  •         Viceregal Lodge
Area : 25 square kilometres
Altitude : 2130 meters above sea level
Currency : Indian Rupee
Language spoken : Himachali, English and Hindi
Location : 31.06° North to 77.13° East
Population : 163,000 (according to 2001 census)
Religion : Domination of Hinduism
STD (Standard Trunk Dialing) Code : 0177
Summers : April to June (16o - 28o Celsius)
Monsoons : July to September (12o - 22o Celsius)
Winters : November to February (-7o - 10o Celsius)
Time : IST (Indian Standard Time) +5.5 hours
By Air

Shimla can be easily reached by air. The place has its own airport at a place called Jubbarhatti, which is located at a distance of 23 kilometers from the main city center. Flights from New Delhi, Chandigarh and Kullu (another hill station) operate on a daily basis. Jagson Airlines is the flight that operates from these places on a regular basis.

By Rail/ Train

The nearest railway station that connects Shimla to neighboring states is at Kalka. This place is located at a distance of 96 kilometers from Shimla. From Kalka, it takes around 6 hours to reach Shimla. The frequency of trains that ply from Kalka to Shimla is pretty good, with atleast 4 trains plying to and fro from Shimla. The journey from Delhi to Kalka is an overnight journey and reaches Kalka early morning. There are many tunnels en route with the longest being 1.2 kilometers long!

By Road

Shimla is well connected to neighboring places like New Delhi and Chandigarh through national highways. The journey from Delhi to Shimla by road takes approximately 8 hours. The highways are well maintained by the authorities and are a pleasure to drive on. There are many tourist buses that ply from neighboring places to take tourists to this beautiful hill station.

The capital of the Land of God's is no exception to this land's spiritual abyss. Some of the well known religious places in Shimla are:

    Bhimakali Temple

    Jakhu Temple

    Kalibari Temple Shimla

    Christ Church & St. Michael's Cathedral

    Sankat Mochan Temple

    Tara Devi Temple Shimla

The capital itself is a host to various festivals celebrated all over the state. As people from all over the state come to the capital and it has one the youngest populations in the country it naturally has become a mix of the old and the new customs of the society and the world. Some of these festivals are:

     Ice Skating Carnival Shimla

    Rhyali Festival Shimla

    Shimla Summer Festival

    Baisakhi

    Bhoj Fair

    Christmas

    Diwali

    Lavi Fair

    Lohri

    Navaratri

    Sipi Fair
 Those who can resist the charm of Shimla's peaceful environment and pious way of life can visit the following destinations near the city :
    Chail
    Kasauli
    Kufri
    Naldehra
    Narkanda

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