Shimla is a tourist destination par excellence. It is a beautiful hill town in the lap of nature, surrounded by pine and deodar forests. Shimla is one of the most popular destinations in India that are frequented by tourists. Fascinated by the charms of Shimla, British made it summer capital of India in 1819. British coined the term "Queen of the hills" for Shimla. It has been blessed with all the natural bounties, one can think of. Today, it is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. The name Shimla is derived from "Shyamala" -the goddess Kali, whose temple existed somewhere in the dense forest that covered Jakhu Hill.

On the very mention of Shimla, the images that conjure up in the mind are: fast flowing rivers, singing birds, tall pine trees, apple orchids etc. One can still see the trail of British Empire in the form of Churches and other buildings.

Attractions in Shimla

What one can do in Shimla

The best handicrafts of Himachal Pradesh are found in Shimla. One can find Tibetan jewellery and trinkets in the small Tibetan shops near the Ridge. Woollen and Pashmina shawls, decorative items, handmade shoes, dolls, woollen caps, carved wooden sticks, toys and other items made from wood are made in Shimla itself and are on sale in the Lakkar Bazaar.

Shimla has the only natural ice-skating rink in India. The Ice-skating Club arranges an Ice-skating Carnival in January every year. During this festival, members display their skill on ice and also participate in a fancy dress competition.

How To Reach Shimla

There are different roads that lead to Shimla for example one can board a bus from Chandigarh, Manali, Chail and Delhi depending upon ones convenience. From all these places Luxury coaches and taxis ply to Shimla. The nearest airport connecting Shimla to other places is at Jubbarhatti, just 23 km away from Shimla. It is connected to Kalka by an enchanting narrow gauge railway line - where even a quaint rail car plies.

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