In the words of Sylvia Plath “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery – air, mountains, trees, and people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.” One place that beautifully describes her words is Shimla. Shimla is a hill station spread across seven hills, located in the northwest Himalayas. Also known as the summer capital of British India, Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. The city has lush valleys and forests of pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron.
If you are planning a trip or a weekend getaway to the beautiful city Shimla, then visit these five places to experience mother-nature and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
1. Mall Road & Ridge, Shimla:
Mall Road is a street with countless restaurants, street stores, clubs, banks, and offices. This place is a little wonder that attracts the maximum people of the city. The fact that no vehicles other than the emergency ones are allowed on the streets of Mall Road and it connects to other attractive places like Ridge, Scandal Point, and Christ Church makes it the ideal place to stroll and view the architecture and scenic beauty. The stores in this street display authentic and reasonable handicrafts and hand-woven woollens, making it a perfect place for shopaholics. So, do not forget to visit this place in Shimla.
2. The Indian Institute of Advanced Study:
A rare piece of architecture, The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies is a must visit for people who love to walk through history. During the British Raj, Shimla was the summer capital of India, and this architectural masterpiece was the residence and office of Viceroy of India. After independence Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, then president established IIAS in the building which is devoted Arts, Culture & Languages. To unravel many chapters of history visit this ideal tourist destination.
3. Jakhoo Temple:
Jakhoo temple is located on the highest hill of Shimla. The hill has a height of 8,051 ft and the temple has the oldest civilization which makes it a major attraction for outsiders.108 feet tall Hanuman statue at Jakhoo temple grabs the attention of all the tourists. The place turns out to be divine for nature lovers, pilgrims, and the ones who like hiking.
Away from all the noise, Chail is a small village situated at a height of 2250 m above sea level which is the perfect place for trekkers and hikers. It has lush greenery, offers luxurious hotels & resorts and is famous for having highest cricket and polo grounds. If you are somebody who loves calm environment and is looking for a getaway from the bustling towns and cities then Chail is just the right place for you.
To enjoy snow, chilled weather and adventure visit Kufri in Shimla. It is a hub of winter activities and offers sports like skiing and ice skating. These activities take place under the supervision of trainers which makes it fun and safe for the visitors. The beautiful landscapes and snow-covered valleys are sure to be visited by travellers.