Shimla is ranks among the most popular hill stations of india. If you’re tired of doing the mainstream.Shimla is the place where you should visit and enjoy the nature.
Among all the hill stations Shimla is a preferred destination as people. The visitors often say there’s something about Shimla. It is always a pleasure to visit the summer capital of British India, you’ll never get tired of it.
Here are the 10 places to visit in and near Shimla:
-Indian institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS):
The building that houses the Institute acted as the home for Lord Dufferin, Viceroy of India from 1884 – 1888.
Its name was the Viceregal Lodge. The building showcases eternal beauty.
This building became the summer retreat for the President. It was also known as Rashtrapati Niwas.
It was Dr. S Radhakrishnan who turned it into a centre for higher learning. IIAS started on 26th October, 1965 by Prof. S Radhakrishnan. Its Interiors are very luxurious.
There is a reception hall which leads from the south facing entrance portico. The hall has an impressive fireplace and a grand staircase. It begins from the right and spirals up three full floors. A gallery forms the central space, around which other rooms are there.
The teak paneling, walls decorated with coats of arms of former Viceroys and Governor General adds to the charm of the place. There are terraces and verandas at different levels surrounding the entire building. In the background, there’s a beautiful garden with colourful flowers and herbs.
-Tara Devi Temple:
It is at a distance of 15 km away from the hill station of Shimla. Here you will find 250-year-old temple of Maa Bhagwati Tara Devi- a form of Goddess Durga. Nestled atop at Tara Parvat, this religious structure exhibit picturesque beauty and architecture. This Shrine came into being in 1825, by Raja Balbir Sen of Sen dynasty.
According mythology, it was because of Raja Balbir’s vision of Maa Tara expressing her desire to be on Tara Parvat. As a consequence, a temple originated with an ashtadhatu idol.
During Navratras, large number of devotees visit to pay rituals and attend the annual fair.
The beauty of the place is due to thick pine forests in the background along with a glimpse of the distant snow-capped Himalayas .
A place which is a must see sight for any visitor is the mall road. It is the lifeline of Shimla because of its mesmerising colonial buildings. It is popular for its cafes, restaurants and shop selling Himachali attires and antiques.
Mall road, without any doubt is the centre of Shimla’s bustling social life.
Scandal Point on the western edge of Shimla where two of the city’s most important roads, at the meeting point of Ridge and Mall Road.
It is a common spot for strolling, the place got its name because of a scandal. The Maharaja of Patiala eloped with the daughter of the British Viceroy.
Christ Church, Shimla originated in 1857. It is the second oldest church in North India, after St John’s Church in Meerut.
Due to the splendid view of neo-gothic architecture, this church stands out for its splendid grandeur.
A short trek to visit the historic 108 ft tall Hanuman statue, is a major tourist attraction in Shimla. next to the temple is a beautiful café, Café under the Tree. One can stop by, to grab lunch and snacks along with admiring the beauty of nature through big windows.
-Hassan Valley/Green Valley:
This is the second dense forest in Asia and it falls on the way to Kufri. The forest cover ranges from oak, pine, rhododendron, deodar. The arrangement for the trip to Hassan Valley must done well in advance. The valley offers spectacular sites and so is the perfect getaway in the lap of nature.
This destination is 20 km from Shimla. It forms the Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh, along with Shimla and Chail. This is a perfect getaway in summers as well as in winters.
Trekkers will be more familiar with this little hill station. This is due to the reason that most of the treks to Manali and Shimla start from here. Famed as Himachal Pradesh’s winter sports capital.
Kufri also hosts the annual winter sports festival which commences every February. The major sports are tobogganing and Skiing are among the most popular things to do in Kufri.
When it snows, head to Narkanda. Its distance is 65 km or about 2 hour’s drive away from Shimla, the hill station is at an altitude of 2700 metres above MSL. It is well known for its winter sports activities like skiing and hiking.
The astonishing sight of snow-clad mountains, surrounding the apple and peach plantations, is like no other! An hour trek from Narkanda will take you to Hatu Peak, the adventure seekers’ paradise. This is one of the best places to visit in Shimla. HPDC conducts skiing courses here every winter.
Hatu Peak is around 70 km from Shimla, a place lesser known, more serene, and almost as good as a paradise. You can reach the peak by bike or a car or on foot.
On reaching the top of the peak. The prolific views of the mountains around and Hatu Mata temple grace the travelers with their majestic presence.
Hatu Peak Trek is generally taken at the beginning of summer. It is a walk to remember in the alpine of Himalayas through steep curves, muddy paths, and hairpin bends.
Hatu Peak Trek takes approximately 7 hours to cover 14 km (to & fro) which means during the days’ time. Narkanda becomes the base camp for the trek.
Himachal is a memorable place and the memories will remain green in our minds for the rest of our lives. After this wonderful experience one can say
” Stop Travelling. Start Experiencing. “