Once the summer capital of British Empire, Shimla is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. The spellbinding nature, pieces of evidence of rich British architecture and deep footprints of Indian History; Shimla has everything to hypnotize travelers from worldwide.
The UNESCO world heritage Kalka-Shimla railway line of 96.54 km built in 1903 is something in your Himachal Pradesh tour package which may take you to the glorifying British India epoch. British aeon heritage buildings like Vice Regal Lodge, Christ Church, Gorton Castle, Peterhoff, Command House, Auckland House and Gaiety Theatre building are still the talking evidences of British architecture and Shimla’s bygone.
Shimla witnessed a lot many consequential events which are recorded in history books. Once the component of Nepalese kingdom, Shimla spotted Gorkha war in the era of 1815 -16. The decision to form the Muslim League gained ground in Shimla in 1906. In the year 1945 Shimla was the place where draft of partition of British India i.e. formation of India and Pakistan was drifted. Post Indo – Pakistan war of 1971 Shimla hosted Indo – Pak summit and Shimla pact was signed between both nations in the year 1972.
The unique demonstration of unparalleled and bewitched nature is something which sends travelers in trance state.
Nearby Shimla called Chail is also a must visit place, it’s a destination which offers diversity and nature’s uniqueness in itself. Chail bird sanctuary, Chail Palace, and Kali ka Tibba are the prominent sightseeing attractions. Kufri is also the heart and soul of Shimla tour package.
Which places to visit in Shimla?
Historical buildings and heritage
The Church: The Christ Church on the ridge is the landmark sightseeing place in Shimla. It has major historical significance as well as aesthetic value. Lots of movie scenes have been shot here. The entry to the church is from a side door and visitors are required to remove their shoes before entering into the Church. There are two other churches as well, but they mostly remain closed.
Gaiety Theatre: Gaiety Theatre is a 19th century old Victorian theatre right in the middle of mall road. The theatre benefits from natural acoustics. In the upper floor is a photogallery and floor plan of the building. The photos were shot in the British period when English artists used to perform there. A place definitely to be included when you plan your trip.
Viceregal Lodge: Now known as Indian Institute of Advanced Studies or Rashtrapati Niwas is the summer residence of President of India. It used to be the functional residence of Viceroy of India in the British Era. There is an entry ticket for INR 30 for Indian nationals and guided tours are also conducted from time to time. There are some beautiful flowers all around the main garden and a grass lawn in the centre. There is a souvenir store aside the ticket counter.
Toy Train and Baba Bhalku Rail Museum: The Kalka Shimla Toy Train is a moving heritage, preserved by UNESCO. It is perfect for a joy ride. The Railway Museum preserves some of the oldest engine models and the entire history of this train. Riding the train is more worthwhile in a Himachal Pradesh tour package.
Himachal Pradesh State Museum: The Museum is located above Victory Tunnel. The museum remains closed on Mondays and other Holidays (open on Sunday) and holds a nominal entry ticket.
Kali Bari Temple: Kali Bari is off The Mall Road and the deity inside is goddess Kali. The evening Aarti is done with really good rhythmic Nagara beats and the paintings are really artistic. Besides, the temple is counted among the Shaktipeeth of India.
Jakhu Temple: It oversees the entire town, being located on top of Jakhu hill. There is a huge statue of Hanumanji that can be seen from the farthest hills. Jakhu is the monkey temple of Shimla and also serves as a simple trek for the visitors.
Tara Devi Temple: Tara Devi temple, more than four centuries old, is slightly away from the main city. The view from the Tara Devi temple is absolutely breathtaking. After walking a little upstairs the temple is situated on the peak of the hill. Leather items are strictly prohibited inside the temple.
Sankat Mochan Temple: Sankat Mochan temple, very close to the national highway, is a few kilometers away from the central city. It is another dedicated temple for Hanuman Ji with spectacular views. Hotels near the temple are worth booking.