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Shimla - A Colonial Hill Station

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Christ Church Shimla
Christ Church Shimla
State Library
Viceregal Lodge (Photo Courtesy: ptwo)
Walk to Viceregal Lodge (Photo Courtesy: Ankit Mittal)
Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (Photo Courtesy: Aman Gupta)

Shimla (6500+ ft asl) is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. In 1864, Shimla was declared the summer capital of the British Raj in India. Shimla is now a crowded town, a popular tourist destination in winters and a local getaway.

Shimla is surrounded by pine, rhododendron, and oak forests. Shimla experiences pleasant summers and cold, snowy winters. The city is famous for its buildings styled in architecture dating from the colonial era. Some of these are now converted into heritage hotels.

Another heritage element of Shimla is the Kalka - Shimla Heritage train and is a major attraction despite taking double the time a road journey would take.

Shimla except the structures with colonial architecture and heritage train is like a city on a hill and lost the charm it earlier had. However its still visited for its colonial history and heritage all round the year and the fact that it’s a base point to visit many a hamlets around the area and towards remote areas of Sangla, Kinnaur and Spiti Valley.

Recommended Stay Duration: 2 nights

Seasonality: Oct-June. Snowy winters (Jan - March) are excellent for those who are looking to experience snow

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