Shimla: A Tourist’s Paradise
Shimla, the Summer Capital of India during British reign over the country, is generally regarded as the tourist paradise of North India. Every year millions of tourists visit this paradise not only from India but abroad also. It has become the centre of attraction for the foreign tourists coming to visit India. Shimla was established by the British after the fist Anglo-Gurkha War. Prior to independence too, Shimla was centre of attraction for the British during the summer. And as a result of this growing interest of the British in Shimla, it was taken as the Summer Capital of India in 1864. This Paradise of north India is located at 71116 feet at the foothills of Himalaya. British also set up there army headquarters here in Shimla. Even after independence, it has become a centre of attraction and a source to generate foreign currency for the country, as tourists from different parts of the world visits this paradise in millions of numbers.
Centre of Attraction
Shimla has always been remain the centre spot for the tourists across the globe coming to India due to its pine forests, apple orchards, crisp, clean air and breathtaking views. India’s largest hill station and tourist spot sprawled over area of 12kms and is situated on a crescent shaped ridge. During on season, millions of tourists visit this hill station, and it is almost impossible to get lodging here during that time despite of having more than thousands of hotels in the city. At this time the rates of the lodgings also touches the sky. But during off- season, same lodgings are available at discounts. People living here are simple village folk, but are very hard working. People here worships goddess Shakti and are fond of music and dance. Even the names of the villages are on the name of god and goddesses. The hill station has got something of interest for the people of every age and every profession. It doesn’t matter whether you are old or young, an artist or poet, a businessman or a philosopher, the city has something to offer to every one visiting it making it centre of attraction for the tourists.
Best Season to Visit This Paradise
Basically seasons of Shimla can be divided into two parts both parts considered to be the best time to visit this hill station. The first part of the season can be considered from the month of April to the month of August, that is, during the summer season. At this time temperature of the Shimla ranges between 29 degree maximum to 14 degree minimum. The climatic condition during the summer season attracts the people to Shimla to get away from the scorching heat of the summer season.
But the best time to visit Shimla is considered to be its second part, that is, from December to January. At this time hill station experiences a huge amount of snowfall arising the curiosity among the people to indulge in various snow sports and a lot of fun and enjoyment and at this time temperature ranges between 7 degree to even below zero degree, So best time to visit can be considered as the month of December, because this month experiences maximum snowfall.
During the on season it’s really a hard nut to crack task to get a room in any of the hotel of the Shimla. Almost 1000 small and big hotels are built in the city, but on the on season, it is really difficult to get a room on the spot. To avoid such hiccups, hotels have started advance booking system to facilitate both to themselves as well as to the tourist, but still if you have no advance booking, y6ou will have to toil hard to get your accommodation. The two leading hotels of the Shimla are Raddission Hotel and Bridge View Hotel, including several other hotels in the city. So if you are planning to visit Shimla during on season try to book in advance otherwise you can face many problems.
Shimla has always been an attractive spot for the various tourists due to its climatic conditions and various breathtaking views. The city has various tourist attracting spots. They include:
- The Ridge- It is the largest open space in the centre of the city, presenting beautiful sights of the hills and valleys of the city. The two important destinations surrounding it are Tudor Library and Gothic Structure of The Christ Church.
- The Mall- It is the biggest shopping complex of the city including restaurants and the Gaiety Theatre, a remake of the British Theatre built here during the British reign
- Jakhoo Temple- About 2.5 kms away from the Ridge lies an ancient temple of Lord Hanuman where you can go either on foot or on pony or cab. Besides, this it also presents a panoramic view of the city
- State Museum- About 3 Kms away from the city lies the state museum, containing various historical elements concerning the state.
Besides, these spots, the state has several other tourist attracting spots like Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Chadwick, Sankat Mochan Temple, Tara Devi Temple, Sarahan, Kharapatthar, Jubaal,Chindi etc.
How To Reach
Tourists can any of the three modes of transportation to reach station, that is, tourists can visit here through air route, rail route and also through road route also
- By Air- The main airport connecting Shimla is at Jubbarhatti, about 23 kms away from the city. Vayudoot Airlines from Delhi and Kullu connects the air route to Shimla.
- By Train- The city has been connected with narrow railway lines across Kalka. Usually small trains called as the Toy Train run across these lines presenting a pleasant and beautiful journey to the tourists. There are two types of Toy Train, one is small train with only one cab with glass roof making the journey pleasant for the tourist, and the other being big train with three or more carriages.
- By Road- Shimla is connected with various states of the country via road line. The main states connected with via roadways are Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and various other cities like Chandigarh, Kalka and various other cities of Punjab. Various buses, A.C buses and Deluxe Buses and various taxes and cabs can be hired to reach this paradise of the north India