: Himachal Pradesh
Kali Bari Temple, Jakhoo Temples, state
Museum, Prospect Hill
Best Time To Visit :
History of Shimla started from
Stately Windsor Castle where the "Widow of Windsor" reigned in
lonely, isolated splendour after the death of her beloved
consort, Prince Albert, to the small, but ancient temple
surrounded by thick woods where the himalayan Goddess, Shamla,
a synonym of Kali, reigned her celestial realm on earth is
indeed, distant cry, but for well over a century, the two
places, almost inter-linked, ruled the destiny of this
sub-continent. In the year 1818, when Queen Victoria's uncle,
William IV, was King of England, Lord William Bentick,the Governer General, had
transformed the Company's
dominion in India to the Dominion of India, and it was accurate to
speak of Britain's Indian Empire. The frontier ran from bengal to Kathiawar, to the
north it ran through the Thar desert and along the Sutlej
nearly to the Himalayan range. The great hills were the
northern boundary except for the Gurkha state of Nepal. Beyond
this line lay the Punjab, Kashmir and the kingdom of
Afghanistan. In 1814, the Nepalese king brought about the
first war with Nepal over Sikkim, the Gurkhas had marched into
Sikkim, whose ruler appealed, to the East India Company for
help. The Sikkim ruler was installed and his territorial
status was guaranteed but during the conflict the British
discovered the beauties of Darjeeling and accidentally also
the thickly wooded spot, abode of the goddess Shamla, and a
part of the Kingdom of Nepal. When war broke afresh in 1819,
the British took the place with its cool and healthy climate.
Shimla is capital of Himachal Pradesh.
PRIME ATTRACTIONS :
THE RIDGE: The large open space in the heart of town
presents excellent view of the mountain ranges. Shimla's landmarks-the
Neo-Gothic structure of Christ Church and the new-Tudor library building
are worth seeing.
THE MALL: Main shopping centre of shimla
with restaurants. the Gaiety Theatre, which is a reproduction of an old
British theatre is a center of cultural activities. A passenger lift
of HPTDC can be taken from the Cart Road and the Mall. Lakkar Bazaar
adjacent to the Ridge is popular for its wood crafts and
KALI BARI TEMPLE: Few yards from scandal Point
towards General Post Office. It is believed that the idol of Goddess
Shayamla is enshrined there.
(2.5 Km) 2455 m: Shimla's highest peak offers a panoramic view of the
town. An ancient "Lord Hanuman" temple. Way from Ridge near Church (on
foot) One can also hire pony or taxi to visit the temple.
STATE MEUSEUM (3 Km):
Ancient Historical Sculptors and
paintings of Himachal Pradesh. Visiting hours 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on
Monday and gazetted holidays.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED
STUDIES (4 Km) 1983 m: This magnificent English renaissance structure
was the former Viceregal Lodge. Its lawns and woodland are added
attractions. Entry by ticket.
PROSPECT HILL (5 Km) 2155 m:
Crowned by a temple dedicated to Kamna Devi 15 minutes walk from
Boileauganj on shimla Bilaspur road. the hill offers a spectacular views
of the area.
SUMMER HILL (7 Km) 1983 m: A
picturesque superb on Shimla-Kalka Railway line. Offers shady walks in
quiet surroundings. The Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi during his visit
to Shimla lived in the elegant Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur. HP
University is situated here.
CHADWICK FALLS (7 Km) 1586 m:
Surrounded by thick forests. About 45 minutes walk from Summer Hill
SANKAT MOCHAN (7 Km) 1975 m: On Shimla-Kalka road
(NH-22) is famous "Lord Hanuman" temple. It commands an excellent view of
Shimla town. The place can be visited by Bus/Taxi.
TARA DEVI (11 Km) 1851 m:
On Shimla - Kalka road (NH-22)
this holy place is accessible by Rail, bus and car. From the
station/road-one can visit the temple either on foot or by taxi /
FAGU (22 Km) 2450 m:
On Hindustan-Tibet Road. It has
enchanting views. Himachal Tourism runs the Hotel peach
NARKANDA (60 Km) 2708 m: On the
Hindustan Tibet road, Narkanda offers spectacular views of snow ranges. An
uphill trek through Deodar woods leads to Hatu Peak (8 Km). Ancient temple
of Hatu Mata is alive with skiers. HPTDC runs Hotel Hatu and in
winters short skiing courses are organised.
KOTGARH (82 Km) 1830
m: Motorable, bifurcation from Narkanda (18 Km) Land of apples and
RAMPUR (140 Km) 924 m: On the
Hindustan Tibet Road. Once the capital of the Princely State of Bushahr,
the town is situated on the banks of Satluj river, Big Commercial Centre
and famous International Lavi fare which is held in November every year,
Dumgir Buddhist Temple, Padam Palace, Raghunath Temple, Ayodhya temple and
Narsingh Temple, are worth visiting. Himachal Tourism runs a tourist
Complex and air conditioned Cafe, Satluj.
SARAHAN (176 Km) 1950 m:
On Hindustan Tibet Road from
Jeori Sarahan is (17 Km) with spectacular view of Srikhand range. Sarahan
has the majestic Bhimkali Temple. Himachal Tourism runs Hotel Shrikhand.
Saharan is the gateway to Kinnaur. A Pheasant Breading Centre and stadium
are worth visiting.
KHARAPATHHAR (85 Km) 2673 m:
on Shimla-Rohru road. A famous religious shrine Giriganga is 7 Km on foot
or by jeep. HPTDC Tourist complex Giriganga Resort under
JUBBAL (90 Km) 1892 m:
Headquarters of the erstwhile Princely State, Jubbal has a superbly
maintained Palace which was designed by a French architect in the 1930 and
is remarkable mix of European and indigenous styles.
HATKOTI (104 Km) 1400 m: Motorable on shimla-Rohru
highway. Famous for ancient temple of Mata Hateswari in the midst of paddy
fields on the right bank of the Pabber river. HPTDC runs Hotel Pabber
MASHOBRA (12 Km) 2148 m: Motorable on
Shimla-Naldehra road. Surrounded by thick forests and offers ideal walks.
Goddess Durga temple is worth seeing.
CRAIGNANO (18 Km) 2149
m: Motorable on Shimla-Naldhera road, Ideal picnic spot with lawns and
NALDEHRA (22 Km) 2044 m: Motorable
On Shimla Tattapani road. this is a nine hole golf course. It was designed
by the British viceroy, Lord Curzon who was so enchanted by this place
that he gave his daughter Alexandra, Naldehra as her second name. Ancient
Nag temple is also situated here. Himachal Tourism runs Hotel Golf Glade
TATTAPANI (65 Km) 680 m: Motorable on
Shimla-Mandi Highway via Naldehra. Tattapani has hot water springs having
sulpher contents, also Hindu temples and Shiv Goofa at Saraur (4 Km) are
worth seeing places
CHINDI (94 Km) 2010 m:
Motorable on Shimla-Mandi highway via Tattapani - A beautiful place in
Karsog Valley. Himachal tourism's tourist Resort is opening shortly. One
can also visit famous mahunag Temple (18 Km). Mamleshwar mahadev Temple
(13 Km) Kamaksha Devi temple (19 Km) Pangna Killa/temple (8 Km) and
Shikari Devi Temple (18 Km).