Shimla located in North India in the middle ranges of the Himalayas is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh also known as former summer capital of the British n India. In terms of the tourism sector Shimla acts as a hub for India and among top 10 locations in India.
Religious Places in Shimla:
Christ Church (Shimla):
The Church in Shimla has been built in 1846-1857 and is the second oldest church of Northern India after St John's Church in Meerut. The Church overlooks the ridge and is one of the landmarks of Shimla. The town's other important churches are St. Michael's Cathedral and Roman Catholic Cathedral, which is just off the Mall.
Jakhu temple is the height of about 8048 ft above the sea level and it is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is also at the highest peak of capital Shimla. You can also enjoy the great view of a huge wonderful murti (Statue) of Lord Hanuman in the middle of Deodar tree from Ridge. To reach over there you can hire a taxi or walk through the road in the middle of dense forest and enjoy the amazing view of Shimla.
Sankat Mochan Temple:
Sankat Mochan is also the other name of Lord Hanuman and the temple is situated on Shimla-Kalka road at the height of 1975 meters. It commands an excellent view of Shimla town. Every Sunday at the temple’s campus you can enjoy the food (Langar).
Tara Devi Temple:
Tara Devi temple is also situated on Shimla-Kalka road. You can reach in this holy place by train, bus or car. It is about 11 km away from main Shimla. You can also visit the temple on your foot among the dense forest of deodar and it is also a famous picnic spot for school children and other people in holidays.
Kali Bari Temple:
Kali Bari Temple is situated near to the Mall Road Shimla and it takes hardly 5 minutes a walking distance from The Mall Shimla. Goddess Shyama Devi is worshipped over and it has been said that Shimla is named after name of this Goddess. Too many Bengalis visit the temple to worship Goddess during Diwali and Durga Puja.
Other Points of Attraction in Shimla:
Himachal State Museum & Library:
In state Museum you will come across too many ancient historical paintings, coins, sculptures, photos and other items and in Library there are too many historical books and scripts. You can visit there from 10 AM to 5 PM except every Monday and gazetted holidays. To reach there it will take hardly 15 to 20 minutes.
Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens:
On the Observatory Hills is located Viceregal Lodge, which is also known as "Rashtrapati Niwas". This magnificent building was the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin. This lodge was completed in 1888 and it is said that every brick for the building was carried by mules. This is a six-story building and is surrounded by well-maintained gardens and lawns. The lodge has now been converted into Institute of Advanced Study and is further 2-km from State Museum.
Indian Institute of Advanced Studies:
The style of architecture is English Renaissance, the masonry of the walling is light blue limestone and the wrought stonework is done in sandstone in a beautiful light gray tint. The entry in the institute is by ticket and only on Sundays the grounds are open for the public.
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 is worth seeing.
This is the main shopping centre of Shimla town full with restaurants, bars and food courts. This is especially pleasant in the evenings when the views and lights are wonderful. 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 souvenirs.
Summer Hill is at an altitude of 1,283m. Mahatma Gandhi known as the father of the nation, during his visit to Shimla he used to live in the elegant Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur located here. Himachal Pradesh University is also situated over here.
Potter Hill is situated at a distance of 1 km from Summer Hill is a very beautiful picnic spot full with the natural beauty and ecological park is also situated here.
It’s about 4 km walk from the Ridge through dense Forests, a sprightly stream flows through the Glen forests at an altitude of 1830 meters. It is a secluded picnic spot.
Beyond the Glen, another picnic spot is Annandale. It is covered with dense deodar forests and was once the playgrounds of Shimla, where racing, polo and cricket entertained the British.
On the road leading through Lakkar Bazaar, houses the famous Auckland House, the former residence of Viceroy Lord Auckland. It is a well-known girl’s school now. Nearby is the Stirling Castle, now an orphanage for the Tibetan children and a center for the Tibetan exiles who have settled locally.
Shimla has three cinema halls, near to Mall and Hindi movies are played mostly. One can visit the Roller Skating hall on the left side of the Lakkar Bazaar (open for all) and can do roller skating on melodious music. Mall has few Billiard Rooms. There are shops offering variety of Video Games. In the Tourist Season various entertainment programs are organised such as Summer Festival in June, Ice skating in Dec-Jan and Winter Carnival. Most of the time one or the other exhibition or craft fare is held around mall area.