Shimla: Indian paradise

BY Seema Shukla

Shimla is in the Northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. During the Britishers` time (1864) this is declared the summer capital of British India. After independence, it was announced as the capital of Himachal Pradesh.

Shimla is a land of numerous buildings followed by Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic architectures. It is also the home of several temples and churches. The main center of attraction in this place is Shri Hanuman Jakhu (Statue), Jakhu Temple, Viceregal Lodge, Christ Church, Mall Road, the Ridge and Annadale. Tourists also come here to see Kalka–Shimla Railway line built by the British, which is now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Shimla city is properly connected to Chandigarh and many cities of India. Generally, it takes just 4 hours to reach Shimla by road from Chandigarh. It has also a domestic airport Jubbarhatti Airport which is 23kms from Shimla, however, currently there are no scheduled flights to Shimla, therefore, the best way to reach Shimla by air is Chandigarh Airport and the New Delhi Airport. It is also connected to railways tracks also.

Shimla has very pleasant weather and tourists flock especially during the summer months. The winters are very cold here, therefore the best time to visit Shimla is in the summers.

Near Shimla Kufri and Chail hill stations are very good places to visit. They are covered by snow and Chail has the highest cricket ground in the world. Shimla is a center of many hill sports, it also hosts the mountain biking race MTB Himalaya, which started in 2005 and is regarded as the biggest event of its kind in South Asia. It also has the largest natural ice-skating rink in South Asia.

Shimla is also known for its quality education. It has many boarding and day scholars’ schools. The schools focus on overall development, and they encourage the students to participate in extracurricular activities. The majority of the schools in the town are either affiliated with either CBSE or ICSE. The famous school of Shimla is Bishop Cotton School, Boy`s school, Sacred Heart Convent, St Edwards School, DAV Public School, St Thomas School, Dayanand Public School, Monal Public School, Govt. High School, Chail Military School, The Lawrence School and Auckland House School.

Shimla has many places to get the authentic food of Himachali authentic cuisine such as “Siddu, Madra, Chamba and Kangra, Madra, Babru. Tudkiya Bhath, Bhey or Spicy Lotus Stems, Aktori, Dham or Dhaam, Chha Gosht”. If I talk about Himachali cuisine, it is a wonderful blend of different Pahadi food. Each valley of Himanchal Pradesh is contributing something important to providing flavor and presentation to the state’s cuisine, So, for a cultural aficionado, no trip in Shimla can be reckoned complete without tasting the local dishes.

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