5 Reasons to Visit the Queen of the Himalayas – ShimlaApr 24, 2018
Beautiful Shimla attracts tourists each year due to several reasons. Travelers who love the mountains find this lovely hill station and capital of Himachal Pradesh a gorgeous destination that has all the ingredients for a happy holiday. The mountain town has a rich history and heritage that is evident in its buildings dating from the British rule in India, when their top officials used to visit this summer capital to escape the heat in Delhi.
Scenic Splendour and Picturesque Beauty
The serene beauty of the hills, majestic mountains, and lush greenery, flora and fauna and colonial architecture all combine to create a captivating and picturesque destination where a constant stream of tourists visit. The views are breathtakingly beautiful with snow-capped mountains and verdant greenery.The beauty is evident all the year round which is one of the main reasons for its attraction.
Several Sightseeing Choices
Visitors to the delightful destination have a variety of choices for sightseeing and some of these include;
- Jakhoo Hill which offers beautiful views of the city from the highest point
- The Mall which is the most famous shopping area and meeting point
- Christ Church which was built in 1857 and is a beautiful architectural marvel
- Viceregal Lodge or Rashtrapati Niwas which is a heritage sight
Interesting Tourist Activities
Visitors to Shimla can indulge in adventure camping, go bird watching, visit Chadwik falls, experience the train ride from Kalka to Shimla and the Shimla State Museum, pray at several temples, visit nearby places such as Chail or Arki, go picnicking at Glen or Annandale serene and scenic wooded areas, go mountain climbing, indulge in winter sports and so on. Tourists can try paragliding, skiing and several types of adventure sports activities.
Places to Stay and Delicious Food
Visitors have a wide range of hotels, villas, resorts and homestays to stay in Shimla and several of these offer beautiful scenic views, great privacy, competitive rates according to your budget. Try delicious Himachal cuisine and visit the variety of restaurants serving tasty food varieties to suit all palates and budgets. Typical Himachal foods to try include Madra, Siddu, Mittha, Aktori, Dhaam and trout fish. The choices include Chinese, Punjabi, Mughlai, Tibetan, South Indian and Continental, European, Italian types of cuisine or even street food.
Any holiday is incomplete without shopping for local souvenirs and specialities and Shimla offers plenty of choices to tourists. Shopping areas include The Mall, Lakkar Bazaar, Tibetan Market, Lower Bazaar and other malls and markets. Visitors can shop for woollen clothing, shawls, rugs, handmade shoes, wood crafts, costume jewellery, jams and preserves and antiques among other items.
Tourists can reach Shimla by air to the Shimla Airport at Jabbarhatti, by railway train and enjoy the old style charming ride by the narrow-gauge toy train from Kalka which passes through 103 tunnels, 800 bridges and lovely scenery. Shimla can also be reached by road from Chandigarh or Delhi. This picturesque town is something that should not be missed. Add Shimla to your bucket list of must visit places and you are sure to be pleased with your choice.