SHIMLA QUEEN OF THE HILLS
Set at the foot of the majestic mountains-Himalayas and flanked by lofty hills and snow Clad peaks,Himachal Pradesh with its lush green forests, bubbling streams, emerald meadows and enchanting lakes makes a vertical cornucopia that nestles in the Lap of mother nature like her favorite child, It is quite correctly called the Abode of the Gods.
Providing a prefect escapade from the sweltering heat of the plains, Himachal is paradise for Adventure activities like Trekking, jeep safaris, paragliding and river rafting. It is famous for its culture nature and attracts thousands of Travelers every year who look forward to seeking shelter in the invigorating environment of the Himalayas. Unexplored Regions of the state still are a mystery to most tourists.
Shimla Glorified in history, the erstwhile summer capital of India during The Raj, Shimla is derived by a Sanskrit word "Shyamla a synonym of goddess Kali in blue, also its former name when discovered by the British in 1819. Situated in the north-west Himalayas at a height of 7200ft, Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh.
Spread across 12 kms of various cultivations, Shimla is magnificently robed in dense forests of oak and pine, fur and rhododendron, Shimla is a host of splendid colonial edifices, quaint cottages and charming walks. Spanning seven hills, Prospect, Observatory, Elysium, Jakhoo, Strawberry, Summerhill, Inverarm, with their lush green meadows, pine forests,. Undisturbed with the company of all that is beautiful ,cool breezes, lovely sunsets and quiet mountains, Shimla offers a luxury that is priceless.
Shimla is one of the few places in the world where an enormous amount of history and heritage has been distilled into such a small place in so short a time. The town came into being in the first quarter of the 19th century and some four decades later, became the "Summer Capital' of British India. Till the coming of India's independence in 1947, momentous events and memorable architecture packed the town...
A town which holds onto its colonial legacy with ferocity, dotted with fine examples of various eras of architecture; "Tudor, Edwardian, Georgian, Elizabethan Renaissance", the place from where one fifth of humanity was ruled, Shimla definitely had its place under the sun. Today, the colonial order is gone, but its architectural bequest is now a part of the legacy for a free India. The state capital has some of the world's finest examples of Britis colonial architecture. Inspired by the Renaissance in England, is the greystone former Viceregal Lodge, the neo Gothic structures of the gaiety theatre and the former imperial Civil Secretariat. A comprehensive heritage tour of the town would detail all that. These locations are wonderful in that any of these is a great place to start the walks; then there are also the Tudor framed Barnes Court and the distinctive Vidhan Sabha and the secretariat of the government of Himachal Pradesh.