HILLS AT SHIMLA
The scenic splendour of Shimla has charmed one and all, making it a popular tourist destination. At Shimla the tourists can indulge themselves in a gamut of activities and experiences -going for a shopping spree, revelling in the scenic delights, waking up to misty mornings in the mountains, walking down the lanes reminiscent of the historical past and going out for action-filled adventure tours.
Among the adventure travel activities that you can indulge at a leisurely pace include heritage walks and hiking tours in and outside Shimla. First major walk area is the Prospect Hill.
Crowned by a temple dedicated to Kamna Devi , a 15-minutes walk from Boileauganj on the Shimla-Bilaspur road. The hill is situated at an altitude of 2,155m and offers a spectacular view of the area
This is the 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.. The Lakkar Bazaar adjacent to the Ridge is popular for its wood-crafts and souvenirs.You can also enjoy walks from the Mall in Shimla, which is enhanced by some of the oldest architectural building structures that were made by the British. Some of the buildings worth checking out over here include Dalziel House, one of the oldest structures of town; Fingask Estate, the birthplace Lord Chelmsford and the Chelmsford Club; adjoining Fingask Estate is the Catholic Club in Ensham Estate's old building; the one-time residence of the famous write Rudyard Kipling, and the Sacred Art Convent Tat Tara Hall.
A sharp climb takes you to the Shimla estate Museum and a rich display of Himachal's heritage. Some other independent walks include The Glen, which is a Reserve Forest and is one of Shimla's oldest and most popular picnic spots. The area also has several narrow forest inspection paths including one that lies about the Glen and circles Summer Hill, where the Himachal Pradesh University is located. but These paths should be done with the help of our guide. Annandale is another green walking paradise that's surrounded by Deodar trees. The Old Carriage track also makes a good walk through the woods and was used by the Viceroy's to go to Annandale.
At an altitude of 1,283m, Summer Hill is a picturesque spot on Shimla-Kalka Railway line offering shady walks in quiet surroundings. The Father of The Nation, Mahatma Gandhi during his visit to Shimla lived in the elegant Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur located here. Himachal Pradesh University is also situated over here
Surrounded by thick forests, one can reach these falls by taking a , 45-minutes (7-km) walk from Summer Hill Chowk.
At 2455m, Jakhoo Hill towers over Shimla. Filled with history and architectural charm, there are several houses along its steep.1.5km climb that starts from the Ridge and a temple dedicated to Lord Hanauman crowns the forested hill. Enjoy the most spectacular sunrises and sunset sights from this spot, especially during the monsoons.
Another beautiful trail takes you to Sanjuali and between Holly Lodge and Sanjauli, the distance is about 3-km. From Sanjauli, you can walk back via the Government College to the Ridge ,- (2-km,) or via St.Bede's College and Ramchandra Chowk,( 3-km. ).Alternatively, you can have the hotel car take you back back from Sanjauli to Woodville.
A must do is the walk to Tutikandi. There is a walk towards an exquisite little temple of a local deity, Dhanu Defta at Bihargaon. Climb back under pine and cedar branches through the old cemetery, which dates back to the middle of the 19th century. The ascent continues past Kanlog, the Potato Research Centre and Bemloe to the Mall. You can reverse the route by starting from the Potato Research Institute and cemetery, to which point you can also opt to drive. The whole trip covers a distance 6 to 7-km.
A relatively unexplored area full of good walks along wide roads or narrow paths is the Bharari Spur. Step from Local Bazaar, go past Auckland House School and reach the long wood rise. Enclosing Stirling Castle, two roads branch from here and just before Kelston, meet again. Continue your walk down past the Police Lines To bharari Bazaar. Return along the lower road to Goodwood, which will bring you just below Lakkar Bazaar again. A round trip from Lakkar Bazaar covers some 4-km.
Christ Church & St. Michael's Cathedral Built in 1846-1857, Christ Church is the second oldest church of Northern India. The Church overlooks the ridge and is one of the landmarks of Shimla. Shimla's other important churches is St. Michael's Cathedral and Roman Catholic Cathedral, which is just off the Mall.
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.
Lying 23 kms away from Shimla is the golf resort of Naldehra. Apart from sporting the beautiful cover of the green grass on the turfs, the Golf Course is surrounded by splendid groves of deodar trees. For all those visiting Shimla in winters a trip to Kufri is a must. The snow of Kufri is an ideal ground for amateurs as well as seasoned skiers. Another famous tourist attraction is the Narkanda, which has beautiful pine forests and offers the panoramic views of the massifs of mountains surrounding it.