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Shimla is the capital city of the state Himachal Pradesh.  It is one of the most popular tourist places in India, which is rushed by the tourists throughout the year. The most significant reason to visit Shimla is the amiable nature and local sightseeing. People love to visit Shimla with their family, relatives or friends, as it offers amazing experience of holiday, which is full of joy, adventure, relaxation and spirituality. One can go for nature walk, fishing, golfing, ice-skating and trekking here.

The mesmerizing and picturesque views of the green forests and green valley of locales catch heavy tourism in the city. The historical monuments and places in Shimla are worth visiting. Shopping lovers can also enjoy their leisure time in the vicinity of Lakkar bazaar and The Mall Road.  This market offers various kinds of craft materials made of wood. Moreover, shawls of Shimla and leather crafts like shoes, slippers and belts are also famous and highly in demand by the tourists. In winters, people love to view snowfall and snow-laden mountains and landscapes.

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The Mall: This is the famous shopping vicinity in the city. Moreover, traveler can find delicious cuisines and snacks in restaurants, hotels and coffee shops.

The Ridge: It is a broad and spacious area above the Mall Road, where cultural events and activities are organized every year.  Traveler can view scenic beauty of surrounding mountains.

Christ Church: It is one of the oldest churches in India. It is situated near the Ridge. Foundation of this church was laid in the year 1844.

Himachal State Museum: This is one of the famous museums in the city, which is positioned on the Ridge near Mall Road. The museum showcases the antique items like coins, paintings and handicraft items.

Scandal Point: The Scandal Point is small spot at the Ridge in Shimla. It is known for the romantic meet of Maharaja of Patiala and the daughter of Viceroy of India at the time of British Rule.

Kali Bari Temple: This is one of the oldest temples situated at one end of the Mall Road and it is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali.

Johnnie’s Wax Museum:  This museum is situated on the Mall Road and it showcases wax statues of famous persons like Mahatma Gandhi, Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities.

Rashtrapati Niwas: Formely, it was known as Viceregal Lodge. It was built on Observatory Hill as a residence of British Viceroy of India.

Jakhoo Temple: This temple is situated on the top of the Jakhoo Hill and dedicated to the Lord Hanuman. This temple also has a statue of Lord Hanuman, which is at the height of 108 feet.

Sankat Mochan Temple: This is temple is also dedicated to the Lord Hanuman, which is situated about 7 kilometers away from the main city.

Tara Devi Temple: This temple is dedicated to the goddess of Stars and situated at the hill top, which is about 11 kilometers away from the main city.

Tattapani:  This is a place near the bank of the river Sutlej, which is about 51 kilometers away from the main city. This point is famous for the hot water springs and caves of the Lord Shiva.

Kufri:  This place is 13 kilometers away from Shimla and famous for ultimate scenic beauty during snowfall. Visitors come here for snow-skiing and other adventure activities like trekking and valley crossing.

Naldehra: This is a famous for Naldehra Golf Club, which is 22 kilometers away from Shimla. The high altitude golf course is surrounded by lush green trees and beautiful mountains. It has nine golf holes.  The name “Naldehra” is derived from the famous Nag Temple situated here.

Mashobra: The place 10 Kilometers away from the city Shimla is famous for extraordinary natural beauty and abundant flora and fauna.

Shimla was also known as summer capital of India at the time of British Rule. The name “Shimla” was derived from the name of the Goddess “Shyamla Devi”.  As per the Hindu mythology, she was an incarnation of the Great Hindu Goddess “Kali”. The city Shimla was invaded by the Nepali invader “Bhimsen Thapa” in the year 1806. Later in the year of 1815, the city was taken under control by the British East India Company. They were attracted by the climate of Shimla. During the hot summer weather in India, British people like to visit here. They come with relatives and friends to spend their leisure time. In the year 1903, the famous passenger toy train path was built, which is known as Kalka-Shimla Railway. In the year 1971, when Himachal Pradesh is formed as a state of India, Shimla was announced as capital city of the state. Kalka-Shimla Railway was considered as the part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2008.

Shimla city is at an average altitude of 2206 metres above the mean sea level. The geographical location of the city is 31.61°N and 77.10°E. The city has pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron trees in the surroundings and forests.  The landscape of green forests and valley is eye-catching and awesome. Shimla as a district in the State comprises popular places like Narkanda, Naldehra, Fagu, Kufri and Rohdu. Shimla is located at the south-western part of the Himalayan ranges. Shimla Hills is a group of seven hills – Summer Hill, Jakhoo Hill, Inverarm Hill, Observatory Hill, Prospect Hill, Elysium Hill and Bantony Hill. Of these seven hills, Jakhoo Hill is the highest one at an altitude of 2454 metres.  The river Sutlej flows about 13 miles away from the main city.

The weather of the city is very cool in winters and moderately warm in summer. The average temperature of Shimla in winter ranges between -1 and 10°C. During summer it raises little up and ranges between 19 and 28°C. Monsoon approaches at the end of the June, due to which good rainfall occurs in the month of July and August. This may result landslides in the region. Snowfall is most awaited by the maximum tourists coming to the city. It occurs at the maximum in the month of January and February.

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