5 Places to Visit in Shimla
Shimla is the summer capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903 (British India). Shimla is famous for handicrafts shops that line The Mall, Lakkarbazar (Famous for Wooden Toys and Crafts) and a pedestrian avenue.
Try “NOT TO MISS” these wonderful places in and around Shimla.
The Ridge is a large open spaced located in the centre of Shimla City. It’s the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. There is a famous shopping center – The Mall Road alongside Ridge. The Ridge serves as a centrepoint to most of the places like Mall, Jakhoo Hill, Snowdon.
The Ridge Road leads to Lakkarbazar – The Wooden Market. There are three statues present on the ridge that of Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, and Dr. Y.S. Parmar, the first chief minister of Himachal Pradesh.
Mall Road is the heart of Shimla. It’s the famous shopping center. It is situated below the ridge. The offices of Municipal Corporation Shimla, Himachal Police Headquarters and Fire Service are located here. No Vehicles are allowed except emergency vehicles.
Mall Road has a number of clothing stores, shops, mindblowing restaurants and cafes. A Himachal Emporium that offers local handicraft products like locally made woolen clothes, branded clothes, jewellery, pottery items and wooden products.
Jakhoo Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Hindu deity Hanuman situated on Jakhoo Hill, which is Shimla’s highest peak. The height of this peak is 2,455m above sea level. There is a festival on Dussehra every year since 1972.
Epic Ramayana says, Lord Hanuman stopped at the location to rest while searching for Sanjivni Booti to revive Lakshmana. A giant idol of Lord Hanuman was made in 2010 with a height of 108 feet. The temple is accessible by foot, taxi, horse or ropeway. The Jakhu Ropeway Lift was opened in 2017.
Christ Church is located on The Ridge. It’s the second oldest Church in North India after St John’s Church in Meerut. Worship is conducted in Hindi and English. It is a parish in the Diocese of Amritsar in the Church of North India.
The Rashtrapati Niwas was formerly known as Viceregal Lodge. It is located on the Observatory Hills of Shimla. Viceregal Lodge used to be the residence of the British Viceroy of India. It houses some of the most ancient articles and photographs from the time of British rule in India. The Viceregal Lodge was designed by British architect Henry Irwin and built in the Jacobethan style. Its construction started in 1880 and was completed in 1888. The interior of the main building is noted for elaborate woodwork which has stood the test of time.
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