Queen of Hills

The green valleys and the snow capped mountains with arms wide open welcomes everyone in Mother Nature’s lap. To relax, rejuvenate, retrospect and revitalize turn your wheels to the Queen of the Hills – Shimla.

There are many hill stations in India like Oty, Masoori, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani and more but something that sets Shimla apart from all these is that it incorporates nature and growth simultaneously.

In the main town there is Mall road. It’s an open air Mall with a natural AC. All the leading brands are available. You name it and you got it, brands like Reebok, Adidas, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Allen Solly and more. Along with this there are many shops which cater to special Himachali Shawls, caps and jewellery; a must buy.

There are many places where tourists do sightseeing but there is always more to what people know about this town.  Prospect Hill is  stunning with amazing sights and famous Kaamna Devi temple on the hill top. Jakhoo temple an extremely popular temple on Jakhoo hill: is just half an hour walk uphill from Mall Road. The temple has 108 feet high statue of lord Hanuman. Tara Devi is another temple. You can drive to it but the best way to go would be by trekking. Just 13 Km away from the Mall is Kufri, a striking place where there areyaks riding among pine forests and a zoo with animals not in cages. The animals are kept in their natural habitat. Of course there are barbed wires but the walk through it is thrilling. Naldera is known for its lush green golf ground. It also has the famous Lovers Point shown in many Bollywood movies.  For a get away from the hustle bustle of the town drive to Kringnano hill. Serenity is at its peek. Sip on local tea and enjoy the sun set at this lesser known nature’s divinity.

To enjoy the pristine beauty drive to Mashobra hill. For a look at British architecture and the historical place witness  the famous Shimla Pact that has has Advanced studies in the Summer Hill. Take a walk in the woods turn to Chail and for luxury in the woods.  A must visit. Chail Palace now a hotel but the grandeur is preserved. To enjoy natural hot water springs go to Tatta PSanni just fifty Km away from Shimla. If you want to enjoy the mountain river just go to Sadhu Pull if lucky can try river rafting as well.

And if your with a different taste and would want to enjoy a chilling experience then Violet Hill is the ideal place. In Jakhoo hill the huge mansion has been uninhabitated for decades now. Rothney Castle was the residence of the founder of congress AO Hume. It’s popular as ‘Sheeshe wali kothi’.

This summer capital of the British rule still has British architecture all around.  It’s a witness to a smooth transition of a generation. A rich cultural heritage makes its folk dance a must watch. The exotic dishes of Himachal definitely will leaves you licking your fingers.

Shimla has lot of hotels. They vary in range from budget hotels to luxurious five star hotels. The best time to visit this place is round the year but December to March is the time to visit if you want to enjoy the chill and play in the snow.

Shimla is well connected with buses. From Kalka you will have to change the train to a toy train. The journey is spell binding in the toy train but it takes seven hours to reach. The best way to come to Shimla is either by bus or by car. The drive to Shimla is august with greenery. Shimla might seem a little expensive but then the bliss is priceless.

Priyanka Gandhi