Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. In 1864, Shimla is declared as the summer capital of British India and the president capital of Himachal Pradesh. The town is famous for pleasant walking experiences on hill sides surrounded by pine and oak forests .The best time to visit in Shimla is March – June and in October. It’s also known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, Ridge, Toy train and The Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and craft.
First day of journey
Our journey was started from Delhi. Our bus arrived in the morning from the bus stand and the distance from Delhi is approx 324km to Shimla. We passed some towns like Theog, Rampur Bushahr, Chaupal and so many. In the evening we reached Shimla and the view of valley and clouds was very beautiful just like in dreams. Yet, we have to check-in a hotel which we booked ahead. Then we took rest after having fresh meal in the hotel. Then we visit to Mall Road which was main street, common hangout and shopping place for visitors. The mall road was one level under the ridge road which is another famous tourist spot. Ridge road was also known as Scandal Point. The story behind this point is that the Maharaja of Patiala fell in love with the British Princess. Then we went to Lakkar Bazaar, which was also connecting the Ridge road in Shimla. It was also known for wooden toys, walking sticks, and day-to-day kitchen articles. Most of these products are made up of deodar and walnut trees, which are easily available in and around Shimla. There was also a roller skating rink in Lakkar bazaar which we tried and had a great experience. After that we came back to hotel enjoy our dinner and take rest.
Second day of journey
Next day morning, we visit to Christ Church which is second oldest church in North India. After that we hit to Jakhoo Temple. Jakhoo Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, it houses a 108- foot tall of a deity. Due to location on the highest point of Shimla, it offers sweeping views of Shivalik ranges. It is believed that while bringing sanjeevani booty Lord Hanuman took rest here. It was a peaceful place and had a peaceful experience. After that we visit to Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex. The theatre, built on the style of Victorian theatres in the UK has been beautifully and sympathetically renovated. One of the Gadar movie scene was also shoot here . After that we visit to Viceregal Lodge. It is also known as Rashtrapati Niwas, located on the Observatory Hills of Shimla. The distance is 3km from Mall Road. Viceregal Lodge construction started in 1880 and completed in 1888 and know been converted into The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. After that Naldehra Golf Course which is one of the oldest golf course in the world. It had an 18- Hole course. After that Chadwick falls, which is 7km from Shimla, walk through dense green Glen forests, the trail take us to the roaring waterfall dropping from a height of about 86 meters. It was a heart touching scene and had a wonderful feeling having there. After enjoying wonderful fall we take some snacks which we bought from market. After that we returned to hotel and take rest.
The whole day was a great.
Third day of journey
Another wonderful day in Shimla… Today, we are going to Kalka– Shimla Railway toy Train Ride. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It starts early as 4am from Kalka with the latest one leaving at 12:30pm. It was my very first and a wonderful experience which I never felt and had a scenic beauty of Shimla. After that we visit to Kufri Fun World. This is an idol place having ropeway, snow sliding, photography, shooting range, and etc all in one place. We enjoyed all rides, shooting range and photography too, it was too much fun there. In winters, there is skiing at Kufri and Narkanda from January to mid- march.
Whole it was a wonderful and adventures experience in Shimla.