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Travel to Shimla
Shimla is one of the most famous hill stations of India. The capital of Himachal Pradesh and erstwhile summer capital of British India is today subtle mix of old and new. Five star hotels in old colonial buildings, Raj era memories while you walk down the famous mall and most of all Himachali hospitality these are some of the trademarks of this gateway. The ridge is literally the centre of Shimla. From here a road leads to the famous Lakkar Bazaar on one side and the mall on the other. Another takes you to the Jakhu temple as well. The ridge has some iconic landmarks too such as the Ashiana restaurant as well as the old library right next to the church. The ridge is a popular evening hangout for the locals as well as the tourists who come here to enjoy the setting sun and the cool summer breeze or even to enjoy a pony ride.
The other major attraction in Shimla is the Mall especially the section from Scandal Point to Combermere Bridge. The walk along the Mall takes you back to the times of the Raj. Shops have sloping roofs and the mall is studded with history. Another important road link is the Carl Road that encircles the town.
Shimla houses some historic buildings and sights and they make for interesting and leisurely viewing. Housed in the Gothic splendour of the Viceregel Lodge is the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. This is a must see in Shimla.You can enter this splendid building and a guide takes you around to see some of the important rooms on the ground floor.
Very close to the Institute is the Himachal State Museum. Housed in a colonial building and set in spacious lawns, the museum has a collection of Pahari miniatures, stone sculpture, local handicrafts, textiles and embroidery.
Another must visit is Jakhu Hill the highest point in Shimla town. At the hill top is a famous temple of Lord Hanuman guarded by numerous tribes of monkeys who can at times be quite scary. The road to the hills leads from beside the library at the Ridge.
The lovely suburb of Summer Hill is another fun sight. The HP University is also located here. It has secluded quiet walks and charming views. It was here that Gandhiji stayed on his visits to Shimla in the elegant Georgian mansion that belonged to Rajkumari Amrit Kaur.
Shimla has a number of Raj era buildings. This colonial heritage is now being showcased to tourists in the form of heritage walks. The town is packed with a rare range of heritage buildings, interspersed with Himalayan forests. Just beyond Summer Hill is the 67 m high waterfall Chadwick Falls cascading into a deep gorge. The Falls are best for viewing during or after the monsoon. For sporty types there is roller skating and ice skating. Shimla boasts of the first in Asia open air ice skating rink. The ice skating season generally starts in November and lasts till early January before the first snow fall.