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Tourist attractions & Shopping in Shimla
Fagu: Set amidst orchards Fagu offers a majestic view of the Choor Dhar Peak and the inner Himalayas. It is located 22 km from Shimla on NH 22.
Narkanda: This small resort town is situated at an attitude of 2,708 m on the Hindustan Tibet Road and offers a spectacular view of snow ranges. For the more adventurous there is a tough 3 km trek up to Hatu Peak.
Kufri: If you are in Shimla you have to visit Kufri for its ski slopes and the walk to Mahasu Peak. This winter resort offers glorious views of forested slopes and snow capped peaks of the inner Himalayas. A fine ski resort Kufri has a winter season that extends from January to March. An exciting winter sports festival is held each year in February.
43 kilometres from Shimla here is the palace of the Maharaja of Patiala surrounded by thick deodar forests. The palace is set in 75 acres of thick forests and has the world's highest cricket pitch and polo ground with orchards, elegant lawns and a lover's hill.
Located halfway up a high mountain side the road to Sarahan winds past flowering pine trees that give way to stately oaks. Fields and orchards surround the small villages. This sparsely populated tract is steeped in ancient legends and here is the famous Bhimkali temple regarded as one of the fifty one sacred Shaktipeeths.Deep down in the valley flows the river Sutlej and across lies the snow clad Shrikhand peak.Sahran is also the base for numerous treks and is the gateway of Kinnaur.
Shopping in Shimla:
The best place to look for souvenirs and gifts is the Himachal Emporium that stocks handicrafts from all over the state. You can buy traditional Himachali jewellery, Kullu and Kinnauri shawls, mufflers, Lahauli woollen socks, Chamba rumals and miniatures, Chamba or Kinnauri metal craft and Buddhist thankas.Also available are market oriented innovations as Chamba rumal embroidery or partition screens and Kangra miniatures drawn on glass and filled with the powered precious and semi-precious stones. The section of the mall between the Telegraph Office and Combermere Bridge is the main shopping district of the city.