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Shimla

Shimla (also spelt as 'Simla') derives its name from goddess 'Shayamla Devi', which is another manifestation of Goddess Kali. The capital of Himachal Pradesh came into light when the British discovered it in 1819. Till then, it was a part of the Nepalese kingdom. In 1864 Shimla was declared as the summer capital of India. After Independence, Shimla became the capital of Punjab and was later named the capital of Himachal Pradesh. In 1903 a rail line was constructed between Kalka and Shimla to start a train tour.

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Shimla India has been blessed with all the natural bounties, one can think of. Dwelling on a panoramic location, the hilly town is surrounded by green pastures and snow-capped peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era create an aura, which is very different from other hill stations.

Bulging at its seams with unprecedented expansion, Shimla retains its colonial heritage, with grand old buildings, among them are the stately Viceregal Lodge, charming iron lamp posts and Anglo-Saxon names the most prominent Travel Attractions. The Mall, packed with shops and eateries, is the centre of attraction of the town, and Scandal Point, associated with the former Maharaja of Patiala's escapades, offers a view of distant snowclad peaks.

Tourist Attractions in Shimla

Arki Fort

Category : Historical

Built by Rana Prithvi Singh, Arki Fort carries a great history of blood shed and power struggle. Till 1815 this formation was the strong hold of the Gurkhas from where they led their war against the British. Now turned in to a heritage hotel, the then strong hold of the erstwhile Baghai rulers presents artistic grandeur and historical excellence to its visitors.A fusion of Rajput and Mughal archit...

Arki Palace

Category : Historical

A dazzling citadel on the backdrop of a wood side hill, Arki palace is quite famous for its lovely frescos of the Arki Kalam style. This gargantuan structure displays splendid architectural works with intricately designed roofs and motifs depicts various themes of contemporary importance. Though in ruins, the murals and the wall paintings are worth a visit. The murals depict various subjects from ...

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

Category : Historical

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is one of the most historic monuments in Shimla. This 122 years old complex has been reopened for public in June 2010. The complex is easily approachable as it occupies strategic location along the Mall Road. Build in the gothic Victorian style, the theater is an important center for various cultural, theatrical and literary events. Tourists can visit here as part ...

Himachal State Museum

Category : Historical

Located on the Mall road, the State Museum is a colonial building set in spacious lawns. Having a good collection of coins, photographs, local handicrafts and other items the museum is a humongous building. The doll gallery consists of a collection of Himachali bride and tribal dolls while the collection of Pahari miniature painting is also worth a look.The museum has a vast collection of damaged ...