My Shimla Trip – A trip whose memories will remain etched forever in my mind!

Published: 02nd March 2009
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My first trip to Shimla, rightly given the sobriquet of "Queen of Hill Stations", has left me mesmerized and astonished. There are so many things in this small yet picturesque town to try that I was almost surprised and ever eager to explore as what is next which I can do. Known as the summer capital of India, this hill station is presently the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh.



On a trip to Shimla, my tour guide imparted an interesting piece of information about this place. I learned from him that the name Shimla has been derived from the word "Shyamala" - the name of Hindu goddess 'Kali'. In the nearby Jakhu hill of the region, the temple of Ma Kali was found situated amidst the dense forest after which the place was so named.



I remember everything so perfectly about my Shimla trip that I would like to share how it went and the things that I observed there.



1. Tourist attractions in Shimla

A group of places of interest to which I paid visits during Shimla tour included:



Christ Church - this is one of the ancient churches in Northern India. The site looks beautiful with its stained glass windows which are said to signify patience, humility, hope, faith and charity.



Shimla State Museum - the rich collections at the museum represent the cultural wealth of Himachal Pradesh. Here, I came across Pahari paintings in their miniature form, bronze and wood carvings, sculptures, textiles, costumes and jewelry.



Jakhu Hill- this pristine hill is the highest peak in the region. From here, I could bask in the attractive views of the town of Shimla and the surrounding snow clad Himalayan ranges. An old Hanuman temple is also there.



The Mall - in this shopping center of the town, I was enthralled at the sight of numerous restaurants, bars, clubs and banks. The center houses a theatre called Gaiety Theatre too.



Annandale - about 2 to 4 kms from Shimla, this playground is located. Perched at the height of 6,117 ft, this spot serves as an ideal destination for cricket, polo and picnicking.



Summer Hill - this is another interesting sightseeing spot of its kind. Found in the Shimla-Kalka railway line, the hill is noted for its peaceful and calm surroundings. In fact, it is said that Mahatma Gandhi also spent his time amidst the tranquil environs of this place. I also visited the Himachal Pradesh University here.



2. Adventure Sports in Shimla

The scope of adventure sports in Shimla is really wide and spellbinding. It was fun to pick from the large number of options available in this hilly region. Some of the sports that I enjoyed to the hilt comprise:



Skiing

Heli-Skiing

Mountain Cycling

River Rafting

Trekking

Para Gliding

Ice Skating



In the month of January, the city hosts an Ice-skating Carnival organized by the Ice-skating Club. This event takes place every year.



3. Accommodations in Shimla

Most of the Shimla hotels are well devised and offer excellent guest-friendly services and facilities. Some of hotels that deserve special mention in this regard are:



Wildflower Hall

Oberoi Cecil

Radisson Hotel Shimla

Le Talbot Hotel

Sunrise Villa



4. How to reach Shimla

The easy air, rail and road connectivity of Shimla with other parts of Himachal Pradesh made my journey smooth and enjoyable. The main railway link of the hill station is Shimla-Kalka.




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