A leisure trip to India, would take you to many places in the country, as the hills, the coasts, the deserts, and the plains, all are amazing tourist destinations in India, offering not only views, adventure, and authenticity to explore, but the same places are equally renowned for their hotels and resorts, luxury and comfort, hospitality and relaxation .

The northern hills of the country have always been popular for being some amazing tourist destinations in the country, for their pleasant climate and outstanding views, and probably that's the reason why many luxury resorts have been opened in these hill stations lately, and more and more tourist attractions have been introduced. Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and a popular summer capital of the country, is as pleasant in its rustic views as in luxury, making it one of the top 10 hill stations of the country.

Tourist Attractions of Shimla

Jakhu Temple
This old temple located on the Jakhu hill, has a place even in the legends and epics, as it is believed that lord Hanuman rested here on his journey to Himalayas, in the epic Ramayana. The temple and the hill is an abode of monkeys also, so be careful while on a trek towards the Jakhu temple.

The museums of Shimla are some really nice places to go and explore the history of the city, as they  treasure artifacts from the time of historical empires. The State Museum, has collected a lot of pahari miniatures and sculptures from 6th to 11th century. You can also go to Photo Art Gallery, where photographs of various aspects of Himachal can be seen, including its flora, fauna, culture, landscape and so on.

Dorje Drag Monastery
Located in the Saraswati Garden estate, this monastery is a living example of Tibetan culture in Shimla. A Tibetan Buddhist monastery, built and run under Nyingma tradition, is also known as Thubten Evam Dorje Drag. Explore the charm and ethics of Tibetan Buddhists here and also donate some money for the monastery's maintenance.

The Mall
The main shopping center of the entire city, it is the most important landmark, with shops, theaters, banks, restaurants, post offices and many other structures. On its north lies the Ridge, which is a social and cultural hub in the city, while also take a look at the Viceregal Lodge, a British styled mansion, which is now called as Rashtrapati Niwas.

Christ Church
Located on the Ridge, near the Public Library, this 1846 church is the second oldest church in the entire north India. The beauty and architecture of the structure is praiseworthy, especially its stain- glass windows, the statues and the frescoes. There is also a fresco designed by Rudyard Kipling's father Lockwood Kipling, in the church.

Taradevi Temple
Located on the Taradevi hill, this temple is dedicated to goddess Kali, and is a very beautiful and peaceful place. The tourists would enjoy the surrounding landscape beauty as well, as the entire place is decked up with variety of flowers. You can have a very resting and tranquil time here.

Recreational Activities:
On a trip to Shimla, you will have as much a leisure time as adventurous. The place would give you many beautiful and exciting places and options to explore, while the hotels and tourism department would take care of your comfort and well being. You can take an adventurous trek up to the hill tops, or a leisure walk in the Mall, shopping for amazing souvenirs in Shimla. Shimla is also a popular place for ice skating and skiing in the snow covered hills, you just need to pick the correct season for this. Take a pony ride on the hills, and enjoy splendid views of the region.

Shimla Cuisine:
In Shimla, you will get all kind of cuisines, as being a popular tourist hub, it caters to every tourist from all over the world. From their own specialities of Indian dishes to Chinese, Continental, Italian , Thai and many others, they serve variety of delicacies to their guests. Do not forget to try the snacks and spicy momos on the streets, but in hygienic places. Some popular places where you can have a hygienic, delicious and affordable meal in Shimla are, the Devicos, which serves Indian, and Western cuisines and also maintains bars;  The Oberoi Cecil Restaurant, offers variety, hygiene and ambience; Sher E Punjab, for simply finger licking food, and many other places.

Shimla Shopping:
In Shimla there are many places where you can shop for the local stuff of the place, but no place is better than the Mall road. You can buy a variety of woolens here, and many other souvenirs as well. The Lakkar Bazaar, sells amazing wooden articles and handicrafts which you can use for decoration. The shawls, sweaters and woolens are mostly Kashmiri stuff, and some best quality as well. Also buy Tibetan carpets, wooden toys and bamboo canes here, while being one of the most popular hub of food processing, you get various food products like jams, squashes, pickles here, like in Minchys. Also buy some old books in Minerva Book House.

Best Time to Visit Shimla

Shimla is a cool hill station, which becomes extremely cold in winters, with temperature ranging from 10 degrees to -7 degrees, though a good time to enjoy snow fall. July to September is that season, when you could avoid having a trip to Shimla, as the continuous rainfall makes a trip uncomfortable. The best season is from March to May, when the weather is amazing , clear and enjoyable.

How to reach Shimla

By Train- From Delhi, you can take a train to Shimla via Kalka. The Shimla Mountain Train has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chandigarh is another route which you can take from Delhi and then take a taxi to Shimla.

By Plane – Though Shimla has its own airport at Jubbarhatti, its limitations and poor maintenance, make tourists opt for Chandigarh airport, as an alternative. Chandigarh airport is at a distance of 120 kms from Shimla. All the major airlines, are scheduled for these destinations.

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