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Shimla (also called Simla), one of the most famous tourist destination of India, is a beautiful city situated in the north-west Himalayas. Capital of the state Himachal Pradesh in North India, it is a mountainous regional spread over an area of 18 sq.km. It lies at an altitude of 2,213 meters above the sea level. The name of the city is derived from “Goddess Shyamla” who is considered to be avatar of Goddess Kali. The city is surrounded by snow-clad Himalayan ranges and lakes and is draped in the forests of Palm, Rhododendron and Oak.
Shimla is a city which you can visit at any time of the year. The summers are warm with cool evenings and winters are pretty cold with the temperature falling below zero degrees. Thousands of people visit Shimla all through the year but the rush is more during summers. Although there are hundreds of hotels, but it is advisable to book your hotel in advance because of the number of people thriving the place. The people of Shimla are very polite and always willing to help.
Shimla is a well connected city and you can reach there very easily by Air, Road or Train. The nearest airport is at Jubbarhatti which is 23 kms. from Shimla. A few big airlines connect the city to some of the major cities of India. Shimla is very well connected by road to some of the big cities like Delhi, Kalka, Chandigarh, Ambala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Jammu and some other towns of Haryana and Punjab. The city is connected through a narrow gauge line to Kalka which is connected though a broad gauge line with connecting trains from some of the major cities of India. The distance from Kalka to Shimla is 95 kms. and during its journey of about six hours the train passes through 106 tunnels with picturesque scenery around.
There are a lot of places to visit in and around Shimla. The most famous among tourists is ‘The Mall’ which is the main shopping centre. It has many shops, restaurants, bars, banks, post offices, Gaiety theatre and tourist offices. The two main meeting points of the mall are ‘The Ridge’ and ‘The scandal point’. Shimla State Museum, Annandale and Indian Institute of Advance Studies have always attracted tourists. Around Shimla are some famous temples like Tara Devi, Sankat Mochan. Naldehra, Mashobra, Tattapani, Wildflower Hall, Fruit Research Station and Kufri are also some of the famous places to visit around Shimla.
So, Shimla is waiting! Pack your bags and get going.