Shimla based at the foothills of the Himalayas is one of the most visited hill stations from across the world and a center of respite from the scorching Deccan plateau. Once declared the summer capital of the Britishers in the Colonial India, this place still exudes the era’s charm, in view with the hill retreats and getaways making it a hiatus spot from the mundane life. Situated at an altitude of 2200 meters above the sea level, this place delights both the old buildings and the Anglo- Saxon names. With snippets of Colonial past hidden amidst the dense forests, Shimla makes out a beautiful holiday retreat for one.
What to see here;
1. Tara Devi Temple-
Nestled atop the Tara Parvat (Hill) and located on the Shimla- Kalka highway, this 250-year-old temple mesmerizes anyone who sees it with its artistic beauty. This temple is dedicated to Maa Tara Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Durga where the idol is made of ashtadhatu which is a unique set of eight elements. On Navratri’s Ashtami that is on the eighth day of the puja, an annual fair is organized in this temple that attracts flocks of tourists.
2. Christ Church-
It’s history dates back to 1857 making it the second oldest church of the nation. Situated on the ridge, it is one of the prominent landmarks of Shimla that portrays a Neo- Gothic architecture. Some of the unique artifacts of this place are the glass windows, clock tower, and a pipe organ. Besides these, the light falling straight on to the Christ makes it even more beautiful.
3. Mall Road-
A visit to Shimla is considered to be incomplete if you hadn’t been to the Mall Road. A road that is fully draped with cafes, restaurants and other shops where one can witness both the locals and tourists. It is also called as the “City’s Lifeline” where the Colonial buildings have run by boutiques now.
4. Scandal Point-
As the name sounds, it was the place where the former Maharaja of Patiala had eloped with the British Viceroy’s daughter. They were though banished from the city, now this place is named Scandal Point.
So, when are you heading here?