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Located in the mid hills of the Western Himalaya, the town of Shimla came up in the wake of the 'Gurkha wars', that came to an end in 1815-16. From a small village, it grew to become the "summer capital" of British India and from its heights almost one fifth of the entire human race of the world was ruled for well over a century. Speeted in history, Shimla exhibits excellent examples of Colonial architecture. Set under the gaze of the snow clad mountains - Shimla is now the state capital of Himachal Pradesh.
Shimla is encircled by seven hills which are
Prospect hill in Western Shimla which has the Kamna Devi temple
Summer hill in Western Shimla where the campus of Himachal Pradesh University is located
Observatory hill in Western Shimla has the former Viceregal lodge presently the premises of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study
Inverarm hill in Western Shimla where the sttae museum is located
Bantony hill Central Shimla which has the Grand hotel and the ancient Kalibari temple
Jakhoo hill in Central Shimla is crowned by the temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman &
Elysium hill in North Western Shimla on which are located the Auckland house, Longwood and which further reaches out towards the Bharari spur.
Mild to warm in Summer (Max temp is 30 degrees), cold in winter (Min temp is -3 degrees). Cotton and light woolens are suggested for the summer and heavy winter clothing for winter.
Shimla’s Jubbarhatti Airport is nearly 25 km away from the heart of the city. The airport is connected to Delhi airport by daily flights. Delhi International airport is the nearest major airport (370 kms) away.
We were planning a hillside trip after Kids exams and zeroed in - Shimla and around, in hope to find some snow too. So the itinerary was planned - One night at Shimla, one night at Narkanda and one night at Chail. All bookings were done . HPTDC Hotel Holiday Home at shimla , Hatu at Narkanda and Ekant at Chail. Being off-season we got 20% discount on all the three hotels.
15th morning we started by 5 am. Took a good 7 hour to reach Shimla. Roads till Panipat toll is butter smooth but after that diversions make driving a bit tiresome till Ambala. The rest journey from Zirakpur to Kalka road has some diversions and traffic density is quite high. Reached Shimla at 12.15.
Local tweeds, shawls, jackets, Lahauli woolen socks, Himachal's distinctive caps, horticultural produce like jams and squashes, silver jewellery, rare books, handicrafts like carpets, paintings and metal ware, wooden items like bowls and walking sticks. Leather shoes on order. Local wines and cider.