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Simla Manali

Simla Tourism welcomes travelers to the most fantabulous hill-station that is known for its unparallel beauty and serenity. The land is adorned with some of the most beguiling places of interest that explains more about Shimla and the natural heights of magnificence of this hill-station. Dotted with a multitude of attraction spots, the land can be best discovered with Shimla Travel Guide that takes you to some of its most illustrious places of interest such as:

The Mall Road The mall is the most favorite shopping destination for shopaholics. One can shop some magnificent pahari artwork, caps, embroidered garments as well as other gifts and souvenirs from the mall. Apart from this, the mall is also crowded with numerous places owing the awesome vista one can experience around.

Viceregal Lodge Located on the Observatory Hills, the Viceregal Lodge was constructed as the residence of Lord Dufferin, the then Viceroy of India. The Lodge is today known as the Institute of Advanced Studies, which is a magnificent piece of art of the ancient times.

Summer Hill Located at an elevation of 1283 m, the summer hill is a famous destination in Shimla that is surrounded with far- situated snow covered hills, lush valleys and pristine breeze.

Shimla Ridge The Shimla Ridge is famous host of numerous cultural and religious events, fairs and festivals that draws in numerous locals and foreigner visitors. The Ridge acts as a inter-link among famous Shimla attractions like Jakhoo Hill, Scandal Point, Lakkar Bazaar, and so on.

State Museum and Library
The Shimla state Museum is the best place wgere you can trace back the history of this beautiful hill-station. The museum houses primitive paintings, Pahari artwork, coins as well as a library from where you can gather a good knowledge about Shimla and its legacy.

Prospect Hill Prospect Hill is a famous place that introduces you to real Shimla environs and its beauty. The region is also home to a famous temple known as the Kamna Devi temple.

Glenn Glenn is one of the most famous hot-spot among leisure travelers, which is the best place to bask out a picnic in Shimla. Dotted with numerous straight-cut trees and the most pristine environs, the Glenn is the highly visited by travelers."

Himalayan Bird Park
Opposite the Viceregal lodge entrance is the Himalayan Bird Park , with a small collection of exotic pheasant, including the iridescent monal pheasant, which is Himachal’s state bird.

About 30km below Naldehra, on the banks of the Sutlej River, tiny Tattapani (Hot Water) is known for its steaming sulphurous springs, which spill out onto a sandy river beach. Legal action has temporarily halted construction on a planned dam which will eventually submerge the springs if completed.
The village has several temples linked to the cult of Rishi Jamdagam, and you can walk to sacred Shiva caves and former palaces. Ask directions locally or at New Spring View Guest House.
If you’ve come for the waters, your only option is the spa at the fancy new Hotel Hot Spring, where nonguests can soak in the tubs and pools (₹350). Alternative accommodation is at the nearby New Spring View Guest House, which has spacious rooms looking down to the river at tree-top level, and a good inexpensive restaurant.
Buses leave from Tattapani to Shimla every hour or so, or take a taxi for around Rs.1300.

Culture of Simla

Located on the lofty ranges of the Himalayas, Simla is a place that has been untouched by commercialization and globalization. It is very different from rest of the Indian states and has retained its old world charm. The culture of Shimla is such that it portrays a sound balance between traditional values and modern thoughts. The cultural heritage of Simla is very traditional and rural. Read on further about the culture of Shimla.

The people in Shimla depend on agriculture as a source of their livelihood. Cattle rearing is yet another way of earning a decent livelihood. The people in Shimla live in small huts with slated roofs. Every unit of village has its own shops and other facilities and necessities. There are regular fairs and festivals in these villages. You will find more information about the culture, music, dance, people and religion of Shimla in our related sections.

How to get there

By Air

Jubarhati, which is about 23 kilometres from the town, is the nearest airport. There are regular flights going from Jubbarhatti to Chandigarh and Delhi. You can easily get a taxi from the airport to get to Shimla or you can ask your hotel to arrange for an airport transfer.
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By Train
The small railway station in Shimla is just 1 kilometre away from the centre of the town and is connected to Kalka by a narrow gauge rail track. The famous toy train of Shimla goes between Kalka and Shimla, covering a distance of 96 kilometres in about 7 hours. Kalka in turn is the nearest rail head, which is connected to Chandigarh and Delhi by regular trains. You can take the Kalka Shatabdi, which goes from New Delhi Railway Station to Kalka Railway Station via Chandigarh.
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By Bus
There are several bus services including Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses as well as private operators connecting Shimla to the major cities in North India. Chandigarh is at a distance of 117 kilometres, Manali at 260 kilometres and Delhi at 343 kilometres. If you are going from Delhi, you can take an overnight air conditioned luxury bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses go in the morning or later at night - timings can vary from season to season, you can check them online before making a reservation.

Source: The Speaking Tree & The Lonely Planet

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