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Shimla - The Queen of Hills!

The majestic snow clad mountains, stunningly rich greenery and the beautiful lakes in the land of Shimla greet you to enjoy their timeless beauty. Certain places on earth do boast of places that equal or even surpass the beauty of Shimla. However, Shimla which is one of the most visited tourist spot in Himachal Pradesh holds magic in the air, which is beyond comparison. No wonder it is called the Queen of Hill Stations.

The land so captivated the minds of the British when they ruled India that it was made their summer capital. The influence of British presence is glaringly evident in its buildings. One of the best features of Shimla is that you could visit it any season during a year. Here are some leading attractions of Shimla, which necessarily find a place in any tourist's itinerary.

Strung out along a 12km ridge, with steep forested hillsides falling away in all directions, the Himachal capital is a good appetite-whetter for the awe-inspiring mountain tracts of the state's interior. Shimla is one of India's most popular hill resorts, buzzing with a happy flow of Indian vacationers and full of relics of its previous life as the summer capital of British India. Traffic is banned from the central part of town, so walking is pleasant - even when huffing and puffing uphill. The long, winding main street, the Mall, runs east and west just below the spine of the hill. South of it, the maze-like alleys of the bustling bazaar cascade steeply down to traffic-infested Cart Rd.

From mid-July to mid-September, Shimla is frequently wreathed in cloud, and in winter it often gets a carpeting of snow.

Tourist Attractions in Shimla

Mall Road

Shopping in Shimla revolves around the heart of the town- The Mall Road. One can shop for local handicrafts, shawls, woolens, exquisite jewelry etc. here.

Mall Road is the one stretch, that truly celebrates the spirit of Shimla, its tourist rush and valleys and hills covered with houses and hotels. This place has a lot of shops which sell local handicrafts, shawls, woolens, exquisite jewelry etc. It also has very interesting cafes and restaurants which serve great food. At the same time, the Mall is the hub of activities and enjoyment and a significance beyond that of a mere shopping are. Vehicles are not allowed on this road to facilitate easier movement of pedestals and a cleaner environment.

Ridge

The Ridge is a open wide street located on the side of mall road. The Ridge has everything from shops selling some exclusive artifacts to the beautiful view of mountain ranges. The place is a delight for all kinds of tourists. That's not it the place also has some old establishments which attracts a great of history fanatics.

Located at the heart of shimla the Ridge is the goto place for every kind of tourist. The Ridge is not only a market place but also the social hub of the city. The place garners a lot of visitors all around the year. The place is filled with different kinds of shops which attracts a great amount of shopaholic crowd.The lakkar bazzar located here is a shoppers delight. The Ridge is filled by tourists on various occasions especially in the summer festival, new year and christmas. The place has to offer a beautiful view of the mountain ranges in shimla. apart from just the beautiful location the Ridge is the home of many monumental buildings including the old christ church. With all other features the Ridge has, the food stalls nearby sell some good quality and must try north indian cuisines. The Ridge thus, is a complete package for a visitor.

Christ Church

Located at the Mall Road itself, this church is the second oldest church in North India. The interiors and the neo-gothic architecture are very beautiful and appealing making this church one of the most important attractions in Shimla.

The church becomes a part of a holiday-like scenery during winters with the snowfall.

Kufri

While in Shimla, visit its colder, higher and less crowded cousin, Kufri just 13 km away from the main town. The views and sceneries here only get better, and the landscapes more flattering, a bit untouched with the tourist rush.

However, Kufri too is becoming increasingly popular with the visitors, especially due to the zoo here. One must visit Kufri's zoological park which is famous for having rare species of Antelopes, Felines, Bears and birds including Himalayan Monal, which is the state bird of Himachal Pradesh.
Mashru peak is the highest point here and one can reach by trekking upto that point. Otherwise, Kufri itself is very cold and is used as a ski ground during winters. There are accommodation options also available here. Wildflower Hall is also located nearby.

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