Every coin has two faces. So has the city life! While there are amazing perks of living in a city, where everything is at your beck and call, the woes are not less. At the mere thought of a city life, one can think of nothing but, long hours in office, children glued to their mobiles, jammed roads drowned in smoke, malls blanketed across the entire area!
Every now and then, a common city dweller tries to escape from the moribund city life, and find shelter in the lap of nature. Hill stations come as excellent rescuers; fortunately India is blessed with all kinds of terrains! Among all the hill stations, Shimla is the king of all! It is the most adorable and most-trotted hill station, by not only Indians, but tourists from all over the world. The footfall from cities to Shimla is quite evident by the surplus booking of Delhi to Shimla taxi, train and flight.
Known for its quintessential beauty, Shimla stands out among all the hill stations in the Himalayan belt. It is the least populated capital city of India (Shimla is the capital of state, Himachal Pradesh), so one can have a blissful and peaceful time, far from the maddening crowd of the cities!
Blessed with snow-drowned mountains, heath covered moors, steep gorges, exquisite monasteries, pleasant and breezy weather, lush green valleys, dense forests of pine, deodar, rhododendron and oak and shimmering rivers, Shimla is the impeccable hill station of northern India.
Among the famous places in Shimla, the Mall, a famous street of Shimla, is the most-treaded one. An excellent place to collect souvenirs of your journey and lock the hill station in your hearts forever, the Mall is jazzed up with various shopping malls, restaurants and shops. One can buy beautiful handicraft items, jewellery pieces, and other Himachal popular products here. While there may be many places to visit in Delhi for shopping, but nothing beats the perks of shopping amidst the nature, at the Mall.
The Ridge is another popular, wide road along the Mall, which is the host of various cultural activities held here. It also houses a large water reservoir, which is the main source of water for all the houses in Shimla.
Visitors are also enthralled by the Christ Church, the second oldest church of north India. It has doors and windows with stained glasses, which are symbolic of hope, faith, charity and humility.
There are various temples in Shimla, like Jakhu Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Shimla Kali Bari and Kamna Devi Temple, which are popular among the devotees.
Kufri, located at 16 km from Shimla, is another major spot. In fact, no journey to Shimla is complete, without an adventurous trot to Kufri, as it is more snowy and also bases some adventure sports.
Jakhu Hill, is the highest peak in Shimla and one can have a spectacular view of the entire city. It also houses a famous Hanuman Temple, which is blanketed by innumerable monkeys.
So, plan a trip to Shimla and have a nice collage of the amazing memories of your life. This is the place, you can easily visit, without burning a hole in your pocket! So, why not give it a try?