1/2/2018 7:35:41 PM
|written By : Staff Reporter|
Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, history seems to have been the mortar for every brick and stone that has built Shimla. Snow-capped peaks and green pastures surround the summer capital of British India. For well over a century it was the seat of one of the most powerful governments in the world. From its cedar-shaded heights, one-fifth of the human race was ruled and the decisions made those decades ago affect our lives to the present day.
Today, Shimla is the capital city of the state of Himachal Pradesh, its British colonial-era architecture oozing old world charm and scenic landscape brimming with fabulous sights. Shimla is a key tourist attraction in the state for its many natural walking trails, a variety of convenient shopping and entertainment venues as well as ice-skating and skiing activities in winter. It is the base or the unwinding point for numerous exhilarating routes to the state interior. A beautiful all-year-round destination, the climate varies from being predominantly cool during winters and moderately warm during summer, typically between −4 °C (25 °F) to 31 °C (88 °F) over the course of a year. The average temperature during summer is between 19 and 28 °C (66 and 82 °F), and between −1 and 10 °C (30 and 50 °F) in winter.
One of the longest stretches of pedestrian shopping in the world, this district was built during the British colonial era and has a number of showrooms, department stores, shops, restaurants and cafes. The Gaiety Theatre, which is a reproduction of an old British theatre, is a centre of cultural activities. A passenger lift operated by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) can be taken from the Cart Road to The Mall. Lakkar Bazaar, adjacent to the Ridge, is popular for its wood crafts and souvenirs.
Kalka-Shimla 'Toy Trains'
Shimla is linked to Kalka by a narrow railway line built in 1924 and its ‘toy trains’ still ply between the two stations passing through 105 tunnels and beautiful rail road stations. The Kalka-Shimla Railway (KSR) is included in Unesco’s ‘World Heritage Site’ list. It is one of world’s premier ‘Authentic Mountain Railways’.