Shimla, The Imperial Summer Capital of India

Other Name:
Himachal Pradesh
Languages Spoken:
Hindi, Himachali and English
Best Time To Visit:
April To July
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Erstwhile British summer capital and now capital city of Himachal Pradesh.
The town spread over a 12km ridge and located at the height of 2205 meters above the sea level, Shimla is the largest hill station of the world. Surrounded by the districts of Kinnaur, Mandi, Solan, Bilaspur and Sirmaur, Shimla shares its borders with the state of Uttaranchal in the south west. Shimla is favourite hill station of most of the Indians also due to its proximity to the National capital of Delhi.
Shimla is one of the most known are frequently visited and also perhaps the most fashionable hill stations of India. This is so due to the patronization of the British in the pre-independence era. It was the summer capital of India during the pre-independence era and now is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla derives its name from the world Shyamala, another name of Goddess Kali after whom the city was named.
Once a mere village, today Shimla is the most flourishing tourist destination. It was the British who transformed the small village to the imperial summer capital. Even today the glory of the imperial capital that it was, stands cheerfully greeting the tourists in Shimla. The weather of Shimla is pleasant round the year thus experiencing a great influx of tourists from all around the world. It was Major Kennedy who in 1822 began building permanent residential buildings that helped the British finally considering it for their summer capital. The toy train that started in 1904 from Kalka to Shimla made the hill station more popular and easily accessible.

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