Once the summer capital of Colonial India, the city of Shimla is presently the capital of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful hill station is easily accessible via air, road and rail; but perhaps the most enthralling way to reach here is by the narrow gauge toy train from Kalka. Both summers and winters are equally ideal for a visit since each season comes with its own unique activities. A host of various things to do here make it a favourite tourist spot.
Tall pine trees peeking through the morning mist is truly a beautiful sight which one can witness while hiking through Glen forests, Kotkhai Valley and Summer Hills. Nature lovers should definitely watch the early morning rays mingling with the sparkle of Chadwick waterfall. Camping and cottage stays in the mountains provides the ideal escapade from citylife.The highest point in Shimla is Jakhua Hill which also has a Hanuman temple. Colonial architecture can be admired by a visit to the ruins of Rothney Castle and the verandas of the Gorton mansion. Spend an evening exploring the Jhonnie’s Wax Museum and Military Museum.
Tattapani, situated a few kilometers away is well known for its hot water springs and river rafting. Ice skating at Asia’s only natural open air ice skating rink is a popular winter sport. Kangra valley is the perfect place for paragliding and to see the scenic snow covered landscape. Interact with locals at Shimla Ridge and the Lakkar Bazaar. Capture a piece of Shimla by taking home quality woolens, wooden handicrafts and fruit preserves.