When you come to know that a long weekend is right around the corner, you pack your bags & head for a vacation! 😀 Well, that’s exactly what we did! We planned a trip with cousins to Shimla!! ❤
Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh & acts as a hub for India’s tourism sector. Shimla lies in the south-western ranges of the Himalayas & has an average altitude of 2,397 metres (7,864 ft) above mean sea level. The city stretches nearly 9.2 kilometres (5.7 mi) from east to west. The climate in Shimla is predominantly cool during winters, and moderately warm during summer making it a favorite tourist destination.
There are a lot of things to do in Shimla. For shopaholics like me, The Mall Road is heaven on Earth! 😉 The Mall is the main shopping street of Shimla. It’s a must visit if you want to buy souvenirs for family & friends at reasonable prices. It also has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, Post Offices and tourist offices. The Gaiety Theatre is also situated there.
Christ Church situated on The Ridge, Christ Church is the second oldest church in Northern India. It has a very majestic appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility.
The Indian Institute of Advanced Study, housed in the Viceregal lodge, is a residential centre for research in Humanities, Indian culture, religion, and social and natural sciences. We went for an early morning tour of the place so we couldn’t see it completely as it opens for tourists at 10 am. 😦 So if you plan to visit this place make sure you plan according to the timing. The Vice Chancellor was kind enough to let us in & check out a few remarkable archives that had been preserved since the British rule.
Our next destination was the Jakhu Hill which is 2 km from Shimla, at a height of 8000 ft. Jakhu Hill is the highest peak an offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, is an old temple of Lord Hanuman, which is also the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors. A 108 feet (33 metre) statue of Lord Hanuman, a Hindu deity, at 8,500 feet (2,591 metres) above sea level, is single statue to stand at the highest altitude among several other master pieces in the world, overtaking the Christ Redeemerin Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We couldn’t capture the pics at the hill as the battery died! 😦
Since it was just a 3 day trip we couldn’t explore all of Shimla & for that we’d be visiting the place soon but I can assure you that it’s truly a magnificent place & a must-visit!! 🙂
Hope your enjoyed reading my travelogue as much as I loved writing it! 🙂