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Things to do in Shimla
Beyond the traditional sightseeing, Shimla tourism also includes interesting activities you can do on your trip. These Shimla adventures will make you see the city inside out.
Best time to visit Shimla
Any season is the best season to visit Shimla. From very chilly and snowy winters to warm and pleasant summers, the hill station enjoys all kinds of weather. Shimla in winter is freezing yet beautiful, best for holiday celebrations. Shimla in summer, on the other hand, is colorful and radiant with fresh blossom and lush greenery, best for outdoor sports and travelling. The ideal time is March-April when the temperature is neither cold nor warm. But do avoid the rainy season between July and September.
Shimla is the largest and the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. The location of this hill town is what makes it popular among tourists, travellers, and explorers alike. Until the 18th century, the entire region was nothing but dense forests, except for local tribes and natives scattered around Jakhu.
By 1864, Shimla was declared as the summer capital of British India. After independence, the city briefly served as the capital of Punjab, before it finally became and remained the capital of Himachal Pradesh.
What is Shimla famous for?
This beautiful hill station is a cosmopolitan city owing to its ethnic communities, early Tibetan and Chinese settlers, German, Dutch, and English colonies. The city is famous for nature walks, classic Himalayan experiences, the biggest ice-skating rink in India, old Gothic monuments, and a multi-cuisine culinary experience.
Here are some interesting trivia about this hill town –
The city was named after the goddess Shayamala Devi, an incarnation of Kali.
Shimla houses the largest natural ice-skating rink in India.
Established in 1882, Shimla also owns the oldest post office in India.
It was the first place where capsicum cultivation was introduced by the British.
Shimla is also host to the MTB Himalaya Mountain Biking Race – the biggest mountain biking race in the South East Asia.
Best places to stay in Shimla
You can find some of the most exquisite retreats of Himachal Pradesh and the best hotels in Shimla. To make your vacation memorable, try these resorts in Shimla –
The Clarkes Hotel
The Chalet’s Naldehra
Woodsmoke Resort & Spa
Woodville Palace Hotel
Hotel Willow Banks
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