The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is a quaint little hill station nestled in the Shivalikhills. The city derives its name from the name of Goddess Kali, Shyamala. It was discovered by the British for a perfect escape from the scorching heat of the plains. Shimla offers the picturesque set of its treasured natural gifts to its tourists, such as, pine clad hills, beautiful valleys and waterfalls. Shimla has its own colonial charm too.
Christ Church is the second oldest church of Northern India and it overlooks the ridge and is one of the landmarks of Shimla. The exquisite beauty comes with the stained glasses fitted on its windows.
Himachal State Museum & Library
The museum is located 2.5 kms. west of the scandal point. It has got a good collection of ancient historical sculptures, paintings, coins, photos and other items from all over the state and outside. It also has a library housing many historical books and manuscripts.
Himalayan Aviary or the Himalayan Bird Park is a natural habitat of numerous species of birds found in Himachal such as Himalayan Monal, Pheasants, Peafowls and National Bird of India, the Peacock.
About 16 kms. from Shimla is the this hill famous for its trekking and hiking trails. It is also known for nature parks and picnic spots. It also has a Potato Research Station.
On the Hindustan Tibet road, Narkanda offers spectacular views of snow ranges and an uphill trek through Deodar woods leads to Hatu Peak. The ancient temple of Hatu Mata is alive with skiers.
Situated on the bank of river Sutlej it is well known for its hot springs having sulpher contents. The Hindu temples and Shiv Goofa at Saraur are worth seeing.
Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Garden
Also known as “Rashtrapati Niwas” this six-storey building surrounded by well-maintained gardens and lawns is located on the Observatory Hills. It was the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin. This lodge was completed in 1888 and it is said that mules carried every brick for the building. It has now been converted into Institute of Advanced Study.