Shimla, the erstwhile summer capital of British India, is a
spectacular hillstation 370 kms from Delhi (117 kms from
Chandigarh and 280 kms from Manali, India). You can reach there by
train or road. The railways
operates Express trains from Delhi to Kalka via Chandigarh. Janshatabdi
Rajadhani Express may be a good choice to Kalka. From Kalka toy trains
available to shimla via Solan. This route from Kalka to Shimla climbs
through the mountanious terrain zig-zagging behind hills and valleys
and passing through several tunnels.
It might take
about eight hours to reach Shimla from Delhi.by luxury coaches or
taxis. Private buses are available from Delhi, Manali and Chandigarh.
Shimla is the capital of the State of Himachal Pradesh in India.
After a quick tour of Chandigarh, we took the road to
Chandigarh the rock
garden is a marvellous creation by Nek Chand. It is a fantasy park full
of rock sculptures.On the way to Solan is the Pingore gardens.
gardens of Pinjore is one of the loveliest and oldest gardens of
Northern India. The gardens are laid out on seven terraces that
gradually discends to the distance. The main gateway opening to the
the highest terrace of them all. In the middle there is a line up of
fountains, traversing the terraces.
After a short ride from Pinjore gardens, we broke journey to take a
timber trail up the hill at Parwanoo. While going up, we could see the
hills and mountains far way.
At the top, there is a place to stay and a park with some amusemental
rides. After sightseeking, we
went down the timber trail and rode direct to Solan Railway
Station to catch the toy train to Shimla.
The toy train takes you up the hills through winding narrow guage
railway line.On the way are woods lined up with pine and deodar
trees. There are also small towns, tunnels and railway stations
of vintage charm.
Towards the north of Shimla lie the snow covered high ranges. The
valleys abound with whispering streams and swaying
The town is dotted with cottages, restaurants and charming
walks besides a variety of shopping, sport and entertainment
facilities. The Mall is central to these.
Seven hills enhancing the beauty of the surroundings are integral to
Shimla. They are 1) The Prospect Hill, located in western Shimla which
showcases the temple of Kamna Devi.2) The Summer Hill, located in
western Shimla, which has the campus of the Himachal Pradesh
University. 3) The Observatory Hill, located in western Shimla which
holds the esate of the Indian Institute of Advanced study. 4) Mount
Pleasant, located in western shimla whose top showcases the State
Museum at Inverarm. 5) Bantony, located in central Shimla which
showcases a Grand Hotel. 6) Jakhoo, located in central Shimla, which is
crowned by the temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman.7) Elysium, located in
north western Shimla, which showcases the Auckland House School and
Longwood, and reaches out towards the Bharasipur.