Major Tourist Attractions in Shimla
Shimla the capital city of Himachal Pradesh,the Queen of hills is situated on the the north western parts of Himalayas at an elevation of 2,205 m above the sea level. Surrounded by pine and oak forests and covered with snow covered mountains Shimla is a retreat for the honeymooners, vacationers, adventure seekers and tourists. The colonial buildings, religious and heritage sites make it a wonderful destination to visit. The Shimla summer Festival is a major attraction among the visitors and attract large number of tourists. There is so much to see and explore in this scenic town. Some of the major tourist attractions of Shimla includes:-
Shimla Mall:-One major tourist spot that you can't ignore during a trip to Shimla is The Mall. Located in the heart of the town, Mall Road is one of the busiest commercial areas of this hill station which is renowned for its restaurants, cafes, government offices and cinema complexes. Built by Britishers, Mall Road serves as a base to host several cultural activities. Mall Road runs parallel to the Ridge and bends at the Lakkar Bazaar which is renowned for its wood crafts and elegant wooden furniture.
The Ridge:- Located in the heart of Shimla, the Ridge is also a major tourist attraction. It is an open space running alongside the Mall Road is a famous shopping center of Shimla. The Shimla Summer Festival and the New Year witnesses a grand celebration over here. Other scenic spots of Shimla like Jakhoo Temple, Scandal Point, Lakkar Bazaar, etc are connected through the Ridge. On its eastern end there is a large reservoir of water that acts as the main water supplier for the town.
Himachal State Museum and Library:-Also known as Shimla State Museum and Library ,is located at a distance of 2.5 km from the center of Shimla. The museum is famous for its collections of ancient sculptors, paintings, coins and photographs. The museum alos houses a gallery of miniature Pahari style of paintings, wood carvings , jewellery and costumes. It provides its visitors a glimpse of rich cultural heritage of Himachal Pradesh.
Christ Church:-It is the second oldest Church in North India located on the ridge. Constructed in the year 1857, the Christ Church is a specimen of neo-Gothic style of architecture. In 1860 a clock was also added to the church. Other important churches of the city are St. Michael's Cathedral and Roman Catholic Cathedral.
Indian Institute of Advanced Studies:-Started in the year 1888, this institution is a fine example of Renaissance architecture. The beautiful lawns and the garden are the added attractions to the building. The beautifully lined pine trees add to the serenity of the place and make the right kind of atmosphere for the students pursuing higher studies.
Summer Hill:-Located at the height of 1,283 m above the sea level, it is a 5 km drive from the Ridge. The University of Himachal Pradesh is situated over here. It is also believed that Mahatma Gandhi used to come here and stay here during his visits.
Viceregal Lodge:- Located at the top of the Observatory Hills this famous building was constructed by the Britishers which served as the residence of the Viceroy, Lord Dufferin. Viceregal Lodge is now transformed into an Institute of Advanced Studies. The building is very well complemented by perfectly manicured lawns and gardens is also a must visit destination of Shimla.