Culture in Shimla
Located in the lofty mountain ranges of Himalayas, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is often referred as "Queen of Hills". The place remains untouched with the commercialization and globalization and still remains its old colonial charm. The culture of Shimla portrays a sound balance between traditional values and modern thoughts. The rich cultural heritage of the town is very traditional and rural. The people of the hilly town are a mix of various tribes and races and are referred as Shimlaites .Agriculture is the main occupation of the people of the town. On a visit to Shimla visitors can find people working in the fields or growing apples. The others way of livelihood among the people includes animal husbandry, government services and handicrafts like weaving. People of Shimla do not follow a particular religion but Hinduism is followed by the vast chunk of the population. There are various temples, Buddhist monasteries and churches in the town that makes it a place or rich cultural amalgamation. Most of the churches have been built here during the British regime and the city has still preserved its colonial architecture. The people who live near to the Lahaul and Spiti regions, they have some famous Buddhist monasteries.
People of Shimla love their music and dances. The dance and music of the city is basically region oriented. All the festivals are celebrated with traditional music and dance with the main purpose to invoke the God's and seek their blessings. The music is mainly dominated by the instruments rather
than vocals. Flute, Ektara Chimta, Ghariyal, Ghunghroo etc. are the common musical instruments while the Kayang, Bakayang, Bnayangchu, Jataru etc are some of the most famous dances of Shimla.The hill station of Shimla has number of places to visit and hang outs to enjoy leisure moments. Mall Road and Ridge are the major tourist attractions among the visitors. Shimla has many temple visited by large number of devotees include Sankat Mochan Temple, Jakhoo Temple, Tara Devi Temple etc. Apart from the national festivals, there are some local fair and festivals of the town as well that fascinates the visitors are Ice -skating festival, Lavi Festival, Shimla summer festival, Sipi festival which attract the tourists from far off places. Good infrastructure, easy accessibility and great colonial architecture makes Shimla as one of the most sought after tourist destination.