Shimla is surrounded by lofty mountains of the Himalaya , this city has created a special place in the heart of a number of people with its dense pine forests and beautiful apple orchards. The beauty of this city is something which will give you a thousand reasons to enjoy your stay at this place. Shimla is also referred to as the ‘Queen of Hills’. It is one of the best places to visit and enjoy holidays with family and friends from our shimla tour package. Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh at an elevation of 2,205 m above sea level, this gorgeous city has a number of attractions to lure the attention of the travelers all around the world.
Shimla derives its name from the Goddess Kali, she descended here in the form named ‘Shyamali Devi’. This city was the summer capital of the British rule. Shimla tourism is fired by many reasons and enjoys many seasons. In the hot summer season , many young people and even families travel to Shimla through our Bright Line Tours shimla tour package and the another huge season during the post wedding season with thousands of honeymoon couples to see the attractions in Shimla region.The main tourist places in Shimla are the Arki Fort, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Scandal Point, Jakhoo Temple and Christ Church. Bright Line Tours also brings you some exciting trekking destinations like – Jalori Pass, Kedi and Sungri.
Places to visit in Shimla
Shimla Tour Package:
Hatu peak is one of the highest peaks in Shimla. The Hattu Peak is located at an approximate height of 3400 m from sea level. It has become a popular hiking destination among adventure freaks like bikers and trekkers. The one day trail to Hatu peak is of 8 km. It starts from Narkanda and ends at Hatu Peak. The trek to Hatu Peak is considered to be a moderate one and one can therefore easily come back to Narkanda on the same day.
Hatu Peak offers spectacular view of the Himalayan ranges, Snow covered mountains, deep forests, apple orchards and green fields are absolutely nice to the eyes of visitors. It is a must visit place for travellers, especially those looking for moments of peace and breathtaking natural beauty.
State Museum is located 2.5 km west of the Scandal Point on the Inverarm Hill. The history of the building dates back to the colonial times when it was the private residence of Lord William Beresford. It was transformed into a museum on January 26, 1974 with the aim of collecting and preserving the historical, artistic and archaeological items of the Himachal Pradesh State.
The museum is having a grand collection of ancient historical sculptures, coins, paintings and photographs collected from all over the state and the country. It also houses a library which has around 10,000 books, journals and magazines. Sculpture gallery has metal, wooden and stone sculptures. In the painting section, Pahari and Rajasthani Miniature Painting, religious paintings, contemporary paintings and Mughal paintings have been put on display. Other than these rare artifacts, the museum also has a unique collection of Himachali dolls. Art and history lovers must visit the museum through our shimla tour package.
Theog town is another place to visit in Fagu. It is a wonderful small town well known for its markets. The feature which adds charm to its beauty is that the panoramic view of the hills.
Jallori Pass is the famous scenic point situated around 90 km away from the town of Narkanda. This amazing place is located at an elevation of 3550 m from the sea level. Visitors who want to go to Jallori Pass from Narkanda can go through the Sutlej Valley crossing through Luhri, Ani, Khanag.
The Daranghati sanctuary is located at a distance of 150 kms from Shimla near a small town Rampur Bushahr. Spread over an area of 167.40 square kms, a major portion of the sanctuary comprises dense forest with a great variety of wildlife species. This area was used as a hunting spot by the royal family of Rampur Bushahr. Now it is home to a different species like Monal, Koklas, Western Tragopan (a native pheasant) and Kalij. Some of the animals that are found here include Flying Fox, Himalayan Ibex, Leopard, Indian Hare, Blue Sheep, Giant Flying Squirrel, Barking Deer, Brown Bear, Striped Hyena, Asiatic Black Bear, Musk deer and Goral.
Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex:
At the heart of Shimla lies the Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, testimony to Victorian-architectural excellence. This 122-years old theatre-complex takes you back to the late 19th-century to one of the oldest-surviving British structures of present-India. It holds footprints of some of the greatest legends namely Rudyard Kipling, Prithviraj Kapoor, Baten Powel and K.L. Sehgal.
Theatre was just one sparkling side of this multi-faceted complex. Ballroom, armoury, galleries, bars and police office were its other social inclusions. Though most parts of the complex was demolished due to its structural instability, yet the Gothic-styled theatre was kept intact. This heritage building is now venue to numerous performing arts and cultural programmes in the city along with artistic and historical displays.
How to Reach Shimla
By Road: Shimla is one of the most easy accessible hill stations in India. Shimla by road from Pathankot is approximately 300kms whereas the distance from Chandigarh to Shimla is just 130kms. Your drive from New Delhi to Shimla is approximately 380kms by route Chandigarh. One planning a drive from Amritsar to Shimla has to cover a distance of 310kms whereas from Jalandhar it is 220kms and from Ludhiana it is only 190kms. The distance from Dehradun by route Paonta Sahib and Solan is approximately 230kms.
By Rail: The Kalka Railway Station and the Chandigarh Railway Station are the two closest broad gauge railway stations from Shimla. Both the railway stations connect all the major cities in India. Well if one who is looking to reach Shimla by train may reserve his tickets on the track of narrow gauge that stretches from Kalka to Shimla.
By Air: One who is looking to reach Shimla by air, the Chandigarh Airport and the New Delhi Airport are the closest one. There are regular flights from Pune to Chandigarh as well as the domestic airport connects to all other major cities in India.