Shimla – Queen of Hills

Shimla – Queen of Hills

Location: State of Himachal Pradesh in North India.
Famous As: Hill station.
Places of Interest: Annandale Annandale, Kufri, Chail.

About Shimla

The capital of Himachal Pradesh lies in the northwest Himalayas. Shimla is robed in lush green woods of oak and pine, fur, and rhododendron spread across 12km. It is an appropriate site for a diversity of adventure sports such as Skiing, Trekking, Fishing, and golfing.

Shimla derives its name from goddess ‘Shayamla Devi‘, which is another manifestation of Goddess Kali. It was the summer capital of the British Regime in 1864. In 1903 a rail line was constructed between Kalka and Shimla. The Colonial patrimony can be perceived in its colossal aged buildings, the imperial Viceregal Lodge, bewitching iron lampposts, and Anglo-Saxon names. Shimla also called the queen of hills is embellished with a picturesque location, orchards, waterfalls, green pastures, and snow-capped peaks.

Main Attraction

Annandale Annandale 

2 km below the Ridge in Shimla, gives picturesque scenery of ceaseless slopes above.

Chadwick Fall

7 km west of the ridge from Shimla is the Chadwick Falls, which was once the site of a 67-m aquatic phenomenon. It is the most attractive tourist spot.

Christ Church And St Michael’s Cathedral

The second oldest church in northern India was steered by Colonel JT Boileau in 1844 is the most conspicuous edifice on the Mall Road. Colonel Dumbleton donated the clock in
1860 to the church.

Churdhar Sanctuary

A splendid structure of Lord Shiva crowns the Chur Peak from where the sanctuary got its name. The sanctuary is abode to a large number of kaleidoscopic and nimble Monals in the contiguous forests.

Gurkha Castles

The ruins of Gurkha castles in Solan, Sirmour, Bilaspur, and Shimla regions takes us to the life of bygone era and time under the Gurkha regime. It doesn’t fail to procreate interest in the tourist.

Besides Jakhoo Hill

2 km, Glen- 4 km, Summer Hill- 5 km, Sanket Mochen- 5 km, Tara Devi Temple- 8 km and Tibetan Monastery- 8 km are some of the other tourist attractions in the regions.


Chail (43Km.)

At the altitude of 2,250m, the place has the world’s top-notch cricket pitch and a polo ground. It also abode the palace now converted into a hotel.

White Flower Hall (13Km.)

The Hall was the erstwhile domicile of British Commander in Chief and was converted into a hotel by the Himachal Tourism. The White flower hall is located in Chharabra 13-km from Shimla.


Kasauli is an extraordinary diminutive township that reminds us of the bygone era of the 19th century. It is 77-km from Shimla and 35-km from Kalka resting at an altitude of 1,927m.


Kufri is distinguished for its trekking and hiking track. Adventure-seeking travelers hoard Kufri in winters to luxuriate in skiing and glide along its snow-covered slopes

Sport Activities


Nine-hole Golf Course at Naldhera, 23 km from Shimla.


Trout fishing and Mahaseer fishing is available at Rohru 110 km from Shimla and at Tattapani 43 km from Shimla. License fee Rs.10 per day per person.


HPTDC organizes ski courses of 7 days and 15 days duration at Narkhanda (65 km) every year during the month of January to March. The facilities include boarding, lodging, and equipment. Cost for 7 days Rs. 1500/-, for 15 days Rs. 3000/-


  • Shimla-Kinnaur region facilitates some exhilarating trekking opportunities

  • Shimla to Kulu via Jaloni Pass (66 km)

  • Shimla to Kulu via Bashleo Pass (56 km)

Getting There

Air: Vayudoot services and Jagson Airlines connect Shimla with Kullu and Delhi.

Rail: Shimla is connected by a narrow-gauge railway line with Kalka (90 km) and also connects the major cities in India.

Road: Shimla is connected by regular bus services with Chandigarh 117 km, Kullu 220 km, Manali 260 km, Delhi 343 km, Chail 43 km, Dehradun 240 km

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Simmi Kamboj is the Founder and Administrator of Ritiriwaz, your one-stop guide to Indian Culture and Tradition. She had a passion for writing about India's lifestyle, culture, tradition, travel, and is trying to cover all Indian Cultural aspects of Daily Life.