THE VICEREGAL LODGE
Formerly the residence of the British Viceroy of India, The Viceregal Lodge, also known as Rashtrapati Niwas is located on the Observatory Hills of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Its construction started in 1880 and was completed in 1888. The sprawling magnificient building that housed all viceroys and governor general of india till india gained independence, is now Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. A architectural Marvel, you can only believe your eyes until you see it. A Must visit place in shimla.
As you walk through the Resort Kamna, the trail takes you to the roaring waterfall dropping from a height of about 86 meters. Chadwick Falls is famous among tourists for a reason. It is an excellent destination to chill out amidst rolling green hills and a location so scenic that you will not want to leave. Be it for solo backpackers, families on vacation or a group of friends having a good time, the Chadwick Falls are a great picnic spot and a fantastic choice for anyone looking for some natural beauty
HIMACHAL STATE MUESEUM
Set on top of a hill called Inverarm in Shimla, the State Museum is housed in a colonial building. One has to hike about 1500m to get to the museum. It has a rich collection of anthropological items, early 19th century Pahari miniature paintings and numismatic finds on display. It also houses a collection of bronze idols from the temples scattered all around Himalayas, contemporary oil paintings, which capture some of the most picturesque scenes from the Himalayas, and a small collection of the deity masks, found in the valleys of Kullu and Sarahan, dating back to 19th and 20th century.
The Jakhoo or Jakhu temple in Shimla is an ancient temple visited by several Hindu devotees all year round. Dedicated to the monkey God Hanuman, the temple hosts a big festival on Dushera every year. It is said that Lord Hanuman rested at this spot when he was looking for the sanjeevani booti to save Laxman’s life. It takes 30 minutes to hike up the ridge where the temple is located. There are several monkeys on the route and it is advised that you carry a walking stick to keep them at bay.
THE MALL ROAD
Shimla‘s most popular spot is the Mall Road, which is its main street and a common hang-out place for visitors. It is here that you can witness all of Shimla’s vibrant qualities – its beautiful weather, its lovely locals and its amazing holiday atmosphere. All the shops, stores, cafes and everything of use is located along this road.
Located along the popular Mall Road in Shimla, The Ridge is the hub of all major cultural activities in Shimla. It is nothing but an open space right serving as a hang-out and popular landmark right in the middle of the city. The point where Mall Road meets the Ridge on the west side is called Scandal Point, named after a scandal that arose out of a British lady’s affair with an Indian Maharaja. On the east side, the Ridge meets a wooden crafts market called Lakkar Bazaar.
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