Shimla & Nearby

Shimla: Queen of Hills

In 1864, the place was declared colonial India’s official summer capital.
Later, Shimla came to be known as the “Queen of Hills".

Peter Aronson and Yésica del Moral – Shimla: India’s Queen of Hills

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Shimla (also spelt as 'Simla') derives its name from goddess 'Shayamla Devi', which is another manifestation of Goddess Kali.

The capital of Himachal Pradesh came into light when the British discovered it in 1819. Till then, it was a part of the Nepalese kingdom. In 1864 Shimla was declared as the The Ridgesummer capital of India. After Independence, Shimla became the capital of Punjab and was later named the capital of Himachal Pradesh . In 1903 a rail line was constructed between Kalka and Shimla. Shimla has been blessed with all the natural bounties, one can think of. Dwelling on a panoramic location, the hilly town is surrounded by green pastures and snow-capped peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era create an aura, which is very different from other hill stations.


Situated at the height of 2,633 meters, Kufri is a dream holiday escape having magnificent snowy peaks and sublime weather. It is the winter sports capital. Kufri in Shimla is the most favourable place for winter sports activities. Excellent view of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Pirpanjal Range and Shiwalik Range from a height.


Situated at an altitude of 2,044 meters, Naldehra offers one of the oldest, the highest and most sporting golf courses in India set in the midst of thick forests. The nine hole course was laid by Lord Curzon in 1903.The country around Naldera is also famous for its temples which are representative of the typical hill architecture of the area. . It is a famous picnic spot and one can have leisure pine lined forest walks and horse rides. Its beauty has attracted the film industry and this place has featured in many Hindi movies.


Situated at an altitude of 2,708 meters, Narkanda in Shimla commands a unique view of the eternal snow line and the dense forest. A quaint sleepy hamlet. From here, you get breathtaking view of the snow clad Himalayas. 'Hatu Peak' at an altitude of 3,143 meters above sea level ai 8 km. from Narkanda is an excellent site for camping. In winter, there are exciting ski slopes to Ski on.