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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Situated at an altitude of 2,250 meters, Chail was the Summer Capital of the erstwhile Patiala State. The small town is located amid thick woods and has fine walks. It has the highest cricket ground in the world. The dense forests around are alive with many species of birds and animals but it is best known for its Scottish red Deer which were introduced by the Maharaja. The place commands a breath-taking view of the surrounding hills.


Situated at an altitude of 2,510 meters, Fagu's idyllic surroundings area for those looking for tranquillity and solitude. A small hamlet overlooking prosperous apple orchards and with a fine view of the Himalayan Panorama. Fagu in Shimla is also a popular trekking stage. A very fine place for peace lovers.

Summer Hill

It is a scenic spot located near Shimla at an altitude of 1,283 meters and is much visited by the tourists. The legendary Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi during his sojourn in Shimla spent some time in the elegant Georgian House of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur located here.


It is a charming picnic spot and is a 4 km walk through the dense woods located at a height of 1, 830 meters. You can also go for picnic at this spot since it is completely secluded and tranquil.