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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Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens

Also famous as “Rashtrapati Niwas”, it is a spectacular building located on the Observatory Hills and was formerly the residence of the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin. Its construction was accomplished in the year 1888 and every brick for the building was carried by mules according to the sources. The massive six-story building is surrounded by well-manicured gardens and lawns.

Indian Institute of Advanced Studies

Located in the Viceregal Lodge, it was constructed in the year 1888. The kind of architecture is English Renaissance with stonework of the walling in light blue limestone and the wrought stonework being done in sandstone in a stunning light grey shade. The grounds are open to the public only on Sunday and you need a ticket in order to enter.

Sankat Mochan Temple

Himachal Pradesh also known as “Dev Bhumi” has uncountable number of temples. Many of these temples have become famous tourist spots and one among them is the Holy Shrine of Shri Sankat Mochan temple, towards the west of Shimla district. Among lush green trees the temple is situated 5 kilometres away from Shimla near Tara Devi on the Shimla-Kalka highway. Its calm and peaceful surroundings attracts thousands of tourists every year. Moreover, being next to highway it becomes easily approachable for the devotees of Shri Hanuman Ji. Looking back at its history you’ll come to know that the temple was inaugurated in 1962 by former Lt. Governor Raja Bajrang Bahadur Bhadri who was motivated by Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj to take up the task of building the temple. Earlier the temple was looked after by the local people but in the year 2004 the Himachal Pradesh Government took the responsibility of the temple in its own hands and a trust was established. Baba Neeb Karori Ji MaharajIt is a temple of Lord Hanuman and Rama along with temples of lord Shiva, Ganesha and “Nav Greh” (Nine Planets). After Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj took “Samadhi”, a huge statue of him was placed in a temple facing towards the main Sankat Mochan Temple.

Tara Devi Temple

Among the various places to visit in Shimla, this temple occupies a crucial place and is also of great importance for the pilgrims. It is located on top of a hill facing Shimla and commands panoramic vistas of Shimla. It is also an ideal picnic spot surrounded by thick forest of oak and rhododendron.