Charming, ancient, quaint, queen of hill stations, summer escape, Shimla has earned innumerable adjectives and sobriquets. And tourists continues to remain in awe when they arrive here for their honeymoon or summer vacation. While most of north India moves uphill to escape from the soaring mercury, Shimla is an equally attractive destination in winter.
Here is a series of photos of this can’t-have-you-enough hill station.
If you are driving down from Delhi to Shimla, the Pinjore gardens off Zirakpur highway is your first stop. Enjoy a hearty meal and the lovely views of this garden that is steeped in history.
On a lucky day, the 100 year old heritage toy train to Shimla will give you company as you drive up the hair pin bends. We made do with walking through the tunnel.
It is just for these awesome sunrise or sunset views that is worth a visit to Shimla
Sunlight bursts down in the valley while its still cool up in Shimla
The bright orange head of the statue of Hanuman at Jakhoo temple is clearly visible from the Mall road. This temple is notorious for its monkeys that trail and attack every visitor climbing up its steps
The cream colored tower of Christ Church is one of the most visible landmarks of Shimla, standing out against the blue sky as you see it from several miles away
Most hill stations in India have a Mall road, but very few can match the charm and activity of the one in Shimla. This signboard on the Lift shows you the direction
Every name mentioned on this street sign on Mall road is a destination to itself.
The Ridge on the Mall road is where Shimla descends every evening, be it summer or Winter. It offers amazing views of the Himalayan range and is also the entrance to this Church
Christ Church, is equally charming on the inside. Beautiful colors, absolutely peace and only prayers on your mind. Sit for as long as you want. Or soak in the stain glass paintings that adorn its windows.
Strained glass paintings on the windows of Christ church
View of the The Ridge from the ‘3 Idiots’ spot. In winter, jackets, woolens and caps rule. Crisp chilly winds keep you company. While hot soup and coffee relax
It is customary to get yourself clicked in traditional Himachali garments with the Ridge offering unmatched backdrops to the pictures
This used to be a small club situated at the base of the climb to Naldhera golf course, it appeared abandoned when I visited
A behind-the-scenes view of the tea-stall outside the Naldhera golf course, the highest one in India
The hill roads are dotted with restaurants like these, which precariously balance themselves on the steep slopes
India’s grand old queen of hills is dying slowly, it is overcrowded and bustling with growth and construction all over the place. But if you search, there are still a few places where you can enjoy the old world charm.
The canopy does the trick. Sitting under such sheds on the Mall road and getting lost in the distant views brings immense contentment
This white building with red lining and a red roof stands out distinctly on Mall road. It houses the head post office in Shimla.
One would normally not feel the need to keep track of time in Shimla, but just in case. This massive clock stands out on Mall road at Gaiety theatre
Gaiety theatre played host to various functions, events and theaters to the British royals when they were in town. It continues to hold stage shows and theatre events. It also has an exhibition hall on the ground floor
Most Indians get their first glimpse of snow-clad Himalayan mountains from Shimla. This view plays peek-a-boo as you walk along the long winding Mall road
History buffs can take the steep walk up to the Museum at the west end of the Mall road. Its been renovated and commands one of the best views of surrounding hills
Under the British rule, this building served as the summer residence of the Governor generals of India. This stone building now houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. Don’t miss the elaborate walls, majestic halls and tapestry in it. This is also where the agreement partitioning India and Pakistan was signed.
The grand decor inside the Indian Institute of Advanced studies building. This is the lobby area where visitors are allowed in. The ceiling, wall fabric and wooden furniture date more than half a century
The municipal corporation building on Mall road is a majestic stone structure and a hub of activity. With several shops near by, its a buzzing place all day.
Finally stop by for a cup of coffee at the Indian Coffee house on Mall road. Attendants still dress traditionally and wear turbans. A great place to eavesdrop on local conversations