Himachal Pradesh India
Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. Once the summer capital of British India, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903. It’s also known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts.
The Arki palace was built between 1695 - 1700 by Rana Prithvi Singh, a descendant of Rana Sabha Chand. The Fort was captured by the Gurkhas in 1806. Rana Jagat Singh, the ruler of Baghal had to take refuge in Nalagarh. During this period from 1806 - 1815, the Gurkha General Amar Singh Thapa used Arki as his stronghold to make further advances into Himachal Pradesh as far as Kangra. Arki was the capital of the princely hill state of Baghal, which was founded by Rana Ajai Dev, a Panwar Rajput. The state was founded around 1643 and Arki was declared as its capital by Rana Sabha Chand in 1650.
Shri Bhima Kali Temple is a temple at Sarahan in Himachal Pradesh in India, dedicated to the mother goddess Bhimakali, presiding deity of the rulers of former Bushahr State. The temple is situated about 180 km from Shimla and is one of 51 Shakti Peethass. The town Sarahan is known as the gate way of Kinnaur.
Chadwick Falls is dense forests and tranquil atmosphere surrounding the area of the waterfall gives you enough reason to visit this attraction time and time again. Also known as one of the most popular sightseeing places in Shimla, Chadwick Falls has always been a delightful experience for tourists. It is an amazing place to hang out with your friends and offers a great hiking trail that lets you explore its quietness, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The soothing environment and the mesmerizing views enchant tourists from all around the world and make one to overlook the surrounding beauty.
Rohru is a small town situated 115 km from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for trout fishing at the Pabbar River and its surrounding beauty. Hatkoti Temple is part of the Jabbal tehsil and is located in a valley near Rohru. Tourists coming to Rohru make their way up to the stone temple of Hatkoti. Being the meeting point of three streams- Bishkulti, Raanvati with Pabbar River, it is a sacred site for the Hindus. The temple here also makes the valley an important pilgrimage destination.
Formerly known as Kishangarh Fort, the Kuthar Fort in Shimla traces its history back to some 800 years. With its continuous renovation throughout the years, some parts of this monument are as old as its construction, while few of them are still new and not even a century old. Constructed by Gurkha Kings, the fort was once the residence of the royal family in Kuthar. Spanning over an area of 52.8 square meters, it has a fresh-water supply complex, lush-green gardens and ancient temples within the structure.
The Shoolini Mata Temple is dedicated to Shoolini Mata-an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The shrine is one of the prime attractions of Solan. It is also believed that the town of Solon was named after Shoolini Mata, who is the presiding deity of the temple. As per legends, the temple was once the abode of Shoolini Mata. The shrine attracts huge crowd during festival days, especially during the Shoolini fair. The temple looks beautiful in the night when it is completely illuminated and is crowded on holidays and festivals. Other highlights of the fair are activities like dancing, singing and wrestling .The fair attracts traders, sweet sellers, general merchants and shopkeepers from the neighbouring town.
Kufri is a beautiful hill station and it's known as the winter sport capital of Shimla, the slopes of the beautiful hill town is at a distance of 13 kilometers from the Himachali capital. Nestled at an altitude that reaches 2622 meters, Kufri is a skier's paradise. Snow changes the beautiful landscape as the playground of sports. The forests of pine and cedar and the lush environs remains charming throughout the year. Kufri attracts ski enthusiasts from all over the world during winters. From the first snowfall to the time comes for the snow to melt. People seeking to enjoy the white snow are seen in the quaint hill town. The otherwise quaint slice of heaven becomes vibrant and thrilling. From a beginner's run to an advanced slope and slalom run, Kufri offers excellent skiing opportunities for both novice as well as experienced people. The slopes of the hill station are full of adventures. A little above the hill station, Mahsu ridge also offer excellent slopes to ski.
Narkanda is situated at an altitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan Tibet road. It gives a beautiful view of snow ranges. This is an ideal location for the tourists who wish to get peace in the mountains. Narkanda is famous for Skiing & Winter sports. Waiting to be fully explored, Narkanda is among the India's oldest ski destinations with undulating beauty of nature. During these days the slopes come alive with skiers. Perched at an altitude of 8100 ft, the slopes of the hill town is perfect for the skills of beginners as well as experienced skiers. Hatu Peak near Narkanda towering at 2000 ft is one of a popular ski slopes in the area. Easy access and fewer people as compared to other ski destinations, Narkanda boasts of safe and the most thrilling ski experience.
The Ridge road is a large open space, located in the center of Shimla. The Ridge is the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. It is situated along the Mall Road, which is the famous shopping center of Shimla. Most major places of Shimla like Snowdon, Mall, Jakhoo hill, etc. are connected through the Ridge. It runs east to west alongside the Mall Road, and joins it at the Scandal Point on the west side. On the east side, The Ridge road leads to Lakkar Bazaar, a wooden crafts market. It's the major landmark and the most easily recognized face of the hill station. When winter sets in and when the country had its first major snowfall of the year, most newspapers printed photos of the ridge submerged in clumps of fresh snow.
Jakhoo Temple is an ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to the Hindu deity Hanuman. It is situated on Jakhoo Hill, Shimla's highest peak, 2.5 km (1.6 mi) east of the Ridge at a height of 2,455 m (8,054 ft) above sea level. Each year, a festival is held on Dussehra, before 1972 the festival was used to held at Annadale. According to the Ramayana, Hanuman stopped at the location to rest while searching for the Sanjivni Booti to revive Lakshmana. A giant 108-feet-high idol of Hanuman was unveiled at Jakhoo Hanuman temple on 4 November 2010. At 108 feet (33 m), it surpasses the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which measures at 98 feet (30 m), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Mall Road is the main street in Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, India. Constructed during British colonial rule, the Mall road is located a level below the ridge. The offices of municipal corporation, fire service, and police headquarters are located here.The mall road is also in three four lanes one above the other.You can go down or climb through stairs at places to change between road.
The Kalka–Shimla railway is a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow-gauge railway in North India which traverses a mostly-mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla. It is known for dramatic views of the hills and surrounding villages. The railway was built under the direction of Herbert Septimus Harington between 1898 and 1903 to connect Shimla, the summer capital of India during the British Raj, with the rest of the Indian rail system. Its early locomotives were manufactured by Sharp, Stewart and Company. Larger locomotives were introduced, which were manufactured by the Hunslet Engine Company. Diesel and diesel-hydraulic locomotives began operation in 1955 and 1970, respectively.
During the British Raj in India, the area around the church was occupied by a huge flock of Britishers and Anglo-Indians. Since they were the followers of Christianity, they asked the government to build a place of worship for them. Hence, in 1844, the construction of the Christ Church started. For conducting the divine services, the church was officially given the license on October 11th, 1846, while it became a pure symbol of devotion on January 10th, 1857.
Summer Hill is a distant suburb of Shimla, the state capital of Himachal Pradesh at a height of 2,123 meters. It is on a hill, 5 km west to the Shimla Ridge, and is part of the seven-hill cluster. History In the past, Summer Hill has offered residence to Mahatma Gandhi, who stayed here at the Georgian mansion of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur during his Shimla visits. Also known as the Potter's Hill, these pine and deodar laden slopes have many quaint residences, like one belonging to the family of noted painter Amrita Shergil (1913-1941).
A flat terrain in Shimla, Annandale has been developed as the playground of the city. It is located approximately 3 kilometers away from the Ridge and is used to play cricket and to organize picnics, Golf, and Polo. It is quite a scenic spot as it gives a picturesque view of the Shimla city and its surroundings are occupied by deodar trees, oak trees, etc. Annandale is famous because earlier the British used this as a play ground for racing, polo, cricket and other entertaining activities.
The Shimla State Museum has a good collection of ancient historical sculptures, paintings, coins, handicrafts, photos, and other items from all over the state as well as from outside. It is located 2.5 km west of the scandal point (a place on Mall road) and is open every day except on Mondays and public holidays. The state museum is built in colonial style with sprawling gardens all around and is one of the best places to visit in Shimla. It was opened in 1974 with just four galleries; later more galleries have been added here and currently there are more than 9000 objects in the collection. Some of the popular galleries present here are Indian archeology, Himachal archaeology, Pre historic objects, Wood Carvings, Monuments, Photographs, Bronzes, Arms Gallery, Gandhi Gallery, Philatelic, Anthropological, Pahari Miniature Paintings, Rajasthan Paintings, Contemporary Art, and Wall Paintings Gallery.
Himachal Pradesh India
Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal