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Home » Kashmir & High North
Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and lies about 343 km from Delhi at two,213 metres above sea level. Before it was discovered by the British in 1819, Shimla was a small village belonging to the Nepalese kingdom. Shimla was declared the summer capital of India in 1864. After India gained independence, Shimla was the capital of Punjab till 1966 after which it came under Himachal Pradesh. Summers in Shimla are quit pleasant with the maximum temperature never crossing 25°C. Winters are cold with a heavy snowfall.

There are only roads in the central part of Shimla. The higher Mall runs east west, its highest point at Scandal Point, kind of the unofficial centre of Shimla. The mall area known as The Ridge runs up to Christ Church, whilst Cart Road circles the southern aspect of Shimla. The remains of Shimla are connected by a tangle of lively bazaars and alleyways.

Shimla Facts:

• Area 31.60 sq. km
• Population 1,02,186
• Altitude 2,213 metres above sea level
• Languages Hindi, Himachali, Garhwali, English
• STD Code 0177
• Best time to visit May–July and September–November

Tourist Attractions in Shimla:

This pretty town sprawled amidst the pine-clad hills presents glimpses of fading colonial beauty. The buildings, the Mall, the picnic spots are places that are often visited. A visit to the Mall brings to the centre of activity. Some major attractions around here are Jakhoo Hill, Glen, Sankat Mochan, Summer Hill, Chadwick Falls, Prospect Hill, Taradevi Temple, Institute of Advance Studies and Himachal State Museum.
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