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    Viceregal Lodge
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Simla Things to Do

  • Indian institute of Advanced Study

    The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla was completed in 1888 to serve as the Viceregal lodge. The whole Indian subcontinent was ruled from the Summer Capital of Shimla, from this building in fact. The basic plan of this building was conceived by the Ninth Viceroy, The Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, with the sanction of Lord Randolph...

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  • Indian Institute of Advanced studies

    The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla was completed in 1888 to serve as the Viceregal lodge. The whole Indian subcontinent was ruled from the Summer Capital of Shimla, from this building in fact.The basic plan of this building was conceived by the Ninth Viceroy, The Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, with the sanction of Lord Randolph...

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  • Himalayan Nature Park Kufri

    Its 15km far from Shimla You won't see many animals and birds like out side photos of park where you buy ticket. I think I waste my time to see it. it can be nice for children. nice view of mountain can be seen from here.in winter you can see snow here.Ticket is Rs. 25 per person.

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  • Viceregal Lodge

    The Viceregal Lodge building & architecture is absolutely amazing.This was the home of the British Viceroy to India and served as the Summer Capital during the Raj. Viceregal Lodge is the Place where the transfer of power and Partition of India was discussed(June 3rd 1947) and also the Simla Conference 1945 attended by Mahatma Gandhi. Miraben,...

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  • Jakhu Temple- known as Monkey temple

    Jakhu temple is situated ~ 30 min walking distance from Shimla, A nice place to visit and this is old temple of lord Hanuman, There is big statue of Hanuman inaugurated by actor Abhishek Bacchan. This large statue is visible from everywhere in shimla and automatically attracts travellers There are beautiful natural scenes and from hill itself you...

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  • VICEROY'S LODGE

    Visit the old Viceroy's lodge that was built in 1888 and now home of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (since 1965). It is about a 30 minute walk from the centre and you will see it on the right as there is a big garden on a hill. You can visit this building from 9 am to 8.30 pm, but it will close at 1 pm for an hours lunch break.

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Simla Restaurants

  • . Fantastic revolving restaurant

    This is not only a restaurant its also a resort I didn't stay here I went to see Fagu top which is around 22km far from Shimla you can see very nice view from here. I have been to many places but this being one of the best far away from city traffic, pollution and noise. I spent two hours here and had lunch with my friend on revolving restaurant so...

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  • Great Coffee

    Yes, it is part of a chain but they have great coffee and friendly staff. You cannot smoke inside, but there are chairs and tables outside with a roof covering. Good place to meet other travelers. Cafe Coffee Day is a South Indian chain so it was a surprise to find that they are now here. Sandwiches and snacks are available. Expresso

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  • Near the lift

    I have to say that there aren't a great deal of good restaurants in Shimla. This small place near the lift on The Mall was OK but certainly nothing special. I ate an Aloo Gobhi, rice and naan and a drink.

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Simla Nightlife

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  • Avoid it

    We went here with some other travellers we had met who had been before.This place is part of the nightclub and cinema complex. It does have comfy sofa's and windows over looking Shimla. Only there is no heating and the toilets are dark.However,When we got our bill, that is when things went wrong. We were given a bill that had a higher amount added...

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  • A friendly place to be

    What we liked about this place is that women are welcome here. The staff are friendly and will happily talk to you about the cricket. They have a heater which is rare in Shimla. The drinks are reasonabily priced. I can also recommend the snacks.A warm, friendly place to be. No dress code

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  • Bazaar at night

    You can buy manykind of souvenirs, Himachali clothes and several kind of fresh fruits here. Meanwhile the counters and kiosks playing Hindi musics which are attractive and melodious :) Casual and sweat-shirt sometimes. Watch out your steps and do bargain before buy something!!!

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Simla Transportation

  • A World Heritage Site!

    The Kalka-Shimla Railway Is Recognized As A World Heritage Site By UNESCO. The so called 'toy train' is the longest mountain train in India. Starting from Kalka the 96 km journey took six hours as the enchanting 'toy train' wound its picturesque way through valleys, hills and the tunnels, thrilling people at every stop. The view is stunning, with...

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  • The Toy Train

    Travelling from Delhi to Shimla is a long process but the beauty really starts when you reach Kalka and pick up 'The Toy Train' to Shimla. Not exactly top class luxury but the views are a delight although with 103 tunnels and over 700 non-girder bridges in a distance of only 96-km you would think that there would not be many much chance for views -...

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  • sharma tours in mashobra

    In the medical shop right opposite to the Club Mahindra property in Mashobra called Whispering pines, they arrange cars and tours.The owner of the medical shop Mr.Sharma is very helpful and has useful information.He rents cars with drivers and can also arrange for home cooked food!

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Simla Shopping

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  • come on honey!

    Honey Hut is a concept store of honey and honey based products.It is simply funtastic!!If you are too tired of having Indian cuisine while in Himachal,just try out the goodies here.The also serve exotic drinks and fizz,icecream etc.. Honey based cakes,pastries,muffins,dry fruits,drinks,tea,ice creams, squashes ... above average,but great quality

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  • Kinnauri topis

    You will find kinnauri topis or himachali topis which are round caps made of wool and have embroidery in the front.They look very smart and ethnic.They are priced between Rs.50 to Rs.200.They are colourful and a must buy for both yourself and to gift others.

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  • shop till you drop at the Mall

    There are rows and rows of shops in the area called "the Mall".You can find shops selling all possible things.It is a nice place to spend an evening not just shopping,but also you could eat snacks and hang out drinking in the atmosphere.The mayor's office and buildings and the church there add to the ambience. Clothes,woolen...

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Simla Local Customs

  • Riding the Rails

    by lachydragon Written Apr 15, 2004

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    Transport in India is a pretty casual affair, we caught the Toy Train in 2nd class and had a ball - we thought that we could dump our bags across the door and sit on them but to our surprise there were many stops along the way as the train was well used by locals as a utilitarian service connecting small towns along the way from Kalka to Shimla. Instead we dumped our bags in the middle and sat in the doors - enjoying the views and breeze!!

    People spent much of their journey in equally dangerous looking positions, hanging out doors and windows only to pull their heads in when an embankment or tunnel was approaching but it was great to see a society where you are responsible for your own safety. Australia (my home) has become so litigious that everything has been sanitised and cordoned off that could be at all dangerous but India is refreshing in that you are the master of your own safety and look after it yourself.

    As for jumping out of the moving train because the next station was too far to walk....well, maybe there are some benefits to Aussie way of life, but just remeber this in India - its fine to do things as the locals might but just keep it within reason!!

    Shooting the Breeze on the Himalayan Queen!
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Simla Warnings and Dangers

  • Be careful with the Monkeys

    We didn't have a problem with the monkeys, however I know that they can be a problem. We were warned not to eat food outside.

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  • Monkeys!

    Watch out for these guys. They're everywhere in Shimla. One place where they can swoop down from above and surprise you is near the Indian Coffee House near Scandal Point where telephone lines cross over the road. You can see them running and hopping along roof tops and generally being a complete nuisance but when they're lying out in the sun, they...

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  • Beware Siegfreid and Roy

    From time to time around these parts, a newspaper story appears about a panther ravaging someone. When I last visited, it was claimed that a panther had managed to get right onto the 'Mall' itself, the center of the town.I rather enjoyed the reportage that the man in question 'escaped with serious injuries'. Quite how you 'escape with serious...

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Simla What to Pack

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    keep your belonging at the lockers

    by ukirsari Updated Oct 15, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: a backpack with covers [rucsack] plus a daily pack for trekking
    whenever you're going up from the valley to the hills of Shimla, you can keep your belonging [big backpack] in the lockers, serviced at Shimla bus station, it's about Rs15 per backpack/day.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: trainers and flip flop [in summer], trainers and boots [for winter], cargo pants and tee-shirt and sweat shirt [both summer and winter], plus heavy woollens for winter, bandana and baseball cap

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: toilette papers [i never forget to bring them along!!!], personal medicines [aclimatization takes few minutes :)]

    Photo Equipment: in cooler area, your battery will drop pretty soon. do not forget to bring additional battery and always recharged them as soon.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: tent, hammock, raincoat

    Miscellaneous: temperatures in Shimla:
    - between sub zero in winter, snowfall
    - 12 - 22 degrees Celcius in summer

    @rie at Shimla Bus Station
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Simla Off The Beaten Path

  • Kharapathar!

    Kharapathar is a perfect leisure destination and it fits the best in what we call as ‘time standing still’. The breathtakingly beautiful place that presents nature lovers a great refuge in the vicinity and breathe in an atmosphere like no other. These things make Kharapathar a must visit site. Kharapathar derives its name from a huge egg shaped...

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  • Kufri~a small hill station,Near Shimla!

    Kufri is a tiny hill station. The name Kufri was derived from ‘Kufr’ meaning lake in the local language. It is located 13 kms from Shimla on the National Highway No.22 and is the highest point in the surrounding region. Kufri is a winter destination and its here that it snows the better than other areas around in winter. It snows heavily at Kufri...

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  • Hot springs in Tattapani

    Natural hot water springs at the banks of river Sutlej in a place called Tattapaani.This is long drive away from Shimla,the capital of Himachal Pradesh,but is worth the drive.The temperatures are usually high and warm.Do take a change of clothes,so that you could indulge in river rafting and then go on to have a bath with the water from the natural...

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Simla Sports & Outdoors

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    Everyday's hiking :)

    by ukirsari Updated Oct 15, 2004

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    since Shimla is situated nearby mighty Himalaya Mountaineous Range, the track always up and up. in other word, yeah hike and hike and hike up everyday. but it's fun!!! nice and you feel worth it. more higher, the views more beautiful. just like i do something and i get the gift for it :)

    Equipment: as normal; trainers [sneakers], cargo pants and t-shirt added with baseball cap or bandana.

    @rie and Gopi at The Ridge
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  • unforgetable snow caped mountain and...

    after my trip in State of Uttar Pradesh, Union Territory of Chandigarh and Union Territory of Delhi ... i tell to myself "well, @rie ... this is the moment to heading to the northern part." and the answer is State of Himachal Pradesh :) here, i already been in Shimla, Sanjauli, Dhalli and Kufri. even the weather is not so freezing since i visit...

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  • All of the old buildings and hills in...

    difficult to answer, which one i like most in Shimla. i like to do trekking to Annandale and Elysium Hills as i love to take sunset pictures. i can spent hours to 'touch' old buildings, as i like to go down from Mall Road and visiting Tibetan souvenirs shops. so?but well, here the list about place of interest in and around Shimla.* in Shimla:-...

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