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Shimla: The Popular Honeymoon Destination

Shimla

Bengaluru, Nov 24 (UiTV) - Shimla is a popular honeymoon destination among many Indians due to its awesome climate. The city is situated on the hill station which was a dense forest before the 18th century. The name Shimla is derived from the Hindu Goddess named Shyamala Devi, an avatar of Kali. Shimla has a vast history, it was first invaded and captured by Bhimsen Thapa of Nepal in the year 1806. Later British East India Company took control over it and the area was becoming civilized which resulted in an increase in the population. The area of this hill station was already gaining popularity in terms of politics and tourists. Shimla attracts thousands of tourists annually, it lies on the south-western ranges of the Himalayas.

After its start of expansion due to colonization, it started attracting princes, merchants, leaders from neighboring countries like Tibet, Myanmar, China, Afghanistan. The Shimla-Kalka railway line was constructed between 1898 to 1903 passing through 102 tunnels and this marvelous work has been recognized as a World Heritage mountain railway site by UNESCO.

Most of the time the climate is cold, the extreme winter season starts in November and lasts till March. The cold is mild from April to October and you will experience moderate chills in the morning and evening in the autumn.

Things to explore in Shimla:
1. The Ridge
Explore the large open space in the city which is a central hub of the city that runs east to west.

2. The Mall Road
It is the major street of the hill station and a business center.

3. Viceregal Lodge
It was built in 1888 and was one of the most fabulous buildings of that time. Now it is the house for the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies.

4. Annandale
This is a large stretch of ground which has been used for playing various games, events, fairs.

5. Jakhoo temple
Jakhoo temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and it requires an uphill climb of about half an hour to reach there.

6. Chadwick falls
The best time to visit this fall is in the rainy season from July to September.

7. Tara Devi Temple

8. Kali Bari Temple

9. Sankat Mochan Temple

Also try ice skating in Shimla, in the winter season water begins to freeze at the ice skating ground located at a lower elevation on the northern slope. The ice skating season lasts till the end of the winter that is February.

How to Reach?

By Airways - Jubbarhatti is the name of the airport at Shimla located 23 km away from the city. Daily flights from Delhi to Shimla is available.

By Railways - Regular trains ply from Delhi to Kalka, from Kalka mountain rail has to be taken to reach Shimla.

By Roadways - Shimla city is well connected by roads. Private and Government buses operate from various nearby cities like Delhi, Manali, Dharamsala, Chandigarh, Delhi.