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Referred to as the ?Queen of Hills? by the British who patronised the quaint hill stations as the summer capital during the Raj-era, Shimla is steeped in colonial history with its glorious age old structures standing testimony to its legendary past. Presently, Shimla tours explore its colonial heritage along with the contemporary comforts that have increasingly made it a commercial hill station. Cheap holidays in Shimla would give you a chance to explore tiny book stores alongside plush world class cafes and majestic age old buildings that stand beside glittering new age hotels. Shimla holidays are incomplete without a walk on the Mall or a visit to the various attractions in and around the town.
Sightseeing/Activities/Places of Interest - Shimla Travel
For the ideal holiday in Shimla, start your experience from the journey itself. Board the toy train that chugs up to this quaint hill station from Kalka. Admire the lush hillsides on the way and then step on to the platform at the tiny railway station that still retains its oild world charm. Shimla holidays are all about exploring the colonial structures and heritage of the city, starting with the majestic Vice Regal Lodge that houses a museum and lush gardens for leisurely walks. Visit Christ Church, the second oldest church in Northern India and the famous Gaity Theatre, strategically located on the action packed Mall, where honeymoon couples rub shoulders with elderly couples reminiscing their yesteryears. If its ideal viewpoints that you?re looking for on your Shimla trip, head to Summer Hill and Annandale, both situated within 5 km of the Ridge. The Jakhu Hill, 2 km away also offers a splendid view of the surroundings and also boasts of a much revered Hanuman Temple. Shimla holiday packages are incomplete without excursions to nearby destinations like Mashobra, Kufri and Naldehra, which are within 20 km radius of Shimla. Another place worth a visit is Chail, 45 km away, where you must visit the Chail Palace, now a government run hotel.