Shimla Tourism & Travel Guide - Know Before you Go!

Shimla Overview

Lying at the foothills of the Shivaliks, Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh in India. The British made it their summer capital due to its easy accessibility and pleasant climate. It is a very popular holiday retreat during the summer months and is well-known for the views of snow-capped mountain ranges as well as its Victorian architecture, reflected in certain areas of the Mall and the Ridge. It is also a famous holiday spot for honeymooners and offers nice walks and trails through pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendron. Snowfall in winters turns this green city into a glistening white fairyland. The hill station sprawls over several hills and connecting ridges, including Jakhu Hill, Prospect Hill, Observatory Hill, Elysium Hill and Summer Hill. Colonial architecture adds to its old-world character, with stately buildings such as Viceregal Lodge. Shimla also offers a narrow-gauge mountain toy train to its tourists. The Mall is the hub of activity, lined from one end to the other with shops and eateries.

Local Language

Most of the residents are from the Pahadi community (the natives of Himachal Pradesh), but there is also a sizable minority from Punjab and Sindh, who moved to Shimla during the partition. As a result, the languages spoken in Shimla include Hindi, Punjabi, Pahadi and English, which serves as a lingua-franca.

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