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“Shimla a beautiful place”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Shimla

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4 reviews
8 helpful votes
“Shimla a beautiful place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2008

hello freindz,
I just want to share one of the good experience of my life i.e when I visited beautifula place viz. Shimla. We went ther in early December 2008, it was such a nice experience starting from the the toy train in which we travelled from Kalka Station. The journey is very comfortable as well as full of site seing. After reaching Shimla we had a very good time when we visited Kufriand many otherplaces. Last but not the least one of the famous attractions of Shimla is Mall Road is also oneof teh good places, the Church that is situated ther near Mall Road is a very good placeand one must see it.

I advice you all to go and visit Shimla in month of Nov-Feb.

All the best!!!!!!!!!

5 Thank Anuj s
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1 review
4 helpful votes
“my favorite place in India”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2008

it's just a great place to be... i really enjoyed my stay at the hill resort... its a very calm place which is full of greenery... it is full of revers and valleys... i just enjoyed my trip to shimla....

4 Thank admirerIndia
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1 review
5 helpful votes
“Shimla -- Beauty of Himachal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2008

Shimla was nice place to be with beautiful scenere... I wish I can spend my Winter vacation there . Snow all around ,beauty at its best... Must see for anyone who loves nature...

5 Thank Ady_India
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15 reviews
10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2008

One of the most beautiful and affordable hill station to visit. Must visit

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43 reviews
27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2008

Simla, The Queen of Hills

Simla has something for everybody. The weather, from March to June and then October to November is excellent; Simla sunshine has a unique quality that makes you want to go out and enjoy it. The tourist types can roam on the Mall or go To Kufri and Naldhera, the religious types like to go up the Jakhoo hill. Teenagers like the trinkets available in tourist shops and budget travelers can look for a bargain or two at the Lower Bazar. Voyeurs love to ogle at the newly-wed types and the girls from St Bede’s and other colleges, out in all their splendour, who are indeed a joy to behold.

But more than all this is the history that the place has to offer, despite the onslaught of modern marketing. You will be doing yourself an injustice if you come back without savouring the town that the British had built as their summer capital. There is something here that should make you wonder why the British should have travelled all the way from Calcutta and transfer the seat of power to Simla for a few weeks.

Spend a few moments at Bindra Studio to see the black and white prints of the era gone by. Pictures of the construction of the Kalka-Simla railway are displayed with another photographer at Scandal Point, and they show what a huge effort it was to construct the railway. Spend a few moments also at Maria Brothers, the quaint shop on the Mall that sells antiques. Then, take a walk to Cecil Hotel and beyond, to what is now the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. It is here that the history will come alive, as the grandeur of the British Raj is preserved here.

The Viceregal Lodge is a building worth seeing. Also visit the Peterhoff, now a hotel, where darbars were held by the rulers. All over Simla you will find dilapidated buildings; the government has done a disservice by not providing a brief history of these vacant mansions. They add to the romance of the place.

In Simla you will find residences of former Rajas, some of them are hotels now. Take a walk to Woodville Palace, where the movie Black was shot. The Begum of Bhopal and of course many other members of the royalty had their residences here.

The character of the Mall has changed over the years. Old pictures show you how European style shops served the population at that time, now there is a competition to turn the shops with glass facades. Sitting trapped at Barista on the Mall, for instance, seems so pathetic to people who are walking outside in the fresh air.

Here you might see the fire tenders waiting for a fire to break out; on one occasion they were used to water hose a crowd of Indians fighting for freedom, to be sent hurtling down Middle Bazar. While walking on the Mall, one can also not be a little humbled that at one time this road was watered daily, and oiled for ceremonial functions. Workmen, coolies and “loafers” were not allowed here, and by 1931, you could be arrested for merely wearing a Gandhi cap.

A visit to Simla is not complete without a slice of history. The town is deteriorating rapidly, thanks to the emphasis on tourists. Concrete structures now dot the town, and cars rush past on once forbidden stretches. Mahatma Gandhi would put the rulers in a fix because he liked to walk; the government is trying its best to provide driving permits to every small bureaucrat, every small army officer and every small politician. In the process, Simla is getting ruined, and some parts of the town are as bad and dirty as the plains. But Simla still retains its charm, but don’t waste your time going to Simla by getting trapped in a hotel or the modern coffee shops.

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