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Shimla & Manali

Shimla one of the India’s Most Attractive tourist Destination .It is the capital and the largest city of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is also a district which is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, the state of Uttarakhand in the south-east, and Solan and Sirmaur. In 1864, Shimla was declared as the summer capital of British India, succeeding Murree, northeast of Rawalpindi. After independence, the city became the capital of Punjab and was later named the capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is the principal commercial, cultural and educational centre of the hilly regions of the state.

Small hamlets were recorded prior to 1815 when British forces took control of the area. The climatic conditions attracted the British to establish the city in the dense forests of Himalayas. As the summer capital, Shimla hosted many important political meetings including the Simla Accord of 1914 and the Simla Conference of 1945. After independence, the state of Himachal Pradesh came into being in 1948 as a result of integration of 28 princely states. Even after independence, the city remained an important political centre, hosting the Simla Agreement of 1972. After reorganisation of state of Himachal Pradesh, the existing Mahasu district was named Shimla. Its name is derived from the goddess Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali.

Shimla is home to a number of buildings that are styled in the Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic architectures dating from the colonial era, as well as multiple temples and churches. The colonial architecture and churches, the temples and the natural environment of the city attracts tourists. Attractions include the Viceroy Lodge, the Christ Church, the Jakhoo Temple, the Mall Road and the Ridge, which together form the city centre. The Kalka–Shimla Railway line built by the British, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also a major tourist attraction. Shimla also has the largest natural ice skating rink in South Asia. Apart from being a tourism centre, the city is also an educational hub with a number of colleges and research institutions.

Manali is a valley nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley, at an altitude of 2,050 m (6,726 ft) in the Beas River Valley. It is located in the Kullu district, about 270 km (168 mi) north of the state capital, Shimla, 309 km (192 miles) northeast of Chandigarh and 544 km (338 miles) northeast of Delhi, the federal capital. The small town, with a population of 8,096 is the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and from there over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. It is a popular tourist destination and serves as the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti district as well as Leh.

 

Attractive Tourist Destination in Shimla & Manali

Located in the heart of the city, the Mall Road is often the most crowded places in Shimla. A perfect blend of Tibetan and Himachal culture can be seen here. There are many restaurants that serve variety of a North Indian food along with Tibetan Cuisine. The vendors are seen selling traditional garments, handicrafts and other small trinkets and bling blings! The Ridge is another popular tourist attraction, which runs along the Mall Road. A large open space that culminates at Scandal Point, the Ridge offers tourists the option to freely linger around and click pictures of the place set against a scenic backdrop is yet another temptation for the tourists. One of the most prominent buildings of the place is Christ Church. This impeccable colonial era’s structure enhances the beauty of the Ridge.
A gigantic statue of Hanuman marks the prominence of Jakhoo Temple, which is perched at the highest point of Shimla. One can either walk or hire a pony to reach the temple. Being ideally placed at the vantage point, one can capture a spectacular view of the city.
Tourists often throng Kufri which is known better as a skiing destination. After half an hour drive, one has to hire a pony to get to Kufri. Located approximately 14kms away from Shimla and perched at a height of 2290m, it enthralls visitors. Its thick layered snow-bed provides brilliant opportunity for skiing.
On the way to Keylong or Leh, Rohtang Pass is situated at a distance of about 51kms from Manali. Along with offering spectacular view, Rohtang Pass is haven for the adventure aficionado who likes to indulge in activity like paragliding. The pass opens from the month of June to October each year. It is also a gateway to Spiti, Pangi, Lahaul and the Leh valley. The gorgeous sight of glaciers peaks and Chandra River which flows down in the Lahaul valley makes Rohtang Pass even more attractive.
Situated about 6kms away from Manali, Jagat Sukh located on the left bank of Beas is well – known for its ancient temples of Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri. These temples are constructed exclusively in Shikhara style and are impressive manifestations of Indian architecture.
Arjuna Gufa is situated at a distance of 4kms from Manali. The cave is located near Prini village, where it is believed Arjuna meditated. It is a good half-day excursion, which renders delightful view of the radiant mountains and surroundings.
Located about 13 kms away from Manali, Solang valley renders spectacular view of glaciers and snow-capped mountain peaks. Well-known for the winter skiing festival, which is organized here annually, Solang Valley is a skiers’ paradise. Paragliding and zorbing are other prominent activities that attract adventure enthusiasts here.
Vashisht is famed for its hot springs and temples. The pyramidal stone temple which is dedicated to Vashisht Muni is located here. Another temple of Lord Ram is constructed here as well. The natural hot sulphur springs are also prominent spots that attract visitors. Shimla Manali tour creates an anticipation of adventure, thrill and also romance. Invigorating senses and away from the confines of mundanes, Shimla and Manali promises a surreal land.