Shimla, Himachal PradeshShimla, Himachal Pradesh
India is a beautiful country that contains the famous Himalayas Mountains. The Himalayas Mountains transverse many towns near it offering breathe taking views of it. One of those towns is Shimla which is a hill station. On the lower ranges of the Himalayas Mountains is where you can find Shimla. Due to it being located on the Himalayas Mountains, it experiences extreme climatic conditions.
Located at an altitude of around 2213 meters, Shimla experiences diverse climatic conditions hence one cannot be sure when to visit the station. However, this hasn’t removed the attractiveness of Shimla hill station. It is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in India at any given time of the year.
This has made people to conclude that the best time to visit Shimla is throughout the whole year. Though the general conclusion among many people or tourists is that Shimla has no specific period to visit it, recently the weather has started to be more predictable.
The best time to visit Shimla currently is from March to May and from October to November. During the other times of the year, Shimla experiences winter which is quite severe. During the monsoons, it is also advisable not to visit Shimla as it during this time, it experiences severe landslides.
Places of interest in Shimla include the Christ Church which is situated on the ridge. It is the oldest church in Northern India. The church has stained glass windows and a very majestic appearance. The stained glass windows represent humility, patience, fortitude, charity and faith.
Another beautiful place to visit in Shimla is the Jakhu hill which is the highest peak in Shimla. It offers an awesome and magnificent view of the snowcapped Himalayas and the town. At the top of Jakhu hill is the Lord Hanuman temple that is home of countless monkeys.
Shimla is also the home of the Shimla State Museum. It was opened in 1974 to protect the cultural wealth of the state. Located also in Shimla is the Tara Devi Hill which has a temple that is solely dedicated to the goddess of stars. For those who believe in Mother Nature, there is the temple of Sarva Dharma Mandir that is a temple for all faiths. Thousands of devotees and tourists throng to this temple every year.
For those who love cricket, you can visit the Maharaja of Patiala retreat. This retreat was built by the British when they colonized India. The cricket pitch on this retreat is the highest in the world.