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SIGHTSEEING IN Shimla

Shimla offers much to the visitor as well as to its residents. To those of us who live here
through the year it means long walks in the thick deodar forests of Seog, views of the
snow covered high Himalayas from Potter's Hill, collecting violets in the spring
and raspberries in the summer and absolutely loving the fact that though this is a city
it has the incredible charm of a village.

local sights

The regular tourist haunts are located on and around the central promenade,
The Mall
. The highest point in Shimla- The Jakhu temple dedicated to the monkey god,
Hanuman is at one end of the Mall. To the west, beyond The Oberoi Cecil Hotel,
is the vast Scottish-style baronial mansion formerly known as the Vice Regal Lodge.
This venerable pile was the summer residence of all the Viceroys of British Colonial India
until 1947 and independence. The stretch from here to the stunningly beautiful homes in
Chhota Shimla
forms the core of the Shimla Heritage Zone.

At the base of the Jakhu hill is The Ridge, a wide-open square with its imposing Gothic-style
Christ Church and the faux-Tudor half-timbered State Government Library.
The Heritage Zone is full of a vast number of crumbling through still breathtaking buildings...
beautiful vestiges of the British Raj.

day trips and comfortable treks

One of the loveliest walks is to the Tara Devi Temple from the highway just outside Shimla.
A picnic hamper can be packed for this short hike up the mountain.

About 15 kms from Shimla is the Oberoi Group's spectacular Wildflower Hall Hotel.
You could have a delicious lunch or tea at their restaurant and head out for the conducted
Strawberry Walk through the virgin cedar forest where the property is located.

Should you be energetic and fit, another option is a trek to the area's highest peak,
Shali Tibba at a height of 10,496 ft.

For Golfers, there's nothing like the golf course in Naldehra, covered in daisies
in spring and summer. Kufri, Fagu and Chail located just outside Shimla
are lovely places to visit as well.