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History of shimla

Most of the areas of the present-day Shimla were covered with forests till the 18th century. The city was named after a Hindu goddess named Shyamala Devi. The area was captured by Bhimsen Thapa of Nepal in 1806, following which The British East India Company took control after establishment of the Sugauli Treaty, post Anglo-Nepalese War. John Lawrence, the Viceroy of India, shifted the summer capital of the British to Shimla in 1863. British soldiers, merchants and civil servants moved to Shimla every year in summer, to escape the heat of the Indo-Gangetic plain. Shimla was the capital of the undivided Punjab in 1871, until the construction of Chandigarh. After the formation of Himachal Pradesh in 1971, Shimla was named as the state capital.

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  • Theme of Shimla [Hill Station, Romantic, Adventure]
  • You'll love Shimla for [Mall Road, Hills]
  • Watchout for [Inadequate public transport, Crowd]
  • Best Time To Visit
    October - February
  • Altitude 7,238 ft. above sea level

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    Rs.14,999
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    2 Nights, 3 Days
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    Rs.7,600
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    6 Nights, 7 Days
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    4 Nights, 5 Days
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    Rs.10,699
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Places to stay in shimla

  • Larisa Resort - Shimla
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Popular Flights To shimla

    • DELDelhi
      IXCChandigarh
    • Air Asia India
      I5-315
    • 11:35 12:40
      Non Stop
    • 01h 05m
      Non Stop
    • Rs.2,996
    • IDRIndore
      IXCChandigarh
    • Air Asia India
      I5-753
    • 07:30 12:40
      1 Stop
    • 05h 10m
      1 Stop
    • Rs.3,628
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      IXCChandigarh
    • Go Air
      G8-137
    • 18:20 20:10
      Non Stop
    • 01h 50m
      Non Stop
    • Rs.4,057
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      IXCChandigarh
    • Vistara
      UK-722
    • 18:05 08:15
      1 Stop
    • 14h 10m
      1 Stop
    • Rs.5,517
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      IXCChandigarh
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      UK-835
    • 17:50 08:15
      1 Stop
    • 14h 25m
      1 Stop
    • Rs.6,033
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      IXCChandigarh
    • Go Air
      G8-513
    • 07:05 11:35
      Non Stop
    • 04h 30m
      Non Stop
    • Rs.6,161
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shimla Travel Talk Sharing travel experiences - one story at a time

Jakhu Temple In Shimla And The legend Of Its Hanuman Statue

Jakhu Temple In Shimla And The legend Of Its Hanuman Statue

The Hanuman statue at Jakhu Temple in Shimla is among the tallest statues of Hanuman in the world. It is a must-see when in Shimla

23 May 2019  | 3-minute read
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Shimla Mall Road - The Ideal Place For Shopping

Shimla Mall Road - The Ideal Place For Shopping

Shopping in Shimla Mall Road with its vibrant shops, diverse products, and scenic views is a dream come true for shopaholics!

26 Apr 2019  | 3-minute read
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Top Hill Trains In India You Need To Book Now

Top Hill Trains In India You Need To Book Now

The Indian Railways offers five hill trains: Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Kalka-Shimla Railway, Kangra Valley Railway, and Matheran Railway.

11 Dec 2018  | 4-minute read
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