25 Facts About Shimla


Shimla is the capital and the largest city of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

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In 1864, Shimla was declared as the summer capital of British India.

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Shimla is home to several buildings that are styled in the Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic architectures dating from the colonial era, as well as multiple temples and churches.

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The Kalka–Shimla Railway line built by the British, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a major tourist attraction.

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Shimla has the largest natural ice skating rink in South Asia.

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Shimla city gets its name from Shyamala Mata, a fearless incarnation of the goddess Kali.

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In 1832, Shimla saw its first political meeting: between the Governor-General Lord William Bentinck and the emissaries of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

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Shimla thus became a hill station famous for balls, parties, and other festivities.

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Shimla was the capital city in exile of British Burma from 1942 to 1945.

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British Shimla extended about a mile and a half along the ridge between Jakhoo Hill and Prospect Hill.

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Shimla was built on top of seven hills: Inverarm Hill, Observatory Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Bantony Hill, Elysium Hill and Jakhu Hill.

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The climate in Shimla is predominantly cool during winters and moderately warm during summer.

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Shimla has up to 6500 hotels, including 5-star hotels, most popular is Oberoi Cecil, Peterhoff, Wildflower Hall and Hotel Holiday Home.

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Shimla leads the list of Indian cities with the highest-ranked hotels.

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Shimla is home to South Asia's only natural ice skating rink.

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Shimla has many temples and is often visited by devotees from nearby towns and cities.

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The various kinds of crafts of Shimla made out of wood include small boxes, utensils, image carvings, and souvenirs.

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The other arts and crafts of Shimla include a huge collection of beaded and metal jewellery.

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Shimla has the largest natural ice skating rink in South Asia.

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Shimla is part of the wider Western Pahari cultural belt which extends until Murree, Pakistan.

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Bishop Cotton School and St Edward's School, Shimla are for boys only, whereas, Loreto Convent, Tara Hall and Convent of Jesus and Mary, Chelsea is for girls only.

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Medical institutes in Shimla include Indira Gandhi Medical College and St Bede's, a girls-only college.

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Shimla is well-connected by road network to all major cities in north India and all major towns and district headquarters within the state.

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Shimla Airport is situated at Jubbarhatti, 23 kilometres from the city.

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On 8 July 2008, the Kalka–Shimla Railway was listed as a World Heritage Site, alongside Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

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