Known as the queen of hills, Shimla used to be a very popular destination for British people. It still is today because it is included in every tour of North India. It offers the perfect recipe for a weekend getaway because it is like a breath of fresh air from the tumultuous life of the big cities. Shimla, with its calming charm, gives the tourists the feeling that they are spending their days in an old world, where time has stopped its course.
The magnificent landscape makes Shimla a perfect honeymoon destination. The hills and the valleys together with the rivers and the dense forests create a romantic atmosphere for the newlyweds. Tourism in the area is encouraged and infrastructure and accommodations are well developed. Honeymooners, but not only them, can also practice adventure sports like angling or trekking and, in the cold season, skiing. Shimla is remarkable both in summer and in winter, when the snow covers the hills.
What makes Shimla such a popular destination is the fact that it combines in a perfect manner the beauty of nature with the beauty of man made buildings. There are several attractive tourist places that compete with the beautiful landscape for the attention of visitors.
The Himachal State Museum and Library is definitely a treat for art lovers. They can admire impressive collections of paintings and sculptures and also of coins and photos. The library contains some old manuscripts and books which are quite rare pieces. Both the museum and the library are closed on Mondays and on holidays.
On the Observatory Hill tourists can find the Rashtrapati Niwas or the Vice regal Lodge. It is a six-storey building made entirely of bricks carried by mules. It was finished in 1888 and it used to be the residence of the British viceroy Lord Dufferin. In the same place it is also located the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. It is only opened for public on Sunday and its architectural style is indeed impressive.
For those willing to spend some time in the middle of the nature, Glen is the ideal place for picnics. It is only 4 kilometers away from Shimla and it is isolated and peaceful. On top of the hill where the Tara Devil temple is located, one can also go for a picnic. The panoramic view of Shimla is also going to be a delight.
Other famous tourist place is the Mall. In the evening the view of the city with all its lights is beautiful. The Mall is also a renowned shopping place and it hosts a variety of bars, clubs and restaurants.
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