Shimla or Simla is the summer capital and the largest city of Himachal Pradesh. The area was christened 'Shimla', after a Hindu goddess, Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of Kali. The city lies about 344 km from Delhi and it takes about 6-7 hours of travel to reach the destination by road. Those who wish to go on a road trip with friends can pick up bikes on rent in Delhi from the now popular Delhi bike rentals that have changed the face of travelling. In order to jazz up the style quotient of your trip, you can hire a Royal Enfield and ride through the hills.
Shimla experiences a subtropical highland climate throughout the year and the maximum temperature only reaches up to 30 degrees or so, making it only moderately warm in summers and predominantly cool in winters. You can hire a bike in Delhi and ride up to Shimla any time of the year.
It is a much-frequented city and is a loved tourist destination for all Indians. Many love to escape into the hills for a lovely summer while the others visit the city to see the snowfall in winters. There are many places of interest that attract a lot of visitors.
Jakhu Hill which lies 2 km from Shimla is the highest peak of the state and is a vantage point that offers the scenic view of the town and the snow covered peaks of Himalayas. There is a very old and sacred temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman situated on this peak. The 108 feet tall statue of Lord Hanuman overtakes the statue of Christ- the Redeemer in Rio, Brazil. Another famous place of worship is the Christ Church, situated on the Ridge. It is the second oldest church in North India. The building of the church transports one back in time with its stained glass windows and majestic appearance and architecture. Most of the heritage buildings in Simla have been preserved in their 'Tudorbethan' architecture.
Apart from these, there are a number of other places that the visitors like to go to. Annandale racecourse, used by the Indian army lies 2-4 km from the ridge and is a much-visited site. The Mall is the main shopping site of Shimla with a number of restaurants, cafes, and bars. The famous Gaiety Theatre is also located here. If you are fond of fine dining, The Mall is the place for you. Another market for craft lovers is the Lakkar Bazaar, a market extending off the Ridge, which is famous for souvenirs and woodcraft. You can buy gifts for your friends and family here and they sure will love them.
Tatta Pani, which is a natural sulphur spring located 55 km from the main city is known for its medicinal properties and it is said that people who take a dip here or wash their hands and feet in its water get cured of all kinds of skin ailments. It is located on the banks of the river Sutlej.
Many other places like the State museum, built in 1974, Kali Bari temple, Tara Devi temple etc are a few other places one can see in Shimla. Kufri, a hill station that experiences the best snowfall is open to people in winters. It is situated 19 km from the city. People can get two-wheelers on rent in Delhi and travel to Kufri from Simla. Bike hiring in Delhi has made it affordable and convenient to travel to nearby places on a limited budget and in extreme style.