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HIMACHAL PRADESH – SHIMLA


Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. Once the summer capital of British India, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903. It’s also known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts. With all its intricacies, history seems to have been the mortar for every brick and stone that has built Shimla. As the Summer Capital of the British in India, Shimla was the country's focus for the better part of every year and now, is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. Today the town is distinctive for its variety of architecture. It has one of the rare surviving urban forests, made all the more unique, for its species are temperate to alpine ones in what is otherwise a tropical zone. And then Shimla’s famous Mall offers one of the longest stretches of pedestrian shopping in the world.

Golf

At Naldera, 23 Km from Shimla city is one of the oldest golf courses in India. The course, whose topography is absolutely natural, was originally placed by the British Viceroy of India, Golf Lord Curzon, at the turn of the century. He was so enchanted by the spot that he named one of his daughters 'Naldera' after the spot. This is a par 68, nine hole course which is regarded as one of the most challenging in the country.

Vehicle Safari

By jeep, car or on motorcycle, you can explore the enormous variety Himachal has on offer. By jeep, the Trans Himalayan tracts can steadily unfold their natural and manmade wonders. Along one of the highest highways in the world, you can drive out of Manali, cross the Rohtang Pass (3,980 m), and move through arid Lahaul to Leh and Ladakh. From Shimla, through picturesque Kinnaur, you drive through the haunting landscapes of Spiti and over the Kunzam Pass (4551 m), enter Lahaul. Himachal has an extensive network of roads and tracks.

Skiing

Kufri, near Shimla is one of the oldest places in India to be associated with skiing and the slopes are still in use during winter. Above Kufri, the Mahasu ridge also has good slopes.Comprehensive facilities exist at Narkanda, 64 Km from Shimla. There is a range of slopes, including a beginner’s run, an advanced slope and a slalom run.

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