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Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh is an extremely popular tourist destination of India. Set atva height of 2200 meters on the Himalayan range, Shimla offers a marvelous view of snow covered peaks and dense coniferous forests with a cool temperature that had made the British turn it into their summer Capital. The remains of the bygone British era are evident in many of the older buildings in the city even today. The Mall Road along with the ridge are two of the most frequented roads of Shimla where traffic has been banned completely. Honeymooners flock to Shimla throughout the year while the foreign tourists are particularly fond of the snow and winter activities in the freezing climate.
1. Mall Road
The main street of Shimla known as the Mall Road cannot be missed. It is the heart of the beautiful city and happens to be the chief thoroughfare with bustling shops and eateries along with the offices of many tour operators. However, visitors to this exquisitely beautiful mountain city are delighted to stand by the side of the road and watch the entire city below laid out on different levels.
The wide, open expanse of road beginning from the Mall at the Scandal Point is known as the Ridge. It witnesses thousands of tourists on a daily basis who are interested to look at the spectacular view of snow peaks on all sides. A cloudy day will, however, mar the vision.
3. Jakhu Temple
The temple is set high up the Jakhu Hill on the Shivalik Range of mountains. It is a steep hike of 1.2 km from the eastern end of the Ridge. The visitors practicing Hinduism do not mind climbing the trail to visit the temple dedicated to Hanuman, the monkey God.
This is a tiny hill station located about 13 km away from Shimla. Tourists are overjoyed to find pristine and untouched natural locations here. The people who enjoy adventure sports immediately make a beeline to the snow covered slopes of Kufri in winter for skiing and tobogganing. Most of the crowd, however, prefers to visit this locale for a few hours as a part of the sightseeing package.
5. Chadwick Falls
The beautiful waterfall deep within the Glenn forest is a must visit for every tourist who is touring Shimla. The unspoiled nature and deep sense of calm soothes the mind and removes anxiety making it a place that the locals frequent as well. The dense forest on all sides with only the sound of the water trickling down and chirping of birds make a welcome change for the visitors who are mesmerized by the tranquil surroundings.
This is a stunning locale for nature lovers situated just 22 km off Shimla. However, its main attraction is as a Golf course perched at a height of 2200 meters. The green surroundings are apt for a leisurely walk with the kids being able to take pony rides on the flat surface.
Moving on a pair of skis or long poles over ice is a popular sport in almost all regions of the world experiencing snow. However, it is more of a novelty in India with only a few hill stations on the Himalayas providing this winter sport on a regular basis.
Skating on ice (not thin ice) is one of the most enjoyable winter sports in Shimla. The city boasts of the largest natural skating rink in the South Asia. There are numerous people from beginners to the professionals trying out their moves on frozen ice every winter. The rink is also an area that has visitors flocking to witness the skaters in action.
9. Horse Riding
The place owns its prominence into being the supreme of all the holy places in the country. Radha Kund is a town that has a Nagar panchayat in Mathura and is considered to be highly pure and sacred by the Hindus.
Located at an impressive distance of 88 km from the hub of the city Chitrakoot; is the fortress of power and history called the Kalinjar fort.The fort now in certain ruins has an innumerable amount of temples inside their premise which is an essential place for Hindu devotees to visit.
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