Spiti Winter Expedition 2020
place Shimla date_range 7 Nights / 8 Days
Shimla, known as the cosiest hill station in India is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Also referred as the queen of the hills, during the British rule in India, Shimla served as their summer capital. Before the early half of the 19th century, Shimla was just a small unknown hill station hidden amidst the Himalayan range. Lying along the south-western range of Himalayas, Shimla is about 2200 meters above the sea level.
Unknown to many, Shimla is situated upon seven hills namely Inveram Hill, Observatory Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Elysium Hill, Jakhoo Hill and Bantony Hill.
People of Shimla are known for their simple lifestyle. Local people here are referred as Pahari people but in modern day, usually the residents of Shimla are referred as Shimlaites who make their livelihood from livestock and agriculture. Even the costume of women here are quite interesting. Women wear Kameez- Salwar, Kurta or knee length gown which are called Juan Chadiyan. Their dress reflects truly their cultural heritage.
In Shimla, music and dance by the tribal clad too is loved by the tourists. Some of the instruments that are used include Jhanjh, Ektara, Chimta and Manjara whereas Rasa dance, Rakshasa dance and Kayang dance are the popular dance forms. Not to be missed, you should get yourself clothes done with any of these two embroidery styles: Kohana and Thapada.
Shimla has a lot to offer to its tourists. Some of these are listed below:
Jakhoo Hills: It is the highlest peak of this region measuring around 8000ft. Swarmed by nature lovers and pilgrims alike, it is a must visit destination in Shimla.
Summer Hills: It is one of Shimla’s serene and beautiful town situated at a height of 1283meters. Ridge road and Kalka are just few kilometres away from Summer Hills.
Chadwick falls: It is surrounded by lush green pine and deodar trees which are known for amplifying the beauty of Chadwick falls.
Kufri: Kufri, which is about 2622 meter elevated from the sea level is rightly known as the winter sports capital of Shimla.
Lakkar Bazaar: This market is known for its handicrafts, woollen apparels, dry fruits and Kullu shawls. Your trip to Shimla will be incomplete without a visit to this market place.
Travelling by the toy train through the green hills.
Going out for shopping at Lakkar Bazaar and grabbing handicraft items that reflect the rich cultural heritage of Shimla.
Ice skating at Shimla Ice skating ring which is Asia’s first open ice skating ring.
Rafting at river Tattapani- if you are adventure lover, you should not miss a chance to take part in it.
Make your morning joyous seeing sunrise from Chadwick River
Trekking to the Jakku Temple
Walking through the lush green Deodar- pine forest
Catching the sunset from Scandal Point
Having a walk along Military museum
When planning a trip to Northern India, not miss to catch up Shimla and explore its serenity.