Perhaps a near perfect setting for exploring the Himalaya Shimla is situated in the North-West Himalayas and is spread over the ridge measuring about 12 km. The hills are robed with dense forests of oak, deodar, pine, fur and rhododendron. The high mountain peaks, steep slopes, deep valleys, waterfalls, rapids and colorful natural flowers form the scenic natural beauty of Shimla attracts tourists from all over the world. With its enticing location, the surrounding Shivalik foothills and the Higher Himalayas not too far, some of the worlds’ first trekking agencies were set up here, offering treks to officers and their families. By 1921, Shimla had a branch of the Himalayan Club which assisted with expeditions across the Western Himalaya. These adventurous Victorian colonialists chose their town well. To the north and north-east lies the Great Himalayan Range dividing the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. Slightly to the west are the Dhauladhar, cutting through the heart of Himachal Pradesh into eastern Uttaranchal. And beyond these mountains lie the complex Trans Himalaya that include the Zanskar and Ladakhi ranges.