Shimla district lies between 30°45′ and 31°44 North Latitude and between 77°0′ and 78°19′ East Longitude. It is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in North, Kinnaur in the East, the state of Uttar Pradesh in the South and by Sirmaur district in the West. Shimla derived its name from ‘Shyamala’ – the name of Goddess Kali whose temple once existed in the forest which covered Jakhoo Hills. The place gained prominence after the British arrived here in 1819. They made it their summer capital in 1864. With its enticing location, the incomers were quick to explore the surrounding Shivalik foothills and before long, 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. 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. The important tourist destinations are the Kali Bari temple, Jakhoo Temple, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Prospect Hill and Chadwick falls. The highest cricket ground in the world is at Chail. Shimla also offers adventure sports such as skiing, trekking, fishing and golfing. Though the British had left the city long back, the echoes of the colonial era still lingers on. The snow clad mountains, picturesque surroundings and the mighty structures of Victorian style that dots the city, positions it apart from other hill stations of the country.
Distances – 88 kms NE of Kalka, 115 km NE of Chandigarh, 234 Km NW of Dehradun, 382 Km N of Delhi.
Shimla was built on top of a total of seven different hills namely: Inverarm Hill, Observatory Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Bantony Hill, Elysium Hill and Jakhoo Hill. The highest point in Shimla is the Jakhoo hill, which is at a height of 2,454 metres (8,051 ft). Being the summer capital of British India, Shimla has some of the finest architectural heritage bestowed to it, and of course add to it the various splendors of nature, forests, waterfalls and glades.
Our walk begins in the morning from The Christ church on the ridge and gradually progresses westwards, first towards The Gaiety Theatre and after the scandal point towards Bantony hill whose top is adorned by the Bantony castle built in 1880, while its lower slope houses the Catholic church. A little further ahead are the Grand hotel and the Kali Bari temple. Our walk continues past more architectural heritage structures like the unique railway board building, Gorton castle as we reach Inverarm hill which houses the State museum and a little ahead is the Observatory hill with the Viceregal Lodge, which housed the Viceroy in British times and now is established as The Indian institute of Advanced studies. Our walk finishes here.
Price upon request
Includes – The services of a qualified expert well versed with the heritage and flora and fauna of Shimla, mineral water, chocolates, fresh fruit and Juice