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Facts :

State: Himachal Pradesh
District: Shimla
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Hindi
Best Season: Sep - June
Weather: Summer 14 to 28°C, Winter -2 to 10°C
Altitude: 2205 m
Pincode: 171001
STD code: 0177









History

Shimla, along with Almora, Kumaon, Garhwal, Sirmaur, Dehradun and Kangra, was invaded and captured by Prithvi Narayan Shah of Nepal. Shortly later, the British East India Company with local kings went to war with Nepal from 1814 to 1816. At the conclusion of the war, as a result of the Sugauli Treaty, all these captured parts of North India were ceded to the British East India company. At that time, Shimla was known for the temple of Hindu Goddess Shyamala Devi, and not as a city as it is today.

Not long after gaining possession of Shimla, the British began to develop the area. The Scottish civil servant Charles Pratt Kennedy built the first British summer home in the town in 1822. Lord Amherst, the Governor-General of Bengal from 1823 to 1828, set up a summer camp here in 1827, when there was only one cottage in the town, and only 'half a dozen' when he left that year. There were more than a hundred cottages within ten years. Shimla soon caught the eye of Lord William Bentinck, the next Governor-General of Bengal from 1828 (later of India, when the title was created in 1833) to 1835. In a letter to Colonel Churchill in 1832, he wrote “Simla is only four days march from Loodianah (Ludhiana), is easy of access, and proves a very agreeable refuge from the burning plains of Hindoostaun (Hindustan).

One of his successors, Sir John Lawrence (Viceroy of India 1864–1869), decided to take the trouble of moving the administration twice a year between Calcutta and this separate centre over 1,000 miles away, despite the fact that it was difficult to reach. Lord Lytton (Viceroy of India1876–1880) made efforts to plan the town from 1876, when he first stayed in a rented house, but began plans for a Viceregal Lodge, later built on Observatory Hill. A fire cleared much of the area where the native Indian population lived (the "Upper Bazaar"), and the planning of the eastern end to become the centre of the European town forced these to live in the Middle and Lower Bazaars on the lower terraces descending the steep slopes from the Ridge. The Upper Bazaar was cleared for a Town Hall, with many facilities such as library and theatre, as well as offices—for police and military volunteers as well as municipal administration.

During the "Hot Weather", Simla was also the Headquarters of the Commander-in-Chief, India, the head of the Indian Army, and many Departments of the Government. The summer capital of the regional Government of the Punjab moved from Murree, in modern-dayPakistan, to Shimla in 1876. They were joined by many of the British wives and daughters of the men who remained on the plains. Together these formed Simla Society, which, according to Charles Allen, "was as close as British India ever came to having an upper crust." This may have been helped by the fact that it was very expensive, having an ideal climate and thus being desirable, as well as having limited accommodation. British soldiers, merchants, and civil servants moved here each year to escape from the heat during summer in the Indo-Gangetic plain. The presence of many bachelors and unattached men, as well as the many women passing the hot weather there, gave Simla a reputation for adultery, and at least gossip about adultery: as Rudyard Kipling said in a letter cited by Allen, it had a reputation for "frivolity, gossip and intrigue".

The Kalka-Shimla railway line, constructed in 1906, added to Shimla's accessibility and popularity. The railway route from Kalka to Shimla, with more than 806 bridges and 103 tunnels, was touted as an engineering feat and came to be known as the "British Jewel of the Orient".In 2008, it became part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mountain railways of India. Not only that, there was a significant Muslim population in the region before the partition of British India. In addition, Shimla was the capital of the undivided state of Punjab in 1871, and remained so until the construction of the new city of Chandigarh (the present-day capital of Punjab)[dubious – discuss] Upon the formation of the state of Himachal Pradesh in 1971, Shimla was named its capital.

Pre-independence structures still dot Shimla; buildings such as the former Viceregal Lodge, Auckland House, Christ Church, Gorton Castle, Shimla Town Hall and The Gaiety Theatre are reminders of British rule in India. The original Peterhoff, another Viceregal residence, burned down in 1981. British Simla extended about a mile and a half along the ridge between Jakhoo Hill and Prospect Hill. The central spine was The Mall, which ran along the length of the ridge, with a Mall Extension southwards, closed to all carriages except those of the Viceroy and his wife.

Romantic Travel

Shimla is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations of India. The moment you enter, you’ll be greeted with salubrious climate, and picturesque green hills with snow peaks surrounded by thick forests of fir, pine and oak making it a favorite among honeymoon couples.

To the delight of the visitors, Shimla has gorgeous views of the Himalayas, trips to the surroundings countryside coupled with excellent hotels and impressive vestiges of its colonial past in the old vice regal Lodge, the Mall and the Christ Church with its stained glass windows. For more energetic entertainment, hit the indoor roller-skating rink in Lakkar bazaar or go open-air ice-skating above the Rivoli Bus stand.

Easy accessible, good infrastructure and numerous places of attractions make Shimla a worthwhile destination. The gushing sound of streams, swaying fields, natural surroundings as well as man-made edifices accompanied by tranquility and peace will make honeymoon in Shimla pleasurable. The extravagance and solace of Shimla has made it a crowd-puller.

Shimla’s enchanting beauty is available all around the town. Exotic places of interest like the Chadwick falls, Jakhoo hill, Summer hill, Prospect hill add romance to Shimla honeymoon. Affordable hotels are also available to suit every couple’s budget.

Shimla has plenty to offer trekking enthusiasts as well as those looking for easy hikes and scenic drive. You can view some of the most beautiful mountainscapes and flower-filled meadows in Shimla. A drive around Shimla will take you to rustic villages, river gorge, temples and pastures. Exploring Shimla with your beloved will add zing to your romantic holiday.

Honeymoon in Shimla

Shimla is considered to be one of the most mind boggling and beautiful hill stations in India which plays a vital role in to getting away from the parching heat of summers. Having honeymoon in Shimla is really popular and hip since Shimla is a renowned holiday destination for families wanting to take their kids out in their summer vacations as well as for the honeymooners who seek for a special private place where nobody comes in the way of their happy romantic times. Honeymooners who are in love with photography and want to capture the unforgettable moments of their newly begun married life can always make a point to opt for the best Shimla honeymoon packages. The breathtaking view of Himalayas together with their snow blankets, the sight of expansive greenery consisting of Pine and Oak trees as well as the enthralling ancient buildings…all this together add an extra glitter to your Shimla honeymoon tours. In addition to this, the popular Summer Festival of Shimla allures honeymooners to a great extent, who after witnessing it turn their way towards a series of markets for shopping and therefore make their honeymoon tours Packages in shimla a fully memorable experience.

Shimla hotel packages for honeymoon begin your Amba Travels Special Package by turning your way towards the hilly regions consisting of the Summer Hill as well as the Elysium Hill. Summer hill is a bewitching spot on the Shimla-Kalka railway line where the honeymooners can hold their hands and can have soothing walks. Among the temples, Shimla has some of the most illustrious temples dotted over its landscape that certainly deserve a visit by you both. These include the Sankat Mochan Temple, Tara Devi Temple, the Jakhu Temple where Shri Hanuman resides amidst beautiful valleys, the Kaia Bari Mandir. In addition to these temples, there also exists the Christ’s Church of the mid 19th century that can be spotted over the Shimla Ridge. These religious spots are an important part of your Shimla honeymoon packages and honeymooners must make it a point to delve into them to pray for their prosperous married life. The sacred charm of these temples would at the same time purify your souls and infuse more and more love in your hearts.

After exploring the above mentioned temples during your Shimla tour, you both can steer your way towards the hip and happening Mall Road from where you can shop and gift your sweetheart with awesome gifts for a good memory of honeymoon destinations in Shimla. And after the Mall Road visit of your Shimla holiday packages, you both can go and explore the Shimla forts that definitely act as real monumental spectacles for your sight to behold. The Akri Fort and the Kamru Fort are regarded as the prominent forts that are more than enough to enthrall your fancy just at the moment you both come closer to them. The striking location of the Kamru Forts let you both delve into it by nicely holding each other’s hands through numerous gates that are a part of it. Akri Fort, on the other hand is placed in the Solan District of Shimla, which also draws you both towards it. So, enjoy to the fullest all that your honeymoon tours in Shimla have in store for you.

Must See :

Jakhu Temple, The Ridge, Christ Church, Viceregal Lodge, Palace Hotel,Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, Arki Fort, Golf Course, Shaily Peak, The Himalayan Nature Park,Mall Road, Toy Train Ride.

Destinations in this region :

Kufri, Naldehra, Mashobra, Chail, Shoghi, Salogra, Solan,Barog, Arki.

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