‘Him’ in Hindi means ice or snow and ‘alaya’ means home, and from there Himachal gets its name meaning ‘Land of Snow’. Himachal Pradesh is additionally referred to as “A Destination for All Seasons and every one Reason”. Here I will try to elaborate my Himachal tour with descriptions and information which will work as Himachal Pradesh travel guide.
Himachal Pradesh located in the heart of the western Himalaya, known as “Dev Bhumi” and is believed to be the abode of Gods and Goddesses. The entire State is punctuated with stone also as wood temples. The ethereal valleys, rugged peaks, glaciers and massive pines and roaring rivers and beautiful flora and fauna compose the symphony that is forever Himachal. The State has a rich gem of places of pilgrimage and of anthropological value. The State has also the vanity of being the home to rishis like Vyas, Parashar,Vashist, Markandey and Lamas, etc.
I started planning my Himachal tour 3 months before my date of departure. When online booking started, I tried hard to get a reservation in Howrah-Kalka Mail (12311 HWH DLI KLK MAIL). But all my attempts were in vain. Later I got 4 reservations in 13005 Amritsar Mail and got down at Ambala Cantt Jn station at around 4.30 am. We took HPTDC bus and reached Shimla around 9.30 am. The price of bus ticket is around Rs. 300. Bus took the route of Ambala-Chandigarh Express way and then NH-5. We crossed places like Jalwar, Kalka, Kasauli, Solan, Kandhighat, Shoghi and then reached Shimla.
In Shimla we booked Hotel Maharaja through one of my friends who is working at Allahabad Bank in Kolkata. That hotel was located at Fingask Estate near mall. Though the name was hotel, basically it was a holiday home with attached bath, color TV, wall to wall carpet and geyser. All with Rs. 500 per night (Rs. 100 as refundable cautions money). That basic hotel is a 2-minute walk from the Hindu Kali Bari Temple and 17 minutes’ walk from Shimla Old train station. They have a small restaurant where we have taken our lunch and dinners. After taking lunch we have taken rest for few hours. In the evening we went to Shimla kali temple and Shimla Mall.
The famous Kalibari Temple of Shimla is a common tourist attraction and is located at a very strategic location. The temple was constructed in the year 1845 and is devoted to Goddess Kali who is also known as Shyamala. It is from the name of Goddess Shyamala that Shimla develops its name. The Kali Bari temple of Shimla is a very well-known religious place of India and other people who come to Shimla never miss out on visiting this temple. The Kalibari temple was mainly located in Jakhu hill. The British brought it to its new site. Kali is a central figure in late medieval Bengali religious literature. She also has a dominant role in Tantric literature. The goal of the Kali devotee is to become submissive with death and accept things as they are.
Kali was first cited in the ancient Hindu religious text of Rigveda. Kali gained prominence after she was portrayed in the late ancient times Puranas. The temple remained crowded during Navaratras and Pooja holidays. Kali Bari Temple is in close proximity to the Shimla city mall.
Shimla Kalibari contact details:
Here you’ll call & send mail to the secretary to get rates & other query associated with booking & can process the same accordingly.
Simla Kalibari is situated just above The Mall Road. To its North lies Fingask Estate and to its South lies YWCA evening college, GPO and Ridge; towards East lie the mighty Himalayas with their highest glory i.e. snow-clad mountain chains of Kinnaur. Overall Kalibari Shimla features a central and commanding position. The narrow road from Ridge to Kali Bari temple is hilarious and comfy. You need to be careful because there are many monkeys who are always there to greet you with their troubles.
After visiting Kali temple, when we reached Shimla Mall Road the sun was about to set. Located in the heart of the city, the Mall Road is a major source of entertainment for tourists of all ages and has become a common place for locals to hang out in the evening. It offers more of a laid-back atmosphere to overlook the superb views of nature while enjoying a cup of your coffee. Here you’ll find a unique combination of traditional culture with royal mountains, vibrant history, serene waterfalls and adventurous sports.
Perfect for both couples and families alike, the Shimla Mall Road is home to many fine-dining restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops. Enjoy shopping at the local market, which focuses on offering handicraft products with Pashmina shawls and Tibetan carpets or stop at your favorite eatery to satisfy your appetite with lip-smacking delicacies. You can also choose to relax and pamper yourself at one of the recreation centers in Shimla – this place has got something for everyone.
We enjoyed the Sunset at the Shimla Mall Road. One can visit the town hall or spend an evening at the Gaiety Theater. We spent our time at various shops at the Mall Road. There we found high-quality woolen clothes to warm socks, mufflers, shawls, caps, and gloves, etc. Mall Road is additionally an excellent place for those curious about buying Tibetan handicraft items and jewelry. Then around 8.30 pm we came back to our hotel.
After having a cup of coffee I opened my laptop and started reading about Shimla. Shimla is the capital and the largest city of Himachal Pradesh. In 1864, Shimla was declared as summer capital of British India. The climatic conditions fascinated the British to establish the city in the dense forests of Himalayas. As the summer capital, Shimla hosted many important political meetings including the Shimla Agreement of 1914 and the Shimla Conference of 1945. Even after independence, the town remained a crucial political center, hosting the Shimla Agreement of 1972.
Shimla is home to a number of buildings that are styled in the neo-Gothic architectures, as well as multiple temples and churches. The colonial architecture and churches, the temples and the natural environment of the city appeals tourists. Attractions include the Vice regal Lodge, the Christ Church, the Jakhoo Temple, the Mall Road, the Ridge and Annadale which together form the city center. The Kalka–Shimla Railway line built by British, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is additionally a significant tourist attraction. Owing to its steep terrain, Shimla hosts the mountain biking race MTB Himalaya, which started in 2005 and is considered the most important event of its kind in South Asia. Shimla also has the biggest natural skating rink in South Asia. Apart from being a tourism center, the town is additionally an academic hub with variety of schools and research institutions.
The area of present-day Shimla was invaded and seized by Bhimsen Thapa of Nepal in 1806. The British East India Company took control of the territory as per the Sugauli Treaty after the Anglo-Nepalese War (1814–16). The accounts of the Britain-like climate started attracting several British officers to Shimla during the hot Indian summers. By 1826, some officers had started spending their entire vacation in Shimla.
Shimla, one of the most gorgeous cities in India also happens to be one of the favorite destinations for movie shootings. Snow-capped mountains, Green meadows, colorful flowerbed, cool climate throughout the year, friendly locals, easy policies by the government, colonial monuments etc. are the factors that make it perfect for movie shootings in Shimla. Shimla has connections with Bollywood since black & white era and Hundreds of movies have been shot in Shimla, but here we take a look at the top Bollywood hits shot in Shimla.
Films like Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s inspirational movie Black, Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Three Idiots, Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met, and Gadar: Ek Prem Katha all shot at Shimla.
The queen of hills, Shimla, never finishes astonishing us. This beautiful hill town, where every nook and corner is crammed with pristine and pure beauty is also the hometown of some super talented celebrities. These people were the ones who dared to dream big and eventually made a mark in this world. Their hard work and dedication not only made them super successful but also made people from Shimla extremely proud. Few of them I remembered were-
Anupam Kher is an Indian actor and therefore the former Chairman of Film and tv Institute of India. He is the recipient of two National Film Awards and eight Filmfare Awards. He has appeared in over 500 films in several languages and lots of plays.
Preity Zinta is an Indian film actress and entrepreneur, who was one of the most popular and highest paid actresses in the 2000s. After graduating, Zinta made her acting debut in Dil Se in 1998, followed by a role in Soldier in the same year.
Mohit Chauhan is an Indian playback singer, most known for his work for Bollywood, Tollywood, & Kollywood movies. He was also a part of the Indipop band Silk Route. Chauhan may be a two-time recipient of the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer and 3 times Zee Cine Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
Kangana Ranaut is an Indian actress and filmmaker who work in Hindi films. The recipient of several awards, including three National Film Awards and 4 Filmfare Awards, she has featured 6 times in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list. In 2020, the government of India honored her with the Padma Shri.
Now I was feeling sleepy. See you with my next post. Goodnight……
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