Friday, June 15, 2012

Some Breathtaking Visuals of Shimla

Once the summer capital of British India, Shimla- formerly known as Simla- has always been a star attraction for tourists from India and abroad alike. The city and its surrounding areas have amply been gifted with breathtaking views by nature and are draped in forests of pine, rhododendron and oak. Many parts of the city still retain the old colonial charm through the buildings styled in neo-Gothic architecture.

Shimla is situated at an altitude of 2205 metres and boasts of a very pleasant weather in summer when most of the north India reels under scorching heat. It were its awe-inspiring views and refreshing climate, that the British coined the term 'Queen of the Hills' for this place. And this term still holds good long after it came into existence.

Here are some shots of this beautiful place at different times of the day... All the photos are by Naveen Choudhary
A cloud spreads over the city... The whole setting looks refreshed after recent showers
A thick fog at night makes the famous church at the Ridge look even more beautiful
The famous Gaiety Theatre stands out illuminated  while engulfed in thick blanket of fog
One of the 106 railway tunnels on the way from Kalka to Shimla on a narrow-gauge line
A shot of the city taken from atop a neighbouring hill. The sun is playing hide and seek.
The rain shelter at the Ridge. The Ridge is the centre point for all activities in Shimla.
A distant shot of city at night time. The church at the Ridge serves as an identity of the city
The Centre for Advanced Studies is housed in a building that reminds us of colonial era
Road to Jakhu Temple that is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is situated on a higher altitude
The famous Jakhu Temple, where Lord Hanuman is believed to have set his foot once
 
A scene of the Ridge in bright sunlight. But the sky hints that it is going to rain soon
The building of medical college situated in Sanjauli area. It is called the Snowden
Shimla has many temples, and some of them are more revered ones like this one is
Shimla has expanded significantly in past some decades. A view of a new residential area
Shimla is well connected with road and rail with rest of the India. There are regular air-conditioned and normal bus service from New Delhi, Chandigarh and many other prominent cities and state capitals. It takes around 4 hours to reach Shimla from Chandigarh by road. A narrow gauge railway line connects Shimla with Kalka, and Kalka is connected to Delhi by a broad gauge line and regular train service. There is also an airport at Jubbbalhatti near Shimla, which is connected with Delhi via regular services.

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3 comments:

Thanks, Deepika and Shah Nawaz... These pics surely present an altogether different Shimla before us...

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