Shimla, major hub for India’s tourism sector, is the capital city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is known to host a mountain biking race, MTB Himalaya, which started in 2005 and is regarded as the biggest event of its kind in South Asia. The people of Shimla are informally called Shimlaites. Shimla is also home to South Asia’s only natural ice skating rink. The Shimla Ice Skating Club,that is known to manage the rink, hosts a carnival every year in January. This event includes a fancy dress competition and skating events. There are a lot of places of interest in this city. You could start from The Mall Road, which is the main shopping street of Shimla and is known to house The Gaiety Theatre. There is a flat area located above the Mall Road, known as The Ridge.It is one of the most popular places for locals and tourists to hang around at. Then there is the Christ Church which is the second oldest church in Northern India. For those who wish to explore the cultural wealth of the city, there is the Shimla State Museum. For the adventurous lot, 16 km from Shimla at a height of 8,600 ft, is the local winter sports centre; Kufri.
About 270 km north of Shimla, lies a small town, Manali, the queen of hill stations. It is named after the Hindu lawgiver Manu who is known to step off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had deluged the world. Connected by air, road and rail; the town is home to the Rohtang Pass and a side valley on its way , Solang Valley. Other important places include Hidimba Devi Temple, Pandoh Dam, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Bhrigu Lake, Pin Valley National park, Manali Sactuary and the great Himalayan National Park. There are many beautiful trails that offer easy to difficult levels for trekking in Manali. Friendship Peak Trek, Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek and Hampta Pass Trek are your options for a great and versatile trekking experience.
Around some 500 kilometres from Shimla, lies Nainital which is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake. Tourism is the most significant segment of Nainital’s economy. Places most visited by tourists include Nainital Lake, Naina Devi Temple, St. John in the Wilderness(church), Governor’s House (Raj Bhavan), Snow View, Naini Peak, Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, Tiffin Top and Eco Cave Gardens. Also, situated 22 km from the city centre is the biggest lake of Nainital, Bhimtal Lake. You’ll also find other attractive lakes like Sattal, Khurpa Tal and Naukuchia Tal in the viscinity.
To celebrate the three cities, there are multiple packages brought to front by various tour directors. These packages are widespread and very popularly opted for, by scavengers of hills. There are customised packages for every kind and all pockets. Especially if you’re planning to escape the summers, plan a trip to the most loved tourist destination of India, Himachal. Pack your bags, and get set go to explore the hills.