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Delhi - Shimla - Amritsar Educational Tour For Students
Education is not just about sitting in the classroom, listening to the lectures, completing the homework and giving the exams. Undoubtedly, it provides a good base for children’s future but somewhere it lacks the practical exposure which is very much important for the overall development of a child’s mind. It is extremely important to personally experience the history, human evolution, culture, nature, technical development and many other aspects of the society. And, the best way of discovering these aspects is by actually travelling to places and exploring the story behind these place first hand.
At Holiday travel, we make every effort to design suitable packages for our customers. Our Delhi - Shimla - Amritsar educational tour for students focuses around giving students a glimpse of our country’s history, culture, nature, etc. in a fun, entertaining and educational manner. Our Delhi - Shimla - Amritsar educational tour package covers beautiful destinations like Delhi, Shimla, Manali and Amritsar.
Suitable For: Students, School Educational Trips, College Tours and Youngsters
What is Unique in Shimla Educational Tour for Students and why?
In this tour package we provide all heritages sightseeing tour of shimla and guide well known knowledge of activities which is available in Shimla. In this Tour, we will spend many hours exploring Shimla from obscure hamlet to summer capital of British raj to tourist Heaven of Independent India To its unplanned Growth & ultimate decline.
Witness historical monuments in Delhi like Red Fort, Qutab Minar, India Gate, etc.
Get enchanted by the scenic views of snow clad mountains and lush green valleys in Shimla
Adventure filled day at Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass
Enjoy skiing at Manali
Seek blessings and peace at Golden Temple
Get patriotic at Wagah Border
Dig into history of Jalianwala Bagh
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Accommodation on twin sharing basis
Daily breakfast and dinner
Internal city transfers
Parking, toll tax and driver halt
Any kind of personal expenses
Charges for entertainment activities
Monument entrance fee wherever applicable
GST as applicable
Hotels in Shimla
Standard Hotel: Hotel Blossom: TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence
Hotel Blossom Shimla is famous 2* hotel located at a distance of 4 km from Shimla and close to most of excursion like St Mary's Church, The Mall and Summer Hill. There are 9 splendid rooms in the hotel that are categorized as Deluxe Room, Suite and Family suite. All the rooms are well-sourced with a tea/coffee maker, telephone, chair and table.
Restaurant: Hotel Blossom served multi cuisine restaurant facing the open lawn fills the dining experience with an alluring view.
Deluxe Hotel: The Cedar Grand Hotel and Spa: TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence
Hotel Cedar grand is one of the finest Hotels of Shimla. Known for its refined elegance, signature service, and world class SPA. Located near Winter Field in Shimla, The hotel offers facilities like central heating in winters, conference hall and internet access. Round the clock Front Desk, Travel Desk and ample parking space are available for you. You can choose from 31 Valley-facing rooms, each tastefully furnished and with modern en-suite bathrooms boasting transparent see-through glass windows in sections of the wall.
Restaurant: The Cedar Grand Hotel and Spa served multi cuisines
Luxury Hotel: Shimla Havens Resort: TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence
Shimla Havens Resort is located at a distance of 16 km from Shimla Airport. This hotel in Shimla provides a fitness centre and the rooms offer a view of the forests. The resort is an ideal place for those who are nature lover and who looking for a perfect peaceful holiday destination in the lap of nature. Resort is also famous for the party lovers where you can indulge in loud music and sensual drinks.
Restaurant: The Cedar restaurant offers views of the forest and serve Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes
Hotels in Chail
Standard Hotel: Deventure Hotel: TA Rank (3.5) – Certificate of Excellence
Deventure Hotel run by Smart-Value Hotels is a mid segment leisure hotel with best of amenities and Contemporary hospitality. The hotel rooms are spacious and offer great panoramic view of the picturesque mountain and serene pine and oak trees. Rooms come with wooden furnishings and have large windows that offer plenty of natural light.
Restaurant: Deventure Hotel serve selection of Indian, Chinese and European dishes.
Deluxe Hotel: Fernhill Resort: TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence
Fernhill Resort located at Kano near to Blossom Hill and popular tourist attraction Gurudwara Sahib. Fernhill Resort Chail combines warm hospitality with a lovely ambiance to make your stay in Shimla unforgettableThe natural surroundings, complete isolation and luxurious treatment make this resort a perfect accommodation option for leisure and business.
Restaurant: Fernhill Resort serves multi cuisines to enjoy your delicious taste.
Luxury Hotel: Treehouse Chail Villas: TA Rank (4.0) -Certificate of Excellence
Treehouse Chail Villas can be reached from Shimla Railway Station which is at a distance of 39 km. We offer ultra modern wooden cottages with amazing views amidst apple & peach orchards. 32 tastefully designed cottages with fabulous wooden exteriors and flooring unwind the mind, body and soul of hill station lovers staying here.
Restaurant: Hotel offer Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine
Day 1: Arrive at Delhi, Delhi Sightseeing and Overnight Journey to Shimla
On arrival at Delhi railway station/airport, our representative will assist you to transfer to the hotel. Having freshened up, head for sightseeing tour of Delhi.
Recall your history lessons by visiting some historic places in Delhi like Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat and India Gate. School college educational tours to Delhi are incomplete if you have not dug in the history of these famous places.
Red Fort, designated as the world heritage site is a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. Shah Jahan constructed Red Fort in 1639 with red sandstone. Another UNESCO world heritage site, Qutab Minar is the tallest brick minaret in India built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak in 1193. The tower was built to celebrate Muslim rule in Delhi after the defeat of Hindu ruler. Visit Jama Masjid, which is one of the largest mosques in India, built by Shah Jahan in 1650. It serves as a prayer hall with the courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees at a time. At Raj Ghat students can witness the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. The tour also takes you to India Gate, which one of the most popular monuments in Delhi. It was built in 1920 in the memory of the Indian soldiers of the British Army who died in World War I.
After the historical sightseeing in Delhi, you must also recall few of your civics lessons where you learnt about Parliament House and President House.
The Parliament House is a circular colonnaded building that houses ministerial offices, numerous committee rooms and an excellent library hall. This is the place where the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha meetings take place. President House or popularly known as the Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of the President of India. Witness the architectural beauty and the splendour of this marvellous construction to be awe-inspired.
After sightseeing in Delhi, head for an overnight journey to Shimla. Shimla is 350 km. far from Delhi and takes around 8 hours to reach.
- Budget: The Piccadily, Pride Plaza Hotel Aerocity, Mapple Express
- Luxury: The Lalit, Radisson Blu Plaza, Royal Plaza (CP)
Suggested Restaurants: Ambrosia Bliss, Lodi - The Garden Restaurant, SET'Z, Masabaa - The Treasury
Day 2: Shimla Sightseeing
After taking off the tiredness, have scrumptious breakfast and head for local sightseeing in Shimla.
Located in the heart of the city, The Ridge is a famous wide open street near Mall road. It has everything from shopping to sightseeing. Here you can shop for souvenirs while enjoying the spectacular view of the snow-clad mountains encircling the natural beauty of Shimla. Later, visit Jakhoo Temple which is home to the world's largest Hanuman statue. Also, seek blessings at the Sankat Mochan Temple.
Visit the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies located in the Viceregal Lodge. The building holds a historic value because the Britishers built it during 1880 to 1888. Also, visit Shimla Museum that has a great historic importance. The museum consists of archaeological artefacts belonging to the 8th century, a doll gallery, etc.
Overnight stay in Shimla.
- Budget: C K International, Quality Inn Himdev, Shimla Havens Resort
- Luxury: The Oberoi Cecil, Raddison Jass
Suggested Restaurants: Cafe Valley Vue, The Restaurant at the Oberoi Wildflower Hall
Day 3: Day Excursion to Kufri and Fagu
Day 3 is going to be a fun day. Begin the day with mouth-watering hot breakfast and go for a full day excursion to Kufri and Fagu.
Kufri is 30 minutes’ drive away from Shimla. It is a picturesque location with exotic natural beauty, rich flora and fauna and is encircled by dense forest and snow-capped mountains. Here you can enjoy your time playing with snow or clicking beautiful camera shots. You can also head for go-karting at the Kufri Fun World that has the highest go-karting track in the world.
Next, head to Fagu which is another 30 minutes of drive from Kufri. During winters, this place is a heaven for those who love to try out adventure activities. Those who love skiing can show off their skills here. It also offers panoramic views of vivid dales and snow clad peaks. You will also find apple orchards at every corner in this small village.
Overnight stay in Shimla.
Day 4: Drive from Shimla to Manali
Post breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive to Manali. The journey will take 7 to 8 hours to reach. En route visit Kullu Shawl Factory. On arrival, check-in at the hotel in Manali. Take some rest and in the afternoon head out to explore the popular attractions in Manali.
Visit over 464 year’s old Hadimba Devi Temple that is located amidst exquisite beauties of forest parkland. It is one of the most important temples in the region. Later head to Tibetan Monastery, one of the oldest and famous places in Manali. You can even buy colourful carpets and handicrafts from here.
Spend a relaxed and enjoyable evening at Manali Van Vihar. Enjoy boating in the pond surrounded by tall deodar trees, take strolls in the park or just sit down under the shadow of trees hearing sweet voices of birds and enjoy some moments of solitude.
Overnight stay in Manali.
- Budget: Apple Green Resort, Park Resedencey, The Orchard Greens, Johnson Lodge & Spa
- Luxury: River Country Quality Inn, River Cresent, Solang Valley Resort, Larisa Resort
Suggested Restaurants: Cafe Evergreen, Il Forno, Johnson Bar and Restaurant
Day 5: Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley
Gear up this morning with hot breakfast and begin your sightseeing in and around Manali. Today you will drive 51 km. to reach Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley.
En-route visit Vashist Hot Water Springs and Temples. You can take a dip in the natural hot sulphur springs that are known to their healing properties.
Solang Valley is a haven for adventure junkies. It is one of the must-see attractions in Manali. During winters the valley is covered in snow while in summers it becomes a lush green carpet. Few of the activities that you can enjoy here in winters are skiing, snow scooter, sledging, ice skating, etc. while in summers, you can enjoy paragliding, horse riding, yak riding, mountain biking, zorbing, etc.
Rohtang Pass is the highest peak in Manali and this is where you will find lots of snow to play around. The view from here completely mesmerising. However, you must note that this area is not accessible during winters from November to May.
After an exhilarating day, head back to Manali for an overnight stay.
Day 6: Manali to Amritsar
Early morning after breakfast, check out from the hotel and reach the airport to transfer to Amritsar. The flight duration is 1 hour 10 minutes. On arrival, complete your check-in formalities and head out to explore the popular attractions in Amritsar.
Amritsar is a glittering city showcasing the traditional and secular culture. It is not only an important devout centre but also has many significant historical sites exhibiting the glorious past.
Begin your day with a visit to the Golden Temple. It is the holiest Gurdwara and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism. This peaceful place is sure to rejuvenate your mind and soul. You can also savour the langar at the Golden Temple.
Later visit the Wagah Border to witness the Beating Retreat Ceremony that is held here every day before sunset. The soldiers from Indian and Pakistan military meet at this border post and showcase a 30 minutes ceremony which includes the closing of the international gates and lowering the flags of both the countries. The vibe of this place will fill your heart with pride and patriotism.
Overnight stay at Amritsar.
- Budget: Ritz Plaza, The Mall 42, Victoria International
- Luxury: Best Western Marrion, Golden Tulip
Suggested Restaurants: Kesar Da Dhaba, Crystal Restaurant, The Yellow Chilli
Day 07: Departure from Amristar
Today is the last day of your Delhi - Shimla – Amritsar educational tour package. Post breakfast, check out from the hotel.
Visit another famous name and place in the Indian history, Jalianwala Bagh. It is a public garden in Amritsar which marks one of the major evil political crimes committed by the Britishers during the twentieth century. Visit this place to know what happened here, facts, history and tragedy related to this place.
Later savour some authentic Punjabi lunch and head to the airport/railway station for your return journey.
How to Reach Shimla
By Flight: The nearest airport to Shimla is situated at Jubbarhatti, 22 kms from Shimla has regular flights from Delhi but due to bad weather conditions, flights may be irregular. Alternatively better option is to reach Chandigarh Airport at a distance of 120 Kms away, from chandigarh , you can board Holiday Travel Taxi to reach Shimla in approx 2.5-3 hours.
By Toy Train from Kalka: From Kalka, the Narrow-Gauge Kalka-Shimla Unesco - Heritage Toy Train connects to Shimla.The total distance covered is 96 kms from Kalka to Shimla with 107 Tunnels & 864 Bridges. The Shimla toy train starts Jouney at 656 meters (2,152 ft) above sea level in Kalka and reaches Shimla at an altitude of 2,076 meters.
The route offers a panoramic feast of the picturesque Himalayas from the Shivalik foot hills at Kalka to several important points such as Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Taradevi, Barog, Salogra, Summerhill and Shimla. The Railway has 919 curves, the sharpest being 48 degrees.The journey takes about five-and-a-half hours to reach Shimla.
By Train: Indian Railways connects up-to Kalka ( about 100kms from shimla) By broad-gauge line.The Kalka station is connected to most major cities in India, including Delhi and Calcutta.
Best time to visit Shimla
Best time to visit Shimla in March to June: This is a popular tourist season in Shimla as the weather is quite pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities. The temperature is comfortable and usually varies between 15°C and 30°C. If you are into adventure sports then this is the ideal time to try paragliding, trekking, camping and rafting
Places to visit in Shimla
Shimla Ridge: the town spills downwards, with winding roads linking up settlements and stone steps connecting each layer. The Cart Road encircles the base of the main settlement, and is the highest motorable road of Shimla. The Mall is open only to pedestrians. There is a lift run by the Himachal Tourist Department that connects the railway stations and Cart Road to the Mall.
The Mall Shimla: The Mall Shimla is the main attraction in Shimla, lined with shops selling woolen garments and shawls, handicrafts, departmental stores, eateries and old colonial timber houses. There is a palpable change of character from the times when the Mall was strictly out of bounds for all natives except royalty, to the Indian crowds that walk down it today.
Christ Church: At the eastern edge of the Ridge is the famous Christ Church, which was consecrated in 1857. It is a prominent yellow painted building with a Victorian-Gothic spire. In the church some of the finest stained glass windows in India depict faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience, and humility.
Tudor Library: Nearby to the church is the mock- Tudor Library, which was built in 1910.
Scandal Point: On the other extreme of the Ridge is the Scandal Point. A statue of the Lala Lajpat Rai dominates the place and groups of local people gather here in the afternoon for some casual chit-a-chat. The temple of Kali Bari is nearby to the Scandal Point enshrines the idol of Shyamla Devi, the presiding deity of Shimla. Town Hall reminds of the colonial past of Shimla, the timber lined General Post Office and the old Gaiety Theatre remind of teh Britishb Era. This popular hall was home to the Shimla Amateur Dramatic Society, complete with a gentlemen’s club where the discussion veered around the noble pursuit of cricket and horse racing.
St. Michael’s Cathedral/ Shimla church: The other important church, St. Michael’s Cathedral, which is built like a cruciform, is just off the Mall. Vice Regal Lodge, now known as the Rashtrapati Niwas (President’s House) is the most impressive colonial edifice of Shimla, located on the top of Observatory Hill, this Elizabethan mansion was built in 1888 for Lord Dufferin. It now houses the Institute of Advanced Studies, and is open only in some parts to the public.
The Glen: A thickly wooded area 4 kms to the northwest past the Cecil Hotel, Chadwick Falls, at 1,586 metres where the river drops 67 metres and is best visited during the monsoons.
The Sankat Mochan Temple: About 7 kms on the Shimla-Kalka road and the Himalayan Aviary close to the Viceregal Lodge, with a selection of birds like the monal, pheasant, pea fowls and peacocks. The Summer Hill is in suburbs of Shimla and is located about 5 kms away the town and a stop on the Kalka-Shimla rail line, has quiet walks through wooded surroundings. The Himachal Pradesh University is also located here.
The Summer Hill: The Summer Hill is in suburbs of Shimla and is located about 5 kms away the town and a stop on the Kalka-Shimla rail line, has quiet walks through wooded surroundings. The Himachal Pradesh University is also located here.
Naldehra: Naldehra, at an altitude of 2050 m and 23 km from Shimla on Shimla- Tattapani road, houses the oldest and the highest golf course in India. In the middle of the course is a temple, Mahunag Mandir. It was a favorite pastime spot of Lord Curzon.
Chail: Chail is a lush green setting and was the former capital of the Patiala State. It has the world’s highest cricket ground at a height of 2250 m, built in 1893. It is also a hiker’s paradise and there is a wildlife sanctuary at a distance of 3 km from here. Himachal Tourism runs the Palace Hotel (Earlier the Palace of Maharaja Of Patiala)
Fagu: Fagu Situated on Hindustan-Tibet Road (22-km), at a height of 2,450m Fagu is gifted with some enchanting views. Himachal Tourism runs the Hotel peach Blossom.
Kufri: Kufri, at distance of 16 km from Shimla and at an altitude of 2510 m above sea level, is a site offering some famous hikes and wonderful snow for skiing in winters. An enjoyable walk leads up to the Mahasu Peak. The Himalayan Nature Park here has a good collection of animals and birds found in the region.
Mashobra: Situated on Shimla-Naldehra road at a height of 2149 mt. . A place of unique beauty, Mashobra is an ideal interlude beneath the oaks and the pines. Featuring beautiful gardens spattered with the daffodils, hyacinths, asphodels and celandines, it is a popular weekend resort, dotted with delightful villas and innumerable picnic spots. Goddess Durga temple is worth seeing From here, a track leads down to Sipur, which is an exquisite glade shaded by ancient deodar trees. A fair is held here every April/May. About 3 km from Mashobra is the lovely resort of Craignano.
Adventure Things to do in Shimla
Rafting at Tattapani
The perfect combination of adventure and beauty, Tattapani is an amazing spot for a fun-filled and memorable day. Tattapani is about 60 kilometers from Shimla, and is a popular spot for hot springs too. You can avail the 14 km long or the 36 km long rafting route. River rafting in the cold water of River Sutlej, one of the longest rivers of India can be a lot of fun and exciting.
Shop at local bazaars
Shimla also has a range of charming markets and places to visit in Shimla for shopaholics. One of the most popular places to go to for shopping is at the Mall road in Shimla. This place is the shopping hub and commercial center of Shimla. One can find small souvenirs and knick-knacks here along with handicrafts and other artifacts that Shimla is famous for.
Horse riding and Yaj Riding in Kufri is popular tourist activity especially for kids to be taken around to different view points on a horseback. These Yaks are also known for their milk and cloth making wools. They are also eaten as meat. Also, these beasts are very special entertainer in Tibetan Festivals in Himachal Pradesh. Some Yaks are forest Yaks which are very dangerous and cannot be used fro Safaris.
Skiing On the Slopes of Mahasu Peak
Kufri, the winter sports capital of Shimla, leaves each and every visitor splendid with its beautiful white cover of snow. The slopes, the heights, and the snowy carpet it offers are the most adventurous platforms for skiing. The thick cover of snow is perfect for hosting the adventurous sport. Skiing, purchase one of the most popular winter sports has now become the signature sport of Himachal Pradesh during winters. Tourist from all over the country and ski loving international tourists converge on Himachal Pradesh during winters to enjoy the thrill and excitement of racing down the snow clad slope.
Trekking in Chail
The Chail Sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh is a peaceful retreat for the wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. The Chail Wildlife Sanctuary covered in Deodar and Oak Forests has a rich plethora of flora and fauna. Chail is the place where Trekking is one of the most pleasurable activities. The treks in the area provide many interesting sights and sounds of the picturesque nature.
Tourists look around to find where to find Delicious Himachali Food, They can see only Punjabi Food Joints, Italian Jolints, Bakeries, Chinese Food Stalls, Not no-where Himachali Dishes. authetic and traditional Himachali food like khoru, patore, babroo, chaa ghosht, murgh anardana, Dham , Simply head towards any of Oberoi Group of Hotels ( Wild Flower Hall, Clarks, or cecil) and enjoy the long forgotten traditional Himachali recipes.
Good Restaurants in Shimla
Shimla is so much more than the bustling, snow-capped capital of Himachal Pradesh. Along with scenic views of the beautiful mountain tiers, this picturesque city offers a melting pot of mouthwatering cuisines. It is the most frequented place that has not only good restaurants but also small coffee joints like Café Coffee Day and Barista. Devicos is a multi-cuisine restaurant, serving north Indian, south Indian, Chinese and Continental.
People/Lifestyle of Shimla
The people of Shimla are among the warmest and friendliest people of India. They believe in simple living and are content with whatever they have got in life. The locals here are known as the Pahari Peoples. However in modern times, the people living in Shimla are known as Shimlaites. The Shimlaites make their living through agriculture and livestock. The women here wear Salwar, Kameez, Kurta or the long knee length gown known as Juan Chadiyan which reflects their culture.
Adventure & Trekking in Beautiful Shimla
There are very few places in the world as richly endowed as Himachal Pradesh with its geographical diversity. Shimla is situated in the Shivalik range of Himalayas with combination of low lying hills to gigantic mountains. Shimla district is full of thickly populated pine trees and small rivulets, rivers in deep gorges and placid mountains lakes, mountain sides draped in snow, and green alpine meadows, all form a part of this immense spectrum. And the possibilities for a wide range of adventure activities are enormous. There are day-hikes by the thousand, and trek routes follow trails that last couple of days or can even extend over few weeks. These vary from gentle walks over easy terrain, to grueling expeditions. There is skiing, heliskiing and ice-skating. There is the thrill of paragliding and the test of stamina with mountain-cycling. You can go camping and fishing and play golf or take a safari by car, jeep or on motorcycle. All you have to do is make up your mind and select your own activity. No special training is required for most things, age is no consideration and all you need is reasonable level of fitness. Equipment, training and instructors are available. And then, all this comes at a fraction of what it would cost elsewhere in the world.
Golf in Beautiful Shimla
At Naldera, 23 km. from beyond Shimla is one of the oldest golf courses in India. The course, whose topography is absolutely natural, was originally placed by the British Viceroy of India, Golf Lord Curzon, at the turn of the centaury. He was so enchanted by the spot that he named one of his daughters 'Naldera' after the spot. This is a par 68, nine hole course which is regarded as one of the most challenging in the country. In the repeat nine, the yardage some - what increases. The links are maintained by Himachal Tourism and accommodation is available at Hotel Golf Glade. There are private hotels near Naldera.
Ice Skating - The world's Largest Natural Frozen Ice Rink
The Shimla ice-skating rink has the largest open-air area with naturally frozen ice in this part of the world. The Ice Skating Club has already celebrated its Diamond Jubilee.
Ice-skating normally begins in early December and carries on to February. Clear skies and low Ice Skating, Shimla temperatures provide series of uninterrupted sessions. There are two sessions every day, in the morning and in the evening depending upon the frozen ice on the ground. The hanging balloon on the Municipal Building adjacent to scandal point works as signal, whether the skating is going to held on that day or not.
Membership is available for the season as well as for shorter terms and even for single sessions. Skates are available at the rink.
Fancy dress carnivals, 'gymkhanas' ice-hockey and dances enliven every season.
People of Shimla
Shimla is a place that has been untouched by commercialization and globalization. It is very different from rest of the Indian states and has retained its old world charm. he lifestyle of Shimla people is very down to earth and uncomplicated. They look for happiness in small things rather than search for materialistic pleasures. They are known to be very hospitable and make their guests feel at home. To get the real feel of Shimla culture one should visit Shimla and meet local people.
Shopping in Shimla
Shimla’s markets and shops overflow with traditional Kangra silk scarves and Kinnauri shawls, hand woven in the characteristic geometric patterns of the local area. The Mall is the best place for shopping in Shimla. The government run emporiums and several private outlets offer great shopping in Shimla. Another popular shopping place
About Scandal point in Shimla & Visit to Scandal Point
History of Shimla cannot be completed without mentioning the name of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. The maharajah Bhupinder singh of Patiala was a frequent visitor to Shimla the summer capital of the Raj. It is rumored that, in shimla in 1892 he met an English girl there who eloped with him. This infuriated Lord Kitchener, the commander in cheif of Indian army based in shimla and Lord Kitchener completely banned Bhupinder Singh from entering Shimla. Maharajah shifted residence with his new found love to his palace at Chail, A near by hill station. The girl was probably the daughter of a high ranking British officer, though it is also rumored that she was relative of Lord Kitchener.
Scandal Point Shimla
A Famous point in Shimla Known as Scandal Point, This was the place, where the English girl and the maharajah used to meet. But actually in 1892 maharajah Bhupinder Singh was only 2 years old and could not have seduced anybody. But the tale has stuck to Bhupinder Singh because of his colorful nature.
Scandal Point, carries its legacy and reputation it carries today. People still love gathering at the Mall to gossip about who ran off with whom. And love affairs were quite scandalous” e.g the stories of the ‘grass-widows’, a label given to young, married women who spent time in Shimla when their husbands were away in the rest of the country. And of ‘fishing fleet’, young unmarried women who sailed out every year from Britain to find husbands.
Visit to Maria Brothers Antiquarian Bookshop
Maria Brothers Antiquarian Bookshop in Shimla has the rare, first edition (1858) of Complete Works of Shakespeare, illustrated by John Gilbert. (Inset) Illustrations for Romeo and Juliet.
Dak Bungalow of Shimla
The first dak bungalows were built in Shimla in the 1820s, much before it was declared summer capital by Viceroy John Lawrence in 1864.
Famous for keeping records for Numerous large-scale political decisions were taken In Shimla
Discussions which led to the Partition,
The shimla Manifesto, declaring the first war with Afghanistan was signed here,
The historic 1972 Shimla Agreement
1914 conference which resulted in the drawing of the McMahon Line.
Shimla that the British government ran the country for eight months in a year. A little village in Himalayas — neither Calcutta, nor Delhi — controlled one-fifth of the world during British Raj
Visiting Souvenir of Electricity coming To Shimla
An old street lamp made of cast iron having the coat of arms of King George’s V, who was king when Shimla first got electricity in 1913. Now, it lays bare because the emblem was unscrewed after Independence.
Swiss Bavarian Architecture in Shimla
The structure which houses the Himachal Khadi Ashram has Swiss Bavarian architecture
Chinese Shoemakers of Mall Road
This one km-long stretch is lined with Chinese shoemakers (one claims that yesteryear actors, such as Kamini Kaushal, Moushumi Chatterjee and Hema Malini, were regulars.
Gothic, Elizabethian, Tudor, Scottish and Swiss Bavarian architecture in Shimla
Former Civil Secretariat, also known as Gorton’s Castle.
Himachal Khadi Ashram store and a restaurant, but is a classic example of Swiss Bavarian architecture.
Weeping Willow made from single cutting :- Bay windows and lotus-inspired cupolas on the windows of the floor above India Coffee House including a cutting from the tree on Napoleon’s tomb in Helena
Visit Shimla Telegraph office
Mystery regarding alf-stone-half-red brick building of Telegraph Office. now occupied by BSNL. This whimsical building in Shimla had Asia’s first automatic telephone exchange and a capacity for 2,000 lines. It is an earthquake-proof, majestic structure, made of Ashlar-worked stone. You could see that the stone is finely cut, to a size that was pre-decided. However, in 1922, money was scarce and that is what forced the architect, John Begg, to continue building the top half structure in red brick.
John Begg constructed the St Andrew’s church besides the Telegraph Office to establish synergy with the Telegraph Office, The lower part is built in red brick and the roof is tiled, all in an effort
The building opposite this structure, A railway booking office A Building resembles a steam locomotive and curves along the street.
A Nostalgic Tour to Gaiety Theatre
Gaiety Theatre built in 1887, takes you through the restored Victorian Gothic building built by Henry Irwin in 1887. The acoustics ensured that microphones were not missed, and the walls are covered with golden peppier Mache. The first English play to be staged here in 1887, Time Will Tell, starred Kipling.