An Overview

Shimla- aplace which once ruled an entire stretch from Afganistan to Burma- offers beautiful suburbs and hills, making them inspiring destinations within your reach. The former summer capital of the British in India, and the present capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla has been blessed with all the natural, breath-taking bounties which one can think of. It has a scenic location, it is surrounded by green hills with snow-capped peaks and there are many treks in and around Shimla for the adventure lover. The highest peak in Shimla is Gushu Pishu and the nomenclature of this picture perfect hill station can be traced to the term 'Shyamalaya' meaning blue hills, nestled amongst the lofty Shivalik Ranges. 

Shimla is encircled by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, the state of Uttarakhand in the south and Sirmaur district in the west. Shimla with its panoramic rhapsodies offers a plethora of tourist spots. The eminent ones include the Himachal State Museum and Library, Viceregal Lodge and Botanical Gardens, Indian Institute Of Advanced Studies, The Mall, Glenn, Annandale and Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Potter Hill, Naldehra, Fagu, Kufri, Elysium Hill, Mashobra, Hatkoti and Sarahan amongst many others. Kufri has won a name on the sports and tourist map of India due to its ski-runs and the seed-potato farm of the Central Potato Research Institute. Mashobra draws the visitors for its panoramic views and dense vegetation while Naldehra is known for it's nine hole golf course. Rohru is famous for trout fishing, Hatkoti known for its temple, the trade center of Rampur and the pilgrim center of Sarahan, where the temple of Bhimakali is located.  Besides several nearby places like Rampur, Wildflower Hall, etc and the sanctified temples and cathedrals also attract tourists. Adventure lovers can have a gala time exploring the innumerable trekking, fishing, skiing, camping, and golf and ice-skating options. Trekatribe offers trekking and sightseeing in all parts of the district including Shali Tibba, Hatu Peak, Shimla Day Hikes, Chandernahan Lake, Pabbar Valley, Chanshal Pass, and Dodra-Kwar.

Quick Facts-

77o-0" and 78o-19" east Longitude upto 30o-45" and 31o-44" north Latitude

Altitude varying between 300 - 5672 meters

Highest Peak in Shimla -Gushu Pishu 5672 meters

Population- 814010 (2011)

Area- 5131 sq. km

Rivers- Sutlej, Pabbar & Giri

Literacy- 83.64%

Sex Ratio- 915