About

About

 

Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. Once the summer capital of British India, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903. It’s also known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts

History

 

Shimla District lies between the longitude 77o-0″ and 78o-19″ east and latitude 30o-45″ and 31o-44″ north. It is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, the state of Uttaranchal  in the south, Sirmaur, district in the west. The elevation of the district ranges from 300 to 6000 metres.  The topology of the district is rugged and tough. Shimla district derives its name from Shimla town which was once a small village. Shimla district in its present form came into existence from 1st Sept,1972 on the reorganisation of the districts of the state.

History of Shimla goes back to the period of Anglo-Gurkha war in the beginning of 19th century.  In 1804 the Gurkhas , who had suffered a severe defeat at the hands of the Sikhs at the battle of Kangra, a hill fortress about sixty miles from Shimla, where according to some accounts they lost thousand of men in the fight and many others from disease, commenced to ravage the states and hills surrounding Shimla. Gurkhas built many forts around Shimla. One of these strongholds, the Jagatgarh  fortress, was the origin of the modern Jutogh, the well known military cantonment adjoining Shimla. By 1808 the invaders had conquered  all the fortified posts between the Jamuna and Satluj, and from their capital Arki began their ruthless rule over the neighbouring  hill states, untill at length the people in their wretchedness appealed to the British for help. A small British force under Major General ‘Sir David Ochterlony’ was despatched to liberate the hill men from Gurkhas. Majority of hill chiefs responded to the call and joined the British forces. The rivals  were engaged in the toughest battle at 3750 ft high Ramgarh fort at Nalagarh. A decisive battle took place near the fort at Malaon in which superior guns of the British overpowered the enemy. The battle of Malaon on 15th May 1815 ended the dream of the Gurkhas, to rule over this part of the land for any longer. After few days, an official declaration was made according to which all Chieftains who had joined British in expelling the Gurkhas were restored with their land under the British protection. The maharaja of Patiala who has also rendered invaluable services to the British was rewarded with land in the neighbourhood of the area now comprising Shimla. After the defeat of Gurkhas they were forced to sign the Treaty of Sanjauli’ . The company retained the strategic forts of Sabathu, Kotgarh, Ramgarh and Sandoch.  

Present day Shimla District comprises of 19 erstwhile hill states mainly Balson, Bushahr, Bhaji and Koti, Darkoti, Tharoch & Dhadi,Kumharsain, Khaneti & Delath, Dhami, Jubbal , Keothal, Rawingarh, Ratesh, Sangri.

Bushahr was one of the oldest of the hill states after Kashmir in the Western Himalayas. According to one legend .the Bushahr dynasty was founded by ‘Pradhuman’, the son of Lord Krishna. In order to marry the daughter of Banasur, the local chief of shonitpur(Sarahan), Pradhuman is said to have come to that place and after the death of Banasur in an encounter with him, he became the chief of Bushar and Kinnaur regions, since Banasur has no son. According to C.F.Kennedy , Bushar was founded by Danbar Singh an immigrant Rajput from Deccan in 1412 A.D. In 1914  Britishers recognised  Padam Singh as legitimate heir and was crowned Raja of Rampur Bushahr. Ultimately in March, 1948  Rampur Bushahr became part and parcel of  province of Himachal Pradesh. 

Jubbal one of the Shimla Hill States with an area of 288 Sq miles was originally tributary to Sirmaur, but after Gurkha war, it became independent. Raja Karam Chand was the founder of the Jubbal State. Jubbal merged with the Indian Union after independence and became a part of Himachal Pradesh on 15th April, 1948. at the time of merger ‘Dig Vijay Singh ‘ was the ruler of the state.

Shimla District in its present form came into existence from 1st September 1972 on the reorganisation of the districts of the state.After the reorganisation , the erstwhile Mahasu district lost its entity and its major portion was merged with Shimla.  Shimla district derives its name from Shimla town, the district headquarters and now state capital of Himachal Pradesh

Activities

Camping

Experience and enjoy the magic and mystique of the Himalayas in Shimla.
The Camp in Shimla- a slice of heaven on earth has innumerable activities to relish your mind, body and soul from monotony of the routine life.
To boast your enthusiasm, you can choose from a lot of adventure sports and have fun with your family and friends.
The serenity and beauty of the environs, accessibility, perennial water and all-season operations of the camp make it a dream destination. Appreciate the beauty of this place as it is surrounded by forests of Oaks,

Adventure Activities

The satisfaction and joy hail Himalayas promises much beyond the destination itself and here you can enjoy a wide array of adventure activities with your loved ones.
There are plethora of activities and action packed adventure which guests can enjoy here and each experience is under expert supervision to ensure that safety and security don’t stay compromised.
Experience a series of activities which will test your adventure skills for 2-3 hours and ensure that you will be physically fit for the activities.
The activities you can participate in are Jumaring, Rock Climbing, Repelling, Zip Line, Tire walk, Sleuth Walk

Mountain biking

These Bike rentals are the concept formulated by three friends who love racing and everything that is there to do with it and you get to be a part of it!
Enjoy a bike ride across the expanse of Shimla with your friends and family and let the thrill of riding take you over on your holiday!
Get your bags ready and explore the length and breadth of Shimla as the only sounds you hear are those of the bike engine revving hard against your legs.
You can rent a 350cc Royal Enfield for a day and enjoy Shimla.

Accommodation

Places we love in Shimla. 376 hotels in Shimla.

Shimla Havens Resorts

Situated at an altitude of 6400 feet in Himalayas Shimla Havens is a newly built resort spread in 6 acres surrounded by Pine , Cedar and Rhodo Dendron forests. The Resort is located around 5 k.m. from the newly built ISBT (Inter State Bust terminus) and 2 km from Summer Hill railway station.

Kamna Hill Resort

Hotel Amenities. We always strive to provide the finest of all services to our guests. Coupled with breathtaking views, here are the services which make Kamna Hill Resort a unqiue memorable stay. Close to Nature. We are situated in the lap of nature. Luxurious Stay. Best of class facilities provided. Scenic Room Views.

The Grand Welcome

The Grand Welcome is Located in the beautiful city of Shimla, The Grand Welcome is a with Restaurant, Bar and Banquet. The hotel is located at a distance of 3 Km from the railway stations, 4 Km from Shimla ISBT, 26 Km from Shimla airport.

Hotel East Bourne

East Bourne Shimla is a luxurious & budget hotel located amidst scenic views and is well-equipped with world-class facilities and well-furnished rooms

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