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What :

The British Colonial elite seeking relief from the summer heat on the Indian plains turned a remote village in the mountains of Northern India into the crown jewel of British hill stations.

By the middle of the 18th century, the England-like climate and beautiful scenery in Shimla (Simla) had lured thousands of colonial officers and civil servants to the area. Seeking all the comforts of home, the colonials built hundreds of homes and European style structures transforming the alpine landscape into a chalet skiing village filled with Tudor-style homes and neo-gothic architecture. In 1863, Shimla became the summer capital of the British Rule in India, and every year the entire governing body moved state affairs 1,000 miles from Calcutta to the green city in the mountains.

The Viceregal Lodge is easily the most stunning of the structures left behind by the colonials. The massive mansion was built in 1888 as the summer home for the British viceroys of India. The gothic building’s arched porches and manicured lawns are now home to the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. A few hundred feet from Viceregal Lodge, the Himalayan Bird Park protects a variety of rare avian species like the Himalayan Monal pheasant.

Jakhu Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman perched atop a hill that’s overflowing with macaque monkeys. The interior of the shrine has a series of murals depicting Hanuman’s exploits, and outside on the temple grounds a 100-feet-tall statue of the monkey deity has been erected as a recent addition.

When :

Shimla’s cool climate is what has made the city such a popular summer escape for the last two centuries. October through November the skies are clear, and the evenings chilly. Snow fall is consistent between December and February, which makes for excellent skiing. March through June the temperature steadily rises, but even the hottest days are considerable cooler than the temperatures found on the Indian plains to the south.

Where :

Shimla is the capital city of the Northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It’s best reached by private vehicle departing from Delhi while on one of our luxury tours of India.

Who :

Quaint, beautiful, and cool, Shimla is a wonderful summer retreat. Its proximity to other Northern Indian destination like Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile, make it a great starting point to explore the country’s northern culture.

Appropriate Attire :

In the summer months dress for warm weather, but bring along a light jacket as the evenings are often cool. In the winter, cold-weather gear is recommended as the town and surrounding mountains will be consistently snowcapped.

Guest Reviews :

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  Cynthia and AJ Carter
March 2014
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March 2014
It was a dream come true! I really enjoyed the tour, the people I met, the incredible things I saw and the wonderful well mannered and caring people from India. I have traveled extensively, I consider myself a real gobble trotter, I have participated in a lot of tour company groups but nothing like Easy Tours of India!
I arrived sick, really sick, the medications I brought with me didn't work, I called two doctors at two different hotels, they sure made the difference! They changed my antibiotics, gave me 5 more medications including an anti-allergic one and made me feel better enough, that with some effort on my part, I was able to enjoy and finish the tour.
Ali our guide was sure a gentleman... WOW! he has so much patience he could be a teacher! the gentleman driver was so pleasant and caring, especially when he noticed I was feeling so bad.
I am already planning to go back to visit South India and this time I do not plan to be sick at all.
I love India!
Specially the hotel in MUMBAI, they were the best, they took care of me really well, gave me an upgrade of a beautiful room, let me check out at 8pm and gave me free internet access. They were so and so sweet caring and nice I felt my heart broken when I said goodbye...
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