"Queen of the snowy hills" Top 5 Page for this destination Simla by ukirsari

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... Selain belanja aneka kerajinan setempat di Lakkar Bazaar, trekking dan bird watching merupakan pilihan saya. Sejatinya ada jalur terkenal Shimla - Kullu Valley lewat Jalori Pass [3.000 m dpl] atau Bashleo Pass [3.250 m dpl]. Tapi saya pilih jalur ringan ke Glenn Forest, Annandale, Elysium Hill sampai Summer Hill. Kawasan perbukitan dan hutan pinus [catatan: pinewood merupakan lambang Shimla] di mana saya memotret matahari terbenam di rangkaian pegunungan Himalaya, sekitar pukul 19.30 waktu setempat ....

* Excerption from my article, published by Top Gear Indonesia [under licensed of Top Gear, BBC, UK], August 2004 *



.... Beside walking along and find many beautiful local souvenirs at Lakkar Bazaar, trekking and bird watching were my fave activities, so does Nobby and our beloved friend Gopi. Actually, Shimla has a famous trekking line to Kullu Valley via Jalori Pass [3,000 m asl] atau Bashleo Pass [3,250 m asl]. But we prefer a light trekking to Glen Forest, Annandale, Elysium Hill to Summer Hill. The hilly areas and pinewood forest [note: pinewood became an icon for Shimla Province] where we took sequel pictures of sunset over Himalayan Mountaineous Range about 07.30 PM ....

>>bo dun-la nain-na zaddamaid

footsteps just captured in the past old days
leave the bad memories behind
so only the good memories will remains

[gyabla phangs tay tur-zang bo dun-la nain-na zaddamaid, in Ladakhi]

* ukirsari, Delhi, 2004 *


Shimla [or sometimes written as Simla] was declared as the summer capital of India in 1864, situated at 2,159 above sea level. The name Shimla takes from Shyamala Devi, the incarnation of Goddess Kali, the deity of power and wrath.
But different than its name, this beautiful and tranquil city discovered by the Britons as a small village in 1819 and became a region of the Nepalese Kingdom. During the administration of Lord William Bentinck, Shimla acquired by the Government of India. After the independence of India [and became Commonwealth of Nations], Shimla became the capital of Punjab 'till 1966. Afterward, became region of Himachal Pradesh.

With the local population is about 123,000 and languages spoken are Hindi, Himachali, Garhwali and English, Shimla is an ideal place for retreat from the heat on summer in the northern part of India. Also addressed as Queen of the Snowy Hills with maximum temperature around 25 degrees Celcius in summer. When winter comes, the temperature going cold due to the chilly winds from the upper Himalayas. And around Christmas, Shimla experiences snowfall.

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  • In a nutshell:maybe a bit touristy but still i like it :)
  • Last visit to Simla: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 8, 2005
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Nice page

  • monina_c's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    will have to go to this place soon @rie!

  • FruitLover's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2006 at 7:46 AM

    Very interesting, helpful, great pics, as usual, DragonFruit !! I'm going to visit Shimla within 2 weeks. Thanx! Maaannggggoooooooooooo ! (not in Oct, unfortunately, sigh...)

  • ajayzener's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2006 at 6:48 AM

    The opening picture is just too stunning. Nice work

  • May 19, 2005 at 11:07 PM

    Thanks for the pages. Helpful tips on food and transportation. Regards

  • Vija_v's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2004 at 6:30 AM

    Thanx for the very good ones advices regarding Simla! Have a Happy New Year! :) Vija

  • muddybok's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2004 at 9:43 PM

    Finally found the page!!! .... speechless..... don't know how to comment... Wow!!! But i think this place is to Tudor to be Indian.

  • Siddha3th's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2004 at 1:08 AM

    Simply unforgettable photographs and words :) What a gift you seem to have! I'm gonna' keep checking back often to see what you've been up to. Regards from India (and Dubai!), Siddharth.

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2004 at 11:00 AM

    What a beautiful place!!! Thanks a lot for your great work here!

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2004 at 3:17 AM

    Wonderful! Great info & photos, Michael Palin was here in this weeks "Himalaya". Very enjoyable page, I hope I get here one day. (~_~)


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